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FCC Makes It Official on Media Ownership – No Change

The outcome was well known for weeks, however on Thursday the FCC officially released its 200-page order on Media Ownership Rules. The rules are supposed to be examined by the government agency every four years to see if the changes in the media marketplace warrant modifications or rule changes. Many believe the FCC hardly took a look at the rules and rubber stamped what was already on the books simply to get it over with. For the most part, the existing rules, with minor modifications, were approved by a 3-2 vote. Here's what the FCC concluded...

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Pai Has Harsh Words For His Colleagues

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai was one of the two dissenting votes (see next story) in the FCC's Media Ownership Rules decision that was officially filed Thursday. Pai says that the Commission failed to reassess its media ownership regulations every four years and dispose of outdated rules, as instructed by Congress.

O’Rielly: The Commission Has Failed

And Commissioner Michael O'Rielly lays the blame for keeping the Media Ownership Rules much like they've been since the 90s right at the feet of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler.

Why Your Lobbying Organization Is Not Happy

It's no secret that the NAB was pushing for changes to be made to the Media Ownership Rules, so it should come as no surprise that the organization is pretty upset now that the FCC has made it official that there will be no changes.

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Entercom Takes Warriors From Cumulus In San Francisco

The Golden State Warriors and Entercom’s 95.7 The Game (KGMZ-FM) in San Francisco have inked a new multi-year deal making the station the new flagship of the Warriors. The Warriors flagship station for each of the last 32 seasons, and for 40 seasons overall since the team moved to the West Coast in 1962, had been KNBR 680 AM.

Holiday’s Will Bring Ad Spending Cheer

MediaPost has the details from Kantar Media about the upcoming holiday season. Kantar is predicting a gain of 3.8% in overall ad spend including a 16% increase in online spending and a 2% hike in brick-and-mortar shopping.
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Panthers Calling Fox 102.3 Home

Fox 102.3 (WMFX) has entered into an agreement with the Carolina Panthers to be their new home in Columbia, SC. This will include full coverage of all games, plus pre-game and post-game shows, Panther’s Talk each Monday night at 7 p.m., as well as daily updates.
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The Wolf Rewards Florida Police Officers

Unlike the fairytale, this time The Wolf is giving out the goodies. On Saturday, JVC's Orlando Country station 103.1 The Wolf is hosting a "BBQ 4 The Blue," a free picnic to show support for Central Florida law enforcement officers and their families. The picnic will be run by community and radio station volunteers

Commissioners Pai, Clyburn To Speak At Radio Show

FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mignon Clyburn will be participating in the Radio Show next month. The NAB announced Pai will provide opening remarks at a panel called "Keeping Up with the Changing Radio Regulatory Landscape." Commissioner Clyburn will participate in a Q&A session.

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iHeart Houston Recruits Michael Saunders For Dual Role

Saunders will serve as Program Director for 93.7 The Beat KQBT-FM in Houston, effective immediately, as well as Urban Brand Coordinator for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. Saunders joins iHeartMedia Houston from Star 94.7 WCFB-FM in Orlando, where he has been Program Director for the past five years. He also previously served as Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and Program Director for iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1 in New York City.
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Radio Personality Bill Shahan Dies

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Bubba Attorneys Permanently Disbarred

ABC in Tampa has the details about Bubba The Love Sponge attorneys Stephen Diaco, Adam Filthaut, and Robert Adams. The Florida Supreme Court has permanently disbarred Filthaut and Adams in the Bubba vs. Todd Schnitt case.

Boxill Celebrates 20 Years With Research Director

A big congratulations to Radio Sales Research Manager Kathryn Boxill who is celebrating her 20-year anniversary with Research Director. Prior to joining Research Director she was a media buyer with Mattress Discounters.

Cumulus Promotes Poxson To APD In Detroit

NASH-FM/WDRQ midday host Jessica Poxson has been given the added responsibility of Assistant Program Director at the station.

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DGital Media Forms Sports Partnership

DGital Media has inked a new partnership with New York-based Collegiate Sports Management Group to "identify, aggregate, and monetize content in the Division II/Division III college sports market."

Twitter Picks Cumulus For “Moments” Feature

Cumulus is among the first radio companies to use Twitter’s “Moments” and to curate the best stories from moments around its 452 radio stations and Westwood One’s syndicated programs.

TopicPulse Adds Several New Features

Futuri's social media discovery tool TopicPulse has added several new features. They include alerts for breaking news and social bursts, and viral predictor, which predicts social trends that are about to go viral based on their engagement and growth trends.

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