Industry News

Local Radio Networks deepens talent pool.

Ex-WNWN/Battle Creek personality Phil O’Reilly is doing double duty for Swick broadcasting – a morning show at one of Swick’s radio stations (WLK I/Angola, IN), and as part of the lineup at Swick’s Local Radio Networks 24/7 Music Formats. Swick…

IHeart axes news people.

As part of their move toward more regionalization in their news efforts, iHeartMedia has furloughed about a dozen broadcast journalists from their stations and networks in Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Don’t pay, don’t play.

The FCC is threatening to revoke the licenses of two more radio stations for nonpayment of their regulatory fees; if WJLI/Metropolis, IL and KSBH/Coushatta, LA don’t pay the fees—which amount to thousands or tens of thousands of dollars—and don’t show…

Funny they don’t look a day over 94.

On Friday, April 12, WLS-AM celebrates its 95th birthday with a bunch of retrospectives and interviews with former station luminaries. The station signed on the air in 1924 as a promotional outlet for Sears, Roebuck and Company. Pop quiz: What…

Podcast listening continues to grow.

According to the latest Infinite Dial report from Edison Research and Triton Digital, over half of all Americans 12+ report listening to a podcast at some time, with 32% saying they listened in the past month and 22% in the…

NAB Crystal Awards awarded.

The trophies for the broadcasters deemed most community-involved for 2019 were bestowed during the NAB Show. The 10 stations so honored included a few great small-market broadcasters, including KCVM/Cedar Falls, IA; KWVG/Boone, IA; and KBHP/Bemidji, MN.

NAB Show attendance down slightly.

The just-concluded Las Vegas extravaganza drew just under 1500 fewer attendees this year than last—which amounts to a mere 1.5%. The preliminary numbers from the NAB indicate that 91,460 broadcasters, podcasters, webcasters, producers, et. al. attended this year’s show, versus…

HD + FEMA = IPAWS

HD radio owner Xperi has made an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to integrate HD Radio’s “Emergency Alerts” feature into FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System for testing. Xperi Vice President of Radio Technology Solutions Ashref El-Diary…

RAB at NAB.

As is customary, the Radio Advertising Bureau will present four sessions at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, in the Business of Media track. The sessions are “Radio Engage,” detailing how a strong creative message can drive a successful radio…

Spotify bites off more.

We knew the streaming company was set to buy podcast producer Gimlet Media, but what we didn’t know was that Spotify was also eyeing podcast production platform Anchor. Now both acquisitions have been verified in a company statement. Estimates for…