Industry News

Turtles lose in royalty review.

Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, a.k.a. Flo and Eddie, a.k.a. the Turtles lost an appeal of a lower court ruling to SiriusXM in a case involving royalties for songs published earlier than 1972. This decision, by the Ninth Circuit Court…

Proof of concept.

Regular readers of this publication are familiar with my contention that Bob Pittman and his merry band of pranksters are transforming their radio-centric business into an events business with hundreds of promotional outlets. Now, thanks to Media Monitors and their…

Regulatory fee order keeps broadcast and broadband funding separate.

When the proposed FCC fiscal year 2021 fee schedule was released, broadcasters were up in arms about the sizable increase in broadcast fees which, it turned out, would subsidize Commission expenses related to broadband regulation. In the final Report and…

FCC fines another licensee for late license renewal.

This week’s lucky winner is Rovision Ministry, and in this contest, the winner gets to pay a fine of $1125 for filing their most recent license renewal application three months late. This incident also gives us the Lame Excuse of…

FCC and public file violator agreed to a Consent Decree.

Estuardo Valdemar Rodriguez is the licensee of WSRB-AM in La Grande/Jacksonville, NC, and he has just reached an agreement with the Commission to resolve ongoing public file violations at his station. The agreement involves the requirement that Mr. Rodriguez create…

George Noory renewed.

The Host with the Coasts has inked a new long-term deal with Premiere Networks, which will keep him up all night, as he says, “well into this decade.” Mr. Noory succeeded Art Bell 18 years ago on what is, according…

Let’s get a lawyer and go shopping with the RAB.

The next two “Business Accelerated” live video presentations from the Radio Advertising Bureau are “Radio Works for Lawyers,” how attorneys can use radio to build their practices; and “Meet the New Retail Shopper,” an examination of how retail shopping has…

Broadcast ownership just got easier.

The FCC reinstatement of its revised broadcast ownership rules has been published in the Federal Register, which establishes the comments deadline (August 2) and the reply comments deadline (August 30). The Order eliminates the newspaper/broadcast and radio/television cross-ownership prohibitions, as…

The new look of the NAB Boards.

The new chairman of the NAB Joint Board of Directors is David Santrella, president/broadcast media at Salem Media Group. On the radio side, Bill Wilson, CEO of Townsquare Media, has been elected chair of the Radio Board; John Zimmer, president…