A Call For The FCC To Fix Minority Ownership ‘Suppression’

Are you among the group of individuals who believe the FCC incubator program is destined to fail? You may want to read this. The Southern Journal of Policy and Justice this week published a 61-page law review article with the salacious title, "How The FCC Suppressed Minority Ownership, and How the FCC Can Undo The Damage It Caused?" We've perused the article and offer up its key points.

Ripley’s Path For Sinclair, Minus Tribune

What's the future for Sinclair Broadcast Group now that it will not be merging with Tribune Media? That question was most likely on everyone's minds at the second and concluding day of sessions at NAB Show New York. In a candid midday conversation Thursday, company President/CEO Chris Ripley shared Sinclair's strategy for long-term success in a media landscape that is drastically expanding. 

Future Focus: TV’s Leaders On Retrans, Next Gen Broadcasts

With their sights on the future and, without a doubt, the Next Generation broadcast TV standard, some of the industry's leading CEOs on Wednesday morning confirmed their commitment to the technological advancements that — combined with live and local — will propel the medium into the future. The comments were delivered to a packed room of NAB Show New York attendees.

Tribune Shares Recover From Post-Sinclair Slide

On July 16, Tribune Media shares nosedived after it became known that it would not be proceeding with its planned merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group. One month later, investors reassessed the situation -- and became believers in Tribune once again as it seeks a new suitor. On Wednesday, Tribune officially closed at its highest point since that unfortunate summer's day.

Wall Street

The Slumping Stocks Of Radio’s Big Players

Cumulus Media is no longer in debtor-in-possession status. It's a new day at the company led by CEO Mary Berner. Yet, its stock is at its lowest closing price since it emerged from Chapter 11 protection. Meanwhile, Entercom at the Closing Bell just staved off another recent low, while Beasley shares are sputtering.
FCC

Here Comes FM Translator ‘MX’ Resolution

A Public Notice released Friday by the FCC officially put the wheels in motion on "Auction 100," and seeks comment on the procedures to be used for the "closed" auction. This means only certain entities outlined by the Commission will be eligible for further auction participation.

An FM Translator Is Warned For Program Origination

As tempting as it is to use an FM translator as a unique facility with its own programming, the purpose of these mini-stations, if you will, is to serve as a "fill-in" outlet for an AM station or an FM in the market with signal penetration issues. It seems an operator in Mississippi didn't get the message, making a "WONG" decision.

Alabama Slammer: A Radio Six Pack Trades Hands

Some 13 years ago, URBAN Radio Licenses purchased an FM in Muscle Shoals, Ala., from iHeartMedia. Fast-forward to just a few weeks ago, when iHeartMedia followed through with the sale of a new FM translator station serving nearby Florence, successfully bid on during Auction 83, to URBAN Radio—a deal intertwined with the 2005 transaction. Now, URBAN Radio is exiting the market.

DIRS Deactivated In Alabama, Georgia

The FCC has deactivated its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for the four counties in Alabama and multiple counties in Georgia impacted by Hurricane Michael.  DIRS remains active in Florida, where recovery efforts are ongoing and could take weeks.

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Edgewater Parts Ways With Another Translator

An Idaho-based non-secular broadcasting company led by President Dennis Clounch has decided to sell another one of its FM translators, continuing a trend started two years ago. The latest divestment involves a city in Montana, and the No. 2 licensee of AM and FM broadcast stations in the U.S.

Ion Wants FCC OK For Kentucky Upgrade

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been released by the FCC's Media Bureau that seeks comment on a petition from Ion Media that would shift the city of license for one of its TV stations in Kentucky. Here's what you need to do if you have a say in the matter.

Nexstar Loan, Credit Refi Cuts Interest Expense By Millions

One of the nation's biggest broadcast TV companies has just lowered its annual interest expense by roughly $7 million while increasing its free cash flow by approximately $5 million each year.

Final Agenda Released for 2018 Media Credit Seminar

Sessions addressing the digital media marketplace, demographic changes affecting the top U.S. Metro Markets, global business intelligence and the legal considerations involved in electronic business transactions and social media will be featured at the 2018 Media Credit Seminar. The final agenda for Thursday's event in New York is now available.

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NAB Says No To Nominet ‘White Space’ Operation

The use of so-called white space is of high interest to the rollout of broadband services in rural areas. It is also of keen interest to the NAB, which has asked the FCC to reconsider the Office of Engineering and Technology's approval for the official registry of .UK domain names to operate the Commission's white space database system to provide service to the public.

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Radio’s Winning Plan: Attribution Through AI

Attribution was one topic that had 2018 Radio Show attendees talking. As top executives debated the importance of attribution, data, and analytics for radio to remain relevant to advertisers, Veritone released a AI-driven media attribution tool that tracks the efficacy of advertising in broadcast radio. A free webinar on October 30 will provide full details of the tool's best uses.

Window Opens For FCC Honors Engineer Program

Want to participate in the FCC's Honors Engineer Program, launched earlier this year? Here are all of the details on how to apply for a spot in the program, which is open to recent engineering school graduates and current students who will graduate this academic year. 

First-Time Exhibitors Join 2018 NAB Show New York

More than 60 companies will appear for the first time at the 2018 NAB Show New York, held Wednesday and Thursday (10/17 and 10/18) at the Javits Convention Center. These companies will offer a first look at new products and technologies through hands-on exhibits and demonstrations.