FEMA Does Some Networking

The government agency which oversees the Emergency Alert System, has identified Premiere Networks as a Primary Entry Point station for EAS, using premiere’s satellite system to reach affiliates with EAS messages. According to FEMA National Continuity Program Assistant Administrator Damon…

Marconi Nominations Open

The NAB is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Marconi Radio Awards; the deadline is May 31. Any radio general manager can nominate in the categories of “Station of the Year by Market Size,” “Station of the Year by Format,”…

NAB Requests Indecency Extension

The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the FCC for more time to submit comments in the Commission’s review of their indecency rules. The NAB writes, “The Commission should allow adequate time for all interested parties to address fully all…

Hello Chairman Wheeler

The White House has nominated venture capitalist and lobbyist Tom Wheeler to be the new chair of the FCC to succeed Julius Genachowski, who is scheduled to step down in mid-May. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has been named interim chair until…

No Friend of Ours

The latest iteration of Samsung’s popular Galaxy S series, the S4, will mark the end of the FM chip in that series, because, according to AndroidAuthority.com, “[Samsung believes] that consumers just aren’t interested in the medium anymore.” That website re-posted…

FCC and FEMA on EAS

The two government agencies jointly released “strengthening the emergency alert system: lessons learned from the nationwide EAS test,” pronouncing the EAS architecture “basically sound,” but citing several problems, including “widespread poor audio quality nationwide; lack of a primary entry point…

Good Months for Radio

Wells Fargo Securities analyst Marci Ryvicker sent her clients a memo saying, “Radio started 2013 rather soft and picked up a bit in March and April. We do believe that March ended in positive territory, with upward trends continuing in…

No Friends of Ours

A bipartisan Congressional quartet—Darrell Issa (R-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Melvin Watt (D-CA)—has sent a letter to their fellow Congress people to tell them not to cosponsor the Local Radio Freedom Act. The letter is catchily titled,…

LRFA Adds Ten

A bipartisan group of nine additional House Members and another Senator have signed onto a resolution that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act is now currently…