LRFA Adds Nine

The Local Radio Freedom Act is now nine sponsors richer, bringing the tally to 133 House Members and 10 Senators. The LRFA opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The latest Congress…

Rush v. Cumulus

Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey has been outspoken about his view that Rush Limbaugh has caused a revenue decline on the Cumulus stations that carry him, starting with the fallout from the Sandra Fluke flap. Now, with Limbaugh’s 36-market Cumulus…

NAB Radio Board Directors Appointed

Radio Board Chairman Don Benson has named four new directors, including Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman, Bonneville President/CEO Jeff Simpson, First Natchez Radio Group President/CEO Margaret Perkins and Perry Publishing/Broadcasting Chairman Russell Perry. In addition, Golden Isles Broadcasting Partner Eddie…

Katz Remixes Arbitron Data

The rep firm has loaded the most recent Arbitron data into its digital Osterizer and has come up with some tasty data. To wit, broadcast radio continues to dominate all listening, boasting 243 million listeners per week—that’s over 92% of…

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…