The industry responds to Nadler

NAB Executive VP/Media Relations Dennis Wharton jumped on Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s proposed legislation, saying, “It fails to recognize the unparalleled promotional value of local radio airplay and kill jobs at America’s hometown radio stations.” Wharton continued, “We continue to support…

With friends like these …

This week, Congressman Jerrold Nadler floated the idea of a law requiring radio stations to pay a fee directly to artists for playing their music – in addition to the fees we already pay to music licensing organizations like BMI,…

R. Peter Straus, 89

Straus, whose father bought WMCA/New York in the early 40s, and who later built a broadcast group in New York using WMCA as its flagship, died early last week at his Midtown Manhattan home. In the late 70s, Straus was…

Michael Powell in the running?

The political rumor mill has the former FCC Chairman seeking the Washington, DC mayoral spot, although the current National Cable Telecommunications Association CEO denies it, saying, “Washington is an exceptional city, but contrary to published reports, I am not considering…

Survey says: Radio trails TV in social media

According to the latest RTNDA study of broadcast newsrooms by Hofstra Professor Bob Papper, “Radio continues to make strides in social media, but remains well behind TV.” According to the study, 42% of responding radio stations are “covering the topic…

How much of this is Howard?

SiriusXM has reported that in the second quarter of this year its subscriber growth was the greatest since the 2008 merger—622,000 new subscribers for a total of 22.9 million. CEO Mel Karmazin credits the company’s new on-demand service for Internet…

Mel’s other headache

Apparently Mel’s “former BFF” column is getting longer. SiriusXM superstar Howard Stern is suing the hand that feeds him—or, as he is alleging, underfeeds him—for $300 million in stock bonuses he claims he’s owed for growing Sirius’s subscriber base from…

Karmazin: No choice, rejoice

In the face of the full-court press by Liberty Media to wrest control of his company, SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin now insists that he is willing to work with Liberty Media if it does take majority control. Karmazin says, “I…