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Acting FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

D.C. Democrats Chime In On Rosenworcel, Sohn Noms

After months of questions from across Washington, D.C., the White House on Tuesday formally nominated Jessica Rosenworcel to serve as the first woman to officially serve as Chair of the FCC. At the same time, President Biden selected Gigi Sohn to serve as a Democratic Commissioner. While Sohn's nomination will certainly trigger Republican opposition, Democrats were pleased.
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What’s The Forecast Now For A Full FCC?

With so many broadcast media proposals at the FCC and confirmation that the White House is giving Jessica Rosenworcel the official position as Chairwoman, what should radio and TV station C-Suite leaders keep their eyes on? A Forecast 2022 session picks up where a recent InFOCUS Podcast left off, with noted D.C. attorney Frank Montero moderating a panel you won't want to miss.
Mark Fratrik

The InFOCUS Podcast: Dr. Mark Fratrik, BIA

There's already chatter about what could come for the Rosenworcel Commission -- or, perhaps, what won't come. Ahead of his exclusive Forecast 2022 appearance, BIA Advisory Services SVP/Chief Economist Dr. Mark Fratrik shares his views on whether or not "regulatory burdens" seen under the Wheeler Commission could come back. Deregulation? Don't count on it, he says in this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM. LISTEN HERE

NABOB Poised to ‘Reset’ P&G’s Multicultural Digital Buys

If one of your radio or television stations is a member of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), here's a chance for your sales team to benefit from getting a piece of the action in a multimillion-dollar ad campaign signed off by one of the biggest champions of multicultural marketing today: Marc Pritchard.
Hilton Howell Jr., Gray Television CEO

Gray Goes Forward With Senior Note Offering

On October 20, RBR+TVBR reported that Gray Television is amending and restating its senior credit facility while concurrently seeking an additional incremental term loan valued at $1.5 billion. The broadcast TV station owner plans to use the funds to help pay for its merger with Meredith Local Media.  On Monday, Gray had more to say regarding how it will handle the final bill for those Meredith television properties.

Salem Q3 Release Added To Heavy Day Of Analyst Calls

Remember that infamous Reese's Peanut Butter Cup coffee mug former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai frequently used? Investors and analysts who actively watch broadcast media companies better get two ready for November 4.  A sixth licensee of broadcast stations has scheduled their third-quarter 2021 earnings release on this date, with the results distributed following the day's Closing Bell.

This Is London: No FM Switchoff Mandated For U.K.

With RAJAR ratings due Wednesday for the first time since the arrival of COVID-19 in Great Britain, many across the U.K. are biting their nails and praying that listening levels haven't fallen since the last surveys. At the same time, they're perusing new rules "needed to protect British radio output on smart speakers" — regulations that do not put a mandatory switch-off date in place for analog FM transmissions.

Radio’s On-The-Spot Brand Lovers

What are the top advertisers using spot radio to connect with AM and FM radio listeners? For the week ending October 24, some intriguing brands are on the latest Media Monitors Spot Ten Report. One new entrant is a Procter & Gamble Co. brand not necessarily known for its audio creative.

Salem Shares Rocket To Fresh Three-Year High

It was July 2018 when Salem Media Group shares were priced this high. And, with Friday's closing price on the Nasdaq GlobalMarket, the company known for its conservative Talk and Christian-themed radio stations will have concluded one of its biggest-ever trading days, with a massive 33 million shares traded.

Vaccination? No. A Weekly Live On-Air COVID-Test? Yes

A Talk radio host in Jacksonville, Fla., has made it clear: He's refusing to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to his employer, Cox Media Group. Instead, he's volunteered to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing live on the air. The first weekly testing sessions commenced on Wednesday.

Audacy, iHeart Affirm Q3 2021 Earnings Release Dates

Two of the nation's largest audio media content and distribution companies have set the days on which they will release their Q3 fiscal report cards.

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‘SuperFrank’ Sells A LPTV to Gray. Here’s Why

Frank Copsidas has bought and sold many LPTVs. Now, he's spinning a property licensed to a town of less than 2,000 in the Deep South. The buyer? Gray Television.

An Upsizing and Pricing of Gray’s Senior Notes Is Seen

The offering of the Notes, done to allow Gray to finance its acquisition of Meredith Corp.'s local media group, is expected to close on November 9, subject to customary closing conditions. At that time the proceeds of the offering will be funded into an escrow account.

Roku Measurement Comes To Nielsen DCR

This increase in coverage, Nielsen and Roku say, helps content owners and advertisers navigate the expanding world of TV streaming and is "a major milestone on the path to Nielsen ONE, Nielsen’s transformative, cross-media solution that will enable advertisers and publishers to transact using a single metric across linear and digital television."

What is MRC Accreditation? This Webinar Will Explain All

As the Media Rating Council sees it, its accreditation is "the primary mechanism for transparency and accountability in advertising and media measurement." But, what exactly is "accreditation," and how does the process work? A webinar scheduled for Wednesday aims to explain all.

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Cliff Freeman with the late Clara Peller, made famous for her line "Where's The Beef" in a series of Wendy's commercials that aired in 1984.

R.I.P. Cliff Freeman: A Creative Master Of Broadcast Advertising

He was a branding master. "Pizza, Pizza?" and "Where's The Beef?" were his ideas. Cliff Freeman passed away of pneumonia nearly two months ago at the age of 80, and news of his passing eventually made headlines across October. Broadcast media owes a debt of gratitude to Freeman, our Editor-in-Chief says in this Media Information Bureau column.

Cyber Security Starts at the Top. Is Your C-Suite On It?

Cyber security expert Steve Morgan, founder of Cybersecurity Ventures and Editor-in-Chief at Cybercrime Magazine, has some great advice on how to prevent a potentially crippling incident from thwarting day-to-day operations at your radio and/or television stations. He'll be sharing his thoughts exclusively at Forecast 2022 on November 16 in New York — a "no press" event you need to be at.

Properly Defining The Minority-Owned Media Ecosystem

The recent press about General Motors (GM) investing in the minority-owned "media ecosystem," while warranted and overdue, still treats all "minority" owners as Black or Hispanic. That's the theme of this Letter to the Editor from the President of In-Language Radio, Jamie Arbona.
Alan Davidson

White House Tees Up Ex-Google Exec For NTIA Role

If Congress says yes, he'll become the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington last worked.

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Aaron Frye with the JVC GY-HC900 CONNECTED CAM for WDJT

Camera Upgrade Comes Into Focus for Weigel

A television station owned by the parent company of the MeTV Network and The CW Network affiliate in the nation's third-largest market recently signed off on the acquisition of several camcorders to improve the quality -- and flexibility -- of its broadcast operations. The equipment is now in place at the Weigel Broadcasting stations serving a market to the north of Chicago, where it owns the CBS affiliate.

Dielectric’s International Suite, Directed By Bizet

While you may be thinking of Carmen, there's no mistaking the individual who has been appointed International Sales Manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned transmitter manufacturer Dielectric. It's an individual who is widely known for his many years based in Caracas.

He’s Been Chosen to Lead PPDS/Philips Growth In North America

PPDS/Philips has a new VP of Commercial Displays who is being welcomed by the company. His chief task: to lead the global company's North America business forward.
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