Seacrest Racks up Another Honor

The multimedia maven has been named the Honorary Chair of the Grammy Foundation Board. The Foundation, one of two charities affiliated with the Recording Academy, provides music education programs for high school students and schools, as well as archiving, preservation,…

Minority Broadcasters Want to Halt Consolidation

The National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) has asked the FCC to put a stop to any further relaxation of its ownership rules, including those involving broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership. In the midst of the Commission’s quadrennial review of its ownership rules,…

Mayor/Talker Ed Koch, 88

The former mayor of New York, who was known for his trademark question to his constituents, “How’m I doin’?,” died last week of congestive heart failure at his Manhattan home. After his three terms in City Hall, Koch did radio…

Illinois Law Gives Broadcasters an Edge

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law the “First Informer Broadcasters Act,” giving broadcasters and cable systems credentials to make it easier to access their operations in case of emergency, and putting them first in line for getting fuel in…

The Best Way to Lose a Subscriber

Congratulations and best wishes to SMRN subscriber Dave Land, who has announced his retirement from broadcasting effective at the end of March. Dave has spent virtually his entire 47-year career at WFIW, Fairfield, IL. Along the way, he oversaw the…

Connecticut Station Creates Benefit CD

WCCC in Hartford is putting together a CD of acoustic performances from major artists, donated by the artists and their labels, to benefit the victims and families of the recent Sandy Hook School tragedy in nearby Newtown. The project, spearheaded…

Make it a Double

The Senate has confirmed FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn for a second term, prompting Chairman Julius Genachowski to say, “I am so pleased that the Senate has approved Commissioner Clyburn’s renomination to the FCC. Commissioner Clyburn is an excellent and dedicated…

Cumulus Comes Full Circle

It wasn’t that long ago that Cumulus partnered with Nielsen in an attempt to compete with Arbitron in the radio ratings arena. That didn’t work, Nielsen closed up shop, and Cumulus was without any ratings at all for three years.…

Liberty Gets FCC Blessing

The Commission has approved Liberty Media’s application for permission to acquire enough stock to take control of Sirius XM radio. Liberty says they’ll take control within 60 days.

Regional Reps Adds Four

Regional Reps Corp., the country’s oldest and one of the largest independent sales representatives specializing in small and medium market radio stations, has signed an exclusive representation agreement with Powell Broadcasting in Panama City. Regional Reps also represents the Powell…

Meyer to Succeed Karmazin

Back in October, SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin told his board that he wouldn’t be renewing his contract, which is up in February 2013. Now comes word that company President/Sales and Operations James E. Meyer will succeed Karmazin. Meyer was described…