Author: Jay Mitchell

Two become one.

CBS and Viacom have completed their merger into a company henceforth to be known as ViacomCBS. Viacom CEO Bob Backish, who will serve as president/CEO of the new company, calls the merger “a historic moment that brings together two iconic…

Radio reps, radio advocates.

Gen Media Partners has launched a radio advocacy campaign to promote local independent radio to advertisers. The campaign kicked off with an email blast to advertising agencies throughout the country promoting local radio. According to Gen Media Partners CEO Kevin…

BFOA launches annual drive.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America chose this past Tuesday, “Giving Tuesday,” to kick off its annual year-end fundraising appeal to individuals (the Guardian Fund) and corporations (the Angel Initiative). The Broadcasters Foundation exists for only one purpose: to help broadcasters…

ACM awards window opens.

The Academy of Country Music has opened the nomination window for selected categories for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards. The window closes at the end of Friday, January 3. The eligible categories are the primary televised awards, the…

Two more AMs leave the earth.

Beasley Media has given up on two of its brokered properties in South Florida – WSBR/Boca Raton and WHSR/Pompano Beach. Both stations had to go off the air when Beasley sold their tower site in Parkland.

Happy ending for Mr. Jones.

After all of the “Will he or won’t he?” drama surrounding Matt Jones’s truncated Senate run, Mr. Jones reports he has signed a five-year deal with iHeartMedia to continue hosting “Kentucky Sports Radio.” The once and future radio host will…

The 5 Most Powerful Sales Techniques

At business conferences where I speak, I often get asked, “If you had just five techniques you could use to improve a sales process, what five techniques would you use more than any other?”

Well, here is my answer.

New legislation would require radio performance fees.

The “Ask Musicians For Music Act”—a.k.a. the AM-FM Act—has been introduced in both chambers Congress. The measure would require radio stations to pay performers “fair market value” for music rights, with some exceptions for “small and noncommercial stations.” According to…

FCC Notices benefit AM radio.

The Commission has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking allowing AM stations to broadcast in all-digital, not just the analog-digital hybrid currently permitted. Another NPRM proposes the elimination of the AM-FM in-band programming location rule. “NAB applauds the FCC,” said…

Guess who dominated the American Music Awards.

Taylor Swift racked up enough awards to break Michael Jackson’s record for the number of AMA awards (his score: 25). Ms. Swift won Artist of the Year (again), Favorite Album—Pop/Rock, and Artist of the Decade. What was more fun than…