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Cox Enterprises to Sell Radio Portfolio, CoxReps and Gamut
Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group
Cox Enterprises has reached an agreement to sell Cox Media Group's radio station portfolio as well as its CoxReps and Gamut national advertising businesses to a new broadcasting company that is substantially owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC. The transaction will expand the new company, More

NAB Asks FCC to Clarify Radio Regulatory Fee Increases
NAB
NAB
With the passage of the 2018 Ray Baum's Act, Congress intended to better calibrate the regulatory fee system in line with the "benefits provided to the payor of the fees," NAB wrote a reply comments filing with the FCC. NAB is now calling on the Commission to provide further explanation for the unusual increase in proposed regulatory More

NAB Submits Comments to FCC Over Fee Increases for Radio
NAB
NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) submitted comments on Friday to the FCC in response to the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2019. NAB claims the NPRM proposes "extraordinary" regulatory fee increases for radio stations for Fiscal Year 2019, while providing little or no More

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NAB: Opposing Ownership Reform is Fundamentally Backward
NAB
NAB
In a filing with the FCC regarding the agency's 2018 Quadrennial Regulatory Review, NAB says "the comments submitted by those parties opposing reform of the FCC's local radio and TV ownership rules are fundamentally backward." Commenters against relaxation of the ownership restrictions argue that the Commission, in reviewing its radio More

Cumulus Media Seeks Foreign Ownership Ruling From FCC
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media has filed a petition with the FCC seeking a declaratory ruling requesting that the agency find it would serve the public interest to permit up to a 100 percent aggregate foreign investment (voting and equity) in Cumulus Media Inc., which is a Delaware corporation. Cumulus filed the More

University of Evansville Agrees to Sell WUEV-FM to WAY-FM
WAY Media
WAY Media
After an almost two-year review, the University of Evansville has announced the sale of its radio broadcast outlet 6.1kW WEUV-FM (91.5) to Christian radio broadcaster WAY Media (WAY-FM). WUEV will remain operational during the transition period, at which time More

Alpha Media Adds KEYU-FM to Cluster in Amarillo TX
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
Alpha Media has agreed to acquire 100kW Spanish KEYU-FM (102.9)/Amarillo, TX from Atlanta-based Gray Television. Terms were not immmediately disclosed. A contract has been signed and an application is being filed with the FCC for the transfer. The buyer, Alpha Media, is an Oregon-based company More

U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Passes the PIRATE Act
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously passed the PIRATE Act. The move follows a letter sent last week from broadcaster associations in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer urging the Senate to pass the Act, which would provide the FCC with new More

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FCC Improves Translator Interference Complaint Process
FCC
FCC
The FCC has adopted a Report and Order meant to streamline and improve the FM translator interference complaint and resolution process. The Commission noted that the increasing number of FM translator stations, as well as their growing economic importance for AM More

50 State Broadcasters Associations Urge PIRATE Act Passage
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
A letter was sent Tuesday from broadcaster associations in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer urging the Senate to pass the PIRATE Act, which would provide the FCC with new enforcement tools to combat illegal pirate radio operations. The PIRATE Act, More

NABOB Comments Ask FCC to Retain Existing Ownership Rules
NABOB
NABOB
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) has filed comments in the FCC's 2018 Quadrennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules. NABOB stated that "any change in the local radio ownership rule to allow increased consolidation will have a More

NAB Files Comments with the FCC Over Ownership Review
NAB
NAB
NAB has filed comments with the FCC in response to the Commission's quadrennial ownership review NPRM. The trade group's comments focus on the local radio and TV rules, arguing that the FCC must define the media and advertising markets much more broadly than in the past. NAB also said that digital More

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WTOP/Washington DC Remains Top Biller at $69M in 2018
Digital advertising platforms at local radio outlets led revenue growth across the industry again last year, according to the first quarter edition of BIA Advisory Services' 2019 Investing In Radio Market Report. While over-the-air advertising remained flat $13.3 billion (down 1.6% from $13.5 in More

FCC Approves iHeartMedia Assignment, Transfer Applications
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has approved the assignment and transfer of control applications filed by wholly-owned subsidiaries of iHeartMedia, Debtor-in-Possession, ruling that the moves will serve the public interest. The Assignment Applications and one Transfer More

iHM, Aloha Trust Enter Station Exchange with Connoisseur Media
iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia and the Aloha Trust have entered into a strategic station exchange with Connoisseur Media across two U.S. markets. Under the agreement, iHeartMedia will acquire six radio stations from Connoisseur Media in Erie, PA and one in Mina, NY and Connoisseur Media will acquire two stations from More

NAB Show to Feature FCC's Pai, O'Rielly, Carr and Starks
NAB Show
NAB Show
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O'Rielly, Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks will participate in two separate sessions at NAB Show, held April 6-11 in Las Vegas. Chairman Pai will offer remarks at the NAB: We Are Broadcasters Celebration on Tuesday, More

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WSOU-FM/New York: The student-run radio station at Seton Hall University, set a new record for donations to its annual clothing drive for the Our Lady of the Sioux Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The station collected enough clothing to fill 14 large boxes with clothes for all ages and all seasons. L-R: Sports Director Dalton Allison, Staff Rep Kaleigh Diamond, News Director Bob Towey, Technical Operations Director Jillian Fitzpatrick and Assistant News Director Ronald Castaneda.

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