Industry News

  • Local Radio Networks deepens talent pool.
    by Jay Mitchell on May 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    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…Read more &rarr […]

  • IHeart axes news people.
    by Jay Mitchell on April 11, 2019 at 11:04 am

    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.Read more &rarr […]

  • Don’t pay, don’t play.
    by Jay Mitchell on April 11, 2019 at 11:02 am

    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…Read more &rarr […]

  • Funny they don’t look a day over 94.
    by Jay Mitchell on April 11, 2019 at 10:54 am

    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…Read more &rarr […]

  • Podcast listening continues to grow.
    by Jay Mitchell on April 11, 2019 at 10:53 am

    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…Read more &rarr […]

  • NAB Show attendance down slightly.
    by Jay Mitchell on April 11, 2019 at 10:45 am

    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, […]

  • HD + FEMA = IPAWS
    by Jay Mitchell on April 11, 2019 at 9:05 am

    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 […]

  • RAB at NAB.
    by Jay Mitchell on February 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    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…Read more &rarr […]

  • Spotify bites off more.
    by Jay Mitchell on February 7, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    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…Read more &rarr […]

  • Futuri Media adds two vets to Topline team.
    by Jay Mitchell on February 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Topline is Futuri’s sales-resource platform, and the sales veterans in question are Shayna Sharpe and Al Vaughn, joining in the roles of head of research and partner success manager, respectively. Sharpe notes that it is “thrilling” to lead the technology…Read more &rarr […]