Merger applications on the clock.

The Republicans in the US Senate have introduced the SMARTER Act—Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews through Equal Rules—to make a matter of formal rule the FCC’s 180-day shot clock for approving proposed mergers. The clock would start ticking upon the…

Never mind.

AudioBoom has decided not to buy Triton Digital after all, triggering a termination payment to trade of nearly $1 million and $16.6 million worth of AudioBoom shares. The streaming company told investors that the reverse takeover had to be called…

Net Neutrality lives!

From Demand Progress: We did it! Thanks to your relentless activism, Senators Lisa Murkowski and John Kennedy have just joined Susan Collins and the entire Senate Democratic caucus and voted to overturn the FCC and save net neutrality! They said it was…

Mike Joseph, 90.

The consultant, who originated the “Hot Hits” term and format and who was arguably the first independent radio programming consultant, died last month of undisclosed causes. Editor’s $0.02: I was managing WHCN in Hartford when Travelers brought Mr. Joseph in…

Another gem from the acronym factory.

The Pirate Illegal Radio Abuse through Enforcement Act—the “PIRATE Act”—was introduced in the House last week by Leonard Lance (R-NJ), vice chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, along with Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Chris Collins (D-NY), and Gus Bilirakis…

Patrick gives commencement speech.

Our friend Larry Patrick, managing partner of Patrick Communications, gave this year’s commencement address for the College of Communications and Information at the University of Tennessee. (Patrick was a Communications Master’s Degree recipient in 1973 before going on to earn…