For stations that go all-Christmas, the time immediately following the holiday is a singular event, a once-a-year opportunity to showcase the station’s regular format in the best possible light. The goal is to keep people listening — even after the sleigh bells stop ringing.
The Federal Communications Commission is refusing to order radio and television stations to stop using the term “Redskins” as it rejects a petition seeking to block the license renewal for a station owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. But the fight appears far from over. MORE
Continuing to bulk up its online portfolio, Interactive One has purchased GlobalGrind, a website focused on hip-hop culture. The Russell Simmons-founded site will anchor a new Millennials channel for the online division of Radio One. MORE
Shrugging off a slower mid-year pace of sales, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) reports a new record was set during the third quarter. Marketers spent $12.4 billion across all digital platforms, beating a previous record set late last year by $300 million. MORE
A former winner of a Radio Mercury award will help select the winners in the coming year. The Radio Advertising Bureau says Y&R-New York chief creative officer Jim Elliott will serve as the chief judge for the 2015 awards, set to be handed out June 3 in New York City. MORE
In the latest setback for Lehman Brothers, a Delaware court has upheld the February decision to dismiss the firm’s lawsuit against Spanish Broadcasting System. The preferred shareholder had sought unspecified damages, alleging SBS violated the terms of its loan agreements when it bought the Houston television station KTBU-TV in 2011 for $16 million and took on new debt while missing quarterly dividends payments. MORE
Meruelo Media Group is hailing a decision this week by President Obama to establish formal diplomatic ties with Cuba and work to end a decades-old embargo of the country. The privately-held management company may have more of an interest in Cuba since it is headed by Alex Meruelo, the New York-born son of Cuban immigrants. MORE
The relationship between the two Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission and its chairman has hit a new low, as Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly are using unusually frank language to say their role as decision-makers is being ignored by Democrat Tom Wheeler. MORE
Delmarva Broadcasting Company has owned stations in the Delaware Valley since 1927. It will enter 2015 with two additional ones. The company has struck a $3.25 million deal to buy urban “Kiss 101.7” WJKS and gospel “Faith 1510” WFAI in Wilmington, DE from QC Communications. MORE
USA Radio Networks, which is undergoing a rebuilding under new owner Cross Platform Media Group, has picked up nationally syndicated radio host Steve Deace as part of its lineup. As part of the deal, Deace’s show will move from nights to afternoon drive, starting January 20. MORE
On the heels of its expansion into the U.S., Paris-based digital music service Deezer has appointed Dr. Hans-Holger Albrecht as CEO. He arrives from the same position at telecom and media group Millicom, which operates in Africa and Latin America. In addition to targeting audiophiles in the U.S, Deezer expanded into spoken word content with an October acquisition of Stitcher, which offers content from 35,000 talk shows and podcasts. Deezer has a worldwide user base of 16 million people and 6 million paid subscribers in 180 countries.