Mark An ‘X’ On This Owner Move In Walmart’s Home Market

If there's one thing to know about Northwest Arkansas, it is this: Walmart's global headquarters are here. Serving Bentonville and Fayetteville is a Class A Alternative station licensed to Springdale, Ark. It's just been shifted to a new licensee ... along with two AMs and a pair of FM translators.

How Can Radio Blossom With ‘Local Direct’ Growth?

Spanish-language radio stations can certainly attract listeners. But, what about advertisers? Paul Weyland has some great ideas on how to increase the number of appointments your AEs and sales pros can snag with local decisionmakers -- and close the deal the GM has been dreaming of. Hear what he has to say in the latest Hispanic Radio Podcast, hosted by RBR+TVBR's Editor-in-Chief.
U.S. Congress

Can This Congress Pass The ‘Local Radio Freedom Act’?

A bipartisan coalition of 124 Members of Congress have joined together to introduce resolutions in the House of Representatives and the Senate opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. Call it Take Two for The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA).

Randy Michaels Sells ‘KFC … Really

Here's a deal that's finger-lickin' good — at least for Kentucky-based broadcaster Michael Tarter. His company has just acquired 'KFC from one of the most well-known radio industry figures of the last quarter century. No ... it's not a quick-service restaurant's local franchise. Still, this deal is all about a local "Icon."
Raul Alarcon

SBS’s Q4 Prognostication: ‘Excelente’

Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) remains under a magnifying glass with many. Preferred shareholders with deep pockets, reportedly unafraid of litigation, are still battling company leader Raúl Alarcón Jr. For SBS, that may just be noise: Preliminary Q4 and full-year 2018 results are "excellent," Alarcón says.

Auto Needs Brands Serve Up Radio Spots

What better medium is there than radio to reach consumers while on the road -- a place a breakdown or accident could occur at any time? The GEICO team wouldn't disagree with that assessment, based on its continued use of spot radio to build its brand awareness, and sales.

Is An LPFM Operator Out-Foxing All?

The FCC on February 8 granted a request for a silent STA from an Alabama LPFM that's seen two NOVs for unauthorized tower sites in five years. Yet, the station is back on the air, and the request was filed two months late. Consider it the latest twist in a story involving Terry Keith Hammond, a past license loser.

What’s Pandora Promoting Now, Post-Sirius XM Sew-Up?

Now that Sirius XM Satellite Radio owns Pandora, the streaming audio pioneer, can radio expect to see the continued anti-AM & FM push seen prior to its acquisition? You bet. This time, Pandora is touting its "audience-first approach." Meanwhile, the first jointly branded Pandora and Sirius XM promo is out.
Saga Communications, Inc.

What’s In Store For Saga In Q4?

Saga Communications revealed Monday that it will release its Q4 and year-end 2018 results at 9am Eastern on Tuesday, March 12. What should investors expect from this small- and mid-sized market player?

Take It To The Bank: A Conference Focused On Revenue Growth

Whether or not you work in, manage, or own Hispanic radio stations, there is a conference you can count on to deliver more top-line revenue and bottom-line cash flow to your station this year and beyond. Click here to secure your spot in Miami on March 12-13.
FCC

They’re Here: 2019 EEO Audits From the Media Bureau

Talk about a Valentine's Day card that few may want to have received: Notification of random audits by the Media Bureau for how a radio or TV station enforces the Commission's Equal Employment Opportunity rules were mailed out on Thursday.

Oakland Baseball’s Radio Answer: A Salem Solution

With talk of a move out of the East Bay faded, the team known by many for EVP/Baseball Operations Billy Beane -- portrayed by Brad Pitt in the 2011 film Moneyball -- has found its new flagship radio partner. It's a big AM owned by Salem Media Group -- and a Bonneville property is also involved.

What’s Next For Entercom, Cumulus Staff In N.Y., Indy and Massachusetts?

From Music City USA to the streets of Midtown Manhattan, the radio industry is buzzing about Wednesday's post-Closing Bell announcement that Cumulus is swapping New York's NASH 94.7 and two Bay State stations to Entercom for its Indianapolis cluster. But what about the people? We now know.
Wall Street

Divergent Days On Wall Street For Two Former ‘Debt Bombs’

Wednesday was a strong day on the OTC Pink trading desk for the nation's No. 1 owner of radio stations. Today ... it was an ugly one. Meanwhile, Cumulus Media shares soared 5.8% following yesterday's big announcement that it was paring down assets to lower its leverage while adding three FMs in Indianapolis.

MMTC Cheers FCC’s ‘Positive Step’ For Broadcast EEO

The  President/CEO of the Multicultural  Media,  Telecom  and  Internet  Council  (MMTC) on Thursday commended the FCC for the approval at its February Open Meeting to seek public comment on a plan that ramps up enforcement of the Commission's broadcast employment nondiscrimination rule.

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