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Saturday, January 16th, 2021

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Radio App Developers Given More Runway To Innovate With Ford Sync 4.

As radio looks to new ways to interact with listeners in connected cars, Ford is swinging the door open for broadcasters to build new options, features and controls into their apps. The latest iteration of Ford Sync (Sync 4, if you’re keeping score) allows radio apps to control the dashboard radio, change the audio source and enable automatic switching from over-the-air to station stream when the vehicle drives outside the station's signal range. Read more

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DOJ: More Review Needed Before Changes Are Made To ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Makan Delrahim said Friday that, after a two-year review of the consent decrees that govern how music is licensed by ASCAP and BMI, more work needs to be done before any revisions to the decrees are made. With time running out before he leaves office, Delrahim said it’s clear to him that a regular review of the decrees should be done every five years going forward. Read more

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Look Ma, No Local: Entercom Imports All National Talent For ‘Alt 98.7’ Detroit.

Entercom has imported on-air talent for its recently launched “Alt 98.7” WDZH Detroit, plugging in personalities mostly based at sister “Alt 92.3” WNYL New York. “Cane & Corey” are added to mornings, Joe “Brady” Blum takes middays, “The Church of Lazlo” with Julia will air in afternoons, Kevan Kenney is in nights and Bryce Segal can be heard in overnights. So far, no local talent are part of the lineup. Read more

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More Public Radio Stations Drop Radio Simulcast Of ‘The Daily.’

The fallout from the New York Times’ retraction of major portions of the “Caliphate” podcast continues. The influential KCRW Los Angeles (89.9) has announced it will no longer air the Times-produced news podcast “The Daily.” “We have concerns about how the Times has handled the aftermath of the erroneous reporting in its audio series Caliphate,” said Paul Bennun, Chief Content Officer at KCRW. Read more

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Longtime Radio Voice Of The San Diego Padres Ted Leitner Steps Away From The Mic.

The radio voice of the San Diego Padres for the past four decades, Ted Leitner, is leaving the broadcast booth for an ambassador role with the MLB team. Stepping into the primary play-by-play announcer role on “97.3 The Fan” KWFN is Leitner’s partner of the last five seasons, Jesse Agler. Tony Gwynn Jr. will join Agler on broadcasts, serving as color commentator. Read more

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KNUC Seattle Picks Up ‘The Bobby Bones Show’ For Mornings.

Hubbard country “98.9 The Bull” KNUC Seattle goes syndicated in mornings with the addition of the Premiere Networks-distributed “The Bobby Bones Show.” No stranger to Seattle country listeners, Bones was heard in the market on Entercom’s KKWF for a dozen years. He and his morning show cast – Amy Brown, Lunchbox, Eddie and producer Ray – succeed Cory "Fitz" Fitzner, who stepped down in December to focus on his role as host of “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40.” Read more

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Radio App Developers Given More Runway To Innovate With Ford Sync 4.

As radio looks to new ways to interact with listeners in connected cars, Ford is swinging the door open for broadcasters to build new options, features and controls into their apps. The latest iteration of Ford Sync (Sync 4, if you’re keeping score) allows radio apps to control the dashboard radio, change the audio source and enable automatic switching from over-the-air to station stream when the vehicle drives outside the station's signal range. Read more

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FCC: 19 Call Letter Changes During December.

The Federal Communications Commission reports there were 19 call letter changes on radio stations across the U.S. during the month of December. The changes are the result of a mix of format changes, rebranding and deal-making and stretch from Los Angeles to small town Tennessee. Read more

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Emily Pankow

Red Apple Media, which owns talk WABC New York (770) and simulcast partner WLIR Long Island (107.1), names Emily Pankow General Counsel. Pankow began her legal career at parent company Red Apple Group and has been working across the company’s portfolio of business interests for fifteen years.  Read more

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Juliet Huddy And Frank Morano To Host ’77 WABC Early News.’

Red Apple Media talk WABC New York adds a new local morning news program, “77 WABC Early News,” hosted by overnight personality Frank Morano and Juliet Huddy, with local news updates from Deb Valentine, “Traffic on the 7’s” and sports with Sid Rosenberg. Huddy was most recently co-hosting early afternoons with Curtis Sliwa, who continues solo. Read more

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