Industry News

iHeartMedia doubles down on podcasting.

An indication that podcasting is part of broadcast? Or an indication that iHeart is moving away from broadcast? Which ever you believe to be true, the fact is that the radio giant is launching a programmatic marketplace for podcast advertising,…

Grace Broadcast Sales celebrate 30th, gives YOU an anniversary gift.

Ron Schwartz’s telemarketing production company is 30 years old, and to mark the occasion, GBS is offering a series of Memorial Day vignettes, “Above & Beyond.” This series of 20 one-minute productions profiles veterans who have received the Medal of…

The Marconi window is open.

The National Association of Broadcasters has opened the nomination window for the 2021 Marconi Radio Awards. 23 awards in all will be awarded later this year at the NAB Show. Submit your nomination at https://www.nab.org/events/awards/overview.

Announcing the 2021 Crystal Radio Award finalists.

Fifty radio stations are vying for 10 awards, to be presented in a dedicated streaming session on NAB Amplify next month. In addition, WHUR/Washington, DC will receive the Crystal Heritage Award, which was created some years ago to honor those…

Alpha Media emerges from bankruptcy.

The station group formed by former CEO Larry Wilson is emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has requested that the FCC transfer all its licenses back to the corporation (from debtor-in-possession status to non-debtor-in-possession status). The bankruptcy filing took place…

New Coronavirus relief measure is now the law.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has been signed into law by President Biden. Not only does the $1.9 trillion plan distribute checks directly to low- and middle-income Americans, but it includes $1 billion for a vaccine awareness campaign,…

Radio Hall of Fame nomination window open.

The last day of March is the last day that the Museum of Broadcast Communications will be accepting nominations for the Class of 2021. Nomination candidates in six categories—Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years +); Active Local/Regional (10 years +); Networks/Syndication (10…

Al Travis has some explaining to do.

The FCC is looking into the case of the KTOE/Mankato, MN afternoon announcer’s consulting of the campaign of US representative Jim Hagedorn and the station’s failure to disclose that relationship. The Minnesota Reformer ran a story late last year about…

Ray White, 69.

I worked with the prodigious on-air talent at WHCN/Hartford in its wild and woolly free-form progressive rock days, that stint sandwiched between his first gig at WLIR/Long Island and is well-deserved advancement to WQCD/New York. I remember him as being…

FCC on the warpath.

Once again this week comes news of Commission actions in one of their two areas of focus right now—late renewals and political aberrations in the public file. This week, the FCC has proposed a $3000 fine against Cultural Energy for…