Lemay Dies In Fatal Ozarks Tower Collapse

Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole on Friday revealed the identity of the individual who was killed Thursday morning (4/19) as the television tower housing the transmitter for Ozarks Public Television's KOZK-21 in Springfield, Mo., located to the east of the metropolitan area in Fordland, Mo., crashed to the ground. It is the head of the Washington state-based subcontracted team hired to handle tower and transmitter needs associated with the FCC's post-spectrum auction repack process. 

New England Sports Legend Gil Santos Dies

For generations of sports fans, Gil Santos was "the voice of New England." His resume features 36 years as the radio play-by-play voice of the New England Patriots NFL club, and 38 years delivering sports reports at :15 and :45 past the hour on WBZ-AM 1030. Santos was also known for his play-by-play alongside Bob Cousy for the Boston Celtics NBA team, and for Boston College and Penn State football. He also lent his voice to the Boston Marathon. Santos died Thursday at the age of 80.

ACA Calls Out NAB For New Rationale On ‘UHF Discount’

The American Cable Association has made it clear that the restoration of the so-called "UHF discount" by the Ajit Pai-led FCC could be harmful to its member MVPDs. Now, in reply comments filed Wednesday afternoon in the FCC's matter of an amendment of Section 73.3555(e) of the Commission’s Rules — the National Television Multiple Ownership Rule — ACA President/CEO Matthew M. Polka and SVP/Government Affairs Ross J. Lieberman are blasting the NAB for moves it believes will expand the discount.
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Is The DOJ Close To Approving Sinclair’s Tribune Take?

If you believe the New York Post, the Department of Justice is thisclose to approving Sinclair Broadcast Group's headline-making acquisition of Tribune Media. The tabloid reported late Wednesday that a DOJ stamp of approval is just days away, citing sources close to the matter.

Is The Smartphone Generation Your Biggest Challenge?

It's been suggested by the head of the BBC that "the smartphone generation is our biggest challenge." RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson has a one-word response to the Beeb: Bullocks. In his view, radio and TV can continue to win by "doubling down on your biggest asset." What would that be?

Salierno Makes Cavalier Move To Monticello Media

The city of Charlottesville, Va., is home to the University of Virginia and Cavalier athletics. It is also home to a group of stations owned by Monticello Media, led by one of the nation's top media brokers. The cluster just named a VP/GM.

Riverfront Seeks An Immediate Buyer In Iowa

The future of an AM-FM combo serving a town along the banks of the Mississippi River is in question, as the Yankton, S.D.-based family-owned company founded in 2004 that owns the duo has run out of options. In April 2016, acquiring the stations seemed like a good idea. At the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas last week, Riverfront Broadcasting co-owner Carolyn Becker told RBR+TVBR that operating the stations was no longer feasible. Today, news of a possible end-of-month shutdown of these stations was confirmed.

This Georgia Cluster Just Got Sold

The motto of the city of Waycross, Ga., is "opportunity in every direction." For one local broadcaster, opportunity means cashing out. With the filing late Tuesday of a Form 314 with the FCC, a trio of FMs have been sold. The buyer is another Georgia-based broadcaster, led by sole owner John Higgs.

Hispanic Radio Podcast: ‘Nuestra Gente’ Brings In-Language Choice

Here's a learning lesson from an LPFM in the Midwest, as RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson discusses the launch of a Spanish-language radio operation once the stuff of dreams. Led by Venezuelan immigrant and journalist Linda Parra, this latest Hispanic Radio Podcast from Radio Ink and the Radio + Television Business Report puts the focus on the first in-language voice for Latinos in Toledo, Ohio.

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EMF’s Joyous Coachella Valley Addition

With the second of two big weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival set to begin Friday (4/20), it may seem a bit of surprise to know that Mike Novak may be celebrating about something involving the Coachella Valley. While we suspect he's not attending the huge live music event, he's likely rejoicing over his entity's latest acquisition -- a Class A right in the heart of this part of Southern California.

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TV Companies Get Hammered On Red Day For Stocks

U.S. financial markets tumbled on Friday, once again extending a rollercoaster ride on Wall Street that sees no signs of ceasing anytime soon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 201.95 points, to 24,462.94, as Nasdaq was off 91.93 points, to 7,146.13. Media stocks were awash in a sea of red, but four companies stand out with gains to end the week. The situation for top TV companies isn't so pretty.

Nielsen Increases Its Quarterly Dividend

With its shares hitting a new five-year low on March 19 and rough seas on Wall Street resulting in a bruising session for Nielsen, the company's board of directors nevertheless put a stamp of approval on an increase in its quarterly cash dividend.

Here’s Who NABEF Will Celebrate On June 12 in D.C.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) has revealed the winners of the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. These award recipients will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America dinner, held Tuesday, June 12 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Top honors are going to a big TV station owner, and an independently owned FM in L.A.

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Open A.P. Opens Its Doors To NBCUniversal

There's now a seat at the advanced advertising table for NBCUniversal. The parent company of NBC, Telemundo and a host of cable networks has joined Open A.P. in a move it says underscores "the continued need to give advertisers a more scalable solution for marrying the reach and scale of premium video with advanced advertising capabilities."

After Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Can Radio Win Audience?

For one hour on Wednesday CMO Inc. founder Peter Horst and Jebbit president and co-founder Jonathan Lacoste made some predictions and "bold claims" in the wake of a marketing and advertising world controversy surrounding Facebook, third-party data use, and dollar allocation from brand managers. Our Editor-in-Chief tuned out halfway through, upon realizing that, in his view, ads on Instragram are a complete waste of money and that radio was a much better ROI delivery vehicle. Do you agree? Read on.

The Radio Marketer Of The Year: A Top TV Brand

A big TV brand has been selected to receive the 2018 Radio Mercury Awards “Radio Marketer of the Year” Award. It's being given to Comcast's Xfinity brand "in recognition of the significant programs they have implemented to support their suite of video, broadband, mobile, phone and home security products and services that leverage the very best of radio."

O’Rielly Reiterates ‘KidVid’ Kill Comments, In Friendly Confines

It's no secret that the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C. conservative-leaning think tank, has had a large influence on the FCC since the transition in power associated with the election of President Donald Trump. From senior fellow Jeff Eisenach, a part of the FCC Trump transition team, to visiting scholar Roslyn Layton, the AEI has helped put its agenda forward with the help of such willing partners as Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, who spoke before the AEI on Thursday. He discussed two of four "apparently unrelated policy issue areas being discussed these days."

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RBR+TVBR ENCORE: Leveraging mobile to connect with listeners

At the end of 2013, more than 60% of the U.S. population owned a smartphone. The latest research showed that many of them are actively researching local businesses on the fly. That led Martin Kristiseter, today a senior VP at Marketron Digital, to pen a Media Information Bureau column that concludes Radio, whose audiences are predominantly local, can play a huge role in leveraging mobile to help local retail. In turn, mobile, which is far-reaching, can boost local radio. We revisit Kristiseter's column more than four years later, as his advice still holds true today.

Rao’s The Choice For TEGNA IT

Kurt Rao has become the newest executive at TEGNA, the broadcast TV company formerly known as Gannett. Starting today, he's the Chief Technology Officer for the company, working across TEGNA "to drive the development and implementation of the company’s next-generation client and customer technology solutions."

LG Applauds ATSC 3.0 Global AWARN Agreement

On the first day of the 2018 NAB Show, which officially began April 9, LG Electronics was in a festive mood. The South Korean company's R&D leader was at the Las Vegas Convention Center and joined the AWARN Alliance, NAB and RAPA, South Korea’s broadcast promotion association, to celebrate the signing of a landmark memorandum of understanding regarding international cooperation on advanced emergency alerting powered by the new next gen TV standard and the Advanced Warning and Response Network.