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Millie Small, 73.

A stroke has claimed the life of the Jamaica-born one-hit wonder, who briefly rose to fame in 1964 with “My Boy Lollipop.”

What a crazy business.

No sooner had the ink dried on their Facebook posts about leaving the morning position at a station in Pocatello, ID after encouraging their listeners to defy state law, Neal Larson and Julie Mason will be waking up another Idaho…

More support for news media.

Four US senators have joined the many other officials and groups that have asked Senate leadership to support news media in the next Coronavirus small business stimulus legislation. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Kennedy (R-LA), and John…

Report: media take big advertising hits.

The Myers Report, a marketing research company, has issued new projections, occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic, for advertising spending in 21 categories. Audio in general is expected to decline nearly 26%, with “linear audio” (radio) faring even less well with…

FCC renewal form revised.

The commission has updated Schedule 303-S to include a new question concerning compliance with the multiple-ownership and cross-ownership rules, prompted by the ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to remand the revised ownership rules. The change applies to…

RAB initiative adds video series.

The “Business Unusual” initiative from the Radio Advertising Bureau now includes a live video series, “Open for Business,” in which top executives from broadcasting and advertising talk about success stories and ideas for maintaining and growing businesses during the pandemic.…

FCC clarifies political disclosure ruling.

30The ruling on broadcasters’ political file requirements for issue advertising has been restated by the Commission to avoid misunderstanding. The required disclosure of who buys third-party political ads is applicable to issue advertising, but not to ads supporting legally-qualified candidates.…

Congressional minority caucuses advocate local and ethnic media inclusion.

The chairs of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and the Native American Caucus have sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging that local and ethnic media outlets be…

Survey says: local radio streams excel.

According to a multi-market study from Cox Media Group, about 33% of the respondents are listening more to radio since the pandemic began, and about 95% said they are turning to local radio for music, talk, and information more than…

Good idea?

The morning hosts of KID in Idaho Falls, ID have resigned because station management objected to their telling listeners to ignore the stay-at-home order issued by Idaho Gov. Brad Little. Neil Larson and Julie Mason left the station rather than…