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Wiremania (Apr 25, 2014)
Randi Rhodes Ends Radio Show. Again.. This time its her choice according to Premiere. You may remember back in November it was announced that Rhodes would no longer be syndicated by Premiere, but that was reversed and the relationship continued. Until now. Here's the statement from a Premiere spokesperson. “I can confirm Randi Rhodes has decided to end her national radio program. We've had a successful partnership with Randi for several years, and we wish her all the best for the future. Premiere Networks will conclude syndication and production of Randi Rhodes on May 16, 2014.”
After 8 Years FCC Shuts Down Pirate In Boston. The stations is called Touch 106.1 FM, operated by former mayoral candidate Charles Clemons. Mass Live is reporting that U.S. Marshals raided the station on Thursday and shut it down. Clemons held a press conference where he admitted he didn't have a license, which he said was pending. In a video on the Mass Live website, Clemons said, "The FCC has decided to silence the community again. Rosa Parks sat at the front of the bus. It was illegal to sit at the front of the bus, but it was the right thing to do."
Classical broadcasts as bug spray for teenagers. Community Digital News has discovered that a McDonald's in Australia is streaming classical music and opera outside its digs to discourage youngsters from loitering around the premises. Apparently the fast food store manager tried Barry Manilow, but Beethoven and Puccini really keeps the juvies out.
Wiremania (Apr 18, 2014)
http://www.facebook.com/eggmanforhire. Eggman Seeks New Gig. Says Greg "Eggman" Moore: "I'm a longtime morning sidekick/bit guy/production whiz, and work with a number of the major prep services. I'm trying to land a gig doing any of the above. I've launched a FACEBOOK page in the hopes of industry types who are looking to hire might check it out. It's got airchecks, spot demos, bit/parody demos -- and every day I upload a new bit out of my own archives (500+)." Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/eggmanforhire
Franken: Comcast/TWC Is Just Too Big. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, hammered the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal in an interview for C-SPAN's Communicators series, saying he concludes it will be bad for consumers and constituents because that is what happens when big media companies merge. Why This Matters: Franken has been one of the merger's biggest opponents at the same time that Comcast has been especially active in trying to win new congressional allies.
With Colbert Coming To CBS, The Competition For Late Night Moves To The Second Screen. Opening paragraph: The world of late-night television has changed drastically since David Letterman launched The Late Show on CBS in 1993. Letterman's Late Show was the first successful network competitor to NBC's Tonight Show after Johnny Carson stepped down. Over the past two decades, the late-night talk show landscape has become more competitive with Jimmy Kimmel at ABC, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at Comedy Central, Conan O'Brien at TBS and Chelsea Handler at E! (though she is expected to leave at year-end). As Stephen Colbert takes over Letterman's spot, it's a much more competitive and fractionalized late-night world.
Aereo Launches Advocacy Site. Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site – ProtectMyAntenna.org – that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. Why This Matters: Looking to bolster support from its customer base, Aereo says this new site is in part an answer to requests it has received from its users regarding how they might be able to help the startup in terms of spreading the word about the service, how it works and what its legal position is relative to the broadcasters who would see it shut down.
UMG, WMG And Sony Sue Megaupload.com Over Illegal Filesharing. The three major record labels have filed a civil lawsuit against the file-sharing site, MEGAUPLOAD.COM, and its operators for copyright infringement.
Notice (April 11, 2014)Either interesting media news has gotten slower, or I'm showing my age. Either way, unlike a radio blogger that specializes in media of only one city, we specialize in media that affects you as a consumer. That's what SDN is all about. It used to be about San Diego radio News, but like time, we had to adapt as not much interesting news in San Diego radio has been happening.
In San Diego, we have some low power locally run radio stations such as AM 1320 from Palomar College, FM 91.3 run by an Indian tribe in Pala, FM 107.9 in Alpine playing country music, FM 89.1 playing public programming, FM 88.3 run by San Diego State College, and FM 89.5 the NPR affiliate.
Amomg the commercial stations run locally, FM 102.1 plays AAA, FM 105.7 is an oldies station, FM 90.3 is R&B/urban, FM 91.1 is modern rock, FM 92.5 is old school R&B from 80s and 90s, and AM 1090 and 1700 are sports talk stations.
Some low power stations are merely rebroadcasting another signal and I'm guessing there's no breakaway time slots for San Diego programming. FM 93.7 is run out of Los Angeles's Pacifica Radio station, FM 89.9 is run out of Santa Monica, FM 96.1 in Rancho San Diego and FM 98.3 in Oceanside/Carlsbad is run as an Air 1 affiliate, FM 100.1 is run as a K-Love station, FM 96.9 is a relay of FM 88.9 in Temecula, and AM 910 is a Family Radio affiliate. I would listen to these stations more often if there were some local programming added to their dayparts.
Jack 100.7 FM reinvented itself, but to a point where I'm listening to it far less than I used to. I just don't care for today's "hit" music anymore.
We here at SDN publish weekly nowadays. When SDN started (under another name) as a weekly in 1999, we published only on Fridays as well. When more relevant media news comes along via the Contact link, we'll publish more frequently, and we won't put you to sleep with long-winded press releases.
In case you haven't noticed by now, I merged the old subdomains of wires.davesfunstuff.com and others to redirect to the main page of sdn.davesfunstuff.com where the latest stuff is published. If you look on the left side of this page, you'll see a list of links to related pages for you to explore.
So be sure to send the links to interesting media stories via the Contact link and we'll check them out, and if they fit the topic of SDN, they'll be published. As to why we don't publish any media news stories from the San Diego Union Tribune? Nobody's been sending them to us and their website is too hard to navigate around, plus my time is very short.
Wiremania (April 11, 2014)
Shotgun Tom Kelly returned to K-Earth 101.1 on Thursday after resting for his quadruple bypass surgery.
Is Radio Experiencing Renaissance?. One of the first radio panels at the 2014 NAB show in Las Vegas was called "The Radio Renaissance" and focused quite a bit on AM radio. The FCC's Peter Doyle and Audio, and Bryan Broadcasting VP Ben Downs (both pictured here) agreed the AM band is in the midst of a revitalization and AM stations are becoming stronger and more available to listeners, because of the ability to crossover to the FM band. Downs asked that the FCC to look into receiver mandates because of interference from pirate radio stations.
Fierce Cable:Univision Chairman Calls for New Broadcast Transmission Standard. During a keynote conversation with NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith yesterday at NAB 2014, Univision chairman Haim Saban urged the development of a new broadcast transmission standard "to allow us to deliver our signal to all platforms, all the time." Why This Matters: Saban called on the ATSC to focus all of its attention on the development of a new standard. He told the audience that failure is not an option. "If we don't, we will be left back in the 20th century," he said.
Fierce Cable: ACA, NTCA: Comcast-TWC merger will 'likely' result in 'higher prices and fewer choices for consumers'. Small cable operator advocate American Cable Association (ACA) and rural broadcast association NTCA are concerned about the "potential competitive harms" that would accompany a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, including "a final result [that] will likely be higher prices and fewer choices for consumers."
B&C: Stephen Colbert to Become Host of CBS' 'Late Show'. Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as host of Late Show. The host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report has signed a five-year deal to join CBS' late-night talker, which founding host Letterman announced last week he would retire from in 2015. The date of Colbert's first episode will be determined after Letterman settles on a timetable for his departure. Why This Matters: Colbert had been on the radar of top CBS brass for awhile. The conversation now turns to Craig Ferguson's future at 12:35 and who Comedy Central will replace Colbert with behind Jon Stewart at 11:30.
TV Land, Electus Revive 'Candid Camera' for Summer. Peter Funt, son of series creator and original host Allen Funt, will co-host the new effort, which also hails from Ben Silverman's Electus.
Time Warner Cable says talks with DirecTV for Dodgers channel are over. Time Warner Cable revealed that the company is no longer in negotiations with DirecTV to carry the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA channel, meaning roughly 70 percent of L.A. households will be left without access to the team's baseball games. Why This Matters: Not having DirecTV on board is a big blow to the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable, which launched the channel in February. No other major area distributors have been signed by Time Warner Cable, although negotiations are ongoing.
Baseball's Greed Is Hurting TV Fans Excerpts: The Houston Chronicle reports that Monday's Comcast SportsNet Houston broadcast between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels garnered a 0.0 Nielsen rating. Yes, 0.0. That doesn't mean no one was watching, but it does mean the viewing audience was so miniscule that it didn't register a full tenth of a point in the rating. In fact, not a single Houston area home with a Nielsen ratings box was tuned into the game. Before you say you don't care because this is about Houston, it's not about Houston. This could happen in any Major League Baseball market -- sooner than you think. Right, Los Angeles? The problem stems from the growing trend in baseball (and sports) for a regional sports channel to pay a team extraordinary fees for the rights to carry it. Then, to recoup its investment, the regional sports channel demands extraordinary fees from TV providers to air its signal, but in some cases, the providers balk, leaving the team's fans unable to watch their favorites at home.
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Wiremania (Apr 4, 2014)
FCC Puts Limits on Stations in Retrans Negotiations. The FCC on Monday passed a rule that prevents many TV stations from jointly negotiating retransmission consent payments for their signals from cable and satellite operators. The order prohibits two or more of the top four stations in a market from coordinating their negotiations. Why This Matters: Smaller cable operators have long argued that such joint negotiations put them at a competitive disadvantage, while broadcasters have fought any changes to the current retrans regulations.
Channel Sharing Found Feasible, Limited. According to a report from KLCS and KJLA released Friday, channel-sharing between two TV stations is feasible but limiting. The two stations recently completed a channel-sharing pilot project, which they presented as a potential baseline assessment of sharing. Why This Matters:Federal Communications Commission officials want broadcasters to give up some or all of their airwaves in an upcoming auction in exchange for an undetermined payment from the government. If they can find a local partner, they could potentially air their programs on digital streams using the same channel.
More blackout threats. Shentel Cable Subs Face Viacom Blackout. By Christopher Kyle. Shentel, 110 years ago, was founded by a group of farmers to provide telephone service in rural communities in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Today, we are concerned that our ability to meet our consumers' needs is at risk. Viacom has threatened to turn off its networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH-1 and MTV to 5.2 million subscribers across the country, including our customers in rural Virginia and West Virginia unless we agree to its demand for a price increase that is 40 times the rate of inflation.
Cable One Drops Viacom Channels as Deal Expires. Cable One said it was forced to drop 15 cable networks owned by Viacom's MTV Networks after its carriage deal expired at midnight, including BET, Centric, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, MTV Hits, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Teen, Nick Toons, Spike, TV LAND, VH-1 and VH-1 Classic. Why This Matters: The Cable One blackout comes as Viacom continues to negotiate with the National Cable Television Cooperative, the buying consortium that is representing about 5 million subscribers in mostly rural cable systems in the carriage talks.
ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox stations can't negotiate joint retrans deal. Excerpt: The top four TV stations in local markets can no longer team up to negotiate joint retransmission-consent deals with cable operators and satellite TV providers, the FCC said in an order released Monday.
Barry Diller Says Aereo Will Be 'Finished' If It Loses Supreme Court Case. Aereo backer Barry Diller told Bloomberg TV Wednesday that if the company loses in the Supreme Court, "we're finished." He added that if the company lost, while there might be some "salvage," he could not see a path forward and that the company would probably not be able to stay in business. Why This Matters: On the other hand, Diller said that a victory for Aereo would mean that the company would have the basis for expanding and building out through the rest of the United States. He said Aereo "would be in every urban center, in any urban city, certainly in top 30 to 40 markets."
Dish Network Backs Aereo in Supreme Court Battle With Broadcasters Several Organizations Step Forward to Support Aereo. The Consumer Electronics Association, the American Cable Association, Dish Networks, as well as consumer groups and even some small independent broadcasters came out in support of Aereo in amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court. Why This Matters: Several companies and trade associations came forward to support Aereo in its Supreme Court case against broadcasters who claim that the service infringes on their copyrights. The American Cable Association says that the public's freedom to receive a performance is at issue in the Aereo case, and that that freedom should not be sacrificed to protect entrenched interests.
Local TV Stations to Test Over-the-Air Interactive TV. LAS VEGAS—Broadcasters in three cities are teaming up with technology companies to test over-the-air, interactive TV. The trial is intended to demonstrate the capability for viewing enhanced content and advertising delivered to LG Smart TVs in Atlanta, Cleveland and Orlando markets during live news broadcasts.
How your rising cable bill is making sports teams and star players rich. If you could purchase only the TV channels you want, coaches' and athletes' huge salaries would probably be cut. And that's just as it should be.
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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