Author: Jay Mitchell

Radio Shines at Adweek 2012

Our medium took center stage as the kickoff panel at Advertising Week 2012 in New York. “How Radio Creates the Next Star” featured a keynote from Grammy award-winning music industry executive/songwriter/producer L.A. Reid, as well as Epic Records COO Mark…

Radio Closest to Shopping

According to a new Arbitron study, AM and FM radio shines among all media in important ways: it delivers the largest reach during the time periods immediately prior to peak shopping hours, it continues to dominate the audio entertainment landscape,…

Streaming Legislation Introduced

A bill introduced in both houses of Congress seeks to even out disparities in royalty payments among all Internet radio and streaming music providers. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have sponsored the “Internet Radio Fairness Act” in…

WVBA Inducts Twelve

Even though this newsletter was born in Michigan, our founder, Bob Doll, drew many subscribers from his previous home base in West Virginia, and broadcasters in that state are strong SMRN supporters to this day. So we weren’t surprised to…

EMI/UMG Marriage Gets Worldwide Approval

The Universal Music Group has now received both regulatory approval from the European Union and from the US Federal Trade Commission. While the European approval came with stringent strings, the FTC cleared the deal without any conditions.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Breaks Attendance Record

This past summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, nearly 200,000 people visited the museum, an increase of 15 percent over last year. Museum officials credit a supercharged array of superstar exhibitions, live events, and autograph signings for the attendance…

Anger Management

The three-day iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas was a huge success on every level. The event was programmed within a gnat’s eyelash, the sound was great, the crowd was enthusiastic to say the least as they saw and heard act…

Erica Farber: “Importance”

RAB President/CEO Erica Farber, during her opening remarks at the Radio Show said, “I wanted to remind you of the importance of what it is you do. The importance of audio information and entertainment. Radio is not tied to a…

Gordon Smith: “Courage”

During his keynote remarks at the Radio show last week, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said, “When I think about radio, the word ‘courage’ comes to mind.” As an example, he cited our reporting during Hurricane Isaac, and used that event…

A Night of Winners

Last Thursday night at the Radio show, during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, the 2012 Marconi Awards were given to a bunch of great stations and broadcasters. The highlights, from a small market radio perspective: Medium Market…