Author: Jay Mitchell

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…

The nominations are in.

The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame has released the names of the artists in consideration for spots in the class of 2019: Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine,…

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…

Survey says: Americans don’t believe news sources.

It looks like the “fake news” campaign is working, because according to the latest study from Simmons Research, the public’s confidence in news sources has plummeted to 40%—”a clear sign the news media is in crisis,” according to Simmons. Actually,…

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…