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…

Anger Management

The three-day iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas was a huge success on every level. The event was programmed within a gnat’s eyelash, the sound was great, the crowd was enthusiastic to say the least as they saw and heard act…

Gordon Smith: “Courage”

During his keynote remarks at the Radio show last week, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said, “When I think about radio, the word ‘courage’ comes to mind.” As an example, he cited our reporting during Hurricane Isaac, and used that event…

A Night of Winners

Last Thursday night at the Radio show, during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, the 2012 Marconi Awards were given to a bunch of great stations and broadcasters. The highlights, from a small market radio perspective: Medium Market…

Radio Show Mood: Upbeat

A hallway survey of broadcasters attending the show gave the event generally high marks. The pros: Most radio folk were sharing good news with their peers. There was a prevalent feeling that business is finally turning around and stabilizing. People…

Radio Show Attendance Up

The total number of attendees to last week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show was 2406, up from last year’s 2206 at the Radio Show in Chicago. Next year’s show will be held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, September 18-20.

GAO slams FCC

The Government Accountability Office has given the FCC’s regulatory fee process a low grade, saying that it needs to be brought up to date. Specifically, the Commission is relying on fee categories established in 1998; the GAO notes, “After 13…

FTC investigating radio advertisers

Two big radio advertisers are being targeted by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly making unsupported advertising claims. Jason Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures the Medifast diet plan, will no longer be able to claim specific weight losses. In addition, Cedarcide Industries…