Author: Jay Mitchell

IBA’s national contest doles out 60 grand.

The fourth national contest conducted by the Independent Broadcasters Association made 50 people $1000 richer, and one lucky listener somewhere in the land $50,000 richer. Two hundred thirty-three member stations participated in this large-scale, big-bucks giveaway, what IBA President Ron…

Radio Mercury awards finalists named.

A total of 98 commercials and campaigns have been judged worthy of recognition by a blue-ribbon panel of judges made up of ad-agency and media executives. In yet another sign of post-pandemic normalcy, the judging process was held in person,…

Some good news, for a change.

FMR Associates and Eastlan Ratings conducted a meta-study of Eastlan data and found that in the last six months, weekly AM-FM radio listening is up 31%, an early indicator that traditional radio is bouncing back as the pandemic slows down.…

Service to America ceremony host and presenters locked in.

Mario Lopez, the Emmy-winning Access Hollywood host and producer, best-selling author, and radio star, will be the host of the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Celebration of Service to America Awards ceremony on June 7 at the Anthem in Washington, DC. On…

April foolin’.

This past Friday was hard on triskaidekaphobians, but great for radio, where the fools gags abounded. By far, as usual, the fooler that popped up the most was the old “format change” gag: the Classic Rocker goes All Travis Tritt,…

Attention all techies.

The NAB Leadership Foundation has opened the window for applications for their Technology Apprentice Program. June 15 will be the last day applications will be accepted. It’s a six-monthu apprenticeship that gives gives participants exposure to and experience in radio,…

Mike Mahone, 73.

The former RAB EVP joined the organization in 1994, where he ended up heading up the Services Division. Mr. Mahone died April 30 after a battle with pancreatic cancer and Parkinson’s disease. A dyed-in-the-wool radio guy, Mike began his career…

GEICO receives NABLF honor.

It’s the Corporate Leadership Award for 2022, given annually to a radio advertiser which demonstrates, according to the president of the NAB Leadership Foundation, Michelle Duke, “community partnerships, development projects, and conservation efforts.” This year the award goes to GEICO,…

Dolly relents.

After initially backing away from accepting the honor of induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame, Ms. Parton has changed her mind and will be among those so honored in the Class of 2022. Actually, the “rock ‘n…