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  • Apple launches Beats 1 with Zane Lowe show

    Radio Today
    Roy Martin
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    Apple's new worldwide radio station Beats 1 has launched with Zane Lowe's first radio show since leaving BBC Radio 1.
  • Stocks Rebound as Greece Saga Unfolds

    Radio & Television Business Report
    RBR-TVBR
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    At least one advisor is telling investors not to panic because of Greece (smart buyers will snap up cheap stocks) and as diplomats got involved in the Greek situation, television stocks rose. So did radio stocks, but you had to look very closely to notice. Emmis fell to $1 even at the end of the day. The RBR Radio Index rose 0.581, or 0.1%, to 722.006. The TVBR Television Index rose 9.576, or 1.0%, to 963.958. Winners iHeart, up 6.6% Beasley, up 4.3% Media General, up 2.3% Losers Emmis, down 5.7% Cumulus, down 2.4% Salem, down 1.9%                …
  • Film Review: ‘Heil’

    Variety
    Peter Debruge
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    If Hitler were alive today, it would take a triumph of the will to sit through “Heil,” director Dietrich Brueggemann’s brazen assault on the state of right-wing extremism in Germany today, which ruthlessly lampoons what clowns the dead Fuhrer’s followers have become.
  • Dear Media: We Hoaxed You! Love, Taylor Swift and Apple Music

    Mark Ramsey Media LLC
    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Was the Taylor Swift / Apple Music dustup nothing more than a premeditated hoax? Maybe! Listen to our argument! And… “I Want My MTV” is out, and “I AM My MTV” is in, but will anybody care? It’s episode 22 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey Plus, rants and raves about Amazon’s trend-setting plan to pay some self-published authors based on the number of pages read, and the one irrefutable, universal law of podcasting success – or not Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below:…
  • It has been a busy six months for radio

    George Reed's Radio/TV Station Trading Views
    George Reed
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
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    Radio Today

  • Apple launches Beats 1 with Zane Lowe show

    Roy Martin
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    Apple's new worldwide radio station Beats 1 has launched with Zane Lowe's first radio show since leaving BBC Radio 1.
  • Belfast’s newest station launches on 89.3FM

    Matthew Hardman
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    A new community radio station for Belfast has soft-launched today from the city centre, aimed at the 55 plus age group.
  • Who’s winding Steve Penk up in Manchester?

    Matthew Hardman
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    Steve has been trying to contact a number of advertising agencies to talk about this new radio station for Manchester but everyone thinks he's winding them up.
  • Ofcom wants SE community radio applications

    Roy Martin
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:43 am
    Ofcom is inviting applications for community radio services to operate on FM and AM throughout the South East, but there are limits.
  • The new season on BBC Radio 4 unveiled

    Matthew Hardman
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:11 am
    A number of new commissions for BBC Radio 4 have been revealed at an event in London on Monday night with BBC Director General Tony Hall and station Controller Gwyneth Williams.
 
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    Radio & Television Business Report

  • Stocks Rebound as Greece Saga Unfolds

    RBR-TVBR
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    At least one advisor is telling investors not to panic because of Greece (smart buyers will snap up cheap stocks) and as diplomats got involved in the Greek situation, television stocks rose. So did radio stocks, but you had to look very closely to notice. Emmis fell to $1 even at the end of the day. The RBR Radio Index rose 0.581, or 0.1%, to 722.006. The TVBR Television Index rose 9.576, or 1.0%, to 963.958. Winners iHeart, up 6.6% Beasley, up 4.3% Media General, up 2.3% Losers Emmis, down 5.7% Cumulus, down 2.4% Salem, down 1.9%                …
  • Consumers Getting Frisky

    Dave Seyler
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The Conference Board registered across the board gains in its major consumer sentiment categories in its latest sounding on consumer confidence. The base reading – the Consumer Confidence Index – surged into triple-digit territory. The June increase built on modest gains registered in May. Click here to Login & view the full article & read our infamous RBR+TVBR observation (Not a member? Join Today!)
  • ZGS Takes DirecTV Dispute to the FCC

    Dave Seyler
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Hispanic-owned television group ZGS has made the case for carriage before the FCC, claiming that satellite service DirecTV is failing to properly serve local Hispanic citizens by refusing to carry its Class A Telemundo-affiliated stations. It made its remarks against the backdrop of DirecTV’s proposed merger into AT&T in a letter to all five commissioners. Click here to Login & view the full article & read our infamous RBR+TVBR observation (Not a member? Join Today!)
  • FCC Releases Pre-auction TVStudy

    Dave Seyler
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology has released key software related to calculating coverage area prior to station repacking, as well as baseline data for all auction eligible stations. The software can be found on the Commission’s LEARN website under the Repacking Section at http://wireless.fcc.gov/incentiveauctions/learn-program/repacking.html Further, as per the rules, “OET is releasing a set of baseline data of the coverage area and population served to be protected in the repacking process of all full power and Class A television stations eligible for protection in the…
  • Flooding the Market with LPTV

    Dave Seyler
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Low power television stations, to be precise – that’s what Michael J. Flood hopes to once he closes on and constructs a pair of Nebraska LPTV construction permits. The stations are K21LX-D CP Grand Island NE and K30MQ-D Hastings NE. Click here to Login & view the full article & read our infamous RBR+TVBR observation (Not a member? Join Today!)
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    Variety

  • Film Review: ‘Heil’

    Peter Debruge
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    If Hitler were alive today, it would take a triumph of the will to sit through “Heil,” director Dietrich Brueggemann’s brazen assault on the state of right-wing extremism in Germany today, which ruthlessly lampoons what clowns the dead Fuhrer’s followers have become.
  • Locarno Film Festival Secures New Pics By South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo, Polish Auteur Andrzej Zulawski

    nvivarelli
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
    ROME – The Locarno Film Festival has secured world preems of two new works by celebrated auteurs, South Korea’s Hong Sangsoo, sometimes dubbed “the Korean Woody Allen,” and Polish auteur Andrzej Zulawski who is known for his creative anarchy. Hong Sang-soo will bow his tongue in cheek “Right Now, Wrong Then,” about chance encounters between... Read more »
  • Justin Lin’s ‘Hollywood Adventures’ Take Him To China

    Patrick Frater
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    With "Hollywood Adventures", Taiwan-born Justin Lin has returned to his roots in Asia for the first film since the “Fast & Furious” series.
  • WATCH: Trailer for ‘Chemo,’ World Premiering at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

    Leo Barraclough
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    MUNICH — Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer to “Chemo,” an unconventional love story. The film world premieres at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which kicks off Friday. Bartek Prokopowicz’s debut feature as a director centers on 30-year-old Benek, who is suffering from an existential crisis that mostly manifests itself in suicidal... Read more »
  • ‘Scream’ Co-Showrunner on the Tricks of Treating Auds to a Great Horror Show

    Whitney Friedlander
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Fans of the “Scream” movie franchise are well aware that there are certain rules one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie. But what’s required to have a successful horror TV show? Jaime Paglia, one of the executive producers and showrunners of MTV’s “Scream” TV series, chatted with Variety about the tricks... Read more »
 
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    Mark Ramsey Media LLC

  • Dear Media: We Hoaxed You! Love, Taylor Swift and Apple Music

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Was the Taylor Swift / Apple Music dustup nothing more than a premeditated hoax? Maybe! Listen to our argument! And… “I Want My MTV” is out, and “I AM My MTV” is in, but will anybody care? It’s episode 22 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey Plus, rants and raves about Amazon’s trend-setting plan to pay some self-published authors based on the number of pages read, and the one irrefutable, universal law of podcasting success – or not Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below:…
  • What Apple’s Beats 1 Means for Your Radio Brand

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The shape of Apple’s new live-streaming radio station Beats 1 is coming into focus, and it’s full of exclusive celebrity content: The New York Times reports that Elton John will have a regular show on Beats 1 titled “Elton John’s Rocket Hour,” and it will play old and new music. Other musicians with shows on Beats 1 include Pharrell Williams, Drake, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Jaden Smith, and Disclosure. Pharrell isn’t just a presenting a show, though. His new single “Freedom” will be the first track exclusive to Apple Music, only available to…
  • Lessons for Audio from Big Brands – Tom Asacker at hivio 2015

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    It may be the most popular presentation from hivio 2015, the audio future festival. It’s branding authority and celebrated author Tom Asacker on what folks in the audio space can learn from the big brands and the critical trends shaping the winners and losers in the modern media world. Tom cuts to the chase and spells out not only what’s going on out there but what you and I should do to leverage consumer and business trends and emerge on top. Many people told me this was a highlight of their days at hivio, so I can’t recommend this video strongly enough. Watch this video,…
  • Media Unplugged – Is the New Apple Music a “Mess?”

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Is the new Apple Music a mess? And… The new marketing muscle of your favorite movie stars. It’s episode 21 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey Plus, rants and raves about Kaitlin Jenner’s first name, the mismatch between social media performance and actual TV ratings, and the journalist who tricked media outlets into believing that chocolate makes you thin. 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…
  • The Power of Audio – Mark Ramsey @hivio 2015

    mramsey1@ix.netcom.com (Mark Ramsey)
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    We live in a video world, don’t we? A world where pictures are worth a thousand words and are therefore a thousand times more powerful, right? Not always. Sometimes the power of audio can be amazing, and the intimacy and impact of audio on listeners and on consumers can be monumental. Hence my opening presentation at the recently wrapped hivio 2015, the audio future festival. The title was “The Power of Audio.” It’s more than a love story to audio and to those who make it and appreciate it. If you have ever had a client question the value of audio as an ad medium,…
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    George Reed's Radio/TV Station Trading Views

  • It has been a busy six months for radio

    George Reed
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • Alpha Media to purchase Morris Communications Radio stations

    George Reed
    18 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from Morris Communications. Morris owns thirty-six radio stations in 8 markets including; Topeka, KS; Salina, KS; Amarillo, TX; Palm Springs, CA; Anchorage, AK; Wasilla, AK; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, WA and Wenatchee-Columbia River, WA.Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media will add the Morris markets to the ninety-nine stations currently in the Alpha Media portfolio. When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to 135.
  • Join Our LinkedIn Group for Radio and TV Station Buyers and Sellers

    George Reed
    16 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    If you are a LinkedIn user (and if not, why aren't you??!!), please consider joining our group: Radio/TV Station Buyers.  It is a group for station owners and prospective buyers. We have several thousand members, including many well known broadcasters. Our discussions are timely and relevant. Join us and participate regularly. It is a great resource for those of us in the business of buying, selling, and building value with radio and television stations.GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • Alpha Media closes Fredericksburg, VA Cluster

    George Reed
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Alpha Media of Portland, OR has closed on its purchase of four radio stations in Fredericksburg, VA from Free Lance–Star Publishing LLC.Alpha purchased WFLS–FM, WNTX–AM, WVBX–FM and WWUZ–FM.I represented the seller.GeorgeMedia Services Group
  • 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.  
 
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    SiriusBuzz

  • 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…
  • SiriusXM Gets “FOXier”

    Spencer Osborne
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    SiriusXM and Fox News have joined forces in the creation of a new news channel that will launch this Fall.  The channel will be called Fox News Headlines 24/7, and in contrast to current Fox offerings on SiriusXM, will be geared toward radio.  Currently, many popular news channels on television simulcast the coverage to satellite radio.  This concept is fine for most instances, but the medium of radio does indeed differ from television, thus, having a show built for a radio audience is a welcomed addition. Fox News Headlines 24/7 will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a…
  • SiriusXM Scores Court Victory In Pre-1972 Recordings

    Spencer Osborne
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The issue surrounding royalties for songs recorded before 1972 has not typically been a friendly one to SiriusXM.  The satellite radio provider has found itself on the losing side of an argument about the payment of royalties for music fitting into that category.  The issue arises because the royalty laws used to pay artists took effect in 1972, leaving a debated loophole of music that predates the law. Flo and Eddie, from the Turtles, and famous for the song Happy Together filed suit in California for unauthorized use of their material, and are working their way across several states with…
  • Judge Certifies Class Action Suit For Pre-1972 Recordings

    Spencer Osborne
    28 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    SiriusXM has seen better days.  The satellite radio provider was dealt a bit of a blow this week when a federal judge certified that the Flo and Eddie lawsuit regarding royalties would garner class action status.  Instead of Flo and Eddie against SiriusXM, it can now be anyone with pre-1972 music vs. SiriusXM.  The suit could carry ramifications across the digital sphere. Judge Philip Gutierrez sided with Flo and Eddie on the matter, and seems to have agreed that the damages proposed, 100% of all revenues attributed to pre-1972 recordings are at play.  It is estimated that somewhere…
  • Millennials Get Radio Show On SiriusXM

    Spencer Osborne
    11 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    SiriusXM has announced the launch of “Career Playbook Radio,” an all-new career advice show hosted by Jim Citrin, partner at executive search firm Spencer Stuart and best-selling author on leadership and career success. “Career Playbook Radio” is focused on giving millennials, young professionals, and parents of recent college grads expert insight into getting a great job and laying the foundation for a successful career. “Career Playbook Radio” will be a weekly conversation with top executives, industry veterans, and thought leaders sharing their personal experience and knowledge…
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    Sunny.fm - Marquette Adult Contemporary Radio WKQS FM » The Sunny Morning Show

  • U.P. Football All-Star Game takes place tomorrow!

    Brian Williams
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Todd Goldbeck Marquette– This weekend the best high school athletes in the Upper Peninsula are gathering to play in the U.P.
  • Wooden Nickel Hosts Charity Bike Ride This Saturday

    Brian Williams
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Marquette – The Wooden Nickle is hosting their 1st Annual Charity Bike Ride tomorrow morning. The ride is a charity event to help benefit the Beacon House in Marquette. The event starts with registration at 10 am, and at noon all the bikers will ride across the U.
  • Teal Lake Paddle in Negaunee Takes Place Tomorrow!

    Brian Williams
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Teal Lake Paddle organizer Neil Lynch (left) along with Gary Perala (Right) of the Negaunee Lions Club during last year’s event. Marquette-Tomorrow afternoon the Negaunee Lions Club is hosting the Teal Lake Paddle in Negaunee, sponsored by Sunny.
  • Teal Lake Paddle This Saturday In Negaunee

    Walt
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Gary Rasmussen Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Teal Lake Paddle is this Saturday on Teal Lake in Negaunee, presented by the Negaunee Lions Club Club President Gary Rasmussen joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike today to preview the event. Rasmussen explained the different competitive and casual elements of the day’s activities and how you can register.
  • Annual Fish Boil Fundraiser This Saturday In Marquette

    Walt
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    Marquette Fish Boil Dinner coming soon! Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette Breakfast Rotary is presenting one of the area’s most popular and unique fundraisers on Saturday evening.
 
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