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Journal merges broadcast operations with Scripps.

In the latest signal that bigger is better in the modern media world, Journal Communications has announced plans to spin-off its 132-year-old flagship newspaper and merge with the E.W. Scripps Company. While Scripps owns no radio, Journal’s radio and tv unit will be merged with Scripps’ 19 TV stations to create a group that has broadcast assets across 27 markets.


Survey: Initial NextRadio reaction is positive.

A new online survey of U.S. smartphone owners shows positive initial reaction to NextRadio, the app that enables over-the-air listening to local FM radio on smartphones. After watching a 90-second commercial for NextRadio, the vast majority of participants had a positive reaction, including 56% who described their reaction as “very positive” and a third who said “somewhat positive.” The survey of 801 smartphone owners aged 18-49 was funded by the NAB and conducted by Coleman Insights. MORE


Fox News Radio chief Magee exiting network.

Fox News Radio and Fox Business Network executive vice president Kevin Magee is leaving the company after a 13-year run. In an email to staff today Magee said he approached Fox News chairman Roger Ailes with his plans to leave a few weeks ago and the two agreed the timing is right for him to make an exit. “There will be more for me, but nothing I am prepared to announce today,” Magee writes in the note. Magee has been running Fox News Radio since 2005. There’s no word on a successor.


Cumulus inks news deal with CNN.

CNN has struck a licensing deal with Cumulus Media that gives its radio stations and Westwood One affiliates access to customizable CNN Newsource video, audio or text. While it’s back in radio after a two-year absence, don’t expect to hear the CNN brand. Its deal with Cumulus calls for its content to be unbranded to allow stations to create their own newscasts using their own call letters and station slogans. MORE


Report: EMF buying Hartford rocker WCCC.

Report: EMF buying Hartford rocker WCCC.

The rock may soon no longer roll for Hartford’s WCCC-FM. Marlin Broadcasting is selling the classic rocker to Christian broadcaster EMF Broadcasting, according to the Harford Courant. “Rock 106.9” has programmed some form of rock since the mid-‘70s. Staffers have reportedly been pink-slipped. Station officials weren’t immediately available to comment but the station’s Facebook page is promoting a noon-5pm celebration of the station planned for Friday. MORE


Fox back in business with Entercom.

After the name-calling, ad boycott and host suspension, it’s back to business as usual between Entercom and Fox. Entercom VP of marketing Jenny Nelson says the entertainment giant informed CEO David Field yesterday that it had rescinded the ad ban it began last Friday on all Entercom stations. MORE


Ibiquity and BMI promote new music and HD Radio.

The latest way to promote HD Radio takes a turn through Nashville as iBiquity and BMI expand an initiative to help raise the profile of up-and-coming artists and digital radio technology. The “HD Radio Artist Spotlight” program will see iBiquity leverage its relationship with local radio to introduce BMI artists to stations and arrange promotions that highlight their appearances. MORE


Michelle Shocked targets radio with silent ‘album.’

Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has named all the tracks on her latest release after radio and music industry executives and attorneys and is asking fans to listen to the album repeatedly on Spotify in order to pay her royalties. The twist is all of the songs are “silent” and she’ll collect from what’s essentially a protest. MORE


Vogt predicts more change for tech providers.

The past year has brought several changes among broadcast equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and GatesAir CEO Charlie Vogt thinks more change is likely. “With an era of transformative change staring right at us, expect more consolidation and sub-scale failure in the industry,” he predicts. MORE


Sonos integrates Radionomy platform.

Users of the Sonos Wireless HiFi system will now be able to listen to radio stations streaming via the Radionomy platform. The companies have announced the Sonos app will include the several thousand stations using Radionomy as their streaming provider. MORE


Endorsements ads are the ticket for mobile tech company.

The power of radio personalities to connect with listeners and Spanish radio’s influence among Hispanic immigrants has attracted the mobile tech company Muuzii to the medium. Through the end of the year it will use ESPN Deportes stations in four cities to roll out its text message-based translation service. MORE


Cleveland paper rejects ad from Miami station.

It may be 1,200 miles from the market but “The Ticket” WAXY-FM & AM, Miami (104.3, 790) would like to buy ad space in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. Not to promote the station, but to needle LeBron James, who left south Florida last month to rejoin the NBA Cavaliers. MORE


Growth exceeds expectations at American Tower.

The tower business remains in growth mode as American Tower reports domestic revenue soared 27% to $660 million during the second quarter. When its expanding international business is added in, the Boston-based company brought in more than $1 billion of business during the three-month period. MORE


L.A. manager Blackburn named AWM interim CEO.

Veteran Los Angeles general manager Valarie Blackburn has been selected as interim CEO of the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM). Shefll oversee the organization while it searches for a new chief. MORE


Westwood One recruits Chiefs announcer.

Syracuse Chiefs play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti has been called up to the major league — in radio that is. He’s joining Westwood One as part of the network’s college football announcing team starting next month. MORE


Apple shuts down Swell.

Hours after closing a $30 million buyout of the news and talk mobile service Swell, Apple has closed down the app. In a goodbye note, Swell says it’s been “inspired by the opportunity to create quality products that positively impact users’ lives” but offers no clues as to what Apple plans to do with it. Swell had been offering on-demand audio content from providers including ABC News Radio, NPR and American Public Media.


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