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NPR, NAB Denied Deadline Extension on Geo-Targeted FM Booster NPRM

Each organization's technical experts will not get additional time to analyze what they call the "voluminous" technical material filed by GeoBroadcast Solutions LLC in its effort to geo-targeted FM boosters — key to its ZoneCasting product offering — approved for use.

Silence Without OTA Results In Reduced FM Translator Fine

Among the many translators in the nation’s third-largest market is a 17-watt facility atop the John Hancock Tower. Its licensee made headlines in mid-March because the FCC handed it a proposed $8,000 fine for ceasing broadcasts without permission. After the licensee noted it is suffering from financial hardship, the Audio Division decided on a lower penalty, but a fine nevertheless.

Byron Allen-Owned Weather Channel Debuts SVOD Platform

It has developed a reputation across four decades as a leading source of weather news and information. Now, viewers of The Weather Channel television network, today apart of the Byron Allen-owned Weather Group, have access to an "upgraded" connected TV app. The app includes a subscription-based live stream of the channel — a major development for the MVPD-distributed offering.

Bureau Extends Pleading Cycle for TEGNA Transfer Applications

Three groups wish to stop the TEGNA transaction, which sees Cox Media Group's majority shareholder, Apollo Global Management, take a non-voting equity stake in TEGNA as Soo Kim's Standard General becomes the majority shareholder. They've convinced the FCC to allow more time for providing information they believe is needed to make an informed decision.

Pennsylvania Licensee Facing License Revocation Gets Lurid With FCC

Roger Wahl could lose his license for WQZS-FM in Meyersdale, Pa., if the FCC's Administrative Law Judge finds his felony conviction weighty enough to strip him of the Class A station, deleting its call letters and leaving the 93.3 MHz vacant. He offered a response to Enforcement Bureau interrogatories in his license revocation hearing that some might argue seals his fate as an ex-licensee.

Villafañe Grows With D.C. Market Entry

First, it was Boston's northern suburbs. José Villafañe has signed off on an asset purchase agreement that sees the media company he leads adding an AM serving the National Capital Region to the mix. The station comes with an FM translator serving a small pocket of Northern Virginia. The deal signals the exit from Radio of the Newcomb family.

The InFOCUS Podcast: Jack Hobbs

In this episode of the InFOCUS Podcast, hosted by RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson, Jack Hobbs shares how he learned about the power of Audio, and how reVOLVER Podcasts was really ahead of the curve when seeking to connect consumers with on-demand content — the hottest desire across the U.S. today, regardless of language. LISTEN HERE
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Torres Rises to SBS C-Suite With New Chief Role

Call her a trailblazer at the company founded in 1983 with the purchase of an AM radio station in Secaucus, N.J. by Raúl Alarcón Jr. Elissa Torres has become the first female executive to hold a Chief position at Spanish Broadcasting System.
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Entravision C-Suite Prepping for Three Investor Gatherings

Chris Young, the CFO and Treasurer for the U.S.-based media company that's quickly becoming a digitally focused entity with a global imprint but with roots in Hispanic radio and television, will be participating in a trio of events designed to impress institutions wishing to invest.

Audacy Celebrates a Radio Brand’s Centennial In Kansas

Audacy Corp. is taking a moment to recognize the 100th birthday of a Kansas radio brand. Why "brand" and not "station"? It swapped frequencies with a sibling on August 30, 2004, and it's that station — not KFH — that's technically entering its second century.

Another Stable Week At Spot Radio

Commitment to Radio is key to a savvy campaign and strong ROI, many a marketer will say. Here, Progressive, Indeed and ZipRecruiter have emerged as the biggest users of radio, as The Home Depot is back with another audio-heavy advertising campaign.
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Raftt Lets Lone Star AM Sail To New Owner

It's a 2.5kw daytime-only AM that uses a four-tower array to reach Floresville, Tex., and communities to the southeast of the Alamo City. Now, this San Antonio DMA station that must sign off after dark to protect Talk KOKC-AM in Oklahoma City is being spun.

Digital Networks Lights Up a LPTV In Tenn.

Digital Networks has officially launched a low-power TV station in the Volunteer State, a move that brings the market over-the-air access to a quintet of digital multicast networks including Retro TV and Heartland Network.
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Veteran TV Journalist Van Sustern Finds Her Next Home

She first became known at CNN, and then shifted to Fox News. After that, she landed at MSNBC before most recently hosting a Sunday morning public affairs program for all Gray Television stations while contributing to the U.S. government's Voice of America. As of today, Greta Van Susteren is a host at the cable TV channel led by CEO Chris Ruddy.
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TEGNA Foundation Announces First Round of 2022 Media Grants

The TEGNA Foundation, the charitable foundation sponsored by the company being acquired, pending regulatory approval, by Standard General, has announced its first round of 2022 Media Grants to support training for the next generation of diverse journalists and education and development opportunities for professionals in the media field.

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It is being described as "one of the industry's first transitional platform approaches," one that maximizes dynamic advertising potential for television providers by inserting targeted ads simultaneously on both linear and connected streams. The timing is intriguing, as reports show the scatter market down some 30% since 2018 as NewFronts and Upfronts conclude for 2022-2023.
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Dielectric Applauds FCC OK of AI-Based FM Pattern Verification

The unanimous Commission approval is entirely the result of an effort pioneered by a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group that took eight months to progress from proposal to regulatory policy. And, Dielectric couldn't be happier. 
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The live broadcast technology company has promoted an individual who played a key role in its implementation of dual feeds, the integration of "Super Slow-mo" across all of its mobile units, and the design, execution and rollout of the first 4K mobile unit offerings. He has also played a pivotal part in the implementation of Cloud Control, MTVG’s remote production product.