Industry News

Florida stations hit jackpot.

Magic Broadcasting II, LLC has gone along with an FCC Consent Decree involving a number of rule violations at WVFT in Gretna-Tallahassee and WILN in Panama City. The violations, which will cost Magic $125,000, include an improperly lighted tower, rigged…

Trending.

You may be keeping score along with us, but just in case: Trending up: iHeartMedia layoffs; stations going early on all-Christmas music; Barack Obama interviews; Coronavirus cases and deaths. Trending down: JACK-FM affiliates; iHeartMedia employment opportunities.

Coalition of music groups urge pandemic relief from Congress.

A number of music-industry groups and advocacies have sent a letter to leaders in Congress describing the growing peril to the live music industry thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. The joint statement said, “there is no denying that COVID-19 has…

Grammy nominations announced virtually.

During an hour-long presentation last week, 83 categories of nominations for the coveted music award were revealed. Album of the Year nominees include Jhené Aiko, Black Pumas, Coldplay, Jacob Collier, Haim, Dua Lipa, Post Malone and Taylor Swift (I think…

Taylor Swift wins more awards.

More than ever, I’m convinced that it’s a law: the gifted country crossover artist won Artist of the Year – and certainly not for the first time – from the American Music Awards, broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater (under…

Entercom partners with the Ad Council for new Coronavirus PSA campaign.

The radio group, the Ad Council, with the help of the CDC and government resources, are providing a series of produced public-service announcements called “Coping-19.” The purpose of the campaign, according to an Entercom release, is to raise awareness and…

Broadcasters support FCC Supreme Court appeal.

The National Association of Broadcasters has joined with a number of other industry associations to file an opening brief with the Supreme Court in support of the FCC’s appeal of an order by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals mandating…

No grass grows here.

Earlier last week, the IBA announced another partnership, this one with AnalyticOwl, a purveyor of, in the words of Founder David Ballenger, “our industry- and advertiser-specific radio analytics.”

AES hooks up with NAB.

The Audio Engineering Society will hold its annual convention in association with the NAB, which will hold its 2021 convention as a live, in-person event in October. For more information on the NAB show, visit www.nabshow.com.

Ad agencies to discuss media needs.

The latest episode of the Business Unusual/Open for Business live streaming series from the RAB includes three agency heavyweights talking about “What Agencies Want from Their Media Partners,” moderated by the head of a rep firm. RAB members should circle…