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Audacy To Bring ‘Freedom’ To Miami’s Spanish Talk Radio

In July, Lourdes Ubieta exited "Radio Mambí" amid fears the incoming owner — Latino Media Network — would dismantle the station's longtime conservative Spanish-language talk programming. These worries stem from a LMN funding source, George Soros, who is known for liberal causes. On Monday, Ubieta will be back on Miami radio, thanks to Audacy.

FOX Weather Gets Two New Distribution Points

FOX News Media’s free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) weather channel has expanded its distribution by bringing the offering to a MVPD. This comes after it was recently added to the Amazon Freevee no-cost video streaming service.

Scripps To Scrap ‘Newsy’ Branding For All-News Offering

It started off as a Generation Z and Millennial-focused news and information offering distributed strictly in the “over the top” (OTT) space. Then, it morphed into a MVPD-distributed cable channel. In autumn 2021, it headed to free-to-air television as a “DigiNet.” Yet, come New Year's Day 2023, Newsy will be no more. It's getting a new name.
The scene outside WINK-11 in Fort Myers just before 5pm Wednesday.

Southwest Florida, In the Eye of Ian

The Fort Myers-Naples region has been devastated by Hurricane Ian, with reports of limited access to local news coverage and WINK-TV going dark before 5pm Wednesday due to severe flooding that led the news team to evacuate to the second floor of the low-rise building. As of Thursday afternoon, WINK-TV was dark, with the staff evacuated overnight by a fire/rescue team.

MAGNA Reduces 2023 Growth Forecast By A Full Percentage Point

In the wake of "a historically strong 2021," U.S. media owner advertising revenues grew by 11% in the first half of 2022. Now, the not so rosy news from MAGNA: The continued economic slowdown and "the lack of major cyclical events" led MAGNA to lower its 2023 growth forecast somewhat significantly.

KERA Wants To Buy A Daily Newspaper

KERA, the PBS and NPR source for consumers in North Texas, is in the process of acquiring the Denton-Record Chronicle. Plans are in the works to complete the acquisition in 2023. The move is similar to one in Chicago involving the Chicago Sun-Times and the local NPR member station.

WideOrbit, vCreative Complete EMI Integration

The WideOrbit certified integration between vCreative's vPPO platform and the Electronic Material Instructions module for WO Traffic, WideOrbit's flagship ad sales and commercial operations platform, is designed to enable the end-to-end exchange of copy instructions.

Price Confirmed as Original Adams Radio Investors Purchase Company

It owns and operates 18 radio stations in the markets of Fort Wayne; Valparaiso; Las Cruces, N. Mexico; and Tallahassee, Fla. Now, the company led by CEO Ron Stone is being acquired by an entity controlled by shareholders that were investors in Adams Radio Group when the company was initially formed. The broker: Kalil & Co.

The InFOCUS Podcast: Tomás Martínez

In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Solmart Media co-owner Tomás Martínez, who cut his teeth in Miami media and is no stranger to hurricanes, shares how serving listeners to his two Spanish-language radio stations in Southwest Florida with unique content on-air and online came together in a time of emergency. LISTEN HERE

FCC Updates Its EAS Rules In Improvement Effort

Emergency Alert System rules are about to become more informative and easier to understand by the public, particularly among people with disabilities. That's thanks to an update of the Commission's EAS rules approved on Thursday at the FCC's September Open Meeting.

GBS Responds to ‘Disingenuous’ NAB ZoneCasting Filing

While the NAB has been critical of the merits of a proposed rulemaking that would pave the way for ZoneCasting from GeoBroadcast Services, the association last week filed an ex parte brief that disparaged GBS founder and CEO Chris Devine. GBS has now offered a rebuttal to the Commission.

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Edgewater Parts Ways With Georgia FM Translator

A licensee led by John Devine has agreed to spin a FM translator serving the Georgia city of Augusta. Signing off on the deal for the buyer is the group's Chief Financial Officer, Julie Ziegler.

Video Streaming Fragmentation Continues

Have U.S. televised programming consumers reached a tipping point when it comes to their preference of streaming video platforms versus linear, traditional platforms? New research from Horowitz Research illustrates just how dominant SVOD, AVOD, OTT and Connected TV already are in the 50 states and its territories.

FreeWheel, Comscore Expand Connected TV Contextual Targeting

Contextual targeting capabilities are being introduced to FreeWheel’s DSP Beeswax platform. This, FreeWheel and partner Comscore say, is designed to help advertisers more easily identify "valuable impressions" and reach the right viewers in a privacy-forward manner across a fragmented premium video ecosystem.

As Expected, FCC Adopts NPRM To Update ‘Part 73’ Rules

The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on updates to rules for full power and Class A stations which reflect the digital transition and completion of the post-incentive auction, current technology, and/or Commission practices.

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With Sports Fans Back After 2020 Pause, New Technology Fuels Growth

A new survey of consumers across 17 markets conducted by Altman Solon confirms that live sports consumption has steadily risen over the last two years as sports came back to full schedules. At the same time, new technologies are being increasingly used by sports teams and leagues to build fan connections, including augmented and virtual reality and blockchain.

OpenAP Announces Programmatic Enablement with OpenID

The expansion of OpenID audiences from linear and digital to programmatic breaks down some of the siloes that have existed across all TV advertising buy types and agency buying teams, OpenAP says. "By unifying delivery of all video buys on the campaign, we’re making it possible for campaigns to be measured holistically so marketers can see true cross-platform insights on overall campaign effectiveness."

What Broadcasters Can Learn From Auto Industry Disruption

Scott Painter, a "serial entrepreneur" in the automotive world known as the founder of Autonomy, will appear at broadcast media's most prestigious leadership conference — Forecast 2023 — in a keynote interview with event Radio Chair Greg Ashlock, CEO/Multiplatform Group for iHeartMedia.

Media Bureau’s ‘IAD’ Ups Karmarkar

Within the Media Bureau is an Industry Analysis Division. As of tomorrow its Deputy Chief will be promoted to Chief. This comes as Brendan Holland is departing after 7 years to assume a senior counsel role in the Audio Division. The new IAD Deputy Chief is the last Senior Counsel at Citadel Broadcasting, prior to its Cumulus merger.

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LTN Promotes Four To Help Fuel U.S. Growth

For decades, the former Arbitron put the Howard County, Md., city of Columbia on the map as a broadcast company rich in technology and research. Now, a slightly different broadcast technology company based in the city seeks to do the same for Columbia, as the media tech and video transport product producer ups four individuals to key positions as part of a "growth-oriented and customer-focused business strategy."

Interface Enhances Mobile Productions Thanks To Hitachi HDTV Cameras

In 1999, a Flushing, N.Y.-based operation was founded to provide a higher level of mobile television production to broadcast and corporate organizations worldwide. When the company recently needed to upgrade from 1080i cameras to 1080p with 3G-SDI connectivity, it chose SK-HD1800 studio and field production cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd.

Dozens Of New Data APIs Come To Adthos

It's a move Dutch-based broadcast technology company Adthos, led by CEO Raoul Wedel, explains is being done to expand its dynamic capabilities. More than 75 new APIs have been introduced into the ad personalization tool.