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  • Friday, November 09, 2018 9:37 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 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.

    What do Tuesday’s election results mean for broadcasters?

    At a high level, the National Association of Broadcasters looks at divided government in DC as more favorable to their two most significant broadcast legislative priorities for next Congress – STELAR (distant broadcast TV network access from satellite providers) and the radio performance tax, although the sheer number of House retirements and Democratic flips did result in a loss of 50 House Local Radio Freedom Act cosponsors that will need to be rebuilt.

    Significant losses/additions: The retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch is a significant one, but his replacement, Mitt Romney (R-UT), is no stranger to NAB leadership. Election Day brought about one additional noteworthy loss for broadcasters on the Senate side, most notably Democrat Heidi Heitkamp who was the lead Democratic sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act. Among others, new to the Senate ranks will be Republicans Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), both of whom have engaged significantly on broadcast issues during their tenures in the House, often on the other side of NAB.


    FCC agenda to change with Democratic House control?  

     Democratic control of the US House may mean that the Federal Communications Commission feels pressure to change its agenda on issues important to broadcasters.  Part 1 |Part 2: FCC "unknown" for radio's deal-makers


    ATSC 3.0 one year in: Are broadcasters ready?

    A year after the FCC gave U.S. broadcasters the green light to deploy ATSC 3.0, stations are ramping up their efforts to make the Next Gen TV standard a reality by 2020. Read more


    Cadent launches national addressable TV ad platform

    Cadent is launching a new self-serve version of its platform that will make it easier for media buyers and marketers to mount large scale, national addressable advertising campaigns. Read more


    Dish satellite subscriber losses mount in Q3

    The shift to OTT continues. All together, Dish lost 341,000 net new customers in Q3, while Sling TV gained 26,000 subscribers.  Read more


    Field: ‘A radio renaissance is a real possibility’

    Entercom CEO David Field spoke about the renewed interest in the medium during the company’s third quarter results call Tuesday. Field told investors he’s “very encouraged by the nature of the conversations we are having with some of the country's largest advertisers.” Read more


    Subscriptions are now 30% of Pandora’s revenue

    Pandora beat the street with $417.6 million in total revenue in the third quarterThe total, which includes advertising and subscription revenue, is up 16% from the same quarter one year ago. But even as it grew ad revenue and subscription dollars, Pandora continued to shed listeners. Read more


    How big will the final political ad tally be?

    Experts say the question now isn’t whether political ad dollars will be big this year, but rather just how enormous the tally will be when the dust settles.  Read more



  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 3:03 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 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.

    NAB: Don't give up C-band spectrum, or risk fewer broadcasters with less content

    The National Association of Broadcasters is asking the Federal Communications Commission to consider how making more C-band spectrum available might affect content such as news, live sports and entertainment. Read more


    Demands to pull attack ads in the closing days of the election – what is a station to do?

    With the rise in the number of attack ads in this last week before the election, stations are facing more and more demands from candidates who are being attacked. What do stations do when confronted with these claims? Read more


    FCC Retires 80-Year-Old contract filing rule

    For nearly 80 years, the FCC’s Rules have required broadcasters to file paper copies of various types of documents relating to the control and operation of their stations.Not anymore. Read more


    Automated spot sales picking up speed

    The business has reached a critical mass, according to some observers. But frictions remain to be ironed out — most notably handling makegoods automatically. Read more


    As podcasting grows, ad buyers build revenue model

    Much of the focus on podcasting during the past year has been on content, but the long-term prospects for how broadcasters succeed in this audio medium will likely depend on how it fits into radio’s revenue puzzle. Read more


    Cordillera announces sale of KVOA-TV in Tucson to Quincy

    Cordillera Communications, a leader in broadcast markets across the United States, announced today it will sell 15 of its 16 stations to The E.W. Scripps Company. It will sell its Tucson station to Quincy Media, Inc. Read more


    Pai plans to remain FCC Chair for ‘foreseeable future’

    Pai has a children’s TV rule revamp to vote on, net neutrality deregulation to defend in court, and a quadrennial media ownership rule review to launch before the end of the year. Read more


    ComScore falls short of key accreditation

    The Media Rating Council today said that comScore’s local and national television products “are not accredited at the present time.” The MRC said that comScore TV is redesigning the production system for its products. Read more


    Tucson's Leon Clark new VP-GM of KGTV San Diego

    Clark is currently VP-GM of Scripps’ KGUN and KWBA in Tucson. A southern California native, the new position will mark Clark’s return to San Diego, where he worked for CBS in the late 2000s. Read more


    On TV station cap, nothing may be something

    FCC Chairman Pai is a classic free-market deregulator. The fewer rules governing business the better he likes it. That’s why it makes some sense that he will do nothing regarding proposals to raise the FCC’s station ownership cap. Why should he? Read more


  • Friday, October 26, 2018 9:06 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 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 Puts Political Ad Focus On Resolution, Not Punishment 

    The floodgates of political ad spending are now wide open with two weeks until Election Day. As a federal election year, it creates all sorts of added complications and pressures for local stations, but the political ad guru at the Federal Communications Commission says the agency is less focused on punishing broadcasters than in the past.

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    Reporting on Religion Toolkit

    On Monday morning, the National Association of Broadcasters and the NAB Education Foundation unveiled an online toolkit to help journalists cover sensitive stories involving religion as part of the “Awareness in Reporting” initiative. The toolkit’s launch was followed by a panel discussion featuring journalists and leaders in the faith community moderated by TEGNA’s WUSA anchor-reporter Bruce Johnson.

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    Streaming TV services will nab 25% of video market by 2022, analyst says

    Sling TV, DirecTV Now and other streaming TV services will continue their current growth trend over the next few years and expand their share of the pay TV market. That’s according to UBS analyst John Hodulik, who said that despite recent price increases, virtual MVPDs will account for about 25% of the video market by 2022.

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    How Much Will TV Repack Cost Radio? FCC Puts Some Numbers On It

    An FM transmitter can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $354,800 and FM antennas run from $1,200 to $47,200. The cost of having a transmitter installed can cost from $11,000 to $130,000. Those are just some of the ranges the Federal Communications Commission has created as a preliminary outline for how much FM broadcasters would be reimbursed as part of the ongoing television repack process.

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    Suspect shot by security guard after breaking into FOX 5 building

    A suspected intruder who was shot after kicking down the glass doors at WTTG FOX 5’s building in D.C. on Monday was known to both Fox executives and police, according to sources, and had leveled threats against both previously.

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  • Thursday, October 18, 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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  • Thursday, October 04, 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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  • Thursday, September 27, 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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  • Thursday, September 20, 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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  • Friday, September 14, 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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  • Friday, September 14, 2018 8:52 AM | Anonymous


    The following is a press release from the Wallace and Ladmo Foundation:

    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/.


  • Thursday, September 06, 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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