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Salem Media Group Agrees to Sell KGBI-FM/Omaha
Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group has agreed to sell 100kW Contemporary Christian KGBI-FM (100.7 The Fish)/Omaha, NE, to the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. The University of Northwestern-St. Paul also operates 20 non-commercial Christian CHR stations in the Midwest, including stations in Minneapolis and Duluth MN, Sioux Falls SD, Fargo and More

WWO Urges All Stations to Register C Band Downlinks
Photo credit: MBA
Photo credit: MBA
Westwood One is urging all major commercial broadcast radio outlets to register their existing C Band downlinks with the FCC before the Commission evaluates the 3.7-4.2 Ghz C Band for added mobile broadband data services. The company says that these potential additional services could create "insurmountable interference" to programming More

FCC Addresses FM Translator Interference Complaint Policies
FCC
FCC
The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to streamline FM translator interference complaint and remediation procedures. FM translators simultaneously rebroadcast the signal of a primary AM or FM station or another FM translator signal on a different frequency. Currently, as secondary stations, translators are required to More

Bill Would Up Pirate Radio Fines from $10K to $100K
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, has announced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) designed to combat unlawful broadcasting -- often called "pirate radio" -- by increasing fines and enforcement. New Jersey has one of the largest concentrations of More

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to Exit Agency
FCC Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has announced she would leave the agency on Tuesday, stepping down after eight years in the post. Clyburn was nominated by former President Obama and joined the five-member panel in 2009. She plans to exit before the Commission's next Open Meeting scheduled for May 10. Her time at the More

FCC's Ramped Up ''Pirate Radio'' Enforcement Yields Results
FCC
FCC
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says significant progress has been made as a result of the Commission's renewed commitment to combating unlawful broadcasting -- often called "pirate radio." The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has cracked down on this illegal activity, resulting in unlawful broadcasts going off the air, seizure of equipment, More

Gordon Smith Delivers Keynote at 2018 NAB Show
Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith delivered the annual NAB State of the Industry address during the 2018 NAB Show. He noted that NAB has been around for nearly as long as broadcasting itself -- created nearly a century ago with the intent to tell broadcasters' story and to support their mission. "And that mission is to always More

Atlanta Catholic Radio to Acquire WCFO/Atlanta
WCFO-AM
WCFO-AM
Atlanta Catholic Radio Inc. has agreed to acquire News/Talk WCFO-AM/Atlanta (licensed to East Point, GA) from JW Broadcasting Inc. for a total purchase price of $750,000, subject to FCC approval. WCFO is a 50kW daytime directional signal at 1160 mHz. The station will drop its "The Talk of the Town" slogan for Religious More

Cumulus Q4 Net Revenue Down 1.9%, Loss Narrows
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media reported fourth quarter net revenue of $293.9 million, down 1.9% from $299.5 million in 2016. The company's radio group produced 68.7% of revenue, while 31.2% was generated by its Westwood One unit. Adjusted EBITDA fell 12.3% to $49.9 million from $56.8 million. The company posted a net loss of $206.1 million More

Beasley Enters into $15,000 Consent Decree with FCC
The FCC has adopted a Consent Decree resolving unauthorized pro forma assignments and transfers of various broadcast licenses held by Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. The company agreed to make a make a $15,000 civil penalty payment to the U.S. Treasury and undertake a three-year compliance plan to prevent future similar More

Cumulus to Divest Four, Responds to Plan Objections
Cumulus Media has filed plans with the FCC to divest four medium and small market outlets in order to bring it into compliance with the agency's ownership rules, while seeking to gain the Commission's approval of its bankruptcy reorganization plan. In the filing, Cumulus said it "currently holds a grandfathered attributable More

Equipment Seized From Two Illegal Boston Stations
FCC
FCC
Radio transmission equipment from two radio stations that were operating illegally in Boston was seized on Monday, March 26. According to court documents unsealed today, "Big City," which aired at times on 100.3 FM, 105.3 FM, and 101.3 FM, from Dorchester, with a studio in Roxbury, and "B87.7 FM," which operated on 87.7 FM More

NABEF Accepting Applications for Leadership Programs
The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) is currently accepting applications for two leadership development programs: Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) and the Management Development Seminar (MDS). The BLT program is designed to prepare senior-level broadcasters to advance into ownership or executive positions. MDS provides More

Salem Media Group Buys KZTS-FM/Little Rock for $1.1M
Salem Media Group has agreed to purchase 850w Urban KZTS-FM (Streets 101)/Little Rock from Flinn Broadcasting Corporation, pending FCC approval. The purchase price is $1.1 million. California-based Salem Media Group owns 115 radio outlets, and is also an Internet content provider, magazine and book publisher for Christian More

Report: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Turns Down NRA Award
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, turned down an NRA gun award he received at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, citing the advice of ethics officials at his agency, reports Politico. The NRA named Pai the recipient of the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award at CPAC for his efforts to repeal More

Emmis' Ellis, Thomson to Speak at MFM CFO Summit
Elizabeth Ellis
Elizabeth Ellis
Elizabeth Ellis (pictured), Vice President, & Corporate Counsel for Emmis Communications, and Traci Thomson, the company's Vice President of Human Resources, will lead a discussion of the top legal and workplace issues currently facing media companies at the Media Financial Management Association's (MFM's) 2018 CFO Summit. More

Changes & Moves
Melissa Forman
Melissa Forman
Melissa Forman returns to WLIT-FM (93.9 Lite FM) Chicago as morning host weekdays from 61-10am, effective May 29.Forman, a Chicago native, hosted mornings on the More

Quick Snaps
Premiere Networks: CMT personality Cody Alan covered the sold-out 2nd Responders benefit concert featuring Brad Paisley and television host Ellen DeGeneres. Proceeds from the concert held at the Santa Barbara Bowl will help support the recovery effort for second responders, businesses and communities who were impacted by the December Thomas Fire and January mudslides in Montecito.