Industry News

Survey Says: U.S. Radio Up Two Percent this Year

According to a new study from Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), all spending in the communications sector will increase by 5.2 percent this year, with most of that growth coming from digital. Broadcast radio is expected to be two percent, on…

And the Fines Just Keep on Coming

The FCC has fined a Fort Lauderdale, Florida man $10,000 for operating an unlicensed radio station at 96.1 FM. The agency has also issued Notices of Unlicensed Operation to alleged perpetrators in Phoenix, AZ, Madison, WI, Anchorage, AK, Vine Grove,…

Savage Departs TRN

Syndicated radio host Michael Savage won an arbitrated settlement against the Talk Radio Network to get out of his contract, netting him the freedom to leave the network as well as a payout of over $1 million and the rights…

Multimedia Trend: News-Sharing

The Clear Channel radio stations of Quad Cities, Iowa-Illinois, have entered into a news-sharing agreement with NBC affiliate KWQC-TV. The TV station will produce news and weather reports for all the Claire Channel stations in the market. According to CC…

Radio Shines at Adweek 2012

Our medium took center stage as the kickoff panel at Advertising Week 2012 in New York. “How Radio Creates the Next Star” featured a keynote from Grammy award-winning music industry executive/songwriter/producer L.A. Reid, as well as Epic Records COO Mark…

Radio Closest to Shopping

According to a new Arbitron study, AM and FM radio shines among all media in important ways: it delivers the largest reach during the time periods immediately prior to peak shopping hours, it continues to dominate the audio entertainment landscape,…

Streaming Legislation Introduced

A bill introduced in both houses of Congress seeks to even out disparities in royalty payments among all Internet radio and streaming music providers. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have sponsored the “Internet Radio Fairness Act” in…

WVBA Inducts Twelve

Even though this newsletter was born in Michigan, our founder, Bob Doll, drew many subscribers from his previous home base in West Virginia, and broadcasters in that state are strong SMRN supporters to this day. So we weren’t surprised to…

EMI/UMG Marriage Gets Worldwide Approval

The Universal Music Group has now received both regulatory approval from the European Union and from the US Federal Trade Commission. While the European approval came with stringent strings, the FTC cleared the deal without any conditions.