Author: Jay Mitchell

Cyber security, take two

After the first legislation was roundly criticized by both parties, a new version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The new bill deals with immediate threats and attacks from foreign nations, criminals, and…

AP licenses production music

The Associated Press has entered into an agreement with Audiosocket to make available to its subscribers a library of over 40,000 tracks for use in production projects. According to AP, “Content producers will be able to use music that is…

Survey says: size matters–sometimes

Harker Research pored through pounds of ratings to attempt to answer the question, “Does radio group size help or hurt the ratings?” What they found is both predictable and somewhat surprising. On the one hand, according to the report, “Companies…

Broadcasters give it up to the FCC

The radio universe is four stars smaller this week–the number of licenses turned back to the Commission. Keymarket handed over the licenses for WASP-AM, Brownsville, PA, and WBGI-AM, Connellsville, PA. Starlight Broadcasting turned in WAIA-AM, Beaver Dam, KY. And the…

Public File problems in Florida

WPRK-FM, a non-commercial station owned by Rawlins College near Orlando, has been fined $10,000 for failing to post Programs/Issues Lists for over four years. Station management couldn’t supply an explanation.

STL issues in Wyoming

The Commission has slammed Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting with $68,000 in fines for problems with its studio-to-transmitter links. The total fine comprises fines for its individual radio stations, three operating and one silent. The operating stations were all fined for not…

Geoff Neuhoff Dies at 59

Neuhoff, the president & CEO of family business Neuhoff Communications, died last week of undisclosed causes. Neuhoff Communications has been in business for more than 50 years, and owns more than a half dozen stations in Central Illinois.  

Indecency down

The FCC reports that for the period of April-June of this year, “the number of radio and television complaints decreased by more than 44%, from 3,903 to 2,183.” More to the point, the statistic is “due to a decrease in…

NPR to co-launch a news site to compete with ailing Times-Picayune

National Public Radio, the University of New Orleans and a group of local business and community leaders plan to produce a nonprofit news website to compete against the city’s primary newspaper, The Times-Picayune. NewOrleansReporter.org comes two months after the paper’s…

Do We Look That Stupid?

We’ve heard this song before: Remember the ripoff artists who tried to get broadcasters to pay royalties for their EAS systems? They caused a lot of consternation in their day, but broadcasters stood up to them and they slunk into…