Industry News

Radio groups embrace AI-driven podcasts.

Audacy joins the ranks of radio companies integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into its podcasts to enhance contextual advertising. Utilizing AI for transcription and categorization, Audacy aligns podcasts with genres and Interactive Advertising Bureau standards, facilitating dynamic insertion…

NRB opposes permanent DST.

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) warns against making Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent, citing detrimental effects on AM radio. They oppose the Sunshine Protection Act, arguing that AM stations rely on FCC regulations for power reductions after dark to prevent…

Another fine mess.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is penalizing Southern Media Interactive LLC with a $16,200 fine and revoking their FM translator license for WSFN-AM in Brunswick, Georgia. The FCC cited numerous violations, including unauthorized operation, modification, dead air, and transfer of…

Radio rides the audio wave.

MusicWatch’s 22nd Annual US Music Study reports a surge in digital music subscriptions, reaching 109 million Americans, with 136 million including SiriusXM and Amazon Prime listeners. Despite this, broadcast radio saw increased listenership in 2023, notably in car listening, preferred…

ACM Radio Awards nominees announced.

The Academy of Country Music announces the nominees for the 2024 ACM Radio Awards, which will precede the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards. Winners will be revealed before the ceremony and celebrated during ACM Awards week. Nominees include notable…

Say “Cheese.”

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation reveals the 2024 inductees for the WBA Hall of Fame and Local Broadcast Legends. Hall of Fame honorees, including Matt Lepay and Patty Loew, boast a minimum of 25 years in broadcasting, impacting their communities…

What’s old is new.

TM Studios reintroduces the classic WLS jingle to Chicago’s airwaves with a new package for Cumulus Media’s 94.7 WLS-AM. The iconic 5-note melody, famous since the 1960s and featured in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” gets a modern twist with live…

CRS 2025 dates, 2024 free content.

Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) announces CRS 2025 dates and releases a free online library of all 2024 panels, including session videos, handouts, and photos. Content covers AI, inclusivity, and radio/music industry strategies. Highlights include keynotes on talent roles, leadership, and…

NAB debuts recruitment campaign.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) launches the “You Belong Here” campaign, in collaboration with the NAB Leadership Foundation, to recruit young and diverse talent into the broadcasting industry. Addressing the urgent need for new talent, the campaign provides stations…

LRFA shows renewed strength.

The US House of Representatives has seen a surge in bipartisan support for the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), with 225 cosponsors opposing new performance royalties on AM/FM stations. Led by Reps. Steve Womack and Kathy Castor in the House…