Industry News

Three CPB Board Members Confirmed.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting saw Senate confirmation of three board members—one of whom, Ruby Dee Calvert, will be serving a second term, while Kathy Im and Diane Kaplan will be serving their first terms. Ms. Im is the Chicago-based…

Service to America ceremony host and presenters locked in.

Mario Lopez, the Emmy-winning Access Hollywood host and producer, best-selling author, and radio star, will be the host of the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Celebration of Service to America Awards ceremony on June 7 at the Anthem in Washington, DC. On…

Some good news, for a change.

FMR Associates and Eastlan Ratings conducted a meta-study of Eastlan data and found that in the last six months, weekly AM-FM radio listening is up 31%, an early indicator that traditional radio is bouncing back as the pandemic slows down.…

IBA’s national contest doles out 60 grand.

The fourth national contest conducted by the Independent Broadcasters Association made 50 people $1000 richer, and one lucky listener somewhere in the land $50,000 richer. Two hundred thirty-three member stations participated in this large-scale, big-bucks giveaway, what IBA President Ron…

Radio Mercury awards finalists named.

A total of 98 commercials and campaigns have been judged worthy of recognition by a blue-ribbon panel of judges made up of ad-agency and media executives. In yet another sign of post-pandemic normalcy, the judging process was held in person,…

April foolin’.

This past Friday was hard on triskaidekaphobians, but great for radio, where the fools gags abounded. By far, as usual, the fooler that popped up the most was the old “format change” gag: the Classic Rocker goes All Travis Tritt,…

Attention all techies.

The NAB Leadership Foundation has opened the window for applications for their Technology Apprentice Program. June 15 will be the last day applications will be accepted. It’s a six-monthu apprenticeship that gives gives participants exposure to and experience in radio,…

Non-commvention results in super spreading.

The gathering of non-commercial radio people in Philadelphia earlier this month resulted in a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases. One of the organizers of the convention, Roger LaMay of WXPN/Philadelphia issued a statement in response to those reports: “Thanks…

IBA launches syndication platform.

The Independent Broadcasters Association has entered into a joint venture with the Iliad Media Group and the Midlands Media Group to put together platform whereby IBA member stations can contribute content in a barter-free cooperative. According to Midlands CEO Keith…