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CSN Scores a FM, and its Translator, In Washington

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 11:59

It’s a Class A FM covering a small swath of the Edmond, Wash., area to the north of Seattle, and it uses a 9-watt FM translator to help with coverage of such communities as Bellevue and Issaquah.

Now, these homes of Christian Rock noncommercial network RadioU are being spun. The buyer is known for stations “Where God’s Word Is Heard.”

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COVID-19’s Fueled Bump Ends for Consumer Media Usage Growth

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 11:55

Consumer media usage growth slowed to a pre-pandemic norm of 1.6% in 2021, following the fastest growth since 1995 in 2020.

But, media consumption is poised to grow faster in 2022. That’s the key finding from the ninth annual Global Consumer Media Usage Forecast for 2021-2025 released Wednesday (1/12) by PQ Media.

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FCC Ends Broadcaster Filings in CDBS

Radio World - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 11:19

Giving the industry only a day or so of notice, the FCC’s Media Bureau announced that its Consolidated Database System (CDBS) online filing system, used by broadcasters for decades, will no longer accept filings effective at 5 p.m. Eastern today, Jan. 12.

The agency announced new and apparently transitional procedures for types of filings that are currently submitted in CDBS, ones that cannot yet be entered in the newer LMS system.

The move is necessary due to what the FCC calls “pressing technical issues that prevent effective use of CDBS going forward and to facilitate the ongoing transition of all filings to the Licensing and Management System.” It did point out that the majority of types of broadcast filings had already migrated off of CDBS.

The new procedures are apparently transitional, but the Media Bureau emphasized that it expects this to be “a permanent sunset of the use of CDBS for Media Bureau filing.” [Read the announcement.]

So for now, effective with today’s sunset of CDBS filings, broadcasters will need to submit those FCC forms not currently accepted in LMS as an attachment in an email in PDF format, according to the announcement, and the FCC staff will have to enter them manually into its system.

The Media Bureau listed the following filings that will be required to be submitted by email to mailto:audiofilings@fcc.gov:

  • AM Application for Construction Permit for Commercial Broadcast Station on Form 301
  • AM Application for Construction Permit for Reserved Channel Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Station on Form 340
  • AM Applications for Broadcast Station License on Form 302
  • Special Temporary Authority (STA) Engineering Requests and Extension of Engineering STA Requests for all audio service stations
  • Silent STA / Notification of Suspension/ Resumption of Operations / Extension of Silent STA Requests for all audio service stations
  • Change in official mailing address
  • AM Digital Notification on Form 335-AM
  • All-Digital AM Notification on Form 335-AM
  • FM Digital Notification on Form 335-FM
  • Amendments to pending applications previously submitted in CDBS
  • Pleadings (Petitions to Deny, Informal Objections, Oppositions, Replies, Supplements, Petitions for Reconsideration and Applications for Review) concerning applications submitted through CDBS or using the email procedures outlined in the Public Notice

Note that other filing types that had already transitioned to LMS, including FM and FM NCE applications for CPs, must continue to be submitted using LMS.

Media Bureau staff will be entering all pertinent information from the above types of emailed filings into CDBS, the FCC said. “Since this will be a manual process, it may take 1–2 business days to receive a confirmation of your filing.”

The FCC noted that informal filings, such as requests for Special Temporary Authority or Silent Station Notifications, submitted by letter may still be submitted in PDF or Word format.

The majority of applications and submissions have already transitioned from CDBS to LMS. The FCC launched its e-filing LMS forms system for TV licensees in late 2014. The transition for radio broadcasters began in May 2019 with radio station renewal applications.

The FCC says the public will continue to have access to CDBS for public searches and CDBS data files.

Additional information about the LMS system and which filings are supported by LMS can be found at the Media Bureau’s LMS Help Center.

One leading consultant, Gary Cavell of Cavell Mertz & Associates, told Radio World, “Based upon what the Public Notice outlined, the interim procedure for non-LMS filings should be relatively painless. My only long term concern is having continued access to some of the historical data and filing attachments that were a part of CDBS, but I understand that the FCC is aware of the need.”

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A Quarter-Century Of Service for Sun & Fun

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 11:15

Since 1996 it has offered radio stations products and services it believes can lead to better sales, improved ratings and reduced expenses for 100% barter.

Now, Sun & Fun Media is having a little fun itself, as it officially celebrates 25 years of operations.

The Orlando-based network radio was founded by CEO Rob Koblasz. Today Sun & Fun serves more than 1,400 stations across the U.S.

For those unfamiliar with Sun & Fun Media, the company has established itself as a radio industry supplier of products and services needed by radio stations for barter — including vacations, incentives, gift cards, vehicle wraps, branded station merchandise, bill pay for NTR events, television and billboard advertising for stations, research, consultants, transmitters and other equipment, and even software.

The company has even paid electric bills on barter, Koblasz says.

His company has even worked with large radio groups to cover costs for corporate managerial meetings and office holiday parties.

Among those saluting Sun & Fun on its 25 years is SummitMedia/Omaha President Rick Parrish, who calls it “a terrific company to work with to find incentives for your sales team or vacations and trips for on-air giveaways.”

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Hubbard Seeks FCC Approval For WNYT Upgrade

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 10:59

In March 1980, Viacom purchased its second broadcast TV station, a CBS affiliate serving the Capital District of New York. By October 1981, it swapped network affiliations with one of the world’s first color TV stations, with WAST-13 becoming WNYT. 

The NBC affiliate serving Albany-Schenectady-Troy has been the market’s NBC affiliate ever since, and a Hubbard Broadcasting property since a June 1996 asset swap that gave WTOG-44 in Tampa-St. Petersburg to Viacom in exchange of WNYT and WHEC-10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Today, WNYT serves New York’s capital region with a digital VHF signal. Hubbard wants it to move to a more powerful digital UHF signal, while keeping its PSIP. Before such a decision is made at the FCC, it is seeking public comment on the request.

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Introducing the Audio Intelligence Summit

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 10:30

The goal is to make it an annual event, hosted by Veritonic, a company focused on technology offering brands, publishers, and agencies with the data they need “to optimize their omni-channel audio investments across podcasts, streaming audio, broadcast radio, audiobooks, and video.”

And, it is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 in New York.

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Marketing Analytics Platform LeadsRx Is Sold

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 09:59

A Saas platform that was created in 2015 in Portland, Ore., with the intent of helping marketers understand the value of each customer touchpoint across radio, TV, podcasts, streaming services, digital and other advertising channels has been acquired by a Canadian “convergence intelligence platform” for small and mid-size businesses founded in Vancouver, B.C.

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Sinclair OKs NBC, FOX Affiliation Renewals

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 17:15

Sinclair Broadcast Group has entered into multi-year renewals of the NBC affiliations and Fox affiliations in a total of 20 Sinclair markets.

Agreements with NBC include affiliates in San Antonio, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Providence-New Bedford, RI; Toledo, OH; Syracuse, NY; Tri-Cities, TN-VA; Johnstown-Altoona-State College, PA; Tallahassee, FL-Thomasville, GA; Traverse City-Cadillac, MI; Missoula, MT; Wheeling-Steubenville, OH; and Butte-Bozeman, MT.

Agreements with Fox include affiliates in Bakersfield, CA; Chattanooga, TN; Corpus Christi, TX; Fresno/Visalia, CA; Lincoln, NE; Macon, GA; Omaha, NE; Sioux City, IA; Tallahassee, FL; and Wheeling, WV/ Steubenville, OH.

The NBC affiliations were also renewed by Sinclair partners in four markets that Sinclair provides sales and other services to under a joint sales agreement or master service agreement: Cunningham Broadcasting Group, the licensee of KRNV, a station in Reno, NV; Deerfield Media, the licensee of WPMI in Mobile-Pensacola; Howard Stirk Holdings, the licensee of WEYI in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI; and Roberts Media, the licensee of KMTR, KMCB and KTCW in Eugene, OR.

The Fox affiliations were also renewed by Sinclair partners in seven markets that Sinclair provides sales and other services to under a joint sales agreement or master service agreement: Cunningham Broadcasting Group, the licensee of KCVU, a station in Chico-Redding, CA, KBVU in Eureka, CA, WYDO in Greenville-New Bern-Washington, NC, WPFO in Portland, ME and WEMT in Tri-Cities, TN-VA; New Age Media, the licensee of WOLF in Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, PA; and GoCom Media of Illinois, the licensee of WRSP in Champaign & Springfield-Decatur, IL.

The 30 renewed markets serve approximately 11 million households.

Will Bell, Sinclair’s VP/Head of Distribution and Network Relations, commented, “We are pleased to renew our agreements with NBC and Fox on terms that are fair to all parties in this evolving media landscape. We look forward to continuing to work with both NBC and Fox in providing the popular news, sports, and other entertainment programming that viewers highly value.”

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CBS Stations Get A ‘Local News Innovation Lab’

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 16:10

DALLAS — A “local news innovation lab” is in the works for CBS Stations. And, it is ViacomCBS’s owned-and-operated CBS station serving North Texas that is taking the responsibility of housing it and building the “home of a curated team who will be empowered to experiment with next-generation storytelling.”

How does CBS define that?

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Good News: A Phoenix LPTV Property Is Sold

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:45

In mid-December, the leaders of Spanish Independent Broadcast Network opted to part ways with its low-power television station serving the Valley of the Sun.

Who’s the buyer? It’s the same entity that two years ago snagged a LPTV facility serving the Verde Valley, home to towns such as Jerome and Sedona, Ariz.

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Triad Takes Two AMs, And A FM Translator, From Curtis

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:45

A pair of licensees tied to North Carolina-based Curtis Media Group have agreed to spin a pair of AM radio stations, and one FM translator, to another media company operating in the state.

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Russia Continues Campaign to Silence Media, RFE/RL Says

Radio World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:36

While meetings take place between the United States, Russia and other organizations to discuss Russia’s aggressive posture along Ukraine’s borders, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty says Russia is continuing a campaign to silence independent media and drive RFE/RL out of the country.

“In concert with the threat posed by the 100,000 soldiers Russia has deployed along Ukraine’s borders,” said RFE/RL President Jamie Fly in a press release, “Russia’s bullying actions against independent journalism have also intensified. RFE/RL will continue to provide the Russian people with the news and information they need to hold their government accountable.”

RFE/RL said that on Dec. 3, four current and former RFE/RL journalists were named foreign agents, and on Dec. 30, Russia named two more RFE/RL journalists along with others as individual media foreign agents. The organization said this designation makes the journalists subject to onerous and invasive financial reporting requirements and forces them to add lengthy, legally mandated labels of their “foreign agent” status to all electronic communications or posted content.

These additions bring the number of individuals named to the Justice Ministry’s media “foreign agent” list to 75, and another 36 media organizations are also labeled as foreign agents.

RFE/RL said, due to its refusal to submit to the labeling provisions, Russia’s communications regulator has issued another series of violation protocols against RFE/RL, the eighth since the beginning of last year. RFE/RL now faces a total of some 1 billion rubles (US$13.4 million) in fines, which it continues to fight in Russian court. It has also filed suit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the law.

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With No Sohn Vote Likely, Senate Confirms Biden NTIA Pick

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:30

With hours ticking on the current Congressional legislative session and the White House sticking with its selection of Gigi Sohn to serve as a Commissioner on the FCC, it appears more and more likely that the agency will have a 2-2 deadlock on all votes for the foreseeable future. Opposition to Sohn remains strong.

In contrast, the Biden Administration’s nominee to serve in a National Telecommunications and Information Administration post, once seen as equally controversial given his “net neutrality” stance, was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate.

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The InFOCUS Podcast: Bruce Swail

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:25

Among the broadcast media tech players eager to meet and greet radio and TV engineers and C-Suite leaders at the 2022 NAB Show, scheduled for late April, is GatesAir.

In late October 2021, GatesAir added audio processing to its Intraplex IP and Cloud Transport products. For those asked to sign off on a purchase order, cost savings is certainly a big selling point when it comes to auxiliary equipment. But, how does CEO Bruce Swail explain to the C-Suite executive who may not understand what this technology advancement brings to broadcast media means in layman’s terms?

He answers this and questions tied to the topics of supply chain concerns and broadcast media cybersecurity in the upcoming Winter 2022 RBR+TVBR Special Report, our all-new magazine that offers, for the first time, Broadcast Media’s Top Tech Leaders.

This podcast interview with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson offers a sneak peek at what Swail has to say in the all-new Special Report.

Listen to “The InFOCUS Podcast: Bruce Swail” on Spreaker.

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These Stations Are at Risk of Losing Their Licenses

Radio World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:07

Nineteen radio station licenses — located in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii — will expire on Feb. 1 unless the Federal Communications Commission hears from them.

The FCC has listed stations that were required to fill applications for license renewal by Oct. 1 of 2021 in those states. These 19 stations did not; the list includes full-power stations, low-power FMs and translators.

Each license will expire if no renewal application is received by Feb. 1.

Call sign Community of License Facility ID Licensee KANC Anchorage, AK 198674 Adventist Radio Alaska Corp. KAUG Anchorage, AK 165582 Anchorage School District K282AW Eagle River, AK 139588 MCC Radio LLC KGKR-LP Galena, AK 193373 Galena Seventh-day Adventist Church K296EL Glennallen, AK 73922 Greater Copper Valley Communications Inc. KOGB McGrath, AK 176402 Blessed Hope Baptist Mission K264AV Waimea, HI 152955 WP Media Lending LLC KSEP-LP Brookings, OR 135276 Anchor Network KGMW-LP Chiloquin, OR 192288 Klamath County School District KZZF-LP Klamath Falls, OR 135243 Jesus Radio Inc. KTOD-LP Lakeview, OR 135707 Hope for Today Broadcasting Inc. KLYC McMinnville, OR 6322 Promedia Partners LLC KEZX Medford, OR 23032 Opus Broadcasting Systems Inc. K290BD Omak, WA 148938 Divine Mercy Broadcasting KDXB-LP Seattle, WA 192777 KMIH.org Radio Booster Club K207DC Tonasket & Oroville, WA 49263 North Okanogan Christian Translator KYNR Toppenish, WA 24586 Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation KNLI-LP Waller, WA 197066 Northwest Leadership Foundation KWEW-LP Wenatchee, WA 135720 Wenatchee Youth Radio

 

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Vitec Will Acquire Audix

Radio World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 14:28

Vitec Imaging Solutions, part of U.K.-based The Vitec Group, will acquire U.S. mic maker Audix.

Audix makes mics for studio and live performance audio. “As part of the Vitec family, the Audix team and facility in Oregon will become Vitec Imaging Solutions’ Audio R&D Centre of Excellence, enabling the acceleration of in-house microphone product design, development and manufacturing across all Vitec audio brands,” Vitec announced, saying the acquisition should close soon.

“With the acquisition of Audix, Vitec’s audio capture strategy is now structured around three core brands that cover all growth segments of the $1 billion microphone market.” Those brands are Audix, Rycote and JOBY.

Audix will open its manufacturing facility to the rest of Vitec’s audio brands.

Vitec employs around 2,000 people in 11 countries; it is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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Broadcasters Again Push Back on Foreign Government ID

Radio World - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 14:17

The legal tug of war continues between the Federal Communications Commission and several broadcast organizations over the new rule about disclosing when programs are sponsored by foreign governments.

At issue is the FCC’s order, adopted last April, requiring that U.S. radio and TV stations disclose when foreign governments lease air time. All four commissioners voted yes, saying the change would ensure that audiences are aware when a foreign government or its representatives use the airwaves to persuade the public.

The National Association of Broadcasters, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters earlier had asked a federal appeals court to put a stay on the order pending judicial review. The FCC opposed their request.

[Related: FCC Denies NAB Stay Petition on Foreign-Sponsorship ID Rules]

Now NAB, MMTC and NABOB have filed a reply brief, reiterating their arguments that the FCC doesn’t have authority for this requirement under the Communications Act and the First Amendment, that it would be an undue burden and that broadcasters face imminent, irreparable harm unless the court pauses the FCC action.

They criticize the regulation for its “extraordinary reach and sheer pointlessness” and call it a “content-based compulsion of speech.” They repeated their arguments that a broadcaster would have to conduct an investigation of “every programming lease, even commercial and local programming (since virtually every lessee will deny, virtually always truthfully, that it or another person in the production or distribution chain is a foreign governmental entity, thus triggering the duty to investigate).” And they say the whole rule is in place to solve a “phantom harm never known to occur.”

Read the brief.

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Ponimoi Promoted Amid SummitMedia Oahu Layoffs

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 12:30

HONOLULU — SummitMedia LLC, owner of stations formerly part of the Cox Media Group family, has promoted its Local Sales Manager to the role of market President.

The elevation in duties comes amid widespread local media coverage of several high-profile layoffs across the Birmingham, Ala.-based company’s five radio stations serving O’ahu, higher elevations of Maui, and all of the Hawaiian Islands via Spectrum MVPD services.

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AdLarge, G Networks Announce Ad Sales Partnership

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 11:40

NEW YORK — One is a 10-year-old independent ad sales company connecting audio publishers, brands, and audiences. The other is a full-service network audio company offering sales, marketing, and affiliate products to some 4,000 affiliates that is a division of Gen Media Partners.

As of today, the two entities have forged an ad sales partnership.

With AdLarge and GMP’s G Networks combining sales networks, “a new dynamic and impressive ad sales powerhouse in network audio” has been created, the companies boast.

They also note that, in addition to continuing to represent top-tier content producers, AdLarge will oversee the management, sales, and fulfillment of the network audio ad sales inventory for both companies. G Networks will continue to offer and affiliate their programming and services through their existing affiliations team to radio stations across the U.S.

Warren Friedland, President of G Networks, comments. “AdLarge has a reputation for delivering innovative campaigns to help brands reach their media goals. AdLarge’s ad sales efforts coupled with our own extremely targeted networks will lead to a better return on investment for advertisers, brands, and agencies.”

Gary Schonfeld, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of AdLarge, adds, “This unique partnership will enhance our already robust ad sales networks, as well as generate greater critical mass and increased coverage of major markets. This is a win-win for the advertisers and the network audio community. The partnership with G Networks will greatly benefit the audio campaigns of our advertisers and agency partners.”

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From Sprint to Streaming For New Univision Division CMO

Radio+Television Business Report - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 11:25

He was widely known in the advertising industry for his five years as Chief Marketing Officer of Sprint, now a part of T-Mobile. From today, he’ll be getting new recognition as the first CMO of Streaming at Univision Communications.

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