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“Nash Nights Live” down one host.

Shawn Parr, one of the original hosts of the syndicated Country evening show, is leaving at the end of the year. His long time cohost, Elaina Smith, becomes the main host; it’s uncertain at this time whether syndicator Cumulus Media/Westwood…

Liberty takes another run at iHeart.

Liberty Media, with controlling stakes in Live Nation and SiriusXM, as well as a piece of Pandora, is seeking the permission of the US Justice Department to increase its stake in iHeartMedia, which could put Liberty in charge of the…

Primary station translator switch lands North Carolina group in FCC hot water.

The Commission has proposed a $2000 fine against Carolina Radio Group for changing the primary station of its translator in Raleigh without notice, and for failing to offer a “technical need” explanation. Originally the translator rebroadcast WQDR-HD3, a Classic Country…

Score one for GMR.

Global Music Rights—the music-rights organization founded by music executive Irving Azoff—got a boost in its legal battle with the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) when the United States Department of Justice urged a federal court to deny the RMLC’s arguments.…

Now we know for sure that podcasting is legit.

For the first time, three podcasts were among the winners of the 2020 Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Awards. In fact, the podcasts in question took home all three audio awards: “Bag Man,” from Rachel Maddow and MSNBC; “Believed,” from Michigan…

Make the news, choose the news.

An incident in Pennsylvania is the latest episode in a growing trend where news sources are hand-picking which reporters will be permitted to report. A crime reporter from KYW radio in Philadelphia was barred from attending a press conference held…

And now we’re even more sure podcasting is a thing.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) will now include podcasting in a new category for the 2020 Edward R. Murrow Awards, prompting RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley to comment, “We look forward to continuing to honor the best-of-the-best as…

Two become one.

CBS and Viacom have completed their merger into a company henceforth to be known as ViacomCBS. Viacom CEO Bob Backish, who will serve as president/CEO of the new company, calls the merger “a historic moment that brings together two iconic…

Radio reps, radio advocates.

Gen Media Partners has launched a radio advocacy campaign to promote local independent radio to advertisers. The campaign kicked off with an email blast to advertising agencies throughout the country promoting local radio. According to Gen Media Partners CEO Kevin…