Digital Ad Deceleration: Radio and TV’s Untaken Opportunity

Digital ad growth is slowing, and radio and TV need to properly act today to take advantage of this. If they don't, C3 Metrics COO Jeff Greenfield tells RBR+TVBR in an exclusive interview, this could be the last hurrah for broadcast media.

Six Months Later, CBS Still Absent From DISH In SWFL

For more than six months, DISH subscribers in Southwest Florida have had no access to their local CBS affiliate. That's thanks to a prolonged retransmission fee war. According to the station's owner, there's no end in sight, although talks are ongoing.

A Changing America: What Census 2020 Will Reveal

The Washington, D.C.-based Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has a preview what's expected to be seen in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. We're pleased to share with readers the details, which provide an up-close look at key trends that could reshape U.S. broadcast media.
Sam Zell

Zell, Ex-Tribune Execs Reach $200M Leveraged Buyout Deal

Sam Zell, the real estate mogul, and other former officers and directors of Tribune Co. have agreed to a $200 million settlement that resolves allegations of fraudulent transactions related to the company's 2007 leveraged buyout.

Home Improvement Retailers Can’t Be Quieted At Spot Radio

There are two big takeaways from the latest Media Monitors Spot Ten Radio report. First, the home improvement retailer category continues to be one of the biggest for AM and FM radio stations. The second involves QSRs, and the use of spot radio by two big hamburger chains.
Townsquare Media Group

Townsquare Shares Are Sliding Again

Townsquare Media is very lightly traded on Wall Street. As such, a small group of shareholders can determine the trajectory of its stock. With Friday's close, it is heading southward, and is near $5. That's only happened twice before -- and both times were within the last six months.

Texas Deal Sees Eagle Flight, To God’s Delight

Thanks to a pair of transactions that have just been finalized, a Class C2 FM north of Houston is poised to become part of a network of stations made famous for its "God Listens" marketing campaign. The Classic Rock format on that FM? It's migrated to a new home.

Consent Decree Clears Path To Alaskan Noncomm Sale

Nearly one year ago a noncomm serving a rural Alaska town was slapped with a large fine for “numerous apparent violations” of FCC rules — many involving the EAS. Then came an FCC filing indicating a transfer of control of the station. Now, a Consent Decree will clear the way for new owners.

Cumulus Upsizes Its Multi-Million Dollar Note Offering

On June 11, RBR+TVBR was first to report that Cumulus Media planned an offering of $300 million in senior secured first-lien notes due 2026. It turns out that demand was a lot greater than the broadcast media company envisioned. It has upsized the offering.

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Licensee Problems Lead To SagamoreHill Deal Shift

A low-power Iowa TV station operated by Bahakel Communications via a Shared Services Agreement with a company that assumed would be its new owner is heading back to the company that intended to sell it due to "problems" it suffered. Instead, a Georgia LPTV is being assigned.

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How Important Is June For Auto Dealer Associations?

If the Media Monitors Spot Ten TV report is any indication of how advertising activity may predict sales expectations, June is shaping up to be a big guns-blazing month for the nation's automotive dealers. Spot counts are on the rise ahead of a fiscal year's end for many businesses.

Why A ‘Kerfuffle’ Between The FCC and NOAA Could Harm 5G

Is an interagency kerfuffle between the FCC and NOAA a threat to the future of 5G wireless? AEI visiting fellow Shane Tews believes this could impact the rollout of 5G, and she spoke with ACT | The App Association Policy Counsel Joel Thayer on the subject.

FCC Affirms Denver Nod For SW Colorado County

With the support of “hundreds” of residents, La Plata County, Colo., successfully secured a market modification that signaled the delivery for the first time of Denver DMA stations. The FCC's decision was challenged. On Thursday, that decision was affirmed by the FCC.

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QSR Conquest: Spot Cable Sees Activity Abundance

Quick-service restaurants tend to get a summer bump thanks to students out of class for the summer, and from many Americans on the road for travel and business. Brand managers have responded, with many brands electing to use spot cable to reach consumers.

ANA CEO Liodice To Co-Chair Forecast 2020

One of the radio broadcasting industry's most exclusive and important annual events, known as "Radio's Financial Summit," has secured one of the most important individuals in the U.S. marketing and advertising industry as this year's Co-Chair.

Coming Soon: A Radio Network Dedicated to Sports Betting

Radio station owners in states where legalized gambling could mean big ad dollars will soon have access to what's being marketed as the first terrestrial radio network dedicated exclusively to sports betting news and information.

A House E&C Member’s Surprise Retirement Stuns D.C.

Susan Brooks was elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana's 5th congressional district in 2012. The Republican serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and has been a key legislator on Capitol Hill on all things pertaining to the FCC. Not anymore.

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Next Nationwide EAS Test Set For August

FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System on August 7. A backup date is in place, in the event of a need to make a change. At the same time, the EAS Test Reporting System is now open and accepting 2019 filings.

Triton’s ‘Omny’-dimensional Podcast Pluck

Digital audio and podcast industry technology and services provider Triton Digital has just purchased the creator of what it calls the "most advanced podcast and on-demand audio publishing platform" in the world. 

Coming Soon: 5G-ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Service for In-Motion Use

SK Telecom, working with Sinclair Broadcast Group and Harman International Industries, has successfully demonstrated next-generation TV broadcasting by combining ATSC 3.0-based broadcast network and SK Telecom’s 5G network.