Apple and Amazon join forces.

Effective December 17, Apple Music will be available on Amazon Echo smart speakers—meaning that Apple Music subscribers will now be able to enjoy over 50 million songs by merely asking Alexa to play them (safety tip: not all at once).…

NBC Sports Radio cuts back.

The network is shuttering most of its regular Sports Talk programming beginning the first of the year, supplanting it with two weekday shows and two weekend shows, along with frequent updates 24/7. What stays? The weekday morning show, “PFT [Pro…

Happy holidays from Hubbard.

Usually at this time of year, we have the unfortunate duty to report rounds of layoffs at major companies, iHeartRadio figuring prominently. This year, so far, Twin Cities-based Hubbard Radio is getting all the attention for two rounds of cuts:…

MRC keeps the madness going.

As what some observers will see to be a perfect example of irony, the Media Ratings Council is reportedly very close to giving social-media miscreants Facebook and Instagram full accreditation, despite what Ad Age calls “a series of embarrassing missions…

Waze and means.

IHeartRadio is now embedded into the popular traffic/navigation app Waze, so users of that app will be able to access iHeartRadio streams and pause, skip, add songs, etc. from within the Waze app. Users can also flip back and forth…

Quadrennial Review is on.

The 2018 quadrennial review of broadcast ownership rules has begun (Media Bureau Docket Number 18-349). In a blog post at fcc.gov, Chairman Ajit Pai’s wrote that the review would start with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would include the…

Nielsen names new CEO.

David Kenny, most recently the senior vice president/cognitive solutions at IBM, will be taking the CEO position at Nielsen to replace Mitch Barnes, who is retiring. Nielsen executive Chairman James Atwood praised Kenny’s “decades of experience in Big Data, artificial…

IHeartMedia jams with Jelli.

The media giant is acquiring the Jelli platform for programmatic buying and selling broadcast radio, making the radio chain competitive with Facebook and Google, offering, according to a company statement, “a new way for advertisers to interface with media partners…