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Radio Headlines For Tuesday 06-16-20
Those were the words of Townsquare CEO Bill Wilson on the company's first quarter earnings call Monday. Townsquare saw over $4 million in advertising cancellations in March, resulting in a 10% revenue decline for that month, an 18 point swing after the month began up 8%. [read more]
Three Beasley employees and two Cox employees have tested positive for COVID-19. PD Orlando Davis and DJ's Broderick Scott and Jose Fernandez work for Beasley's WILD 94.1. Mike Calta and his morning show co-host Anthony Polichemi work for Cox's 102.5 The Bone. [read more]
According to new data from Edison Research, the share of time adults 13 and older spent listening to audio at home increased by 44% during the survey period. Edison's research was done in the middle of May. Here are the details... [read more]
Reps. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking The Commission to hold off on any regulatory fee increases on broadcasters. They say COVIC-a9 has hit broadcasters too hard for the government to be piling on.  [read more]
Grisel Barajas, Program Director for Urban One's WNOW (LaGrande 105.1) in Indianapolis, died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday.  She was riding with her boyfriend, who was the driver. He survived the crash. Barajas ws only 31 years old. [read more]
Hometown Broadcasting in Wisconsin announced on its website that a tragic kayaking accident over the weekend took the life of Tami McCauley, who listeners knew as Lexi Young. McCauley was kayaking with her sister Saturday, on the Mecan River, when something went wrong and she drowned. [read more]
Tamron Hall will host the 2020 NAB Leadership Foundation Celebration of Service to America Awards. The hour-long event will be pre-recorded and available on line and for radio and TV broadcast in August. [read more]
Westwood One has released the results of two ad recall studies of smart speaker pre-roll advertising. The studies conducted in April 2020 by Dynata and in September 2019 by Survata involved an unnamed job recruitment company. [read more]
The team at Edison Research is hosting a webinar about...ANYTHING. It will feature Larry Rosin, Megan Lazovick, Laura Ivey, Megan Vartan, Gabe Soto, and Tom Webster. Topics to be covered include streaming, smart speakers, audiobooks and radio. Register HERE. [read more]
Bonneville Denver's Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan will broadcast a live forum, A Discussion on Race in Sports, Thursday. Four people will share their experiences as African American athletes and discuss the challenges for minorities in sports. Here are the panel members... [read more]
Big Business News Starts At RBR+TVBR
In a major move by one of the nation's key hedge funds with investments in publicly traded radio companies, Brigade Capital Management's Cayman Islands-based leveraged capital structures fund has sold off all of its shares in the nation's foremost media entity superserving African American consumers. The result? Urban One's Class A and Class D shares each soared on Monday. Get the exclusive report now with the FREE RBR+TVBR Afternoon Headlines e-mail. To get it, click here!  

The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters is out with another call for more opportunities for Black ownership of stations. In a statement entitled: Words Are Not Enough, NABOB addresses the lack of Black owned stations, the impact of the George Floyd incident and the impact that COVID-19 has had on Black Broadcasters. [read more]
Local high school and college athletes will be honored by 101.1 ESPN Peoria. The nominees and winner will be announced Friday, June 19. [read more]
Babbel wasn't too far behind the Insurance giant, however, with 74,436 commercials running on radio stations across America, Progressive was the top national radio advertiser last week, according to Media Monitors. Babbel ran 71,627. [read more]
All Gen Media Partners’ Hispanic assets – including Sun Latino and GLR – are now operating under the HRN Media Network umbrella. HRN is also a Gen Media Partners company. [read more]
Big D has joined The Big 98, New Country in Nashville. He takes over the afternoon drive slot on the iHeartMedia Country station. [read more]
Valentine in the Morninghas been launched on MOViN' 107.7 in Norfolk. The iHeart syndicated show originates in LA. [read more]
RadioAnimal Media Strategies has added former radio programmer Rob Morris to its consulting team. Morris' resume includes VP of Programming for CBS Radio in Tampa and Miami and PD at KDWB in Minneapolis-St. Paul. [read more]
With the challenges that broadcasters are facing regarding employment and management of staff, remaining engaged while working remotely, this year’s survey includes specific questions about how COVID-19 is impacting sales teams at stations across America. [read more]

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