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Byrnes Returns To iHeart For A Top Texas Role

Radio+Television Business Report - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 11:30

From 2011-2016, he served as the Director of Talent Management and Talent Acquisition for iHeartMedia markets in the Lone Star State.

Now, after operating his own consulting business and working at a talent development and transition company, he’s back in a top leadership role putting him in charge of five iHeartMedia markets in Texas.

Spencer Bynes has been named Area President for the Texas area.

This will see Byrnes oversee the Beaumont, McAllen-Brownsville-Weslaco, Waco, Corpus Christi and Bryan-College Station markets for the nation’s largest licensee of radio stations.

Bynes reports to Nick Gnau, Division President for iHeartMedia.

“Spencer has been a proven leader throughout his career, his energy is contagious and his ability to develop teams and talent are unmatched,” Gnau said. “I am extremely excited for Spencer to lead these markets and expand our community efforts as well as our revenue and rating footprint in the great state of Texas.”

Bynes has most recently served as VP of Business Development in the Southern Region for Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH). Prior to joining LHH, he was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Accendo International Consulting.

“I am excited about my return to iHeartMedia,” Bynes said. “The growth and transformation of this organization have been phenomenal. I am looking forward to working with my team to build sustainable, long-term growth for our clients and shareholders.”

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Clear Channel Partnership Fills CNN Airport TV Void

Radio+Television Business Report - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 11:00

For radio industry veterans, the name Clear Channel conjures up images of AMs and FMs, and perhaps of Lowry Mays and Red McCombs. Today, that legacy lives on in Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc., a global out-of-home advertising giant.

Within that company is Clear Channel Airports. That entity has just partnered with a provider of music, TV, and digital signage services for businesses across North America in filling the void left by the closure of the CNN Airport TV Network.

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Gray Sweetens Meredith Deal After Competing Bid Surfaces

Radio+Television Business Report - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 09:30

It’s unfathomable in the radio broadcasting space, given the dearth of deals and low valuations assigned to some of the more recent transactions involving AMs and FMs.

Meredith Corporation received an unsolicited proposal to acquire its Local Media Group, following the May 3 announcement that it had agreed to sell its broadcast TV assets to Gray Television for $2.7 billion in total enterprise value.

What did Gray do? It responded with an increased offer for Meredith Local Media.

Meredith Corporation said yes to the amended transaction.

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The InFOCUS Podcast: Mike Meara

Radio+Television Business Report - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 09:00

He was honored by the readers of the Radio + Television Business Report as one of Broadcast Television’s Best Leaders. As he looks back on the last year, what’s the biggest sense of pride Mike Meara, President of NPG Broadcasting, has across the company’s TV stations?

Meara joins RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this new InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, to discuss the continued rollout of NextGen TV and the big advantages that come with ATSC 3.0.

 

Listen to “The InFOCUS Podcast: Mike Meara” on Spreaker.

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Listeners Deserve a Smooth, Comfortable Ride

Radio World - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 08:00

Jeff Keith is senior audio processing product development engineer for Wheatstone Corp. This is one in a series of interviews from the ebook “Trends in Audio Processing for Radio.”

Radio World: Jeff, what would you say the most important development in processors?

Jeff Keith: The radio broadcast medium is in the process of reinventing itself. While over-the-air radio is still important, especially with the ability of HD to simultaneously carry multiple program types, technology now makes the delivery of other information not just a fad but the soon-to-be norm.

I can see a time where those huge broadcast towers we’ve seen for many decades are all but gone, and replaced by high-speed internet or cellular technology — technology that will allow listeners to carry their favorite programs and stations not just out of the local market, but to anywhere in the world.

RW: What should readers know about the differences in processing needs for various platforms?

Keith: Each transmission medium requires different audio processing treatment in order to deliver the best quality audio to the listener.

I’ve seen many stations that are still using retired on-air processing for their internet stream, or worse yet, feeding the internet stream encoder from the output of a radio or modulation monitor. I can’t think of a better way to make a nasty sounding internet stream!

Purpose-built streaming processing will always sonically outperform any other form of processing not specifically designed for streaming codecs.

RW: How will the concepts of the cloud, virtualization and software as a service affect the processing marketplace? 

Keith: There is no question that it is possible to run anything software-based, including audio processing, on cloud servers. It’ll be awhile before we see the end of this movie, though — how broadcasters will handle redundancy, encryption and failover to an alternate when the main goes offline.

Software as a service will be the norm, and I can see a time when radio stations will no longer “own” their audio processing, at least in the form of today’s hardware box. Audio processing will be a chunk of software running on a cloud server somewhere and licensed by instance, probably annually, on a recurring schedule.

The whole game will be different.

RW: With audio originating from so many locations, what role do loudness and loudness range play?

Keith: It is my personal wish that the United States would adopt some form of over-the-air loudness regulation.

Listen to stations in countries where they need to adhere to ITU BS.412, for instance. Those stations are much more pleasant to listen to because the processing hasn’t been tuned to the singular goal of “louder than everyone else on the planet.”

I think many stations have forgotten that it isn’t loudness, it’s program content. Every radio made in the last 100 years has had a volume control …

RW: What recently introduced new features or capabilities in processors are most notable?

Keith: Nielsen’s PPM audio software encoder embedded in processing is significant because it’s a step closer to cloud and virtualization, and we’ve been working with their development team to make that happen. Our X5 FM/HD processor now has the PPM encoder inside.

It’s worth noting that broadcasters are looking for much more quality out of their processors, and this is why we recently came out with our MP-532 multipurpose audio processor that can be used for FM, AM, FM HD, or AM HD. It’s a very practical processor that has all our latest distortion canceling algorithms and lookahead limiters and I don’t mind saying it sounds amazing. I didn’t mean for this to turn into a shameless plug, but you did ask!

RW: In 2014 we wrote that processors were so powerful that it was hard to imagine further dramatic improvements. How do you answer today?

Keith: We’ve made tremendous strides since 2014 (and in the past 20 or so years), and I think algorithms will continue to improve. Over time developers have learned more about what people prefer to hear and how subtle differences can make or break the perception of what is “good” processing.

We’ve also learned more about masking distortion from the ear and what we can get away with as far as different forms of distortion. Evolution will continue, processing will continue to get smarter, and the availability of wickedly powerful hardware will enable us to do things that were only imagined five years ago.

Oops, did I say hardware? Remember … what you have “running in the cloud” is actually running on somebody’s hardware.

RW: One expert says, “My perspective is that radio processing already attained a condition of ‘hypercompression’ years ago and there has been little further change in how loud one can make over-the-air audio.” Do you accept that, and how do we break out of that plateau in the loudness wars?

Keith: My goal, and I suspect that of most audio processor designers, has been to deliver to broadcasters a new processor that can be as loud on the air as their previous processor was, but be much cleaner while generating that same loudness.

Unfortunately, what most stations do is crank the new processor up until the distortion is back to about where it was before … and now they’re 2 dB louder than before.

Don’t be a wimpy station on the air but there’s no need to blast listeners out of their car, either.

RW: We understand AES loudness metrics are moving to a lower target level for content, streams, podcasts and on-demand file transfer, like metrics already established for online and over-the-top video. If radio stays with the current environment of modulation limiting, reception noise and lingering loudness wars, could radio see loss of audience due to listening fatigue?

Keith: Loudness wars only seem to serve the egos of the individual stations, and I’m not aware of any research showing that louder wins even when the program content is poor.

I do agree, however, that a loud signal helps overcome noise. And I’ll also agree that we should carefully manage the audio so that listeners aren’t lunging for the volume control every time a new song comes along.

Listeners should get a smooth and comfortable ride with our station’s audio; and the better and more pleasant that ride is — accompanied by something worth listening to, of course — the longer they are going to listen.

As professional people who have dedicated ourselves to this industry to perform our art, we intuitively know what can turn listeners off; and yet sometimes we still do it. Puzzling.

RW: We read about how processing can mitigate FM stereo multipath distortion and reduce clipping distortion in source content. How can equipment buyers evaluate such claims, and could there be some kind of third-party scientific testing?

Keith: The problem with evaluating anything that’s not actually running in the field is that it’s not actually running in the field, i.e., lab tests can only show what things do under lab conditions.

Stereo multipath mitigation is a good example, and one must understand that it is receiver behavior that needs to be modified.

The technique that Wheatstone uses is something that I designed back in the ’90s for solving a different problem; mono loudness when airing ping-pong stereo recordings (oldies). It cured that problem very nicely but it also had a greater-than-expected effect on multipath on most stereo radios. Customers have reported similar findings in the field and while it doesn’t help everyone, it appears to help most.

RW: What’s your take on the demo from Nautel and Telos to eliminate alignment issues by locking the FM and HD1 outputs from the processor through the HD air chain to the transmitter?

Keith: Great idea, and extremely similar in function to the SyncLink product Wheatstone demonstrated at NAB 2017. A guaranteed way to preserve FM/HD synchronization over an IP STL is to ensure that the two audio signals always look like one signal to the link. That way, even if packets are dropped the two signals can never get out of sync.

We also recognized that not every station can afford shiny new state-of-the-art transmitters so we designed SyncLink to be compatible with every single FM transmitter and exciter ever made.

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NAB Pans FCC’s Proposed 2021 Reg Fees

Radio+Television Business Report - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 08:00

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s chief lobbying voice Inside the Beltway for radio and television broadcasters has slammed the FCC for suggested regulatory fees for fiscal year 2021 it calls “unsustainable.”

Why? The Commission has decided to make broadcasters pay for a significant portion of the $33 million in additional funding that was appropriated by Congress to implement the Broadband DATA Act, the NAB assails.

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Winemiller Spins Four LPTVs To A Zebra

Radio+Television Business Report - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 05:55

Jeff Winemiller‘s Lowcountry 34 Media has decided to part ways with a low-power TV quartet in the Keystone State.

He’s earning a handsome sum from the divestment.

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Lotus Grabs Sinclair’s Seattle Radio Properties

Radio+Television Business Report - Thu, 06/03/2021 - 04:20

An announcement distributed by the broker in this transaction confirms a deal has been reached to sell KOMO News Radio, KVI and KPLZ.

Further details will appear after 6am PT today.

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Tieline Ships Gateway 4

Radio World - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 16:20

An update to an earlier product announcement: Tieline said it has now begun shipping its Gateway 4 IP audio codec.

As we reported in February, it is a DSP-based 1RU IP codec for live remote broadcasting applications, as well as STL or SSL links.

The codec supports AES67 and ST 2110-30 interoperability with AoIP protocols including WheatNet, Ravenna, Dante and Livewire+. An optional WheatNet-IP card is available.

The Gateway 4 supersedes the company’s Merlin and Genie STL codecs. Its Gateway codecs replace the Merlin Plus and Genie Distribution codecs.

“Production of the Merlin and Genie families of codecs has ceased. Tieline will continue to provide support and software updates for all Merlin and Genie codecs,” the company said.

Info is at www.tieline.com/gateway-4.

 

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Radio Industry Honors Life and Work of Doug Wilkens

Radio World - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 16:07

The radio industry is remembering Doug Wilkens, an audio engineer, business owner and manager, sales and marketing professional whose international experience along with background in managing sales networks is recognized as much as his reputation as friend, mentor and leader.

Wilkens life was one of travel and exploration. Born in Chicago, Wilkens spent his childhood in India where his parents worked for a mission organization. During his time there, he became fluent in numerous Indian dialects. He returned to the United States to finish high school and then earned his degree in Broadcast Engineering and Design at Moody Bible Institute. It was in college where he met his wife, Fran, and the two of them traveled extensively, living overseas in Monaco and in Dubai. He had an ease in understanding foreign languages, learning to speak French fluently.

It was during these travels that he put his other skill to good use: designing and managing broadcast studios across Europe in the late 1960s for Trans World Radio (TWR), an international Christian media network. He and business partner Charlie Moore founded Dimension Five Sound and the audio division of Peirce-Phelps in Philadelphia. He became the University Sound product manager at Electro-Voice, served as director of sales and marketing at Community Professional Loudspeakers and then became vice president/general manager of Inter-M Americas. Along the way he expanded his expertise to include sound system contracting, specializing in church installations. Wilkens ended his career as senior project manager at the Dubai office of Maryland-based AVI-SPL.

He served as an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, completed training programs for the organization SynAudCon, served as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts, specifically assisting scouts as they worked to achieve their Radio Merit Badge. He also volunteered as a shortwave monitor for the U.S. Navy and was a dedicated ham radio operator.

“I’ve lost my best friend who was like a brother,” said Charlie Moore, his business partner of 52 years, through an announcement from TWR. “He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the professional audio industry where he worked in making gains in both technology and education. His work was impeccable and he was always careful to do what was right. Our prayers are with his wife and sons for the loss that they have suffered.”

Others who knew Wilkens spoke of his values, principals and strong Christian faith, calling him a dedicated friend who had mastered the art of listening. He is survived by Fran, his wife of 56 years; their two sons, John and Joel; a grandson, Kristian; a brother, Steve Wilkens; and a sister, Charlotte Gift.

“He knew the value of knowledge and encouraged others to learn,” said SynAudCon principal owner Brenda Brown. “The thing that probably amazed me the most about Doug was his ability to adapt to, understand and appreciate other cultures. His childhood, being a missionary kid instilled great values that served him well in the AV industry.”

Contributions to Wilkens’ memory can be made to Trans World Radio while memories of him can be left on the tribute page for the Donohue Funeral Home. Services will be held June 5 at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

 

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‘The Sudden TV Revolution’

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 15:05

By Justin Fromm
Special to RBR+TVBR

“Gradually, then suddenly.”

It’s how Hemingway describes bankruptcy in The Sun Also Rises, but it rings true in so much of our existence. Change very often happens slowly all around us, only for us to recognize the effect all at once. Over the past decade TV has been changing gradually, but it’s truly in the past year that it has suddenly transformed.

In 2021, nearly 100 years after its invention, and more than a decade after Netflix, Hulu, and Roku made it possible to stream video to our sets, TV has all at once evolved from a one-to-many, live broadcast medium into an IP-delivered, one-to-one, on-demand digital medium.

To keep up with how consumers use their TVs, advertisers must shift how they think, plan, and buy TV.

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SMI Secures A New Head of Insights & Analytics

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 14:59

Global media advertising research firm Standard Media Index (SMI) is welcoming a new Head of Insights & Analytics.

It’s an individual with more than 20 years of experience leading top research and product teams, and he will oversee SMI’s Insights & Analytics division.

Being named to the post is Rick Bruner.

SMI President Ben Tatta calls Bruner “a leader in his field,” who brings “a wealth of knowledge, his impressive network, and extensive leadership experience running advanced research and analytics teams to the SMI family.”

Bruner will play an instrumental role in the continued growth and development of SMI’s Insights & Analytics practice.”

Bruner previously ran research and product teams at DoubleClick, Google, MTV Networks, Marketing Evolution and Viant Technology. He is also the founder and CEO of Central Control, an advanced media analytics firm that he will serve as Chairman for going forward. Bruner currently serves as Vice Chair for the U.S. of I-COM, a global forum for marketing science, and a Research Affiliate of the Advertising Research Foundation.

Bruner is also founder and moderator of the influential Research Wonks industry discussion community. A former Ad Age reporter and author, he is a recipient of the Advertising Research Foundation’s David Ogilvy Award.

James Fennessy is Standard Media Index’s CEO.

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Tiger Capture Grows Audacy’s PR Team To Three

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 14:15

When Esther-Mireya Tejeda and Jen Morales each exited the company formerly known as Entercom Communications, the audio media company hit the reset button on its corporate communications and public relations efforts.

Today, that company bears the name Audacy. And, it now has a three-person PR department.

It lured a Tiger to make it happen. Seriously.

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Veteran Journalist, Filmmaker Takes Key Role For ‘The Grio’

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 14:01

It covers stories of Black people “from Kampala to Atlanta,” and spurred the recent launch of a television network featuring African American-focused content.

Now, the owner of The Grio — Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group (AMG) — has named a SVP of News and Entertainment for the unit.

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Beasley Media Group Founder George Beasley Dies

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 14:00

George G. Beasley, who purchased WPYB-AM in Benson, N.C., in December 1961 and would go on to build what is today Beasley Media Group, died Wednesday morning at the age of 89.

“While best known for his many trailblazing achievements in the radio broadcasting industry, George will be most remembered for his humility, kindness, integrity, work-ethic and love of family and friends,” the Naples, Fla.-based company that recently expanded beyond radio and podcasting with investments in eSports said in a statement.

Mr. Beasley was born on April 9, 1932. He grew up working in the tobacco fields in his hometown of Ararat, Va., a tiny town to the north of Winston Salem, N.C.

“His drive and determination led him to enlist in the army to pursue a degree in Education through the G.I. Bill,” Beasley Media said.

Upon completing his B.A. and M.A. from Appalachian State University, he taught in Virginia before moving to North Carolina in the late 1950s to become a high school principal and coach.

His career then took a pivot into radio broadcasting, and ownership. Mr. Beasley built WPYB-AM in Benson from scratch.

It provided the spark for what today is a publicly traded company led by his daughter, CEO Caroline Beasley, comprised of 62 radio stations across 15 markets.

Mr. Beasley stepped back from his role as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. However, he continued to serve as Executive Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

An avid philanthropist, George served on the board of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) for eight years as President, Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors. In 1996, he received the NCAB’s organization’s Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into NCAB’s Hall of Fame in 1998 upon accepting the prestigious “Distinguished Broadcaster of North Carolina” Award.

In November 2016, George Beasley was inducted to the 28th annual National Radio Hall of Fame. In 2019, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

George Beasley received numerous awards and accolades throughout his life. In 2020, he was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received the Broadcasters Foundation of America Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, George Beasley was recognized as a “Giant” by the Library of American Broadcasting in 2012. The Florida Association of Broadcasters named him “Broadcaster of the Year” in 2011 and the Country Radio Broadcasters presented him with the distinguished “Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award” in 2010. The Nevada Broadcasters Association also inducted George into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

In 1990 his alma mater, Appalachian State University, designated George Beasley as one of the institution’s Distinguished Alumni. “Among his proudest professional accomplishments was receiving an honorary doctorate and the unveiling of the George G. Beasley Media Complex on campus to provide future generations of students with the opportunity pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in broadcasting,” the company said.

In prepared remarks, Caroline Beasley said, “George’s unconditional love for our mother, Ann, and our family, along with his passion for the radio industry, helped to guide him throughout his lifetime. A loving father, mentor, and friend, I will especially miss his incredible wisdom, keen insight and gentle smile.”

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith also offered his sympathies to all at Beasley Media and to the Beasley family.

“[The] NAB is deeply saddened by the passing of George Beasley,” Smith said. “George was a pioneer in broadcasting and a giant in his field, building Beasley into one of the premier radio station groups over the course of 60 years and serving the radio industry with distinction. We join with the entire broadcasting community in mourning our friend, and extend our thoughts and prayers to the Beasley family on their loss.”

A memorial service will take place for family and friends in Naples, Florida. Details will be forthcoming. A private burial service will be held for the family in Ararat, Virginia.

FROM THE ARCHIVES:

RBR+TVBR’s Carl Marcucci interviews George Beasley in April 2007 and discusses the state of the industry ahead of The Great Recession.

George Beasley is survived by his wife of 67 years Ann; five children; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the Beasley family requests donations be made in his name to The Broadcasters Foundation of America, 125 West 55th Street, 4th Floor New York, New York 10019. Online donations may also be made at www.broadcastersfoundation.org.

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George Beasley Dies, Age 89

Radio World - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:59
George Beasley in a photo released and partly colorized by the company.

George Beasley has died.

The founder and patriarch of Beasley Media Group was age 89 at his passing in Naples, Fla., today.

An announcement was issued by the company, which called him a “radio industry innovator, advocate, mentor and pioneer and community philanthropist” who led his company for 60 years.

He had stepped down as CEO in 2016 but continued as executive chairman of the company’s board.

A memorial service is planned in Florida; details will be announced later. His family will hold a private burial in his home town of Ararat, Va.

“In lieu of flowers, the Beasley family requests donations be made in his name to The Broadcasters Foundation of America, 125 West 55th Street, 4th Floor New York, New York 10019. Online donations may also be made at www.broadcastersfoundation.org.”

His daughter Caroline Beasley, now the company CEO, was quoted in the announcement, “George’s unconditional love for our mother, Ann and our family, along with his passion for the radio industry, helped to guide him throughout his lifetime. A loving father, mentor, and friend, I will especially miss his incredible wisdom, keen insight and gentle smile.”

George Beasley is shown in 2015 with company award winners and family members: Rear, from left: AJ Lurie, Brad Beasley, Brian Beasley, Bruce Simel, Bruce Beasley, Marie Tedesco, Tom Humm, Kimberly Sonneborn, Mike Cooney, Justin Chase. Front: Caroline Beasley, George G. Beasley, Diana Beasley, Heather Monahan, Denyse Mesnik.

George Beasley built his first station, 500-watt WPYB(AM), in Benson, N.C. while working as a high school assistant principal in 1961. The company now has 62 stations in 15 markets, digital platforms and an esports arm. Four of Beasley’s five children joined the company as employees: Bruce, Brian, Caroline and Brad Beasley. The company went public in 2000.

George Beasley, right, is shown in an archival photo with Al Jones, former general manager of WGAC.

He told Radio World in 2015 that radio’s value proposition remained as solid as it was five decades earlier.

“I am proud to say that Beasley has been a pioneer in the adoption of technologies such as FM radio, which surpassed AM in the late 1970s; HD Radio and PPM in the ensuing decades; and streaming and mobile applications today. Each of these innovations enhanced the listener experience and strengthened the medium as a core buy for any brand or product seeking to reach consumers at large or consumers within distinct demographics.”

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement about his death: “George was a pioneer in broadcasting and a giant in his field, building Beasley into one of the premier radio station groups over the course of 60 years and serving the radio industry with distinction.”

Beasley was born in April 1932, “working in the tobacco fields in his hometown of Ararat, Virginia.”

He enlisted in the army to pursue a degree in education through the G.I. Bill. “Upon completing his B.A. and M.A. from Appalachian State University, he taught in Virginia, before moving to North Carolina in the late 50’s to become a high school principal and coach.” Even after starting his first station he only worked evenings and weekends in radio until 1969 before leaving education to focus on broadcasting.

Beasley receive the National Radio Award from the National Association of Broadcasters in 2015, and his daughter Caroline will receive it this fall.

Husband and wife: George and Ann Beasley in an undated photo.

He was a former president of the board of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and had been inducted into its Hall of Fame as well as those of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters and Nevada Broadcasters Association.

He was also in the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received the Broadcasters Foundation of America Lifetime Achievement Award. The Library of American Broadcasting listed him as one of its “giants of broadcasting.” He received honors from the Florida Association of Broadcasters and Country Radio Broadcasters.

He remained close to his alma mater Appalachian State University, where he was a former chairman of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors as well as a member of the university board. A media complex on campus bears his name.

“The many challenges that George faced over the years, he did with humility, dignity and grace. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, his legacy serves as a reminder that anything is possible with dedication, hard work and respect for one another,” the company stated. “George is survived by his wife of 67 years Ann, five children, 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.”

 

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Seven Mountains Completes A Sound Transaction

Radio+Television Business Report - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:27

In February, RBR+TVBR first reported on the sale of nine radio stations owned by Sound Communications in the Twin Tiers of Northern Pennsylvania and Western New York.

The deal, brokered by Michael J. Bergner, has now closed — making the company led by Kristin Cantrell a dominant player in the region.

It didn’t even own stations here in 2017.

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Texas Honors the Late Jim Baum

Radio World - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:08

The late Jim Baum now has part of a Texas highway named after him.

The Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a measure honoring the owner-operator of KVMC(AM) and KAUM(FM) in Colorado City, who died in 2018. Baum was also a three-time mayor of that community.

“SB 1124 by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, renames a stretch of Business Interstate Highway 20-J in his honor,” the Texas Association of Broadcasters noted in its newsletter.

“Baum owned and operated KVMC(AM) Colorado City, ‘the Voice of Mitchell County,’ for nearly 40 years. He signed KAUM(FM) on the air later in the 1980s.”

According to his obituary, Baum “found his lifelong love of radio” when he worked for KCRS(AM) in Midland. He later managed KBYG(AM) in Big Spring.

In an earlier post, TAB described Baum as “well remembered by those in Mitchell County and by the TAB staff as a tireless public servant, whether it was leading Colorado City through challenging times as mayor or by his dedication to reporting the day’s events in his radio newscasts. If wildfires or a tornado threatened the area, day or night, he was on the air with lifesaving information. Baum also brought Mitchell County history alive with on-air stories about the area’s past events.”

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WBA Announces Broadcasters Clinic Lineup

Radio World - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:08

The Broadcasters Clinic returns with an in-person event in September.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association has announced the conference agenda.

“We are committed to making the Broadcasters Clinic safe for all. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the Clinic,” WBA stated on its website. “If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask. Guidelines are subject to change based on the latest public health guidance.”

The longtime, engineering-friendly event will be held Sept. 8 to 10 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton, Wis.

Topics relevant to radio attendees include virtualization, cloud infrastructure and ”containerization”; computer modeling of FM directional antennas; on-air processing in the cloud; SRT protocol for signal distribution; the role of metadata in radio; saving power in FM transmitters; lessons from Alternative Broadcast Inspections; cybersecurity; LED obstruction lights; and post-pandemic management strategies.

Of the three days of the conference, the first day focuses on radio topics, the third is about television, and the middle day bridges both.

David Layer of the National Association of Broadcasters is among the featured speakers. An early bird rate applies for registration until July 15.

 

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Copier Takes Over in SLC for iHeartMedia

Radio World - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:29
Judy Copier

iHeartMedia named Judy Copier as president of its Salt Lake City market.

She succeeds Stu Stanek, who has retired after two decades with the company. Copier will report to Division President Tom McConnell.

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Joyce Wirthlin was promoted to senior VP of sales, Copier’s former position; and Jeff McCartney was recently named senior vice president of programming for the market.

McConnell thanked Stanek for his work. “Stu has been one of our strongest leaders over the past two decades, and I can’t thank him enough for all of his hard work and countless contributions.”

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