Media Finance Focus Show Takes On Media Workflow Automation

From musings and observations on the state of the American electorate from James Carville to the local TV industry's efforts to automate the workflow on both the buy and sell sides, the first day of the Media Finance Focus 2019 conference proved to be insightful and entertaining.

No Radio ‘Mundo’ For Gray Television

In June 2018, Gray Television announced that it intended to merge with Raycom Media. The deal, completed at the start of 2019, included two radio stations. Now, Gray is saying goodbye to one of these properties in a deal brokered by Kalil & Co.

DISH Grabs Echostar’s Broadcast Satellite Service Biz

DISH Network Corp. and EchoStar Corp. have reached an agreement that transfers the bulk of the company's Broadcast Satellite Service (BSS) business to DISH in an all-stock transaction. The deal will see DISH take on nine direct broadcast satellites and "certain key employees."

May We Forget The Month On Wall Street For comScore?

For comScore, it's been a brutal fourweeks. On March 18, shares were just under $22. Today, SCOR is struggling to get back over the $11 mark. On Friday, a small gain was seen for the company's battered stock.

A Trust Grab For iHeartMedia In a Controversial Market

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in 2017 famously argued that the lack of a locally based studio operation at iHeartMedia's Minot, S.D., stations could have greatly harmed the community, faced with a train disaster in 2002. Now, that cluster is adjusting its holdings.

Today and For Evermore: A Delmarva Deal Closes

In early February, the radio broadcasting company owned by Kirby Confer (pictured) and Donald Alt grabbed a formidable group of stations across the First State and nearby environs. On Monday, the transaction became official as the transaction successfully closed.

The Most Common ‘Noncompliant’ Alternative Inspection Finds

Here's a most helpful column from featured Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner focused on what he believes, through countless alternative FCC inspections of broadcast media properties, are the most common items found to be non-compliant.

Media C-Suiters Beware: You’re The Next Cybercrime Target

A ransomware attack impacted Urban One's Q1 earnings. In early April, a ransomware attack crippled Townsquare Media's Shreveport, La., cluster. Think that's a problem? What would happen if your entire C-Suite computer network was held captive by a cybercrime syndicate?

As TV Networks Push Scale, Two Radio Groups Do The Same

One of the biggest messages sent to marketers attending television network Upfront presentations this week was "scale." Yet, Entercom Communications and Townsquare Media have been touting scale for some time, company executives at both companies note.

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Truth Be Told: Go Into The ‘Light’

"Award-winning, listener supported The Light FM was founded by Billy and Ruth Graham in 1962." Now, the non-commercial Worship Music-focused operation is adding an AM with an FM translator in the Greensboro market.

A Nexstar NBC Affiliate Debuts Its Next-Gen News Studio

On May 13, a Nexstar station serving Michigan's second-largest market made a leap into the next generation. A new news studio was inaugurated, and it brings WOOD-8 in Grand Rapids one step closer to bringing next-generation broadcasts of its newscasts to viewers.
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Meredith Selects A Trio Of New Station Managers

Among the biggest markets in which Meredith Corp.'s Local Media arm owns and operates broadcast TV stations are Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; and Phoenix. Now, new Station Managers have been tapped in each of these three markets.

A Standard TV Deal Transpires For A Nashville Veteran

A Form 314 filing made with the FCC on Friday confirms the sale of the ABC affiliates serving Providence, R.I., and Lincoln, Neb., respectively, to an entity led by Nashville-based Deborah McDermott -- the former GM of WKRN-2.

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H&BA Brand Challenged By QSR For Top Spot TV Slot

It's allergy season, and a big brand of allergy medication is among the top advertisers using Spot TV for the week ending May 19, according to Media Monitors. That said, a big QSR is No. 1 by spot count, while auto dealer associations are active once again.

Another Dominant Week At Radio for GEICO, Home Depot

Is there any one client who has the same presence on spot radio as auto insurance specialist GEICO? There are few advertisers who are as committed to the media, in terms of the number of weekly spots on AM and FM. That small group of advertisers includes The Home Depot.
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The QSR War At Spot Cable Heats Up

Quick-service restaurants are a fairly active category with spot cable, as Media Monitors data show. For the week ending May 19, one QSR stood out from the rest by play count. It's a fast food chain known for its chalupas and attempt to establish "the fourth meal."
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Man Who Threatened Pai’s Family Gets Prison Time

A 33-year man residing in the Los Angeles area was sentenced on Friday to nearly two years in prison for threatening to murder the family of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The accused offered a guilty plea on Aug. 31, 2018, following his late June 2018 arrest.

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A New Line Of Broadcast Cables Arrives From Remee

Remee Wire & Cable, a New York-based manufacturer of electronic wire and cable, has a new addition to its line of broadcast cables — a series of SMPTE 311 Hybrid Camera Cables. 

GatesAir’s CALA Sales Choice Is Yarahuan

Broadcast media wireless, over-the-air content delivery solution provider GatesAir has named a new Sales Director for the Caribbean and Latin American region. His experience includes several years in Mexico, working closely with giants TV Azteca and Televisa.

Multimedia Receivers Set To Ship From KENWOOD

The announcement signals a conclusion to the product delay caused by the well-documented industry-wide shortage of seven-inch panels, and enables KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon retailers to stock up in time for summer selling season.