Industry News

A Night of Winners

Last Thursday night at the Radio show, during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, the 2012 Marconi Awards were given to a bunch of great stations and broadcasters. The highlights, from a small market radio perspective: Medium Market…

Radio Show Mood: Upbeat

A hallway survey of broadcasters attending the show gave the event generally high marks. The pros: Most radio folk were sharing good news with their peers. There was a prevalent feeling that business is finally turning around and stabilizing. People…

Radio Show Attendance Up

The total number of attendees to last week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show was 2406, up from last year’s 2206 at the Radio Show in Chicago. Next year’s show will be held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, September 18-20.

GAO slams FCC

The Government Accountability Office has given the FCC’s regulatory fee process a low grade, saying that it needs to be brought up to date. Specifically, the Commission is relying on fee categories established in 1998; the GAO notes, “After 13…

FTC investigating radio advertisers

Two big radio advertisers are being targeted by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly making unsupported advertising claims. Jason Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures the Medifast diet plan, will no longer be able to claim specific weight losses. In addition, Cedarcide Industries…

iPhone 5 unveiled

Earlier last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior VP/Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller debuted the eagerly-awaited next generation smart phone. The device is entirely made of glass and aluminum; it weighs just under four ounces, and is about a quarter…

Local retail ad spending will break records in 2013

According to BIA/Kelsey’s most recent Media Ad View report, retail spending on local advertising will exceed $26.8 billion across the country next year. Online media will take about $4.2 billion of that–a little over 15 percent–but radio is positioned to…

Arbitron in cross-platform research

The radio ratings giant is joining forces with comscore to deliver the first-ever coordinated media measurement initiative involving radio, television, computers, smart phones and tablets. The initiative will comprise the complementary methodologies of the two companies—census, panels and set-top boxes…

RAB report: radio revenue up a point

The ongoing study, conducted for the RAB by Miller, Kaplan, shows that in first quarter and in fact in the first half of 2012, the radio industry grew its revenue by one percent in total, comprising spot, digital and off-air.…

Miami heat

The FCC has fined a fellow named Jeffrey Darius $15,000 for operating an unlicensed radio station at 88.7 FM in Miami. According to the Commission, they had proposed the fine back in March, the Darius never responded. Now it’s official.