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Radio Mercury Award Finalists Revealed

The awards honoring the best of the best local and agency radio spots will be awarded to some of the 114 finalists announced this week. Said Y&R Midwest Chief Creative Office and Chief Judge for the 2013 RMAs Bill Cimino,…

Another One Walks the Plank

The FCC has slammed one Joshua M. McMurchie with a $15,000 for operating an unlicensed station at 97.9 FM in Prineville, OR. The miscreant did not respond to a Notice of Apparent Liability.

LRFA Adds Nine

The Local Radio Freedom Act is now nine sponsors richer, bringing the tally to 133 House Members and 10 Senators. The LRFA opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The latest Congress…

Rush v. Cumulus

Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey has been outspoken about his view that Rush Limbaugh has caused a revenue decline on the Cumulus stations that carry him, starting with the fallout from the Sandra Fluke flap. Now, with Limbaugh’s 36-market Cumulus…

Clear Channel Q1 Sees Slight Decline

The giant media company reported negative growth of two percent, or $15 million, in the first quarter of 2013. It seems that their broadcast properties saved the day, being cited in a statement thus: “Offsetting the declines [“driven primarily by…

NAB Radio Board Directors Appointed

Radio Board Chairman Don Benson has named four new directors, including Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman, Bonneville President/CEO Jeff Simpson, First Natchez Radio Group President/CEO Margaret Perkins and Perry Publishing/Broadcasting Chairman Russell Perry. In addition, Golden Isles Broadcasting Partner Eddie…

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Have Teeth

What at first seemed to be a frivolous set of actions by the company called Personal Audio, which claims to hold patents on podcasting technology, has turned out to be anything but. The company won a suit against Apple, worth…

Jim Meyer “Interim” No More

Sirius XM Radio has officially named James E Meyer to the post of CEO, effective immediately; he had served as the interim CEO since December. Meyer commented, “I look forward to leading Sirius XM. . .a great service with world-class…

Katz Remixes Arbitron Data

The rep firm has loaded the most recent Arbitron data into its digital Osterizer and has come up with some tasty data. To wit, broadcast radio continues to dominate all listening, boasting 243 million listeners per week—that’s over 92% of…

FEMA Does Some Networking

The government agency which oversees the Emergency Alert System, has identified Premiere Networks as a Primary Entry Point station for EAS, using premiere’s satellite system to reach affiliates with EAS messages. According to FEMA National Continuity Program Assistant Administrator Damon…