Industry News

Former FCC Commissioner: radio lags in minority ownership.

Andrew Barrett, who served as FCC Commissioner during the administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, wrote an editorial recently for the Chicago Defender, a newspaper primarily for the African-American community. In the article, Mr. Barrett calls on…

Rush replacement opens wide.

Premiere Networks is bragging that their new program running in Rush Limbaugh’s old slot, “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show,” is launching with over 400 stations on board from Day One. (Of course, it never hurts that Premiere’s owner,…

Half of America pays for its music.

According to a new “Share of Ear” report, Edison Research has found that 47% of all Americans age 13 and older are subscribing to at least one paid audio service—twice the number in 2015. In contrast to what is happening…

EAS and LPFM changes become official.

The FCC voted unanimously to bring EAS rules up to date by combining FEMA and Presidential alerts into one alert class for wireless devices and making them mandatory. A new “National Alerts” initiative encourages states to form “Emergency Communications Committees”…

FCC fines another licensee for late renewal.

FCR Broadcasting will soon be $1500 poorer for renewing the license of translator W287BE in Greenwood, IN over a month late with no explanation. Furthermore, a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture was ignored by the licensee. In other enforcement…

NAB Technology Award winners announced for 2021.

As announced during a session on the NAB Amplify platform, the winners include Adam Weiner, EVP/GM of CBS Local Digital Media (Digital Leadership Award); David L Hershberger, formerly senior scientist at Continental Electronics (Engineering Achievement Award/Radio); and Brady Dreasler, director…

NABOB on board with LRFA.

The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters has come out in support of the Local Radio Freedom Act, the nonbinding resolution that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The organization sent…

More from the FCC “Instant Revenue” campaign.

A low-power FM licensee is in the cross-hair for a late license renewal. Amazing Grace Church is in line for a $1500 fine for a late filing for KILB-LP/Paron, AR. The renewal application, due in February 2020, was a month…

RAB tackles new topic: recruitment advertising.

The next live video presentation in the Business Accelerated initiative by the Radio Advertising Bureau will be at noon (Central), June 16. “Radio Works for Recruitment Advertising” will feature a cross-section of radio reps discussing how radio can help clients…

Broadway hitmaker to receive NAB award.

In announcing this year’s recipient of the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Service to America Leadership Award, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said, “As the creative force behind some of the most successful stage and screen productions in recent memory, Lin-Manuel Miranda has…