Author: Jay Mitchell

You’re not getting off that easily, Taylor.

The recently-retired Dean of Radio Reporters, Tom Taylor, is slated to receive the Spirit of Broadcasting Award during the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas. Says NAB Executive Vice President/Communications Dennis Wharton, “Tom Taylor is a beloved friend of radio…

A new award from the RTDNF goes to. . .

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has established the First Amendment Defender Award to honor those who have, well, defended the First Amendment. The first award recipient will be Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) who, according to RTDNF Chair Scott Libin,…

Download the CRS 2019 app.

The mobile app created by and for The Country Radio Seminar is now in the Apple and Google stores for download. The app contains the complete agenda for the show, session descriptions, speaker biographies, artists, after-hour activities and miscellaneous news.…

The juggernaut rolls on.

In spite of the apparent rough year suffered by Mr. Zuckerberg and his little company, Facebook reported Q4 profits nearly of $7 billion, 61% better than the same period last year. Including Facebook subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger, the…

Welcome new FCC commissioner Starks.

The newest addition to the agency’s top ranks says, “The Federal Communications Commission has the best employees in government,” as he names his first staff members. With the addition of Commissioner Starks, the FCC is now back up to full…

Learfield strategically shutters non-Midwest operations.

The venerable news/ag organization is closing its networks in South Carolina and Nebraska, part of what the company calls its “go forward business strategy,” which is “to focus specifically on our core market in the Midwest and the networks that…

NAB Show launches its own podcast.

The National Association of Broadcasters is offering up “The NAB Show Podcast,” featuring previews of the convention, attendee tips, exhibitor spotlights and historical facts about the Show. The podcast is available at Spreaker, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRadio.

For sale: high-expense, low-margin, personnel-intensive business.

According to a report in the New York Post, the company that owns Nielsen is shopping around for buyers—again. (They tried last fall, unsuccessfully.) According to the Post’s sources, potential bidders include Bain Capital, TPG Capital, and KKR.

Radio fights back.

Rather than merely accepting the inevitability of the erosion of auto advertising on the radio, the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) commissioned a massive study by Nielsen Audio, “The Real Value of Southern California Radio to the Auto Industry.” The…

Court approves iHeartMedia plan.

The Bankruptcy Court has confirmed the reorganization plan submitted by iHeartMedia. The plan includes the spinoff of Clear Channel Outdoor, and will reduce the company debt by about two thirds, from $16.1 billion to $5.75 billion. IHeartMedia plans to emerge…