Author: Jay Mitchell

RAB at NAB.

As is customary, the Radio Advertising Bureau will present four sessions at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, in the Business of Media track. The sessions are “Radio Engage,” detailing how a strong creative message can drive a successful radio…

Spotify bites off more.

We knew the streaming company was set to buy podcast producer Gimlet Media, but what we didn’t know was that Spotify was also eyeing podcast production platform Anchor. Now both acquisitions have been verified in a company statement. Estimates for…

Futuri Media adds two vets to Topline team.

Topline is Futuri’s sales-resource platform, and the sales veterans in question are Shayna Sharpe and Al Vaughn, joining in the roles of head of research and partner success manager, respectively. Sharpe notes that it is “thrilling” to lead the technology…

Our digital efforts are not in vain.

According to a new study produced by the RAB and Borrell Associates, putting our attention on the digital space is paying off big time: the add-on revenue generated by our online presence will probably come very close to $1 billion…

Streaming media deal time.

While Spotify buys, Pandora sells: Reports are circulating that Spotify is in talks to buy podcast aggregator Gimlet Media for a little more than $200 million. Peter Kafka at Recode broke the story, and he says that the deal is…

Anti-translator action rejected by FCC.

The Application for Review by two activist groups, Common Frequency and Prometheus Radio Project, after the dismissal of nearly all of their objections to FM translator applications by AM stations, has been rejected by the Commission on the grounds that…

FCC sponsors diversity symposium.

The Commission’s Media Bureau and Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE—rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) Is planning a one-day symposium on media diversity in Washington on March 7. In addition to presenting best practices for minorities and…

You’re not getting off that easily, Taylor.

The recently-retired Dean of Radio Reporters, Tom Taylor, is slated to receive the Spirit of Broadcasting Award during the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas. Says NAB Executive Vice President/Communications Dennis Wharton, “Tom Taylor is a beloved friend of radio…

A new award from the RTDNF goes to. . .

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has established the First Amendment Defender Award to honor those who have, well, defended the First Amendment. The first award recipient will be Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) who, according to RTDNF Chair Scott Libin,…