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Audacy executives virtually ring the Opening Bell for trading on NYSE Friday (4/9), as "ETM" officially changed to "AUD" as the company's ticker symbol following last week's name change from Entercom.

Audacy Shares Stumble In Rough Post-ETM Performance

On April 9, the media company known for more than 50 years as Entercom Communications officially changed its ticker symbol to "AUD" to reflect its new corporate identity, Audacy. On Tuesday, trading in AUD hit a fresh post-rebranding low, bringing it to its lowest price since the first day of March.
Norberto Sanchez

Norberto Sanchez Grows His NoFla Radio Holdings

Across the Southeast's biggest emerging Hispanic markets, perhaps no company has invested more in reaching this Spanish-language audio content consumer of late than Norsan Media. Now, it is grabbing what will become its third radio brand in the largest city in the U.S. by square miles.

Westwood One Podcast Networks Gets Parent Name Rebrand

Say goodbye to the Westwood One Podcast Network. Starting May 6, it will have a new name — one that reflects WWO's parent company.
Lance Tidwell

SummitMedia Secures Tidwell For Birmingham PD Post

He was most recently the head of programming for Cumulus Media's Country WDRQ-FM and Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM in Detroit, a role recently given to David Corey. Now, he's the Program Director for a pair of similarly formatted FM radio stations in the home market for SummitMedia.
The FCC Seal

FCC ‘Enhances’ Transparency of Foreign Gov’t.-Sponsored Programming

The FCC has adopted new sponsorship identification requirements to require broadcasters to disclose when foreign governments or their representatives lease time on their airwaves. The Order "increases transparency, ensuring audiences are aware when a foreign government, or its representatives, uses the airwaves to persuade the American public."

The Radio Industry Dream Job

Our editor-in-chief had a dream last night that he was running a Top 40 radio station. After recalling the key points of what he saw as he slept, he wishes that it wasn't a figment of a fantasy, but rather a blueprint to fix a format reliving 1991 — not a good thing, for all you kids out there.
The late Ron Chapman, who died April 26, 2021 at the age of 85, as seen in 2014

The Man Dallas LUVed: Radio Great Ron Chapman Dies

From 1959 through June 2005, he was a fixture on Dallas radio — even though he used a fictitious identity for his first six years in North Texas. Now, the radio industry is pausing to mourn one of its most beloved air personalities of all time.

In South Florida, iHeart Names a New Market President

In 2015, after working in Washington, D.C., for several years, she joined iHeartMedia. Most recently, this radio industry pro served as Region SVP of Sales for the company once known as Clear Channel Communications in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood market. Now, she's been promoted to Market President.
The view from Chuck Bergson's home in Lahaina, Maui

The InFOCUS Podcast: Chuck Bergson

In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Jacobson catches up with the CEO of Pacific Media Group, gaining insight into whether or not COVID-19 curbed rapid growth for the company, which today includes local news-focused websites competing head-to-head with Oahu-based TV groups. LISTEN HERE

Behind Instreamatic’s Multimillion Fundraising Effort

The Silicon Valley-based technology company says the investment will help bring AI-fueled voice ads to more brands, audio and video content publishers, and consumers. Progress Ventures leads the round, with Accomplice and Google Assistant Investments participating.

Spotify’s Q1 Results? Slowing Growth Countered by New Market Entries

How did it go for popular audio streaming company Spotify in the first quarter of 2021? Futuresource Consulting lead market analyst for music and audio Alexandre Jornod digested the numbers early today from London, and offers up the details.
Sirius XM logo

SiriusXM Tops Earnings, Revenue Estimates in Q1

"SiriusXM turned in a great performance across the board," company CEO Jennifer Witz said as she opened the satellite radio company's first quarter earnings call on Wednesday. "Like many companies, we are benefiting from Americans getting back on the road, growing auto sales and consumer incomes bolstered by significant federal stimulus."
Enrique Santos

A Latino Commitment: iHeart Extends Contract With Santos

Enrique Santos, the syndicated Spanish-language morning talent based at iHeartMedia's WZTU-FM "Tú 94.9" in Miami, is known for discussing such topics as "Do you tell your partner when someone flirts with you?" and "My co-worker asked me to be his lover." That will continue, along with Santos' other corporate duties, thanks to a new contract.
Bruce Feniger, Pamal

The InFOCUS Podcast: Bruce Feniger, Pamal Broadcasting

In this latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Pamal/Hudson Valley Market Manager and former Interep executive Bruce Feniger shares how Pamal has carved a niche within the nation's No. 1 DMA — and attracts advertisers and consumers in ways New York City-based radio and TV stations can't. LISTEN NOW!
Not the RBR+TVBR I-Team. It's a stock photo. But, you get the point.

Dude, Where’s My Station?

Thursday's release of March 2021 data from one of Nielsen Audio's biggest non-PPM markets, Buffalo, immediately led our Editor-in-Chief to start asking questions. Several stations were missing from the report. They were subscribers. What's the problem? That's a question not clearly answered as of yet, he notes in this RBR+TVBR Observation.
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