Industry News

Public radio the victim of the virus.

Iowa Public Radio is losing about $875,000 in funding from the state’s university system, according to the Des Moines Register. That represents about 10% of the network’s funding. Editor’s $0.02: IPR has for decades been one of the most respected…

Congratulations to new NAB Radio Board members.

Three new members have been added to the NAB Radio Board of Directors, effective with the June board meeting. Joining the board will be Mike Hulvey, chief operating officer of Neuhoff Communications; Greg Davis, president/CEO of Davis Communications; and Jesus…

DMCA safe harbor provision upended.

The US Copyright Office has concluded its years-long study of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and has concluded that the safe harbor provision in the law is “unbalanced” and says that Congress has to do something about it. Specifically, the…

Radio advertising reflects Coronavirus reality.

According to data from February through April collected by Media Monitors, two of the top radio advertisers are in the home-improvement space – CertaPro Painters and Window Nation. “Americans are taking on more home improvement projects while stay-at-home orders are…

40,000 and counting.

That’s what the National Association of Broadcasters is reporting as the number of virtual attendees to the NAB Show Express last week. The sessions are still available for viewing on-demand, and will be through the end of August. According to…

New stimulus package includes broadcast PPP—but it’s DOA.

The latest COVID-19 relief measure narrowly passed the House and faces a steep uphill battle in the Senate, where the Majority Leader has vowed to block what he calls “an 1800-page seasonal catalog of left-wing oddities.” The good news is…

Hacker group targets president, A-listers.

A group of hackers known as REvil broke into the server of the law firm where celebrity attorney Alan Grubman toils and has demanded $42 million not to reveal embarrassing information about his clients—the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna, and…

Soundproof shower curtains?

The Omaha Studios of NRG Media have been a ghost town since the middle of March, when the pandemic prompted everyone to leave the building except for a few on-air people who maintained social distancing by working in separate studios…

RHOF soliciting nomination suggestions.

The Radio Hall of Fame is accepting suggestions for nominations in a number of categories, including “Long-Standing Local/Regional” (20+ years), “Active Local/Regional” (10+ years), and several others. Suggestions will be accepted through May 29; the induction ceremony will take place…

LRFA rolls on.

The Local Radio Freedom Act is alive and well, picking up six more House members and two more senators, bringing the total to 211 cosponsors in the house and 27 in the Senate. The latest radio-lovers are Reps. George Holding…