FCC

AM Revitalization Order OK’d Ahead Of FCC Open Meeting

In a late afternoon notice, the FCC on Friday deleted two agenda items from its September Open Meeting, set for Tuesday morning. The first of the two deleted agenda items focuses on the modernization of the FCC's cable television technical rules. The second agenda item was a report and order that would have relaxed or eliminated certain rules tied to "revitalization of the AM radio service."

Veritone Stock Soars Again On IBC Win

While the overall markets were mixed on Friday, AI technology company Veritone Inc. soared to another new record high, leaping nearly 5% on word that Quantum Corp.'s aiWARE for Xcellis, a cloud-based version of the artificial intelligence platform from Veritone, earned a "Best of Show Award" at IBC2017 in Amsterdam. Award criteria included innovation, feature set, ease of use, versatility and value/ROI.

Former RAB Leader Gary Fries Dies

In a message sent to Streamline Publishing co-owned publication Radio INK on Friday, the son of former Radio Advertising Bureau CEO Gary Fries confirmed his passing early today, Pacific time, in Arizona. He had been in Hospice.

Billions: The Projected Spend For Political Ad Dollars In ’18

Is 2018 shaping up to be a banner year for political advertising? That's the good word from Steve Passwaiter, the VP/GM, Political at Kantar Media. In an essay appearing Friday (9/22) at The Cook Political Report, Passwaiter declares, "Even though the last two years have seen lots of bungled predictions, in the realm of TV ad spending, we are undeterred, and predict that TV will win out in 2018 as well."

Radio: The Lifeline In A Time Of Need

Hurricane Irma ravaged much of the Sunshine State, including Southwest Florida—the home of Beasley Media Group's corporate headquarters and six radio stations that were particularly battered by the destructive storm. The company persevered, but Irma solidified one strong thought for Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley: Radio is the essential go-to medium when a community needs its information at its most critical time.
Raul Alarcon

Battered From Maria, SBS Gets OTC Ouch

It's been a difficult September for Spanish Broadcasting System, the Hispanic-focused media company led by Raúl Alarcón Jr. First, Hurricane Irma put SBS's South Florida stations to the test. Then, Hurricane Maria stormed through Puerto Rico, creating havoc and destruction. As of Friday morning, two SBS FM stations are the only ones able to broadcast. In the middle of all of this came a notice from OTC Markets that SBS's market capitalization no longer meets its minimum standards.

Southern Cal Radio Feeling Good About 4th Quarter

Sunny days for Southern California radio as the Southern California Broadcasters Association forecasts “busy and active” ad spending activity for its 170 member radio stations in Los Angeles and San Diego during the fourth quarter, in a new report.

RAB Analysis Shows Radio Drives Search

New research proves radio advertising drives search results, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau. Based upon its analysis of over 2,100 local radio ads across six different categories, there was a 29% incremental lift in search results. Radio is extremely effective in driving search during weekdays and in the daytime.

Radio.com App Gets Makeover

CBS Radio’s app doesn’t just get a facelift, navigation, streaming quality, and ad targeting have all been improved. Users can listen to CBS Radio stations by location or genre, while local stations and followed podcasts will appear at the top of the homepage. And there are plenty of choices.

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Dark Arizona Noncomm Trades Hands

On Guthrie Peak to the far Northeast of Tucson, near Arizona's border with New Mexico, lies the tower for a noncommercial radio station that's presently dark. This facility has been owned by Cochise Community Radio Corporation, a company that the FCC has been less than pleased with in recent months. Now, Cochise is shedding a station that's received its fair share of troubles.

FCC

Post-Incentive Auction Second Filing Window Opens Oct. 3

With the end of the FCC's incentive auction, the Commission initiated a transition period during which the facilities of broadcast television stations that received new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction repacking process will be reauthorized and relicensed. The second filing window for eligible full power and Class A stations to file for alternate channels and expanded facilities has now been set to start a week from Tuesday.

Will AT&T and DirecTV Drop WNEM?

That's a question Meredith Corporation would certainly like an answer to. WNEM-5 is the company's CBS affiliate in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich., DMA, ranked No. 72. Come Saturday at 12:01am, the station could be yanked from AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV lineups thanks to yet another retransmission fee dispute between an MVPD and a broadcast company.
CBS

CBS Corp. Inks Subscription For Nielsen OOH Numbers

CBS Corp. has signed off on a deal that gives the company access to Nielsen’s National Out-of-Home Reporting Service. The agreement provides CBS with out-of-home viewing data, including ratings for all programming and commercial content that aired on the network for live plus seven days of time-shifted viewing.

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Former RAB Leader Gary Fries Dies

In a message sent to Streamline Publishing co-owned publication Radio INK on Friday, the son of former Radio Advertising Bureau CEO Gary Fries confirmed his passing early today, Pacific time, in Arizona. He had been in Hospice.

Billions: The Projected Spend For Political Ad Dollars In ’18

Is 2018 shaping up to be a banner year for political advertising? That's the good word from Steve Passwaiter, the VP/GM, Political at Kantar Media. In an essay appearing Friday (9/22) at The Cook Political Report, Passwaiter declares, "Even though the last two years have seen lots of bungled predictions, in the realm of TV ad spending, we are undeterred, and predict that TV will win out in 2018 as well."
CBS

CBS Corp. Inks Subscription For Nielsen OOH Numbers

CBS Corp. has signed off on a deal that gives the company access to Nielsen’s National Out-of-Home Reporting Service. The agreement provides CBS with out-of-home viewing data, including ratings for all programming and commercial content that aired on the network for live plus seven days of time-shifted viewing.
FCC

AM Revitalization Order OK’d Ahead Of FCC Open Meeting

In a late afternoon notice, the FCC on Friday deleted two agenda items from its September Open Meeting, set for Tuesday morning. The first of the two deleted agenda items focuses on the modernization of the FCC's cable television technical rules. The second agenda item was a report and order that would have relaxed or eliminated certain rules tied to "revitalization of the AM radio service."

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Internet and digital news for the broadcasting industry.
iHeart Radio

Now In Your Hotel Room: iHeartRadio

Some hotel brands, including Marriott, in 2016 began introducing Apps on its in-room entertainment systems. Among these Apps is iHeartRadio. Now, the App from the radio broadcasting industry's No. 1 owner by station count and revenue is set to appear in a lot more hotel rooms, and a TV need not be turned on to use the App. What does this mean for in-room radios? We have an RBR+TVBR Observation on that.

Pandora Succumbs To Video Ad Tuneout With ‘Plus’ Play

You know those ads that pop up while patiently awaiting the content you really want to see? Many tune out after a few seconds, yet some advertisers have been billed for those "viewings." Not anymore at Pandora, thanks to the introduction of a new policy that will see clients only pay for ads when users watch at least 15 seconds of it.

Wazee Paves A Path With Veritone’s Advanced AI Offerings

A provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services has teamed up with fast-growing AI insights and cognitive solutions firm Veritone by offering its clients Veritone's proprietary platform of advanced cognitive engines and applications.