Author: Jay Mitchell

Facing the Music

These are big times for Irving Azoff, the veteran talent agent and all-around Hollywood mogul. In 2012 he topped Billboard Magazine’s “Power 100.” He’s in business with Madison Square Garden, owns TicketMaster, and sits on the boards of Starz, IMG…

The Audacity of Hope

As I write this, it is January 21, 2017, our nation has inaugurated the 45th president of the United States, and it is safe to say that we are about to experience a presidency unlike anything we have seen in…

musicFIRST makes preemptive strike.

The record-industry group has sent a letter to Congress urging them to “resist Big Radio’s lobbying efforts.” According to the letter, “musicFIRST pursues one goal—that market-based principles drive compensation for all artists and creators whenever and however their music is…

Familiar face, new role.

President Trump has named Commissioner Ajit Pai to ascend to the chairmanship of the FCC. NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith gives Pai the industry’s highest commendation: “Without qualification, NAB supports President Trump’s selection. . .a known quantity who brings integrity, good humor and…

Are you ready for dot-radio?

The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) was awarded the right to distribute and manage the “.radio” TLD (top level domain) by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) back in July 2016, and now the EBU has announced how…

The FCC gets a makeover.

The new administration has plans to shift key FCC functions to other federal agencies. The administration’s landing team—Bandwidth.com/Republic Wireless CEO David Morken; American Enterprise Institute Visiting Fellow Roslyn Layton; AEI Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy Director Jeff Eisenach;…

Irwin Pollack dies.

The veteran radio sales consultant died last week of cancer. After a successful career in radio sales and consulting, Pollack earned a law degree and founded the Pollack Law Group in a Boston suburb. Never far from radio, he hosted…

IHeartMedia, Cumulus take care of business.

The top media groups are taking care of their top executives with retention bonuses for iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman ($1,750,000), COO Richard Bressler ($1,750,000), and SVP/Finance Steve Macri ($750,000); and a “one-time discretionary cash incentive compensation award” to Cumulus CEO…

Chairman Tom parachutes into Aspen.

The FCC chairman will be joining the Aspen Institute as a Senior Fellow in its Communications and Society Program when he leaves the Commission on January 18. Wheeler, in announcing the move, took the opportunity to reiterate his Open Internet…