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Report: Smart Speaker Devices in Homes Climb 78% YOY
The number of smart speaker devices in homes were up 78% Year-over-Year, according to the Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research which was presented last week at Consumer Electronics Show. It was no surprise that voice-activated technology was prominently More

Westwood One Expands ROI Guarantee With C3 Metrics
Westwood One and C3 Metrics
Westwood One and C3 Metrics
C3 Metrics, a cross-channel advertising measurement company, has entered into an agreement with Westwood One to expand WWO's ROI Guarantee by providing the first national radio attribution measurement. Under the deal, Westwood One will utilize the proprietary C3 Metrics Outcome Currency (BOS Score) More

Emmis Fiscal Q3 Radio Revs Down 15.6%, Earnings Up
Emmis Communications
Emmis Communications
Emmis Communications reported radio net revenues for the third fiscal quarter ending November 30 were $28.7 million, down from $34 million in the prior year. Total revenues declined from $35.3 million to $30.3 million. Operating income fell to $2.9 million from $3.9 million. Station operating More

Cochise Broadcasting Closes on Buy of KNXN Sierra Vista AZ
Kalil & Co.
Kalil & Co.
Cochise Broadcasting has closed on its acquisition of 2.5kW Religious KNXN-AM (1470) Sierra Vista, AZ from Good News Communications. The station also serves Huachuca City, Tombstone and Bisbee and puts a fringe signal into Tucson. Good News Communications is an Arizona-based company headed by Doug More

Radio Ads, In-Car Visuals Generate Increased Brand Effect
Westwood One
Westwood One
The combination of the in-car visual with the over-the-air radio ad generates a major improvement in advertising recall and impact. The latest Westwood One blog post looks at the results from a MARU/Vision Critical study, commissioned by Westwood One, which looks at consumers with vehicles More

ESPN's Podcast Measurement is Now Certified by IAB
ESPN Audio
ESPN Audio
ESPN's podcast measurement vendor Blubrry has announced in coordination with the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) that its measurement system, which ESPN uses, is now certified as compliant with the IAB guidelines, ensuring accuracy in quantifying downloads More

Survey Finds Smart Speakers Growth Up 78% Year Over Year
NPR Edison Research
NPR Edison Research
The latest survey from NPR and Edison Research, conducted after the December 2018 holidays, confirms continued increases in the U.S. voice-activated smart speaker market. 53 million adults 18+ in the U.S., or 21% of the population, now own at least one smart speaker, and the total number of devices More

2018 M&A's Post Second-largest Deal Volume Since 2008
S & P Market Intelligence
S & P Market Intelligence
U.S. broadcast station mergers and acquisitions volume reached $4.31 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, as tracked by Kagan. The top radio deal of the fourth quarter was Hubbard Radio LLC's $88 million purchase of Alpha Media LLC. It also ranked as the second-largest radio deal of 2018, topped More

U.S. Senate Confirms Geoffrey Starks, Brendan Carr to FCC
Geoffrey Starks
Geoffrey Starks
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Geoffrey Starks as an FCC Commissioner and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to a full term. President Trump nominated Starks to fill the FCC seat occupied by Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, who announced in April, 2018 she would leave the Commission. Her term officially ended More

Missing Data Prompts Nielsen to Re-issue Dec PPM Results
Nielsen
Nielsen
Nielsen began re-issuing PPM monthly results on Monday, December 31 with re-stated audience estimates for the first 24 markets that were issued last week (December 26, 27), along with the remaining 24 unreleased markets. The ratings had reportedly been under More

VCY America Closes on KCCF Phoenix, Potomac on DC/VA Duo
Kalil & Company
Kalil & Company
VCY America has closed on its previously announced acquisition of non-commercial 22.5kW KCCF-FM (88.3)/Phoenix from Cesar Chavez Foundation. CCF is a California-based company headed by Paul Chavez. VCY America, is a Wisconsin-based company headed by Jim Schneider. VCY currently owns 25 full power More

Report: New York Market Radio's Digital Advantage
New York Market Radio
New York Market Radio
According to a report from New York Market Radio (NYMRAD), broadcast radio reaches 13.2 million adults 18+ in the New York metro each week. That's a greater weekly reach than broadcast TV, non-premium cable or newspapers. It's even more than Facebook or Google More

FCC to Suspend Most Operations Thursday Over Shutdown
In the event of a continued partial lapse in federal government funding, the Federal Communications Commission will suspend most operations in the middle of the day on Thursday, January 3. At that time, employees will have up to four hours to More

Aurora Media to Acquire Three in Escanaba MI for $400K
WYKS-FM
WYKS-FM
Aurora Media has agreed to acquire three stations in Escanaba, MI, from KMB Broadcasting for $400,000. Included in the deal are 100kW Country WYKX-FM (104.7), 6kW Nostalgia WDBC-AM (680) and 250W W233CT-FM (94.5). Aurora will began operating the outlets under a LMA on January 1. More

FCC Reports Findings for 2018 Nationwide WEA, EAS Tests
FCC
FCC
The FCC has provided an initial overview of the 2018 nationwide tests of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC on October 3. All participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) More

Report: New Year Resolutions Resonate with Radio Listeners
Westwood One
Westwood One
Radio listeners have a lot to say about their New Year resolutions, and a lot of it plays out by age, format, and gender reports Westwood One. According a recent national study among 377 respondents, conducted by Maru/Vision Critical between November 9-November 18, radio listeners are hot to get More

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Beasley Media Group: Beasley Media Group, in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, unveiled the winners of the Media Innovation Hackathon initiative at CES 2019. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, January 10 at the UNLV Office of Economic Development booth. L-R: Bruce Beasley, UNLV's Dr. Mary Croughan, CTA Senior Director of Innovation & Trends Ben Arnold, BMG's Buzz Knight, UNLV students Erick Serrano & Yuria Mann, UNLV's Zach Miles, UNLV Provost Diane Chase and Brian Beasley.