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).
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Independent Broadcasters Association has enlisted Mark Levy, President of Revenue Development Resources, for a webinar. Levy is a sales management trainer and coach, as well as business development consultant.
iHeartMedia Dallas/Fort Worth’s 97.1 (KEGL-FM) The Eagle, will host “Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation Day”. Funds will support the families of Dallas/Fort Worth police officers and firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty.
WHUR’S 24/7 Quiet Storm Station is expanding, giving more Washington D.C. area listeners a chance to hear the station. Listeners with analog radios can now tune in to hear the station non-stop on 98.3 FM.
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.
Film producer Jonathan Glickman’s Glickmania Media and iHeartMedia have announced a joint venture that will include a two-year podcast co-production deal, focusing on a slate of original music-driven podcasts. The goal is two new podcasts per year.
Skyview Networks COO Steve Jones will moderate a discussion with New York Times Business Editor Ellen Pollack tonight from 7-9PM at Adelphi University. The live streamed event is called Keeping Up With The Times. Jones is an Adelphi graduate.
Townsquare Media has hired Tom Kreutzian as Market President for its Faribault/Owatonna market. The 4-station cluster had been under Townsquare's Rochester, MN leadership structure since 2012. The two markets are about an hour apart.
John Spataro has been promoted to lead operations of the Illinois Radio Network. The network is a news, sports and information service created with radio in mind, to provide content to affiliates across the state. Spataro was the affiliate and Sales Manager before being promoted.
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.
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.