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Scripps Selects A New Leader For Its Omaha Operation

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 14:00

He most recently served as the station manager of a TV station serving Midland-Odessa, Tex., and before that was in Alaska.

Now, The E.W. Scripps Co. has appointed this local leader VP/GM of its CBS affiliate serving Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

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A Veteran Radio Programmer, Lost To COVID-19

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 10:59

SAVANNAH, GA — For 36 years, he was an omnipresent figure at a Classic Rock station serving Georgia’s Coastal Empire. Before that, he enjoyed a stint at the former Rock 40 WSHE-FM 103.5, both in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market.

Now, the radio industry is mourning over the loss of Don Scott, who has succumbed to the COVID-19 coronavirus. He was 65 years old.

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A Digital Audio Content SVP Is Chosen at Audacy

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 10:27

The SVP and Market Manager of the Boston-market properties owned by Audacy, the company formerly known as Entercom, has been promoted to the C-Suite position of SVP of Digital Audio Content. He’ll now be working with the company’s central digital team, as his successor has been named by Audacy.

Earning the new role is Tim Clarke.

This makes Clarke responsible for all audio content across the Audacy digital platform. This includes the recently rebranded Audacy app formerly known as, the web portal and the websites for each Audacy-owned station.

He is also being asked to “drive strategy and execution for new exclusive and original content for the platform” and will have oversight of Audacy’s new exclusive digital music stations. Furthermore, Clarke will also be responsible for the digital audio experiences of Audacy’s portfolio of broadcast stations, local and national station affiliates, and podcast partners.

Clarke will now work alongside Pam Russo, EVP/GM of the Audacy digital platform; and John Pacino, Audacy’s EVP of Product. Additionally, Clarke will work closely with EVP and Head of Programming Jeff Sottolano and Audacy’s programming and content teams across the company.

“Tim is a rising star in our industry and we’re excited to add his talents and capabilities to our digital business,” said J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer at Audacy. “He brings rich experience leading content and consumer strategies that we trust will enable him to help us further elevate our mission of delivering dynamic digital audio content through a listener-friendly platform every day.”

Tim Clarke

Clarke added, “I am truly honored to join our industry-leading digital and content teams as we build the future of audio with Audacy. A sincere thanks to the team at Audacy, including Mark Hannon and my colleagues in Boston. I have loved working with the incredible people and brands in this market and look forward to seeing their continued success under Mike Thomas’ leadership.”

Clarke joined Audacy in March 2021 and previously served as VP of Content and Audience for Cox Media Group. At Cox, Clarke also held the roles of Director of Branding and Programming for Top 40 WPOI-FM “Hot 101.5” in Tampa; and served as PD of Top 40 WAPE-FM in Jacksonville. He’s also been Music Director for the company’s WBLI-FM in Patchogue, N.Y.


With Clarke’s rise, Mike Thomas has been chosen to succeed him as Audacy/Boston SVP/Market Manager.

This gives Thomas oversight of six radio stations: Classic Hits WBGB “Big 103,” Adult Contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7,” Hot Adult Contemporary WWBX “Mix 104.1,” and the WEEI Sports Network.

He’ll assume his new role on November 1.

Mike Thomas

“I am thrilled to welcome Mike back to Boston to lead Audacy’s leading brands here,” said Audacy Regional President Mark Hannon. “Mike’s a proven winner and his leadership will be critical in moving the business forward. I also want to thank Tim Clarke for the exceptional job he has done this past year and wish him continued success as he moves to our central digital team.”

Thomas served as the Brand Manager for WBZ-FM 98.5 “The Sports Hub” from 2017-2019 and returns to Boston after serving as Market Manager of WMVP-AM “ESPN Chicago 1000,” today owned by Craig Karmazin’s Good Karma Brands.

Before that, Thomas spent nine years with CBS Radio, holding multiple roles including VP of Sports Programming.

Classic Rock veterans are likely familiar with Thomas for his 11-year run as PD of WZLX/Boston, in addition to serving as CBS Radio/Boston’s Vice President of Programming.

Before that, Thomas got national notice in such trade publications as Radio & Records for his roles as a PD and on-air personality at Clear Channel Classic Rockers KGB-FM in San Diego and WFBQ-FM in Indianapolis.

“Boston evokes memories of great times and celebrations,” Thomas said. “When Mark Hannon reached out about coming back and leading such a diverse group of stations, it was exhilarating! I can’t wait to reconnect with a lot of talented people, some which I spent over a dozen years working side-by-side with, and celebrating many more victories.”

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The InFOCUS Podcast: Scott McIntyre, BakerHostetler

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 10:00
The latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by, expands on the Radio + Television Business Report’s coverage on October 6 of how a radio or television company should act when one of its high-profile employees becomes the subject of allegations that not only harm the individual, but could also damage the station they are associated with. The topic is today a big one, largely due to claims offered by three women who once worked with a Chicago-based morning show host employed by Hubbard Broadcasting. One of the women is a former co-host who exited in December 2020. Allegations are just that, claims. But, a radio or TV station can’t just sit there while its employee is tarnished through social media and, quite frankly, the crosstown linear media competition. What’s the first best act a station’s management should take? Scott McIntyre, a partner and the employment practice leader at the law firm of BakerHostetler, joins us from its Cincinnati office to answer this and other timely questions in an interview with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.

Listen to “The InFOCUS Podcast: Scott McIntyre, BakerHostetler” on Spreaker.

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Nielsen Relaunches Its Video Streaming Measurement Suite

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 09:41

Nielsen, which offers streaming content and ad measurement in its role as the nation’s dominant ratings and consumer data supplier, is congregating its streaming measurement tools under a single platform.

This, Nielsen explains, will include both ad-supported and subscription-based service models across content, ads and platforms.

Nielsen explains that its renewed focus on “comprehensive streaming measurement” comes at a moment when U.S. consumers now spend over a quarter of their total TV time engaging with this type of content.

“By combining our streaming solutions under one banner, Nielsen is providing the industry with a single destination to understand streaming audiences and how they are engaging with content, allowing media buyers and sellers to make the best decisions around ad strategies,” said Deirdre Thomas, Nielsen’s Managing Director of U.S. Audience Measurement Product Strategy. “Content creators, platforms, studios and advertisers will have an unprecedented view of who is streaming, what they’re watching, which platforms consumers are gravitating to and how much time they are spending with streaming content.”

The relaunch results in the rebrand of two streaming measurement platforms “to better align with its transition to Nielsen ONE,” the company’s cross-media product. In addition, Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings “will provide the most comprehensive view of streaming activity across connected TV (CTV), computer, mobile and tablet,” Nielsen claims.

  • Streaming Video Ratings will now be referred to as Nielsen Streaming Platform Ratings. Nielsen’s Streaming Platform ratings will still provide a macro view of streaming activity across major subscription and ad-supported streaming services. It was launched in January 2021.

  • Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings will be known now as Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings. Launched in 2017, Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings is used by seven of the top 10 TV network groups and 14 of the top agencies, the company says.

Nielsen’s Digital Ad Ratings (DAR) will continue to deliver audience measurement for streaming ads on CTV devices.

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Tubi, Yahoo Widen Ad Partnership

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 09:33

“We’ve seen a significant increase in streaming throughout the past year — with ad-supported content, in particular, generating incredible growth,” said Iván Markman, Chief Business Officer of Yahoo.

This explains why the heritage online brand has expanded its partnership with FOX Entertainment’s ad-supported Video-on-Demand (AVOD) service known as Tubi.

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A Deal In N.Y. State to THNK About

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 16:41

Between Utica and Albany, N.Y., along the Erie Canal is the city of Amsterdam.

Here, an AM radio station with an FM translator are being spun. The buyer: THNK Think Tank Media.

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Behind Emmis’ Latest Stock Move

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 16:40

Astute Wall Street watchers on Tuesday may have wondered what, exactly, was going on at Emmis Communications.

It appeared that Emmis’ stock, traded on the OTC Pink Sheet, had suddenly plummeted in value. On Wednesday (10/6), there was no movement.

What’s the story?

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Should Congress Force ‘My9’ To Focus On NJ?

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 16:25

According to section “47 U.S. Code § 331” of the Communications Act, the Rules that the Federal Communications Commission enforces, it is the policy of the FCC to allocate channels for VHF commercial television broadcasting “in a manner which ensures that not less than one such channel shall be allocated to each state, if technically feasible.”

But, does that language require that station to focus on content for that state’s viewers?

A group of Capitol Hill Democrats say yes, and they want to use the language to help craft legislation that would force a Secaucus, N.J.-licensed station owned today by FOX to turn its attention away from the Big Apple and focus instead on the Garden State.

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SAG-AFTRA, Telemundo Say ‘Sí’ On New Deal

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 16:10

The organization that represents some 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals has reached a tentative three-year agreement for a new contract with Telemundo.

It’s positive news for unionized employees, and comes four years after a trio of unfair labor practice charges filed against the NBCUniversal-owned Hispanic television network on behalf of certain telenovela actors by the labor union were settled.

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Gray’s Q3 Earnings Release Date Confirmed

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 15:30

Happy Diwali … and earnings release day, Gray Television investors.

The broadcast TV station owner has finalized the date and time for the distribution of its Q3 2021 fiscal report card.

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A Launch Date Is Set For Fox Weather

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 13:05

As of October 25, the FOX brand won’t be known for solely news, sports, business news, and for reality programming including The Masked Singer.

It’s a new entrant in the growing desire to offer consumers more coverage of a subject largely free of political bias concerns — the weather.

Introducing FOX Weather, which will use and an app available via download from the Apple App Store and for Android-based phones, too.

“You’ll be able to read all the awesome web stories we’ve been writing over the past several months … Excited for everyone to see!,” Scott Sistek, a meteorologist at FOX TV Stations-owned KCPQ-13 in Seattle, Tweeted on Wednesday morning. 

The new service marks FOX News Media’s eighth platform under the leadership of CEO Suzanne Scott, as its original linear FOX News Channel network celebrates its 25th anniversary this week.

Who can viewers expect to see when they log on to FOX Weather? WABC-7 meteorologist Amy Freeze has joined FOX Weather as an anchor; her departure comes after the notable exit of Bill Evans from WABC-7 in late 2019.

FOX News Media President Sharri Berg said, “We have been working towards this moment for the last nine months and are thrilled to debut FOX Weather with our talented and innovative team, including Amy Freeze whose versatility and decades of experience are a great addition.”

A free service, FOX Weather will also be available on internet-connected TVs via FOX NOW, the FOX News app, and Tubi.

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What To Do When A Scandal Touches Your Talent

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 12:15

It is defined as “a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof.”

That said, allegations, in today’s world, can create myriad concerns for the individual being accused of a crime, or inappropriate behavior. It can also present a host of challenges for their employer.

When the allegations involve a high-profile personality at a broadcast media station, extra scrutiny can only exacerbate the matter for the station’s local management and, ultimately, its owner.

What’s a market manager to do if a situation mirroring that of Hubbard Broadcasting in Chicago surfaces at their stations?

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Broadcasters Foundation President To Retire

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 09:29

Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America since 2009, will retire at the end of 2022.

A succession plan is in place, which sees Thompson and broadcast veteran Tim McCarthy serve as Co-Presidents through 2022, at which time Thompson will move into an active consultancy role.

The changes are effective November 1.

Thompson is well-known across the broadcast industry. During his 40+ year career, he was President of Westinghouse Broadcasting’s Radio Division, President and Co-Owner of Liberty Radio Group, and served as General Manager of KYW-3 in Philadelphia.

The BFA says its Search Committee unanimously chose McCarthy as the best candidate for the position, and that its Board of Directors unanimously endorsed him and the succession plan.

Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation, commented, “I have known Tim for almost 20 years. He is an outstanding leader and I look forward to working with him and Jim for a seamless transition. Jim has done a phenomenal job getting the word out about our mission and increasing the number of broadcasters we help. The entire Board and I are delighted that he will remain with the Foundation as Co-President and then as a Consultant.”

“Serving the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Thompson. “I cannot think of a more worthy task then helping our colleagues in their darkest moments. The search committee and the Board have made an excellent choice in Tim — I know I will be leaving our mission in good hands.”

Chairman Emeritus Phil Lombardo added, “I worked with the search committee 12 years ago to bring Jim onboard, and I am pleased to again have worked with the current search committee to identify Tim as the best person to take on our mission of helping broadcasters in acute need.”

Commenting on his new role, McCarthy said, “I look forward to working with Jim and the entire Board to continue the important work of the Broadcasters Foundation. I have been in broadcasting throughout my career, and it is an honor to be in a position to give back by providing aid to those in our industry who need it most.”

McCarthy is widely known for his lengthy tenure at The Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN Audio, and before that with ABC Radio under Disney ownership. He served as SVP/GM of  Audio Play-By-Play and General Manager of New York and Los Angeles, overseeing ESPN Radio stations in each market. He joined ESPN in 1998 as President/GM of WABC-AM in New York and for ESPN Radio and Radio Disney. McCarthy began his career in radio at WABC Radio in 1990, in an era when its Talk format was surging in popularity, fueled by local hosts including Bob Grant and the syndicated Rush Limbaugh.

The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit, call 212-373-8250, or email
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Fair or Foul? TEGNA, Dish Brace For Retrans Impasse

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 09:15

Yet another battle royale over retransmission consent fees is taking shape.

This time, it involves one of the nation’s two direct broadcast satellite (DBS) companies and the company that Standard General, headed by Soo Kim, and Apollo Global Management seek to own.

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Now Launching: OpenRTB Support for Audio-Only Out-of-Home

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 08:59

Vistar Media, a programmatic technology provider for the digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising segment, has extended OpenRTB integrations to include audio-only out-of-home opportunities to marketers.

As such, The Trade Desk is the first omnichannel demand-side platform (DSP) to support this extension, allowing it to programmatically purchase audio inventory from networks such as Vibenomics.

An emerging category within the out-of-home media landscape, audio OOH “allows brands to influence consumers with engaging messaging seamlessly blended into a retail environment,” Vistar says.

Call it addressable advertising, radio style — but, minus the local radio station airing throughout a store.

“With the growth we’ve seen from both DOOH and Audio as separate emerging channels, it was the logical next step to expand our omni-channel offering into audio OOH,” said Maggie Mattingley, Senior Manager of Inventory Partnerships at The Trade Desk. “Through Vistar’s new audio capability, we continue to provide the best possible digital media available for advertisers and agencies to deliver a holistic digital advertising campaign.”

To be fair, the technology is likely in use at large retailers with a regional or national imprint, such as a grocery store chain.

In a recent visit to Tint World in Boynton Beach, Fla., Hubbard Broadcasting’s WRMF-FM was audible in the showroom; a nearby Hyundai dealer had sibling WEAT-FM “Sunny 107.9” on for customers.

Still, it presents a possible opportunity for Radio — unique streams to retail that it could use for its own addressable advertising opportunities.

“Exposing our unique audio inventory to omnichannel DSPs such as The Trade Desk to transact against Audio Out-of-Home is a logical next step in the growth trajectory for our network and the industry at large,” said audio industry veteran Paul Brenner, today an executive at Vibenomics. “The reach of our audio network combined with Vistar’s market-leading SSP capabilities helps the buy-side flex their programmatic spending, target specific market areas, provide brand support and measurement such as incremental lift and return on ad spend.”

For more information about Vistar, please direct inquiries to

How has revenue recovered from the onset of a pandemic that saw generally steep declines and where some categories continue to experience slower than hoped for rebounds? As the country continues to emerge from restrictions and quarantines, what’s in store for 2022, the first full year after COVID-19? Where are the strong pockets of opportunity for broadcast advertising, and what are the challenges to growing its share? A panel of experts are preparing for a provocative Forecast 2022 discussion about who is going to “show us the money” in the year to come.

Moderator: Mark Gray, CEO, Katz Media Group
Steve Lanzano, President/CEO, TVB
Jen Soch, Executive Director/Specialty Channels, GroupM


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FCC Begins Mid-Band Spectrum Auction

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 16:10

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FCC on Tuesday kicked off a mid-band spectrum auction to support next generation wireless services – including 5G – in the 3.45 GHz band.

Auction 110 will make available 100 megahertz of contiguous mid-band spectrum for commercial use this year.

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Closed: Ramar TV Properties In New Mexico Formally Sold

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 15:59

On July 30, RBR+TVBR first reported on agreement signed by the children of the late Ray Moran that involves the sale of a full-power TV station in Albuquerque and its associated full-power and low-power repeater stations in a transaction brokered by Kalil & Co.

The buyer has now closed on the transaction.

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Ravi Kapur Snatches Up A New LPTV Property

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 15:50

When it comes to low-power TV facilities, Ravi Kapur has been a buyer of late.

The Bay Area entrepreneur who once appeared on-camera at KGO-7 in San Francisco and today is behind the Diya TV operation targeting South Asian consumers recently grew in Florida, and in late April agreed to buy a construction permit for a LPTV facility in Chico, Calif.

Now, Kapur is expanding his holdings by traveling north to Redding.

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Digitally Divided: Over 27 Million Households Don’t Have Internet Access

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 15:30

It sounds hard to fathom just one day after a global outage crippled Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, immediately triggering cybercrime concerns that Cybercrime Magazine Editor-in-Chief Steve Morgan will be addressing at Forecast 2022 on November 16.

Yet, it is indeed true. Some 27.6 million U.S. households lack a home internet connection.

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