iHeartMedia….Just Like Pixar?

That's what CFO Richard Bressler says, and he attributes that to iHeartMedia's massive scale and transformation into a multi-platform media company over the past five years. Bressler says iHeartMedia uses a master-brand strategy to increase the value of its radio stations and other brands, and Pixar is a great example.

What About iHeart’s Debt?

And now to the item everyone wonders about. iHeart's debt. CFO Richard Bressler said, while staying focused on maximizing the value of the business, the company continues to look for ways to strengthen its capital structure. So how much debt does iHeart now have? Here's what Bressler had to say on the Thursday earnings call...

FCC Loosens FM Translator Rules

As expected, the FCC on Thursday approved an order that expands the site locations where FM translators can rebroadcast AM radio stations. The amended rule provides greater flexibility for an AM station to place a rebroadcasting FM translator in a location where it will better serve its AM station’s listeners. All three commissioners now on the FCC voted in favor of the order.

Headphone Measurement. It’s a Huge Problem For Radio.

Is headphone and earbud listening even higher than the radio industry believes it to be? Radio executives are already concerned about being properly measured when listeners use headphones and earbuds. Now, consultant Alan Burns says, at least with women, this issue may be more serious than originally thought.
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Univision, Nielsen Audio Sign Extension

Univision has signed a multi-year extension on their agreement with Nielsen Audio. The renewal covers all of Univision's 64 owned and operated stations in 16 markets, which include the top 10 U.S. Hispanic markets, with an audience reach of more than 16.1 million listeners per week, as well as Univision's national radio network.

Alan Colmes Passes After Brief Illness

Alan Colmes, syndicated radio talk show host, and co-host and liberal half of the popular Fox political-debate show Hannity and Colmes, passed away Thursday morning. He was 66. Friend and “friendly adversary” Sean Hannity made the following statement...

Roberts Named VP Country Programming At CBS RADIO 

Big news coming out of CBS RADIO Thursday as the company names veteran country music programmer Tim Roberts to his second VP role. Roberts will also retain his current position of VP of Music Programming for CBS RADIO Detroit, with direct programming oversight of Country station WYCD-FM, Classic Hits WOMC-FM, and Top 40 WDZH-FM.

Field: CBS Was Always Our Optimal Target

During his Q4 earnings call, Entercom CEO David Field said he looked at buying both ABC and Citadel but was discipline enough to pass on those deals due to price, leverage and asset composition issues. "CBS has always represented the best fit, the strongest brands, people and culture and the optimal combined platform for the future."

Entercom Q4 Same Station Revenue up 3%

Overall revenue for the quarter was up 5% and CEO David Field said it was another solid quarter of strong organic growth for the company. October and November were strong months for Entercom, with December being softer. Excluding political, same-station revenue was flat for the quarter. Entercom took in $4.7 million in political in Q4 and $8 million for the year.

From Receptionist To Assistant GM

We love to find radio's superstars and tell you how they made it big and why they are passionate about the industry you all love. Kathy Byerly is a great example of how someone who starts out answering phones and handing out prizes can make it all the way to the corner office.

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