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.

        The iHeartMedia trifecta of Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman, President of Entertainment Enterprises John Sykes and Chief Programming Officer/National Programming Group President Tom Poleman, share honors with Cumulus Media President/CEO Mary Berner and Entercom Chairman/President/CEO David Field on the Billboard 2020 Power List. The annual list also includes SBS Chairman/CEO Raúl Alarcón Jr., Entercom’s Pat Paxton and Univision’s Jesus Lara. Read more

        Programmers from iHeartMedia, Cumulus Media, Entercom and Beasley are among participants for the Programmers Mentoring Breakfast at CRS 2020, February 19-21 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Mentors have also been announced for the Women’s Mentoring Breakfast, along with the Digital and Streaming and Label Mentoring breakfasts. Read more

        Radio’s 2019 closed out with more than two dozen call letter changes. The monthly tally from the FCC shows 26 full- and low-power radio stations adopted new call signs, some brought by sales, others by format changes. The list includes some calls that date back nearly 68 years. Read more

        WKNY Kingston moving into new location which includes a performance space and community media center… Westwood One’s Jim Gray talks about years of interviewing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady… “Titus and Tate” podcast will be distributed by Westwood One Podcast Network with video on Fox Sports. Read more

        Inside The Numbers

        People Moves

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        Kathy Vogel will host mornings on Rubber City Radio’s recently launched modern AC “107.3 JenY FM WNWV Cleveland, effective Jan. 27. Vogel segues to WNWV from the company’s classic rock WONE-FM Akron (97.5), where she was midday personality.

        Bonneville news/talk KIRO-FM Seattle (97.3) discontinues the “The Candy, Mike and Todd Show,” which debuted in afternoons a year ago. The program, which consisted of Candy Harper, Mike Lewis and Todd Herman, replaced Ron Upshaw and Don O’Neill.

        SummitMedia country KFDI-FM Wichita (101.3) morning co-host Tim Burger exits. “After an incredible 3 year run I am no longer a part of the morning show on KFDI,” Burger wrote in a Facebook post. “I am so grateful I was able to be part of a heritage radio station that the people in Wichita have turned to for over 50 years.

        Chuck Sullivan is named Senior VP/Market Manager for Entercom Denver, effective Feb 3. Sullivan, who succeeds the recently retired John Fullam, was most recently Senior VP/Market Manager for the company’s Milwaukee and Madison properties.