Entercom Shares Collapse In Horrific Trading Session

In one of the worst trading sessions seen in recent memory for a media company, Entercom Communications on Friday suffered a 36.2% decrease in its stock value. With an astonishing 5.45 million shares traded against average volume of 996,657 shares, ETM ended the week at just under 83 cents per share. It's the lowest price ever seen, except in October 2008.

An NPR Sale In Southern Utah Home

Nevada Public Radio has served listeners via a Class C2 FM signal based in the city of St. George, Utah. That said, two in-state pubcasters can be tuned to, offering much of the same programming. As such, Nevada Public Radio is exiting the popular retirement and outdoor enthusiast hub. The buyer? The No. 2 licensee of radio stations in the U.S.

A ‘Significant’ Number of Layoffs, Furloughs Hit Entercom

"I am deeply saddened that we need to make these painful moves at this time." Those are the words of Entercom head David J. Field, who in an internal memo to all employees Thursday morning revealed that the coronavirus pandemic -- which led the audio media company to exhaust all available dollars under the revolver portion of its credit agreement -- is claiming jobs.

Improved LPFM Reception: A FCC April Open Meeting Item

The FCC's April Open Meeting agenda was discussed Wednesday by Chairman Ajit Pai in a blog post. While the docket is full of 5G-related items, one final item is of high interest to any radio broadcasting company with an FM signal in a market where low-power FMs have a presence, such as New Orleans.

Beasley The Latest Radio Company To Reduce Staff

Furloughs and permanent job cuts have been made at some of the biggest radio broadcasting companies, including HeartMedia and Townsquare Media, respectively. It is now known that Beasley, which has suffered a significant decline in its stock price that even pre-dates the coronavirus pandemic-fueled Wall Street downturn, has also said goodbye to more than five dozen employees.
Howard Stern

A Stern Look At Sirius XM Shows Minimal COVID-19 Impact

An esteemed Wall Street analyst has reviewed just where the satellite radio company and home to Howard Stern stands today and perhaps in the near future. His call? Things will be down, but not so bad. The report comes as Stern announced Tuesday morning on his show that six weeks of free access — via streaming.

‘Boost Idaho’ A Swift Success For Boise Radio Group

A group of radio stations serving Boise, Idaho, announced a new initiative designed to help local businesses get the word out that they are open. Ten hours later, the stations closed the program: All of the spots made available were claimed.

Urban One’s Annual Report Is Delayed. It’s Blaming COVID-19.

Due to its operations being impacted by COVID-19, Urban One is unable to finalize and file its annual report on Form 10-K on a timely basis to meet its annual report filing deadline. That was Monday (3/30). A SEC order made March 25 allows a 45-day extension, and Urban One is taking it. When will the company likely file the annual report?
SBS / Spanish Broadcasting System

SBS Shines With Impressive Q4, Full-Year ’19 Results

With furloughs and layoffs clouding the efforts of media companies who continue to excel during one of the most difficult eras for the U.S. since World War II, thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic, some good financial news is most certainly welcomed. Look no further than the Q4 and full-year 2019 results released late Tuesday by Spanish Broadcasting System.

Salem Goes Virtual For Its 2020 Shareholders’ Meeting

With physical distancing the "new normal," it was only a matter of time before an annual shareholders' meeting for a broadcast media company took a virtual turn. The first company to publicly make the move: the Camarillo, Calif.-based entity known for Christian-themed and conservative talk audio programming.

Salem Moves Forward With Q1 Guidance Wipe

On Thursday, iHeartMedia disclosed that it was taking a big chunk of money out of a credit line established with its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, while withdrawing its full-year 2020 guidance. The reason is directly tied to the extreme impact to media of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hours later, Salem Media Group moved forward with a coronavirus-fueled move of its own.

Broadcasters Foundation: Continuing Its Mission Amid COVID-19’s Spread

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has received "a flurry of requests' for assistance from broadcasters who find themselves in need due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The non-profit organization is "currently looking into the best way" it can provide assistance to these broadcasters.

Doing Nothing Doesn’t Solve A Problem — Or Stem A Crisis

Every solid marketing campaign targets specifics that define prospects and probabilities. That includes time and circumstance. Staying in front of customers doesn’t always mean pitching a product or service. Letting them know you share their situation and will be there when they need you – that’s relatable marketing. And it resonates and will be remembered when things get back to normal.

Schooled In Seattle: Bonneville News/Talker To Fuel Hubbard Music FMs

What would your group of radio stations do if necessary news and information regarding the coronavirus pandemic was absolutely necessary for your listeners, but your resources were highly limited? In Seattle, stations known for entertainment programming and music linked up with another broadcasting company's News/Talker.

Gleason Stations Prepare For Sign-Off In Maine

In February 2019, Dick Gleason was remembered for his five decades as an owner of radio stations in Maine, following his death from ALS at the age of 71. Now, the radio stations licensed to Gleason Media Services are saying goodbye -- and the coronavirus pandemic is one of the reasons why they are shutting down on March 29.

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