Northwest Stations Return To DirecTV Ahead Of Apollo Launch

With Brian Brady's Northwest Broadcasting poised to become part of a new entity that combines the stations with those of Cox Media Group and sees the financial support of Apollo Global Management, a lengthy impasse between Northwest and DirecTV has suddenly ended.

HC2 Gives A ‘Poquito Más’ Oomph For Crosby, Nonberg

Poquito Más — led by the one-time Chairman/CEO and President/COO, respectively, of the former Una Vez Más broadcasting company — are bulking up in the Bay Area with a LPTV station. The seller? It's one of the biggest buyers of LPTVs in recent months, and acquired this property in April 2018.

TEGNA Suitor, Cox Investor … and DirecTV Spinner?

Apollo Global Management has had a busy 2019, gaining majority control of Cox Media Group's radio and TV assets in two separate deals, while at the same time approaching TEGNA about an outright acquisition. Now, it seems Apollo wants AT&T to spin-off DirecTV.

RIAA Ripped For ‘Underwhelming’ Payola Review Response

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly in August announced he was reaching out to the music and record industry to determine whether illegal "payola" practices were still happening on their end. He just got a letter from the RIAA. His reaction, via Twitter? "Not going to lie: it's a bit underwhelming."

An FM Broadcast Auction Is On The Horizon

The FCC on Thursday announced that it will hold a full-power FM Broadcast auction for 130 new construction permits starting on April 28.  It seeks comment on auction procedures. Concurrently, a filing freeze prohibiting minor change applications, petitions, or counter-proposals is in effect.

Touchdown, Hokies: A Virginia Capital ‘IQ’ Addition

With a booming 100kw signal, Roanoke, Va.-licensed WVTF-FM 89.1 serves all of Southwestern Virginia as its primary NPR member station. The station is owned by Virginia Tech, and it is now gaining a foothold in Richmond. This sets up a bigger noncommercial Talk battle in the Virginia capital.

Radio’s Multicultural Lure, Extended To Podcasting

What reaches more Black and Hispanic consumers each week than any other platform measured by Nielsen? It's radio, of course. It's a key finding in the just-released Audio Today 2019 report on Black and Hispanic consumers, which also includes great insight on podcast consumption.

Economic Concerns, And What That Means to Radio’s C-Suite

If your customers matter — and if your bottom line matters — here is a must-attend session at the must-attend event of the year to put on your calendar today. ANA CEO Bob Liodice, co-chair of Forecast 2020, will present a special presentation, "Being a Force for Good to Drive Growth," at this year’s conference.

Stephens Completes Its Mapleton Deal

The sale of 37 radio stations from Mapleton Communications to Stephens Media Group has been completed. RBR+TVBR has been following this deal, brokered by Kalil & Co., closely since early July. It involves stations in Oregon, Northern California, Eastern Washington and Louisiana.

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Good News: Silent S.C. FM Set For Noncomm Rebirth

Go west of Clemson, S.C., and you'll find a broadcast tower in the town of Seneca home to SummitMedia's WHZT-FM and, additionally, a silent 25kw FM licensed to Georgia-Carolina Radio Company. This FM is trading hands, with the assignee set to bring the station back to life as a noncomm.


America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) and the NAB on Oct. 3 filed a Joint Petition for Rulemaking that asks the FCC to amend section 73.626 of the Commission’s rules relating to Distributed Transmission Systems -- a.k.a. single frequency networks. Here's what they seek.

A Top Analyst Gives Altice A Long-Term Thumbs Up

Amid all the chatter about cord-cutting and declines in MVPD subscriber rolls, one provider that's relatively new to the U.S. market seems to have a long-term recipe for success. At least, that's the assessment of a Wall Street analyst at respected financial house Pivotal Research Group.

Advanced TV Solutions: A Big Local Market Advertising Shift Agent

Specialists in local media buying and planning are looking at data-driven and advanced TV solutions to help clients reach their customers in new ways. It is one key takeaway from a survey of FreeWheel's Strata platform users, most of whom work in local ad planning and buying. 

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DAX’s New Frequency For Data-Driven Dynamic Audio Ads

The digital audio advertising platform created by one of Great Britain's biggest commercial radio broadcasters has partnered with digital audio's "first Creative Management Platform" in an arrangement designed to enable data-driven dynamic audio advertising for U.S. advertisers and a network of "premier publishers."

Katz Drives To 605 As A Sales VP

This individual previously held leadership roles at video marketing technology company Eyeview, TiVo Research, Magid and NBC Universal. He will work closely with 605’s client base to help them increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their media campaigns.

Scripps Pumps Up OTT Advertiser Connection Tool

The seemingly incessant shift of consumer attention and eyeballs from traditional video platforms to "over-the-top" brands has led The E.W. Scripps Company to develop a new ad sales tool designed to bridge the gap between marketers and OTT audiences.

ACA Chimes In On NPR ‘5G Plus Plan’ Presentation

Among the groups that want a say on the rollout of 5G wireless technology is NPR. In a presentation filed with the FCC is a chart that shows how, in its view, various C-Band reallocation proposals including the 5G Plus Plan would meet the needs of public radio stations that rely on the C-Band to deliver programming. ACA Connects has something to say about NPR's chart.

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ATSC Urges NAB Show N.Y. Attendees To Ready For Next-Gen TV

The Advanced Television Systems Committee will highlight the 61 markets where NEXTGEN TV is going “on the air” in 2019-20, a move expected to reach more than 70% of the viewing public by the end of next year, across next week's NAB Show New York conference.

A TV First: ATSC 1.0 and NEXTGEN TV Signals From The Same Stack

It's a historic first in the voluntary rollout of next-generation broadcast TV signals: With cooperation from Comark Digital Services (CDS) division, ARK Multicasting Inc. successfully completed the first broadcast of both ATSC 1.0 and NEXTGEN TV from the same equipment stack.

Proposal Generator Software Comes From Dielectric

Dielectric has released free Excel-based planning tools—known as Proposal Generators—that give broadcasters and their RF consultants the ability to generate their own technical proposals. The initial rollout will focus on Powerlite low-power antenna systems.