Biggest. Fine. Ever.

The Sinclair Broadcast Group will go down in the history of our industry for being slammed with a $48 million fine, part of a Consent Decree by the FCC related to three investigations—failure to disclose details of Sinclair’s attempted acquisition…

The chat goes on.

Undeterred by the cancellation of the live NAB Show in Las Vegas, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith are taking their traditional annual interaction online, as part of the NAB Show Express Welcome Session on Wednesday, May…

Congratulations to the NYSBA winners.

The New York State Broadcasters Association has announced the winners of its 2020 Excellence in Broadcasting Award—18 separate awards each for small, medium, and large market stations. (I don’t want to think about their trophy bill.) For all the winners,…

NAB comments on geo-targeted FM boosters.

A company called GEO Broadcast Solutions has submitted a proposal to the FCC to allow FM boosters to transmit geo-targeted programming (things like advertisements and news stories) separate from the primary programming, and now the NAB has filed comments in…

Americans are afraid. Very afraid.

According to new research from American Public Media and Edison Research, our citizens are growing more and more anxious because of the health risks and economic damage caused by the pandemic. Fully 69% of the respondents reported that they are…

New PSAs from the NAB.

The National Association of Broadcasters has released another round of public service announcements related to the pandemic, this one dealing with mental health. They become part of the NAB’s Coronavirus Response Toolkit. According to NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith, “As many…

Little Richard, 87.

The rock ‘n roll legend born Richard Penniman died of bone cancer last week. After racking up a bunch of Number One hits in the mid-50s, Mr. Penniman was among the first artists ever to be inducted into the Rock…

What a crazy business.

No sooner had the ink dried on their Facebook posts about leaving the morning position at a station in Pocatello, ID after encouraging their listeners to defy state law, Neal Larson and Julie Mason will be waking up another Idaho…

More support for news media.

Four US senators have joined the many other officials and groups that have asked Senate leadership to support news media in the next Coronavirus small business stimulus legislation. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Kennedy (R-LA), and John…