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  • Eddy Temple Morris quits XFM after 15 years

    Radio Today
    Roy Martin
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:03 am
    XFM presenter Eddy Temple Morris has announced his decision to resign from the station after 15 years on-air.
  • iHeartMedia’s Bob Pittman to Keynote DASH

    Radio & Television Business Report
    Leslie Stimson
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:20 pm
    iHeartMedia Chair/CEO Bob Pittman will keynote this year’s DASH Conference. DASH will be held Nov. 4-5 in Detroit. Pittman leads America’s largest broadcast radio company and its mobile and automotive strategies through the iHeartRadio digital service. Pittman has seen the emergence of new consumer media platforms and industries, and how successful businesses can navigate these changes; he was the creator of MTV in the 80s and president of America Online in the 90s. Pittman was also an investor in several new and established traditional media, entertainment and service companies, such as…
  • Venice Film Review: ‘Equals’

    Variety
    Peter Debruge
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:13 pm
    “Equals” director Drake Doremus has good news and bad news about the future. The bad news is that love, sex and anything to do with human emotion has been eradicated.
  • Breakthrough Digital Strategy for Radio – Federated’s James Derby

    Mark Ramsey Media LLC
    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:18 am
    In radio, we are always talking about digital strategies, but how about seeing some actual strategies in action and the real audience and revenue results they generate? That’s why James Derby spoke at hivio, the audio future festival held a while back in LA. James has led the development of some of the boldest, most inventive, and most compelling platform integrations in and around the audio space. James is the Chief Strategy Officer for Federated Media. In this role he’s helping guide Federated’s radio, newspaper and digital properties as legacy and digital media converge. In this…
  • Alpha Media closes purchase of Morris Communications Radio stations (Press Release)

    George Reed's Radio/TV Station Trading Views
    George Reed
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:38 am
    Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced today they have closed the purchase of radio stations from Morris Communications. The Morris purchase includes thirty-six radio stations located within the following markets; Topeka, KS; Salina, KS; Amarillo, TX; Palm Springs, CA; Anchorage, AK; Wasilla, AK; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, WA and Wenatchee-Columbia River, WA.When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to two hundred, fifty-two. Chairman of Alpha Media, Larry Wilson commented on the acquisition, “I have enjoyed getting to know Mr.
 
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  • iHeartMedia’s Bob Pittman to Keynote DASH

    Leslie Stimson
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:20 pm
    iHeartMedia Chair/CEO Bob Pittman will keynote this year’s DASH Conference. DASH will be held Nov. 4-5 in Detroit. Pittman leads America’s largest broadcast radio company and its mobile and automotive strategies through the iHeartRadio digital service. Pittman has seen the emergence of new consumer media platforms and industries, and how successful businesses can navigate these changes; he was the creator of MTV in the 80s and president of America Online in the 90s. Pittman was also an investor in several new and established traditional media, entertainment and service companies, such as…
  • Stocks Fall After Bad Jobs Report

    RBR-TVBR
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Stocks fell Friday after a jobs report that did not clarify when the Federal Reserve will raise rates. Radio and Television both followed suit and showed losses. The RBR Radio Index fell 5.369, or 0.83%, to 639.663. The TVBR Television Index fell 8.098, or 1.01%, to 794.172. Winners Entercom, up 1.7% Emmis, up 0.8% Saga, up 0.6% Losers SBS, down 3.7% Radio One, down 3.0% Cumulus, down 2.3%                        
  • Revenue Split at Issue With Web, Local TV

    Leslie Stimson
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:13 pm
    We’ve reported that Apple has pushed back its plans to launch a Web-TV service. Part of the challenge is negotiating deals with television program networks. Click here to Login & view the full article & read our infamous RBR+TVBR observation (Not a member? Join Today!)
  • Pandora Goes Ad-Free

    Leslie Stimson
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Internet Audio company Pandora goes ad-free for one day to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The company is calling Wednesday, Sept. 9 “Listener Love Day.” For 24 hours (12:00am ET, Wednesday, September 9 – 12:00am ET, Thursday, September 10), Pandora will be all music, all day, ad-free. Founder Tim Westergren says the event “is a thank you to each and every listener who has tuned in to Pandora over the past 10 years.”
  • General Manager

    RBR-TVBR
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:46 am
    Cedar Rapids, IA – Gray Television, Inc., NYSE-listed television broadcast company, is seeking a General Manager for KCRG TV, which Gray is acquiring from The Gazette Company. KCRG is the ABC affiliate and the top-rated station in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa market. The current GM of this strong legacy station serving Eastern Iowa will remain with The Gazette Company. The General Manager will report directly to the Senior VP of Gray and will be responsible for the management of all aspects of station. The ideal candidate will have experience as a General Manager in local television with a…
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    Variety

  • Venice Film Review: ‘Equals’

    Peter Debruge
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:13 pm
    “Equals” director Drake Doremus has good news and bad news about the future. The bad news is that love, sex and anything to do with human emotion has been eradicated.
  • Lance Armstrong Biopic ‘The Program’ Heading to Entertainment One

    Dave McNary
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Entertainment One is in talks to pick up North American rights to Lance Armstrong drama “The Program” a week and a half before its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Ben Foster stars as the cycling champion, who won the Tour de France seven times between 1999 and 2005 after recovering from testicular cancer.... Read more »
  • Judge Blocks Aretha Franklin Doc From Screening at Telluride

    Ted Johnson
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:49 pm
    A federal judge in Denver has halted a planned screening of “Amazing Grace” at the Telluride Film Festival after Aretha Franklin filed a lawsuit on Friday to prevent its release. U.S. District Judge John Kane granted Franklin’s request for temporary restraining order. The producers are enjoined from screening the movie for 14 days, according to... Read more »
  • Al Jazeera America, DirecTV Reach Agreement, Renew Carriage Deal

    Whitney Friedlander
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Al Jazeera America and DirecTV announced Friday that they have finalized their renewal agreement, which will allow DirecTV subscribers continued access to the cable news network. This distribution deal includes the soon-to-launch Al Jazeera America in HD. “We’re pleased to extend our partnership with DirecTV,” said Al Anstey, CEO of Al Jazeera America. “Al Jazeera... Read more »
  • ‘Public Morals’: TNT Releases All of Episodes for Labor Day Binge

    Whitney Friedlander
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:47 pm
    TNT will release all remaining episodes of new cop drama “Public Morals” for Labor Day weekend viewing, the Turner-owned cable network announced Friday. All ten episodes of the Edward Burns-starring period crime drama will air on TNT and its participating partners’ web and mobile options from noon Saturday through Monday night. This includes the first four... Read more »
 
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    Mark Ramsey Media LLC

  • Breakthrough Digital Strategy for Radio – Federated’s James Derby

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:18 am
    In radio, we are always talking about digital strategies, but how about seeing some actual strategies in action and the real audience and revenue results they generate? That’s why James Derby spoke at hivio, the audio future festival held a while back in LA. James has led the development of some of the boldest, most inventive, and most compelling platform integrations in and around the audio space. James is the Chief Strategy Officer for Federated Media. In this role he’s helping guide Federated’s radio, newspaper and digital properties as legacy and digital media converge. In this…
  • And Radio’s Secret Power is…

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Recently one of my radio clients explained how his 20-year-old daughter uses radio: “She chases her favorite songs around the dial,” he said. For her, every station button is another chance at hitting the proverbial jackpot. Either I land on a song I love or I don’t. And if I don’t, I move to the next button. It’s radio as slot machine, and – like a slot machine – the odds are better than even that any given spin is a loser. But this is the behavior of someone who is using radio because it’s convenient, not because it’s her preferred way to solve a problem. Let’s face it,…
  • Is the New Golden Age of TV…Over?

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Is the new Golden Age of TV…over? And… Who’s to blame for Internet bile? Advertisers, of course! It’s episode 26 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves for the Gossip Revolution, Star Wars-themed lands coming to a Disney park near you, and more. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you’re reading this by email, click here for the audio. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do the…
  • An Explosion in Ad-Blocking means Ad-Mageddon for Publishers!

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Ad-Blocking is About to Go Mainstream, and it’s Ad-Mageddon for Publishers! And… Mashable Teams Up…with Dan Rather?! It’s episode 25 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves for Donald Trump, Amazon’s strange new “Dash” button, the Lexus Hoverboard, and more. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you’re reading this by email, click here for the audio. For show notes go to the Media Unplugged site. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at…
  • How to Master Social Media

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    How can audio brands master social media? What are the best practices in social media for audio brands? How should audio brands be thinking about social media strategy and the importance of influencers? I was thrilled to have Jaclyn Johnson answer these and many other questions at hivio 2015. Jaclyn is one of Forbes’ “Top 30 under 30.” Her company, [NO SUBJECT], is one of the go-to marketing, influencer and events agencies in Los Angeles, servicing brands such as Nasty Gal, Levi’s, Sprint, Baxter of California, Urban Decay and more. Jaclyn has a keen understanding of what…
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    George Reed's Radio/TV Station Trading Views

  • Alpha Media closes purchase of Morris Communications Radio stations (Press Release)

    George Reed
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:38 am
    Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced today they have closed the purchase of radio stations from Morris Communications. The Morris purchase includes thirty-six radio stations located within the following markets; Topeka, KS; Salina, KS; Amarillo, TX; Palm Springs, CA; Anchorage, AK; Wasilla, AK; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, WA and Wenatchee-Columbia River, WA.When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to two hundred, fifty-two. Chairman of Alpha Media, Larry Wilson commented on the acquisition, “I have enjoyed getting to know Mr.
  • Congratulations to Larry Wilson and Dean Goodman

    George Reed
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
  • Alpha Buys Digity Stations

    George Reed
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Alpha Media has bought 116 stations in 26 markets from Digity LLC (subject to FCC approval).I represented Alpha. Read the press release HERE.GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • Great Radio article in Forbes

    George Reed
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Doug Schoen is a political strategist often seen on the cable news shows.  He recently published an article on radio which merits a read.  Click here: Radio: The All-But-Forgotten Medium With The Biggest Reach.GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • Nielsen TV Market Rankings

    George Reed
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Here is a handy chart of the Nielsen TV markets:  CLICK HEREGeorgeMedia Services Group
 
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    SiriusBuzz

  • Baba Booey Turns 25

    Spencer Osborne
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Baba Booey!  It is hard to believe, but the term made famous on the Howard Stern Show is now 25 years old.  Has that much time really passed?  Wow!  Howard Stern and SiriusXM have announced “Booey 25,” an extensive special celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Baba Booey.” The specials will air on Howard Stern’s exclusive SiriusXM channels Howard 100 and Howard 101. Internationally known as a crowd shout-out at golf tournaments, during TV news live shots, as a tribute to Howard Stern in scripted TV shows, and more, the name “Baba Booey” started as…
  • SiriusXM Announces Additional $2 Billion In Stock Buyback

    Spencer Osborne
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    SiriusXM, the company that has already bought back billions of dollars of its own stock, announced that its Board of Directors has approved an additional $2 billion of common stock repurchases.  The SiriusXM mantra of returning value to shareholders in the form of buying its own stock will continue into the foreseeable future.  Shares of common stock may be purchased from time to time on the open market and in privately negotiated transactions, including in accelerated stock repurchase transactions and transactions with Liberty Media and its affiliates.  The Company will fund the…
  • SiriusXM Posts Good Quarter – Ups Guidance

    Spencer Osborne
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    The big news with SiriusXM’s Q2 was not that they hit the analysts targets, but rather what the future holds in store.  The company reported a profit of 2 cents per share on revenue of $1.12 billion and a profit of $102.8 million.  SiriusXM raised its subscriber guidance from 1.4 million additions this year to 1.8 million.  The company also raised its revenue forecast to $4.5 billion.  Highlights of the quarter included: Self-pay Net Additions Increase 37% to 519,000 Record Second Quarter Revenue up 8% to $1.12 Billion Net Income of $103 Million, Including a Pre-tax $108 Million…
  • SiriusXM To Launch Bill Carter Show

    Spencer Osborne
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    SiriusXM has announced that company will launch “The Bill Carter Interview,” a weekly one-hour program in which esteemed former New York Times reporter and best-selling author Bill Carter will sit down with major figures from all sides of the entertainment industry and beyond.  The show will add yet another layer of breadth to the satellite radio platform, and is yet another example of some of the advantages that SiriusXM has over pure internet delivered content. “The Bill Carter Interview” will air exclusively on SiriusXM’s Insight channel 121, the…
  • SiriusXM Settles Royalty Lawsuit For $210 Million

    Spencer Osborne
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Fresh off of what could only be considered a legal victory in Florida, SiriusXM Satellite Radio made a decision to settle a lawsuit regarding royalties of pre-1972 music.  The company announced Friday that it was had reached a settlement on the issue and will pay $210 million.  SiriusXM gets to use pre-1972 recordings without any additional payment through the end of 2017, and can then negotiate with parties regarding use of the recordings through 2022. The suit originated from Flo and Eddie of the Turtles, which brought the case on behalf of themselves, and eventually sought and gained…
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  • YMCA Of Marquette County Continues Joining Fee Waiver For New Members

    Walt
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:20 am
    Matt Deal From The YMCA Of Marquette County Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The YMCA of Marquette County is continuing an effort to get new folks to join and enjoy their upgraded facilities. Matt Deal with the Marquette County Y joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike today for the latest “Y Wednesday” update.
  • Marquette Area Blues Fest This Weekend In Mattson Lower Harbor Park

    Walt
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:52 am
    Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials headline Saturday at the Marquette Area Blues Fest. Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The 12th Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest is this weekend at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in downtown Marquette.
  • Marquette City Commission Meets Tonight

    Walt
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    City of Marquette Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette City Commission has a regular meeting coming up tonight. City Police Chief Mike Angeli joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike to preview the meeting.
  • Lowell Larson Announces Candidacy For Marquette County Sheriff

    Walt
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    Lowell Larson Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette native Lowell Larson is running for the job of Marquette County Sheriff. Larson joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike today to announce his candidacy as a Democrat.
  • Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda Not Resigning

    Walt
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Speculation about Marquette City Manager Bill Vajda resigning from the job has been silenced. Vajda joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike today to put the unfounded rumors to rest and talk about what he’s actually been doing over the last week.
 
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