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Wiremania (Dec 19, 2014)

Radio Wires

KFI's Mike Nolan Is Retiring. Longtime iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk KFI-A and AC KOST/LOS ANGELES traffic reporter MIKE NOLAN is retiring, reports LARADIO.COM. NOLAN also made the announcement on this morning's BILL HANDEL morning show on KFI. NOLAN joined KFI in 1986 after the death in a plane crash of the previous "KFI in the Sky," BRUCE WAYNE. NOLAN was injured in a plane crash himself two years ago but recovered and returned to the air.

TV Wires

Dish Wants To Put Broadcast Shows On Separate Tier Of New Digital Service

Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout. Already adept at scaring its rapt audience, Fox News has begun warning Dish Network subscribers that the channel, along with Fox Business News, could disappear from their program guides "any day now."

Cablevision customers warned about 2015 rate increases. Cablevision has begun notifying customers in their December billing statements of planned 2015 rate increases. According to a J.P. Morgan Chase memo sent to investors, Cablevision subscribers will pay an extra dollar on top of the $4.98 they already pay in the form of a "sports surcharge."

Cox Kicks Off All-Digital Transition Connecticut Systems Are First In Line.

WGN America Converts To Cable In 5 Markets>. Tribune's First Conversions Are In Comcast Markets.

Sports Wires

Report: 'Sports mini-bundle' would still cost north of $50. Combining pay-TV's recent "mini-bundle" trend with SNL Kagan data suggesting that 43 percent of cable subscribers don't cut the cord because of their affinity for live sports, Businessweek did some rather interesting number crunching on what a trimmed down "sports only" pay-TV package might look like.

Media Wires

Inside Radio: ALERT: FCC Won’t Ban ‘Redskins’. In a setback for advocates pushing the Washington Redskins to change their name, the Federal Communications Commission today refused to order radio and television stations to stop using the team’s name. The agency said the word doesn’t fall under its definition of profanity – and it’s not equivalent to obscenity. The Media Bureau also gave Red Zebra Broadcasting’s WWXX, Buckland, VA (94.3) a new license. Activists had sought to punish the company, which like the Redskins is owned by Dan Snyder. He’s vowed to keep the team’s name intact.

Wiremania (Dec 12, 2014)

Radio Wires

Entercom acquires Lincoln Financial Media for $105 million. Entercom Communications has announced an agreement to acquire Lincoln Financial Media from Lincoln Financial Group for $105 million plus working capital. The agreement, which includes fifteen radio stations in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets, will expand Entercom’s station portfolio to more than 130 stations in 26 markets. The transaction is subject to FCC and other regulatory approvals and closing conditions. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.

Entercom Purchasing Lincoln For $105 Million. Entercom will add 15 Stations in Atlanta, Denver, Miami, and San Diego with the Lincoln purchase. Entercom President and CEO David Field said, "We are excited to announce the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and welcome the addition of their outstanding brands and talented broadcasters to Entercom. LFM is a great organization that has done an excellent job serving its listeners, customers and communities over many years and we look forward to building on that tradition. LFM is a perfect fit for us as it bolsters our position in Denver and expands our footprint into Atlanta, Miami, and San Diego with terrific brands that have significant growth potential. Furthermore, it fulfills our disciplined acquisition criteria as it enhances our company's competitive position and growth and should be accretive to shareholders in 2015 while having a minimal impact on leverage."

Thompson Returns To L.A. Radio. For 25 years he was one half of the successful "Mark and Brian" morning show on KLOS-FM before retiring back in 2012. At the time, Thompson told Radio Ink he was ready to move on and do other things, including making movies and podcasting. Beginning in February, Thompson will return to L.A. on Bonneville's KSWD-FM "The Sound" and compete against his former station. And Thompson says he's putting some of his old crew back together. "I will once again embrace my dear friends Joe Benson, Rita Wilde, and Cynthia Fox from my KLOS days." Benson, who had been doing mornings, will move to middays.

Kevin And Bean Headed To The Hall. The Kevin & Bean Morning Show, hosted by Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter debuted on KROQ in Los Angeles on January 2, 1990. It is now the longest-running morning drive show in Southern California. In April, the duo will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason said, "Kevin and Bean have been dedicated entertainers and broadcasters in Los Angeles for more than two decades with their own sense of humor that will never be duplicated. This award is truly a well-deserved recognition of a job well done. I couldn’t be happier for them and the entire team."

Examining The Entercom Lincoln Financial Deal.

TV Wires

From Multichannel: Key CBS Stations Go Dark on Dish. A day after its declared deadline, CBS has pulled the signals from Dish Network for its stations in a number of key markets in a retransmission-consent dispute. The move came at 7 p.m. (ET). CBS had granted a pair of extensions to continue offering its programming to Dish, but said it would disconnect on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. However, the parties continued to negotiate last night and into today in attempt to reach a new agreement for license fees and digital rights.

Hours later...CBS, Dish Reach Retrans Accord. Dish Network’s retransmission-consent battle with CBS ended almost as soon as it began, with the parties reaching a comprehensive retransmission-consent and carriage accord early Saturday morning, mere hours after the networks went dark to select subscribers.

Dish renews CBS deal, but fails to get rights for OTT service. Updated: After culminating weeks of tense negotiations with a brief blackout, CBS Corp. announced in the wee hours Saturday morning that it had reached a new wide-reaching program licensing deal with Dish Network.

CBS and Dish Agree to Long-Term Carriage Deal After Brief Blackout. CBS and Dish Network reached a long-term carriage deal early Saturday morning after a brief blackout that began Friday evening. The deal covers CBS-owned stations across the country, as well as CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel, TVGN and Showtime Networks. Why This Matters: The agreement also settles litigation between the companies. As part of the deal, Dish’s AutoHop commercial-skipping functionality will not be available for CBS Television Network-owned stations and affiliates during the C7 window.

David Letterman's Final 'Late Show' Set for May 20. David Letterman will officially end his 22-year tenure hosting The Late Show on May 20, CBS announced on Wednesday. CBS did not reveal when Stephen Colbert, who signs off from his Comedy Central program The Colbert Report next week, will make his Late Show debut. Why This Matters: With Letterman hosting through next May, Colbert will be off the air through the first half of 2015; it will also give new Late Late Show host James Corden a few months to get settled at 12:35 a.m.

CBS resisted Dish plan to relegate it to higher tier on OTT service

New Cable Subs Gravitating To Broadband-Only Service

Sports Wires

Dick Enberg Named Winner Of Baseball Hall Of Fame Ford C. Frick Award

Wiremania (Dec 5, 2014)

Radio Wires

Casey Kasem: Cops Send Elder Abuse Case to D.A.

KABC Radio Parts Ways With Long-Time Host Larry Elder. The popular Libertarian occupied the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. time slot, which will now be filled by guest hosts

Radio Ink: Larry Elder Fired From KABC Radio

TV Wires

CBS to Dish: No more extensions, you have until Thursday. CBS threatened Tuesday to remove its owned and operated stations and Showtime from Dish Network if renewals for retransmission and carriage aren't completed by Thursday at 7 p.m. EST.

Analysis : Consumer Bills Could Soar Under Title II. Paper Says Reclassification Would Mean Billions in New Fees.

What Doctor Who is telling us about the changing ways we watch TV

CenturyLink says Comcast-TWC merger will raise costs for telco TV operators. December 3, 2014. CenturyLink has become the latest service provider to protest against the pending Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger, saying that if the deal is approved, it will increase content costs for emerging telco TV players, like itself, that don't have the same scale and impede competition.

FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a complete story here.

Dish Network, labor unions form anti-merger coalition 'Stop Mega Comcast'. December 3, 2014. After independently sending scathing anti-merger letters to the FCC for months, a group of pay-TV companies, programmers, labor unions and public interest groups have banded together to form the "Stop Mega Comcast" coalition.

Older viewers also abandoning TV in favor of phone, computer

CenturyLink: Comcast/TWC merger poses cost challenges for telco TV providers

BARRY DILLER: TV Is Going To Be Completely Different In 5 To 10 Years

Sports Wires

Reminder: You’re Not Watching Sports Without Cable TV

NBC Sports: Dish Gets Extension For 4 Channels

Tech Wires

NYC customer sues TWC for deceptive promotional rates

A Portable Atomic Clock the Size of a Rubik's Cube. MIT and Draper Laboratory apply new approach to atomic timekeeping.

SDN is Moving to Facebook (Nov 27, 2014)

SDN Media Facebook Group.

After 16 years of blogging about the media on the web, it's time to move the SDN franchise onto Facebook.

Beginning in 2015, links to media news and more will be posted on the SDN Facebook Group. There, you can discuss the media news. You can post some links to related media news.

In case you haven't noticed, all of the SDN archives dating to 1998 are now on CD-R and available for purchase. Just scroll down until you find the announcement. From time to time, I might post some news and views from the SDN archives pages from years past on the SDN Facebook group.

For media wires, you can see my Media Wires 2 page to get many of the media news stories.

For top media wires, see The Top Media Wires page

For more news links, select them on the left side of this page.

So after 16 years on the web, SDN is moving to a group. Furthermore, I'm not going away; I'm moving my future postings of links to the facebook group. It's just the media news links that won't be on the davesfunstuff domain anymore as select news stories will be seen on the SDN Facebook group.

You see, old media bloggers don't go away, they just move on to another site.

Thanks for reading what is now SDN on the now defunct geocities site beginning in 1998 and continuning on to Dave's Fun Stuff and San Diego Radio News domains. I'll see you on the SDN Group on Facebook. Thanks for reading.

Wiremania (Nov 27, 2014)

Radio Wires

Westwood One's 'Rockline' To End In December. Long running syndicated rock series ROCKLINE is ending after 33-1/2 years, WESTWOOD ONE announced TODAY (11/21).

Catholic radio expands in L.A. with 93 KHJ

El Cucuy Receiving Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

TV Wires

Aereo Concedes Defeat and Files for Bankruptcy

Dish, Turner forge extension: restores CNN, averts TNT, TBS blackouts

As Aereo claims Chapter 11, DirecTV admits kicking the tires on its OTT model

Senate unanimously approves House's satellite TV bill

CBS Agrees To Short-Term Extension As Dish Negotiations Slog On

Iconic KTLA Radio Tower Being Taken Down, Moved to Original Location

Dish sees third carriage tiff heat up as four more Comcast RSNs threaten to go dark. Already in various states of impasse with Turner Networks and CBS Corp. over program-rights renewals, Dish Network is facing the prospect of four Comcast-owned regional sports networks going dark on its service during the first week of December.

Is It The Beginning Of The End For Cable Or Just A New Beginning?

They're Cooked: The top pay-TV turkeys of 2014

CBS and Dish still talking, sign another extension agreement. CBS Corp. announced that it has once again extended a just-expired retrans deal with Dish Network, giving the satellite operator until Tuesday to come to terms before executing a blackout.

Sports Wires

ESPN taking a hard look at a la carte ... for cricket. November 25, 2014. Giving serious thought to a la carte models that won't disrupt its existing U.S. pay-TV business, ESPN is examining the possible launch of an OTT service for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

The SDN Archives CD-R

We're now offering a SDN Archives CD-R with over 15 years of media blogging articles and links to other articles. This will help me pay for webhosting and labor expenses. To get an SDN Archives CD-R, please send $20 here.

Thank you.

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Chargers on the Air

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

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