GeoBroadcast Solutions’ Booster Plan Distinction Spelled Out

GeoBroadcast Systems -- the party seeking limited program origination for FM boosters -- is speaking out. The company behind "Zonecasting" wants the FCC and other interested parties to be very clear on the distinctions between the Broadcasters for Limited Program Origination's quest for FM translators, and what it is asking.
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Radio’s Ad Deceleration, As Digital Activity Revs Up

We've heard the woes about local digital's wrath on the broadcast radio industry in the U.S. Now, more calls for consolidation in the absence of federal digital media regulatory policy that mirrors that for broadcast media may only get louder, given the revised 2020 local radio ad forecast BIA Advisory Services just released.

Cox Seeks Spanish-language Success With ‘Exitos’ Upgrade, ‘DBO Shift

ESPN Radio has lost its big Class B home in Central Florida as part of a major retooling of Cox Media Group/Orlando that sees a heritage News/Talker return to its AM home until late 2012, and Spanish-language programming get a major facility upgrade. Why is this shuffle happening? Jason Meder, the Orlando Radio head for CMG, gave RBR+TVBR the answer.

Victor Martinez Knows WHAT He Wants In Philly

In the Lehigh Valley, Victor Martinez has made a name for himself as the individual behind "Mega," the Latin Contemporary operation heard on a trio of FM translators feeding a pair of AM simulcast partners. Now, Martinez is snapping up a longtime Latin voice in the City of Brotherly Love.

Death Of An AM, Upheld By The FCC

In January, the Commission upheld a Media Bureau decision to cancel the license of an AM radio station in Meridian, Miss., on the grounds that the disclosure to the Commission of the death of the station's sole owner was botched. A month later, two individuals now overseeing the operation filed a Petition for Reconsideration. On Monday, the FCC responded: Nope.

A Punjabi FM Translator’s Fate Is Set

Did Punjabi Radio USA get the Media Bureau's OK to move an FM translator to a frequency "intended" for the use of a LPFM station, in violation of the LCRA of 2010? That's the issue placed in front of the Commissioners regarding an FM translator that moved from a winery to a southern suburb of California's state capital.

So, Just How Much Radio Consumption Was Tied To Streaming?

We've heard the stories that audio streaming of AM and FM radio stations substantially increased during the height of the COVID-19 fueled shelter-at-home restrictions. But, to what extent did streaming impact, in a positive way, consumption of broadcast radio? The latest Edison Research "Share of Ear" report for May 2020 has an interesting answer.

BBGI: A Day Trader’s Delight?

Some industry observers speculated that Friday's big jump in value for Beasley Broadcast Group shares was thanks to day traders, and was not a sign of a fast-track to long-term recovery for a deeply undervalued broadcast media issue. It turns out that day traders just may have left their mark on BBGI.

Another Sky-High Finish for Urban One

It's official. From its May 1999 Initial Public Offering as Radio One until Wednesday, the multimedia company known today as Urban One had never seen its stock price so high. Then came Friday's Opening Bell, which saw yet another buying frenzy for a company that targets African Americans on what has become the biggest Juneteenth holiday ever observed.

From Broadcast Media To Marijuana Man: Brett Harris’ Budding Business

For just shy of 27 years, Brett Harris was a fixture in morning drive on a Wichita Hot Adult Contemporary radio station as one-half of the "Brett & Tracy Mornings" program on a radio station that until early April 2017 was wholly owned by Envision Broadcast Network. Now, he is getting for opening a business focused on three letters that need no further identification: CBD.

Radio’s Ad Attraction Factor, Format by Format

Years ago, the April/May Arbitron book was essential for advertising across the rest of a year. Today, in the top markets, monthly ratings reports have erased that paradigm. And, as we welcome the first day of summer, veteran consultant Clark Smidt offers up an exclusive review of what Nielsen Audio is telling us about radio's sell-ability, by format.

Catch Up With All Episodes Of The New RBR+TVBR InFocus Podcast

Haven't heard our RBR+TVBR InFocus Podcasts yet? Here's your chance to hear what NABOB head Jim Winston has to say about the importance of African American media, and ownership diversity, as America observes Juneteenth. You'll also find great conversations with leaders from Qligent, Strategic Solutions Research and Nielsen.

Saga Suspends Its Quarterly Dividend, For Now

Thanks to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, another media company has put the kibosh on its quarterly cash dividend for shareholders. That would be the company led by Ed Christian that operates in mid-sized and small markets across the U.S.
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Entravision Spins A San Joaquin Valley AM

Entravision Communications, which acquired a historic AM radio station in April 2000 as part of a massive $475 million acquisition of Amador Bustos' Z-Spanish Radio, is parting ways with it. It will mark the end of decades of serving the northern San Joaquin Valley's Spanish-speaking audience for the facility.

Urban One Explains Brigade’s Share Sale

Until now, the reason for Brigade Capital Management's sale of its entire stake in African American-focused media company Urban One, which also owns the MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino outside of Washington, D.C., was not publicly known. Urban One just changed that.

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