Author: Jay Mitchell

Ray White, 69.

I worked with the prodigious on-air talent at WHCN/Hartford in its wild and woolly free-form progressive rock days, that stint sandwiched between his first gig at WLIR/Long Island and is well-deserved advancement to WQCD/New York. I remember him as being…

Radio Hall of Fame nomination window open.

The last day of March is the last day that the Museum of Broadcast Communications will be accepting nominations for the Class of 2021. Nomination candidates in six categories—Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years +); Active Local/Regional (10 years +); Networks/Syndication (10…

NAB opposes FM booster geotargeting.

In a reply comments filing, the Association gives as its reason for opposing the Commission’s proposal for geotargeted programming “an overwhelming majority of NAB members agree that the proposal—which originated with a company called Geobroadcast Solutions—would pose significant risks to…

New Coronavirus relief measure is now the law.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has been signed into law by President Biden. Not only does the $1.9 trillion plan distribute checks directly to low- and middle-income Americans, but it includes $1 billion for a vaccine awareness campaign,…

Alpha Media emerges from bankruptcy.

The station group formed by former CEO Larry Wilson is emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has requested that the FCC transfer all its licenses back to the corporation (from debtor-in-possession status to non-debtor-in-possession status). The bankruptcy filing took place…

Al Travis has some explaining to do.

The FCC is looking into the case of the KTOE/Mankato, MN afternoon announcer’s consulting of the campaign of US representative Jim Hagedorn and the station’s failure to disclose that relationship. The Minnesota Reformer ran a story late last year about…

FCC on the warpath.

Once again this week comes news of Commission actions in one of their two areas of focus right now—late renewals and political aberrations in the public file. This week, the FCC has proposed a $3000 fine against Cultural Energy for…

Another week, another IBA announcement.

The Independent Broadcasters Association can check off another item on their to-do list: The Association has announced an alliance with health-management company Sedera to reduce member health care costs. IBA President Ron Stone confessed, “Quite honestly, [reducing member healthcare costs]…

Announcing the 2021 Crystal Radio Award finalists.

Fifty radio stations are vying for 10 awards, to be presented in a dedicated streaming session on NAB Amplify next month. In addition, WHUR/Washington, DC will receive the Crystal Heritage Award, which was created some years ago to honor those…

LPFM versus full power.

WYPH/Manchester, CT, owned by New River Community Church, has been accused of having a dirty signal that interferes not only with a commercial station on a second-adjacent channel but with another station in the region as well. The licensees of…