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Miami heat

The FCC has fined a fellow named Jeffrey Darius $15,000 for operating an unlicensed radio station at 88.7 FM in Miami. According to the Commission, they had proposed the fine back in March, the Darius never responded. Now it’s official.

Conclave webinars enter fifth season

The first online learning session scheduled by The Conclave for this year will be “The Rules of Radio, Part 4,” conducted by broadcast attorney Gregg Skall. The session is described this way: “While terrestrial radio, podcasts, or Internet streams are…

Mel may be at liberty soon—not at Liberty

Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin is likely to lose his gig when Liberty Media does, in fact, control the house that Mel built. (As of this writing, Liberty owns just .4 percent shy of the 50.1 percent it needs to…

Online-only streamers headed for trouble?

According to research compiled by Statista.com and posted on the Mashable.com website, despite the wild growth experienced by such services as Pandora and Spotify, these services might be victims of that growth. In the case of both services, the revenue…

Patrick racks up another honor

Larry Patrick–broker, group owner and all-around good guy–received the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville over the weekend. Mike Wirth, Dean of the College of Communication and Information, commented, “Larry Patrick has had a remarkable…

Record-company merger all but done

The European Union is expected to vote to approve the takeover of EMI Music by the Universal Music Group. The $1.9 billion deal has been signed off on by various agencies, clearing the way for the EU to greenlight the…

Conclave director to retire

Tom Kay is departing the organization he has guided for the past 37 years. He first became involved with The Conclave when he was the PD at WJOH/St. Cloud, MN and joined the very first Conclave Advisory Board. Three years…

Survey says: Mobile ad revenue will double

According to a new mobile ad revenue forecast from eMarketer, Google dominates the space with projected earnings of over $1.4 billion in 2012. Pandora is number two, with $226 million; Twitter is in third place with almost $130 million. Fan…

Liberty goes shopping

Since the the beginning of September, Liberty Media has purchased almost 20 million shares of SiriusXM in its quest to acquire undisputed controlling interest in the company.

Sit anywhere you want

Apple Computer, if the rumors on the street are anywhere near true, is about to drop a bigger bombshell than the iPhone5: a build-it-yourself music service designed to compete head on with Pandora and Slacker—not to mention terrestrial hybrids like…