Streamer Introduces Skip Feature

In an attempt to behave more like the popular online-only music streaming services, Abacast is introducing a song-skipping feature for radio webcasts. The way it works, a listener has the option of skipping a song that is currently being played,…

Cumulus Makes Rdio Play

In a move sure to confound the spell-checkers of broadcast journalists everywhere, Cumulus media has teamed up with online content provider rdio to form a “powerful content, promotion and advertising partnership that provides listeners with a one-stop solution for their…

Play Me the Money

Arbitron has released a tantalizing tidbit from the September 2013 RADAR report that nearly 70% of Americans 12+—nearly 180 million people—heard at least one network radio commercial during an average week. Furthermore, commercials broadcast on the 45 measured radio networks…

Labels Lick Lips over Streaming

Rolling Stone magazine reports that, despite the rough road, record labels are embracing the deals they are making with online streamers, understanding that these deals could well become their main source of revenue in the future. The article quotes RCA…

Big Moves, Bigger Players

Townsquare Media and Cumulus Media had a big week last week, buying, selling and swapping stations and syndicators like there was no tomorrow. Cumulus media acquired Dial Global for $260 billion, intending to merge it into Cumulus Media Networks. Meanwhile,…

Disgruntled GOP Mulls Moderators

According to a report in the Washington Times, the possibility of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin moderating 2016 primary debates is being considered by the Republican National Committee, which is unhappy with the treatment their candidates received at…

Non-Coms Cop to Sloppy Announcements

The FCC has arrived at an agreement over a consent decree with the University of New Mexico concerning underwriting announcement violations at KUNM/Albuquerque and its four repeaters. The announcements were promoting for-profit companies; the University has agreed to pay a…

Bad Calls

An attorney in Florida is suing Sirius XM radio because, he alleges, the company would not stop robo-calling him even after he complained and the company told him it would stop. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act affords protection to consumers…

The Record is Flat

The RAB reports that revenues in the second quarter of 2013 were about the same as in the period in 2012—about $4.66 billion. The first half of each year came in at about $8.44 billion, again showing no real growth…