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Traditional AM/FM Radio Is Growing During COVID-19 Quarantines

(photo: Eric Nopanen) With government-issued stay-at-home orders and non-essential business closures continuing to affect schedules across the United States and the world, many are turning from music streaming services to video platforms like Netflix and Hulu. However, a newly published study found that AM/FM radio, for its part, is growing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. […]

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Is the Music Industry Working With Incomplete Data? WARM Says the Radio Picture Is Glaringly Absent

photo: Atik Sulianami Back in 2015, WARM founder & CEO Jesper Skibsby managed Few Wolves, a two-piece Danish act. Under Skibsby’s direction, Few Wolves signed a contract with a major record label and released two singles: “Smile” and “Never Know,” both of which, admittedly, didn’t live up to commercial expectations. In the wake of this […]

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SAG-AFTRA Doubles Down on Efforts to Secure Union Contracts for Spanish Broadcasting System Employees

SAG-AFTRA is upping the ante in its multiyear quest for a contract with the Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), a large owner and operator of Hispanic radio stations (namely La Raza and Mega) in the United States and Puerto Rico. Yesterday, about 200 members and employees of SAG-AFTRA, which is part of the AFL–CIO, wore shirts […]

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BMI Settles Their Rate Dispute With Major Radio Broadcasters — Irving Azoff’s War Continues

BMI and the RMLC have finally settled their pricing dispute; new deal covers 2017-2021. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), one of the leading US-based performing rights organizations, has settled a long-running pricing disagreement with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), which represents roughly 10,000 commercial radio stations in America. The multi-year deal will be in place […]

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RIAA Brushes Off the U.S. Government, U.S. Government Intensifies Its Radio Payola Probe

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly is now directly sending his payola questions to the major labels. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is doubling down on its payola probe. In September of 2019, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly sent a letter to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents the big three […]

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iHeartRadio Just Replaced Hundreds of Human Workers With ‘Technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI)’

iHeartRadio Denver (photo: Jeffrey Beall CC by 4.0) Yesterday, we first reported on iHeartMedia’s mass layoff of employees nationwide.  Now, the company has explained why those people were let go. We certainly hear a lot about machines replacing humans in the workforce. And there are certainly some in-your-face examples, like self-checkout aisles at supermarkets. But most of […]