Familiar face, new role.

President Trump has named Commissioner Ajit Pai to ascend to the chairmanship of the FCC. NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith gives Pai the industry’s highest commendation: “Without qualification, NAB supports President Trump’s selection. . .a known quantity who brings integrity, good humor and…

The FCC gets a makeover.

The new administration has plans to shift key FCC functions to other federal agencies. The administration’s landing team—Bandwidth.com/Republic Wireless CEO David Morken; American Enterprise Institute Visiting Fellow Roslyn Layton; AEI Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy Director Jeff Eisenach;…

Irwin Pollack dies.

The veteran radio sales consultant died last week of cancer. After a successful career in radio sales and consulting, Pollack earned a law degree and founded the Pollack Law Group in a Boston suburb. Never far from radio, he hosted…

BMI sues RMLC.

Music licensor BMI has filed suit in Federal Rate Court to set interim fees for radio stations represented by the Radio Music License Committee; the two organizations are in the process of negotiating a new five-year licensing deal to begin…

Radio loses ground.

Borrell’s study of political advertising in 2016 shows that radio is getting less of the budget than it did in 2012—from 8.6% to 6.3%—while overall spending was up from $9.4 billion to $9.8 billion. According to company president Gordon Borrell,…