Congratulations to NAB Radio Board winners.

The new terms begin in June for newly-elected board members Flynn Foster, Guaranty Media; Tom Koser, Koser Radio Group; Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting; and Andrew Sutor, Entercom. Returning champions include Bill Wilson, TownSquare Media; Leonard Wheeler, Mel Wheeler Incorporated; Hartley…

Congresspeople join the fray.

A quartet of friends of broadcasting in the House of Representatives—Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), Bill Flores (R-TX) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) (depicted clockwise)—have sent a letter to the president asking that local media be included in the next…

NABOB joins the fray.

The National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters has joined the NAB and other organizations in advocating that broadcasters be included in the next Coronavirus relief stimulus bill. NABOB sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate calling attention…

FCC eliminates pre-filing announcements.

The Commission has done away with the requirement that broadcast stations scheduled to file license renewal applications on June 1 air pre-filing notices. The Media Bureau commented that the rule has been proposed to be eliminated anyway, and suspending it…

New COVID-19 radio study released.

A joint presentation between RAB President/CEO Erica Farber and Jacobs Media Strategies President Fred Jacobs will take place on Thursday, April 16 to discuss the effects of the pandemic on radio and our listeners. The study covers audience mindset and…

Senate shells out another $484 billion.

The United States Senate has passed another Coronavirus relief stimulus package, of which $310 billion goes into the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. The measure now goes to the House, and then to the president, who has indicated he will sign…

Big groups cut loose “assets.”

The 800-pound gorillas of the industry—iHeart, Entercom, Beasley, etc.—are downsizing (becoming 500-pound gorillas?) as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The cuts are affecting almost all departments—executives, programmers, personalities, promotions team members, producers—appropriately, sales, not so much. And mostly the…

The power of the PSA.

The National Association of Broadcasters is reporting that its Coronavirus public service campaign has been aired over 175,000 times on local radio and television stations nationwide, a value of over $42 million. As before, the NAB takes pains to point…

Free programming.

A number of syndicators and syndicated programs are offering radio stations the opportunity to pick up their programming for free and with no commitment for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic. In particular, many of the programs represented by and…

RAB beefs up webinar series.

The Radio Advertising Bureau has added a new session to its “Business Unusual” series: “Solution Selling Promotions—Even in Crisis” features Second Street executives Ruth Presslaff, Liz Huff, and Julie Foley talking about marketing during a crisis. RAB members can register…