All Entries in December, 2008

Time Warner, Viacom standoff could cut off 13 million subscribers

Viacom and Time Warner Cable were at a standoff 12/31 over a dispute that threatens to prevent more than 13 million subscribers from seeing...

Arbitron commercializes PPM in four new markets

On 12/31/08, Arbitron commercialized its Portable People Meter radio ratings service in four new local markets, releasing radio audience estimates for the December 2008...

FCC accepting DTV fill-in proposals

The proceeding allowing television stations to use translators fill contour holes left in the change from analog to digital is pending; in the interim,...

Rama issue

In our 12/30/08 edition, we incorrectly noted that part of a fine issued to Rama Communication’s WLAA-AM Ocoee FL was for failure to place...

Transactions: 1-05-09

$62.5K KNDZ-FM CP McKinleyville CA from Howell Mountain Broadcasting Company (Tom Mitchell) to Pacific Cascade Communications Corporation (David L. Morrow, Royal D. Blue). $10K...

Price revealed in downstate IL

The Neuhoff Family’s five-station deal with Joyner Radio has hit the FCC virtual files, revealing a $5.25M cash value for the transaction. Neuhoff will...

Key acquisition for Luna

A Key Largo FL acquisition, to be precise. William A. Vanderpoel’s Luna Digital Television LLC is getting the CP for a  digital LPTV located...

Consumers take sourness to new low

Somehow consumer confidence enjoyed a slight uptick in November, but it went away in December, according to the latest thermometer reading by economy watchdog...

USA adds 2.75M

According to the Census Bureau, the United States will enter the new year with 305,529,237 citizens, an increase of 2,743,429 over 2008’s entry tally....

Tate bows out, commissioners map DTV future

There were nothing but kind words for FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate, who attended her final FCC Open Meeting 12/31/08. She was...

Six caught in EEO dragnet

The thrust of equal employment opportunity regulations is to increase diversity in the workforce; for FCC licensees, it boils down to a matter of...

What does it take to subdue judge?

Two and a Half Men, it turns out. The program edged out Judge Judy for second place honors on SNTA’s syndication scorecard for 12/8/08-12/14/08,...

Station fails to ease out of EAS fine

It pays to have key station equipment up and running, and backed up by proper paperwork. While you may not receive any income from...

Wall Street doesn’t need any help

The stock-trading community has proven that it is quite capable of seizing on domestic issues to fuel drastic loss of value. It is therefore...

Transactions: 12-30-08

$560K WLVA-AM Roanoke-Lynchburg VA (Lynchburg VA) from Truth Broadcasting Corporation (Stuart W. Epperson Jr.) to Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation (Nancy A. Epperson). $160K down payment,...