NextRadio unplugged.

Emmis CEO/Chairman Jeff Smulyan dropped the bombshell last week while reporting its Q2 earnings results when he said, “For the past several months, Emmis and other companies in the radio industry have been working diligently to form a consortium that…

It’s the law.

Now that the president has signed the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, its provisions are now a matter of law: it streamlines the music-licensing process to facilitate payments to rights-holders for streaming; it makes sure that the original…

Google nonplused.

Google parent company Alphabet is shutting down its social network Google+ in the light of the revelation that at least half a million users’ data may have been exposed to hundreds of external developers—a breach that was discovered in March…

FCC slams Miami pirate.

The Enforcement Bureau has reached a Consent Decree against one Sergio Placentia, who was fined $2,680 for operating unlicensed stations at two spots on the FM dial in Miami; the fine was reduced from $20,000 because of Placentia’s alleged inability…

The president texted me!

Federal agencies FEMA and the FCC conducted their first-ever nationwide test of both the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA) on Wednesday (10/3). Pretty much all of us should have received the WEA portion via…

On the October open meeting agenda.

The FCC will hold its monthly open meeting on October 23, featuring a proposal to eliminate the requirement that broadcast station licensees and permittees submit paper copies of certain contracts and documents relating to ownership and control of stations to…