Pandora busted for favoritism.

According to an NPR investigation, “A deal between Pandora and a group of record labels has raised concerns that the company is favoring certain songs over others because it’s paying the musicians behind those songs the smaller royalty” the deal…

Shazam, the hit-catcher.

Shazam, the song-recognition system that most of us have used to identify songs we are not familiar with, is being used by record label executives as “an early-detection system for hits,” according to an article in this month’s The Atlantic.…

NAB for Next.

The National Association of Broadcasters is throwing its weight behind NextRadio by helping to support the creation of a comprehensive program to promote the NextRadio app and, especially, to create awareness of the fact that most smart phones have in…

Pinnacle pins down Christmas music.

Pinnacle Media Worldwide has compiled the top 30 Christmas songs in a number of formats and has made those rankings available to the industry. According to Pinnacle President/CEO Bob Lawrence, “It’s just amazing how the classics remain the classics over…

Small market leaders recognized. Again.

Congratulations to longtime friends and readers of the newsletter Bill and David O’Shaughnessy for their latest honor, the “Serving NY” Award from the New York State Broadcasters Association. Their company, Whitney Media, and the radio stations in their group—WVOX and…