Author: Jay Mitchell

Apple and Amazon join forces.

Effective December 17, Apple Music will be available on Amazon Echo smart speakers—meaning that Apple Music subscribers will now be able to enjoy over 50 million songs by merely asking Alexa to play them (safety tip: not all at once).…

NBC Sports Radio cuts back.

The network is shuttering most of its regular Sports Talk programming beginning the first of the year, supplanting it with two weekday shows and two weekend shows, along with frequent updates 24/7. What stays? The weekday morning show, “PFT [Pro…

Personalized ad playlist for podcasts?

Podcast platform Acast is partnering with a company called A Million Ads to deliver to each individual podcast listener advertising based on that listener’s profile—kind of like Pandora, but with ads instead of songs. Editor’s $0.02: While podcasting is a…

Don’t worry, Alexa is listening.

Amazon Music has been keeping tabs on you, and the other millions of Echo users, to find out the top musicians and songs requested via the smart speaker. The most-requested artist is Imagine Dragons; the most-requested song is “God’s Plan”…

Happy holidays from Hubbard.

Usually at this time of year, we have the unfortunate duty to report rounds of layoffs at major companies, iHeartRadio figuring prominently. This year, so far, Twin Cities-based Hubbard Radio is getting all the attention for two rounds of cuts:…

MRC keeps the madness going.

As what some observers will see to be a perfect example of irony, the Media Ratings Council is reportedly very close to giving social-media miscreants Facebook and Instagram full accreditation, despite what Ad Age calls “a series of embarrassing missions…

Waze and means.

IHeartRadio is now embedded into the popular traffic/navigation app Waze, so users of that app will be able to access iHeartRadio streams and pause, skip, add songs, etc. from within the Waze app. Users can also flip back and forth…

SMRP 47: Bob Hoffman, Rod Schwartz

In this outing, we chat with one of my heroes, veteran advertising “mad man” Bob Hoffman, an iconoclastic figure who’s not afraid to call BS on the nonsense that seems rampant in advertising today (especially digital). But Bob is more…

Quadrennial Review is on.

The 2018 quadrennial review of broadcast ownership rules has begun (Media Bureau Docket Number 18-349). In a blog post at fcc.gov, Chairman Ajit Pai’s wrote that the review would start with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would include the…