This Simple Form Can Prevent a $15K FCC Forfeiture

Featured columnist Ken Benner is particularly incensed over a proposed $15,000 fine handed to a Virginia radio station. Why? He has a simple form that could have prevented the signing and mailing of a hefty check to Washington, he writes in this Media Information Bureau exclusive.

Appeals Court’s ‘RIFO’ Affirmation: D.C.’s Partisan Reaction

The much-watched Mozilla v. FCC case was decided on Tuesday by a D.C. Federal Appeals Court. Petitions sought to return Title II classification for broadband services, something the Wheeler Commission passed on party lines in 2015 and was erased by the Pai Commission. Those who want "net neutrality" back won't be pleased.

It’s ‘National Radio Day.’ Here’s Why America Should Care

According to the statisticians at National Day Calendar, August 20 is, in fact, National Radio Day. The fact that it took a Tweet from Fred Jacobs for us to know this is yet another pathetic F on the Radio Industry Report Card.

How The Media Fuels Terrorism … and What Can Be Done

This column, says Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner, is respectfully dedicated to the memory of the thousands of innocent worldwide terrorism victims and to those who will continue to suffer the same fate as these horrific practices continue to escalate.

More People, Less TV Homes: The USA In 2019

A just-released research study concludes that U.S. households with TV dropped by four million over the past decade. "The drop is surprising," says InMyArea Research. Why? The U.S. population grew by 20 million people between 2009 and 2019.

HD Radio: The Perfect Catalyst For Radio’s Digital Boom

An afternoon spent driving in a car with an HD Radio tuner -- a rarity for our editor-in-chief -- set his mind ablaze with ideas and inspiration. Could any of his ideas spark your stations into fully developing a potential revenue enhancer attracting ears from digital competitors?

Spotify: Streaming Royalty, Or Strained By Royalties?

In two weeks, Spotify will release its Q2 2019 results. Strong revenue growth is expected. There's just one problem: a hefty operating loss is expected, and the size of this loss could greatly vary. Could the music industry's royalty-hungry associations be its biggest problem? Or, is it pricey subscriptions?
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So, Who Really Seeks Public File Access?

In all of his years of experience, columnist Ken Benner has rarely come across a station that has received a request for access to their public files. Now that these files are online, Benner offers his thoughts on "something that has long bothered me that relates to preposterous regulatory compliance."

‘Regulatory Humility’: The Pai Commission Explained

"An excellent speech" was delivered Wednesday at the Media Institute's Communication Forum Luncheon by FCC General Counsel Tom Johnson. That, at least, was the opinion of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who praised Johnson for touching on everything from weddings to FM radio.

Violation Confession: Don’t Blame The Inspector

Should a radio or television broadcasting company point fingers at an alternative inspector in cases where violations are found, leading the licensee to fess to the Commission? The latest column from featured columnist Ken Benner shows why doing so is the wrong move.

Where OTA TV Is Strongest, And With Whom

As of May 2018, some 16 million over-the-air homes are present in the U.S. Nielsen used its data to provide deeper insights into the different types of over-the-air viewers -- and where they are most likely to reside -- in a newly released report.

Hill Hullabaloo Over Broadband’s Title II Classification Kill

The #SubCommTech wing of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday held a hearing on "Preserving an Open Internet for Consumers, Small Businesses, and Free Speech." Democrats and Republicans had something to say. So did TechFreedom, following the hearing.

Making Your Deals Sing: The Lyrical Guide To Top Transactions

In the world of M&A transactions, many are successful … and almost as many fail. Now, think about many of the songs you hear. Joyful, happy songs appear along sad ones. In the second of a two-part report, DEFcom Advisors CEO Doug Ferber offers his “lyrical guide to successful broadcast transactions.”

The Growth and Evolution of OTA TV, As Nielsen Sees It

What does Nielsen know about OTA households? Nielsen recently dived into the data to find out more about them—particularly, how many there are, what they look like and how they consume media. Here are the just-released findings.

Deregulation Furloughed: One Negative Of A Quiet D.C.

Without appropriations, many government programs went dormant. For Boston College Law School associate professor Daniel Lyons, a visiting fellow at conservative D.C. think-tank AEI, there’s a more fundamental problem with the shutdown, which just ended until mid-February: Pruning the regulatory state.

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