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WISH Granted BIA Support In Ongoing DISH Fight

An intriguing new twist in a discrimination case between DuJuan McCoy's television group and Dish Network has emerged. A federal judge has denied Dish from blocking the use of supplemental expert testimony by Circle City in the case. The expert is a key figure at BIA Advisory Services.

Roger Wahl’s Fight For His Radio Station Continues

The owner of a Class A radio station serving Somerset County, Pa., convicted of a felony and multiple misdemeanors under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code and charged with voyeurism and soliciting men to establish rape of a female, is not losing control of his station just yet. RBR+TVBR has learned a written appearance as required by the FCC's Administrative Law Judge was indeed sent to the Commission in timely fashion.

Days Remain To Select Broadcast Media’s Top Tech Leaders!

Now more than ever, IT and engineering are among the most important areas within a broadcast media company. We salute the leaders overseeing technology, by seeking your nominations for RBR+TVBR's first-ever honor roll of broadcast media's leading technology executives. Hurry! The nominations window is limited.

Federal Judge Tosses Byron Allen’s Big Mac Attack

In May, a whopping $10 billion lawsuit was filed against McDonald's by media mogul Byron Allen in response to what was perceived as an unacceptable level of advertising commitment the QSR giant has given to his broadcast and cable properties. On Tuesday, Los Angeles-based U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin ruled on the matter.
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Gigi Sohn Placed In Senate GOP Hot Seat Spotlight

Gigi Sohn's selection by President Biden to fill out the FCC has become one of the most controversial in modern times. On Wednesday, Senate Commerce Committee Members scrutinized Sohn, along with three other nominees for governmental agencies. There were some fireworks, with an Alaskan Senator grilling her on Tweets that saw Sohn slam Fox News.

After 32 Months, ‘iHeartPodcast’ AM Replaced With Oldies

After several ratings periods with a 0.1 share of the audience, ranking last in a market that consumes Philadelphia radio stations and even the occasional New York City AM, iHeart has abandoned the all-podcast programming at WSAN-AM 1470 in Allentown.

How is Podcasting Doing across the United Kingdom?

According to the just released "Infinite Dial 2021 UK," some 41% of residents over the age of 16 have listened to a podcast in the last month. That's approximately 23 million people. Podcast Business Journal offered up a summary of the report.
Scott Ryfun, WGIG-AM & FM morning host

With Arbery Murder Trial Complete, A Missing Media Element Surfaces

The Ahmaud Arbery case drew national attention and condemnation for its racial overtones. In Brunswick, Ga., a local radio element surfaced that Media Services Group Managing Director Eddie Esserman — himself a licensee in the Brunswick area — believes is overlooked.  It involves a Talk radio station owned by iHeartMedia.

Radio Guest Quest Moves To G Accelerate for Affiliate, Ad Sales

Celebrity guests previously booked by Radio Guest Quest for radio station interviews include Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, Spike Lee, Chance the Rapper, Steve Martin, LeAnn Rimes, and Anderson Cooper.

With Biden FTC Pick Shaky, Rosenworcel OK Heads To Full Senate

Outside, the weather couldn't be more perfect for the first day of December, with bright sun and temperatures in the mid 50s. Inside the Russell Senate Office Building on the north side of Capitol Hill, things couldn't be sunnier for acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, who is one step closer to having the "acting" title removed from her business cards.

The InFOCUS Podcast: David Andrews

On the latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, David Andrews shares with the world what it’s like to crank out tunes like “In the Year 2525” with a live, local host and community-focused advertising on a 1,000-watt AM radio station serving a small Upstate New York market that, until the pandemic, was heavily reliant on the Canadian dollar. LISTEN HERE

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WLIW Set To Widen L.I. Radio Coverage

From April 2018 until July 2020, it had been in a simulcast with WLIR-FM and branded as "Real FM," offering Classic Hits programming. Soon, an FM translator with 10 watts of power covering such Long Island, N.Y., cities as Coram and Medford is set to be come a part of the WNET Public family.

Litton Entertainment’s Top Two To Retire

The President/CEO and the COO of Hearst Television's Litton Entertainment arm have announced that they will each retire from their roles at the end of the year. This puts Frank Biancuzzo, president of the recently created Hearst Media Production Group, in a position to directly oversee Litton.
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Ad-Engagement Predictions, Now At Univision

Univision Communications has teamed with IPG's media agency Mediahub in forging a partnership with EDO Inc. and datafuelX — an arrangement Univision says will allow it "to leverage proprietary consumer behavior data to predict engagement performance for advertiser campaigns across Univision’s linear networks."

Cross-Ownership Rule Erasure Yields Final Red River Sale

The last remaining properties tied to Red River Broadcast Co. have been spun, in a transaction that saw Kalil & Co. serve as the exclusive broker in the transaction signed off by Kathy Lau and John Exline. It is a deal that can only be permissible today thanks to the erasure of the FCC's cross-ownership rules, as a newspaper and TV station will soon be siblings in Duluth, Minn.

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Global Advertising Trends: Where Is Broadcast Media Heading?

How are radio and TV poised to perform in the next five years? WARC, the international marketing intelligence service, has some new intelligence on the subject.

What You Can Learn From Mitch Albom On Great Presentations

At his talk at the Miami Book Fair in November, WJR-AM in Detroit air talent and respected author Mitch Albom served up valuable lessons about great presentations that caught "Zoom expert" and public relations veteran Rosemary Ravinal's attention. In her view, what Albom said provides key learning lessons on how to perfect the great presentation.

CIMM To Offer ‘Guide to Converged TV Measurement Providers’

CIMM, in conjunction with Project X Institute's Jon Watts and Alan Wolk of TVREV, have announced the development of a "Guide to Converged TV Measurement Providers." Upon completion in early 2022, the guide seeks to provide a landscape of the entire Converged TV measurement ecosystem in the U.S, as well as a comparative analysis of the companies who are conducting converged TV audience measurement.
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Gray Station The Latest Violator Of FCC TV Issues/Programs Rules

The NBC affiliate serving Panama City Beach, Fla., has become the latest television station to receive a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for failing to timely file its quarterly TV issues/programs lists. How much is Gray Television paying to the FCC as a result of the transgression?

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Kantar’s Ad Verification Arm Is Sold

Kantar’s BVS solution, the ad verification business of the global data-driven analytics and brand consulting company, has been sold. The buyer is a data platform known for connecting and powering cross-screen advertising.

ATSC Opens Broadcast Core Network Technologies RFP

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for Broadcast Core Network technologies to enhance the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard. The project is on a fast track, the group says, with initial responses of interest due by December 31.

A ‘Major Installation’ For Shulins Is Complete

It's not revealing the name of the tower company, but Shulins says the purchase means they will increase their deployment of Stellar Eclipse to more than 70 sites across the top 50 markets, protecting over 350 of radio and TV stations.
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