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  • 12 Jul 2018 2:11 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.

    FCC starts to unwind 'kid vid' rules 

    The so-called kid-vid rules adopted in the 1990s were supposed to address concerns that kids were seeing too much violence and advertising when they tuned into their favorite Saturday morning cartoons. After years of lobbying, parents' groups won legislation to keep broadcasters in check, and the FCC developed a set of rules that spelled out what broadcasters needed to do to ensure kids were getting quality educational TV programming.

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    Smith: Settlement Possible In Radio’s Royalty Battle

    More than a year of discussions between the National Association of Broadcasters and the music industry have so far failed to resolve the decades-long standoff over whether radio should pay royalties for on-air use of music. But NAB president Gordon Smith remains optimistic some agreement can be hatched, most likely tied to what radio pays for streaming.

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    FCC Sets Annual EAS ‘Form One’ Filing Deadline

    An announcement about if and when the next national test of the Emergency Alert System could come as soon as this week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but a good indication that one is on the horizon comes from the Federal Communications Commission. The agency just set an Aug. 27 deadline for all radio stations to submit their EAS Test Reporting System Form One.

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    KPHO-TV CBS5 And KTVK 3TV'S Vice President & GM Ed Munson To Retire After Distinguished 40-Year Career In Television Industry

    Ed Munson, Vice President and General Manager of Meredith Corporation's KPHO-TV CBS5 and KTVK 3TV in Phoenix, announced today that he will retire on September 7, 2018, after a 40-year career in television broadcasting. Under Munson's leadership, the news operation has grown to the largest in the state of Arizona, creating more than 100 hours of local news and information programming each week.

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    FCC/FEMA to Hold Emergency Alerting Webinar on July 25

    The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, in coordination with FEMA, announces an upcoming webinar on the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts to be held on July 25, 2018

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  • 5 Jul 2018 11:12 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's O'Rielly: Next Gen TV Future Is Now 

    FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly warned broadcasters this week that if they snooze on ATSC 3.0 they could lose out to their online competitors. ATSC 3.0 is the advanced TV transmission standard the FCC is letting broadcasters roll out on a voluntary basis.

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    What do the 2018 Murrow Award winners have in common?

    With more than 100 documentaries, news series, digital projects, podcast episodes, news packages and more recognized this year, the 2018 National Murrow Award winners are fertile ground for new and seasoned journalists alike looking for examples of the best in the craft of broadcast and digital journalism.

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    Mid-Year Update: What The Forecasters Are Saying

    Broadcasters aren’t the only ones taking stock of 2018 at the mid-year point. So are the forecasters at the big advertising agencies, whose predictions marketers and media vendors rely on. The good news is most of them are now offering a rosier outlook for the year than what they presented earlier.

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    3.0 Opportunities Abound In Cars, Highways

    With ATSC 3.0, broadcasters expect to play a big role in delivering infotainment to autonomous cars, but there is another related emerging market where broadcasters may be able also play — “smart” highways designed to improve safety, relieve congestion and reduce greenhouse gases.

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  • 28 Jun 2018 3:08 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.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act 

    The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act on Thursday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The vote follows last month’s unanimous approval of similar legislation by the House of Representatives, and clears the way for the full Senate to consider the act.

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    Raycom, Gray Television Agree To Merge

    Gray and Raycom are combining their companies in $3.6 billion deal. In a statement released in the 7am hour, Eastern, on Monday (6/25), Gray and Raycom said the “transformative transaction will create the single largest owner of top-rated local TV stations and digital assets in the country.”

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    Senate Commerce Approves Starks Nomination to FCC

    The Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of Geoffrey Starks to succeed Mignon Clyburn as Democratic commissioner on the FCC.

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    FCC Agrees More Data Needed Before Opening C-Band To New Users

    The Federal Communications Commission may be moving toward opening the C-band spectrum where radio currently pulls programming and content from satellites circling the Earth. But in a draft order set for a vote July 12, the Commission is largely embracing broadcasters’ request that it first take stock of exactly what’s happening in the mid-band before allowing wireless companies to move in and begin building commercial mobile broadband services.

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    Entercom Pulling Stations From TuneIn

    As of July 6 all legacy Entercom stations will move over to Radio.com, the digital app Entercom picked up as part of the merger with CBS Radio. All legacy CBS Radio stations will be pulled off TuneIn by August 1. In a memo to staff Monday, CEO David Field said, “We are committed to making Radio.com a leader in the digital audio space.”

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  • 21 Jun 2018 11:15 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 Won't Consider 39% Cap at July Meeting 

    Despite recent buzz that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai would be scheduling a vote at the July 12 public meeting on a proposal related to the FCC's review of the 39% ownership cap/UHF discount at the FCC's, such an item did not make the agenda.

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    Agencies Applaud Radio’s Data Initiatives

    With marketers putting more pressure on their ad agencies to show the tangible results of media buys, the radio industry has responded during the past year or so by introducing new data-infused buying systems, attribution analytics and more studies that prove return on investment. Agencies are applauding the moves, saying radio’s embrace of data and analytics is fostering renewed interest in the medium, helping it remain competitive and giving radio a bigger chair at the buying table.

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    Nielsen, FreeWheel Expand OTT, On-Demand Measurement

    Nielsen and Comcast’s FreeWheel said they will expand measurement of over-the-top and set-top box video-on-demand inventory. The effort is aimed at creating additional TV advertising inventory, using data to improve the targeting of viewers, making it more attractive to marketers.

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    NAB On Board For Radio Ownership Rule ‘Modernization’

    The NAB late last Friday announced that it will “urge” the Commission to “modernize outdated radio ownership rules as part of its quadrennial media ownership review proceeding planned for later this year.” (Paywall)

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    NBA Team Signs With Skyview For New Technology

    The Phoenix Suns are the first NBA franchise to partner with Skyview Networks for its SkyCap system at Talking Stick Resort Arena. At the start of the 2017-18 season, Skyview Networks’ SkyCap system was installed to capture all gameday partner activations and in-arena advertisements with high-definition video to auto-save clips in a searchable database.

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  • 14 Jun 2018 11:27 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.

    House Advances Proposal To Hike Pirate Radio Fines 

    With some tweaks to the legislative language, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology unanimously voted to advance a bill that would hike pirate penalties to as much as $2 million. “[Unauthorized] radio operators threaten public safety and negatively affect not only radio listeners but also local broadcasters. It is time that we give the FCC the tools that they need to combat these pirates,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said.

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    AT&T antitrust win may herald new wave of media mergers

    Brace yourself for a likely new era of media megamergers.

    AT&T’s victory over the government’s attempt to block its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner underscores just how much the way people watch — and pay for — TV has changed. It also highlights how corporate America wants to adapt to deal with its new environment. In short: Bigger is better.

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    FCC Eyes Vote on Ownership Rules Key to Sinclair Deal

    The Federal Communications Commission’s chairman is said to be planning a vote next month on limits to how many TV stations a company can own, rules he has said are too restrictive and that could factor into Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s planned purchase of Tribune Media Co.

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    Some Major TV Groups Push FCC for Right to Keep, Transfer UHF Discount

    Ion, Univision and Trinity Broadcasting say the FCC should not only grandfather their TV station holdings' discounted audience reach if the FCC adjusts the UHF discount or 39% audience reach cap, but should also allow them to transfer that grandfathered status to a new owner.

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  • 7 Jun 2018 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    Arizona Broadcasters Association | The Wrap


    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.

    Senate GOP May Move Trump FCC Pick With Earlier Nominee 

    Geoffrey Starks, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission, may need a partner on the road to Senate confirmation: FCC member Brendan Carr, whose renomination has been delayed since January.

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    Broadcasters Raise Red Flag Over FCC’s C-Band Plans

    The radio industry finds itself in a rare defensive position at the Federal Communications Commission under chairman Ajit Pai. The issue that’s causing concern is the FCC’s plan to expand use of C-band spectrum (3.7-4.2 GHz)—what’s commonly referred to as mid-band frequencies—by wireless companies. In a series of comments filed during the past several weeks, radio is urging the Commission to take very careful steps forward on the plan.

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    Cumulus Begins Its Next Chapter

    Cumulus Media has successfully completed its financial restructuring. The news, which came just past 5pm Eastern Monday (6/4), means that the nation’s No. 2 radio broadcasting company by number of stations has fully emerged from Chapter 11 protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and has reduced its debt by “more than $1 billion.”

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    ATSC 3.0: The future of free antenna TV is coming, eventually

    Certain aspects of ATSC 3.0 have been finalized, while many remain up in the air (pun intended). Several tests stations are up, or nearly so, in several markets including Phoenix and Dallas, but important details, particularly around mobile and viewer tracking, are still being hashed out.

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    Small Market Television Exchange - Sept. 13-15

    The NAB Small Market Television Exchange (SMTE) is the industry's only national conference designed exclusively for small market groups and stations in DMAs 76+. SMTE presents innovative leadership and sales management strategies, success stories that will help you grow your business and creative sales promotion ideas that will elevate your bottom line.

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  • 31 May 2018 1:14 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.

    Hearst, Scripps Pitch 50% National Ownership Cap 

    Some high-profile broadcast groups have been telling the FCC they would be OK with moving the 39% national ownership cap to 50% from 39%, rather than eliminating it altogether.

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    FCC Taps The Brakes On Class C4 FM Proposal

    The radio industry’s lack of consensus about whether a new Class C4 FM proposal would do more harm than good to the radio dial has the Federal Communication Commission hitting the pause button. The proposal has been in the hands of the commissioners since early February and it’s so far failed to secure the backing needed to bring the item to a vote to clear its path forward.

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    “The Most Dangerous Job In America”

    A year ago, the National Association of Broadcasters released a video explaining the implications of the channel repack that nearly 1,000 U.S. TV broadcasters are undergoing after the spectrum auctions. The video was designed to inform the public about a complex, dangerous project and how difficult it would be to complete within the 39 months provided by the FCC. In addition to the financial burdens, it emphasized the technical and logistical challenges faced by tower companies.

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    BMI: Radio Is Not What It Once Was

    There’s a court fight taking place between BMI and the Radio Music Licensing Committee over the rates your radio stations should be paying to the PRO, and it’s starting to get ugly. Currently, stations pay approximately 1.7% of their revenue. The RMLC wants that rate lowered and BMI wants the radio industry to pay more. Here’s what a BMI court filing made yesterday said about radio.

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    Why Radio Wants to Pay BMI Less

    One of the issues that has always hampered negotiations with PRO’s is knowing exactly how many artists and songwriters are part of which PRO. The issue of transparency. When Irving Azoff joined the PRO club, and began demanding money from radio stations, it made the issue more complicated. In the court filing BMI states that The RMLC wants to pay less to BMI because BMI’s market share is smaller than ASCAP’s. And BMI says that’s just not the case.

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  • 24 May 2018 12:42 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.

    Ad Group Announces Rules for Transparency in Political Advertising 

    As mid-term elections get underway and lawmakers in Washington contemplate new rules to regulate political advertising online, the digital advertising industry is attempting to beat them to the punch.

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    FCC Advises Stations To Get Public Files In Order

    ConteThe Federal Communications Commission has announced the next broadcast license renewal process will begin June 1, 2019. While it’s just a little more than one year away for the states first in line, the Media Bureau is advising stations to make good use of the time since this renewal cycle will be like no other. That’s because as of March 1 all stations have been required to have online public files.

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    Meredith Bid For Sinclair Station Iced

    Exactly one month ago, Meredith Corp. announced that intended to create its sixth duopoly by making an acquisition in the nation’s 21st largest TV market. This deal would pair Meredith’s CBS affiliate with a facility signed on by a local real estate developer and hotelier in 1959.

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    Baseball Is Very Very Good For Radio

    Nielsen says radio listeners love baseball. Nielsen’s PPM ratings for April confirm a seasonal increase in listening to sports radio stations when the major league season gets underway. “Each year, the All Sports format’s audience share peaks in the fall when football kicks off and the World Series takes place, remains strong through the end of the NFL playoffs and then spikes again in the spring around opening day.”

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    Time is Running Out to Register Your C-band Earth Station with the FCC

    Last month, the FCC established a docket on “Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band.” Concurrently, the Commission also announced a 90-day filing window for existing C-band users (i.e., earth stations in operation as of April 19, 2018) that are not yet registered with the FCC to register their facilities. To encourage registration, the FCC is waiving the frequency coordination requirement but is not waiving the $435 filing fee during this 90-day window. The deadline for registration is July 18, 2018.

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  • 17 May 2018 2:53 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.

    Supreme Court Ruling Could Benefit Radio 

    On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling and gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. That could create an entirely new advertising category that radio managers might want to keep their eyes on.

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    Another False EAS Alert, This One Ringing Out in Alaska

    Another emergency warning misstep seems to have occurred — this time in Alaska — when the National Tsunami Warning Center issued a supposedly routine communications test at 7 a.m. on Friday, May 11, that was interpreted as a real warning.

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    Livewire Puts A Seat At The Family Table For GatesAir

    What does GatesAir have in common with such brands as Telos, Omnia, Axia, 25-Seven, Linear Acoustic and Minnetonka? All are now part of the family of Livewire Partners, thanks to a deal forged Monday (5/14) between GatesAir and The Telos Alliance.

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    AT&T looks to replace DirecTV satellite with $80-$90 ‘premium’ streaming service

    Now on a very publicly stated quest to convert its more than 25 million U.S. pay TV customers to streaming video services, AT&T yesterday revealed details of its new virtual service that will be launched in the coming months around its existing skinny vMVPD play, DirecTV Now.

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  • 10 May 2018 4:33 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.

    Pirates Would Face $2 Million Fines Under Congressional Proposal 

    The cost of being a pirate radio operator could soon be significantly higher. After several months of gathering input from fellow lawmakers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced and cosponsored the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act or “PIRATE” Act. The proposed bill would allow the Federal Communications Commission to fine someone who “willfully and knowingly” operates an unlicensed radio station up to $100,000 for each day they’re on the air – up to a maximum $2 million per incident.

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    Comcast plans to make an all-cash bid for Fox if AT&T-Time Warner is approved, sources say

    Comcast is planning a $60 billion all-cash bid to top Walt Disney on its deal to acquire most of Twenty-First Century Fox's assets if the U.S. government approves AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, according to people familiar with the matter.

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    Scripps Radio Division To Be Sold Piecemeal Instead Of ‘One Big Bang.’

    After announcing plans to sell its 34 radio stations across eight markets in late January, E.W. Scripps offered an update during its first quarter 2018 earnings call Monday morning. According to CEO Adam Symson, the company intends to divest the properties piecemeal.

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    Local TV Rev to Hit $27.7 B This Year

    A new report examines how marketers are using television and mobile to design effective advertising campaigns across multiple platforms. Local television is the largest segment of local video advertising with local television station revenue estimated to reach $27.70 billion this year, up from $26.2 billion in 2017 (the revenue figures include retransmission fees).

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