Cumulus, Entercom leaders honored.

Cumulus President/CEO Mary Berner and Entercom COO Weezie Kramer are among five female media executives slated receive the 2019 Gracies Leadership Award, an honor bestowed annually on woman executives who have made a significant impact on the media industry. The…

FCC nabs two rule-violators.

The Commission has proposed $15,000 fine against the licensee of WPEX/Cambridge, VA, along with the short term license renewal for failure to file quarterly issues and programs lists online. The licensee of WRIR-LP/Richmond, VA is in the crosshairs for $1500…

Chairman Pai hits the road.

This time the FCC chairman’s station destination was the Brookings, SD Alpha Media cluster – a side-trip of sorts, since the primary reason for Mr. Pai’s journey was to visit the new Precision Ag Center at South State University. Cluster…

Gil Poese, 93.

We are sad to report the passing of a great friend of this newsletter, the founder of KBRX/O’Neill, NE. Gil’s son, Scott, carries on the family tradition as the station’s GM and morning host. Our condolences to Scott and his…

FCC denies denial appeals.

The Commission has turned down the Application for Review of the denial of Alaska Educational Radio System’s application for FM translators in four Alaska cities. A competitor, Turquoise Broadcasting Company, objected to the application on the grounds that Alaska Educational…

GMR rears its head.

Global Music Rights, the music-royalty organization founded by music mogul Irving Azoff, filed a lawsuit in California federal court last week claiming that Entravision is guilty of “willful copyright infringement” by playing over 130 copyrighted songs 15,000 times without compensating…

Local Radio Networks deepens talent pool.

Ex-WNWN/Battle Creek personality Phil O’Reilly is doing double duty for Swick broadcasting – a morning show at one of Swick’s radio stations (WLK I/Angola, IN), and as part of the lineup at Swick’s Local Radio Networks 24/7 Music Formats. Swick…

IHeart axes news people.

As part of their move toward more regionalization in their news efforts, iHeartMedia has furloughed about a dozen broadcast journalists from their stations and networks in Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Don’t pay, don’t play.

The FCC is threatening to revoke the licenses of two more radio stations for nonpayment of their regulatory fees; if WJLI/Metropolis, IL and KSBH/Coushatta, LA don’t pay the fees—which amount to thousands or tens of thousands of dollars—and don’t show…