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Former RAB President/CEO Gary Fries Dead at 76
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Gary Fries
Sad to report that former Radio Adevertising Bureau (RAB) President/CEO Gary Fries has died. He passed away early Friday at age 76. "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend and colleague, Gary Fries," said RAB President/CEO Erica Farber in a statement. Following his departure from the RAB More

FCC Chairman Pai Statement on Hurricane Maria
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released the following statement regarding Hurricane Maria: "Hurricane Maria has had a catastrophic impact on Puerto Rico's communications networks. For example, over 95% of Puerto Rico's wireless cell sites are currently out of service. The FCC is proactively reaching out to communications More

David Dean Named KWNR/Las Vegas Program Director
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David Dean
iHeartMedia Las Vegas appoints David Dean as Program Director for KWNR-FM (95.5 The Bull), effective immediately. Dean joins the Country outlet from New Orleans, where he most recently served as Program Director for co-owned Country WNOE-FM. He's also previously served as the Assistant PD for sister WTQR-FM (Q104.1) More

Neuhoff Teams with Triton Digital and Omny Studio
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Neuhoff Communications adds the podcast management solution by Triton Digital and Omny Studio to power their on-demand content strategy. Under the partnership, Neuhoff will utilize Omny Studio's podcasting platform to capture, edit and distribute on-demand content. In addition, Neuhoff will use the Omny Studio integration with More

UCI, reVolver Team for Spanish Language Podcasts
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Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and reVolver Podcasts have announced a strategic partnership to bring listeners and partners more Spanish-language audio content and expanded advertising opportunities. reVolver Studios will produce custom content for UCI, using the company's portfolio of brands and talent, while allowing it More

Cox Names Gunther MVP/Tulsa, Lawrie MVP/Jacksonville
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Cathy Gunther and Dan Lawrie
Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Cathy Gunther as Market Vice President for Tulsa, Okla. and Dan Lawrie as Market Vice President for Jacksonville, Fla., effective immediately. These appointments are part of CMG's converging markets with multiple media platforms to strengthen news, sales and operational collaboration. "Both More

Dave Ramsey to Host the NRHoF Induction Ceremony
Syndicated radio personality, author, personal money management expert and National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Dave Ramsey will host the 29th Annual NRHoF induction ceremony and celebration. Additionally, a commercial free audio feed of the event will be provided by TuneIn. The 2017 inductees include Tom Barnard, Bobby Bones, More

Red Zebra Closes on Sale of WSPZ/Washington DC
Red Zebra Broadcasting has closed on its previously announced sale of 5kW day/1kW night WSPZ-AM (Sports/Talk 570) Bethesda, MD (serving Washington, DC, currently ranked as radio market #7) to AM 570 LLC for $2.1 million. Edward Atsinger serves as Managing Member of AM 570. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications brokered the deal More

Indians, iHM Cleveland Agree to Multi-Year Deal
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The Cleveland Indians and iHeartMedia ink a multi-year agreement for WTAM-AM and WMMS-FM to continue as the "Flagship Home of the Cleveland Indians" through at least 2023. As part of the deal, WTAM will air all regular season games and WMMS will simulcast the majority of Indians games. iHM Cleveland will also air 15 live Spring More

John Ludwig Joins Adams Radio Salisbury-Ocean City
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John Ludwig
Adams Radio Group hires radio veteran John Ludwig as a Senior Account Manager representing the Adams cluster of stations in Salisbury-Ocean City. Ludwig comes to Adams from Entercom Portland where he has spent the past 13 years as a sales consultant. Born in Newport Beach, CA, and raised on the West Coast, he began his career More

CBS Radio, Entercom Enter Into Merger Amendment
In an 8K filing with the SEC, Entercom Communications, CBS Corp. and CBS Radio Inc. entered into an amendment to its merger plan announced last February. Under the merger agreement, CBS Radio and Entercom were to request the registration statement required to be filed by each to be declared effective by the SEC as soon as More

Chairman Pai, Commissioner Clyburn to Visit Florida
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will be in Florida on Monday, September 18. They will jointly inspect the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, meet with those engaged in recovery operations, and receive updates about the ongoing efforts to restore communications services. "Hurricane Irma has had a serious More

Saga Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.30
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Saga Communications announced Wednesday that its board of directors have declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share. The dividend will be paid on October 13, 2017 to shareholders of record on September 25. The amount of the payment to be made in connection with the quarterly dividend will be about $1.8 million. The More

Gordon Smith Extends NAB Contract Through 2023
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Gordon Smith
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in the position until March 31, 2023, NAB Joint Board Chair Caroline Beasley announced today. Smith joined NAB in November 2009 and oversees the advocacy efforts of thousands of local radio and television stations across America. He More

Salem Media Declares Quarterly Cash Distribution
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Salem Media Group announced Tuesday that its board of directors had declared a cash distribution for the third quarter of 2017 in the amount of $0.0650 per share. The cash distribution will be paid on September 29, 2017 to all Class A and Class B common stockholders of record as of September More

NAB Applauds Senate's Passage of the SANDy Act
The U.S. Senate has passed the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act (SANDy Act, named for Superstorm Sandy), legislation to help ensure the resiliency of the nation's communications networks during emergencies. During and after Sandy there was a major breakdown of telecommunications networks, including cellular and More

FCC Denies Stolz Petition in ETM Sacramento Renewal
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The Media Bureau has denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed on February 17, 2017, by Edward Stolz II seeking reconsideration of the Bureau's Letter Decision denying Stolz's informal objections and granting Entercom Communications license renewal of five stations in Sacramento for the license terms ending December 1, 2005 More

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