Bad Calls

An attorney in Florida is suing Sirius XM radio because, he alleges, the company would not stop robo-calling him even after he complained and the company told him it would stop. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act affords protection to consumers…

The Record is Flat

The RAB reports that revenues in the second quarter of 2013 were about the same as in the period in 2012—about $4.66 billion. The first half of each year came in at about $8.44 billion, again showing no real growth…

Pirate Pays the Price

In Oakland Park, FL, one Jean Adelphonse was electrocuted during his attempt to install an antenna for an illegal radio operation. According to his friends and family, they had no idea he was setting up an unlicensed radio station. Broward…

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,…