New Jersey Gets Ahead of the Parade

The New Jersey Broadcasters Association has passed a resolution in support of the Sprint FM Chip proposal—the first such resolution—endorsing “the absolute need to enable all cell phones within the United States to include (and activate) FM receiver capabilities in…

FCC Calls for Indecency Comments

The Commission has opened a docket (GN Docket 13-86) for comment on what types of indecency complaints it should pursue—all of them, or only the “most egregious.” By addressing only the latter following the landmark FCC v. Fox Television Supreme…

Radio Moves Up

The radio industry marked a significant watershed in 2012, as we gained digital share—and leveraged it. A new RAB report using research from Borrell, “Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” shows that radio grew its online ad revenues 22% last…

RAB Works It

The first edition of “RAB@Work” is now available for viewing here. The video was shot on location at WTOP in Washington, DC, whose SVP/GM, Joel Oxley, is interviewed by RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. Farber also interviews Bud Walters, owner of…

The End of the Free Ride

The roll-your-own music service Pandora has announced that it is discontinuing its free unlimited mobile listening plan. In the company blog, Pandora founder Tim Westergren wrote, “This week we will begin communicating directly with a small number of our listeners…

The Doctor Is Out

Premiere Radio Networks has notified affiliates that it will stop producing and broadcasting the “Dr. Dean Edell Medical Minute” effective March 29. According to the network, the good doctor is wrapping the series “to focus on his personal interests and…

Things Are Looking Up

According to a new study from Mark Kassof and Company, the majority of radio owners, executives and GMs surveyed are optimistic about the future of traditional terrestrial radio—69% versus 17% who say they are pessimistic, and 14% who just don’t…

The Decline of File Sharing

According to the “Annual Music Study 2012” released by the NPD Group, there was a “significant” decline in illegal music file sharing last year—a drop of 17% in 2012 compared to the previous year. The practice peaked in 2005, when…

Emergency Alerts for the Rest of Us

People in radio tend to have pretty good hearing—that seems to be a job requirement—so we might overlook those who are less aurally-adept. Not so NPR Labs, which has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security and…

At the FCC

The Media Bureau has opened a request by the Coalition for Broadcast Investment to look into the Commission’s foreign ownership policies and procedures for public comment. Comments are due April 15; replies are due April 30. The FCC has opened…