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Wiremania (July 25, 2014)
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'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'. After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994.
KLSD San Diego Revamping Clear Channel Sports “Xtra Sports 1360” KLSD San Diego will relaunch with a new schedule and modified name. CLEAR CHANNEL Sports KLSD-A (XTRA SPORTS 1360)/SAN DIEGO will revamp its lineup with more local programming and a name adjustment to XTRA 1360 FOX SPORTS SAN DIEGO reflecting a new relationship with regional sports cable channel FOX SPORTS SAN DIEGO, starting MONDAY (7/21).
San Diego’S Walrus Taking It To The Max As we await the full revamp of "105.7 The Walrus", changes have begun at the station. SanDiegoRadio.org reports that morning host John Nolan has exited. Co-host Kim Morrison remains in the daypart.
IMMACULATE HEART RADIO ACQUIRES KHJ. Liberman Broadcasting has filed to sell Regional Mexican "La Ranchera 930" KHJ Los Angeles to Immaculate Heart Radio.
Los Angeles Preparing For Arrival Of A Beast. Los Angeles will be shortly be gaining another Sports outlet. With an official announcement expected at any time, the KFWB License Trust is planning to pull the plug on the News/Talk format of 980 KFWB Los Angeles and flip the station to Sports.
Arris teams with startup Wurl to create new OTT platform for set-tops. Arris is teaming with a Silicon Valley startup to create a new pay TV set-top software platform designed to mix traditional broadcast and cable network programming with content from over-the-top services.
Fox-Time Warner deal could give Murdoch what he really wants: to compete with ESPN. One of Rupert Murdoch's primary reasons for pursuing the acquisition of Time Warner, Inc. is to bolster Fox Sports 1 into a cable network that can legitimately compete in the national sports programming arena currently dominated by ESPN.
Why the FCC should take the Title II path to net neutrality. Practically speaking, Netflix chief Reed Hastings believes the Federal Communications Commission will ultimately end up enforcing the new net neutrality rules it develops through merger approval conditions, with the Commission currently vetting deals for three of the largest Internet service providers.
Wiremania (July 18, 2014)
RIAA Goes After ReelRadio.com For Playing Complete Songs On Old Airchecks The RIAA has sent a letter of warning to REELRADIO.COM -- a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) -- curator RICHARD "UNCLE RICKY" IRWIN over the playing of complete songs in unscoped airchecks from decades ago, from stations that no longer exist, and is asking for IRWIN to provide permission for such use.
The Talk Radio Ratings Disaster. Could conservative talk topics be the blame on the ratings decline?
NBA looks to double licensing fees with already pricey ESPN and TNT. Look for the two most expensive channels in the pay TV universe to become even pricier. The National Basketball Association is talking about licensing renewal deals with Disney-owned ESPN and Turner Network's TNT that would double fees currently paid.
Wiremania (July 11, 2014)
Possible pirate on 97.7! Over the weekend, 97.7 FM was airing oldies from the 60s and 70s and was receivable from Mira Mesa and Claremont Mesa. No station IDs were heard. Chances are, it was a pirate.
FCC to Radio Pirates: $15,000 Arrgh! FCC fines couple $15,000 for operating an unlicensed radio station
Aereo reinvents itself as 'cable company,' seeks retransmission license. In a letter to the New York District Court yesterday, Aereo said that since the Supreme Court had ruled it was essentially a cable system, it was entitled to a compulsory license and was in the process of filing "the necessary statements of account and royalty fees." Why This Matters: The video streaming company told the court that it now thinks it’s entitled to be licensed as a cable system because of the Supreme Court’s decision. That would allow the company to stay alive although it would have to pay licensing fees.
Rupert Murdoch Reportedly Interested in Buying Time Warner. Rupert Murdoch, who already controls one of the world's biggest media conglomerates, has expressed interest in buying Time Warner. The gossip in Sun Valley, Idaho, this week is that he is eyeing an acquisition of Time Warner, parent company of Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN and HBO. Why This Matters: Perhaps the biggest benefit of a combined company is the increased negotiating power that the entity would have with distribution partners such as Comcast and Dish.
Wiremania (July 4, 2014)
24/7 Comedy To Cease Syndication; New Network To Launch. Premiere Radio Networks will cease syndication of the 24/7 Comedy network on August 3. Tom Taylor Now reports that Clear Channel will keep the brand alive on IHeartRadio. Today's Comedy To Continue For Terrestrial After 24/7 Comedy Goes Digital-Only.
Cable One, NBC Sports Network avert blackout, sign six-month carriage extension. Officials for Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cable One say they have reached a temporary licensing agreement with NBCUniversal to keep the NBC Sports Network on its program guide for the next six months.
'Seinfeld' at 25: How the Show About Nothing Became a Huge Hit. By Alan Sepinwall, HitFix. Earlier this week, a former NBC sitcom made headlines by improbably returning from the dead, thanks to a website most people didn't even know was in the streaming video business. But the story of how Community will live again on Yahoo isn't nearly as far-fetched as the tale of another NBC Thursday sitcom, which few of the executives at the network understood, which was considered too weird and self-referential to ever succeed, and which — unlike Community, the little cult engine that could — actually turned into the most popular show on television. Not that there's anything wrong with that
Wiremania (July 3, 2014)
KFMB Inks Dave, Shelly, And Chainsaw For Four-Year Deal. MIDWEST TELEVISION Hot AC KFMB (JACK FM)/SAN DIEGO's DAVE, SHELLY, and CHAINSAW morning show inks a new four-year deal with the station.
San Diego’s Walrus Taking It To The Max. A relaunch is coming to Radio San Diego Classic Hits “105.7 The Walrus” XHPRS-FM Tecate MX/San Diego.
San Diego LPFM Goes Silent Again. All Access reports that HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP has requested a Silent STA for KHHS-LP/SAN DIEGO because, upon its return to the air to maintain its license, "co-channel interference from (UNIVISION Spanish AC KLVE/LOS ANGELES) is so severe that KHHS-LP cannot operate effectively, and the station has again been taken silent." - See more at: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news#sthash.xMUKhp6w.dpuf
Aereo Urges Subscribers to Contact Lawmakers. Six days after the Supreme Court said Aereo's business model violates copyright law, the company's CEO Chet Kanojia took his fight to the streets Tuesday, asking Americans to rise up and demand the right to beam broadcasters’ signals to their computers. Why This Matters: Asking the public to pressure Congress is likely a prelude to a broader effort aimed at getting lawmakers to rewrite the Copyright Act, analysts say.
Crisis Averted: Fox Stations Set New Terms With Nielsen. In a deal that came down to the wire, the Fox Television Stations announced an agreement with Nielsen to renew a long-term local TV ratings contract. The deal averted what would have been one of the biggest defections of a major TV stations group in recent history from Nielsen. Why This Matters: While lots of stations have been signing up for Rentrak ratings, very few, particularly in the large markets, do so at the expense of Nielsen. While there are many complaints about Nielsen, usually centered around cost and accuracy, it remains the currency by which TV time is bought and sold among agencies.
Tribune Company Hopes to Turn WGN America Into Cable Network. Excerpt: WGN America, as it is now called, is among the few remaining “cable superstations,” holdovers from cable’s early days when a few large local broadcast stations, relying mostly on sports — like Chicago Cubs games on WGN — carved out niches on cable systems, though they were not categorized as cable networks.
Why the Aereo Shutdown Will Be a Disaster for Broadcast TV. The Supreme Court just quashed one of the few things that made me optimistic about the long-term viability of broadcast TV. And I just don’t see the vision or leadership out in the industry to embrace such a radical reinvention of the business. Which means that as the digital-native generation grows up, broadcast TV will become more and more irrelevant to a broad swath of the population. And that will eventually lead to their obsolescence.
Ad-Fraud Operation Fools Detection Companies, Nets Millions The scheme was uncovered by online security firm Telemetry. According to Ad Age, at least 75 advertisers, including Ford, Coke and McDonald’s, spent money on fraudulent ads; in the past month alone, at least $10 million in marketer ad money was wasted. One advertiser not identified admitted losing over $1 million per month. The operation is apparently still running. Why This Matters: These illegitimate operations are impacting virtually all ad exchanges and are fooling a number of anti-fraud products.
Wiremania (July 1, 2014)
Frazer Smith Returns To KLOS. CUMULUS Classic Rock KLOS/LOS ANGELES has brought back long time LA Rock Radio icon FRAZER SMITH for a weekend air shift. SMITH can now be heard every SUNDAY from 4 to 8p. He has been doing stand-up comedy and other multimedia ventures in LOS ANGELES since his last radio gig for Adult Hits KRTH back in 2002. - See more at: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news#sthash.PCt21d0A.dpuf
Chris Cantore Returns To KPRI. COMPASS MEDIA Triple A KPRI/SAN DIEGO is bringing CHRIS CANTORE back to do the morning-drive slot beginning MONDAY, JULY 7th. sandiegoradio.org also reported on it.
ACA to FCC: Preventing Blackouts Is Job One. Says any change to exclusivity rules should prevent any third-party interference.
WDSU blacks out ‘Today’ broadcast that reunited Kotb, [Karen] Swensen. Excerpt: WDSU was blunt about its decision to black out the final hour of “Today,” regularly hosted by Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, whose seat on Friday was filled by guest host Swensen, the local CBS affiliate’s current evening anchor. “Our decision not to air the fourth hour of the ‘Today Show’ follows a longstanding practice. WDSU does not enable the promotion of anchors on other local television stations through roles as hosts of programs on our television station,” read a statement posted on the station’s Facebook page. “We regret the circumstances that required us to make this decision.” Very pathetic on WDSU's part.
Aereo Suspends Service. Aereo shut down its service this weekend, promising to refund customers for the last month's service, but says it is just a pause, while it consults with the lawyers to map out its next steps. Why This Matters: The news was inevitable after a 6-3 ruling from the Supreme Court this week that sided with the broadcasters over Aereo. While Aereo is portraying the shutdown as temporary, it’s unclear how – or if – the company can rise from the legal ashes.
Garfield at Large: Supreme Disappointment. Opening paragraph: Hard to write these words after days of sobbing. Pity wretched Chet Kanojia and his martyred Aereo, a hapless victim of an out-of-touch Supreme Court that seems to think property rights and “honesty” are more important than digital progress. Here the justices were, face to face with a heroic innovator, a modern-day Robin Hood, and what do they do? Beat him down, that’s what. Read more at the link.
Aereo Shuts Down, Considers Options. "The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud," maintains Aero founder Chet Kanjoia.
Fox Stations Poised To Drop Nielsen, Go Exclusively With Rentrak. A few weeks ago, Fox agreed to license Rentrak’s digital set-top box ratings for 28 stations in 18 local TV markets. Now, when its contract with Nielsen expires on Monday, Fox could become the first network-owned TV station group to walk away from Nielsen in decades, MediaPost reports. Negotiations were conducted through this past weekend and were continuing on Monday. Other network-owned stations have signed deals to license Rentrak data while keeping deals with Nielsen, but none have dropped Nielsen. Why This Matters: Nielsen has had a hold on the ratings business since Arbitron stopped measuring TV in 1993. However Rentrak, with its TV audience data taken directly from set-top boxes, has become a real competitor and some industry observers believe set-top box data is more relevant than people meters.
Aircheck: The Story of Top 40 Radio in San DiegoAircheck: The Story of Top 40 Radio in San Diego
David Leonard / Paperback
"...the whole story; beginning, middle, and end of Top 40's radio heyday in America's finest city..." --Rich Brother Robbin, 2004
I don't believe the history of San Diego radio has been chronicled before like this...it's absolutely fascinating." --Gene Knight, 2004
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