Saga’s July Was Only Down 29%

That's the world we live in these days, when being down under 30% is a win. Saga's the latest public radio company to confirm that April was the revenue bottom caused by the pandemic.

New Urban Alternative On The Way in Texas

KTSU Public Radio is launching Urban Alternative The Vibe this fall from the campus of Texas Southern University. The station will target Millennials and Gen-Z with a mix of Hip Hop, R&B and Neo-Soul. Funding for the station is from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Le Batard Apologies For Twitter Poll

ESPN's syndicated radio star Dan Le Batard has apologized for a Twitter poll that asked if it was funny that Orlando magic forward Jonathan Isaac tore his ACL after being the first NBA player to stand during the NBA season.

Salem Signs Deal With Tech Company QUU

QUU's technology enables stations to take control of the RDS/HD in-car stereo display with the ability to monetize it through ad augmentation. Earlier this year, Steve Newberry joined the company as CEO. Beasley Media Group is among the company’s investors.

CMG Raises Big Money For St. Jude

The Cox Media Group Tulsa cluster partnered with Fox-TV affiliate KOKI-TV and set two records in the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway campaign.  The stations sold a record number of tickets and $1.2 million was raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Thanks to Susan Owensby for sharing her Blast From The Past from 1981. She was a host at KMFA- FM in Austin, which, at that time was the only non-commercial 100% listener-supported classical radio station in the country.

Beasley Q2 Revenue Drops 53%

Another sign of how brutal a national pandemic can be when businesses are forced to shut down and advertising dries up. Revenue for the months of April, May and June came in at $30.4 million for Beasley Media Group, down from $65.7 million for the same three months in 2019.

musicFIRST Not Impressed With Local Radio Freedom Act

As we reported yesterday, after years of working the halls of Congress, the NAB has secured a majority of House members in support of the Local Radio Freedom Act. The Act is intended to block any new royalty payments imposed on stations.

O’Rielly Shenanigans in Washington

Without giving a reason President, Trump has withdrawn the nomination of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly to The FCC. O'Rielly has been with the Commission since 2013 and was facing confirmation for another term that would have kept him at the agency through 2024. Here's what we know.


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