INDUSTRY MOURNS FOX NEWS RADIO HOST ALAN COLMES.

Alan Colmes, host of the nationally syndicated “Alan Colmes Show” on Fox News Radio, has died after a brief illness. Colmes, a fixture on Fox News since the cable TV channel’s launch in 1996, was 66. “America’s Newsroom” coanchor Bill Hemmer announced the news Thursday morning. The Fox News Channel program then aired a tribute […]
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NEED FOR MORE ‘TWO-WAYS’ LEADS TO ABC RADIO SHAKEUP.

ABC Radio News has revamped operations to provide major market affiliates with more two-ways and to increase the amount of breaking news and anchored coverage it offers. The change-up has resulted in some positions being eliminated at various levels in the news operation and the creation of several new openings. The moves are in response […]
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NIELSEN SLAMS NEW BUBBA CLAIMS AS ‘WITHOUT MERIT’.

Nielsen says sensational allegations made against it by Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem are “entirely without merit” and that it will forcefully fight the Florida morning man’s latest counterclaims in court. ​​ “These latest claims are entirely without merit and Nielsen intends to vigorously defend against them,” a company spokesperson said, responding to a story […]
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ENTERCOM REVENUE RISES IN PREP FOR HUGE MERGER.

Entercom Communications posted a fourth-quarter revenue increase of 5% and a station operating income rise of 3%, amid earnings released early Wednesday morning (Feb. 22). For the quarter ending Dec. 31, Entercom reported that net revenues were up to $1232 million, while its station expenses increased to $81.1 million. Station operating income increased 3% to […]
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EQUIPMENT CO. WHEATSTONE BUYS PR&E ASSETS.

Longtime broadcasting equipment manufacturer Wheatstone Corp. has bought the tech assets and intellectual property of fellow manufacturer Pacific Research & Engineering (PR&E). The latter had been owned by Quincy IL-based GatesAir—which was previously known as the industry-leading broadcast manufacturer Harris Broadcast—since 1999. The purchase includes PR&E’s line of audio consoles, its networking system and furniture […]
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HD RADIO EXEC: SETTING UP FUTURE DASH DOMINANCE STARTS NOW.

To defend their in-car dominance, broadcasters shouldn’t get caught up in what their place might be in the autonomous car of tomorrow. They’re better off leveraging what’s already available in the car of today, Joe D’Angelo, senior VP of audio tech provider DTS, said Thursday during a panel discussion on dashboard strategies for broadcasters. DTS, […]
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LEGACY PARTNER WMAL IS BACK TO COVERING THE REDSKINS.

Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL (630/105.9) Washington DC will now carry Washington Redskins games, beginning with the 2017-18 NFL season. The games will continue to air on the team’s flagship radio station, Red Zebra Broadcasting “ESPN 980” WTEM, and its FM simulcast partners, WWXT (92.7) and WWXX (94.3). Redskins owner Daniel Snyder also owns Red Zebra […]
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Pai Sees ‘Good Times Ahead’ for Radio.

In a departure from previous Federal Communications Commission chairmen, Ajit Pai promised broadcasting won’t take a back seat to other media sectors under his leadership. “Under my chairmanship, I commit to you that radio will not be neglected,” Pai told attendees at the North American Broadcasters Association’s Future of Radio & Audio Symposium today in […]
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CLIENTS’ LOVE OF NEW YORK RADIO GREW BY LEAPS IN 2016.

New York radio stations wrote new business from 80 new advertisers while convincing 200 existing clients to double their ad spend in the second half of 2016. A total of 15 ad categories increased radio ad spend by double digits in the nation’s largest market, with grocery and department store categories showing the largest gains—both […]
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