‘Chicago Radio Station Red Flags’ Fire Up One Local Operator

Could your client be suffering from a glut of spots? If you're in Chicago, the answer is a likely "yes" — unless your station is operated by Hubbard Radio. In a revealing blog post crafted for marketers and advertisers, the radio broadcasting arm of Minneapolis-led Hubbard has lashed out at long commercial breaks — "a legitimate concern" for an ad partner. The broadcaster's Windy City cluster has also outlined other areas to consider regarding its competitor's wary ways toward spot scheduling and promised ROI. We've got one of our "famous" RBR+TVBR OBSERVATIONS on this subject.

Former Broadcast Industry Council Leader Don LeBrecht Dies

From 1982 until his retirement in 1999, Roger D. "Don" LeBrecht served as Executive Director of the Broadcast Industry Council, working with the NAB on various projects to improve American productivity and literacy. LeBrecht passed away on Thursday in the Sarasota suburb of Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

A Forbearance Extension Pushes iHeart Deadline

Despite widespread speculation that a Chapter 11 restructuring was likely to occur last weekend, iHeartMedia will not be taking such action until at least March 13. The nation's No. 1 radio broadcasting company landed another three business days — plus the weekend — to deal with a $106 million interest payment it failed to make on February 1.

Should We Really Expect ‘A Major Selloff’ Of iHeart Stations?

"Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own."  One Forbes contributor, former Media Life editor Gene Ely, just penned a guest commentary with the provocative headline "In The IHeartMedia Bankruptcy, Expect A Major Selloff Of Radio Stations." Really? We asked top D.C. attorneys and one broker for their opinions. Here's what they say.

Here’s Why There Is No iHeartMedia Annual Report For 2017

Expecting that Form 10-K filing for the 2017 fiscal year for iHeartMedia, the No. 1 owner of radio stations in the U.S.? You're going to have to wait a little bit for the company to submit the report to the Securities & Exchange Commission. The delay has nothing to do with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy organization, or with anything involving the company's operations in this hemisphere of planet Earth. 
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Hispanic Radio’s ROI Success Stories Come to Life

Streamline Publishing’s Radio + Television Business Report is pleased to formally announce the launch of a weekly series of audio podcasts designed to educate and inform radio broadcasting companies on the continued strength of Hispanic-targeted AM and FM radio stations across the United States.

N.Y. Bankruptcy Judge Confirms Cumulus Reorg Plan

As expected, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman has signed off on "findings of fact, conclusions of law," and the final order that confirms Cumulus Media's Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. The 148-page document, entered into the record Thursday, will put the wheels in motion on a plan that will eliminate half of the radio broadcasting company's $2 billion in debt.

Entercom Ups Nine To Senior Management Roles

The radio broadcasting company has elevated nine individuals to senior management roles that span its digital, programming, events, sales, ad sales marketing, legal, and traffic departments. 

Hispanic Radio Podcast: Syndicated Success

In this latest Hispanic Radio Podcast hosted by RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson, veteran national sales pro Jose Villafañe — recently appointed Head of Sales and an Advisory Board member for MLC Media — discusses the top things a radio station should consider when evaluating syndicated programming for a key daypart.

‘Focused’ Investors Talk Up Entercom

Andrew Kuhn and Geoff Gannon have made a name for themselves as financial advisors via idea exchange, mental models and a mission to "build an investment community focused on the continual compounding of personal wealth without regard to the overall stock market." In a podcast distributed Thursday, Gannon and Kuhn examine Entercom. What's their prognosis?
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Birach Selects A New Donee For Tidewater Two

Take Two: On July 2 Sima Birach filed paperwork with the FCC indicating that two AMs serving the Hampton Roads region would be donated to the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC). That's not happening, based on a new agreement forged July 12 and filed with the Commission on Friday.

Bonneville Pays $141 Million For Entercom 8

It's been a foregone conclusion that Bonneville International Corp. would be acquiring the eight radio stations it is already operating via a Local Marketing Agreement with Entercom Communications in two Northern California markets. Entercom pulled the trigger on the sale of the eight stations​ in these cities late Friday.

Langmyer Leaving Scripps Stations After Sale

Tom Langmyer is ready to start a new chapter. On Aug. 23, Langmyer, vice president and general manager of Milwaukee radio stations WTMJ AM and FM and WKTI-FM, posted on Facebook that he will be leaving the stations after a five year run.

An Admonishment For Cumulus In ’99X’ Saga

In April, Cumulus Media was forced to silence an FM translator used for an Alternative station with a rich history in a big Southern market. Why did the signal go dark? The FCC acted on a complaint submitted by the owners of a Class A on the same signal, some 55 miles away. Now, the Commission's Associate General Counsel finds Cumulus was in violation of FCC ex parte rules.

Xperi Picks PILOT For DTS Build-Out In ‘Connected Car’

When it comes to the development of new broadcast radio services and user experiences in America's vehicles, the DTS Connected Radio ecosystem is being looked upon as the guidance tool for ensuring AMs and FMs are not lost in the shuffle as more and more "car radios" are transformed into in-dash smartphones. DTS and the NAB's PILOT initiative have teamed to ensure radio doesn't lose the car.

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