Industry News

Local Radio Networks hit with patent infringement suit.

Steve Swick’s voice-tracking technology is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Westwood One for patent infringement. LRN fired back in a press release, saying, that the Cumulus subsidiary “is apparently giving up on trying to fairly compete and instead…

Next up for independent broadcasters: Mark Levy.

The sales and management consultant will present a webinar entitled “Management vs. Leadership: The Differences and How to Be Good at Both,” Wednesday, March 10—another member benefit of the Independent Broadcasters Association. IBA President Ron Stone said, “Our members will…

NAB offers goodie package to early adopters.

The National Association of Broadcasters has a new subscription service called “NAB Amplify,” described by an association official as having been developed “using insights and feedback collected from the NAB Show community… focused on driving engagement [with] new features, content,…

New NAB initiative connects members and services.

The Association has a new volunteer initiative to facilitate better communication and information from NAB staff and services to its member stations. The “Broadcast Ambassador Program” sets up volunteer “ambassadors” at the member end who have direct lines of communication…

More stations not getting the FCC crackdown memo.

The FCC has proposed a $1500 fine against Clinton Educational Association for KXJX-LP/Clinton, IA; their license renewal application was filed three months late without explanation. A $3000 fine is in the offing against the school district of Bay City, MI…

Gordon Smith: “Reporting the facts.”

The NAB chief has published another op-ed piece in The Hill, this one about the vital role broadcasters play in addressing and exposing misinformation that makes its way into public consciousness, mostly through the Internet. Smith writes about “the vital…

iHeartMedia revenue drops as company restructures.

All the scribbling on the OR charts at the media giant at the end of last year resulted in a revenue decrease of 9% as compared with the same period in 2020—more like 17% down with political taken out. Those…

New pro-broadcasting campaign launches.

The National Association of Broadcasters has introduced a digital campaign, “Voices from the Field,” using first-person stories culled from on-air and online programming. NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said that the new campaign “will celebrate the real people who are providing…

The FCC is radio active.

The Consent Decrees and fines keep rolling in, as the FCC cracks down on rules infractions. The latest to be caught in the net are LLF Holdings, LLC—a proposed $1500 fine for a late license renewal application for a translator…

Southwest relief from BFOA.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America is helping broadcasters who have been hit by the recent spate of bad weather in Texas and surrounding states. BFOA Vice President Peter Doyle explained, “The Foundation’s Emergency Grant Program is set up with a…