David Field

Here’s What Entercom’s Top Execs Earned In ’16

Attention, Entercom stock owners: The broadcast radio company's annual shareholder meeting is set for May 10 at its Philadelphia-area headquarters. On top of the agenda is the approval of executive compensation, including that of company head David Field. His 2016 salary and that of two other key Entercom execs was shared in an SEC filing, and we've got the details.

GEICO Wins At Radio Once Again

The brand behind Maxwell the Pig is again the leader with radio spots. But there's a QSR that's just stepped it up, and has jumped way ahead of McDonald's in their use of AM and FM radio in the week ending March 19.

Should Entercom Investors Worry About Implied Volatility?

Entercom Communications shareholders may need to closely monitor the day-to-day stock price of this pure-play radio company that's merging with CBS Radio, based on moves seen last week in the options market. That's the advice given by Zacks Equity Research ahead of the March 17 expiration of a $20 strike price that saw some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options.
NJBA / New Jersey Broadcasters Association

Garden State Pirate Problems Probed With Pai

Unlicensed activity on the FM radio dial is a big problem in New Jersey, and New Jersey Broadcasters Association President Paul Rotella has made it known to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

A Rich Group Of Resort-Area Stations Are For Sale

A broker is offering to interested suitors a radio station cluster comprised of three Class C FMs, an AM and three FM translators in a famed ski resort community in the Rocky Mountains. These happen to be a group of stations at the heart of a dispute involving American Tower.

A Programmatic Option Arrives For iHeart

At a client-focused event Wednesday night featuring an interview and performance with the pop act Halsey, iHeartMedia unveiled a new digital product that it says leverages its SoundPoint programmatic solution to help advertisers evaluate, plan and buy broadcast radio.

Complex Bondholder Efforts Could Officially Split iHeart and CC Outdoor

In a highly complex series of private offers to its bondholders, iHeartCommunications -- the over-arching entity for publicly traded iHeartMedia and CC Outdoor Holdings -- on Wednesday hit the start button on a plan that calls for a note swap ... and a possible separation of iHeartMedia and CC Outdoor into two fully distinct and independently owned-and-operated companies. Meanwhile, Moody's chimed in with 'distressed' sentiments.

NextRadio Readies Data Evaluation From Nielsen

The deal "will explore methods to incorporate NextRadio listening data into Nielsen’s audio datasets, potentially paving the way for future big data integrations for the radio industry."

Lazer Lights Up A New Nielsen Audio Deal

California-based Hispanic radio operator Lazer Broadcasting has signed a multi-year renewal agreement with Nielsen Audio, effective this morning.
US Congress

Congress Pressed To Keep Full Tax Deduction For Ads

A coalition of 12 groups representing the interests of rural Americans has sent a letter to four key members of Congress requesting that the law permitting businesses to annually deduct the full cost of advertising in the year it is incurred be retained.

How Strong Was Townsquare’s Q4?

"We reaped the benefits of a diversified platform." That's the key assessment of how 2016 fared for Townsquare Media from its Chairman/CEO Steven Price, and a strong Q4 is a big reason why this owner of AM and FM stations in small- and medium-sized markets maintains an upbeat outlook for what lies ahead in 2017.

GEICO Holds Tight to Top Spot

In last week’s Media Monitors Radio Spot Ten report, GEICO was again at the No. 1 spot. The Home Depot moved up to No. 2, while Liberty Mutual Insurance now has a presence. What's notable is what one U.S. government agency is up to.
Abitron / PPM 360

Nielsen Audio Drops Heavy-Exposure Hispanic Household

On March 2 RBR + TVBR reported that, according to noted radio programming consultant Randy Kabrich, two Nielsen Audio panelists in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater market singlehandedly helped the audio stream for Beasley Media Group‘s Tropical WYUU-FM “Maxima 92.5” finish at No. 1 among Persons 18-34 in the January 2017 weekly PPM ratings. It's now known that the panelists have been removed by Nielsen. We have an RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION on this situation.

Veteran Media Broker Ken Hawkins Dies

Bryant Kent “Ken” Hawkins, a longtime member of the National Association of Media Brokers (NAMB) and a founding partner of Raycom Media, died Thursday at the age of 77. Hawkins was at a rehabilitation facility near his home in Wetumpka, Alabama, and was recovering from surgery completed a week earlier.

Cesar Chavez Foundation Gets An ‘MVP In Phoenix

The owner of the regional Mexican “La Campesina” network geared to first-generation Latino farmworkers and recent immigrants has acquired a Class B AM in the Valley of the Sun, in a deal that saw Kalil & Co. serve as the exclusive broker in this transaction. The purchase was necessary for the network to air paid advertisements, as it has been airing on an NCE facility – and earning high ratings. But, is another purchase for a Phoenix station still to come? *** RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION: "There is something going on right now that could impact Hispanic radio so badly that stations could be forced to change formats or have difficulty surviving."

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