Here are more tales from the front lines of US radio broadcasting: Westwood One Sports is set to dish up March Madness broadcasts; Marketron reups with two key radio groups; Beasley honors a sales star; and Peconic Public Broadcasting gets slammed on public file charges.
* March Madness is almost upon us, and more than 500 stations and other outlets will be bringing play-by-play to Americans everywhere courtesy of Westwood One Sports. The action begins 3/17/15 and runs all the way to the championship game 4/6/15.
* Marketron has inked long-term renewals for its services with two important radio groups: Emmis Communications and Saga Communications. Both groups are said to have upgraded their contracts to include additional services on top of traffic and revenue management packages.
* It’s a Dunn deal for Beasley, as in Michelle Dunn, the winner of the group’s annual “President’s Club Overall Winner.” The award recognizes high achievement in the sales arena. The record-setting Dunn works at the group’s Augusta GA cluster.
* Wow – Peconic Public Broadcasting’s WPPB-FM Southampton NY had its programs/issues lists, and they were said to be available to the public and stored in the same general location as the station’s public file. But the lists were not themselves in the public file. The result is the standard $10K public file violation hit. The substance was there, but not the form. Ouch.