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    As the country works to bring the raging COVID-19 pandemic under control, healthcare will continue to grow as an advertising category in 2021. A record 5,500 healthcare companies received a total of $80 billion in investments in 2020 with telemedicine a top focus. “We should see a giant leap in healthcare and telemedicine advertising in the next 1-3 years,” MediaRadar CEO Todd Krizelman said Thursday. Read more

    Inside Radio News

    The diversity of podcasting – both in its creators and the content – were on full display Thursday night as the third annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards celebrated the industry’s best. The top prize went to Earwolf’s Office Ladies, which was selected by listeners as Podcast of the Year. Honors for best hosts went to Conan O’Brien and Nicole Byer. There was even a winner of a new show pitch. Here’s a rundown of all of the 2021 winners. Read more

    The National Association of Broadcasters lobbies on a wide array of subjects, from big issues like attempts to curb drug or political advertising, to less pressing issues such as whether daylight savings time should be done away with. But as the 117th session of Congress gets underway and a new President takes office, the NAB has laid out seven areas that will be its top priorities in Washington. Read more

    To bridge the gap between perceived radio listening and actual listening during the pandemic, the Colorado Broadcasters Association partnered with Nielsen for its annual “Power of Broadcast in Colorado” study. Nielsen data from the report reveals that radio gained audience at the height of the pandemic. “The public has confidence that their live and local broadcasters are going to deliver accurate and relevant information,” says CBA President/CEO Justin Sasso. Read more

    Ray Appleton will return to KMJ-AM/FM Fresno Monday after serving his suspension… Westwood One will carry play-by-play coverage of this Sunday’s AFC and NFC Championship Games… WNOW-FM Indianapolis to move Tino Cochino to mornings… Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern named the recipient of the 2020 CRB President’s Award… Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire had $65 million in revenue in 2020. Read more

    There’s more evidence that smart speakers are growing as a device used by Americans to consume AM/FM radio programming. The portion of listening to U.S. AM/FM streams that occurs on smart speakers climbed to 22% in December 2020, up from 19% in December 2019 and 17% in December 2018. That represents a 29% increase in two years. The growth isn’t coming at the expense of listening taking place on mobile devices. Read more

    This is a week of change in Washington as President Biden is sworn-in and Democrats take control of the Federal Communications Commission and the Senate. But with the scale of the changes, and bigger challenges facing the new administration, it may be a while before the impact on radio is clear. “It’s going to be months, possibly this whole year before we start to see more clearly how this is all going to play out,” said broadcast attorney David Oxenford. Read more

    People Moves

    Program Director John Hanson exits Entercom “NewsRadio 830” WCCO Minneapolis. Hanson came to WCCO from co-owned “610 Sports Radio” KCSP and “1660 The Score” and KWOD Kansas City in December 2018. Read more

    Baltimore Orioles radio play-by-play announcer Jim Hunter will not be calling O’s games next season. Hunter, who had been the lead announcer since 1997, said the team has opted not to renew his contract. Read more

    Steve Wittenberg retires from the industry after a 43-year career. Wittenberg has most recently been serving as an account executive at iHeartMedia Harrisonburg, VA.  Read more

    Kristin Monica joins Zimmer Radio of Mid-Missouri CHR “Y107” KTXY Jefferson City for afternoons. Monica was most recently morning host at SummitMedia country “Q103.1” WQNU Louisville.  Read more