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  • Chris Martin, Rihanna back new Jay Z streaming music service

    Yahoo! Finance: Broadcasting - Radio Industry News
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
  • The Radio People produce Election Handbook

    Radio Today
    RadioToday staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    A new handbook designed to help radio stations and presenters during the General Election has been made available by The Radio People.
  • Wall Street Awash in Black Ink

    Radio & Television Business Report
    RBR-TVBR
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Dow got happy feet Monday on encouraging economic data and other factors, and it was a good day for most broadcast stocks. On the RBR+TVBR Index, the television group just did edge the radio group for top honors. The RBR Radio Index rose 10.124, or 1.4%, to 711.576. The TVBR Television Index rose 15.750, or 1.7%, to 960.256. Winners iHeart, up 6.8% Sinclair, up 4.0 Entercom, up 3.6% Losers Cumulus, down 2.7% Radio One, down 0.7% n/a                            
  • Comedy Central Justin Bieber Roast Isn’t Very Well Done

    Variety
    Brian Lowry
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Given that roasts represent something of a cultural dinosaur, Comedy Central is perhaps to be forgiven for engaging in blatant demographic pandering, as it did by devoting its latest litany of one-liners to Justin Bieber. For Bieber, of course, the showcase represented an opportunity to show off a lighter side given his public-relations woes, while... Read more »
  • Sunday Night Slow Jams Expands Operations Team

    FMQB News
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
 
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    Radio & Television Business Report

  • Wall Street Awash in Black Ink

    RBR-TVBR
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Dow got happy feet Monday on encouraging economic data and other factors, and it was a good day for most broadcast stocks. On the RBR+TVBR Index, the television group just did edge the radio group for top honors. The RBR Radio Index rose 10.124, or 1.4%, to 711.576. The TVBR Television Index rose 15.750, or 1.7%, to 960.256. Winners iHeart, up 6.8% Sinclair, up 4.0 Entercom, up 3.6% Losers Cumulus, down 2.7% Radio One, down 0.7% n/a                            
  • Reps Band Together as Gen Media Partners

    Dave Seyler
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    McGavren Guild President/CEO Kevin Garrity will lead a combined force of sales experts from his company along with Local Focus, Commercial Media Sales, HRN Radio Network and MG Malls. They will remain as individual companies while combining their strengths. Gen Media will be able to offer clients a platform of more than 1,000 radio stations in 330 markets. Coverage of the US will be just shy of 100%. In addition, outdoor, malls, audio, digital, social, experiential, and events are in the mix of possibilities. “The altering marketplace doesn’t allow for stagnation,” stated Garrity. …
  • NBCUniversal Dials Up Diaz

    Dave Seyler
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Hispanic Enterprises and Content business if NBCUniversal is the new home for Reny Diaz, and she will fill the newly created position of VP of Insights & Strategy. She will be working across numerous company brands.
  • Senate Votes to Protect a Free Internet

    Dave Seyler
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    An amendment made it through the Senate 3/27/15 that expresses the need for Congressional oversight of the internet. It was pushed through by Commerce Committee leaders Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL). In the end, it’s all about freedom. Click here to Login & view the full article & read our infamous RBR-TVBR observation (Not a member? Join Today!)
  • NAB Urges FCC Not to Abandon the Field

    Dave Seyler
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    NAB Vice President of Spectrum Policy Bob Weller believes that new technology requires the FCC to bolster its presence in the field to make sure harmful interference doesn’t cripple not just broadcasters but any other licensed users of spectrum, like first responders and aircraft, with potentially disastrous results. Weller and others believe that the FCC’s presence in field offices is inadequate already, and that the plan to reduce them by two thirds, with a total of only 33 qualified agents to cover the entire nation, is in serious need of reconsideration. Weller laid it all out in a…
 
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    Variety

  • Comedy Central Justin Bieber Roast Isn’t Very Well Done

    Brian Lowry
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Given that roasts represent something of a cultural dinosaur, Comedy Central is perhaps to be forgiven for engaging in blatant demographic pandering, as it did by devoting its latest litany of one-liners to Justin Bieber. For Bieber, of course, the showcase represented an opportunity to show off a lighter side given his public-relations woes, while... Read more »
  • Film Review: ‘Mavis!’

    Joe Leydon
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Gospel music great, rhythm-and-blues icon, civil rights activist and all-around living legend Mavis Staples is celebrated with the infectiously joyful enthusiasm of a passionately devoted fan in “Mavis!,” a spirited and captivating bio-doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title. Director Jessica Edwards adroitly entwines archival material, newly filmed interviews and live performances... Read more »
  • China’s Alibaba Signs Music Deal With BMG

    Patrick Frater
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Music rights giant BMG has struck a “wide-ranging distribution deal” in China with e-commerce giant Alibaba.
  • ‘Walking Dead’ Finale Q&A: Steven Yeun Talks Glenn’s Decision and Why Fans Shouldn’t Focus On Death

    geoffberkshire
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:13 pm
    "I wish people could binge watch our show, as opposed to waiting week by week."
  • Film Review: ‘Quitters’

    Joe Leydon
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    If you were to somehow distill into a single movie character the most insufferable attributes of Holden Caulfield, Max Fischer and the self-absorbed grown-up version of Antoine Doinel, you might come up with someone like the charisma-challenged protagonist of helmer Noah Pritzker’s debut feature, “Quitters.” Pritzker and co-scripter Ben Tarnoff earn grudging admiration for daring... Read more »
 
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    Mark Ramsey Media LLC

  • Last Day to Save $200 on Tix to hivio!

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    If you have been putting off that decision to buy a ticket for hivio – the audio future festival, act now. Tuesday is the LAST DAY to save $200 on tickets. >>>CLICK HERE FOR TIX<<< The event is June 4 & 5 in LA at the legendary Hollywood Improv. hivio is for everyone in the audio space to mix in one place at one time. You’ll rub elbows with folks you would never otherwise encounter at any event that’s only about radio or streaming or podcasting or sales. You’ll see and hear from talent and from experts in audio branding, advertising, online radio,…
  • It’s Time to Blow Up Podcasting

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Despite the rise in podcast usage there are still a ton of people who don’t know what podcasts are and couldn’t care less. Why? This week in our twice-monthly podcast Media Unplugged, Tom Asacker and I discussed (among other things) how it could be that Seinfeld, an almost twenty-year-old TV show that has been re-run umpteen times, could be worth $90 million in streaming rights fees. $90 million?! So what does that have to do with the growing pains of podcasting? A lot, I think. Let me explain. Podcasting was born as media by and for geeks. The content was primarily…
  • Is Social Media “A Great Wasteland”?

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Is social media “a great wasteland” of the modern media age? And…why is MSNBC launching daily Facebook videos that have nothing to do with the MSNBC brand? It’s episode 15 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Tom rants and raves on platforms mistaken for brands. Mark rants and raves about the importance of Hollywood actors’ Twitter followings, how often you should (or shouldn’t) post to social media, and one new podcast that wants you to review it WITHOUT listening to it. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth!
  • The Power of Audio Storytelling

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Robert McKee is a teacher of Story and author of the classic book Story. Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting. Past students of Mr. McKee’s include people like Peter Jackson, Russell Brand, Jimmy Fallon, Julia Roberts, Geoffrey Rush, Kirk Douglas, David Bowie, Meg Ryan, John Cleese, and many more. McKee is hosting an event on how to use story in business called Storynomics on March 19 in LA. I’ll be there. So should you. Click below to watch our Q&A: What follows is a highly edited transcript of our conversation. Ramsey: For those of us in business, what…
  • Music Labels Don’t Understand the Real Value of Music

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Memo to music labels: The “value” of music is defined by consumers, fans, and listeners, not by you and your minions. From Billboard: A renewed focus on the value of music comes as a transition point for the record business. Rob Wells, Universal Music Group’s president of digital who brokered deals with “freemium” services like Spotify, left the company in late February. Now the company is rethinking the value of unlimited free streaming, according to a label source. At the same time, Apple’s upcoming subscription service, slated for a June launch according…
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    George Reed's Radio/TV Station Trading Views

  • 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…
  • Reed Bunzel Launches Radio 2015: The Year Ahead

    George Reed
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Veteran radio writer and analyst Reed Bunzel today launched Radio 2015: The Year Ahead, a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. radio Industry. Researched and published by Bunzel Media Resources, Radio 2015: The Year Ahead is designed to help radio broadcasters successfully manage their businesses as traditional industry operations collide with new, disruptive technologies and emerging competitive forces.The main thrust of this project is a quarterly report that will feature exclusive (and original) reports on the following sectors of the radio business:Economic Indicators The…
 
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    SiriusBuzz

  • 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…
  • SiriusXM Prices Offering For $1 Billion In Senior Notes

    Spencer Osborne
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    SiriusXM initially announced an offering of $750 million in senior notes to be due in 2025.  Within hours, the number grew to $1 billion in senior notes at an impressive 5.375% that would come due in 2025.  It could be that the appetite for these notes was such that the company saw the ability to raise the stakes a bit. SiriusXM has been very good about debt over the last few years, and has been adept at maintaining a good debt to EBITDA ratio.  The company has massive revenues, and frankly, borrowing money at a bit over 5% is likely a very wise move.  SiriusXM has used such debt…
  • SiriusXM Sues To Protect Consumers

    Spencer Osborne
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    In an interesting development, SiriusXM has sued “John Doe” in an effort to protect consumers from what appears to be a fraudulent scheme by a party that uses a similar phone number to that of SiriusXM’s customer service department to get consumer information, and take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. SiriusXM’s customer service line is 888-539-7474 The John Doe number is 800-539-7474 SiriusXM alleges that consumers that dial the John Doe number are being asked for personal information, being promised gift cards, and other services.  Consumers mistakenly think…
  • February Auto Sales At 1.25 million

    Spencer Osborne
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Auto sales in February were up over January, and up over what was seen last year, but overall there was disappointment in the air.  With record snow fall in many parts of the country,  auto sales were bound to be impacted.  Overall, auto sales were a bit above 1.25 million and had a SAAR of 16.2 million.  Analysts were looking for a SAAR of 16.7 million. For SiriusXM, the numbers that were delivered were still decent news.  The satellite radio provider garners most of its subscribers from the trials offered to consumers when a new car is purchased.  About half of the cars sold last…
 
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