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 2018-01-16 10:00 

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Alternative Radio: Major Resurgence Or Timely Evolution?...

For the first time in years, the alternative format can be heard in each of the top 10 markets, thanks to back-to-back station flips last November. In tandem with other moves at the long-lived format, alternative is in the midst......

 2018-01-16 09:55 

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This Is Not Your Father's Alternative Format....

Today's alternative stations are not like those that dotted the radio dial during the early days of the format. Alt outlets are breaking artists like Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons and Portugal. The Man, which have gone on to have......

 2018-01-16 09:50 

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Bogus Missile Alert Weakens Confidence In EAS System....

Saturday's false missile alert in Hawaii is fueling doubts about the Emergency Alert System's ability to keep Americans informed in an actual emergency. "False alerts undermine public confidence in the alerting system and thus reduce their eff...

 2018-01-16 09:45 

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SBS Settles 'Poaching' Suit With Grupo Radio Centro....

Spanish Broadcasting System has settled its nearly two-year old "poaching" lawsuit against Grupo Radio Centro. Terms of the settlement, reached ahead of an upcoming trial, were not disclosed. The crux of the case revolved around GRC allegedly inte...

 2018-01-16 09:40 

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Listeners And Coworkers Mourn Loss Of WQDR's Lisa McKay....

Curtis Media Group VP of Radio and WQDR-FM (94.7) Raleigh program director/afternoon personality Lisa McKay died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 54. WQDR has posted a tribute wall for Lisa on its website, where friends, listeners......

 2018-01-16 09:35 

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Radio Adjusts To Facebook's New Algorithm....

Facebook is again changing its algorithms, this time to make sure users see more posts from friends and family and fewer from publishers and brands. The company says the changes will help return the site to its original intent: a......

 2018-01-16 09:30 

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Labor Dept. Changes Rules Around Compensation For Interns....

The ability of radio stations to bring unpaid interns on board has just gotten easier after the Trump administration adopted new, less rigid guidelines for determining whether a student is actually an employee and should therefore get an hourly rate.......

 2018-01-16 09:25 

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Gracenote App Integrates Broadcast Radio With Apple CarPlay....

Gracenote has reportedly developed a solution for Apple CarPlay's radio problem. While Apple's digital dashboard interface allows users to stream radio, music services and podcasts, it doesn't support over-the-air radio. To receive local broad...

 2018-01-16 09:20 

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Competitive Info: Connected Car Is Next Marketing Platform....

Radio may have some new competition in the car not from streaming audio services or satellite radio but from the vehicle's own dashboard. As cars and trucks become more connected, advertisers, agencies and automakers are viewing vehicles as a......

 2018-01-16 09:15 

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Streamers Back Bill That Would Alter Royalty Rate Courts....

A bill pending in Congress that would change how the rate courts tackle radio's standoffs with ASCAP and BMI has won the support of the Digital Media Association. That's the trade group that represents streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.....

 2018-01-16 09:10 

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Report: Holiday Spending Highest In Four Years....

The holiday shopping season was a boon for retailers in 2017, with spending up 6.2%, the highest in four years, according to First Data. Retail spending was up 5.4%, a solid increase from last year's growth rate of 3.6%, while......

 2018-01-16 09:05 

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DOJ Okays Tegna's San Diego Radio-TV Deal....

The Dept. of Justice has reviewed Tegna's proposed $325 million deal to buy Midwest Television's radio-TV combo in San Diego and quickly closed its case file. That means only the Federal Communications Commission now stands between Tegna and its e...

 2018-01-16 09:00 

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Westwood Ups Four To VP....

Westwood One has promoted four Affiliate Sales Directors to Vice Presidents, Affiliate Sales. Neal Bird, Rich Burg, Stuart Greenblatt, and Jim Jones. All four report to Dennis Green, senior VP, Affiliate Sales....

 2018-01-15 19:07 

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Listeners And Coworkers Mourn Loss Of WQDR's Lisa McKay....

Curtis Media Group VP of Radio and WQDR-FM (94.7) Raleigh program director/afternoon personality Lisa McKay died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 54. WQDR has posted a tribute wall for Lisa on its website, where friends, listeners......

 2018-01-15 11:58 

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MLK Day...

Inside Radio is closed Monday, January 15th in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. We're back with more news coverage on Tuesday, January 16th....

 2018-01-12 22:32 

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SBS Settles 'Poaching' Suit With Grupo Radio Centro....

Spanish Broadcasting System has settled its nearly two-year old "poaching" lawsuit against Grupo Radio Centro. Terms of the settlement, reached ahead of an upcoming trial, aren't being disclosed. The crux of the case revolved around GRC allege...

 2018-01-12 22:32 

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SBS Settles 'Poaching' Suit With Grupo Radio Centro....

Spanish Broadcasting System has settled its nearly two-year old "poaching" lawsuit against Grupo Radio Centro. Terms of the settlement, reached ahead of an upcoming trial, aren't being disclosed. The crux of the case revolved around GRC allege...

 2018-01-12 20:30 

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Urban Specialist Doc Wynter Upped At iHeartMedia....

Doc Wynter has been elevated to executive VP of Urban/Hip Hop Programming Strategy at iHeartMedia. Wynter has been with the company since 1999 and most recently served as senior VP of Urban Programming and Urban Brand Manager....

 2018-01-12 20:15 

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SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer Gets Raise And Contract Extension....

SiriusXM Radio CEO Jim Meyer has gotten a raise and a contract extension—albeit only through the end of 2018. His base salary moves to $2.0 million this year from $1.8 million in 2017, along with restricted stock units worth $7.5......

 2018-01-12 20:00 

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Coming Monday: Alternative Radio Resurgence Or Evolution?...

For the first time in years, the alternative format can be heard in each of the top 10 markets. So is the long-lived format in the midst of what looks to be a forceful resurgence—or is it simply evolving, as......

 2018-01-12 19:30 

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President/CEO Jarl Mohn To Return to NPR On Tuesday....

NPR president and CEO Jarl Mohn, who has been on a medical leave of absence since the beginning of November, will return on Tuesday, Jan 16. Mohn took a medical leave in November due to issues related to a burst......

 2018-01-12 19:15 

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WGFX Will Be Live & Local On Weekdays....

Cumulus Media sports "104.5 The Zone" WGFX Nashville will discontinue airing the syndicated Dan Patrick show as it moves to a new live and local programming lineup, effective Jan. 15. Among changes, the "Midday 180" show, currently heard f...

 2018-01-12 19:00 

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Study: Connecting Consumers To Their Connected Cars....

"Connected car" may be a trendy buzzword, but that does not necessarily mean that automakers' enthusiasm for the burgeoning technology is shared by consumers. A new study from Kantar TNS explores the query: "Auto brands have invested and c...

 2018-01-12 09:50 

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Study: Connecting Consumers To Their Connected Cars....

"Connected car" may be a trendy buzzword, but that does not necessarily mean that automakers' enthusiasm for the burgeoning technology is shared by consumers. A new study from Kantar TNS explores the query: "Auto brands have invested and c...

 2018-01-12 09:45 

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Emmis Offers Blow-By-Blow of 'Challenging' Fiscal Quarter....

Dissecting what the company called a "disappointing quarter" during its Thursday earnings call with investors, Emmis Communications executive VP/CFO & treasurer Ryan Hornaday pointed to October as the weakest link of the three months in its third ...

 2018-01-12 09:40 

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To Compete With Industry Giants, You Need 'The Right Niche.'...

The merger of CBS Radio and Entercom rocked the radio landscape, creating a new No. 2 industry player. Can smaller operators like Emmis effectively compete with the new Entercom and the even larger iHeartMedia? That question, posed Thursday by an......

 2018-01-12 09:35 

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Q&A: Fred Jacobs, President, Jacobs Media....

The annual CES show brought its usual Jetsons-esque array of revolutionary technology, products and ideas to Las Vegas this week. During his 10th year trolling the mammoth convention, Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs spoke with Inside Radio in a series....

 2018-01-12 09:30 

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FCC Rules Out Translator Two-Fers for AMs....

The FCC is sticking with its one-to-a-customer rule as it prepares for the fourth and final planned FM translator filing window. It begins in just a few weeks. The Media Bureau is however leaving the door slightly ajar to potentially......

 2018-01-12 09:25 

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SiriusXM's Frear: There's A Place For Everybody....

Despite the number of audio platforms in the marketplace—from smartphones to Spotify and Pandora and AM/FM—the senior Executive VP of Sirius XM believes there is room for all to stake their claim. Speaking at the Citi 2018 Global TMT West......

 2018-01-12 09:20 

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While Hip-Hop Rules Streaming, Is It Lacking At CHR?...

While R&B and hip-hop music accounts for 25% of all music consumption, outpacing rock for the first time in 2017, there appears to be a disconnect over the CHR airwaves. According to Billboard, "Success on the Hot 100, which includes......

 2018-01-12 09:15 

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MoviePass Begins Media Partnership With iHeartMedia....

iHeartMedia has entered into a partnership with movie-theater subscription service MoviePass. The agreement includes an extensive marketing campaign across iHeartMedia's radio, digital, social and live events platforms to build brand awareness for the...

 2018-01-12 09:10 

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TV Repack—And Its FM Impact—Will Hit First In Puerto Rico....

It's estimated nearly 700 radio stations will be impacted by the upcoming repack of television spectrum, and the first FMs that feel the effects could be in Puerto Rico. The FCC has granted a request filed by 20 broadcast TV......

 2018-01-12 09:05 

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Public Radio East Shifts To All-News And Classical....

Public Radio East in New Bern, NC, is altering its focus as it shakes up programming on the network's four signals. Beginning Feb. 5, the stations will shift away from mixed-format program schedules....

 2018-01-12 09:00 

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'Crazy Ray' Odom Fired From WRXQ For Racist Comments....

Ray Odom, who hosted nights as "Crazy Ray" on Alpha Media "QRock" WRXQ, Coal City, IL (100.7), has been fired from the station after he said he was "a racist pig" during an episode of "The Profit" on CNBC....

 2018-01-12 05:00 

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Q&A: Fred Jacobs, President, Jacobs Media....

The annual CES show brought its usual Jetsons-esque array of revolutionary technology, products and ideas to Las Vegas this week. During his 10th year trolling the mammoth convention, Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs spoke with Inside Radio in a series....

 2018-01-11 20:30 

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After 'Disappointing' Q3, Emmis Sees Better Days Ahead....

Emmis Communications reported a pro-forma revenue decline of 4% for its third fiscal quarter ending Nov. 30, 2017, during what CEO Jeff Smulyan called a "disappointing quarter." But the company, which sold its radio stations in Los Angeles and Ter...

 2018-01-11 20:15 

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MoviePass Begins Media Partnership With iHeartMedia....

iHeartMedia has entered into a partnership with movie-theater subscription service MoviePass. The agreement includes an extensive marketing campaign across iHeartMedia's radio, digital, social and live events platforms to build brand awareness for the...

 2018-01-11 20:00 

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Entercom & EMF Top FCC's Monthly Call Letter Update....

The Entercom-CBS Radio merger continues to ripple through the industry in a variety of ways including in the just-released monthly report on call letter changes at the FCC. And while Entercom may've had the highest-profile shifts, the award for most.....

 2018-01-11 19:45 

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'Crazy Ray' Odom Fired From WRXQ For Racist Comments....

Ray Odom, who hosted nights as "Crazy Ray" on Alpha Media "QRock" WRXQ, Coal City, IL (100.7), has been fired from the station after he said he was "a racist pig" during an episode of "The Profit" on CNBC....

 2018-01-11 19:30 

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Dominique DiPrima Joins 'The Michael Baisden Show.'...

Dominique DiPrima has been named co-host and executive producer of the Superadio Networks-syndicated "Michael Baisden Show." DiPrima joins the program from her role as host of "FrontPage" on Taxi Productions' urban AC KJLH Los Angeles ...

 2018-01-11 09:55 

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Edison/NPR Survey: 16% of Americans Now Own A Smart Speaker....

The latest slice of "The Smart Audio Report" from NPR and Edison Research reveals that one-in-six Americans (16%) now has a smart speaker, up a hefty 128% since January 2017. Demonstrating the exponential growth of the voice-activated category, 7%...

 2018-01-11 09:50 

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New Opportunities, Challenges Bring More Broadcasters To CES....

More radio broadcasters made the trek to Las Vegas for the mammoth CES Show this year, anxious to assess how rapidly evolving smart audio and connected car technologies may impact their business. At the same time, the radio industry had......

 2018-01-11 09:45 

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Securing A Bridge Loan, Pacifica Dodges Bankruptcy....

The Pacifica Foundation will not have to declare bankruptcy as it has secured a $2 million bridge loan which will be used to pay a $1.8 million judgement due to Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT). The judgement fee was levied......

 2018-01-11 09:40 

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O'Rielly Wants FCC To Speed Up Its Voting Process....

In a proposal that could limit how long a single member of the FCC can delay action on a specific issue, commissioner Michael O'Rielly is proposing the agency revise the process for how some smaller and noncontroversial issue items are......

 2018-01-11 09:35 

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SiriusXM Beats 2017 Subscriber And Financial Guidance....

SiriusXM Radio added 1.56 million self-pay subscribers to finish 2017 with 27.5 million self-pay subscribers, the company says, improving upon its guidance by about 160,000 net additions. Total net subscriber additions in 2017 were 1.39 million, resulting...

 2018-01-11 09:30 

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Trump Renews Call For Tougher Libel Laws....

On-air personalities may need to navigate stricter libel laws if President Trump gets his way. He told reporters on Wednesday that the current federal law doesn't go far enough in today's rough and tumble media world....

 2018-01-11 09:25 

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'Portal' Serves As Facebook's Entry Into Hardware Market....

Facebook is looking to enter the home device market this year with its first consumer hardware entry called Portal. The company will unveil a $499 video chat system to rival Amazon's Echo Show in May, which features a laptop-sized touchscreen......

 2018-01-11 09:20 

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Entravision Rolls Out La Suavecita Format Nationally....

Entravision Communications is placing its La Suavecita format in 11 new markets across the country and has revamped the on-air lineup on its flagship stations in Los Angeles. The newly national La Suavecita, which is described as a Grupero/Cumbia format.....

 2018-01-11 09:15 

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Ad Insider: Bright Days Ahead For Retailers....

The drop in the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% is providing embattled retailers with a much-needed free cash flow boost as they fight online competitors, including Amazon.com. Here's just one example: the new tax rates will translate......

 2018-01-11 09:10 

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Car Dealer Catches Static As FCC Focuses On Noise Interference....

The noise floor and signal interference are growing issues for broadcasters, especially those who operate AM stations. Now, in a rare move, the Federal Communications Commission is warning a North Dakota car dealership that it's causing so much interf...

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