Author: Jay Mitchell

Alpha Media reorganizes.

The small- and medium-market group, which owns 207 radio stations in the 44 markets—including my former stations in Fairfield, IA—has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize and reduce debt. An agreement with a select group of lenders will also…

Bill Tanner, 76.

The halcyon days of top 40 radio would not have been the same without the towering presence of Mr. Tanner, who rose to national prominence as a programmer at Y-100 in Miami in the early 70s. He died last week…

IBA checks another box.

One of the initial stated objectives of the Independent Broadcasters Association was to offer its members a solid traffic/billing/production system at a discount. Now, after months of comparison testing, Radio Workflow gets the nod, being endorsed by the IBA as…

Al Peterson, 68.

We are sad to note the passing of the trade journalist and broadcast executive, who was a Radio & Records News/Talk editor, and then publisher of his own online newspaper, NTS Mediaonline.

Music promoters lend a hand.

A number of organizations involved with live music events has sent a letter to President Biden making available their venues, staff, and expertise to the White House COVID-19 Task Force. Currently those venues aren’t doing anyone any good, since the…

RAB spotlights hot ad categories.

It’s called “Business Accelerated,” it launches in February, and it comprises a dedicated section of the www.rab.com website, live presentations, and new or updated sales and marketing tools. Every month, the RAB features an advertising category that is becoming significant…

Tom Brokaw retires.

The veteran NBC anchor, who of late has been doing the occasional special and the occasional appearance on the network’s cable outlets, is calling it quits after 55 years with the same organization and 80 years on the planet. Editor’s…

It’s radio versus records. Again.

The coalition of music-industry groups, including REC Networks, musicFIRST, and the Future of Music Coalition, and filed with the FCC a response to the NAB defense of the new rule ending the 25% cap on same-been stations with significant signal…

FCC slams Georgia LPFM for advertising violations.

The Athenian Multicultural Study Club has been fined $10,000 for airing advertisements on their Alternative-formatted WPLP-LP, licensed to Athens. Editor’s $0.02: The Commission has been, in my opinion, far too lax in enforcing the underwriting laws that apply to LPFM…

Broadcasters congratulate the new administration.

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith wrote a letter of congratulations on behalf of the broadcasting industry to incoming President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Smith’s letter says, in part, “Sincere congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala…