Industry News

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…

The New Way to Market Music

The latest in the burgeoning trend to partner with another business–Target, Wal-Mart, Starbucks–is the new Christmas album from veteran fiddler Charlie Daniels, which will be made available exclusively at Buffet restaurants (Ryan’s, Home Town Buffet and Old Country Buffet). Proceeds…

Conclave 38 Finalized

The Conclave will be holding its Summer Learning Conference from Wednesday, July 17-Friday, July 19 at the Minneapolis DoubleTree Hotel Park Place. An early-bird rate of $199 is available until the last day of this year. For more information, visit…

IRFA under Fire

The nation’s largest minority organization, NAACP, sent a letter to members of the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet last week, siding against the Internet Radio Fairness Act, contending that it would “unfairly deprive artists and performers…

It’s a Zero-Sum Game After All

According to a new study from the NPD Group, increased use of Internet radio and on-demand music services comes at the expense of CD and local radio listening. Internet radio grew 27 percent from last year to this, and on-demand…

No off Position on the Creativity Switch

Just when we thought all the good ideas have been thought up already, comes word of a bloke in the U.K. who has launched a new Internet radio station, MRC.FM, that plays nothing but remixes of current popular music. Says…

Harker Blogs About iHeartRadio Threat

A recent blog at www.RadioInSites.com, written by Richard Harker and Glenda Shrader Bos of Harker Research, poses the question, “Will iHeartRadio Kill Radio?” Harker and Bos write, “Is iHeartRadio a gateway to radio’s salvation, radio’s best chance to remain relevant…

Iowa Pirate Draws Proposed $10k Fine

That’s the ticket for an illegal broadcaster in Iowa City, who alleges that he sublet the room in which the broadcast equipment was found and was not responsible; the Commission was not amused. Pirates in Newark and Passaic, New Jersey,…