Gray Gets DOJ OK For Raycom Merger

The Department of Justice has given its approval of Gray's merger with Raycom Media. An official announcement arrived just after 6:30pm ET Friday.
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Media Meltdown On Wall Street

Don't panic ... or, try not to. Media stocks slumped along with general indices on a frightful Friday for Wall Street. Another dip was seen for Beasley. That said, only CBS, Tribune Media and Emmis saw gains, and the losses were ugly.

Carr Trouble In D.C. Could Also Delay Starks Sparks

Less than 24 hours after a key Senate Republican signaled he was willing to lift a block on a FCC confirmation vote for Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr as Commissioners, a leading Senate Democrat has stepped up by putting a fresh hold on the nomination -- jeopardizing continuation of Carr in his seat.

TeleSouth’s Questionable Biloxi Spin Follows Alpha Adds

Alpha Media has agreed to sell its stations in Biloxi, Miss., in a deal brokered by Kalil & Co. Terms of the deal became known early Friday, along with new information regarding an FM the buyer must spin to meet market ownership caps. The party getting the spun FM is closely related to Alpha's buyer.

One More Week For Medallas De Cortez Nominations

Here's your chance to honor the radio industry executive, air personality or AM or FM station serving U.S. Hispanics in ways no others do. Make your nominations now for the 2019 Medallas de Cortez awards — the symbol of excellence in Hispanic radio. The window closes Dec. 21.

What’s Next In iHeart’s Chapter 11 Escape Plan?

All's quiet in the Houston courtroom presided by the Hon. Marvin Isgur. But, that was hardly the case earlier this week, as iHeartMedia's plan confirmation hearing was pushed back, as expected, for several weeks. Concurrently, iHeart's Jelli deal was signed, sealed and approved -- with no details revealed.
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FOX Takes iHeartRadio Music Awards Live To Air

The iHeartRadio Music Awards are getting a big face lift in 2019. The venue has been shifted from Inglewood, Calif., to downtown Los Angeles. And, it will be moving from a trio of cable TV networks to broadcast TV, widening the live telecast's reach.

Veritone Stock Slammed Despite New Univision Pact

It's been a rough month on Wall Street for AI-powered audio attribution firm Veritone Inc. The company's stock continues to trade at all-time lows. On Wednesday, a 10.3% dip was registered even as a new pact with Univision was announced. Why? A law firm is investigating potential claims against the Veritone board for a previously unannounced proposed company sale.

FCC Kicks Off Quadrennial Regulatory Review

The FCC is now all ears on its NPRM inviting comments on whether or not it should amend its local broadcast ownership rules. No debate over loosening of the rules took place, as the Commission is solely seeking input from the public before it makes any regulatory shift. Yet, it's clear subcaps are set to melt.

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Lotus Closes On A Trio Of Deals

A series of closings have transpired that give this company ownership of stations in Idaho and Arizona. Two of the closings involve necessary spins in the Grand Canyon State to get the deal, brokered by Kalil & Co., done.

Comment Sought On Joint NAB/NCTA Carriage Election Plan

The NAB and NCTA have teamed in offering proposed changes to the carriage election notice process. The Media Bureau now seeks comment on the proposal. Here are the pertinent dates, and proposal details.

Who Will Be Broadcast Television’s Best Leaders?

Nominations are now being accepted for RBR + TVBR's inaugural list of the top individuals guiding over-the-air television companies at a most exciting time for the industry. Hurry ... voting ends soon, so be sure to make your voice heard today.

Block Widens Partnership With Growing OTT Partner

A 115-year old media company based in Toledo has expanded its relationship with a provider of video and OTT services to a Louisville-owned TV station it owns. Those services began in January 2018. Now, two other Block stations will be getting similar digitally focused capabilities.

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Addressable Ads Arrive At DISH, Sling

DISH Media is joining the Comscore Campaign Ratings beta. The move brings addressable advertising to DISH and Sling TV, and broadens the measurement tools available to marketers and advertisers that seek a solid metric for linear ads and personalized spots.

The Gig Economy: A New Source For Media Growth?

An interesting new Marketplace-Edison Research Poll sheds light on such employment as driving for a service such as Uber or Lyft, selling products or services online, or working as a freelancer. What does this mean for broadcast TV and radio? Are there ad dollars here for the taking?

A ROI Tool That’s Music To Radio’s Ears

Websites are arguably the most underutilized tools radio stations have in their arsenal to increase ad dollars and consumer engagement. That's the mindset fueling one tech company's roll-out of a platform designed to turn a radio station's online home into a music and event marketplace.

Calendar Quick-Check: FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines

There's plenty of forward-looking at what the new year might bring. To help with that, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth attorneys put their magnifying glass on FCC-related deadlines that await broadcasters.

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Discretely Distinct, Thanks To DAD

Some 18 months ago, the owner of a Classic Country station obtained a big-signal FM covering both Dayton and Cincinnati. The stations are now simulcasting yet unique -- something accomplished through a popular ENCO product.

Single-App Options Arrive For ‘Smart Ad’ Tool

A mobile app tech provider working with radio stations not owned by the major ownership groups is now offering single App options that include its "Smart Ad" tool.

Guten Tag: Ad-ID Added To WO Network Software

Now integrated in the WideOrbit-distributed software is Ad-ID. This, WideOrbit says, will help cable networks track campaigns, and generate insights from metadata embedded in advertising assets.