Here It Comes: A Local Radio Ownership Rule NPRM

It may not have been the top topic of conversation for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a blog post outlining what will be voted on at the Commission's December Open Meeting, but make no mistake about it — the biggest reason for AM and FM station owners to give thanks this holiday season is an NPRM on "modernization" of the Local Radio Ownership Rule.

How Tech Can Help Build Your Audio Business

Driving listeners to radio on any platform and at any time has never been more challenging, even as digital technology has afforded a host of new opportunities. At Forecast 2019, the consumption and monetization of digital options was a top topic across two panel discussions.
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Is A CBS/Viacom Merger Just Months Away?

A report late Sunday in the New York Post has fueled the fire once again that Viacom and CBS Corp. are indeed set to reunify. The tabloid, however, puts the timetable for a reuniting not in years, but in months.

Entercom’s Earlier-Than-Expected Elevation

Entercom's Q3 earnings results delivered a mixed reaction from Wall Street. Earnings per share slightly missed the consensus analyst estimate. On a same-station basis, net revenue in Q3 dropped as pro-forma Adjusted EBITDA slipped by $3 million. Entercom President/CEO David Field is satisfied. A full-time investor mainly focused on U.S. equities believes Field has every reason to be content.

Wall Street

Pre-Turkey Turnaround Brings Rebound For Beasley, Entercom

After two days of punishing declines, a rebound was seen entering the final hour of trading on Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. It was good news for Beasley Media Group and Entercom Communications.

HPRN Spears Tejas Foursome In Expanded Deal

In early October, RBR+TVBR was first to report the addition of a Class C1 facility serving Clovis, N. Mex., by a swiftly expanding group led by Monte Spearman. It turns out he wasn't done, and he's grabbing more stations from the seller.

It’s The Truth: Veritas Secures Southern Conn. Station

A Class B AM serving Fairfield County, Conn., and most of the north shore of Long Island, is being sold along with its presently dark FM translator. The buyer will most likely say farewell to programming presently billed as "The Sound of Peace and Love."

Make Your Medallas De Cortez Nominations Now!

Is there one standout radio industry executive, air personality or AM or FM station serving U.S. Hispanics that deserves to be honored for their accomplishments? Here is your chance to express your opinion, and assist in the honoring process, for the 2019 Medallas de Cortez awards — the most prestigious and highly coveted symbol of excellence in Hispanic radio.

‘Vault’ Move Leads To Delmarva Stick Sale

Until recently, a Class A serving the southern half of the Delmarva Peninsula from Maryland's Eastern Shore was a simulcast partner of a Classic Rocker. Now, the programming has shifted to a closer-to-D.C. facility as this station gets traded away.

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‘TRU Calling For A Eastern Kansas FM

Some 100 miles to the southwest of Kansas City is a small town with an FM transmitter for what had been the home of a "true" Christian AC non-comm. The station is now an internet-only operation, as the licensee is selling the presently dark Class A that had been its over-the-air home.

A Big NBC Affiliate Celebrates 70 Years Of Service

On November 25, 1948, the first broadcast of what today is the centerpiece of the largest media company in the Pacific Northwest was made. It involved a high school football game. Today, staff and community leaders are preparing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this media group's first asset -- the "KING" of Seattle.
Brian Wieser

Wieser Words On OTA TV’s Awful October

Just how bad was October for the broadcast television industry? Pivotal Research Group Senior Research Analyst for Advertising Brian Wieser analyzed TV use trends alongside commercial share for national media owners. Who saw a significant drop in consumption among adults 18-49 during the month? Over the air TV stations can collectively answer, "This is Us."

A Cognitive Solution To Nielsen’s CEO Needs

There's a successor to Mitch Barns at Nielsen, and it certainly begs the question of what the company's Board of Directors was thinking in selecting the former leader of IBM's Cognitive Solutions business for the job. We looked at his salary, and it's in the millions.

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Goodbye, Black Friday? Turkey Day Buys Surge

Pass the turkey ... and the credit card. PwC’s 2018 Holiday Outlook suggests that a steady shift in attitudes about Thanksgiving Day shopping is underway: more than 70% of respondents saying they plan to shop on the actual holiday, rather than on Black Friday.

AdsWizz Gets Integrated With Google Display and Video 360

A fresh integration between a digital audio ad firm and one of the world's biggest tech giants will open up Pandora to audio ad buys via its "Display and Video 360" tool.
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Jelli Ring: iHeart Acquires Programmatic Player

The nation's No. 1 owner of radio stations just made another debtor-in-possession move designed to bring more profits to the company that hopes to lower its debt to $5 billion. Two months after making a big podcast push, iHeartMedia is acquiring the tech company that powers its SoundPoint programmatic ad platform.

OSHA Fingers Tower Consultants Inc. In Lemay’s Tower Death

Steve Lemay lost his life while conducting work on the broadcast tower housing the transmitter for Ozarks Public Television‘s KOZK-21 in Springfield, Mo. The tower crashed to the ground in the horrific April 2018 incident. Now, OSHA has determined that the collapse of the tower was caused by contractors' errors.

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Teen Aversion To Androids Hits New Apex

Is your radio or TV station seeking to lure teens and young adults through apps exclusively available through the Google Play store on Android-powered smartphone? Good luck with that. A new Piper Jaffray study shows that with teens, it is all about Apple.

How Tech Can Help Build Your Audio Business

Driving listeners to radio on any platform and at any time has never been more challenging, even as digital technology has afforded a host of new opportunities. At Forecast 2019, the consumption and monetization of digital options was a top topic across two panel discussions.

A Imaging, Commercial and Video Production Choice That’s All Sun & Fun

A network radio operation offering stations products and services designed to boost ratings and revenue on a wholly barter basis is now representing Digital Sound & Video in offering its radio imaging, commercial production and video production services to AMs and FMs across the U.S.