Author: Jay Mitchell

NAB on the Hill.

The executive vice president/chief technology officer of the NAB, Sam Matheny, testified at a Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications hearing tagged, “Ensuring Effective and Reliable Alerts and Warnings.” Matheny testified, in part, “Broadcasters take seriously their role as…

WSJ on iHeartMedia: “Bankruptcy as early as March.”

On the heels of a surprising decision last week by the iHeart board not to make an interest payment, the Wall Street Journal reports, “iHeartMedia Inc., the nation’s largest radio broadcaster, is likely to file for bankruptcy protection as early…

Contest alert: local contesting, smaller prizes.

According to a new study by Nuvoodoo, “likely PPM participants” (e.g., those who will engage in ratings study that a top radio market wearing a portable people meter) are more likely to play a local radio contest with the smaller…

Happy anniversary, Jimbo.

On January 29, 1993, Jim Bohannon became Larry King’s permanent replacement on the Westwood One radio network. This week, Mr. Bohannon celebrated his 25th anniversary by opening the show with, “if you’re lucky, and if you live long enough, every…

Talent with baggage.

WMYQ (KIX 92.7)/Greenwood, MS has taken the controversial step of hiring accused sex offender David Mueller, formerly at KYGO/Denver. Station owner Larry Fuss has endured his share of criticism for the move, including death and bomb threats. We reached out…

FCC to launch new Economics/Analytics Office.

The Commission voted this week to establish an Office of Economics and Analytics, which will bring together their existing economist positions into one office with four divisions—Economic Analysis, Industry Analysis, Auctions, and Data. Commenting on the party-line 3-2 vote, Chairman…

The incredible shrinking Pandora.

One of the biggest players in the streaming business is experiencing an “organizational restructuring,” which is a fancy way of saying they are reducing their workforce by about 5% and shifting a bunch of jobs from Oakland to Atlanta, which…

And the NAB Crystal Heritage Award goes to…

Venerable News leader WTOP/Washington, DC, has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the coveted trophy, awarded to those stations that have racked up multiple annual Crystals. The station will be honored at the new “We Are Broadcasters Celebration” at…

SMRP 20: Erica Farber | The CES | Patent Trolls

In this week’s episode, Jay Mitchell concludes his chat with RAB chief Erica Farber, including the big surprise for radio broadcasters at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. In our Last Word, Jay exposes bogus patent-holders for the blood-sucking leeches they…

New rep. New client.

GMPT Media, the joint venture between Gen Media Partners and The Tacher Company, has signed Magnum.Media’s 16 Wisconsin radio stations to exclusive national ad sales representation. Magnum.Media Founder Dave Magnum said he’s “enthused” and added, “GMPT is bullish on radio and so are we.” GMPT’s Joe Costello…