Industry News

IRFA Supporter Does Some Explaining

One of the major supporters of the Internet Radio Fairness Act, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), spoke last week at the Future of Music Coalition Summit in Washington, and took the opportunity to talk up the bill and condemn the record…

Record Industry Finally Shows Digital Profit

The Universal Music Group, the largest record company in the world, is reporting that it is in the black again, finally, for the first time since the decline of CD sales and the increase of digital purchases. When digital downloads…

New Radio Plays New Media

A new piece of hardware developed in the UK will allow the user to play any radio station from any platform, with an intuitive interface. The RadioPlayer will feature, according to its manufacturer, “a simple colour touch-screen interface with station…

Dial Global in Conservation Mode

After releasing their first financials since they acquired Westwood One, Dial Global showed increased revenues but also sharply increased costs. As a result of the tepid performance picture, the company is voluntarily delisting from the NASDAQ stock market. D-G took…

The American Music Awards Honor Dick Clark

The 40th annual American Music Awards, broadcast last night (11/18/12), paid tribute to Dick Clark in a feature hosted by Stevie wonder and introduced by Ryan Seacrest, who said, “[Clark] was a mentor, friend and a wonderful advocate for popular…

Survey: Loyal Radio Listeners Not Just There for the Music and Talk

Some new research from Mark Kassof & Company reveals that the overwhelming majority of listeners to a particular radio station talk about emotional attributes as much as formatics. More than 75% of the respondents, for example, chose the words “comfortable,”…

Minority Ownership “Abysmally Low”

In a report released last week by the FCC on the ownership of commercial broadcast stations, whites own nearly 70% of all TV stations and nearly 80% of all AM and FM radio stations—and over 70% of radio ownership is…

Shannon Is the New Kay

The Conclave has announced that longtime broadcast executive Bob Shannon is its new executive director, succeeding the retiring Tom Kay. According to Conclave Board of Directors Mark Bolke, “There is obviously no replacement for Tom Kay. . .[but] Bob Shannon…

LPFM/Translator Rule Changes on FCC Agenda

The November 30 open meeting will consider the Fifth Order on Reconsideration and Sixth Report and Order on low-power FM and FM translators. The Local Community Radio Act has compelled reconsideration of ownership caps, waivers on LPFM second-adjacent channel distance…

Rab Survey: “Moderate” Third-quarter Growth

According to the ongoing RAB Revenue Survey conducted by Miller, Kaplan, radio was up 1% for the first three quarters of this year—comprising a 7% gain for digital, 2% for off-air, and flat performance for spot radio. Taking the third…