Industry News

Our digital efforts are not in vain.

According to a new study produced by the RAB and Borrell Associates, putting our attention on the digital space is paying off big time: the add-on revenue generated by our online presence will probably come very close to $1 billion…

Streaming media deal time.

While Spotify buys, Pandora sells: Reports are circulating that Spotify is in talks to buy podcast aggregator Gimlet Media for a little more than $200 million. Peter Kafka at Recode broke the story, and he says that the deal is…

Anti-translator action rejected by FCC.

The Application for Review by two activist groups, Common Frequency and Prometheus Radio Project, after the dismissal of nearly all of their objections to FM translator applications by AM stations, has been rejected by the Commission on the grounds that…

FCC sponsors diversity symposium.

The Commission’s Media Bureau and Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE—rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) Is planning a one-day symposium on media diversity in Washington on March 7. In addition to presenting best practices for minorities and…

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…