Former WLIR Owner Dies at 84

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Elton Spitzer owned the Long Island station back in the 1970's and according to Newsday, when the album rock format had grown stale and faced more competition back in 1982, he flipped it to a British New Wave format stating, "This sounds like more fun.

103,000 Attend NAB Show in Vegas

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They are preliminary numbers, however, the NAB says registered attendance for the 2016 show was 103,012, about the same at 2015. Nearly 27,000 attendees were from outside the U.S. and over 1,600 representatives from the media were on hand. The show featured 1,874 companies spanning 1,063,380 net square feet of exhibit space.

AM Radio Has A Bright Future

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Those were the words of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler at the NAB Show Wednesday. Although many wonder if the FCC has done way too little, way too late, to make that statement a reality. And, in all likelihood, with a new President about to be elected, Wheeler will be long gone before we really know if the FCC's AM revitalization paid off.

College Stations Take Note….Follow The Rules

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The FCC has granted the license renewal of Bryant University college radio station WJMF-FM in Smithfield, Rhode Island, but only for four years, not the full eight. And the station was hit with a $12,000 fine. Here's why.

Nielsen Q1 Revenue Up 2%

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With $1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016, Nielsen revenue was up 2.0%, or 5.2% on a constant currency basis, compared to the first quarter of 2015. The Audio Division revenue (which includes the old Arbitron) grew 0.8% on a constant currency basis, which Nielsen says was what was expected.

Brewster Takes Over Cherry Creek

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Jonathan Brewster is the new CEO of Cherry Creek Radio, taking over for Joe Scwhartz who resigned in February after 14 years with the company. Brewster's experience is in small and mid-sized markets having formerly served as SVP of Qantum Communications. Cherry Creek has 53 radio stations in 11 markets in the Rocky Mountain region.

Conclave Announces 2016 Speakers

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The Conclave Learning Conference set for July 14 and 15 in Minneapolis will feature Hubbard CEO Ginny Morris (pictured), Beasley CFO Caroline Beasley, CBS Radio SVP Programming Jim Ryan, iHeartMedia President for LA Kevin LeGrett, Cumulus SVP Gary Pizatti, Cox Media Group RVP Susan Larkin, plus a luncheon with former CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason.
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Dodgers Renew With Univision

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The L.A. Dodgers and Univision have renewed their Spanish-language radio broadcast deal, which will keep the games airing on KTNQ-AM 1020 in L.A. through the 2018 baseball season. KTNQ will air eight spring trainnig games, the 162-game regular season, and any postseason games. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Save KPLU Campaign Hits $4 Million

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The SAVE KPLU campaign needs to raise $7 million by June 30, which matches the amount of the current deal between Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington. If the money is raised, KPLU-FM in Seattle will become an independent, community-licensed station. The community group Friends of 88-5 FM is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
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Radio Mercury Awards Deadline Extended To April 27

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The deadline for the Radio Mercury Awards has been extended by a week. The new deadline is April 27.


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