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  • Thursday, June 14, 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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  • Thursday, June 07, 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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  • Thursday, May 31, 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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  • Thursday, May 24, 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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  • Thursday, May 17, 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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  • Thursday, May 10, 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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  • Thursday, May 03, 2018 12:34 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.

    PBS, T-Mobile collaborate to save TV translators 

    Wireless carrier T-Mobile and a team from PBS are working under tight deadlines to find new homes for public TV translators that are being displaced by the FCC’s repack of TV channels.

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    What Advertisers Think Of AM & FM

    With CMOs, brand managers, media buyers and media planners in the middle of the digitally focused NewFronts and the television industry gearing up for its mid-May Upfront presentations, are radio stations part of the marketing mix for companies seeking growth by appealing to Hispanic consumers?

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    Call for Entries: NAB Marconi Radio Awards

    The NAB Marconi Radio Awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi. These prestigious awards recognize stations and individuals for their excellence and performance in radio.

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    You’ve Graduated, Now What? Advice for Broadcast News Grads

    This time of year, hundreds of new college graduates will attempt to enter the television news industry. If they’re anything like I was back then:

    They’re overwhelmed.

    They’re confused about how to get that first job.

    They’re worried about how to succeed in the newsroom when they do.

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  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:55 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.

    Chorus Of ‘Yeahs’ In House For Passage Of Music Copyright Bill 

    It wasn’t even close as the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved a sweeping music copyright reform bill with a 415-0 vote. The Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) doesn’t include a performance royalty for AM/FM airplay however it does encompass provisions that could wind up costing the radio industry more for music use in the years to come.

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    FCC Court Loss Could Quash TV Broadcast Consolidation

    Television broadcast stocks are lower today on concern that a potential FCC loss in an ownership-limit case could tie up future deals or stop them in their tracks. D.C. Circuit appeals court judges grilled the FCC today about an ownership rule change that’s needed for Sinclair to acquire Tribune Media. The national holdings limit rests at 39%, but that rule -- the UHF discount -- lets some companies count only part of their audience, skirting the threshold.

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    Sinclain Spins of 23 TVs to Grease Trib Deal

    To win approval of FCC and DOJ regulators for its Tribune merger, Sinclair on Tuesday announced deals to sell 23 Tribune stations in 18 markets. Nine stations will go to Standard Media, a new group backed by Soohyung Kim and headed by Deb McDermott, for $442 million, while Meredith is getting KPLR St. Louis for $65 million. Sinclair is selling six to affiliated companies and will operate them under SSAs and JSAs. Sinclair did not name the buyer of the other seven, including six Fox affliates, but all eyes are on Fox.

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    Arizona's Broadcasters pick up 19 Regional Murrow Awards

    RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2018 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and Arizona stations took home quite an impressive number of awards.19 awards were split between six stations - Arizona Public Media, KVOA in Tucson, KNAU in Flagstaff and KTAR, KJZZ and KPNX in Phoenix. Arizona Public Media and KNAU pulled off an impressive sweep in the Small Market Radio category.

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  • Friday, April 20, 2018 8:00 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.

    Repack Work Involved In Fatal Ozarks Tower Collapse

    The television tower housing the transmitter for Ozarks Public Television‘s KOZK-21 in Springfield, Mo., located to the east of the metropolitan area in Fordland, Mo., crashed to the ground Thursday morning, killing one individual.

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    NAB Show 2018 Wrap-Up: The Digital Revolution Rules 

    It wasn’t so long ago that the radio industry was collectively shuffling its feet as in-car listening—AM/FM’s bread and butter—was subsiding amid a threatening new technology called “streaming,” as at-home and at-home tune-in were also declining. Well, look at us now. While traditional over the air AM/FM remains the mothership, broadcasters at the 2018 NAB Show this month made clear that the industry has now created its own digital revolution.

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    FCC Frees Up $742 Million More for Post-Incentive Auction Repack

    As promised, the FCC has released the second tranche of post-incentive auction repack funding, which is almost all of the original money allocated by Congress. It is allocating an additional $742 million (or 92.5% of total costs), with a tad left over for ($8 million), eventually, for "trueing up" those payments--the payments are based on broadcaster cost estimates that are something of a moving target.


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    In Surprise Move, Mignon Clyburn Says Goodbye To FCC

    Following months of speculation regarding the future of one of the FCC’s longest-serving Commissioners, Mignon Clyburn today at the Commission’s April Open Meeting revealed what her future will be.

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    What Is ATSC 3.0 Over-the-Air TV? We Explain

    This past week the National Association of Broadcasters trade show was held, and you likely saw a ton of news about ATSC 3.0 over-the-air TV. That may have left you wondering what is it and should I care? So we thought we would take a minute and go over the basics.

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    Golf with us at the AZ AMBER Alert Golf Classic!

    On May 4, we'll be hitting the course for 18 holes to raise money for AZ AMBER Alert and broadcast scholarships. Check out all the details and get your foursome signed up!

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  • Friday, April 06, 2018 1:33 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.

    NAB Gives Local TV Stations Viewer Ed Tools

    What can your local broadcast TV stations do to help educate viewers about the big changes coming to local TV in the coming months and years? The NAB has new tools to help educate consumers on these upcoming moves.

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    Next Up for Auction 100: Long-Form Applications Due

    As part of its already announced Auction 100, the Media Bureau announced that a new filing window has been opened for those applicants who applied for a new FM translator station construction permit earlier this year.

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    Broadcasters Foundation Ups Its Awareness Efforts

    A new industry-wide campaign from the Broadcasters Foundation of America has been launched as part of an expanded effort designed “to ensure that broadcasters in acute need know they can apply for aid” from the only charity devoted exclusively to providing financial assistance in times of illness, accident or natural disaster.

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    ABC Radio and Skyview Networks Expand Partnership to Offer Syndication Services

    ABC Radio and Skyview Networks are further aligning their considerable resources to identify, develop and syndicate talent and programs to broadcast radio. ABC Radio will assess talent syndication opportunities for both music and news/talk formats and provide affiliate sales while Skyview Networks will handle national sales and distribution. The companies will begin immediately focusing on opportunities that can scale nationally.

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    Golf with us at the AZ AMBER Alert Golf Classic!

    On May 4, we'll be hitting the course for 18 holes to raise money for AZ AMBER Alert and broadcast scholarships. Check out all the details and get your foursome signed up!

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