NAB to CRB: Take them down.

The NAB is asking the Copyright Royalty Board basically to start over with broadcasters streaming audio license fees, arguing that the current rates are based on “flawed evidence” using a 2007 CRB decision to model broadcasters streaming rates on selected…

Kevin Metheny, 60.

Although Mr. Metheny plied his trade in larger markets most of his career, we include news of his passing because of his prominence and influence. A second-generation programmer, Kevin worked pretty much every major market, most recently as operations manager…

Don’t let this happen to you.

The FCC has fined a radio station in Garden City, KS for tower fencing violations. Steckline Communications, licensee of KIUL radio, was originally fined $7000, but the Commission reduced it to $5600 due to good-faith attempts to comply with the…

This is your brain on radio.

iHeartMedia partnered with a neuromarketing firm, Neuro-Insight, and its proprietary “Steady-State Topography (SST)” technology, to measure how the brain responds to communications, including a broad spectrum of content and advertising. The results are very good for radio: our advertising outperformed…

You’re welcome.

By correlating proximate radio listening and TV watching, Nielsen has found that radio is not only a powerful advertising medium, but a driver that boosts television consumption. The study—Ears to Eyes: How Radio Increases TV Tune-In—shows that reaching radio listeners—a.k.a.…

What’s in a [bleep]?

The latest round of debate over whether the name “Redskins” should be jettisoned by the Washington football team involves a petition from one John Banzhaf III to have the use of the name on the air declared indecent—in other words,…

Future shock.

A new study from Mark Kassof indicates that way less than 10% of kids in the 13-20-year-old range say that FM radio is their favorite way to listen to music. Cell phones/Smart phones are number one at 41%, followed by…

RIAA says streaming up, revenues down.

According to the RIAA 2014 Mid-Year Shipment And Revenue Report, streaming-service revenue grew significantly—by 28% or $859 million—offsetting declines in digital downloads, but not enough to overcome the downturn in overall revenues, which were down 2.5% to $2.2 billion at…

SCBA disses Pandora.

The Southern California Broadcasters Association has released its latest white paper research report, “Consumer Response and Listening Satisfaction of Broadcast Radio vs. Pandora Internet Music Service.” According to SCBA President Thom Callahan, “We strongly urge all audio advertisers to read…