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    While billboard companies and other media enriched their coffers with advertising for marijuana, most broadcasters remained on the sidelines out of fear of putting their FCC-issued license at risk. Broadcast attorney Scott Flick sees an appropriations bill moving through Congress as “an incremental first step” toward opening up a massive new ad category for broadcasters. But Washington insiders say the cannabis provision faces an uphill climb in Congress. Read more

    Inside Radio News

    A hot mic has apparently revealed plans for Howard Stern’s summer plans and in doing so may have caught Marvel Studios off guard. During a commercial break on his SiriusXM show, Stern left his mic on and could be heard saying he’s going to “do Doctor Doom” this summer. The thing is, Marvel has not announced plans for a Doctor Doom movie or series.    Read more

    Inside Radio reported this week an appropriations bill is moving through Congress with language that would protect radio stations from the Federal Communications Commission’s prohibitions to advertise cannabis in states where it is legal. Radio stations as well as other media are eager to add the cannabis industry to their advertising revenue stream. Industry sales for 2022 are estimated at $18.4 billion and as much as $25 billion by 2025. Read more

    Any Miamian will tell you, whether it's via I-95, the Palmetto or Biscayne Boulevard, it can be a treacherous commute home. It's up to Miami radio's biggest and best afternoon hosts to provide much-needed information and companionship, the highest-cume-ing of which are the focus of this week's Inside Radio “By The Numbers,” showing WLYF's Gayne Garton and WFEZ's Mike Kruz on top. Read more

    The case before the Supreme Court dealt with the environment, but the outcome has muddied the potential reach of all government agencies –- including the FCC and the FTC. In a 6-3 decision on Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts focused the majority opinion on what is known as the “major questions doctrine” which essentially says federal agencies need “clear congressional authorization” when adopting major policy shifts. Read more

    Podcasting has leapt into the mainstream during the past few years, thanks in large part to an inflow of new listeners. That spigot remains open according to new data from Nielsen, pointing to continued growth for podcasters. And as the number of content options has grown to more than two million different shows, Nielsen says an even more significant development has emerged – daily podcast listeners are listening more often, and to more titles. Read more

    Veteran programmer Jack Silver is one of multiple employees exiting Westwood One amidst a round of layoffs. During a decade with the Cumulus Media-owned network, Silver  served as Program Director for NBC Sports Radio and as Operations Manager for WWO's Culver City Studios, overseeing the production crew for NFL, college football and basketball as well as music, talk shows and podcasts produced in the facility.  Read more

    As both fitness and travel have become more important since the pandemic, AM/FM radio is well-positioned to take advantage of changing and more active lifestyles, according to RAB. “Radio listeners are staying active versus non-listeners,” Senior VP/Insights Annette Malave says, citing research showing nearly seven in 10 adults (66%) who regularly exercise at home two or more times per week, or who plan on a travel vacation within the year, listen to AM/FM radio. Read more

    Tom Barnard, the legendary Minneapolis radio morning man who has been with heritage rocker KQRS for 36 years, has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the year The National Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster (Class of 2017) will host his final morning broadcast on the Cumulus Media station on Friday, December 23. Read more

    People Moves

    Rob Anthony is tapped as PD for iHeartMedia rock WMMS (100.7) and adult hits “106.5 The Lake” WHLK Cleveland. He succeeds Jason Carr, who was named Senior VP of Programming for the company’s West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast cluster. Anthony most recently served as Executive Producer at the iHeartMedia Classic Rock Format Center. He also served as Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Providence, RI.  Read more

    Rocky Mountain Community Radio (RMCR), a coalition of non-commercial radio stations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, hires Maeve Conran as its first Managing Editor. Conran will be based at Aspen Public Radio and report to News Director Brent Gardner-Smith. She will begin her new role on July 7. Read more

    Jason Carr transfers to iHeartMedia West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast where he is named Senior VP of Programming. Carr will also serve as PD for classic rock “98.7 The Gater” WKGR and talk “Real Radio 92.1” WZZR. He most recently served as OM for co-owned rock WMMS (100.7) and adult hits “106.5 The Lake” WHLK Cleveland. Read more

    Joey Tack returns to Knoxville July 11, as he takes over the morning show for Cumulus Media country WIVK Knoxville, TN (107.7). He succeeds Tony Randall and Kristian Rochester, who exited this week, after hosting the timeslot since 2017. Tack most recently served as APD/morning host at Emmis Communications “97.1 Hank FM” WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN. He previously spent 15 years in Knoxville with SummitMedia rhythmic Top 40 “Hot 104.65” WKHT in on-air and PD positions. Read more

    Westwood One VP, Country Formats Nick Fox, and Classic Country afternoon host Mark Stevens have left the company — Fox after two years, Stevens after five. Both are seeking their next opportunities.  Read more