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  • Radio Falls, Television Slips

    Radio & Television Business Report
    RBR-TVBR
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    A down day on The Street was blamed on spotty results as the quarterly conference call season gets under way. The radio stocks we follow definitely felt the ugliness, but TV barely changed. The RBR Radio Index fell 18.118, or 2.3%, to 777.830. The TVBR Television Index fell 1.193, or 01%, to 953.246. Winners CBS, up 0.4% Entravision, up 0.2% Fox, up 0.03% Sinclair, up 0.03% Losers Radio One, down 8.5% iHeart, down 3.6% Tribune, down 2.5%                            
  • Link to Tom Taylor's story today on station trading

    George Reed's Radio/TV Station Trading Views
    George Reed
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Tom Taylor shared some views of the 2015 radio station trading market from Larry Patrick and me in this morning's "Tom Taylor Now."Inventory.GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • Rhys Hughes afraid of Apple’s music plans

    Radio Today
    Roy Martin
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Rhys Hughes says he's afraid of whatever Apple has planned in the music and radio sector.
  • Is Global moving the Sunday chart show?

    Radio Today
    Roy Martin
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    Global could be follow Radio 1's lead by moving the Big Top 40 from its traditional Sunday slot.
  • Steve Byrnes, NASCAR Announcer, Dies at 56

    Variety
    Marianne Zumberge
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Steve Byrnes, a well-known NASCAR announcer and pit reporter, died of cancer complications Tuesday. He was 56. Byrnes’ NASCAR career began in 1985 when he became host of TNN’s “Inside Winston Cup Racing.” He was also a pit reporter for CBS and TNN before moving to Fox Sports Net in 2001 as host of “Totally... Read more »
 
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    Radio & Television Business Report

  • Radio Falls, Television Slips

    RBR-TVBR
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    A down day on The Street was blamed on spotty results as the quarterly conference call season gets under way. The radio stocks we follow definitely felt the ugliness, but TV barely changed. The RBR Radio Index fell 18.118, or 2.3%, to 777.830. The TVBR Television Index fell 1.193, or 01%, to 953.246. Winners CBS, up 0.4% Entravision, up 0.2% Fox, up 0.03% Sinclair, up 0.03% Losers Radio One, down 8.5% iHeart, down 3.6% Tribune, down 2.5%                            
  • CBO Games Out Auction Cash

    Dave Seyler
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The range of possibilities mentioned by the Congressional Budget Office is wide enough that it could almost be called a dart-throwing exercise – let’s see what number we hit! – but it does provide a benchmark. And we have an estimate on TV’s take from a different source: The Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition. The dollar figures supplied by CBO refer to the net take that will go to the US Treasury. Click here to Login & view the full article & read our infamous RBR-TVBR observation (Not a member? Join Today!)
  • NAB Reiterates Stance on MVPD Competition

    Dave Seyler
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The comments are in on the FCC’s consideration of installing an assumption of competition between MVPDs which local franchising authorities would then have to overcome. The NAB noted that none of the commenters presented any evidence supporting the FCC’s apparent granting of this authority to itself. NAB said the FCC has been required to make individualized findings of effective competition and nothing has happened to change that; moreover, the FCC cannot override a previous certification based on an evidence-free presumption; the FCC cannot give itself the power to do this; and Congress…
  • Device Blocks In-Vehicle Messaging

    Dave Seyler
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Cellcontrol is designed to combat distracted driving, and to that end, it can block messages sent to any device, protection a vehicle driver from the kind of distraction that has proven deadly on so many occasions. The device has already logged 155 million miles of service. And its blocked over 16 million potentially distracting messages. “Based on most recent statistics, distracted driving claims the lives of, or injures over 450,000 drivers a year; from fleets at Fortune 500 companies to families with teen drivers, there’s no telling how many accidents we’ve prevented or…
  • Good Bye Gannett, Hello TEGNA

    Dave Seyler
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    When Gannett Company splits in two sometime this year, its print assets will be going in one direction, and broadcast/digital assets will be going in another. The print assets are taking the familiar name with them, and the TV/digital name is right up there in the headline. The new company will trade on NYTSE as TGNA. “We are pleased to announce the name of our new Broadcasting and Digital company, which combines one of the largest, most geographically diverse broadcasters in the U.S. with incredibly strong marketing solutions organizations,” said Gracia Martore, Gannett president and…
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    Variety

  • Steve Byrnes, NASCAR Announcer, Dies at 56

    Marianne Zumberge
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Steve Byrnes, a well-known NASCAR announcer and pit reporter, died of cancer complications Tuesday. He was 56. Byrnes’ NASCAR career began in 1985 when he became host of TNN’s “Inside Winston Cup Racing.” He was also a pit reporter for CBS and TNN before moving to Fox Sports Net in 2001 as host of “Totally... Read more »
  • Ben Affleck Apologizes for PBS Slavery Censorship: ‘I Was Embarrassed’

    Variety Staff
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Ben Affleck has responded to recently leaked Sony emails that suggested he wanted to censor a PBS documentary about his ancestors, who were slave owners. “I felt embarrassed,” the actor explained on Facebook. “The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.” The “Batman” star, who apologized for the emails uncovered by WikiLeaks, admitted... Read more »
  • ‘Daredevil’ Returning for Second Season with New Showrunners

    Whitney Friedlander
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    “Marvel’s Daredevil” has been renewed for a second season at Netflix with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez serving as showrunners as Steven DeKnight exits, Variety has learned. The superhero drama is the first in a series of Marvel adaptations to receive the television treatment via Netflix with others set to role out over the next... Read more »
  • Stanley Tucci Rounds Out Cast of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Justin Kroll
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Stanley Tucci has closed a deal to join the cast of Disney’s live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Tucci will be playing Cadenza the grand piano, a new character to the realm who is described as a neurotic maestro. Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Ewan McGregor... Read more »
  • Tribeca Film Review: ‘(T)error’

    Peter Debruge
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    A vital expose of American law enforcement carried out with almost reckless zeal, Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe’s “(T)error” pushes the boundaries of documentary ethics, plunging itself into the middle of an active FBI sting operation while playing both sides.
 
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    Mark Ramsey Media LLC

  • Advertising is Dead; Long Live Advertising

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Interruption marketing is bad. Right? People hate ‘em – those ads that stop you from enjoying the content you love – blah! But wait, if this type of advertising is so bad – so hated, then how come there’s more of it now than ever? There are more spots on TV than ever. In 2009, for example, cable networks averaged 14 minutes and 27 seconds per hour. Last year, the average was 15 minutes and 38 seconds. Meanwhile there are more spots on radio than ever. There are more spots on Pandora and Spotify than ever. There are more spots on podcasts than ever. There are…
  • What Radio Can Learn from Star Wars VII

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Last week the Internet melted. And if you’re a Star Wars fan, you know the precise moment: When the latest teaser trailer for the newest chapter in the long-running Star Wars saga was unleashed online. You’ve probably seen it by now. It has been watched more than 40 million times, so I’m assuming at least one of those viewings was yours. So I thought, what can radio broadcasters learn from the pandemonium surrounding this second in a series of promotional trailers for a movie which promises to stop both space and time when it finally opens in a cineplex near you in…
  • Exclusives Power the Next Generation of Online Radio Competition

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Once it was enough just to stream whatever the music industry pumped out. The marketplace was littered with online radio alternatives large and small. This was fine when there was nothing but blue sky and everyone was land-grabbing to scale distribution as quickly as possible. But now the online radio ranker has winners and losers – stars and dogs. And nothing perpetuates stars like stardom. So how do the challengers disrupt the leaders? Apple has one answer. Apple is not typically thought of as a challenger, but it certainly is one in the online radio space, and as the company…
  • Jay Z’s Tidal is Doomed – and Facebook Doesn’t Sell Cars

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Jay Z’s new streaming service Tidal is in for a tsunami of doom! And… Auto dealers say Facebook doesn’t sell cars. Really? It’s episode 17 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Plus, rants and raves on Madonna’s Meerkat fiasco, Selena back on tour – twenty years after her death, HBO REALLY wants your money, and why are “No Kardashian Parking” signs all over LA? 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…
  • See you at NAB and NMX

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    This week I’m pleased to be a featured speaker at NMX, which is concurrent with the NAB in Las Vegas. If you’re in town for either event, I invite you to come to my session, 7 Radio Lessons that can Transform Your Podcast. It’s on Tuesday, April 15 at 2pm. And if you’d like to connect to talk business, please reach out to me. I’ll be there through Wednesday, midday.
 
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    George Reed's Radio/TV Station Trading Views

  • Media Services Group Suite at the NAB Show

    George Reed
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Media Services Group suite at the NAB Show is in the Encore Tower: # 5505.  
  • NAB Show Coming Soon

    George Reed
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    The Media Services Group suite will be at the Encore for the 2015 NAB Show (April 11-16).  If you are interested in a confidential meeting, please get in touch.GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • Will you be in Nashville next week for the NRB or the CRS?

    George Reed
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    If you plan to be in Nashville next week for the NRB (http://www.nrbconvention.org/) or the CRS (http://countryradioseminar.com/) and would like to get together, please let me know.  I plan to arrive on Tuesday.Looking forward to catching up,GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • Link to Tom Taylor's story today on station trading

    George Reed
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Tom Taylor shared some views of the 2015 radio station trading market from Larry Patrick and me in this morning's "Tom Taylor Now."Inventory.GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • MSG Announces Sale of Free Lance-Star Radio Stations

    George Reed
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Here is the press release about the sale of the Free Lance-Star stations in Fredericksburg, VA.  We are please to have represented the seller in this transaction.FREE LANCE-STAR STATIONS TO BE SOLDFree Lance–Star Publishing LLC announced Friday that it is selling its four radio stations to Alpha Media of Portland, Ore.Alpha has agreed to purchase WFLS–FM, WNTX–AM, WVBX–FM and WWUZ–FM, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Sandton Partners, which purchased The Free Lance–Star in a bankruptcy auction in June, announced…
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    SiriusBuzz

  • Jaguar and Land Rover Expand Deal With SiriusXM

    Spencer Osborne
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Jaguar Land Rover North America and SiriusXM have announced Jaguar Land Rover has selected Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Inc., a subsidiary of SiriusXM, to provide call center support for safety and security services to vehicle occupants using its Jaguar InControl® and Land Rover InControl® infotainment systems. The Jaguar and Land Rover InControl suite of technologies provides vehicle owners with an array of advanced driver assistance systems including emergency response contact as part of the available InControl Remote & Protect™ system. SiriusXM will provide Jaguar and Land…
  • March Auto Sales Mixed – Still Good For SiriusXM

    Spencer Osborne
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    U.S. auto sales in March of 2015 were a bit of a mixed bag if you look at the headlines, but growth is still happening, sales are on a pace for 17 million, and SiriusXM remains in a good position to install a large amount of satellite radios into new vehicles. With Q1 sales complete, overall sales stand at 9.93 million.  March of 2015 was easily the largest volume month of the year with sales at 1.537 million, well above the 1.251 million we saw in February.  For the auto sector, year over year comparisons are getting challenging.  The trajectory of growth is not as steep as it once was,…
  • SiriusXm Provides Foundation For Nissan’s Connected Car

    Spencer Osborne
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    SiriusXM and Nissan have announced that Nissan will launch NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, in select 2016 model year Nissan vehicles, starting with Maxima, its all-new flagship sedan.  The all-new telematics program is Nissan’s first in-vehicle launch of SiriusXM’s connected vehicle services and will feature vehicle security, vehicle health monitoring, remote access services, and more. Presented with an extensive package of available services powered by SiriusXM, NissanConnect Services will be one of the most feature-rich suites of connected vehicle services available…
  • SiriusXM Releases New iOS App – Version 3.0

    Charles LaRocca
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    There is hope for all of you SiriusXM iOS app users as your favorite satellite radio provider has finally sunk some thought and resources into their online listening experience. This new app boasts features including speedier tune times, synced settings across devices, enhanced search, personalized recommendations, and social integration. Although it may not be touted as a bullet point feature, gone are the days of using your pinky finger on those tiny little touch targets as the new app features large clickable areas that leave room for the fattest of fingers. Finally no more miss-clicks and…
  • Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy Team Up With SiriusXM

    Spencer Osborne
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    You might be a Red-Neck!!!  SiriusXM announced today that standup comedy superstars Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy will lead their own 24/7 comedy channel on SiriusXM to be called Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy will not only contribute, but serve as executive producers of  a new channel of exclusive comedy material that listeners will not hear anywhere other than at the comedy stars’ live comedy shows.  Comedy channels have been a staple on Sirius XM since its inception.  They oft provide a needed break from news programming…
 
 
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