Pandora on the Rise

To the dismay of local-radio music stations everywhere, Internet-only player Pandora released May 2013 audience figures indicating that listenership continues to reach record levels. Listener hours during that month were up 22 percent, compared with May of last year; share…

New FCC Enforcer Named

Robert Ratcliffe, most recently deputy chief of the FCC’s Media Bureau, has been tapped to serve as acting chief of the Enforcement Bureau, taking over for P. Michele Ellison, who has been promoted to chief of staff. Acting Chairperson Mignon…

FCC Releases Proposed Fee Schedule

The Commission has released its regulatory fee analysis and request for comment for FY 2013, to achieve its Congressionally-mandated objective of collecting over $339 million. Kind of like in corporate America, Congress mandated that the agency cut expenses by $17…

Don’t Air Ad Council Spot!

From the Alabama Broadcasters Association comes this urgent warning: The Ad Council has distributed PSAs titled “Wireless Alerts—Sounds in Your Life,” which spots include an EAS tone. This use of an EAS tone can result in an FCC fine per…

TRN Lawsuit Moves

The Talk Radio Network (TRN) is suing Dial Global, its parent company and affiliated companies, for allegedly violating anti-trust and monopoly laws in sales representation of independent spoken word radio. The suit, as requested by Dial Global, has now been…

NAB Supports Federal Shield Law

Congress is deliberating the “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013,” introduced in the House by representatives Ted Poe (R-TX), Trey Radel (R-FL) and John Conyers (D-MI) pictured, L-R Radel offered his opinion, strengthened by street cred: “As someone who has…

New RAB Website Launched

RAB.com was relaunched last week with a new design that adapts to a user’s screen size (known in the trade as a “responsive” layout) and a total content reorganization. According to RAB President/CEO Erica Farber, “Redesigning this site with total…