Author: Jay Mitchell

Radio’s shrinking piece of the political pie

According to Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker, during the 2012 election season, radio will garner about six% less of all political spending than we did in 2008. Another way of looking at it: Ryvicker predicts that radio’s total share of…

Shareholder sues Sirius XM

The City of Miami Police Relief and Pension Fund has filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court against the board of directors of the satellite provider for failing to prevent a takeover by Liberty Media. According to the suit, the Liberty…

Fine-worthy offenses

The FCC has slapped WSKQ, a Spanish-language station in New York, with a $16,000 fine for “willfully and repeatedly” violating the Commission’s regs by recording and playing back on the air a telephone conversation without telling the caller about it…

Leno pay cut has radio reverberations

NBC, now owned by Comcast, has slashed the budget of its flagship late-night show The Tonight Show from $2.3 million to about $1.7 million – back to where it was before Leno’s ill-faded prime time bid. The cuts affect about…

Country Radio Hall of Fame nominations due in early September

The 2013 awards are accepting nominations until September 7. They can be submitted online at www.countryradioseminar.com, and can include such nonreturnable items as airchecks, press clippings, awards, and pretty much anything else. To qualify for inclusion in the Hall of…

The industry responds to Nadler

NAB Executive VP/Media Relations Dennis Wharton jumped on Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s proposed legislation, saying, “It fails to recognize the unparalleled promotional value of local radio airplay and kill jobs at America’s hometown radio stations.” Wharton continued, “We continue to support…

With friends like these …

This week, Congressman Jerrold Nadler floated the idea of a law requiring radio stations to pay a fee directly to artists for playing their music – in addition to the fees we already pay to music licensing organizations like BMI,…

That Was the Week That Was

I learned a couple of valuable lessons last week as I watched our newsletter distribution system melt down before my very eyes. It seems that the wonderful people at Cox decided to change their criteria for large e-mailings without telling…

R. Peter Straus, 89

Straus, whose father bought WMCA/New York in the early 40s, and who later built a broadcast group in New York using WMCA as its flagship, died early last week at his Midtown Manhattan home. In the late 70s, Straus was…

Radio’s BFF calls for FM-in-cell phones hearing

Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI) has written a letter to the top members of the House Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, urging a public hearing on “two very important emergency communications issues.” According to Rep. Clarke, the key issues are the potential loss…