Industry News

Four more legislators sign on to LRFA.

The Local Radio Freedom Act, the non-binding legislation that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local radio stations, now has 205 cosponsors in the House and 25 in the Senate, thanks to the latest lawmakers…

Conclave early bird registration $199 per seat.

The 45th Conclave Summer Learning Conference, helping broadcasters grow their careers through networking and training, will be held in mid-June in the Twin Cities. An early-bird rate of $109 is in effect for a limited time. For details, visit www.theconclave.com.

Radio Mercury entry window opens.

The Call for Entries opened earlier this week at www.radiomercuryawards.com. This year, the 29th year of the Awards, the judges introduce a new prize category, Multicultural Radio Spot Campaign, and additional prizes in the Radio Commercial, Radio Campaign, and Station-Produced…

IHeart restructures; “employee dislocation” ensues.

When the 800-pound gorilla decides to rearrange the furniture, a body count inevitably follows. And so it is that scores or even hundreds of iHeartMedia employees are being broomed as the company adopts a new OR chart. The Markets Group—the…

Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.

The latest inductees, who will be formally installed in early May in Cleveland, include performers Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex. The Ahmet Ertegun Award goes to industry heavyweights Jon…

Newberry’s new role.

Steve Newberry, who operates a group of radio stations in Glasgow, KY and is currently the EVP for industry affairs and strategic planning at the NAB, has been named the CEO of QUU, a Seattle-based company that has developed new…

Podcast advertising platform launched by Spotify.

“Spotify Podcast Ads” is that service’s solution which, according to Spotify Senior Product Marketing Manager Alex Leung, “leverages streaming to deliver Spotify’s full digital suite of planning, reporting, and measurement capabilities.”

FCC finally cracking down on noncom abuses.

Forget NPR. Forget Pacifica. The FCC caught the University of Arkansas in the crosshairs, slamming the institution with a $76,000 fine in a Consent Decree regarding underwriting violations. According to the Commission, KBPU/De Queen, AR, and KTYC/Nashville, AR ran commercials…

Industry praises Pirate Act action.

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement regarding the passage of the Pirate Act in the Senate: “This legislation provides stronger resources to help the FCC combat illegal pirate radio operations, which not only interfere with licensed radio stations but…