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Wiremania (Mar 7, 2014)
Broadcasters Howl Over Proposed Changes to Carriage Rules. Add-ons could kick them off basic cable tier By Katy Bachman. Excerpt: One provision being bandied about would allow cable and satellite services systems to treat broadcast stations like any other cable channel and place them in any tier the cable company wants. Broadcasters would have to negotiate placement in the basic tier, which would change the dynamic of retransmission consent. Another provision would prohibit two stations with some sales and programming functions from coordinating retransmission negotiations.
FCC Chairman Proposes Limits On Local TV Alliances For Retransmission Deals. Excerpt: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to prevent joint retransmission consent negotiations between two of the top four separately owned stations in a local market, and adopt a "rebuttable presumption" that coordinated negotiations by any two stations in a market are not in the public interest. Why This Matters: The chairman plans to vote on that retransmission consent proposal at the March 31 meeting, according to senior FCC officials speaking on background. They made it clear the move was a way to try to stem rising cable prices. The officials cited what they called skyrocketing costs of retrans, from $28 million in 2005 to $2.4 billion in 2012.
NFL Claims Blackout Policy Ensures More Games are Televised. The football league tells the FCC that eliminating blackouts also will make the game less TV-friendly and that the regulatory agency doesn't actually have authority to change the rules.
Wiremania (Feb 28, 2014)
Sports Fan Coalition: Sports Exec Alleges NFL Pressured Broadcasters To Buy Tickets. The Sports Fans Coalition has asked the FCC to investigate an allegation the NFL pressured broadcasters to buy up regular season and playoff game tickets to avoid blackouts. SFC conceded there were not FCC rules involved in that allegation, or any commission authority, but its point is that if pressure were needed avoid the blackout, there is something wrong with the underlying blackout policy. The NFL has a policy of blacking out local broadcasts of games not sold out 72 hours in advance. Why This Matters: If the allegation proves to be true, this could set in motion the beginning of the end for the 40-year rule that is universally hated by both sports fans and politicians.
Study: Affiliates say ESPN is worth 77 cents per subscriber. But ESPN's perceived value falls far short of its actual cost, which is $5.54 monthly, according to market research firm SNL Kagan.
Major League Baseball Says Antitrust Exemption Bars Challenge to Its TV Deals. The sports league joins Comcast and DirecTV in demanding an end to a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to keep out-of-market games priced high and in-market games off of the Internet.
Wiremania (Feb 21, 2014)
KCRW Acquires KDB Santa Barbara. KCRW Los Angeles is expanding northward up the coast into Santa Barbara.KCRW has agreed to acquire Classical 93.7 KDB Santa Barbara after the station was put on the block by the Santa Barbara Foundation last fall.
DirecTV suggests a la carte distribution for TWC's SportsNet LA. If Comcast succeeds in closing its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, one of its first challenges may be to secure carriage deals for SportsNet LA, the regional sports network TWC plans to launch this spring with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wiremania (February 14, 2014)
Mark Thompson, Elizabeth Espinosa Named 1-3p Hosts At KFI. Larry Morgan hired to to KKGO Mornings.
The National Rollout of Blair Garner. Garner is the host of “America’s Morning Show,” which is part of Cumulus' NASH brand. The show launched on 94.7 in New York (it originates from Nashville) and today Cumulus pushes Garner's show onto 20 of its Country formatted stations (see the list below). Garner said, “I’m so incredibly grateful to get to lead this charge. New York Country music fans have been so gracious in allowing ‘America’s Morning Show’ to become part of their daily routine. We’re excited to welcome new listeners into the NASH family, and to honor the music that brought us all together in the first place."
TalkRadio 790 KABC/Los Angeles welcomes Jillian Barberie to join John Phillips for the new Mid-Day LA with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips, airing weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. beginning Monday, February 17. Barberie is well known to Southern California for her 18 years as co-host of Fox 11’s top-rated morning show, Good Day LA.
Can we save AM radio?. Keeping amplitude modulation out of the dustbin of history.
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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