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Radio Broadcasting & Streaming Media News for 03-03-2009


Radio Headlines:

  • Clear Channel parent company posts $5 billion loss – denver business journal
  • Clear Channel appoints new executive to improve revenue – san antonio business journal
  • Westwood One Agrees in Principle on Terms to Refinance Capital Structure – pr newswire
  • Entercom Communications Posts Q4 and 2008 Annual Results – individual.com
  • Jill Strada Elevated To 98.7 KISS FM PD – fmqb
  • Co-host, fans pay on-air tribute to radio personality Rick Beckett – mlive
  • Now What New York? (krock to amp radio?) – radio insight
  • Radio vet Harry Warren dies at 88 (KFBK) – the sacremento bee
  • Radio icon Harvey fired from 1st job in Missoula – missoulian
  • The Future Of News And Comment – radio and records
  • Michael Steele Hand-Delivers His Own Rear End to Rush Limbaugh – aol news
  • Broadcasters Sue FCC Over White Spaces Decision – broadcasting and cable
  • Iran arrests US journalist ‘after she bought wine’ (NPR) – telegraph.co.uk
  • Pirate Bay prosecutor argues for one year prison terms. BitTorrent coat-holders should do bird – theregister.co.uk
  • How To Turn Customers Into Pirates – torrentfreak
  • Police track rise of pirate radio – bbc
  • City Talk wants less conversation – radio today

Radio News US:

Business & Financial

  • CC Media Reports Big Loss – wall street journal
  • Clear Channel Q4 Sees Revenue Tumble. For the year, CC posted a $4 billion loss in part to a $5.2 billion impairment charge. Revenue declined 3 percent to $6.7 billion – mediaweek
  • Clear Channel companies take a loss – my san antonio
  • Clear Channel parent company posts $5 billion loss – denver business journal
  • Westwood One Agrees in Principle on Terms to Refinance Capital Structure – pr newswire
  • Entercom Communications Posts Q4 and 2008 Annual Results – individual.com
  • Beasley Broadcast Group to Report 2008 Fourth Quarter Results and Host Webcast On March 12 – market watch
  • Edgar Bronfman Defends Performance Rights Bill, Dashes Dreams Of EMI Merger – business insider
  • Local media outlook: Declining dollars. Forecast sees a drop in ad spending even with recovery – medialife
  • The plan for Sirius XM may wait another two weeks. Though it may have just escaped bankruptcy, we won’t know by how much, as the broadcaster delays its annual report. – beta news
  • Is Sirius XM the Next Vonage? – motley fool
  • Sirius Lessons in Stock Manipulation – seeking alpha
  • Sirius’ Delayed Report Could Frustrate Investors – seeking alpha
  • Dish Network Moves On Without Sirius XM. CEO Charlie Ergen will have more difficulty easing the pressure on Dish Network now that Sirius has accepted Liberty Media’s cash infusion – business week

Programming, Changes & Ratings

  • CC Creates New Revenue Management Post. Will also hire a team of up to 40 revenue managers across 150 markets to help optimize inventory and set pricing – mediaweek
  • Clear Channel appoints new executive to improve revenue – san antonio business journal
  • Arbitron Realigns Executive Staff – radio magazine online
  • Arbitron and Gap Broadcasting Ink Ratings Services Deal – individual.com
  • Arbitron and GAP Broadcasting Sign Agreements for Diary-based Radio Ratings Services in 17 Markets – broadcast newsroom
  • Jill Strada Elevated To 98.7 KISS FM PD – fmqb
  • Now What New York? (krock to amp radio) – radio insight
  • CMT debuts Radio Live with Cody Alan – nashville business journal
  • Co-host, fans pay on-air tribute to radio personality Rick Beckett – mlive
  • Radio host remembered with tribute (Rick Beckett) – wwmt
  • Radio talk host Scinto says station fired him (WDAO) – dayton daily news
  • WPLR Gives Local Bands the Axe – metromix connecticut
  • Music Fans Protest WPLR’s Canceling Of ‘Local Bands Show’ After 21 Years – hartford courant
  • KMMM stages countdown (format change) – fresno bee
  • Longtime WOSU radio host to retire. Fred Andrle known for low-key style – the columbus dispatch
  • Live, from Minneapolis — it’s Tim Pawlenty. The governor, filling in on ‘CCO’s midday show, tackled a variety of topics, but most callers wanted to discuss policy issues. – star tribune
  • New Missoula radio station debuting – montana’s news station
  • After leaving Mix 93, Kelly Urich deejays from home on his online station – kansas city star
  • Local Internet radio show is quality (WHRV) – daily press
  • ULM baseball’s Hawk Talk radio program begins tonight – the news star
  • WMSV Radio To Air 29 MState Regular-Season Softball Games – mstate athletics
  • Admirals, WSSP Extend Radio Deal – our sports central
  • Yes Man: Francesa’s Radio Show Simulcast To Stay On YES Network – sports business daily

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News & PR

  • Radio icon Harvey fired from 1st job in Missoula – missoulian
  • Paul Harvey: An appraisal of his career by the Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal – chicago tribune
  • Coleman Insights Contributes To Bayliss Foundation – radio ink
  • Radio vet Harry Warren dies at 88 (KFBK) – the sacremento bee
  • KNBR’s ‘Razor’ Celebrates 25 Years; Ralph Barbieri King in SF Sports PM Drive – rich leiberman report
  • Radio Ink’s Parenti Named To Dayton Broadcasters HOF – radio ink
  • Opry’s Ernie Ashworth dies – country standard time
  • Grand Ole Opry Member Ernie Ashworth Dies – cmt
  • Radio stations raise $210,000 for Blair E. Batson Hospital – the meridian star
  • Big O launches foundation for newborn intensive units (WEEI) – boston radio watch

OP/ED, Political & Feature

FCC & Legal

  • Broadcasters Sue FCC Over White Spaces Decision. AMST and NAB file join petition with federal court of appeals, argue unlicensed devices interfere with DTV transmissions – broadcasting and cable
  • A comeback for Low Power FM radio? Low Power FM boosters are once again pushing Congress to make it easier to get LPFM licenses. But has the broadband revolution made this cause less urgent? – ars technica
  • FCC Daily Digest – FCC

Public, Educational & Religious

  • IRAN BLAMES US REPORTER FOR HER ARREST (NPR) – new york post
  • ‘My daughter was arrested for buying wine in Iran’ (NPR) – news behind the news
  • Iran arrests US journalist ‘after she bought wine’. A US journalist has been arrested in Iran apparently after buying a bottle of wine. (NPR) – telegraph.co.uk
  • Sponsored Web Formats Open Public Radio’s Horizons – marketing vox
  • A “sweet” new radio program from Lana‘i (KAKU) – maui weekly
  • District of Columbia: Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 FM “A Helping Hand” Radiothon – district chronicles
  • Community access not the same as PBS – reno gazette journal
  • Sign-on date for KDWI delayed again – ottumwa courier
  • Cokie and Rebecca Roberts to join Loyola University in tribute to Lindy Boggs – loyola university news
  • Montana Public Radio grateful for support – missoulian

Streaming & Tech

  • Neil Young: YouTube must respect artists – cnet
  • Evaluating NAB/SoundEx deal: Good business, or disaster? – rain
  • UK music buyers prefer Amazon to iTunes Store, just barely – ars technica
  • Should artists get 12% or 50% royalties from iTunes sales? – ars technica
  • How To Turn Customers Into Pirates – torrentfreak
  • Pirate Bay prosecutor argues for one year prison terms. BitTorrent coat-holders should do bird – theregister.co.uk
  • Labels’ Legal Counsel Sums Up In Pirate Bay Case – billboard
  • Cult YouTube, iTunes hit by The Lonely Island shunned by radio – news.com.au
  • It’s new to me: Pandora marks radio’s finest hour – la voz weekly
  • Pocket Tunes 5.0 for Palm and Windows Mobile Released! – canal pda
  • Comical Radio: The rise of Danny Lobell’s comedy crew – punch line
  • Privacy is dead. Long live networking. Speaker tells marketing symposium that transparency is growing and people’s attention spans are shrinking – mail tribune

Radio News International:

Britain/Europe

  • Police track rise of pirate radio – bbc
  • The pirates’ view of pirate radio – bbc
  • Pirate radio ‘puts lives at risk’ – bbc
  • TalkSport restructures sales with digital and client focus – media week uk
  • Liverpool speech radio station wants to play music instead – press gazette
  • Radio City and Rock FM shortlisted for Station of the Year – how do
  • On The Radio: Sky News To Launch New Service – yahoo uk
  • City Talk wants less conversation – radio today
  • NME returns to FM in London – radio today
  • Rob Brydon has freedom to treasure – metro.co.uk
  • How Waterloo’s summer radio station cut youth crime in SE1 – londonse1
  • Radio, Someone Still Loves You – londonist
  • Tomahawk reaches for the star. Tomahawk Radio, the owner of Original 106.5fm in Bristol, has today completed the acquisition of Bristol’s Star 107.2. – radio today
  • Macclesfield licence available – radio today
  • Southern FM DJ switches stations – radio today
  • Oxygen offers Fresh Hits – radio today
  • UKRD takes 25pc of TLRC shares – radio today
  • A New World Of News With Sky News Radio – sky news
  • Michelle wins Best DJ after show is axed – herald.ie
  • ‘German online TV, radio users grow 38% to 14.2 mln – study’ – individual.com
  • Swedish Modern Times merges broadcasting assets in Bulgaria – individual.com
  • Lebedev Annouces Plans For New Radio Station in English – the st. petersburgh times

Asia/Africa/Oceana/Americas

  • Big FM makes key appointments in Western region – radio and music
  • Big 92.7 FM expands sales team with key appointments – indian television
  • Siddharth Kannan takes over breakfast show on Meow FM – radio and music
  • SAARF teen trends for radio – biz community
  • Radio One Launches ‘One For The Boss’ – radio and music
  • Radio Pakistan seeks to provoke communal dissention ahead of general elections – new kerala
  • Community radio training programme starts today in India – unesco
  • Guinea Bissau: Armed Forces Briefly Silence Broadcast Media After Chief of Staff and President Murdered – all africa
  • Uganda: Bukedde FM’s ‘Embuutu’ Fires Up Nakivubo Crowd – all africa
  • Mumuni drags Chronicle to Media Commission – joy online
  • Zimbabwe: New Radio Broadcasts From Emirates – all africa
  • Regime Puts Squeeze on Private Media – institute for war & peace reporting
  • WIFT to launch its Dubai chapter on March 8 – individual.com
  • Broadcaster Carlton Baboolal dies in his sleep – trinidad news

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Radio & Records

  • Paul Harvey 1918-2009
  • Arbitron Extends Improvement Commitments In All PPM Markets
  • Clear Channel Q4 Sees Revenue Tumble
  • Kaufman Leads CC Revenue Management Effort
  • Artists To Lobby Capitol Hill; Sked In Flux
  • Beech Named EMI Music Urban Marketing VP
  • GAP Broadcasting Signs For Arbitron Diary Service In 17 Markets
  • The Party Ends For KPTY
  • Street Talk: Woodman Out
  • Chart Highlights: Rejects Accepted Atop CHR/Top 40
  • Joey & Chio Ride Again
  • Richardson Throws A Curve
  • Eagan Is A Star PD
  • Exits At WALK
  • Conclave Partners With IBS
  • A CRS Event Deemed Stream-Worthy
  • 300 Cut At Univision
  • Missoula Sees The View
  • Conyers’ Committee Sets ‘Performance Rights Act’ Hearing
  • Sirius Delays Filing Annual Report To SEC
  • The Future Of News And Comment
  • RAB Launches Energy Efficiency Exclusive PSA Campaign
  • Media Mergers, Acquisitions Poised For Drop

All Access

  • Bronfman Defends Performance Rights Bill
  • Westwood One To Refinance Capital Structure
  • RNC’s Steele Backs Off Comments Ripping Limbaugh
  • Neil Young Wants ‘Respect’ From YouTube
  • Museum To Name Venue After Harvey
  • Green Retiring From Cumulus Board
  • WCOJ Sale Closes; Three Translators Sold
  • WOSU’s Andrle Plans Retirement
  • Conclave Partners With The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System
  • StandBuyMedia Launches
  • YES To Continue WFAN Francesa Simulcast
  • Barbieri Hits 25 Year Mark At KNBR
  • WSSP Renews With Admirals
  • Stiles Sets Florida Fill-In
  • Live In Concert Bags Award, New Affiliate

Radio Ink

  • Clear Channel Adds Kaufman As SVP/Revenue Management
  • Paul Harvey Funeral Arrangements Set
  • Strada Rises To WRKS/New York PD
  • Hear Paul Harvey’s Final Broadcast
  • Coleman Insights Contributes To Bayliss Foundation
  • Radio Ink’s Parenti Named To Dayton Broadcasters HOF
  • Updated: Tribute Set For Paul Harvey
  • Dobson Steps Down As Focus On The Family Chair
  • Clear Channel Parent Posts Loss In Q4
  • Arbitron, GAP Sign 17-Market Deal
  • Sirius XM Delays Annual Report
  • Prairie Radio Debuts ‘Weekly Pop 20’
  • Report: GM Slashes Marketing Budget
  • Citadel To Be Delisted, Move To OTC Market
  • NCBA Members Launch Campaign To Aid Auto Dealers
  • Media Commerce Systems Debuts Remnant Selling
  • Arbitron Confirms Commitment To PPM Improvements
  • FCC Extends Deadline For Sirius XM Channel Leases
  • Hearing Set For Performance Rights Act

FMQB

  • Radio Legend Paul Harvey Dies At 90
  • CC Media Holdings Reports Loss In Q4 And ’08
  • Universal Music Sales Down In Q4
  • Vivendi releases fourth quarter fiscal results.
  • Jill Strada Elevated To 98.7 KISS FM PD
  • Arbitron Commits To Improvements In All PPM Markets
  • Arbitron Inks Deal With Gap Broadcasting
  • Gary Beech named SVP of Urban Marketing at EMI
  • Performance Rights hearing scheduled for Wednesday
  • Univision to lay off 300 employees
  • Rumor: RIAA and IFPI considering merger?
  • labels size up Web 2.0 music services

Inside Radio

  • Clear Channel’s restructuring continues.
  • Revenue management to get a larger role at Clear Channel.
  • Radio listeners still happy with country music.
  • Arbitron expands PPM upgrades.
  • “National Origin” may become PPM metric.
  • Inside the Numbers** by Mike Kinosian: January’s spoken-word success stories.
  • Suit claims scheme defrauded investor.
  • Charlie Ergen saw an opportunity.
  • Arbitron locks-in another owner.

Radio Business Report

  • Westwood One nails refinancing deal
  • Tough times took Clear Channel down double digits
  • PPM enhancements extended to all markets
  • GAP and GAP West renew with Arbitron
  • Kelly Music Research offering 100% barter callout testing
  • Double-digit declines for Clear Channel
  • Citadel shown the Wall Street off ramp
  • Tama group headed to receiver
  • Limbaugh still in the spotlight
  • RAB pressing groups to back conference
  • Legislators tee up LPFM
  • ABCRN to celebrate Paul Harvey
  • Sticks for sale

Radio Online

  • WRKS-FM (98.7 Kiss FM)/New York Taps Strada as PD
  • Arbitron Confirms PPM Improvement Commitments
  • CCR Names Kaufman as Senior VP/Revenue Management
  • CC Q4 Revenues Drop 14%, Earnings Swing to Loss
  • Arbitron Inks GAP for Diary-based Ratings in 17 Markets
  • Univision Flips KPTY (Party 93.3)/Houston to “Que Buena”
  • Cheryl Ervin Returns to Clear Channel/Atlanta as GSM
  • Prairie Radio Launches ”Weekly Pop 20 with Ann Duran”
  • RAB Launches Energy Efficiency Exclusive PSA Campaign
  • Coleman Makes Good on Bayliss Foundation Promises

NTS Aircheck

  • And Now We Know … The End Of The Story
  • Tributes To Harvey Pour In
  • Paul Harvey: The Early Days
  • A Personal Note From Your Editor
  • Talk Media News Notes

Urbansite

  • Arbitron Confirms Continuous Improvement Commitments in All PPM Markets
  • Arbitron – Baltimore, St. Louis, Cleveland
  • Jill Strada New PD at WRKS/New York
  • Warren Ballentine Interviews Minister Louis Farrakhan Wednesday
  • John Legend: Open Letter to the New York Post
  • Night Opening in Florence SC
  • Lady B.G. On-Air at WGPR Detroit

All About Country

  • Braves Move From The Bull To Project 9-6-1
  • Don Curtis’ Six Station N.C. Deal Closes
  • Jim Dorman Moves To Black River’s East Coast
  • Ernest Ashworth Passes At Age 90
  • George Strait’s Cowboy’s Stadium Show Sells Out In 1-Hour
  • Bud Ford Leaves AFN-TV Network
  • Discounted Registration, Limited Tickets Still Available for CRS-40 Events
  • CRS 40 Begins This Week in Nashville…
  • Kick Off CRS-40 with BMI Presents: Randy Houser &Heidi Newfield
  • Dolly’s Special Edition Backwoods Barbie Out March 23rd