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Radio’s cool to proposed online political files.

Broadcasters are greeting a proposal to require radio stations to post their political files online with a healthy serving of skepticism. It’s a rule that’s already in place for broadcast TV stations, and now the FCC is considering expanding it to radio. But many small operators argue it would be too tough for them to meet such an obligation.


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‘The Bone’ goes Bubba-free.

Cox Media Group’s “102.5 The Bone” WHPT, Tampa has been the flagship for the syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge Show for the past six years. But when it updates the lineup on Tuesday Bubba’s morning show will be gone. Cox says it will continue to handle technical duties for the Bubba Radio Network through the end of 2014. And the program will remain on stations in six markets. MORE


Cumulus revives WFAS in suburban New York.

John Sebastian’s “Welcome Back” was the first song to air on Friday when Cumulus Media returned the WFAS-FM brand to New York’s northern suburbs. The AC station had been off the air since early July when Cumulus moved the signal into the city and launched urban AC “Radio 103.9” WNBM. WFAS remained alive online and as an HD2 subchannel on hot AC WPLJ (95.5). Now it has struck a deal to use the Pomona, NY-licensed translator W232AL to simulcast WFAS at 94.3 FM. MORE


Diaz Dallas-bound for KLIF-FM.

Cumulus has recruited a new programmer for its Dallas CHR. Louie Diaz, most recently program director for Alpha Broadcasting in Portland, OR, has been appointed to the same position at “i93” KLIF-FM. The Queens, NY native started his radio career at age 16 at WPLJ, New York (95.5), where he ultimately rose to assistant program director. MORE


New sales managers at New York’s WFAN.

CBS Radio sports “The Fan” WFAN, New York (660, 101.9) promotes Sean Argaman to general sales manager for the station. He’s been at the cluster since 2010, most recently as director of sports sales for the Yankees Radio Network. WFAN also promotes local sales manager Brian Rooney to sales manager. And Steve Kalman, who has been managing director of the Local Integrated Solutions group for the cluster, takes over sales for the Yankees Radio Network. MORE


People Moves This Week.

There’s a new market manager in Monterey. A new DOS in Memphis. Plus lots of program director changes. Nashville lost a Hall of Fame personality this week. And a lot of fall sports teams announce changes to their on-air lineup. Catch up will all the week’s People Moves HERE.


Redskins license challenge target yet to be decided.

George Washington University professor John Banzhaf is hoping a combination of a threat of license renewal challenges and pressure from the FCC will enlist local radio and television in his quest to get the name of the Washington Redskins changed. In an interview on Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM, Washington (103.5) yesterday, Banzhaf said several former FCC commissioners agree that the agency’s rulebook could be put to use. MORE


Southern California Public Radio signs first union contract.

Labor Day arrives with a new contract for news-talk KPCC, Los Angeles (89.3) as SAG-AFTRA negotiates its first-ever union contract with management at Southern California Public Radio. The new three-year contract includes wage increases and improved company benefits for more than 70 newscasters, correspondents, show hosts, and editors who work on-air and online. MORE


Bloomberg to launch San Francisco station.

“Bloomberg will shortly be launching a radio station in San Francisco with a content focus for and from the tech and business community.” That’s from the business news company in a classified ad for a radio sales manager for a soon-to-launch Bay Area station. But Bloomberg hasn’t identified which station it will take over. MORE


CBS Radio rejects ads linked to TV fight.

Corporate synergy typically saves companies money, but it can cost a station an advertising buy too. That’s what’s happening at four CBS Radio stations which have rejected a buy from the American Television Alliance. MORE


FEMA, Ad Council tee-up ‘Our Ready’ campaign.

FEMA says that half of Americans don’t have an emergency plan in case of a disaster and a new PSA campaign on radio and other media aims to change that. Deutsch created English- and Spanish-language spots which FEMA and the Ad Council are releasing in time for the 11th annual National Preparedness Month, which begins next week. MORE


iHeartRadio Fest exported Down Under.

Clear Channel launched iHeartRadio in Australia in a partnership with the Australian Radio Network (ARN) last year. Now it’s working with ARN CHR KIIS 106.5 to bring the signature iHeartRadio Music Festival to Sydney’s 20,000-capacity Allphones Arena on October 18. It’s the first international expansion for the iHeart brand. MORE


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