Actor fails background check.

Robert De Niro was cut from the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Service to America Leadership Award after participating in a press conference outside former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial, advocating for Trump’s incarceration. De Niro, originally selected for his charitable work,…

Audio’s adult loyalty.

Audio platforms, especially music streaming services, demonstrate strong appeal and loyalty. The audio service switch rate is around 12%, significantly lower than video services at 40%. Spotify, with a churn rate of less than 1.5% monthly, exemplifies this trend. Daily…

The NPR decline continues.

KVUT, a Texas NPR station, shut down after three years. The University of Texas at Tyler says it’s refocusing resources on its communication department to better prepare students for media careers. This comes amid funding issues for NPR affiliates nationwide.…

The Commission soldiers on.

The FCC is holding a voluntary DIRS drill on June 10-12 to test the system used by broadcasters to report service status and request aid during disasters. This comes amidst debate on making these reports mandatory. The DIRS system allows…

American institution honored.

Robert De Niro will receive the 2024 Service to America Leadership Award for his charitable work and public service. The award honors his dedication to revitalizing lower Manhattan after 9/11 through co-founding the Tribeca Festival. He also serves on the…

The BFoA’s big day.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America is holding its third annual Giving Day on June 13th to raise money for colleagues facing financial hardships. This coincides with their Media Mixer event in NYC. Donations can be made through their website, www.broadcastersfoundation.org,…

Revenue dreams.

Despite an overall decline in ad revenue for the top radio stations in the US (down 5% from 2022), Washington D.C.’s WTOP topped the charts for the 13th time in 14 years with $66.3 million. News/Talk and Music formats were…

The power of Christian radio.

A new study shows Christian Adult Contemporary (AC) radio listeners have significant spending power and are loyal radio listeners. The study by FMR Associates found Christian AC listeners are more likely to have higher household incomes and spend more on…