Industry News

RTDNF slates award winners.

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation, the charitable offspring of the RTDNA, has announced the recipients of its 29th annual First Amendment Awards. The top award, the First Amendment Award, goes to cable network CNN. According to RTDNA Executive Director…

It was bound to happen.

An AM radio station in Chicago has sold naming rights to its studio to a local bank in a multiyear deal. Henceforth it will be the “First Midwest Bank-ESPN 1000 Studio.”

Digital company reveals digital opportunities.

SoCast, a provider of a multitude of digital resources, is debuting a series of free monthly webinars to help radio stations capitalize on digital opportunities. The first webinar took place last week; get more information about the series at www.socastdigital.com.…

A timely feel-good “promotion.”

A cluster in Fredericksburg, VA is using its websites to list businesses in the region providing assistance to furloughed federal workers who have not been paid during the record-breaking government shutdown. You can see an example of what the Alpha…

Hughes slated to join Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

The founder and chair of Urban One, Cathy Hughes, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the 2019 NAB show in Las Vegas on April 8. NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith calls Hughes “a truly remarkable broadcaster…

Entry window open for Radio-Mercury Awards.

This is the 28th year for the award honoring creativity in radio production, and you have until April 1 to submit an entry in one of the myriad categories, including two new ones, Creative Use of Audio and Creative Use…

Smart speaker ownership, usage grows.

Over one fifth of the population of the United States now owns such a device, which translates to 53 million people—a whopping 78% increase over last year. Further, more than half of smart speaker owners are using their device every…

New exhibitor award at the NAB Show.

The organization is debuting a new Product of the Year Award for exhibitors at the Las Vegas show. A panel of industry experts will select winners in 15 categories, who will be honored at a special reception during the Show.

Congressional initiative aims to protect C-band status quo.

The FCC is thinking about letting wireless broadband services use the 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum now being used for “back-hauls,” the industry term for delivering content from producers to distributors, and two US representatives have urged the Commission to protect that…