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Eight Representatives, Senator Add LFRA Support
Eight Representatives and one Senator have joined as co-sponsors of a resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) now has 164 co-sponsors in More

LRFA Adds 14 Reps, Two Senators As Co-Sponsors
Fourteen Representatives and two Senators have joined as co-sponsors of a resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) now has 156 cosponsors More

Georgia Court Rules in Fovor of iHM in Streaming Case
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The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that iHeartMedia's streaming over the Internet are exempt from a Georgia statute that makes it illegal to transfer sound recordings without the owner's consent, reports the The Telegraph's Amy Leigh Womack. More

Entercom to Divest 14 in 7 Markets for Merger
The merger between Entercom and CBS Radio will result in Entercom exceeding the FCC's current ownership cap in seven of its markets. In a SEC filing, Entercom has proposed to divest, in connection with the closing of the merger, fourteen outlets in Boston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Wilkes More

Lineup Revealed for Westwood One Backstage at ACM
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Cumulus Media and Westwood One will feature an all-star lineup at Westwood One Backstage at the ACM Awards, a two-day showcase of backstage audio and video coverage leading up to the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 2. Westwood One Backstage at the ACM Awards will feature private backstage More

New South Radio Adds WHJT/Jackson for $600K
New South Radio expands its holdings and has agreed to acquire 6kW Christian CHR WHJT-FM (Star 93.5)/Jackson, MS, from Mississippi College for $600,000 cash at closing. New South Radio also owns WIIN-AM, WJKK-FM, WSFZ-AM, WUSJ-FM and WYOY-FM in Jackson. Greg Guy and Jason James of Patrick Communications brokered the deal for More

iHM Introduces SmartAudio Digital Data Ad Product
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iHeartMedia introduced its SmartAudio digital data advertising product, an added feature of its programmatic solution, Wednesday night at its "SoundFront" advertising industry event. SmartAudio uses iHM's programmatic solution to help advertisers evaluate, plan and buy broadcast radio, enabling them to build campaigns that More

Cumulus Q4 Net Revenue Declines 3%, Loss Widens
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Cumulus Media reported fourth quarter net revenue declined 3% to $299.5 million from $308.8 million in 2105. Adjusted EBITDA fell 9.8% to $56.9 million from $63 million. Net revenue for its radio station group totaled $209.7 million, while Westwood One net revenues totaled $89.1 million. The company posted a net loss of $543.7 More

Triton Digital Releases the January Top 20 Ranker
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Triton Digital has released its monthly Top 20 Ranker for January. The Ranker is a listing of the top-performing digital audio stations and networks measured by the Webcast Metrics audience measurement platform, accredited by the Media Rating Council. Total listening for clients measured in January showed 4.93 million Average More

TagStation, Nielsen Ink NextRadio Data Evaluation
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TagStation LLC and Nielsen have reached an agreement to evaluate TagStation's NextRadio data. The NextRadio app delivers over-the-air FM broadcasts to the consumer's smartphone and captures data about a radio station's listeners. TagStation and Nielsen will explore methods to incorporate NextRadio listening data into Nielsen's More

Townsquare Q4 Net Revenue Up 5.8%, Earnings Rise
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Townsquare Media reported fourth quarter net revenue increased 5.8% to $119.5 million from $113 million in 2015. Local Marketing Solutions net revenue was up 5.1%, to $91.3 million and Entertainment net revenue grew 8% to $28.2 million. Excluding political revenue, net revenue increased 2.7% to $114.2 million and Local More

Nielsen Removes PPM Household Over Stream Issue
Nielsen Audio has removed a PPM panelist in Tampa from its February, 2017 PPM results after consultant Randy Kabrich voiced concerns over streaming ratings for Beasley's Spanish CHR WYUU-FM (92.5 Maxima)/Tampa that seemed too high. It seems that for the first time ever, a stream (WYUU) was number one in persons 18-34 in Tampa, More

Smart Speakers Make Debut in 2017 Infinite Dial
The 2017 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research and Triton Digital was unveiled on Thursday revealing the latest research around digital audio, social media, mobile, smart speakers and podcast consumption. The 2017 study, the latest report in a series dating back to 1998, has introduced coverage of "Smart Speakers," a category More

Bonneville Sells KMVP-AM/Phoenix to Farmworker
Bonneville International Corp. has agreed to sell 0.94kW Gospel KMVP-AM (860) in Phoenix to Farmworker Educational Radio Network Inc. Terms were not immediately disclosed. FERN is a California corporation that owns and operates stations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Washington. Bonneville is a Utah corporation that also More

Familiarity With Podcasting Grows By 22% in 2 Years
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Americans' familiarity with the term "podcasting" had been relatively flat for several years, with very little movement from 2009 until 2015, according to The Infinite Dial 2017 from Edison Research in partnership with Triton Digital. Last year, however, the firms observed the biggest jump in awareness since 2008-2009, and this More

Radio One Q4 Net Revenues Up 3.8%, Loss Narrows
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Radio One reported net revenue for the fourth quarter grew 3.8% to $113.6 million from $109.3 million in 2015. Broadcast and Internet operating income increased 5.9% to $43.1 million, while operating income (OI) was $17.1 million as compared to an operating loss of $11.3 million. The company posted a net loss was approximately More

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