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Wiremania (Aug 29, 2014)
KCRW & KUSC MOVE IN SANTA BARBARA. Last Updated on August 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm Update 8/28: The sale of 93.7 KDB Santa Barbara has been completed, bringing two Los Angeles non-commercial simulcasts to new homes in Santa Barbara. University of Southern California moves its Classical simulcast of 91.5 KUSC Los Angeles from 88.7 KQSC to 93.7 KDB replacing the previous... Read more at: http://radioinsight.com/
Comcast-TWC deal draws 43K public comments as L.A. mayor asks FCC to extend deadline. With the carriage impasse over Time Warner Cable's SportsNet LA taking center stage in Los Angeles political arena, Mayor Eric Garcetti has asked the FCC to extend the Sept. 8 public comment deadline for the merger of Comcast and TWC.
Federal Court Rejects Aereo’s Request to Argue it’s a Cable Company. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to hear Aereo’s "emergency" argument that it is essentially a cable company, and it should be treated like one. Why This Matters: The decision is a further win for broadcasters, who have been fighting Aereo in the courts since its inception. Initially, a district court decided against an injunction, but a June 25 Supreme Court ruling reversed that decision. Now Aereo is running out of options.
Comcast-TWC input period ends: 64K comments received, 65 groups urge rejection. The FCC's public comment period for Comcast's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable ended Monday, Aug. 25 with nearly 64,000 individual pieces of input received by the commission, and 65 groups urging the regulators to reject the deal out of hand or impose significant conditions and restrictions.
Senate Republicans plug 'Local Choice' alternative to retransmission consent. Senate Republicans are backing a proposal made by Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and ranking member John Thune (R-S.D.) that would dispense with retransmission consent payments and let pay-TV subscribers individually choose which broadcast channels they want and pay the broadcaster directly for access.
Pay-TV's set-top energy initiative saved consumers $168M in 2013, report says. Energy-efficient set-top boxes saved consumers $168 million in 2013 alone, according to a report released by the National Cable Telecommunications Association.
Dish to black out college football games on Fox Sports 1. After heavily promoting its availability of college football-related programming all summer, Dish Network revealed that it's blacking out four opening-weekend games on Fox Sports 1..
DirecTV to pay around $1.4B to renew NFL Sunday Ticket, report says. DirecTV is near a long-awaited deal to renew licensing rights to its venerable "NFL Sunday Ticket" package.
Sports Launches Early On KFWB. The soft launch of KFWB, Los Angeles as a sports station began today with it carrying predominately CBS Sports Radio programming. However the station is still finalizing its new lineup, which will launch in September and include “The Jim Rome Show” from 9am – 12noon. KFWB is also continuing to run Amani and Dan from 7pm to 10pm.
An Offseason In Motion For Football On TV. A college playoff system, CBS’s Thursday Night Football package, and the SEC Network are all joining the field for the first time.
CBS Serves Up U.S. Open Farewell. The broadcaster will end its 47-year run with the men's title match on Sept. 8, while ESPN and Tennis Channel will also provide expansive coverage of the Grand Slam event
L.A. Providers Scrimmage Over Sports. RSNs are expensive, while some remain missing on providers’ dials in the City of Angels.
Summer Baseball Heats Up On Cable. Ratings historically rise for ballgames airing during summer's dog days.
Dish Network lifts blackout on Fox Sports 1 college football games. Fans of middling opening-season college football matchups rejoice: Dish Network has resolved a dispute with Fox Sports 1 and will carry four intersectional matchups slated for Labor Day weekend.
ESPN Spot Lays Groundwork for College Football Playoff, Highlights Diversity. By Nathalie Tadena, WSJ. ESPN has become a target for critics who say sports TV is getting too expensive and is driving up cable bills. Why is nearly every pay-TV household paying for the channel, the argument goes, when just a narrow group of jocks and coach potatoes wants it?
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much NFL?. By Jeanine Poggi, Ad Age. Not even the NFL may be immune to the weakness that penetrated the ad sales market during this year's upfront negotiations for the new TV season. The strength of the market for NFL ad time seems to be up for debate. Sellers said demand continued to be robust, but buyers argued that increased supply and some pullback from key advertisers created some cracks -- albeit ever so slight
Wiremania (Aug 22, 2014)
Radio Needs To Be Cool Again. This may be a theme we hear a lot at the Radio Show next month, especially with the show in Indianapolis...HQ for Emmis...the creator of NextRadio. Many Radio CEO's and managers believe NextRadio is the solution to making radio cool again. They say the digital interaction NextRadio provides listeners with their favorite local station, without sucking up data, will bring young listeners back into the radio tent and make radio cool again. Digity President and CEO Dean Goodman, who has been on a radio station buying tear of late, and who appears on the cover of Radio Ink magazine this week agrees with the assessment that radio has lost its cool factor.
Study: Radio Satisfies Listeners More Than Pandora. That's the conclusion the team and NuVoodoo comes to after surveying about 1100 people and asking them which service they desire more when listening to ten songs in a row. NuVoodoo VP of Research Leigh Jacobs said: “What we wanted to learn was whether Pandora’s algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that Broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. It’s Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience." So what were the results?
Cable has more broadband than video subscribers, report says. Cable's transformation from just a TV service to a full-blown broadband telecommunications provider is apparently complete. According to research from The Leichtman Group, second quarter 2014 figures show that broadband now accounts for more subscribers than cable TV among the top cable providers.
New Simple.tv feature enables sharing of recorded shows. The major networks may have, at least for now, legally thwarted Aereo's attempt at redefining broadcast TV distribution. But disruptive technologies that threaten their business models--or at least their leverage against pay-TV companies in retransmission negotiations--keep on coming.
Roku set to undercut, disrupt smart TV market. Moving ever closer to completely dominating the smart TV market, Roku has announced that TV sets with its integrated streaming technology will soon hit stores with highly competitive price points
Are cable operators making fiber-fueled over-promises based on DOCSIS 3.0? Suddenlink recently raised the eyebrows of cable tech heads when it announced plans to spend $250 million to deploy 1 Gbps downstream services to all of its 16-state footprint, with half of the deployment occurring before the end of 2016.
TWC beefs up Pac-12 Net carriage in L.A., targets DirecTV. Further solidifying its position of Los Angeles regional sports network supremacy, Time Warner Cable has added five additional Pac-12 Networks channels to its local Sports Pass bundle.
KFWB In L.A. To Carry NFL And NCAA. As part of its all-sports format set to launch in early September, KFWB 980 in Los Angeles will carry a full schedule of NFL and NCAA play-by-play, and the USC sports spotlight, Trojan’s Live, will return for another season. KFWB will be the exclusive L.A. radio home for Westwood One’s coverage of all NFL Sunday night, Monday night, and Thursday night games beginning September 4 when Green Bay takes on Seattle. KFWB will also offer a full slate of Westwood One’s coverage of NCAA football, starting September 6 when Michigan State visits Oregon.
CBS Sports Launches Weekend Football Programming. Beginning Saturday, August 30, CBS Sports Radio anchor Rich Ackerman will host Eye on College Football from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. ET. The show includes reports from college football games, and interviews with coaches, players, broadcasters, and writers. On Sunday mornings, beginning September 7, Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday, featuring the WFAN-AM/FM host, will be broadcast on the local NY station as well as the network from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Also starting September 7, CBS Sports Radio will simulcast CBSSports.com’s Fantasy Football Today from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon ET. The show will provide late-breaking fantasy football news and updates. And from 12 Noon-8 p.m. ET, Eye on Football will offer a national perspective on all of the day's NFL games.
SportsNet LA standoff could 'undermine' TWC-Comcast merger, but FCC is mum. August 20, 2014. As the carriage impasse over Time Warner Cable's new regional sports network home for the L.A. Dodgers enters its sixth month, speculation is emerging that the standoff could negatively impact the proposed merger between TWC and Comcast.
FCC Vetting TWC Docs On Dodgers Stand-off. Source Says Some Info Has Been Submitted, More Is Expected
Comcast moves forward with IP-based college campus programming service. Comcast has decided to move its IP-based "Xfinity On Campus" service beyond the experimental phase and give it a full-fledged commercial launch at a select number of universities this fall.
Chargers on the Air (August 2, 2014)BYE: WEEK 10
2014 REGULAR SEASON
Mon Sep 8, 7:20pm, at Cardinals, ESPN
Sun Sep 14: 1:05pm, vs Seahawks, FOX
Sun Sep 21: 10am, at Bills, CBS
Sun Sep 28, 1:05pm, vs Jaguars, CBS
Sun Oct 5: 1:25pm, vs. Jets, CBS
Sun Oct 12: 1:05pm at Raiders, CBS
Sun Oct 19: 1:05pm vs Chiefs, CBS
Thu Oct 23: 5:25pm at Broncos, CBS
Sun Nov 2: 10am at Dolphins, CBS
Sun Nov 16: 1:05pm vs Raiders, CBS
Sun Nov 23: 1:05pm vs Rams, FOX
Sun Nov 30: 10am at Ravens, CBS
Sun Dec 7: 5:30pm vs Patriots, NBC
Sun Dec 14: 1:05pm vs Broncos, CBS
Sat Dec 20: 1:30pm at 49ers, CBS
Sun Dec 28, 10am at Chiefs, CBS
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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