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 2018-06-15 19:30 

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NAB Asks FCC To Relax Local Radio Ownership Rules....

The NAB said late Friday it would urge the FCC to modernize its radio ownership rules as part of the agency's quadrennial media ownership review planned for later this year. While there was some dissent among board members and the......

 2018-06-15 19:15 

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Caroline Beasley Re-Elected NAB Joint Board Chair....

Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley was unanimously re-elected NAB Joint Board chair by the NAB Joint Board of Directors at its June 12-13 meetings held in Washington, DC. Elected to the NAB Radio Board were Salem's David Santrella and......

 2018-06-15 19:00 

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Mason And Remy Return To St. Louis....

Changes in PM drive for two of Hubbard Broadcasting's St. Louis stations feature the return of Mason and Remy to the market, joining "New Country 92.3" WIL-FM for afternoons; and with the prodigal duo's return, Stacey & Jonah move to......

 2018-06-15 18:45 

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Coming Monday: Agencies Applaud Radio's Data Initiatives....

While radio may be one of the most trusted and effective of all media platforms, traditional media have been at a competitive disadvantage to digital media when it comes to proving attribution to advertisers. But broadcasters have recently stepped up......

 2018-06-15 18:30 

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FCC Reports 27 Call Letter Changes In May....

The Federal Communications Commission has released its monthly report on call letter changes and format flips are still the driving force behind many of them....

 2018-06-15 18:15 

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News Bites: WLUP Call Letters Parked, George Strait Helps Tourism Campaign....

Cumulus Media has parked the WLUP call letters on classic hip-hop "105 The Vibe" Minneapolis-St. Paul, which previously used the calls of WRXP. Cumulus purchased the intellectual property and call letters of the former Chicago classic rocker WLUP ...

 2018-06-15 18:00 

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RTDNA Survey: Commercial Stations Take Lead In Local News....

Commercial radio stations aired a median of 50% more local news than non-commercial stations, as did stations with three or more news staffers compared with those having smaller staffs. And local radio groups are increasingly coordinating and running loca...

 2018-06-15 08:45 

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LPFM Advocate Proposes Changes To FCC Spacing, Power Rules....

In a series of proposals, the low-power advocacy REC Networks is asking the FCC to make several key changes to its rules regarding LPFM. It argues the moves, which would include revised spacing requirements and more power for LPFMs, would......

 2018-06-15 08:40 

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Dentsu Raises 2018 Advertising Spending Forecast....

Advertising and digital communications group Dentsu Aegis Network has released its biannual forecast, pointing to a more positive 2018 for global advertising expenditure than previously expected. Ad-spend growth will rise from 3.3% in 2017 to hit 3.9% in ...

 2018-06-15 08:35 

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Jacobs: 45% Of Radio P1s Still Don't Access Podcasts....

While the IAB recently reported that podcasting ad revenue was up a generous 86% to an estimated $314 million in 2017, it's all about context. Compare that to commercial radio revenue, with an estimated $13+ billion. A lot of this......

 2018-06-15 08:30 

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Nielsen: Canadians Tune To Radio For Music Discovery....

Radio continues to be the dominant source of music discovery for Canadians even while streaming usage rises north of the border. That's the finding from Nielsen's Canada Music 360 2018 report. Among all Canadians, 66% discover new music by......

 2018-06-15 08:25 

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Q&A: Preston & Steve, Mornings, WMMR Philadelphia....

A not so minor footnote to WMMR Philadelphia celebrating 50 years rocking the City of Brotherly Love is the fact that its morning anchor, "The Preston & Steve Show," is celebrating 20 years in the market. Inside Radio spoke with......

 2018-06-15 08:20 

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MMTC: Pirates Another Hurdle For Minority Radio To Overcome....

Pirate radio may be doing more harm than what's apparent at the surface. Some advocacy groups say beyond interfering with licensed stations, causing potential disruption to the Emergency Alert System, and exposing the public to RF radiation, pirates m...

 2018-06-15 08:15 

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Salem's Phil Boyce: Trump Has The Support Of Our Audience....

Salem Media Group's Phil Boyce believes it is in the best interest of conservative talk radio stations to toe the line when it comes to discussing President Trump on air. Those who criticize the polarizing Commander in Chief do so......

 2018-06-15 08:10 

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Catch Up On The Week's Biggest News With Inside Radio Recap....

All of the week's most important news stories all in one place in a fast-paced, easy-to-read format. That's Inside Radio Recap, the new weekly newsletter posted on our website each Friday. Along with covering the top news stories......

 2018-06-15 08:05 

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Now OM Of Radio.com, Ebbott Hands KAMP Back To Weatherly....

Entercom Los Angeles senior VP, Kevin Weatherly, regains the PD title at CHR "97.1 Amp Radio" KAMP-FM as Chris Ebbott is named OM of Radio.com Los Angeles. Weatherly continues in his role as senior VP and PD of modern rock......

 2018-06-15 08:00 

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Kavi Halemane To Oversee iHeartRadio Digital Programming....

Kavi Halemane has been elevated to executive VP/GM of Digital Programming for iHeartRadio. In the new role, he will oversee the strategy and operations for original digital music station programming, on-demand subscription playlists and free playlist radi...

 2018-06-15 00:30 

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Q&A: Preston & Steve, Mornings, WMMR Philadelphia...

A not so minor footnote to WMMR Philadelphia celebrating 50 years rocking the City of Brotherly Love is the fact that its morning anchor, "The Preston & Steve Show," is celebrating 20 years in the market. The majority of the......

 2018-06-14 19:30 

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Now OM Of Radio.com, Ebbott Hands KAMP Back To Weatherly....

Entercom Los Angeles senior VP, Kevin Weatherly, regains the PD title at CHR "97.1 Amp Radio" KAMP-FM as Chris Ebbott is named OM of Radio.com Los Angeles. Weatherly continues in his role as senior VP and PD of modern rock......

 2018-06-14 19:15 

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Kavi Halemane To Oversee iHeartRadio Digital....

Premiere Networks VP of Digital Media Kavi Halemane has been elevated to executive VP/GM of digital for iHeartRadio. In the new role, he will oversee the strategy and operations for original digital music station programming, on-demand subscription playli...

 2018-06-14 19:00 

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Lansing Host Drops Suit Against Grand Rapids Counterpart....

A Lansing sports radio host has dropped a defamation lawsuit he filed against a Grand Rapids radio host. Ryan Schuiling, of Lansing-based Midwest Communications' sports "The Team" WQTX (92.1), had sought a temporary restraining order against B...

 2018-06-14 18:45 

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Steve Harvey Mentoring Program Underway In Georgia....

The 10th annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men is underway in Upson County, GA with more than 200 fatherless teenage boys from around the nation attending the June 14-17 retreat. The program was created by the radio and......

 2018-06-14 18:30 

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Pandora Will Be Music Streaming Launch Partner For Snap Kit....

Pandora is teaming up with Snap as the music streaming launch partner for Snap Kit, Snap's new platform for developers. Pandora listeners will be able to send their favorite songs to friends and family through unique song cards that celebrate......

 2018-06-14 18:15 

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News Bites: 'Taste Of Country,' 'The Daily,' Geoffrey Starks....

A record-breaking 70,000 country music fans attended Townsquare Media's "Taste of Country Music Festival." American Public Media is bringing the radio edition of The New York Times "The Daily" podcast to nine more stations. Democratic ...

 2018-06-14 18:00 

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House Advances Proposal To Hike Pirate Radio Fines....

With some tweaks to the legislative language, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology unanimously voted to advance a bill that would hike pirate radio penalties to as much as $2 million. "It is time that we give the FCC......

 2018-06-14 09:00 

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DOJ Takes Wait-And-See On ASCAP & BMI Consent Decrees....

The consent decrees that have governed how the radio industry negotiated music licensing deals with ASCAP and BMI for nearly eight decades will continue to guide how the performance rights organizations license their music, at least for the time being.......

 2018-06-14 08:55 

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Small Sample Size Has Researchers Questioning Nielsen CMO Study....

Industry researchers have called into question the validity and reliability of Nielsen's CMO Report after the company disclosed that only 165 respondents participated in the online survey. Released last week, the 66-page report surveyed marketing exec...

 2018-06-14 08:35 

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News/Talk, CHR Most-Listened To Formats On Smart Speakers....

The latest Webcast Metrics from Triton Digital show that news/talk and CHR were the most-listened-to formats on smart speakers throughout the month of March. News/talk is the most-listened format, accounting for 34% of streamed audio on smart speakers, fo...

 2018-06-14 08:30 

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Nielsen: Comments From Hurricane Maria's Front Lines....

As summer begins, so does hurricane season, and the importance of radio is no more apparent than when a natural disaster occurs. This became obvious during the disastrous storm season of 2017, when the U.S. dealt with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma......

 2018-06-14 08:25 

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Music Groups Implore Senate To Squash Wyden's ACCESS Act.'...

In the effort to find a way to require music users to pay artists for songs recorded prior to Feb. 15, 1972, seven music industry organizations have written a letter to the U.S. Senate voicing their "strong opposition" to an......

 2018-06-14 08:20 

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ANA: Census Question About Citizenship Bad For Marketing....

The Association of National Advertisers opposes the addition of a "citizenship"; question to 2020 U.S. Census Bureau forms, because it fears it would create inaccurate data that could lead to misallocated marketing resources, according to a new sur...

 2018-06-14 08:15 

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Home Depot is Planning Ahead For More Digital Business....

The Wall Street Journal says Home Depot is planning a $1.2 billion supply-chain overhaul. The retailer will add distribution sites and shipping hubs so it can deliver to 90% of the U.S. population in a day or less. Home Depot......

 2018-06-14 08:10 

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Deal Digest: Religious Broadcasters Dominate Deal-Making....

Genesis deal is the start of Orlando ownership for Immaculate Heart Media as religious broadcasters dominate this week's deal-making. Also in the works: Houston Christian Broadcasters adds another Texas market and Guadalupe Radio Network expands into ...

 2018-06-14 08:05 

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Comcast Makes $65B All-Cash Offer For 21st Century Fox....

Only 24 hours after a federal judge approved AT&T and Time Warner's merger with no conditions, Comcast said it's making a $65 billion all-cash offer for 21st Century Fox. The proposed bid, which has enormous implications for the TV industry,......

 2018-06-14 08:00 

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Alaska Blames Vendor For Errant Tsunami Alert....

A third-party vendor is being blamed for a mistaken tsunami alert broadcast on Alaska radio and TV stations last month. Dennis Bookey, co-chair of the Alaska State Emergency Communications Committee, said that this and similar incidents suggest the format...

 2018-06-14 04:11 

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Deal Digest - June 14, 2018...

Genesis deal is the start of Orlando ownership for Immaculate Heart Media as religious broadcasters dominate this week's deal-making. Also in the works: Houston Christian Broadcasters adds another Texas market and Guadalupe Radio Network expands into ...

 2018-06-13 19:00 

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'Inside The Studio' Podcast Debuts On iHeartRadio....

iHeartRadio is debuting a new monthly podcast, "Inside The Studio," offering "intimate conversations with music's biggest stars." The series will focus on artists who are releasing new material, embarking on a tour or celebrating a his...

 2018-06-13 18:30 

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Entravision Buys Spain-Based Digital Ad Tech Firm Smadex....

Making a bigger push into digital, Hispanic media company Entravision has purchased digital ad tech provider Smadex. The Barcelona, Spain-based company, which provides machine learning technology for advertisers, will be integrated into Headway, the marke...

 2018-06-13 18:15 

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News Bites: ESPN Milwaukee, Dunc & Holder, Air Talent Survey....

Good Karma Broadcasting "ESPN Milwaukee" WAUK (540) will continue as the play-by-play partner for Marquette University. The "Dunc & Holder" show moves from iHeartMedia "Fox Sports 1280" WODT New Orleans to a podcast-only offering. ...

 2018-06-13 18:00 

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Heading Into Summer, Classic Rockers Are On A Ratings Tear....

As listeners fire up the barbeque, head to the beach or just catch a summertime vibe, they're apparently cranking up the classic rock. Based on the first two batches of PPM ratings from Nielsen's May survey, the classic rock format......

 2018-06-13 16:23 

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Back Atcha: Entercom Files For Dismissal Of Allman Lawsuit....

Entercom has petitioned that a lawsuit be dismissed by Jamie Allman, who was fired from the station's talk "Live 97.1" KFTK-FM St. Louis after attacking Parkland, Florida shooting survivor turned activist David Hogg on Twitter. The company say...

 2018-06-13 08:40 

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Kantar: Traditional Media Remain Resilient....

Despite an onslaught of new media platforms and devices, established forms of media such as radio and TV remain resilient, according to a new study from Kantar Media. Nearly every consumer surveyed for the research firm's Dimension 2018......

 2018-06-13 08:35 

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Inside Radio Roundtable: Female Talent Offer Advice For Up-And-Comers....

In this week's Inside Radio feature, we profiled some of the leading ladies in morning radio who told their stories of working their way to their current positions, despite obstacles and challenges. While each participant was forthcoming about some of...

 2018-06-13 08:30 

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BIA: L.A. Ad Spending Will Reach $9.1 Billion In 2018....

Local advertising in Los Angeles will top $9.1 billion in 2018, while statewide spending is expected to surpass $18.8 billion across California's 12 media markets, according to BIA Advisory Services' local advertising forecast. Retail, general ser...

 2018-06-13 08:25 

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Nielsen, Bubba In Homestretch To Monday's Courtroom Showdown....

With their long-awaited trial set to begin Monday, lawyers for Nielsen and Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem are making final preparations for a courtroom showdown sure to be closely watched throughout the radio industry. Ahead of the main event, the.....

 2018-06-13 08:20 

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Howard Stern Still Getting Stations In Indecency Trouble....

Howard Stern, a lightning bolt for indecency fines during his broadcast radio career, hasn't lost his touch as the Parents Television Council (PTC) filed an indecency complaint against a Washington, DC television station who, via ABC's "Good M...

 2018-06-13 08:15 

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As Smart Speaker Usage Grows, So Too Do SoundExchange Fees....

While broadcasters have a new wave of possibilities to bring radio back into the home thanks to the explosive adoption of the smart speaker, every silver lining has a cloud lurking in the background. In this case, according to the......

 2018-06-13 08:10 

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FCC Approves Joint EAS-Wireless Alert Test For Missouri....

Another state will be conducting a joint test of the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) infrastructure that sends alerts to cell phones and other wireless devices. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been cleared by the......

 2018-06-13 08:05 

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Hannity Scores Interview With President Trump In Singapore....

Following Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Premiere Networks syndicated radio personality and Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity scored his own share of headlines for a sit-down interview with the President. ...

 2018-06-13 08:00 

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Shaquille O'Neal Increases Role With PodcastOne... As 'General.'...

PodcastOne has promoted to the role of "General" Shaquille O'Neal—yes, the four-time NBA Champion—as the host of "The Big Podcast with Shaq" establishes greater visibility for his own podcast, and takes on greater promotion...

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