Probate OK Puts Shares To Heirs For Ga. Radio Licensee

On October 1, 2021, Randall "Randy" Lynn Davis died at the age of 74. Davis owned WLAQ-AM 1410 and FM translator W245DG in Rome, Ga., and his will has been probated. Now, with the FCC's blessing, Davis' heirs will receive a portion of stock in WLAQ's parent company.

DLC Media Concludes Its Station Ownership Run

Retirement has led the President of a privately owned Midwestern radio broadcasting company to sell his six stations. And, he's found two respective buyers for his holdings, located in small non-rated markets in Indiana and Illinois.

Monte and Doris Miller Hit With FCC EEO Fine

With the court-ordered sale of their remaining stations on track, Rocking M Media's owners have a new headache to contend with. This one comes courtesy of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau and centers on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rule violations.

Starks Defends FCC Return Of Key EEO Data Form Use

Democratic Commissioner Geoffrey Starks believes the FCC's 3-2 party-line vote that brings back race and gender data collection for radio and TV stations is simply a reinstatement of "a longstanding, statutorily-mandated requirement to collect workforce diversity data from broadcasters."

Twenty Years Later, FCC Acts On State Associations Petition On EEO

In 2004, state broadcaster associations filed a petition seeking reconsideration of a Report and Order and Fourth NPRM regarding EEO data collection by the Commission. On February 7, 2024, the FCC decided to act on that petition, granting it in part while also deferring in part.

Cumulus Shareholder ‘Rights Plan’ Adopted By Board

Cumulus Media's Board of Directors has adopted a limited-duration shareholder rights plan that it says is designed "to protect the best interests of all Cumulus Media shareholders." The Rights Plan is effective immediately and will expire on February 20, 2025.
Michael McCoy

The InFOCUS Podcast: Michael McCoy

The continued importance of broadcast radio for sports teams is a topic definitely worthy of a bigger spotlight. To learn more a new deal with the local MLS team, iHeartMedia of Columbus, Ohio SVP of Programming Michael McCoy sits in on the InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM. LISTEN HERE

Vendors Form Alliance to Aid Radio Stations

As Radio Consulting Services owner and consultant Jon Holiday sees it, the Radio Vendor Alliance will serve "as a trusted advisory for radio station owners and managers looking for high value service and software partners."
Bill Smee

Smee Steps Down From Key Audacy News Role

He joined Audacy Inc. in August 2020 to establish the strategy and oversee all of the news content and operations for the company's 25 local News stations. Now, he's taken to social media to announce that he's moving "into a new professional chapter."
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FCC Approval Awaits As Audacy Bankruptcy Plan Gets Court OK

With the plan approved by a Houston bankruptcy judge late Tuesday, Audacy Inc. expects to emerge from the Chapter 11 process after the company obtains approval from the FCC. This will likely be a formality, setting the stage for George Soros to become a lead investor.

Following Q4 ’23 Earnings Call, iHeart Leaders Head West

Once iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman and COO/CFO Rich Bressler share the details of the company's fiscal performance across Q4 2023 on February 29, they'll be preparing to woo institutional investors at a major event scheduled for March 5 in San Francisco.
Susan Patrick

Susan Patrick Gets Prison Time, Significant Restitution Order

Susan K. Patrick, who with her husband ran one of the largest media brokerage firms in the U.S., has been sentenced to 15 months in prison by a Maryland federal district judge for "willfully making and subscribing a false tax return." She's also needs to pay the federal government more than $3.8 million.

Dielectric, SCMS Partner for Domestic Radio Sales

The new partnership marks Dielectric’s first exclusive distribution agreement for the domestic FM radio market, as it will direct new leads to the SCMS sales team and work directly with customers on design specifications as needed.
Veritonic Founder and CEO Scott Simonelli

An ‘Audio Attention’ Report Comes From Veritonic

A product designed to give advertising a boost in the broadcast radio and on-demand audio space has been brought to market thanks to a partnership between audio analytics and research firm Veritonic and computer vision and attention AI company Realeyes.

‘Acción’ Extinguished by iHeartMedia

In politically active Miami, multiple AM radio stations offer spoken word programming targeting Spanish speakers. Elsewhere in Florida, the same thirst for News/Talk fare en español proved to be less successful, as iHeartMedia has pulled the plug on its "Acción" offering.