Industry News

American confidence in “big tech” eroding fast.

According to a survey conducted by the “Digital Goddess,” Kim Komando, 86% of Americans no longer trust big tech companies. “Americans are finally waking up to the fact that when a product is free, they are in fact that product,”…

NAB Engineering Awards winners announced shortly.

June 17 is the day when the National Association of Broadcasters will announce the recipients of the 2021 NAB Engineering Achievement Awards and the Digital Leadership Award. The event will take place on the NAB Amplify Portal at 2 PM…

Rush Replacement Sweepstakes: Loesh takes the lead.

Dana Loesh, the conservative talker distributed by Radio America, will supplant The Rush Limbaugh Show on all 11 of Audacy’s major market News/Talk outlets. SMRN’s ears to the ground tell us there are five programs under serious consideration by small-market…

FCC approves new ownership rules.

The Commission’s Media Bureau has formally reinstated the more liberal ownership rules that were in effect until they were put on hold pending a Supreme Court decision in the matter brought by the Prometheus Project last year. Because the changes…

NAB backs vax action.

This is the National Month of Action—so designated by the Biden administration to gather resources around the goal of 70% of American adults vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 4. The National Association of Broadcasters is supporting the effort by encouraging…

White House budget includes 3.7% FCC increase.

The Biden administration has submitted its budget request to Congress for the fiscal year 2022, which includes nearly $400 million for the FCC to offset regulatory fee collections. It also includes $475 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Premiere names official Rush replacement.

It’ll take two personalities to fill the shoes of the estimable Mr. Limbaugh—Buck Sexton, currently doing evenings for the network, and Clay Travis, who does mornings for Fox Sports Radio. “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show” starts June 21,…

What not to do in the month of May.

The evening host and his producer at Los Angeles station KFI have been suspended because of a bit parodying an Asian American woman. Tim Conway, Jr. and Sheron Bellio have more time on their hands right now because of Bellio’s…

NAB honors Beasley.

Caroline Beasley, CEO of the Beasley Media Group, is set to receive this year’s NAB National Radio Award during the NAB/RAB Radio Show in October. Ms. Beasley is a second-generation broadcaster, joined the family firm founded by her father, George…

Bob and Sheri back on the air in Charlotte.

The syndicated power couple found a new local base of operations less than a month after being cut loose by its home of 29 years. WLNK is now facing stiff competition from its own morning team at crosstown rival WKQC.…