Industry News

Radio Mercury entry window opens.

The Call for Entries opened earlier this week at www.radiomercuryawards.com. This year, the 29th year of the Awards, the judges introduce a new prize category, Multicultural Radio Spot Campaign, and additional prizes in the Radio Commercial, Radio Campaign, and Station-Produced…

IHeart restructures; “employee dislocation” ensues.

When the 800-pound gorilla decides to rearrange the furniture, a body count inevitably follows. And so it is that scores or even hundreds of iHeartMedia employees are being broomed as the company adopts a new OR chart. The Markets Group—the…

Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.

The latest inductees, who will be formally installed in early May in Cleveland, include performers Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex. The Ahmet Ertegun Award goes to industry heavyweights Jon…

Newberry’s new role.

Steve Newberry, who operates a group of radio stations in Glasgow, KY and is currently the EVP for industry affairs and strategic planning at the NAB, has been named the CEO of QUU, a Seattle-based company that has developed new…

Podcast advertising platform launched by Spotify.

“Spotify Podcast Ads” is that service’s solution which, according to Spotify Senior Product Marketing Manager Alex Leung, “leverages streaming to deliver Spotify’s full digital suite of planning, reporting, and measurement capabilities.”

FCC finally cracking down on noncom abuses.

Forget NPR. Forget Pacifica. The FCC caught the University of Arkansas in the crosshairs, slamming the institution with a $76,000 fine in a Consent Decree regarding underwriting violations. According to the Commission, KBPU/De Queen, AR, and KTYC/Nashville, AR ran commercials…

Industry praises Pirate Act action.

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement regarding the passage of the Pirate Act in the Senate: “This legislation provides stronger resources to help the FCC combat illegal pirate radio operations, which not only interfere with licensed radio stations but…

Spotify to politicos: “No ads for you.”

Spotify has established a policy of no political advertising through the 2020 general elections, except for those running in podcasts distributed by the service. Spotify, which is following the lead of Twitter, had this statement: “At this point in time,…

Music group files massive infringement suits.

A group known as Pro Music Rights, which represents a number of songwriters, composers, and music publishers, has lodged 10 complaints against online streaming services for copyright infringement. The action tags some of the biggest players, including Apple, Google, YouTube,…