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Salem News Channel Becomes A ‘Diginet’

In a landmark deal, Salem Media Group has effectively converted its OTT-exclusive Salem News Channel visual media offering to a multiplatform entity, thanks to a partnership with the owner of low-power TV stations across the U.S. once led by Philip Falcone.
The FCC's October 2023 Open Meeting, ahead of a vote on a "Net Neutrality" NPRM

Foreign Sponsorship ID Requirements ‘Amended’ and ‘Clarified’

The FCC on Monday released a report and order that adopts "a new verification requirement" with respect to its foreign sponsorship identification requirements, while also clarifying its existing requirements as it pertains to broadcast programming offered by such organizations as Sputnik.

Local Media Ad Sales Software Brand Frequence Is Sold

It describes itself as "the only end-to-end platform for media companies and agencies to grow and automate their advertising sales and operations while integrating owned and operated media." Frequence will soon have a new owner, and it's a well-known media technology company focused on local Connected TV advertising.

FCC Brings Back Radio Duplication Rule

The FCC’s Democratic majority, voting on party lines, has agreed to reinstate a portion of the radio duplication rule originally repealed in 2020. The reversal turns back the clock for FM radio to 1992, and the pending rule change could impact broadcast radio engineers and programmers alike.

NAB To FCC: Relaxed Rules Will Prevent Digital Dollar Drain

In a lengthy FCC filing made Friday, the NAB's legal team led by Rick Kaplan said the FCC's "asymmetric and overly burdensome broadcast regulatory regime" needs an overhaul to account for "undisputed – and indisputable – marketplace realities." If not, "Big Tech" could only grow exponentially.
Alfred Liggins, Urban One

As Anticipated, Urban One Files Its Delayed FY 2023 10-K

On May 28, Urban One said it would make the filings in a timely manner to avoid any Nasdaq delisting concerns due to its tardy FY 2023 fiscal report, which had been delayed due to the 2023 firing of BDO as its outside independent accountancy. Late Friday, SEC filings were made by the company.

Dimes Bets On An Additional SLO Translator

Dimes Media's holdings in San Luis Obispo, Calif., include "The Beach;" a simulcast partner of "KPIG;" and Classic Country and News/Talk services linked to Class B1 "Wild 106.1." Is Dimes ready to add a new brand to this market, as it is purchasing a third FM translator serving the Cuesta Grade?

DTS Study Finds AM/FM Access ‘Most Important’ For Car Buyers

While audio's dominance is being challenged by video and gaming in the "connected car," AM/FM radio was rated "overwhelmingly" by respondents of a DTS/Xperi study as the most important entertainment option for consumers when considering their car purchase.

Consent Decree Saves Bayou Country Combo

In October 2023, the FCC warned the owner of a Louisiana AM/FM combo that it could lose its license due to unpaid regulatory fee debt dating back to 2002. The Media Bureau has now granted a stay of execution as part of a Consent Decree entered into with the stations' licensee.
Brad Deutsch, Foster Garvey

The InFOCUS Podcast: Brad Deutsch

To provide a full analysis of why the FCC restored a FM duplicate programming rule that dates to 1992, which disappeared during the Pai Commission, RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson welcomes Foster Garvey Office Managing Director and Principal Brad Deutsch to the InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM.
Gordon Borrell

Borrell: Local Ad Outlook Growth Reduced for 2024

When it comes to local advertising growth in 2024, here's the good news: it is increasing at a "healthy" clip, says Borrell Associates. Here's the not-so-good news: Borrell has updated its data for the year, and concludes local advertising "isn’t quite shaping up as the bountiful year that many had hoped for."

Audacy Settles Unpaid Tax Claims With Philly Suburb

Audacy Inc. has signed off on a $1.4 million settlement with a neighboring Pennsylvania township to the City of Brotherly Love that concludes a lengthy dispute over charges the audio content creation and distribution company did not pay local and business taxes to the municipality.
Raúl Alarcón Jr.

A Soft Start to 2024 for SBS

Spanish Broadcasting System is starting off 2024 with a small net revenue decline. That's according to the company's Q1 earnings report, which was released late Friday by the Miami-headquartered multimedia operation founded and led by Raúl Alarcón Jr.

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A Sound Sale Coming For Kentucky Radio Stations

Robert and Nancy Kelley's Sound Broadcasters Inc. has agreed to sell an AM, an FM and three FM translators serving Madisonville, Ky., in a transaction submitted for regulatory approval with the FCC on Wednesday.

TEGNA President/CEO Dave Lougee

TEGNA Selects Its Q2 Earnings Release Date

The television station ownership group with properties including flagship WUSA9 in Washington, D.C., and NBC affiliates in Portland, Ore.; Buffalo; and Phoenix has revealed when it will release and discuss its second quarter 2024 earnings results. 

Dynamic Ad Insertion Coming To FOX College Football Coverage

FreeWheel’s technology will now power FOX’s ability to offer dynamic ad insertion in College Football, allowing advertisers to purchase more premium live sports inventory from FOX while also incorporating a variety of features to provide an optimal viewing experience for audiences.

‘Thursday Thunder’ Gets TV Slots With Peachtree Deal

Live television broadcasts of select "Thursday Thunder" races are heading to Gray Television's Peachtree Sports Network for the 2024 season. It's thanks to an agreement with the broadcast television station owner and Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Time To Honor Radio’s Management, Marketing and Sales Pros

When it comes to Radio's sales leaders, who are the best of the best in 2024? Now's your time to help decide, as nominations are being accepted for the 32nd annual Radio Wayne Awards, to be presented September 10-11 at the Radio Masters Sales Summit.

Toronto: Land Of The Lost Radio Marketing Acts

A weekend in Toronto yielded many observations as to how locals consume radio. The biggest eye-opener, however, is a local TV campaign for a leading Adult Contemporary radio station — which appeared on a top sports channel distributed via cable TV and satellite.
Rosemary Ravinal

Create Great Presentations With A ‘Sandwich Strategy’

In the age of AI at our fingertips, public speaking expert Rosemary Ravinal asks why anyone should have to sit through the monotony of a presenter reading from text-cluttered slides in a PowerPoint presentation? It doesn’t have to be that way. Here's how you can present like it's not 1999.
Patrick Butler

House Committee Wants $40M For Public Broadcasting’s NGWS

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has proposed a multimillion-dollar budget allocation for public broadcasting’s Next Generation Warning System (NGWS), and APTS President/CEO Patrick Butler couldn't be more thrilled.

The ‘First’ Native NDI Bridge MultiChannel Video Converter Arrives

Vizrt, the Norway-based real-time graphics and live production product company, is rolling out an ultra-compact live production workstation that enables multi-channel 4K video and audio connectivity with a simple internet or network connection, anywhere in the world.

U.S. Regional Sales Manager Roles Widen For Nautel

Two Nautel Regional Sales Managers have each expanded their sales regions, the Nova Scotia-based broadcast technology company says.

MultiDyne’s Return to InfoComm Tackles AV, Broadcast Convergence

Known for its fiber-optic transport in the broadcast, sports and cinematic production space, MultiDyne’s is widening its business into new areas — including those InfoComm focuses on — that demand the same performance and toolsets of broadcast systems.