TOP STORY

At the far left end of the FM dial sits a conundrum for the Federal Communications Commission. In more than two dozen markets, low-power television stations on analog channel 6 are using their overlap with the radio dial at 87.7 FM to target radio listeners, not TV viewers. As the FCC works to bring low-power television stations into the digital age, it’s once again seeking public comment on these FM dial anomalies. Read more

INSIDE RADIO NEWS

Next year the U.S. advertising market will surpass a quarter-trillion dollars after reaching $244 billion this year — an increase of 6.2% over 2018 — according to GroupM. But the firm’s annual media outlook says 2020 political spending could end up in record territory, exceeding $9.8 billion. Read more

Expanding beyond just airing commercials on radio, supplemental insurance provider Aflac has partnered with the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour for a number of events surrounding the holiday concert series. Aflac brought recording artists to pediatric cancer patients in Atlanta and Washington and is hosting “Level Up Lounge” areas at select Jingle Ball dates, creating playlists and co-branding the “For The Record” radio segments. Read more

Is subscription radio a viable concept for AM/FM broadcasters looking to diversify their revenue streams beyond advertising? The potential new business model is being tested in fourth quarter 2019 and first quarter 2010 by Boulder, CO-based Auddia, which says there’s considerable consumer interest in an ad-free, subscription based version of broadcast radio. Read more

Music listening apps are making it harder to avoid podcasts, with platforms like iHeartRadio and Spotify serving up podcast recommendations front and center alongside music. Pandora is now following suit as it rolls out a redesigned mobile app. It includes a “For You” tab that includes suggested music and podcast picks. Those recommendations are personalized based on a users’ past listening. Read more

Two Los Angeles radio veterans are teaming up to put their knowledge of the rock format and a long list of contacts to good use. Rita Wilde and CW West have partnered to launch the podcast Rock and Roll Confessional. The show is described as a podcast for fans of the genre with interviews with insiders, including musicians and songwriters. Each episode starts by asking their guest what their “confession” is. Read more

Standard Media Group strikes a $64.2 million deal to buy 15 radio stations and 11 television stations from Bill Christian and Mike Reed’s Sound Communications. Also this week, a big-ticket translator sale in Houston. Plus, Randy Michaels is a seller in Michigan. Cumulus downsizes in a Georgia market. And a Terre Haute market morning man becomes the station’s new owner. Check out the details in this week’s Deal Digest. Read more

The return of the Jonas Brothers is making holidays bright as the trio’s “Like It’s Christmas” is the top-played current track on the Mediabase U.S. Holiday Chart ending Dec. 3. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and other classics still rule the holidays, with new seasonal songs from Matt Nathanson and Pentatonix rising to the top of the current chart. Read more

There are plenty of year-end podcast lists that rely on the creator’s opinion. But the tally issued today by Podtrac of the top new podcasts of 2019 is based on the average number of downloads the shows received between Dec. 1, 2018 and Nov. 31, 2019. The ranker shows the podcast studio Wondery had eight of the top 20 new shows, followed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Read more

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The return of the Jonas Brothers is making holidays bright as the trio’s “Like It’s Christmas” is the top-played current track on the Mediabase U.S. Holiday Chart ending Dec. 3. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and other classics still rule the holidays, with new seasonal songs from Matt Nathanson and Pentatonix rising to the top of the current chart. Read more

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There are plenty of year-end podcast lists that rely on the creator’s opinion. But the tally issued today by Podtrac of the top new podcasts of 2019 is based on the average number of downloads the shows received between Dec. 1, 2018 and Nov. 31, 2019. The ranker shows the podcast studio Wondery had eight of the top 20 new shows, followed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Read more

People Moves

K. Kim Atterbury is named Senior VP of Media Relations at the RIAA. Atterbury joins the RIAA from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she oversaw the day-to-day management of its communications department. Read more

Lori Williams exits Mid-West Family Broadcasting Rockford. Williams was heard in mornings on rock “104.9 The X” WXRX and nights on AC sister “B103” WGFB. Read more

University of Texas at Austin news/variety KUT (90.5) names Teresa Frontado Executive Editor. Frontado comes to KUT from Dade County School Board news/talk/jazz WLRN-FM Miami (91.3), where she served as Digital Director. Read more

Lauren Campbell exits iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR “Wild 104” KBFM McCallen. Campbell, who is launching a social media consultancy business Top Of Mind RGV, had been with KBFM for six years, serving as co-host of the “Mojo Morning Show” and midday talent. Read more

Legend Communications Northwest Wyoming Operations Manager Wes McShay has exited the company. McShay oversaw nine radio stations and also anchored mornings at country KZMQ-FM Cody (100.3). Read more

Insider Interview

Nielsen last month unveiled its Podcast Listener Buying Power Service, a qualitative measurement service that shows insights into podcast listeners’ buying habits. Just six months after the project was hatched inside Nielsen, five podcast companies are just weeks away from getting their hands on the first data. Podcast News Daily caught up with Nielsen’s Bruce Supovitz to get an inside look at the service and what may be next for Nielsen in the podcast business. Read more

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Standard Media Group strikes a $64.2 million deal to buy 15 radio stations and 11 television stations from Bill Christian and Mike Reed’s Sound Communications. Also this week, a big-ticket translator sale in Houston. Plus, Randy Michaels is a seller in Michigan. Cumulus downsizes in a Georgia market. And a Terre Haute market morning man becomes the station’s new owner. Check out the details in this week’s Deal Digest. Read more