SBG / Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair’s Beaumont-Port Arthur Duo Back On The Air

Both stations were out of service as of the Commission's 10am Central report released on Labor Day and sustained considerable storm damage. With their late Monday return, all television stations are back on the air in the areas impacted by Storm Harvey.

Is The Death Of Brick-and-Mortar Retail ‘Fake News’?

“The so-called ‘retail apocalypse’ makes for a great headline, but it’s simply not true." That's according to Greg Buzek, president of IHL Group, which has released a research report that declares, "A lot has been made in the mainstream news about the death of retail. But it is fake news." The 34-page White Paper, "Debunking the Retail Apocalypse," gives pause to broadcast media sales executives and members of the C-Suite, as brick-and-mortar retailers represent a healthy advertiser category that could grow through the use of radio.

Roku Sets The Stage For A Robust IPO

TV streaming tech company Roku Inc. is going public. The Silicon Valley company announced Sept. 1 that it has publicly filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its Class A common stock.

Will Radio Benefit From An ACA Ad Spending Slash?

That's the message radio industry consultants and cognoscenti have gathered from a CNN report late Thursday suggesting that a 90% ad budget reduction from 2016 for the Affordable Care Act is a plus for radio broadcasting companies.

House E&C Hearing Scheduled On FCC Spectrum Repack Update

The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), will delve into the how the post-FCC Spectrum Auction repack process is unfolding.

What Is Harvey’s Impact On Houston Media Revenue?

BIA/Kelsey will be soon adjusting its 2017 radio and TV revenue estimates for Houston, and the dollars will be heading downward. By how much is not yet known. As of now, the Texas Association of Broadcasters is working tirelessly with stations that are "in dire straits." Among those stations are two TV stations in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Tex., area that have seen "utter devastation."

Cox Media Consolidates Central Fla. Under Curran

Cox Media Group's Orlando operation has been unified some seven weeks after the surprising departure of RVP Susan Larkin for a VP role at Entercom: The VP/GM of Cox's ABC-affiliated WFTV-9 and independent WRDQ-27 in Orlando has been promoted to Market VP and will now oversee the CMG radio stations in Central Florida.

Six-Second Ads Head To FOX Sports

Just in time for the start of the National Football League regular season and Major League Baseball playoffs, there will be a new six-second spot. No ... it has noting to do with where the football is being placed after a Time Out or a replay on a disputed baseball call. Rather, the ultra-quick commercial first used by FOX during its recent Teen Choice Awards telecast will now be used in limited quantities by FOX Sports.

In Case Of Emergency: Reacting To ‘The Flood of the Century’

In February 2010, as part of our coverage of Valerie Geller's series "In Case of Emergency," we offered a hypothetical scenario of what were to happen if the Flood of the Century arrived at your radio stations, and at your community. As new horrors unfold in Beaumont, Texas, which Thursday afternoon lost its water supply, we are pleased to offer from the RBR+TVBR archives this column on what to do when the worst shows up on your doorstep.

Is Streaming Audio Making Radio Irrelevant?

A new report from a professor of Music Business at New York University-Steinhardt Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions punctuates this mindset, declaring that "broadcast radio is struggling to remain relevant as consumers embrace streaming platforms." We delve into the study from Larry Miller, who declares — based on his contrarian research to what the Nielsen and RAB may share — that these trends "are crippling radio."
SBS / Spanish Broadcasting System

Is SBS Guilty Of Sending Unsolicited Text Messages?

A man in Illinois has initiated a putative class action lawsuit against Spanish Broadcasting System for something that has nothing to do with what he heard on one of its radio stations or saw on its nationally distributed Mega TV platform. Rather, Adam Bugbee claims he received unsolicited text messages to his cell phone from SBS, even though he's on a national Do Not Call registry.

How Hitting Digital’s ‘Mute’ Button Helps Radio

A Tuesday webinar featuring Veritone ‎Managing Director of Enterprise Radio Solutions Paul Cramer yielded some eye-opening details on a new, "AI"-powered way to "aircheck" for an advertiser. The webinar came on a day when Google's Chrome browser is experimenting with a "mute" setting for autoplay video ads that start playing when one scrolls to the ad on a web page. The timing was perhaps perfect, because the radio industry has yet another weapon in its ammo box when explaining to advertisers why local digital media may not be the effective ROI generator many perceive it to be.

A Sad, But Affirming, Reason Why Broadcast Media Matters

If it weren't for the valiant efforts of every member of Houston's broadcast media community, the sixth-largest market in the U.S. would be at a tremendous information loss. It speaks volumes of why local radio and TV matter, and this message should be sent to Madison Avenue today.

TEGNA Teams Together As Harvey Devastates KHOU-11

Severe devastation at TEGNA's CBS affiliate in Houston, KHOU-11, due to Hurricane Harvey has forced it to use Houston Public Media's studios — and assistance from TEGNA stations in Denver and Dallas — in order to continue broadcasting as catastrophic weather conditions only worsened through mid-morning on Monday.
Raul Alarcon

Has SBS’s Leadership Set The Stage For A Bruising Loss?

Eight days ago, two key members of Spanish Broadcasting System's Board of Directors abruptly tendered their resignations. While neither Gary Stone nor Alan Miller were willing to give additional details of their departure from the SBS board, one insider who is very close to the matter willingly shared with RBR+TVBR what's going on behind the scenes at this Miami-based media company controlled by Chairman/CEO Raul Alarcon Jr. Simply put: It's him against a new group of preferred shareholders, and things could be getting bloody very soon.

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