Author: Jay Mitchell

IHeart axes news people.

As part of their move toward more regionalization in their news efforts, iHeartMedia has furloughed about a dozen broadcast journalists from their stations and networks in Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Don’t pay, don’t play.

The FCC is threatening to revoke the licenses of two more radio stations for nonpayment of their regulatory fees; if WJLI/Metropolis, IL and KSBH/Coushatta, LA don’t pay the fees—which amount to thousands or tens of thousands of dollars—and don’t show…

NAB Show attendance down slightly.

The just-concluded Las Vegas extravaganza drew just under 1500 fewer attendees this year than last—which amounts to a mere 1.5%. The preliminary numbers from the NAB indicate that 91,460 broadcasters, podcasters, webcasters, producers, et. al. attended this year’s show, versus…

HD + FEMA = IPAWS

HD radio owner Xperi has made an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to integrate HD Radio’s “Emergency Alerts” feature into FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System for testing. Xperi Vice President of Radio Technology Solutions Ashref El-Diary…

SMRP 49: Holland Cooke, Pt. 1 | The Local Dilemma

Interviewing today’s guest is kind of like trying to capture lightning in a bottle. Consultant Holland Cooke streams nonstop nuggets so quickly and so furiously that you’ll be listening again and again to make sure you don’t miss anything. One…

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…