Industry News

“More for local media,” begs state broadcasters associations.

A letter from broadcasters associations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico was sent to House and Senate leaders requesting that local media be included in whatever Paycheck Protection Program might be coming down the pike,…

Get yours.

The Department of Health and Human Services has a budget for local stations to broadcast paid messages about the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a letter the DHS sent to selected senators, they are “building a large campaign of purchased public-service…

Analog LPTV owners: the countdown begins.

The FCC as issued a reminder to all “Franken FMs”—stations using analog audio at 87.75 FM to broadcast as a radio station—that they have to convert from analog to digital, or cease operations, by July 13, 2021.

Local radio recovers as nation reopens.

A webinar from Nielsen audio earlier this week presented evidence that radio’s resurgence is tied to the economy’s recovery. In June, large and small rated markets combined showed listening levels at about 95% of those pre-pandemic.

Commission wants to fine LPFM for commercial activity.

$15,000 is what the FCC has proposed against KELS-LP/Greeley, CO for crossing the line between underwriting announcements and outright commercials—at least 13 advertisers and over 1600 spots during three months in 2018.

“Unfair!”

The NAB has filed reply comments with the FCC regarding the proposed increase in regulatory fees for fiscal year 2020, and they are not kind. The NAB filing Says, “The Commission should not proceed with its proposed regulatory fee increases…

Next up in the “Open Business” series.

On May 27, Jacobs Media will discuss findings from their COVID-19 Listener Behavior Survey; then, on June 3, John Bates, the CEO of Executive Speaking Success, will conduct a session on effective management communication strategies. Both sessions will be streamed…

Small Market Radio Podcast now on iHeart.

The iHeartRadio app is now incrementally heavier with the addition of our podcast. You can also find us on Apple, Google, and pretty much wherever you get your podcasts – or you can just ask Alexa to “Play the Small…

A study we’re not sure we needed.

Breaking news from Coleman Insights reveals wide gaps in musical tastes between supporters of our current president and that of his opponent. Joe Biden fans get jiggy with Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B. Presidential partisans are overwhelmingly Country listeners. Color…

Giving “workforce” new meaning.

A 38-year veteran of Saga-owned WMGX-WCLZ/Portland, ME, Randi Kirschbaum has parted ways with the company, which, according to her, came about as a result of her declining to return to the studio because of health issues that put her at…