IHeartMedia defends Class A AM.

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FCC officials met with iHeartMedia representatives last week to talk about AM revitalization. A letter from iHeartMedia recapping the meeting notes that the media company told the Commission staffers that reduction of skywave interference protection to Class A AM stations…

Win some, lose some.

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Last week, the online music service Pandora enjoyed a big win when a federal appeals court rejected appeals by ASCAP and music publishers to jack up Pandora’s streaming rates. What a difference a week makes: A few days ago, a…

RAB cuts down and syncs up.

The Radio Advertising Bureau will no longer be releasing quarterly revenue statements, opting instead for biannual reports based on the calendar year. The RAB posted a statement on its website, saying, in part, “In keeping with revenue reporting schedules of…

First Amber, now Blue.

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The measures that would establish a “Blue Alert” system were passed in record time in both the House and Senate, and is now on President Obama’s desk for approval into law. The Blue Alert system works the same way that…

Is radio news stuck in neutral?

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According to the annual RTDNA/Hofstra University study, radio news directors fared poorly when compared with their television counterparts in the area of “trying new things in social media”: Whereas over 72% of TV news directors said they tried something new…

Fair play is in the House.

On Monday (3/13) a bipartisan quartet of US Representatives plan to introduce “The Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015,” a pro-artist music licensing reform bill targeting online streaming. The measure, introduced by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN),…