Westwood One Files Patent Infringement Suit Against LRN

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The suit was filed on March 2. Westwood One claims Local Radio Networks infringed on patent numbers 7,860,448 (Methods and Computer Programs for Localizing Broadcast Content) and 7,412,203 (Systems, Methods and Apparatus for Operating a Broadcast Network).

Carton & Roberts To Simulcast on TV

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The WFAN afternoon show will also been seen on SNY weekdays from 4PM-6PM starting in May. The show airs on WFAN in New York from 2PM-7PM.

Salem Q4 Down Only 4%

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Another sign the tide is turning. Salem Media reported Q4 same station broadcast revenue decreased only 4% to $47.7 million from $49.8 million in Q4 of 2019. Broadcast revenue increased 5.9% compared to the third quarter of 2020.

Pierre Robert Staying With WMMR

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Philadelphia radio icon, Pierre Robert, has signed a multiyear extension with Beasley Media Group Station WMMR-FM. The extension means Robert will celebrate 40 straight years with the station this November.

LRN Responds: Westwood Can’t Take The Competition

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On Wednesday evening Local Radio Networks issued a statement regarding the patent infringement suit filed by Westwood One. The company says the "claims are legally and factually baseless and intends to vigorously defend against those claims."

GMR Doesn’t Care You’re Suffering Through A Pandemic

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Broadcasters airing music in the GMR library were notified this week that they'd have to pay 20% more for that music as of April 1. Current licensing agreements expire on March 31st. The new deal, if you choose to accept it, is for 9 months.

Informing The Public About Local Government

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Michigan Radio has launched Minutes, a new way for the public to stay informed about local government. It's a way - through podcasting - to keep local residents informed about their local government meetings especially those being underserved by local news media.

Meruelo Adds Talker on HD in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles rock station 95.5 KLOS has launched HD2 radio station "KLOS 2. It will be a talk format programmed by Frank Kramer from the Heidi and Frank Show. Kramer says this was all his idea and Meruelo is giving him the chance to make it work.

No Surprise – Mobile Listening on The Rise

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It's hard to miss, no matter where we are these days, at the gym, at the library, in the park, even in the car, everyone is on their phone doing something. Edison Research is out with new data that says listening to mobile is one of those things and its on the rise.

Connoisseur Raises $473K For Kids

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Kudos to Connoisseur Media's Country station WFRE-FM in Frederick, MD for bringing in $472,991 from its listeners during the “Free Country Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon” last month.

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And The Nominees Are…

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The Podcast Academy has announced the nominees for its inaugural Awards for Excellence in Audio or The Ambies. The ceremony announcing the winners will be streamed LIVE on YouTube, Twitch and other platforms Sunday, May 16th from Los Angeles at 8PM Eastern.

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Borrell Examines Streaming Video

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The latest Borrell's Local Marketing Trends focuses on how local businesses are embracing streaming video. Gordon Borrell and Corey Elliott look at the latest survey results that show an increase in use last year and projections into this year.

Entercom Seattle Promotes Two

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Ryan Castle has been promoted to Brand Manager and Taryn Daly has been elevated to Assistant Brand Manager at 99.9 KISW (KISW-FM). Both will continue other duties with stations in the group.

Pierre Robert Staying With WMMR

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Philadelphia radio icon, Pierre Robert, has signed a multiyear extension with Beasley Media Group Station WMMR-FM. The extension means Robert will celebrate 40 straight years with the station this November.

Abfalter MVP Leighton Broadcasting

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Leighton Broadcasting has honored Director of Engineering Tony Abfalter as Engineering MVP of 2020. The Minnesota based family/employee owned company recognized Abfalter for his exemplary work during the pandemic shutdown.

New Women’s History Series

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The series, Women’s History in a Minute, launches March 1 on the ABC Power Portal. The on-demand original video service is optimized for radio station websites, apps and social media platforms.

NYT Looks At Back To School

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The New York Times has produced an audio documentary series about a high school reopening during the pandemic. Odessa is a four-part audio documentary series about the return to class at the West Texas high school.

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