Good guy of the week

Christmas is coming a little bit early this year for employees of Emmis Communications, as a certain Santa named Jeff Smulyan is passing out a $1000 bonus for all full timers, and $250 bonus for all part-timers, which, he says,…

Can’t we handle the truth?

Beloit College in Beloit, WI annually publishes a list of tidbits representing the thinking of the incoming class. It’s called “The Mindset List,” and the list for the Class of 2016 includes “5. If they miss The Daily Show, they…

When networks fight

The Talk Radio Network is suing Dial Global, alleging that DG has violated antitrust and monopoly laws by its sales representation of most of the N/T networks and programming. TRN issued a press release from CEO Mark Masters saying, “This…

The last 19 million

According to the FCC, there are still about 19 million people in the United States without access to high-speed Internet. About three-fourths of those Americans living in rural areas where “there is no business case to offer broadband.” Furthermore, fully…

Shareholder sues Sirius XM

The City of Miami Police Relief and Pension Fund has filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court against the board of directors of the satellite provider for failing to prevent a takeover by Liberty Media. According to the suit, the Liberty…

Fine-worthy offenses

The FCC has slapped WSKQ, a Spanish-language station in New York, with a $16,000 fine for “willfully and repeatedly” violating the Commission’s regs by recording and playing back on the air a telephone conversation without telling the caller about it…

The industry responds to Nadler

NAB Executive VP/Media Relations Dennis Wharton jumped on Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s proposed legislation, saying, “It fails to recognize the unparalleled promotional value of local radio airplay and kill jobs at America’s hometown radio stations.” Wharton continued, “We continue to support…

With friends like these …

This week, Congressman Jerrold Nadler floated the idea of a law requiring radio stations to pay a fee directly to artists for playing their music – in addition to the fees we already pay to music licensing organizations like BMI,…

R. Peter Straus, 89

Straus, whose father bought WMCA/New York in the early 40s, and who later built a broadcast group in New York using WMCA as its flagship, died early last week at his Midtown Manhattan home. In the late 70s, Straus was…