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FCC Denies Listener Objection to $60 Million LMN Acquisition
Latino Media Network
Latino Media Network
An attempt by Miami listener Pedro Roig to stop the $60 million purchase of 18 radio stations from TelevisaUnivision has been denied by the FCC's Audio Division. Latino Media Network, a new company founded by entrepreneurs Stephanie Valencia and Jess Morales Rocketto, agreed to acquire the 18 outlets in ten markets in an all cash More

Radio By Grace Supports Geo-Targeting in FCC Letter
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Radio By Grace, a religious broadcaster with stations in south Florida and Texas, has sent a letter to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel in support of the proposed rulemaking change for broadcast radio to include geo-targeting. It the letter from William Gehm, its president, he said, "We believe the pending proposal to permit FM More

IBBA Files Letter with FCC Supporting Geo-Targeting
International Black Broadcasters Association
International Black Broadcasters Association
Rob Neal of the International Black Broadcasters Association has filed a letter with the FCC adding the support of the IBBA to the chorus of voices from the minority broadcasting community supporting the proposal to permit FM broadcasters to provide hyper-local content using geotargeting booster technology. The IBBA joins the National More

NABOB Discontinues Support for Radio Geo-Targeting
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
NABOB President and CEO James L. Winston filed a letter with the FCC on October 27 notifying the agency that the NABOB Board of Directors voted 6 to 4 to discontinue its support of the proposed Commission rule amendment that would permit FM boosters to transmit separate content up to three minutes per hour. In response, Roberts More

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SMM Acquires 46 Pennsylvania Stations from Forever Media
Seven Mountains Media
Seven Mountains Media
Kristin Cantrell's Seven Mountains Media has agreed to acquire 34 stations and 12 translators in five Pennsylvania markets from her father Kerby Confer's Forever Media in a deal valued at $17.4 million, plus the assumption of debt. Included in the deal are stations in State College, Altoona, Johnstown, More

FCC Commissioner Starks Talks Radio Geo-Targeting
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said during an appearance on Thursday's National Newspaper Publishers Association's live morning news broadcast, "Let It Be Known," hosted by Senior National News Correspondent Stacy Brown with special guest NNPA President & CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr, that radio More

TX, CO Broadcasters Correct the Record about GBS Support
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Four broadcasters from Texas and Colorado have filed letters with the FCC requesting their names be removed as supporters of GeoBroadcast Solution's petition in front of the Commission supporting geotargeting on FM boosters. Texas station owners Falls Media LLC President Dan Balla and Q-Media Group More

Beasley Media Enters into Exchange Agreement with Audacy
Beasley Media Group
Beasley Media Group
Beasley Media Group has entered into an asset exchange agreement with Audacy, whereby Beasley will exchange News/Talk KDWN-AM (720) and its translator at 101.5 FM for Alternative KXTE-FM (107.5) in Las Vegas. As part of the deal, longtime Las Vegas-based syndicated morning More

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NAB Town Hall Provides Year-End Broadcast Issues Insight
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) hosted a virtual town hall on Tuesday to brief NAB members on advocacy and business issues facing the broadcast industry for the remainder of the year. NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt was joined by senior executives and public policy staffers to offer More

Magnum Media Closes on Acquisition of Two in Eau Claire
Magnum Media
Magnum Media
Magnum Media has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 25kW AC WCFW-FM (105.7) and 250W AC W256AE (99.1), both licensed to Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire, WI from Roland L. Bushland, dba Bushland Radio Specialties/WCFW. Rollie Bushland stated, "Pat and I appreciate the More

FCC Improves Emergency Alert System (EAS) Messages
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has updated its Emergency Alert System rules so that alerts delivered over radio and television are more informative and easier to understand by the public, particularly people with disabilities. EAS, which is used by government agencies to send alerts and warnings to the public, is comprised of both More

NAB Files Ex Parte with FCC Over GBS Zonecasting
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
NAB filed an ex parte with the FCC Thursday regarding a proposed rulemaking that would enable GeoBroadcast Solutions to license its proprietary booster technology to FM stations. In the filing, NAB raised concerns with the proposal's merits in the context of "credible and public accusations" regarding the More

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IBA Wraps Up First Members-Only Conference
Independent Broadcasters Association
Independent Broadcasters Association
The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) presented its first IBA Members-Only "In-Focus" Conference Wednesday at the Intercontinental at Doral in Miami. The inaugural one-day event drew attendees from across the country, representing more than 500 radio stations owned and operated by independent More

Report: Sen. Paul Introduces Broadcast Deregulation Bill
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced The Local News and Broadcast Media Preservation Act of 2022 that would invalidate the FCC's current multiple station ownership limits and prevent the FCC from restoring the prohibition on common ownership of broadcast properties and newspapers, reports Broadcasting More

FCC Upholds Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2022
FCC
FCC
The FCC has upheld its regulatory fee rates for 2022 of $381.95 million, which includes an 8% increase for radio stations over the last fiscal year, rather than the 13% originally proposed by the Commission. Previously, requests from NAB and State Broadcast organizations questioned the Commission's More

Strong Tower Christian Media Acquires WIRO in Portsmouth
WIRO-FM
WIRO-FM
Fowler Media Partners, LLC of Ohio has announced the sale of WIRO-FM in Garrison-Portsmouth, OH to Strong Tower Christian Media of Xenia, OH. Strong Tower will begin operating the station through an LMA in the coming weeks. The sale which is pending final FCC approval will return the More

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