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Discovery & Scripps Talk Merger - 7/19 - Shares of Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive jumped late Tuesday in after-market trading following reports that the two companies were once again trying to merge. Talks are taking place between Discovery, which owns the Discovery channel, Animal Planet, and TLC, and Scripps Networks, which owns HGTV, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, and the majority stake in the Food Network. Scripps shares soared 14% to more than $76 a share in after-hours trading. Discovery’s A shares also experienced a bounce of more than 9% to $28.50. More at latimes.com.....

Opie Leaves SiriusXM - 7/10 - Variety reports that nearly three years to the day after "Opie And Anthony" host Anthony Cumia was abruptly let go from SiriusXM for a series of racially-charged derogatory and inflammatory Tweets, his former on-air partner, Gregg "Opie" Hughes, host of "Opie's Radio Show," has also been fired by the satellite radio giant.....

4th Divorce For Rush - 6/21 - Conservative talk titan Rush Limbaugh's (right) fourth wife has been cheating on him with hunky young athletes - setting the stage for a $470 million divorce. Family insiders have exclusively blown the lid off the blockbuster scandal to RadarOnline.com, claiming the 66-year-old's wife, Kathryn, 40, is currently two-timing the media motormouth with a married man. "Kathryn has bounced around with a bunch of guys - mostly athletes," the source claimed.....

Fox News To Brop "Fair & Balanced" - 6/15 - From thehill.com: Fox News is dropping its legendary trademark slogan "fair and balanced." A Fox News spokesperson confirmed that the network is no longer using the slogan, but that the decision won’t impact programming or editorial decisions. The catchphrase, coined by late Fox founder Roger Ailes, has been used at Fox since its founding in 1996. Ailes, who died last month, reportedly held “Fair and Balanced” seminars while leading the network, using the branding to point out bias in reporting.....

Cumulus Near Financial Collapse - 6/12 - The New York Post reports that Cumulus Media, which owns many radio stations across the country, including in New York City and Los Angeles, is on "the brink of a total collapse".....

"Cadillac Jack" Canned - 6/9 - The changes at CBS Radio Philadelphia continues as "Cadillac Jack" Seville exits afternoons at classic hits WOGL 98.1 after nine years as part of deeper cuts at the cluster. According to RadioInsight, Seville had been with WOGL since 2004 and moved from weekends to afternoons in September 2008 following the passing of Big Ron O'Brien. During his career he has also hosted nights at KQLZ Los Angeles and WAVA Washington DC, afternoons at WEGX Philadelphia, and mornings at WLAN and WIOV-FM Lancaster PA.....

Verizon Plans Layoffs - 6/8 - Verizon plans to lay off about 15% of the combined global workforce of its AOL and Yahoo units, a total of more than 2,000 employees, once the company completes its acquisition of the search engine pioneer. More at multichannel.com.....

Sad State Of American TV News - 5/31 - I look at the sad state of American TV news with today's news that CBS is canning Scott Pelley as anchor of the "CBS Evening News." I also look at Mike James selling his excellent NewsBlues TV news site.....


Scott Pelley Out As "CBS Evening News" Anchor - 5/31 - Scott Pelley is leaving his anchor role with the "CBS Evening News," a position he has held since 2011. He will continue his duties at "60 Minutes" and devote more time to that role. Pelley has consistently been in third place in the ratings among the broadcast network evening newscasts, behind Lester Holt of NBC and David Muir of ABC. More at nytimes.com.....

LA's KROQ Cans Rodney - 5/30 - From ocregister.com: "When Rodney Bingenheimer made his debut as a DJ on KROQ/106.7 FM [in Los Angeles] in the summer of 1976, playing the music he loved no matter how offbeat or obscure, he opened every show with his unofficial theme song, 'This Could Be The Night' by the Modern Folk Quartet. 'Because every time I went there I thought this could be my last show,' Bingenheimer, 69, explained... 'I played really way out music, all kinds of weird songs. Things from England. Of course a lot of local bands. So I always thought this could be the night.' And for 41 years it never was that night – until now... Bingenheimer says KROQ management called him to a meeting where he was told his long-running show, 'Rodney On The ROQ,' was over. His farewell broadcast will air from 12 AM to 3 AM on Monday, June 5".....

Frank Deford Dies - 5/30 - From npr.org: "Through nearly four decades, at least five presidential administrations and seemingly countless Super Bowls and World Series, NPR listeners could depend on at least one thing in the ever-unpredictable world of athletics: Frank Deford. A mainstay on 'Morning Edition,' the Hall Of Fame sportswriter was public radio's scholar of sports for some 37 years before hanging up his cleats earlier this year. Deford died Sunday [May 28] at the age of 78 at his home in Key West, Florida, his wife confirmed to NPR. He leaves behind an astonishing 1,656 commentaries for NPR." The Baltimore native also did sports commentaries forSports Illustrated and HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel".....

Roger Ailes Dies - 5/18 - Roger Ailes, who mastered the art of selling political candidates like Hollywood celebrities and was the architect of conservative-oriented TV news, died May 18 at age 77. He was the longtime chairman and chief executive of the Fox News Channel, building it over two decades into a politically influential juggernaut until his abrupt ouster last year amid sexual harassment allegations. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Sinclair Forces TVers To Lean Right - 5/15 - The New York Times reports that Baltimore-based Sinclair issues orders to its TV station news departments to run "must-run" news pieces that allegedly tilt to the right side of the political spectrum.....

Fox News Ousters Bill Shine - 5/1 - The turmoil at Fox News continues with the ouster of co-president Bill Shine, who succeeded Roger Ailes amid a sexual-harassment scandal last summer despite Shine's alleged role in abetting Ailes in tolerating a workplace hostile to women. Shine, a 20-year Fox News veteran, appeared to have the backing of Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch in the wake of the firing of Bill O'Reilly, Fox's biggest star. More at washingtonpost.com.....

More Layoffs At ESPN - 4/27 - From the New York Times: The "Worldwide Leader In Sports," as ESPN brands itself, has laid off scores of journalists and on-air talent, showing that even the most formidable media kingdom was vulnerable to the transformation upending the sports broadcasting industry as more and more people turn away from cable television. Among the prominent people let go were the former NFL players Trent Dilfer and Danny Kanell, the former NBA player Len Elmore, the former baseball general manager Jim Bowden and the longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder. ESPN is by far the biggest and most powerful entity in the sports media industry, and it has felt the sting as viewers turn away from traditional ways of consuming live sports. The network has lost more than 10 million subscribers over the past several years. At the same time, the cost of broadcasting major sports has continued to rise. ESPN committed to an eight-year, $15.2 billion deal extension with the NFL in 2011; a nine-year, $12 billion deal with the NBA; and a $7.3 billion deal for the college football playoffs, among many others.....

Comcast Posts Revenue Gains - 4/27 - Comcast reports first-quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations, as the global telecommunications conglomerate grew its video subscription base and boosted sales in its film business. Revenue in Comcast's cable business rose 5.8%, as the media company added 42,000 video subscribers and 429,000 broadband subscribers in the quarter. The firm's NBCUniversal sales rose 14.7%, fueled by a 43.2% increase in filmed entertainment revenue. More at cnbc.com.....

AP Revenue Slumps - 4/19 - Earnings at the Associated Press shrank substantially last year compared with 2015, when the news organization enjoyed a large tax benefit that skewed its results. Revenue also edged downward, reflecting continued contraction in the newspaper industry and a stronger US dollar that reduced the value of overseas sales. More at apnews.com.....

Fox News Fires O'Reilly - 4/19 - Bill O'Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News, after the disclosure of settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him. His abrupt and embarrassing ouster ends his two-decade reign as one of the most popular and influential commentators in television. More at nytimes.com.....

AM Hangs On, Just Barely - 4/10 - Just 12 AMs among the top 10 stations for age 6+ ratings, in the 10 biggest markets, reports Tom Taylor Now. That's 12 stations out of 100. There's one AM that cracks the top ten in Nielsen's age 6+ total-week shares in New York City, CBS all-newser 1010 WINS. There are two each in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, none in Dallas or Washington DC, and one in Houston. There are two in Philadelphia and one each in Atlanta and Boston.....

Cuts At Detroit Area Alt Rocker - 3/30 - Almost the entire airstaff gets pink-slipped from Detroit area alt rocker CIMX, "89X," which is licensed to Windsor, Ontario. Owner Bell Media also closed the station's Detroit sales office. Exiting with the cuts are morning hosts Cal Cagno and Gillian Reilly, midday hosts Phil "PK" Kukawinski, afternoon host Reed Petitpren and members of the promotions and sales departments. Only night host Mark McKenzie remains from the on-air staff. The company is eliminating is US based sales office for the Detroit market and will focus its efforts on the Canadian side of the border. In addition to CIMX, Bell Media owns oldies "AM 580" CKWW, news/talk "AM 800: CKLW, and adult alternative "93.9 The River" CIDR in the Detroit/Windsor market. Of the four stations, only CIMX subscribed to Nielsen's radio ratings for Detroit where it registered a 1.6 share in the February monthly. More at radioinsight.com......

Bezos 2nd Richest - 3/30 - Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, is now the second richest man in the world. With a $75.6 billion fortune. More at bloomberg.com.....

DC's WTOP Again Top National Revenue Generator - 3/28 - Once again, Hubbard all-newser WTOP in DC was the top ad revenue-generating radio station in the nation, with $67.5 million billed in 2016, beating stations in the much larger markets of NYC, LA, and Chicago. That's according stats from Chantilly-based BIA/Kelsey, which also reported that over-the-air radio advertising revenue stayed relatively flat at around $14.1 billion. WTOP's 2015 billing revenue was $65 million, up from $63.5 million in 2014. It's been the top revenue generating radio station in the nation for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and now 2016. Overall, the news-talk radio category experienced an overall improvement in 2016, likely due to the presidential year. "In an age where consumers have many entertainment choices, local radio maintains its strength and popularity in the marketplace among national and local advertisers," said Mark Fratrik, senior vice president and chief economist at BIA/Kelsey. "Our forecast also notes that by 2021 we expect radio to surpass newspapers and become the fifth largest media category among advertisers".....

Trump Plans Big Cut For CPB - 3/16 - President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget - targeting the Corporation For Public Broadcasting for complete elimination. Trump's budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the DC-based CPB, a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide. More at thewrap.com.....

Public Broadcasters Get Ready For Trump Cuts - 3/15 - At washingtonpost.com, Paul Farhi looks at how public television and radio - DC area-based PBS, CPB, and NPR - are gearing up for another round of funding cuts, this time from the Trump Administration.....

NPR President Recovering From Heart Surgery - 3/15 - NPR President Jarl Mohn is recovering at his home in Los Angeles after undergoing heart surgery, according to current.org. Mohn required heart surgery while on vacation in Utah, said NPR spokesperson Isabel Lara. Lara declined to disclose why the surgery was required but said Mohn had not had a heart attack. He was released from the hospital March 9, according to a memo to staff from NPR Chief Operating Officer Loren Mayor. Mayor and NPR's senior executive team are handling day-to-day operations in Mohn's absence.....

ESPN Eyes Cuts - 3/7 - NewsBlues reports that ESPN, faced with the double whammy of a shrinking subscriber base and rising costs for broadcast rights, will soon begin a round of significant cost-cutting over the next four months on its talent side. ESPN has been ordered to cut "tens of millions of staff salary from its payroll, including staffers many viewers and readers will recognize." Those with contracts coming up would be particularly vulnerable. The company is also expected to buyout some existing contracts, which is something rare for ESPN historically beyond a few NFL talents. The cuts are expected to be completed by June. Sources within ESPN say behind-the-scenes people will likely not be impacted by these cuts. More at si.com.....

Hanks, Streep, Spielberg To Do WaPo Movie - 3/7 - Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Steven Spielberg are joining forces for a new newspaper drama called "The Post," which chronicles the Washington Post's legal battle to publish the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971. Spielberg will direct, Hanks will play the Post's executive editor Ben Bradlee, and Streep will play Katharine Graham, the newspaper’s publisher. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Sinclair Eyes Tribune - 3/1 - Reuters reports that Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has approached rival broadcaster, Chicago-based Tribune Media, to discuss a potential combination, a deal that would hinge on existing regulations being relaxed. A deal between Sinclair and Tribune Media, which have market capitalizations of $3.6 billion and $3 billion respectively, would combine two of the largest US local TV station owners and face regulatory curbs on how many households they can reach. However, the broadcast industry hopes President Donald Trump will lift caps on ownership concentration, allowing it to compete for audiences and advertisers against Facebook and Alphabet's Google.....

Cumulus Shuts Down Radio Station - 3/1 - Cumulus has shut down a Salt Lake City talker that got low ratings and lost money. Will there be more stations going dark for the troubled radio station owner? At radioinsight.com.....

YouTube Views Top 1 Billion Per Day - 2/28 - YouTube viewers world-wide are now watching more than 1 billion hours of videos a day, threatening to eclipse US television viewership, a milestone fueled by the Google unit's aggressive embrace of artificial intelligence to recommend videos. More at wsj.com.....

Comcast To Offer YouTube Videos - 2/28 - Comcast and YouTube announced a deal that will allow Comcast customers with the latest gear to search for and watch YouTube videos through their cable boxes. More at wsj.com.....

Alan Colmes Dies - 2/23 - Fox News contributor and commentator Alan Colmes has died after a brief illness. He was 66. More at people.com.....

Yiannopoulos Resigns From Breitbart - 2/21 - Milo Yiannopoulos, the commentator who helped make Breitbart News a leading organ of the "alt-right," has resigned from the news organization after a video of him endorsing pedophilia surfaced online. Yiannopoulos has been a flame-throwing provocateur whose writing has offended women, Muslims, blacks and gay people ever since former Breitbart executive chairman Stephen Bannon hired him as a senior editor in 2014. Bannon, now President Trump's senior adviser, championed the British-born Yiannopoulos's inflammatory commentary and promoted him as a conservative truth teller and champion of free speech. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Maine's W-Bach Is Silenced - 2/21 - The longtime W-Bach classical music combo in Portland, Maine has been silenced. The W-Bach classical brand's been around New England on various signals during the past two decades. But recently Maine Public Radio began offering a non-commercial classical service, and owner Binnie has shuttered the W-Bach combo of signals in southern Maine. The full-power 106.9 signal is now relaying a local classic hits outlet, with the low-power 96.9 signal relaying a local country outlet.....

Verizon Wants To Pay Less For Yahoo - 2/16 - Verizon is close to a renegotiated deal for Yahoo's internet properties that would reduce the price of the $4.8 billion agreement by about $250 million after the revelation of security breaches at the web company. More at bloomberg.com.....

FCC Wants More Phone To Receive FM Radio - 2/16 - Millions of Americans use their smartphones every day to stream music from services such as Pandora or Spotify. Others use mobile devices to access podcasts or radio shows. These applications don't work without a connection to WiFi or mobile data. But what if you could listen to that same content on your phone by turning to an old-school technology: FM radio? That's what the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has just proposed. Unbeknown to many consumers, most smartphones actually come with FM radio receivers already built in. But good luck trying to get a signal from your local station, because these antennas are largely inactive. So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Cincinnati To Lose Eclectic Music Outlet - 2/15 - Nearly a year after stating they plan to explore selling eclectic, adult alternative WNKU, 89.7, in the Cincinnati area, and its two simulcasters, Northern Kentucky University has announced it has agreed to sell two of the signals to religious operators. WNKU's main 89.7 signal will be sold to Bible Broadcasting Network for $1.9 million. Simulcast 104.1, WNKE, which serves the Huntington WV/Ashland KY area, will go to Educational Media Foundation for $700,000. The university has yet to accept an offer for its third station, 105.9, WNKN, which serves the northern half of the Cincinnati market and Dayton. So reports radioinsight.com.....

Oppenheim Replaces Turness At NBC - 2/15 - NBC News replaces company president Deborah Turness, the executive who presided over a number of high-profile controversies at the network, from its handling of footage of Donald Trump's vulgar comments about women on "Access Hollywood" that was leaked during the fall presidential campaign to the departure of "Today" show co-host Tamron Hall in January. The British-born Turness became the first woman to head a network news division when NBC lured her from Britain's ITV in 2013. She will become president of NBC News International, a new position. Turness will oversee a new partnership between NBC News and EuroNews, a pan-European satellite news service based in Lyon, France. Turness will be replaced by Noah Oppenheim, the executive producer of the "Today" show and a former producer at MSNBC and CNBC. He will continue to oversee "Today." So reports washingtonpost.com.....

Top YouTube Star Posts Anti-Semitic Videos - 2/14 - One of YouTube's biggest stars, PieDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) gets himself into a big controversy over his posting of anti-Semitic, Nazi imagry in his videos, forcing Disney to drop his deal with him. Are we witnessing another media celebrity who has let the fame go to his head, causing him to enter self-destruct mode?


Slumping ESPN Drags Down Disney - 2/8 - Rising costs and declining viewership at ESPN once again dragged down quarterly results for Walt Disney Company, whose chief executive, Bob Iger, gave his first public signal he may stay beyond his planned retirement in 2018. Despite Iger's best efforts to focus investor attention on Disney's film studio, which had three hits last quarter, most questions on a conference call with analysts on Tuesday once again targeted ESPN's struggles and the pending launch of a digital, direct-to-consumer sports video offering. More from Marketwatch.....

Dave TV: My Take On Entercom's CBS Radio Deal - 2/2 - My take on what Entercom's deal for CBS's radio stations means. Is radio becoming less important in the overall media universe? Will there be big shakeups in markets where Entercom and CBS both own. In today's "Dave TV".....


Entercom Gets CBS Radio Stations - 2/2 - Entercom and CBS announce that Entercom will take over CBS's radio assets in a "tax free merger," according to radioworld.com. CBS had long been rumored to be looking for a buyer for its radio business. The price was not disclosed in the announcement. Industry observers have been watching for months to learn the fate of the historic CBS radio holdings and brand. Now, according to the announcement, "the combined company will be known as Entercom and will be headquartered in Philadelphia, with a significant ongoing presence in New York." In total, the new company will have 244 stations as well as digital assets and events; it said it will have stations in 23 of the top 25 US markets.....

Alt-WHCA Dinner Planned - 1/30 - TBS's Samantha Bee will be hosting an alternative banquet April 29, Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner, against the annual roast of the president, and presidential roast of the media, that has usually drawn a huge Hollywood contingent. More at multichannel.com.....

Musberger Jumps To New Vegas Gaming Channel - 1/30 - Vegas Stats & Information Network will launch the first station dedicated to sports gambling on SiriusXM in February. The network, which will also be available as a video stream on VSiN's website, will operate from the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. On XM 204 and Sirius 215. The network's signature voice will be veteran sportscaster Brent Musberger. Musberger will call his final game for ESPN on January 31 before moving to VSiN. The 77 year-old will anchor "My Guys In The Desert" on Thursdays through Mondays. More at radioinsight.com.....

San Diego's CW Changes Outlets - 1/27 - Bay City Television, owner of San Diego CW affiliate and Tijuana-licensed Channel 6/XETV is shutting down. Come June, CW6 will be replaced on XETV by a re-transmission of Channel Nine Network from Mexico City. Bay City Television, the operator of CW6 will cease operations at that time. The station's last US-based newscast will be on March 31. Midwest Television-owned CBS affiliate Channel 8/KFMB will operate the CW affiliation as a duopoly starting in September. Mexico's XETV was an ABC affiliate until 1974. In 1986, it became one of the first stations in the US to carry the Fox Network, which it did until 2008 when it lost that affiliation and started broadcasting the CW. More at adweek.com.....

Verizon Wants To Get Bigger - 1/26 - Roughly a year after swallowing up Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications could merge with yet another massive broadband and TV provider: Verizon. The telecommunications giant is reportedly exploring a combination with Charter, the nation's second-largest cable company. A deal between the two could create a massive company controlling access to home broadband, cable TV, and mobile voice and data services, accelerating what some analysts describe as a "mad scramble" of consolidation in the communications industry. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Google Battles Fake News - 1/25 - Google kicked 200 publishers off one of its ad networks in the fourth quarter, partly in response to the proliferation of fake news sites. The company banned the publishers from its AdSense network, an ad placement service that automatically serves text and display ads on participating sites based on its audience. The ban was part of an update to an existing policy that prohibits sites that mislead users with their content. More at recode.net.....

Musburger To Retire - 1/25 - Iconic college football announcer Brent Musburger's final game was the Sugar Bowl. ESPN has announced that Musburger would be retiring from broadcasting at the end of the month after calling an SEC basketball game on January 31. Musburger has served as the lead college football announcer for the SEC Network since the channel's inception in 2014 after being ESPN’s top college football voice since 2006. More at sports.yahoo.com.....

Trump Good For Cable News - 1/25 - It's official - President Trump is good for business: the cable news business. Despite the love-hate relationship between Trump and the three big news networks, the media giants collectively boosted their ad revenue by 40% last year, according to industry data. That's a stunning $394 million in additional ad revenue, ad measurement firm Standard Media Index reported. More at nypost.com.....

Seinfeld Drives "Cars" To Netflix - 1/18 - Jerry Seinfeld is taking "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" on the road to Netflix. The talk series, which had previously debuted new episodes on Sony's ad-supported streaming service Crackle, will bring 24 new episodes exclusively to Netflix starting in late 2017, with subsequent installments coming in 2018. The move is part of a multi-faceted production deal Seinfeld has inked with Netflix that will also include two new stand-up specials filmed exclusively for the streaming service. More at variety.com.....

Esquire Cable Channel To Be Discontinued - 1/18 - NBCUniversal will shutter Esquire Network's linear cable channel and relaunch the brand as a digital-only platform. The decision to end the cable channel's operation was spurred by recent negotiations with Charter Communications over a carriage-contract renewal. Esquire Network was recently dropped from AT&T's DirecTV and U-Verse services. That move resulted in a loss of 25% of the channel's subscribers - down from 60 million to 45 million. If Esquire Network were to be dropped by Charter, it would have lost an additional 15 million subscribers, making it no longer viable for Comcast-owned NBCUniversal to continue to operate. More from Variety.....

Trump Eyes Adding Talk Radio & Bloggers To Press Corps - 1/17 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that radio talk hosts are likely gain more prominence at the Trump White House. There are plans to possibly relocate the press corps out of the White House to the Old Executive Office Building, or elsewhere. Part of the thinking is the chance to, according to a Trump spokesperson, "involve more people, be more transparent, have more accessibility" compared to the 49-seat West Wing press briefing room. And that could include "a lot of talk radio and bloggers." Taylor adds that the press corps is pushing back against an ouster from the West Wing.....

ESPN To Break Up "Mike & Mike" - 1/13 - ESPN plans to shift Mike Greenberg, half of the long-running "Mike & Mike" radio show on ESPN Radio, into a new role as the lead host of a television show that would air in the mornings on ESPN. The new show will have elements of "SportsCenter," which currently airs at that time as well as a traditional morning show. It is expected to be based in New York City. The new program would put an end to end to Greenberg's on-air partnership with Mike Golic, which began in October 1998. "Mike & Mike" currently airs weekdays on ESPN Radio from 6 AM to 10 AM ET and is simulcast on ESPN2. More at si.com.....

Dave TV: YouTube Trolls - 1/13 - What if YouTubers confronted their "trolls" in public? And, do YouTuber's wives/girlfriends sometime try to dominate their videos? In today's "Dave TV".....


Dave TV: License Plate Mystery In Seinfeld Video - 1/13 - Was watching Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" and notice something very strange with his car's license plates - a front plate from one state and a back plate from another. What's up with that?


Hearst Stations Back On DirecTV - 1/10 - Hearst and DirecTV have reached a retransmission consent agreement, ending a week-long blackout of channels in 26 markets. Hearst channels went dark to DirecTV customers at midnight on January 1 after the parties could not reach a retrans agreement. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. More at multichannel.com.....

Michael Baisden Returns To Airwaves - 1/9 - Michael Baisden (right) will return to national radio syndication on January 16, hosting an afternoon show. Until 2013, Baisden was heard doing afternoons nationwide until he had a dispute with his national syndicator, Cumulus. He'll be joined on his new show by sidekick George Willborn. Baisden's new show is syndicated by Superadio Networks, in conjunction with Urban Radio Networks. So far, he's has been picked up in about 40 markets.....

Nat Hentoff Dies - 1/9 - Nat Hentoff, a journalist, author, champion of jazz music and passionate defender of civil liberties in columns he wrote for the Washington Post and Village Voice, among other publications, died January 7 in Manhattan. He was 91. More washingtonpost.com.....

Tucker To Replace Megyn On Fox News - 1/6 - DC-based Tucker Carlson has been promoted at Fox News to replace Megyn Kelly at 9 PM. NewsBlues tells us that, less than two months ago, Carlson was co-hosting the weekend edition of "Fox & Friends," his long career in television apparently on the downswing. But on November 14, he was named to fill Greta Van Susteren's vacancy at 7 PM on Fox News and "instantly began attracting eyeballs with his aggressive, right-leaning interrogation of guests." Earlier this week, Kelly revealed she's jumping to NBC.....

Confirmed: Van Susteren To MSNBC - 1/6 - The rumors of earlier this week have proved true. Greta Van Susteren is joining MSNBC, taking over the channel's 6 PM time slot with a new show called "For the Record." Her show will feature both news and analysis, working as a bridge from MSNBC's dayside news shows into its more opinion and analysis-focused primetime. The former Fox Newser starts on January 9. More at politico.com.....

Philly's WZMP Drops Hits For Hot AC - 1/6 - CBS drops the contemporary hit format from WZMP, 96.5 in Philadelphia, to hot adult contemporary as "Today's 96.5." The station has been ranked 14th in the latest radio ratings.....

Tampa's WBRN Goes AC - 1/6 - Tampa's former rocker, WBRN 98.7, flips to mainstream adult contemporary as "B98.7." The Beasley station dropped the rock in early December when it jettisoned morning man Bubba The Love Sponge. It had been stunting with holiday tunes and Trump-oriented songs about money since then.....

Dave TV: Fuzzy Face Mustaches - 1/4 - People ask how I make money. Simple. Via my Fuzzy Face Mustache vending machines.....


Dave TV: Monetizing Your Kids - 1/4 - Today's sermon is about YouTubers who monetize their kids. I sound off on how some YouTube vloggers should scale back the placement of their adorable kids in their kids. Even infants and pre-teen kids have a right to privacy as they're growing up. And putting them in front of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of strangers on YouTube may have negative consequences on their future growth and development.....


Megyn Kelly Leaves Fox For NBC - 1/3 - Megyn Kelly (right) has decided to leave Fox News to take a position at NBC. She will take a "triple role" at NBC, hosting a daytime news and discussion show, anchoring a Sunday night news show, and being a central part of the network's special coverage of politics and other big events. Kelly's "The Kelly File" was the second-most-watched show on cable news, behind only Fox's "O'Reilly Factor." Kelly is a 12-year veteran of Fox. Her contract with Fox expires over the summer. More at thehill.com.....

John Bassett Dies - 1/3 - Boston radio veteran John Bassett died December 27. He was 92. Bassett was one of WBZ radio's lineup of five local personalities when that station dropped its NBC network programming in 1956. During his five decade career, he worked at WORL, WHDH, WCCM, and WCGY. He retired in 2008.....

Comcast To Continue Carrying Fox News - 1/3 - Comcast has reached an agreement to continue carriage of Fox News Channel on its cable systems, serving more than 20 million subscribers. Terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.....

Rumor: Greta To Start MSNBC Show - 1/3 - Former Fox Newser Greta Van Susteren will launch a 6 PM show next Monday on MSNBC. The official announcement is expected later today. That's the rumor, anyway, according to NewsBlues.....

DirecTV Drops Hearst Stations - 1/2 - As of midnight January 1, dozens of Hearst-owned TV stations have been dropped by DirecTV due to a carriage contract dispute between the broadcaster and the satellite TV firm. More from TV Spy.....

Dave TV: Too Many YouTube RVers? - 1/1 -I look at the plethora of RVers who are now vlogging on YouTube. Are there too many? And where they've been (they all seem to have passed through New Orleans at some point) and where they might be going in 2017.....


NSA Behind Drudge Denial? - 12/30 - From NewsBlues: The Drudge Report was shut down for nearly 90 minutes Thursday night in a denial-of-service attack, and Drudge suspects the feds may be behind it. "Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT?" he tweeted. "Biggest DDoS since site's inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing]. Attacking coming from 'thousands' of sources. Of course none of them traceable to Fort Meade," the Maryland home of the NSA.....

Dave TV: My Favorite YouTubers Of 2016 - 12/30 - My top 20 favorite YouTube channels at the end of 2016. Do I still have a man crush on Adam The Woo? Is Nomadic Fanatic Still on the list or has be bored me to tears? Did Casey Neistat make it? What about Ben Brown and Fun For Louie? And Dan Bell and the Carpetbagger? Who are my favorite RV/van vloggers? Less Junk More Journey? Into The Mystery 13? When In Rome Travels? Some others?.....


Unboxing Chia Donald Trump - 12/29 - After unboxing Chia Donald Trump, I enter the preparation phase.....


Tampa Station Flips To Trump - 12/28 - Beasley's WBRN in Tampa, the former rock radio home for Bubba The Love Sponge, has rebranded itself in the Trump vein as "Donald 98.7 FM" with the promise to "Make Radio Great Again." The station's new format, at least temporarily, after abruptly switching to holiday music when Beasley dropped Bubba from the flagship station on December 13, features a playlist full of songs about money. Further continuing the theme is an image of $100 bills with the name "98.7 Donald FM" on the former "No Rules Rock" website.....

Dave TV: Unboxing Chia Donald Trump - 12/28 - I unbox the Chia Donald Trump head I got for Christmas.....


NPR's Mohn Talks Podcasts, More - 12/22 - Jarl Mohn, CEO of NPR, talks about the future of the podcast industry, why terrestrial radio isn't dying, and the role of public media in the news business. At wsj.com.....

Cumulus Drops Savage In Detroit - 12/21 - Cumulus drops Michael Savage's "Savage Nation" in a third market - Detroit. The Motor City's WJR radio will replace Savage in the 3 PM to 5 PM slot with Detroit TV newsman Guy Gordon. Just recently, Cumulus announed that it was yanking Savage in Chicago and Washington DC.....

Schultz Now Speaks For Russia - 12/21 - Ed Schultz, who used to be the bombastic lefty on MSNBC, is now the lead news anchor for RT America, the network once known as Russia Today, a multimedia organization funded by the Russian government. At washingtonpost.com.....

"Rockline" Host Bob Coburn Dies - 12/19 - From Billboard: Bob Coburn, Los Angeles radio personality and host of the nationally syndicated show "Rockline," has died. He was 68. His radio home since 1980, Los Angeles station KLOS announced Coburn's death on its website. The station said he died Decembe 17 of lung cancer after being diagnosed earlier this year. Coburn was well known to rock stars and music fans as host of the weekly Rockline show, which ran from 1981 to 2014. He interviewed such superstars as Keith Richards, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney on the program, where listeners could call-in with questions.....

Dave TV: Rush Voices Ads Within Show - 12/19 - During most of the second half hours of his three hour show, Rush Limbaugh voices program-like ads in between the formal ad breaks. Is he really that desperate for ad dough? Huh? While radio stations are paying hefty rights fees for a show that has many show-placed, Rush-voiced ads that are often masqueraded to be talk content.....


Dave TV: My Favorite YouTube Videos Of 2016 - 12/19 - My favorite YouTube videos (and video series arcs) for 2016 including Ben Brown, Dan Bell, Into The Mystery 13, Adam The Woo, Adrian Bliss, Sintax 77, Joe Robinet Bushcraft, and more. And please don't count how many times I say "brilliant".....


FCC Head Tom Wheeler To Resign - 12/16 - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, says he will leave the agency January 20, ending months of will-he or won't-he speculation about his plans. According to Politico, his departure means the FCC will start the Trump administration with a 2-1 Republican majority, allowing the GOP to immediately begin dismantling Obama-era regulations. While it is customary for FCC chairmen to resign at the start of a new administration, Wheeler had for months refused to publicly commit to stepping down when Obama leaves office. While he repeatedly said he would ensure a smooth transition, Republican lawmakers seized on the issue to hold up the confirmation of his fellow FCC Democrat, Jessica Rosenworcel - a move Senate Democrats said violated a deal made with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a year before. The Senate did not approve Rosenworcel for a new term before it left town for recess last week, and she will have to leave the commission by January 3.....

Costs Of Sports Streaming "Murky" - 12/15 - At washingtonpost.com, Rick Maese looks at how online streaming is changing how professional sports teams, like Lajor League Baseball, deliver their video product. While "the costs and benefits to fans remain murky".....

CBS All Access Grows - 12/15 - Increasing numbers of viewers are paying between $6 and $10 a month to watch CBS programming via its All Access online streaming service. More at wsj.com.....

Amazon Streaming Expands - 12/15 - Amazon expands its Amazon Prime Video streaming service to 200 countries - more countries that what Netflix is available in. More at geekwire.com.....

Rush To Stay With Cumulus - 12/15 - Cumulus does a deal with Premiere, the company that syndicates Rush Limbaugh's show. The righty radio talker will remain on 33 Cumulus stations through 2019. The deal includes Cumulus stations in Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, and San Francisco. But not NYC, where Cumulus owns WABC-AM. In that market, Rush will continue to air on iHeart's WOR.....

Viacom Calls Off CBS Deal - 12/13 - Viacom has abandoned plans to reunite with CBS. More at nytimes.com.....

Trump Could Reshape VOA - 12/12 - Politico reports that President-elect Donald Trump is about to inherit a newly empowered Voice Of America that some officials fear could serve as an unfettered propaganda arm for the former reality TV star who has flirted for years with launching his own network. Buried in the National Defense Authorization Act that passed last week is a provision that would disband the bipartisan board of the Broadcasting Board Of Governors, the independent US agency that includes Voice Of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks. The move, pushed by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce as a way to streamline the agency, concentrates control into a powerful CEO who is appointed by the president.....

Tampa's WBRN Drops Bubba & Rock - 12/12 - Tampa rocker WBRN, 98.7, dumps the ever-controversial Bubba The Love Sponge as it issues a terse December 12 statement saying that it's "undergoing a format adjustment" and is now stunting with Christmas tunes. According to station owner Beasley's announcement, "As a result of this decision, the Bubba The Love Sponge show will no longer be carried by Beasley in the Tampa, Florida market. Beasley looks forward to continuing its relationship with Bubba and the Bubba The Love Sponge show on WRXK, 96K-Rock, in Fort Myers, Florida." Beasley says it will flip WBRN to a new format after Christmas.....

FM Pirates Plague Brooklyn - 12/12 - From Tom Taylor Now: Pirate plagues New York's classical non-for-profit WQXR 105.9 – every night. Seems the bilingual pirate, English and Hebrew, fires up the transmitter about 6 PM and broadcasts until 8 AM the next morning. Whatever power level he's using at 105.7, it's enough to cause reception problems in Brooklyn for first-adjacent WQXR. The New York Post says the interference has been occurring for at least a month, and New York Public Radio-owned WQXR has reported it to the Federal Communications Commission. So the question is - where's the "Tiger Team" that FCC Chair Tom Wheeler promised would tackle reports of pirates? The Post says the interference from the unknown pirate isn't even confined to 105.9. He's smearing large parts of the FM band with RF. One Facebook post quotes a Brooklyn listener saying "I get interference all the way from 104.3 to 106.7." He's not just picking those frequencies out of the air, so to speak. iHeart's got classic rock Q104.3 WAXQ and adult contempoary/all-Christmas Lite 106.7 WLTW.....

ESPN Becomes Big Problem For Disney - 12/10 - From the Washington Post: For the second year in a row, Disney is poised to have another "Star Wars" megahit on its hands with the company on track to sell $130 million in US. pre-release tickets for next week's "Rogue One." But no matter how well it performs at the box office, the film's success may be overshadowed by Disney investors' rising alarm about another part of the Magic Kingdom: ESPN, which is shedding viewers in record numbers. ESPN was thrust into the spotlight in November when the ratings company Nielsen predicted the sports juggernaut would lose 621,000 cable subscribers that month. Nielsen estimated the sports network would lose another 555,000 subscribers in December. The staggering losses have led to calls by analysts for Disney to spin off or sell the beleaguered network, which has lost 9 million subscribers in three years, according to company filings.....

Murdoch Eyes Total Control Of Sky - 12/10 - Media and entertainment mogul Rupert Murdoch was on the verge of taking full control of the British satellite television giant Sky five years ago when his takeover bid was derailed by a phone-hacking scandal in his company’s publishing arm. Now, Sky said that Murdoch's 21st Century Fox had reached a preliminary deal to acquire the 61% stake in Sky it did not already own. The new takeover offer would value Sky at about $23 billion. More at nytimes.com.....

FCC Might Scrap Cross-Ownership Ban - 12/9 - A bipartisan effort has been launched to force the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate the broadcast/newspaper cross-ownership ban that has been in effect since 1975. The National Association of Broadcasters announced its intention to sue the agency last month over the ban and lack of adjustments on the station ownership caps. The ban was introduced in 1975 prohibiting the ownership of a daily newspaper and a "full-power broadcast station that serviced the same community" in order to prevent a single entity from becoming too powerful a single voice. Many companies have continued to have waivers such as Cox Media owning the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV, and six radio stations in the Atlanta market. More at radioinsight.com.....

Megyn Kelly Leaving Fox News? - 12/9 - Despite an offer of more than $20 million from Fox News, superstar anchor Megyn Kelly appears to be listening to some surprising suitors, including ABC and NBC. According to Vanity Fair.....

Rumors: CBS To Replace Pelley On Evening News? - 12/9 - Amid talk that Scott Pelley is on his way out as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," Page Six reports that he recently bought a ranch in his native Texas. Insiders say that Pelley, who, according to insiders, is poised to move to "60 Minutes" full time, would be able to work from home in his new role.....

Rumors: CBS To Replace Colbert With Corden? - 12/8 - Page Six runs a rumor that CBS is exploring broadcast locations in Los Angeles and may give "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" to James Corden. Replacing the low-rated Stephen Colbert, who took over from David Letterman. Since the summer, Corden's career has gotten hotter. He's been picked to host the Grammys after his "Carpool Karaoke" segment has attracted the likes of Adele, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and, this week, Madonna. CBS denied the rumor, which also say that Colbert could be given the later 12:30 AM slot.....

Tegna To Make Tampa News Cuts - 12/8 - Tegna's WTSP in Tampa has reportedly told "many of its anchors and reporters that their contracts will not be renewed. Producers are being let go as well." A tipster claims "the station is going to solo anchor formats and basically re-doing everything with much less emphasis on reporters and standard packages." So reports newsblues.com.....

Advertisers Boycott Breitbart - 12/5 - Boycotts. Backlash. Breitbart. US companies confront a volatile political climate. At washingtonpost.com.....








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