Borrell: Auto Dollars in Jeopardy

In the Borrell Associates forecast, “2013 Automotive Advertising Outlook – Watch the Road Signs,” the future of automotive advertising on broadcast media is spelled out – and it’s not pretty. The report says, “For decades, media fortunes rose and fell…

Commerce Supports Royalties

The US Department of Commerce has released a green paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy, repeating an earlier position in support of the Obama administration’s advocacy for “legislation creating a public performance right for the…

If at First You Don’t Succeed. . .

Undaunted by the failure of previous attempts, Representative Mel Watt announced last week that he will introduce yet another bill to compel broadcast radio stations to pay royalties to performers for the music we play. NAB EVP/communications Dennis Wharton commented,…

Kidd Kraddick, 53

Radio lost a great talent and a good guy Saturday when the Dallas-based syndicated personality died suddenly during a charity golf tournament in New Orleans. Editor’s $0.02: I have a personal connection to the story: I was one of the…

Slacker Brings Top 40 Charts Online

Pandora competitor Slacker is introducing what they call “EQ Score,” which tracks the 40 “most engaging tracks across multiple genres from the previous week.” The Score will be updated every Thursday and will include genre breakdowns so, according to Slacker…

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…