Nielsen said today it would increase the effective sample size of its PPM panel by 10% across the 48 radio markets measured by the electronic ratings service. The sample increase, to be spread across all markets and demographics, will start in mid-2017, creating a panel with more than 80,000 installed meters. Read more

What Will Impact Radio In Washington This Year

By Frank Saxe

    The clock is ticking on the 115th Congress and if its first half accomplishments are any indication, legislation that would impact radio may struggle to gain traction in the coming months. No issue looms larger for radio than a performance royalty and music copyright reform. But unlike in years past, today the radio and record industries are talking.

      There’s more than just a potential performance royalty keeping radio’s lobbyists busy. Washington insiders say that although conventional wisdom says not much gets done in an election year, the best chance of a legislative action impacting radio is passage of a bill that would allow stations to tap into the fund paying for the TV spectrum repack.

        The elevation of Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission a year ago has delivered a number of regulatory changes that have long been sought by broadcasters as he’s followed through with his pledge to “take a weed whacker” to FCC regulations. Washington insiders think it’s a course Pai will continue down in 2018.

        YouTube has booted the video channel that accompanies Sebastian Gorka’s Salem Radio program “America First,” citing repeated violations of the platform’s “presidential election integrity policy.” The show’s mandate is to showcase right-wing commentary as a “new front line in the ongoing Culture War against the Left,” according to its Apple Podcasts descriptor. Read more

        Audacy, formerly Entercom, has extended its agreement with Veritone. The company will use Veritone’s AI-powered content search and analysis application to ingest, index, organize and analyze its content. The result will put into Audacy’s hands in-depth analytics visibility into their content performance and data about how brands, advertisers and other stakeholders are performing. Audacy will also be able to visualize and correlate advertising efficacy for its radio stations. Read more

        Marketing attribution provider LeadsRx is aligning its advertising attribution platform with Triton Digital's Omny Studio podcast platform and Tap Advertising Server. As a result, LeadsRx says it will now be able to provide attribution studies for podcasts hosted on the Omny Studio platform, as well as for ads served by Triton's Advertising Platform. Read more

        Inside The Numbers

        People Moves

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        Elissa Nauful has joined The Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) as the Director of Sales. Nauful spent the last 15 years running two digital marketing agencies, the Ingenuity Group and BallywhoSocial. She'll help take The Center for Sales Strategy, LeadG2, and Up Your Culture to the next stage of development.

        Radio veteran Kim Dallow has been selected to lead the Cox Media Group Tulsa radio cluster as the new Director of Radio Operations. Dallow brings to this role 26 years of experience in radio, including 14 years with CMG in the Tulsa market.

        Tim Burrows is elevated to VP of Operations for Full Power Radio’s radio and streaming broadcasting companies. In the role, he will help manage stations for the company’s stations in Hartford and New London, CT; Springfield, MA and Providence, RI.

        JVC Media of Florida hires Woofy Ramone as operations manager for their Fort Walton Beach cluster. Woofy has spent over 30 years in the Ft. Walton Beach/Destin market.  Woofy will oversee JVC’s "Q92", WECQ (CHR), Country station "Highway 98.1", WHWY, Classic Hits "102.1 The Wave", WWAV, and the new "Florida Man Radio 103.1", WZLB (Entertainment Talk).