Author: Jay Mitchell

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]…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

New NAB initiative connects members and services.

The Association has a new volunteer initiative to facilitate better communication and information from NAB staff and services to its member stations. The “Broadcast Ambassador Program” sets up volunteer “ambassadors” at the member end who have direct lines of communication…

NAB offers goodie package to early adopters.

The National Association of Broadcasters has a new subscription service called “NAB Amplify,” described by an association official as having been developed “using insights and feedback collected from the NAB Show community… focused on driving engagement [with] new features, content,…

Local Radio Networks hit with patent infringement suit.

Steve Swick’s voice-tracking technology is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Westwood One for patent infringement. LRN fired back in a press release, saying, that the Cumulus subsidiary “is apparently giving up on trying to fairly compete and instead…