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CBN and ‘700 Club’ Pioneer Pat Robertson Dies

He's widely known for his religious television series "The 700 Club" and as the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network. Now, millions of Americans are pausing to remember the life of Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, who has died at the age of 93.

RTDNA/Newhouse Poll: Inflation Shrinks ‘Real Salaries’ In TV News

The latest RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey found that local television news salaries rose slightly last year. And that's better than the growth seen in 2021, coming out of the pandemic.  However, the rate of inflation resulted in a drop in "real wages," creating a big two-year dollar-intake loss.

No ‘Big Four’ Waiver Kills Forum TV Station Deal

In December 2021, RBR+TVBR reported on the proposed sale of the last remaining properties tied to Red River Broadcast Co. It was a transaction that saw Kalil & Co. as the exclusive broker in the deal. Now, the intended buyer has shared the news that it will not move forward with consummation of the transaction.
Perry Sook

New NAB Joint Board Chair, Radio Board Chair Are Revealed

The Chairman and CEO of the nation's No. 1 owner of broadcast television stations has been elected Chairman of the NAB Joint Board of Directors. He takes over from Salem Media Group CEO Dave Santrella, whose term has expired. Meanwhile, there's a new NAB Radio Board head.
Ed Markey

Who Supports The ‘AM Radio For Every Vehicle’ Act?

With key U.S. House of Representatives on the dais Tuesday for a Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing devoted to the future of AM radio, no less than 12 Senators have signed their name to companion legislation in the upper body of Congress. But, how many Members in the House are for the Act?


Radio News Salaries? ‘Another Year of Losing Ground’

How rough is it for individuals committed to providing that vital news and information to consumers of many AM radio stations, and FM stations that largely comprise NPR Member stations? The RTDNA finds that while salaries rose 4.5% in 2022, inflation made it another down year in real dollars.

Bonneville Wants Federal Court To Dismiss Grant Napear’s Bias Suit

He was fired at the height of the George Floyd murder unrest, in June 2020, after he tweeted "All Lives Matter" and bringing unwanted attention to both himself and to its KHTK-AM in Sacramento. In response, Grant Napear in October 2021 filed a wrongful termination suit, which a federal judge tossed in April 2023. Now, he's amended the suit, and KHTK owner Bonneville wants it squashed.

House E&C Chair: AM Radio Vital To Rural America

“In many parts of my district, FM radio is spotty and there is no access to broadband, so AM radio is the only option.” That’s a statement delivered by the influential Chairwoman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee during her opening statement at Tuesday’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing focused on the future of AM on the road.

The InFOCUS Podcast: J Chapman

"We can protect Americans like we always have," the President of Woof Boom Radio told Members of the Congressional Subcommittee on Communications and Technology at a June 6 hearing on AM radio's importance. We've offered a synopsis in this InFOCUS Podcast.  LISTEN HERE

With No Objections, FM Shift Comes For Las Vegas ‘Rimshot’

In March, a Class A FM owner petitioned the FCC for the right to move its facility to another frequency. Why? It’s tied to an upgrade it wants for a station some 60 miles to its north, just to the north of a town within the Las Vegas DMA. With no counterproposals or other comments filed in response to a NPRM on the matter, Audio Division Assistant Chief Nazifa Sawez granted Shamrock Communications' wish.
Rich Stern, CEO, TuneIn

TuneIn Offers Service to AM Broadcasters For Free

In late May, Radio-focused mobile strategy and development firm jācapps, born by longtime Detroit-based broadcasting consultant Fred Jacobs, announced it is moving “to make sure AM stations can easily get their streams on smartphones, tablets, and into cars.” Now, the CEO of global streaming audio platform TuneIn is singing a similar tune

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A Sage Progressive Talk Purveyor Expands Again

He is the co-founder of DreamHost Web Hosting and, since June 2022, CEO of a radio station licensee that has put its stamp on liberal-leaning Talk programming in Wisconsin in just one year. Now, UC Santa Cruz Ph.D. Sage Weil is signing off on another asset purchase agreement for his Civic Media. The stations were owned by Stephen Marks.

Tiffany Haddish

A Maiden Foray Into Total Market Programming Puts Hearst With Haddish

Until now, the recently established HMPG has been widely known for weekend "KidVid" programming. Now, the Hearst arm is embarking on a bolder push into the general entertainment marketplace by reaching a development deal to produce two unscripted series with Tiffany Haddish. As of today, there is no syndication component.

Salem’s OTT Arm Pacts With ‘Epoch Times’

The growing OTT video-focused streaming platform from Salem Media Group has partnered with the 23-year-old conservative-leaning news organization founded in protest of the People's Republic of China's Communist Party — a growing news organization that puts a feature-length documentary on the SalemNOW platform.

Local Streaming Insights Come To Nielsen’s Top 56 DMAs

It's a new report that provides metrics on TV app usage — streaming to the glass — for more than 20 streaming apps at the local market level. And, it is being brought forth by Nielsen. 

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A ‘Max’ Effort at Spot Cable, With A Dairy Driver

The Media Monitors Spot Ten Cable report continues to see one big OTT brand dominate the latest report, when taking into account total play counts for the week ending June 4. But, a new effort from DQ is worth examining.

Soap Brand Dishes Out Dollars For Spots

The latest look at the Spot Ten TV report from Media Monitors shows a Unilever health and beauty aid product securing the top spot, by play count, as activity from a big home improvement retailer increases.

The New Hispanic Consumer: Afro-Latinos

Although Derrick Raphael Pacheco, of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University, can conclude that not all individuals that identify as Afro-Latino may identify as Black, and vice versa, this unique subgroup of the Hispanic identity is one of the many “new” Latinos in the market.

Media Bureau Rescinds Key West NCE Selectee

In late January 2023, the FCC's Media Bureau took a look at mutually exclusive applications for a noncommercial FM radio station that would bring an added voice to Key West, Fla. One month later, a petition to deny the selection by the Commission of this potential licensee was filed by one of the "MX" applicants. Now, the Bureau is siding with that applicant.

InfoComm 23 Sees Hitachi Kokusai Highlight Camera Systems

Hitachi Kokusai will show its range of HD/UHD and HDR support for high-quality visual content acquisition across numerous AV applications at InfoComm (with floor exhibits scheduled for June 14-16 at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando). Hitachi Kokusai exhibits at Booth 2488.

InfoComm 23 Debut for ENCO’s RUSHWORKS Robotic Pan/Tilt Head

For radio and TV software technology provider ENCO, "ultra-quiet, smooth camera operation" is the product promise it is bringing to those in attendance at this weekend's InfoComm in Orlando.

At InfoComm 23, Barix Previews First Dante Applications

Now five products strong, the IPAC family adds the Annuncicom MPI400 for InfoComm, supporting networked intercom, paging and background music applications with elevated security standards. Barix will also preview Dante-compatible applications that bring Barix’s wide-area networking expertise together with Dante’s LAN-based digital audio networking.