News Bites for July 19...
...Entercom news WBBM Chicago (780) is at last broadcasting from its new transmitter site. It took two years for engineers to dismantle the former site in Itasca, IL where the station’s 50,000-watt signal has emanated from since 1942, according to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. With the new location, WBBM has powered down to 35,000 watts daytime and 42,000 watts at night to comply with FCC requirements. The property of the former transmitter site was sold to a developer for $46 million.
...The next installment of Country Radio Broadcasters “CRS360” webinar series “Country Radio 2019: Mid-Year Ratings and State of The Format Report” will be Thursday, July 25 at 12pm (CT). “Our July CRS360 episode takes a look at the format’s mid-year ratings report card, examining national shares in key demos, comparing PPM and diary-measured markets and highlighting success stories in certain markets and at specific stations,” CRS Executive Director RJ Curtis said in a release. Panelists include Chris Huff, PD at Entercom country “The Bull 100.3” KILT-FM Houston and Joey Tack, PD at Bonneville’s “New Country 105.1” KNCI Sacramento. MCA Nashville Senior VP/Promotion Katie Dean will moderate the session. The webinar also includes a broader “state of the format” discussion to identify potential strong music trends, emerging artists, and how country radio can compete with other platforms that expose the music. Register for the free webinar HERE.
...The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association (MBA) has awarded 21 scholarships totaling $34,000 to students across the state. The grants come from the MBA’s Student Broadcaster Scholarship, Families in Broadcasting Scholarship and the Al Sprague Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are given to students pursuing a career in over-the-air broadcasting and enrolled in a broadcast program at a two- or four-year accredited school. This year, nine Bay State residents were selected from nearly 100 applicants for the $2,000 scholarships. Winners were chosen based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular and community involvement and an essay about their interest in broadcasting.