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Brian Wieser

The Three Things That Can Bring Life, Or Death, To TV

Brian Wieser, formerly of groupM and, before that, Pivotal Research Group, today helms his own strategic advisory firm. And, he's just penned a brief history "and future expectations" on "The Death of TV Advertising" —  a topic "that arises with some regularity for many decades." What's the key takeaway from this wordsmith of Wall Street?
Michael Nathanson

How Likely Is That Second-Half Ad Dollar Rebound?

While macro forecasts are downbeat and warning signals abound, they conclude that most media executives and ad forecasters, including two MoffettNathanson analysts, are still expecting this year’s ad market to be stronger in the last six months of 2023 than in the first half of year. Yet, there's one unanswered question: Where is this confidence coming from? 

NFL Creates A ‘Sunday Ticket’ Solution For Public Venues

The National Football League and RedBird Capital Partners have agreed to create a new media platform that will hold the exclusive rights to distribute NFL Sunday Ticket to bars, restaurants, hotels and other commercial venues in the United States starting with the 2023 NFL season.

FCC Sued In Federal Court Over TEGNA ‘Pocket Veto’

In perhaps an unprecedented move, Standard General, the New York-based hedge fund led by Soohyung Kim, filed suit on Tuesday against the FCC in a Washington, D.C., Federal Appeals Court as part of its desperate efforts to keep its TEGNA privatization effort on track.

The NEXTGEN TV Caravan Swings Through Iowa

Three of the "Big Four" TV affiliates, plus the PBS Member station, serving Iowa's capital city are now offering ATSC 3.0-powered NEXTGEN TV broadcasts to locals with television sets capable of receiving the signals, or those with "dongles" enabling their TVs to acquire the improved digital TV channels.

Amador Bustos

Bustos Drives Away With A Unique Tucson Radio Brand

Under Fletcher McCusker's ownership, this AM and its all-important FM translator have attracted lovers of "Timeless Music." In fact, the Classic Hits brand combined to rank No. 4 among all listeners. Pending FCC approval, it will be up to Amador Bustos to decide whether or not "The Drive" stick around Tucson.

An AI DJ Service Comes To Life, With Super Hi-Fi Pact

Super Hi-Fi and ElevenLabs are teaming up to produce AI DJ services for music services and broadcasters. This partnership is unique, they say, as it combines ElevenLabs’ voice AI capabilities with Super Hi-Fi’s production AI, creating something no other companies have created to-date, in their view.

Instreamatic launching Contextual Audio Ads

It's known for its advanced AI marketing products, which are designed to help brands better understand the needs of today's audio content consumer.  Now, it has brought to market a tool that leverages generative AI and is designed to significantly improve traditional audio ads while increasing advertiser engagement. 

A Waco-Area New Noncomm Review Is Granted

The FCC granted a construction permit for a new noncommercial FM in Texas to one party, after dismissal of the other party's application. But, a Petition for Reconsideration was filed. Guess what? Reconsideration has led to a potential flip of selectees.
Rich Schmaeling, CFO of Audacy Corp.

Audacy Puts Reverse Stock Split Vote To Shareholders

It was widely expected, given the company's stock performance over the last several months. With a SEC filing, it is now official. Audacy Corp. is seeking shareholder approval to engineer a reverse stock split, a move necessary to maintain NYSE compliance or risk getting booted from the exchange.
Mark Shecterle

Ex-Susquehanna Leader Shecterle Takes CMG Role

His 35 years in radio include roles as VP/GM of Susquehanna Radio in Houston and as a Director of Sales with Westwood One, a VP of Sales for United States Traffic Network and, most recently, as Market Manager for Mary Quass' NRG Media in Omaha. Now, he's heading to Cox Media Group, effective April 10.

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Saul Rosenzweig

Rosenzweig Stations Pass To Trust After Owner’s Death

The owner of three stations serving the Antelope Valley of Southern California died on February 7. As such, his daughter now holds her late father's attributable interest in the properties.

In TEGNA Matter, ALJ Proceeding Unlike a Judicial Review

Standard General on Tuesday sued the FCC, as it seeks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's intervention in keeping its TEGNA privatization effort from a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. As one longtime D.C. communications attorney shares, the ALJ proceeding differs from judicial review. "The Judge has not been asked to reach any conclusions at all," the attorney explains.

NewsON Adds Raleigh-Durham DMA to Its Platform

Until now, the Triangle region of North Carolina was not represented on Sinclair Broadcast Group's streaming service for local news content, NewsOn. As of today, the Raleigh-Durham market is now present and accounted for, thanks to an agreement with the station led by Jimmy Goodmon Jr.

Sinclair Steps In To Ensure ‘Last Chance Testimonies’ for Shoah Foundation

The University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation first began collecting testimonies almost 30 years ago to give voice to Holocaust survivors and use their testimonies to educate present and future generations. Now, "Last Chance Testimonies" from individuals who were in the Holocaust, along with genocide survivors of other global conflicts, are being collected with the assistance of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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How Linear Broadcasters Can Profit From Streaming

Linear television can leverage its strengths in creative opportunities, data analytics, and live events to maximize advertising revenue in the digital age. This is especially so now, says Beatgrid founder Daniel Tjondronegoro, as streaming competition no longer sits in its “ad-free ivory tower.”

The InFOCUS Podcast: Caroline Beasley

Caroline Beasley returns to the InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, to talk about what the upcoming NAB Show will bring to her team and perhaps add to her knowledge sphere. Caroline also shares a little more about an invitation-only Cocktails and Conversation reception during the show. LISTEN HERE

Marketron ROI Calculator Gets Update for 2023

Marketron has updated its ROI Calculator tool, which allows users to forecast radio over-the-air, third-party digital advertising and the newly added local TV OTA. Updates include refreshed growth rates for 2023, 2024 and 2025. Additionally, the calculator has new benchmark numbers for third-party digital by organization size.

FCC OKs A South Padre Island FM’s Signal Tweak

Eduardo Gallegos' Class A FM radio station serving a popular resort and Spring Break destination on the Texas Gulf Coast will get a frequency change. The Audio Division of the FCC's Media Bureau gave the OK, despite the objection of a disgruntled party who claims she's owed money for radio advertising.

New UHF Television Bandpass Filters Come to NAB Show

ERI is preparing to introduce a new UHF Television Bandpass Filter with improved insertion loss and a unique forced air cooling system when it hits the expo floor of the upcoming 2023 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

NAB Webinars, ‘Transmission Talk Tuesday’ On Tap For Nautel

Nautel has announced four online events leading to and occurring at the 2023 NAB Show. These events are in addition to the company’s Radio Technology Forum, to be held just prior to show opening on Sunday, April 16.

A Live Event Signal Distribution Company Ready For Launch

Nextologies Ltd., a provider of end-to-end prodicyts for live digital video management and the HITC (Headend in the Cloud) live video delivery infrastructure, is rolling out a new live event video signal distribution company. It's being branded 10TX, and product demos are on tap for the 2023 NAB Show.