FM Tower’s Hidden Power: The Industry’s Midas Moment?

The radio industry could be sitting on a profit-making goldmine. Beasley Broadcasting Group CEO Caroline Beasley sees the potential. Now, the FCC Chairman during the Reagan Administration is ready to make a big splash with a technology that can give HD Radio a boost -- and make FM radio a powerful tool in the growth of "IoT." Read more in our exclusive RBR+TVBR INFOCUS report.

This Democratic Senator Can’t Support Chairman Pai

A Democratic Member of the U.S. Senate this morning spoke out against changes to the FCC's rules regarding Net Neutrality, noting that as long as Chairman Ajit Pai continues to support the end of Title II classification for broadband, she can't support his vote for staying on as the agency's leader. Immediately following the anti-Pai rally call came details of a GOP tax reform proposal that the NAB says helps broadcasters.

FCC Wants Its Maximum Fine From A Prolific Miami Pirate

Nearly five years ago, a resident of North Miami, Fla., was handed a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture of $25,000 for his efforts designed "to evade detection" of an unlicensed radio operation. Today, the FCC still hasn't silenced the pirate radio operation serving the area's sizable Haitian population. A proposed maximum fine nearly six times that 2012 financial penalty seeks to squelch the broadcasting buccaneer once and for all.

FCC Moves One Step Closer To The Paper Shredder

In the first 5-0 unanimous vote of the new FCC led by Chairman Ajit Pai, the Commission has given the green light to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would eliminate rules requiring TV stations, along with cable entities and FM translators, to keep paper copies of FCC rules. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn was no longer skeptical of the proposal, while newly arrived Republican Brendan Carr was quite vocal of the need to modernize the FCC.

Cloud Version Of A Big AI Platform Earns IBC’s ‘Best Of Show’

Quantum Corp.'s aiWARE™ for Xcellis, an on-premise and cloud version of the artificial intelligence (AI) platform from Veritone, has caught the world's attention — and they like what they see. The product earned the coveted Best of Show Award at IBC2017 in Amsterdam, a key convention for broadcast media tech purveyors and innovators.

‘TV On Wall Street’ Debuting At NAB Show New York

NAB Show New York takes place October 18-19 at the Javits Convention Center in NYC, and for the first time will feature the “TV on Wall Street” program, a one-day conference offering a business perspective on the economic influences driving the evolution of media.

Magna: The Aging Audience For Live Sports

Here's a statistic broadcast TV stations heavily invested in live sports play-by-play may not like to digest: Your audience has not only a touch of grey, but it's becoming a Silver Convention. That's according to newly released data from Magna Global.
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Translator Makes KID Bigger; NoCal Noncomm Grabs A Stick

An Idaho "kid" has gained a way to reach listeners who enjoy skiing at a Montana winter resort near Yellowstone National Park. To the west, near Sacramento, an independent community-based noncomm has snagged a translator. These are the deals in detail in  RBR+TVBR's TRANSACTIONS TODAY for Friday, Sept. 15.

TVB: Local TV The ‘Overwhelming’ Irma News Choice

When it came time to prepare for one of the biggest and most dangerous hurricanes to ever make landfall in the mainland U.S., there was one "overwhelming" choice when it came to news and information before, during, and after the storm. No, it wasn't radio.

Radio’s Blanket Coverage Of Hurricane Irma

Radio has had a definite weather theme lately, first with Hurricane Harvey and then Hurricane Irma. Coverage of Irma by Florida stations was virtually wall-to-wall. Here’s a brief rundown of their broadcast activity as of Monday morning.

Dispatch Pulls Stations From DirecTV In Latest Retrans Fight

There's yet another squabble over retransmission fee deals that's unfolded, and this one involves the two television stations owned by Dispatch Broadcast Group — the Columbus, Ohio-based operation run by the Wolfe family since 1929.

‘An On-Premise And Cloud Version’ Of A Big ‘AI’ Platform

Artificial intelligence in the cloud is now available for media companies that wish to extract new value from their video and audio content. That’s thanks to the roll out by Quantum Corp. of aiWARE for Xcellis, described as “an on-premise and cloud version” of the artificial intelligence (AI) platform from Veritone.

Another Big Trading Day For Veritone

U.S. financial markets finished mid-week trading on an up-note, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average improved 27.06, to 21,892.43 and the Nasdaq composite index grew by 66.42 points, to 6,368.31. Among the big movers involved in broadcast media was Veritone, which reached a new post-IPO high with a very healthy gain.

Air Checking For The 21st Century: Why ‘AI’ Matters

Air checks are a standard yet critical tool in the radio industry. Whether for campaign verification or programming evaluation, the air check process has not changed very much in the last 50 years. Now, thanks to "AI," the radio industry has an advantage at its fingertips. A free webinar on Tuesday afternoon promises to share all of the details.  

FCC Activates ‘DIRS’ For Stations Impacted By Harvey

The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has announced the activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) in response to Hurricane Harvey, which is bearing down on the Texas Gulf Coast — with the greatest potential impact initially thought to be in the Corpus Christi area. As of Monday morning, untold devastation is being seen across Houston — with an end not expected for another 48-72 hours.

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