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Dolly relents.

After initially backing away from accepting the honor of induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame, Ms. Parton has changed her mind and will be among those so honored in the Class of 2022. Actually, the “rock ‘n…

What? A radio-friendly newspaper?

It turns out that the Detroit Free Press has been a big fan of local station WRIF since forever, and the latest mention of the station honors the 50-year-old rocker with the honor of “Best Local Station.” The station garnered…

Marconi nomination window opens.

Nominations for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are now being accepted, and will be through May 31. Any NAB member station in good standing can enter either itself or its personalities; the semifinalists are selected by an NAB task force,…

Mike Mahone, 73.

The former RAB EVP joined the organization in 1994, where he ended up heading up the Services Division. Mr. Mahone died April 30 after a battle with pancreatic cancer and Parkinson’s disease. A dyed-in-the-wool radio guy, Mike began his career…

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…

Proof once and for all that podcasting is a thing.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau reports that 2021 was another banner year for the art form, with revenue exceeding $1 billion a gain of $2 million in the past two years, with a projection of $4 billion by 2024. According to…

Radio, the spry centenarian.

We’re going to see a lot of this in the next couple of years, as the stations that started our business celebrate their 100th birthdays. WGN in Chicago, for example, turns 100 in mid-May, and a television special will commemorate…

Broadcasters Foundation honors industry leaders.

At the annual breakfast of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, held on the last day of the NAB Show, the Foundation honored several industry leaders who have made an impact on the broadcast industry and in their local communities with…

RAB’S “Rising” program now accepting applications.

Rising Through the Ranks, the RAB’s women’s management training program, is now accepting applications for its workshop sessions in Nashville in August of this year. Any upwardly-mobile woman in the radio industry is eligible; you can apply through May 13…