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So that’s why we can’t get it free anymore.

I’m sure you have noticed that many of the places we used to get weather widgets for our websites no longer make them available – Weather.com, Weather Underground, AccuWeather – those services choosing to focus instead on paid services to…

CASE act passes the House.

The Acronym Factory came up with the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act,” a measure that allows copyright holders to sue infringers in a small-claims court of sorts, called the Copyright Claims Board, that lives in the Copyright Office. Organizations…

Uh oh.

An online using streaming service called AccuRadio – created nearly 20 years ago by “Mr. Accu” himself, Kurt Hansen – is taking aim at radio in the workplace. To quote Mr. Hansen, “Our features are ideal for workplaces, where people…

Digital revenue rises again.

According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the first half of 2019 marked a record-breaking increase in digital revenue to nearly $58 billion, up 17% over the same period the year before. That number comprises advertising in video, audio, and mobile…

Announcing the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2019.

The honorees were inducted on Monday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville: Brooks and Dunn, Ray Stevens, and Jerry Bradley. The inductees were serenaded by a bunch of Country music stars including the Brothers Osborne,…

Station loses lease, relies on the kindnesses of strangers.

WFPA/Fort Payne, AL is experiencing big-time financial difficulties, to the point that they were recently evicted from their studios, forcing the station off the air. The owners, Wallace Broadcasting Company, assert that the station will be back on the air…

Radio Hall of Fame trots out the stars.

The 31st annual Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony promises to be a star-studded affair like no other in the history of the event. Presenters scheduled to appear include Jimmy Fallon, Christian Slater, Connie Sellecca, and Kevin Frazier; along with…

Naming rights.

A California representative, Tony Cardenas, has introduced a bill to change the name of the Pacoima, California post office to the Ritchie Valens Post Office Building, after the native-son singer who perished in that fateful plane crash the day the…

Radio? Crime? How about both?

Two former radio guys have been sentenced for their part in a fraudulent pitch to investors in an alleged new radio company. Dain Schult and Joel Hixon were sentenced to four years and to 18 months, respectively, along with a…

Elijah Cummings, 68.

The Democratic Congressman from Maryland, who first came to national prominence for his civil-rights efforts, died earlier today at a Hospice Center in Baltimore. The cause of death has not been revealed, but he had been out of his office…