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  • 18 Oct 2018 11:48 AM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    FCC Extends C-Band Registration Deadline 

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you wait until the last minute to submit an online FCC filing, be prepared to bang your head against your desk while you struggle to log in to a filing system that often melts down when thousands of filers simultaneously attempt access. Fortunately, the FCC appreciates the limitations of its filing systems, and has frequently granted extensions where the system collapse was sufficiently apparent.

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    Avis Budget Group, Pearl TV To Launch In-Car 3.0 Phoenix Trial In Early 2019

    Cars will soon regularly receive ATSC 3.0 signals from Phoenix broadcasters taking part in the latest facet of an ongoing trial of Next-Gen TV. Pearl TV, which is leading the Phoenix Model Market project of 12 stations, and Avis Budget Group announced Oct. 15 they will begin testing various use cases for TV-delivered signals to passenger cars early next year.

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    Two-Thirds of Marketing Budgets Go to Local Advertising

    All size businesses direct almost two-thirds of their marketing dollars into activating local media ad platforms and the remainder into promotions. For businesses with 500 or more employees, this spending averages $4.48 million for advertising and $2.18 million on promotions.

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    What You Need to Know about Putting Drug Prices in TV Ads

    HHS is now proposing to require that TV ads for prescription drugs include their list price. “If we want to have a real market for drugs, why not have [companies] disclose their prices in the ads, too? Consumers would have much more balanced information, and companies would have a very different set of incentives for setting their prices.” – HHS Secretary Alex Azar

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  • 4 Oct 2018 11:08 AM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Data-Free FM Radio Arrives On The iPhone 

    For months, TagStation LLC and the team behind its NextRadio app worked hard with Apple to get its smartphones to include an enabled FM chip, which would allow users to access local radio stations.

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    At Radio Show, A New Urgency About Harnessing Data

    A new sense of urgency about harnessing data to drive more ad dollars to radio prevailed at last week’s Radio Show as broadcasters, advertisers and vendors coalesced around technologies and strategies that could help lift the industry out of its sales doldrums. Radio’s data dance moved from a slow waltz to spirited quickstep as attendees shared how they are using attribution platforms and sophisticated analytics to help level the playing field with digital.

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    TV Station Deal Volume Jumps to $297M in 3Q

    The value of TV stations sold in the third quarter nearly tripled to $297.4 million, according to data gathered by Kagan. Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, found 32 deals involving TV stations, with 23 full power and 23 lower stations changing hands.

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    Understanding the C-band Proceeding

    The C-band is a swath of satellite spectrum that radio and TV broadcasters use every day to receive critical content for their broadcasts. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering transferring some or all of that spectrum to wireless companies for next-generation wireless services. NAB is providing the following resources to help better understand how this issue impacts station operations.

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  • 27 Sep 2018 2:25 PM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    SiriusXM to Buy Pandora for $3.5 Billion in Bid to Expand Reach

    The satellite radio provider SiriusXM said on Monday that it would acquire the music streaming service Pandora Media for $3.5 billion, in a bid to corral listeners who don’t want to pay for premium channels.

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    Nielsen Brings Cross-Platform Ad Measurement to Local Markets

    Nielsen said it is bringing its Total Audience measurement of ads and content to all 210 local markets. The new local measurement system combines Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings, Total Ad Rating and Digital Content Ratings.

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    Broadcasters Tackle ‘Attribution Gap’ At Radio Show

    Bob Pittman and David Field took the stage at the Radio Show opener Tuesday, and in an interview with MSNBC anchor & NBC News correspondent Stephanie Ruhle, pointed out that radio doesn’t have an effectiveness problem, it has an attribution issue. With radio delivering a better ROI, Pittman argued that AM/FM is underpriced – and under-appreciated – by advertisers. But technology and data may help change the attribution obstacle.

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    NAB’s John David Receives 2018 National Radio Award At Radio Show

    John David graciously accepted the 2018 National Radio Award at the Radio Luncheon during the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando Wednesday. He acknowledged colleagues in the broadcasting industry, friends, family—and, on a lighter note, “the advertisers and politicians who bought time on my radio stations in Joplin, MO, and to the banks that financed it all. It worked for all of us.”

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  • 20 Sep 2018 2:01 PM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Music Modernization Act Passes in Senate With Unanimous Support

    The long road to copyright revision is nearing its end as the U.S. Senate passed the Music Modernization Act by unanimous consent Tuesday (Sept. 18). The move mimics the House's unilateral support, previously passing the bill by a vote of 415-0 back in April.

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    National EAS and WEA Tests Postponed Until October 3

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC, announced this morning that the National Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) tests scheduled for this Thursday, September 20, have been postponed due to “ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.”

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    Radio Rallies Behind Relief Efforts For Florence Victims

    As residents in North Carolina confront a widespread emergency expected to swamp the region for days, radio stations have begun relief efforts to aid those affected by what may be the worst flooding in North Carolina history.

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    The indispensable appeal of local weather reporters

    Meteorologists like Arnold have long been tentpoles of communities across the US, entertaining audiences in fair weather and counseling them in bad. It isn’t completely surprising that they would be in demand as storms loom. But it is notable, in the age of Twitter and smartphones, that the broadcast TV weather person—analog, local, old-school—has stayed so viable.

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    Chris Kline Named Next President and CEO of the ABA

    The Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA) has named Chris Kline as the organization’s next President and CEOIn the role, Kline will serve as chief advocate for Arizona’s 200+ radio and television station members, driving both growth and innovation in the fast-changing changing broadcast business.

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  • 14 Sep 2018 9:09 AM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Nielsen: Big Events Drive Millennials to TV News

    While millennials are more likely to get their news from digital sources, when a big story breaks, their TV news viewing spikes, according to a new report from Nielsen. Nielsen calls millennials the most coveted consumer demographic from a marketer engagement perspective, yet are the most stereotyped. To provide a better look at their media habits and attitudes, Nielsen has created special studies of this group that marketers are so eager to reach.

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    CBS Undercuts Sinclair in the Local-TV Giant's Battle With Hulu

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., the largest owner of local TV stations in the U.S., just lost a bargaining chip in its negotiations with streaming service Hulu LLC. Sinclair had refused to let Hulu offer live CBS programming in two dozen markets across the U.S. unless the online TV platform also agreed to carry another Sinclair property, the Tennis Channel. But Hulu instead reached a deal with CBS Corp. to offer a national feed of the network in the markets where Sinclair operates a local affiliate.

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    The Inside Story On How Hurricanes Impact Radio Listening

    As Hurricane Florence slams the Carolinas this weekend with life-threatening storm surge, heavy rainfall and damaging winds, radio listening patterns in the region will be anything but status quo. Based on audience data from 2017’s catastrophic hurricane season, listening will surge to radio stations airing news programming. But how radio and TV audiences ebb and flow during monster storms like Florence is as different as the hurricanes themselves.

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    Life-size Bronze Tribute of Wallace, Ladmo & Gerald to be Unveiled at the Phoenix Zoo

    A tribute bench depicting the beloved characters of the longest running kids show in Valley history, Wallace & Ladmo, will be unveiled at the Phoenix Zoo, Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. near the Zoo’s main lake.

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  • 14 Sep 2018 8:52 AM | Anonymous


    Guests who wear Wallace & Ladmo fan gear receive a 50 percent discount on general Zoo admission all day

    PHOENIX (September 10, 2018) – A tribute bench depicting the beloved characters of the longest running kids show in Valley history, Wallace & Ladmo, will be unveiled at the Phoenix Zoo, Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. near the Zoo’s main lake.

    The much-anticipated bronze sculpture of Wallace, Ladmo and Gerald will serve as a multi-generational gathering place for guests of the Zoo and fans of the show. Guests to the Zoo that day, will receive fifty percent off general daytime admission if they wear their Wallace & Ladmo fan gear! Discount is only applicable Monday, September 17, 2018.

    There will be short program with the following individuals, all of whom will be available for interviews after the ceremony.

    WHO: Pat McMahon – played “Gerald” among other various characters

    Bert Castro – President and CEO of the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo

    The sculptor, Arizona artist Neil Logan, will also be in attendance.

    WHEN: Monday, September 17, 2018 9:30 a.m.

    Near the Zoo’s main lake, across from the Greater flamingos and zebra habitat

    WHERE: Phoenix Zoo (455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008)

    WHAT ELSE: Media are invited to attend to gather video, stills and conduct interviews with those listed above. Please let me know if you will be sending a representative from your outlet so I can plan for transportation to the sculpture unveiling near the Zoo’s main lake. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. if possible.

    About the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

    The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation operates the Phoenix Zoo and the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. The ACNC advances the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.

    The Phoenix Zoo is the only zoo in the Valley accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is a non-profit zoological park, serving 1.4 million guests annually. The Zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals, many of which are endangered and threatened species. For information on upcoming events, exhibits and activities at the Phoenix Zoo, visit www.phoenixzoo.org.

    About the Wallace & Ladmo Foundation

    Founded in 2015, the foundation seeks to preserve, nurture and continue the Wallace & Ladmo legacy of encouraging creativeness and camaraderie in Arizona's children. Visit http://www.wallaceandladmofoundation.org/.


  • 6 Sep 2018 2:09 PM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    IHeartMedia Is Getting Ready To Buy… Something 

    iHeartMedia has requested approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Court to buy all of the membership interests in a company but the specifics of the deal are being kept confidential. The publicly available version of the filing doesn’t name the company or the deal price or include the purchase agreement, dated Aug. 29, which iHeart is seeking permission to consummate.

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    No Ownership Item On FCC’s Sept. Agenda

    A widely anticipated vote on proposals to modify the FCC’s national media ownership rule will not be on the agency’s Sept. 26 meeting agenda — and it was unclear at deadline when the item would be considered.

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    FM Translators: Troublesome Or Terrific?

    It’s no secret that the FM translator has provided a big boost to more than one AM radio station. At the same time, the FM translator has given the nation’s largest operator of FMs and AMs — iHeartRadio — an added boost in many markets through the rebroadcast of its HD multicast stations.

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    Cordcutting jumpstarts market for over-the-air antennas

    About 8.1 million Americans will buy TV antennas this year, according to a mid-year analysis by the Consumer Technology Association, reflecting the growing audience for over-the-air broadcast signals as more homes cut—or at least trim back—their cable subscriptions. This year’s estimates will mark a peak in antenna sales, which have been hovering just under the 8 million level for several years and which are expected to decline only slightly in the near future, according to CTA’s latest analysis.

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    MTV Got It Wrong: Video Fulfilled The Radio Star

    In 1994, Howard Stern became one of the first broadcast personalities to simulcast his syndicated radio show on national cable television, first on E!, then on a handful of CBS-TV affiliates late Saturday night, featuring taped highlights of his radio program. Just behind was Don Imus. For three hours each morning, first RFD-TV and then Fox Business Network pointed a single camera toward the grizzled host, donning his familiar cowboy hat and ranch coat. Without a doubt, we’ve come a long way, baby.

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  • 23 Aug 2018 12:48 PM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Pai Sees ATSC 3.0 Benefits Firsthand In Phoenix 

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai described the ongoing trial of ATSC 3.0 as “really exciting” Aug. 19 after a visit to the Univision station in town for a demo of Next-Gen TV. In a video tweeted by Pai, the chairman said Next-Gen TV marries “the best of broadcasting –that one-to-many architecture we’ve known and enjoyed for many years with the Internet.”

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    Hawaiian Hurricane Postpones FCC’s Planned DIRS Test

    Hurricane Lane, the category five storm bearing down on Hawaii, has led the Federal Communications Commission to scrap a planned dry run of the agency’s Disaster Information Reporting System or “DIRS” until next month. The test scheduled for Thursday and Friday will instead be conducted on Sept. 13. "Due to the possible activation of DIRS for Hurricane Lane in Hawaii, we will be postponing the DIRS exercise,” the FCC announced in an email to broadcasters on Wednesday.

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    What Does the Pre-1972 Ruling Mean to You?

    It’s been two years since a District Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit against a broadcaster for playing pre-1972 sound recordings. It was ruled that the broadcaster was playing digitized versions of the songs that were created after 1972. This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth Circuit didn’t buy that argument, reversed that decision, and sent the case back for additional hearings. 

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    USTN’s Radio Exit Has Broadcasters Scrambling

    “Normalized for USTN” has become a new qualifier for radio companies reporting their quarterly results. Both Entercom and Cumulus Media reported Q2 revenues two ways–with the revenue hit they took from USTN included in their numbers, and factoring it out to “normalize” their results.

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  • 16 Aug 2018 2:06 PM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Enforcement Bureau OK With Ending Sinclair-Tribune Hearing 

    The FCC's Enforcement Bureau says it has no issue with the FCC's administrative law judge (ALJ) terminating a hearing into Sinclair's representations about the now-imploded Tribune deal, though that apparently has not happened yet.

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    The Future of Television is...More Television

    it’s easy to extrapolate to a time where old-fashioned television is dead, killed off by a slew of younger, nimbler disruptors. The reality, however, is that TV’s business model is secure, its revenues are gargantuan, and the barriers to enter its industry have never been higher.

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    Attracting A Younger Workforce

    There are a few broadcasters who have done an outstanding job of reaching out to the younger generations. Overall, most of us really need to embrace big changes in how to “attract, hire, and retain” all ages, and not just the younger groups.

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    FCC Input Could Aid DOJ Appeal of AT&T-TW Court Call

    The FCC has filed a document with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that could help the Trump Administration's challenge of a D.C. district judge's decision to allow the merger of AT&T-Time Warner, which closed back in June.

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    Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump's press attacks

    About 350 newspapers all have one thing in common on Thursday: A statement supporting the free press and decrying President Trump's attacks against the media. From The Martha's Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News... from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in Maine... the papers are all running editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month.

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  • 10 Aug 2018 10:01 AM | Anonymous


    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Tribune Suing Sinclair For $1 Billion+ 

    Tribune Media, which on Thursday withdrew from its $3.9 billion buyout by Sinclair Broadcast Group, is suing Sinclair for “approximately $1 billion of lost premium to Tribune’s stockholders and additional damages in an amount to be proven at trial.”

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    Scripps Sells Boise And Tucson Clusters To Lotus For $8 Million

    The E.W. Scripps Company’s radio sell-off picked up steam Tuesday with a two-market $8 million sale. The Cincinnati-based broadcaster says it has cut a deal to sell a total of eight radio stations in Boise and Tucson to Lotus Communications for $8 million. The deal marks the third cluster sale for Scripps with five more markets to go.

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    Tier two automotive ads are some of the best testing radio ads in America

    Tier two automotive, the middle child of the automotive advertising hierarchy, is situated between the brand messaging of national advertisers in tier one and local dealers in tier three. Tier two campaigns support regional dealer associations to drive purchase around key sales events.

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    Show Me the Money: FCC Launches Repack Reimbursement Proceeding for LPTV, TV Translator, and FM Stations

    In adopting a Notice of Proposed Rule Making late last week, the FCC took the first step in establishing ground rules for reimbursing Low Power Television, TV translator and FM radio stations affected by the TV spectrum repack. Most of the proposed rules track the statutory direction contained in the Reimbursement Expansion Act (REA) adopted in March, but a few potentially controversial proposals were included as well.

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    FCC Upholds Fine Against Alleged L.A. Pirate

    Juan Carlos Uribe is the Van Nuys, CA man the Federal Communications Commission alleges was behind an unlicensed station in the Los Angeles market. It proposed a $15,000 fine against Uribe last November and, after not hearing any defense or response of any kind from him, the Enforcement Bureau has upheld that fine.

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