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  1. Country Radio Seminar: Can Radio Capture Country Music's Unique, Emotional Connection with Listeners?

    February 28, 2013 1:41 PM EST Country music listeners connect deeply and emotionally with the songs they hear on country radio, but these listeners don’t always connect as deeply and emotionally with the radio stations that play them. This disconnect is one of the highlights o ...

  2. Op-Ed: We Wouldn't Mind Getting Less Money From Pandora and Spotify, Indie Musician Says

    February 13, 2013 10:27 AM EST My name is Patrick Laird and I am an independent musician with Break of Reality, an American cello rock band. Recent articles in national newspapers and magazines have focused on how working musicians are being underpaid by Internet radio compa ...

  3. Business Matters: The Good and Bad of Nielsen's Acquisition of Arbitron

    December 18, 2012 9:30 PM EST Nielsen, the company best known in the music industry for tracking music sales, will soon measure just about every bit of major media Americans consume. Announced Tuesday morning, the $1.26 billion acquisition of Arbitron combines the leader in U. ...

  4. Nielsen to Acquire Arbitron for $1.26 Billion

    December 18, 2012 8:45 AM EST Nielsen Holdings announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement to acquire Arbitron Inc., the media measurement company best known for its radio station ratings. Nielsen provides information on everything from music sales to consumer confidence in c ...

  5. Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

    November 28, 2012 4:52 PM EST In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties , lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties t ...

  6. Business Matters: If Big Radio Had Pandora's Royalty Rate, It Would Owe Billions

    November 20, 2012 4:26 PM EST What if terrestrial radio stations were treated like webcasters and had to pay a royalty similar to the one Pandora pays to SoundExchange for the performance of sound recordings? David Touve, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Washi ...

  7. Business Matters: Pandora Eating Into CD and Download Listening, Says NPD

    November 08, 2012 4:02 PM EST Radio is as popular as ever, but not all radio is the same. A new report by NPD Group says Pandora is encroaching on the listening habits of its users. NPD says 37% of Internet users listened to Pandora and other Internet radio services in the pas ...

  8. How a Slew Of New Reporters Got To Top 40

    November 07, 2012 2:00 PM EST Format booms are often propelled by a hot body of music, but they don't always start that way. CBS launched Mike Joseph¹s Hot Hits format on WCAU-FM Philadelphia in September 1981--hardly a great time for top 40 music. WCAU¹s success prompted ...

  9. Ross on Radio: The Power Of 'Now'

    October 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT "Ross On Radio," the long-running, influential column about radio programming trends and history, has returned to Billboard! The column will appear every Monday in Billboard's "Top 40 Update" a free subscription e-mail new ...

  10. Will Internet Radio Raise Or Shrink Royalties?

    October 08, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Two opposing bills on Capitol Hill could determine the future of the webcasting market for Pandora and its rivals The current lame-duck session of Congress represents the calm before a storm that's expected to erupt in full force next year ...

  11. Ross on Radio: What Is The Best Practice For Ad Insertion? There Could Be Many

    October 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT While Saga's recent announcement that they were giving up online ad insertion attracted a lot of press, they weren't the only broadcaster to make that decision. They were just the group that went public with the decision to run their ove ...

  12. Business Matters: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! 2013's Dueling Internet Radio Royalty Bills

    September 27, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties ­ just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame d ...

  13. Brookings Institution Calls for Different (And Pandora-Friendly) Standard in Webcast Royalties

    August 13, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Weighing in on the debate over webcasting royalties, Washington D.C. think tank Brookings Institution has called for a different standard for setting digital performance royalties that would result in big cost savings for companies like Pandora. & ...

  14. Merlin Media Abandons News for Music in New York and Chicago

    July 17, 2012 11:12 AM EDT Approximately a year after launching twin all-news stations on FM signals in New York and Chicago, Merlin Media has abandoned the format, changing to alternative-music programming for WEMP in New York - now "New Rock 101.9" - and adult h ...

  15. BMI, Radio Industry Announce Settlement

    June 11, 2012 4:41 PM EDT In a settlement announced today between U.S. radio stations and BMI, the performance right organization will receive performance royalty compensation of 1.7% of radio revenue less certain standard deductions going forward through 2016. The settlem ...

  16. The Role of Radio Consultants: 'To Put Fear in Every Program Director's Heart' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2012 3:43 PM EDT Charlie Cook (President, McVay/Cook & Associations and Director of Programming, West Virginia Radio Corp) and Becky Brenner (VP/Consulting Partner, Albright & O'Malley Consulting) discuss the role of radio consultants at the Billboard ...

  17. Clear Channel's John Hogan Discusses Big Machine Royalty Deal at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 10:54 PM EDT Clear Channel Media & Entertainment chairman/CEO John Hogan speaks with Billboard's Wade Jessen about the company's landmark royalty deal with Big Machine at the Billboard Country Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) On the day his company ...

  18. BBC 6 Radio Has Highest Numbers Two Years After Nearly Getting Axed; Digital Radio Up 5%

    May 18, 2012 8:24 AM EDT Listeners to the BBC's digital alternative station BBC 6 Music grew to a record high in the last quarter, attracting an average weekly audience of 1.45 million in the first three months of 2012, according to the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audi ...

  19. Breaking: Clear Channel Buys WFNX/Boston

    May 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT One of the last independently owned and operated major market radio frequencies, 101.7 FM in Boston, currently known as WFNX (Alternative Boston), has been sold by the Phoenix Media-Communications Group to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Th ...

  20. Country Radio 'Has to Change': The Takeaway From CRS 2012

    February 28, 2012 6:30 AM EST Historically, new technologies have frequently been used to replace people in the workplace. But if country radio wants to successfully weather a difficult transitional decade, the medium will need to come to grips with new tech while maintaining ...

  21. This Week in Billboard History: First Openly Gay Comedy Album Released; Is Rock Dead?

    January 24, 2012 2:30 PM EST Even before the Beatles backlash, radio programmers were resistant to "raucous" rock and roll preferring to play anodyne "sweeter, swinging sounds." - 1960: Will Rock & Roll Be Replaced by "Sensible Programming"? ...

  22. Clear Channel Rebrands With New Name

    January 13, 2012 7:39 PM EST Radio giant Clear Channel Communications has changed its name to Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, Radio Info reported . The company says the new name will better reflect the different ways the company delivers content to its listeners in t ...

  23. Clear Channel Layoffs Aren't Just About Cost-Cutting

    October 31, 2011 5:06 PM EDT Last week Clear Channel made personnel cuts at many of its smaller and medium market stations across the country. The cuts were primarily centered on programming personnel as the company unveils a new strategy of focusing on more nationally and re ...

  24. Updated: Layoffs at Clear Channel

    October 26, 2011 3:00 PM EDT A new wave of personnel reductions has hit Clear Channel radio stations in small and medium sized markets. As of Wednesday afternoon (October 26) it was unclear just how many people are being cut as part of the reduction, but indications are the n ...

  25. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day Two: It's Possible For Musicians To Thrive, But No Easy Answers

    October 05, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Rapper and community activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith talks about the Chicago music scene and his non-profit program Power of Purpose, which teaches young people civic engagement and community organizing through music-making. (Photo: Sarah ...

  26. Eric Church, Zac Brown Bringing 'Authentic Country' to Charts -- Will Others Follow?

    August 09, 2011 12:45 PM EDT A thoughtful look at Billboard's country charts might suggest there's a storm brewing. On the Country Songs chart dated Aug. 13, Zac Brown Band earned its sixth straight No. 1 single -- a feat no group has accomplished since Restless Hea ...

  27. Mspot's Radio Spotter Adds New Features Into Cloud Locker

    May 26, 2011 12:31 PM EDT The real value of the cloud for music isn't simply being able to stream music from online storage locker to multiple devices. That's the initial selling point, but it's only a doorway to additional services. Mspot , which launched i ...

  28. Jelli Crowdsourced Programming to Takeover Two Las Vegas Radio Stations

    May 05, 2011 2:04 PM EDT Two radio stations in Las Vegas are converting their entire programming over to Jelli, an online radio programming social game of sorts that has over the years increasingly blurred the lines between Internet and terrestrial radio programming. The ...

  29. Latin Radio Programmers Trying to Make PPM Its BFF

    April 27, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Ever since Arbitron introduced its new Portable People Meter, or PPM, system of ratings in 2007, radio programmers have struggled to make sense of the new data. At the conference's closing event on Wednesday, "Make PPM Your BFF," it ...

  30. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Exclusive Interview with DJ Barry Scott

    March 08, 2011 12:52 PM EST DJ Barry Scott, celebrates 25 years as host of "The Lost 45s" radio show In an era of tight playlists, there is little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott ...

  31. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  32. Regional Mexican, Pop Dominate U.S. Latin Radio: Arbitron Report

    February 07, 2011 10:57 AM EST With 300 stations across the country, Regional Mexican continues to be by far the strongest format among Hispanic listeners across the board, according to Arbitron's newly released "Hispanic Radio Today -- 2010 Edition." The study, ...

  33. Arbitron Settles With PPM Coalition

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's travails with minority broadcasters over its portable people meter ratings system may finally be winding down. Following four months of dialog, Arbitron and the PPM Coalition announced the two have "settled their outstanding d ...

  34. BBC Radio 2 Told To Reach Older Audience

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST A BBC Trust review has concluded that U.K. national AC network Radio 2 needs to be more distinctive and should offer more content for the over-65s. The review found that the station was highly regarded by audiences but should use its scale to be m ...

  35. TV Tune-In Ads Go Big On Online Radio

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV and cable tune-in advertising has always been one of radio's biggest categories. It's also shaping up to be one of the biggest spenders in online radio. For the month of January, Fox Broadcasting and The CW snapped up all of the premi ...

  36. Arbitron Moves Up Cell-Phone-Only Measurement Increase

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Arbitron has moved up its scheduled date for increasing its cell-phone-only household samples in markets that still use diaries to measure ratings. By spring 2010, Arbitron says 15% of its diary sample will come from households that use a cell pho ...

  37. Radio Companies Give Boost To TargetSpot Ad Network

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four new radio companies will contribute inventory to TargetSpot, the largest online radio ad network, and its network of more than 75 terrestrial and online radio partners. The radio companies, Tribune Broadcasting, Emmis Radio, Lincoln Financial ...

  38. Paper Sheds New Light On Music Listening Habits

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST A new paper by Council for Research Excellence (CRE) with support from the Nielsen Company dispels many of the myths about how people today listen to music. From broadcast radio to MP3 players, some popular notions about listening in the digital a ...

  39. Senate Panel OKs Bill To Make Radio Pay Fees

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Legislation to make radio stations pay royalties to performers when they broadcast their music won the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval Thursday. Satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV music channels already pay fees to performers ...

  40. Radio Embraces 'Posting' System

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Posting, a practice formerly shunned by the radio industry is finally taking hold. A year after Radio One instituted a scheduling and verification system in Houston, the radio group has decided to roll out posting to the rest of its 52 stations in ...

  41. AIM Members Urge BBC To Back Indies

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A vote of the AIM membership has approved a proposal for the U.K. independent music companies' trade body to lobby the BBC to play a wider range of independent music on national top 40 station Radio 1 and AC network Radio 2. The proposal won ...

  42. Univision Refuses to Encode Signals in New PPM Areas

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT What will happen to the Miami radio market when as much as 20 percent of the audience simply disappears from the ratings? That’s the scenario advertisers face July 16 when Arbitron publishes its first portable people meter ratings in Miami, San Di ...

  43. Briefs: Crowdsourced Radio Programming, Naxos

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Trying to bridge the gap between Internet and terrestrial radio, startup Jelli has launched with a crowdsourced radio programming model. Listeners will all hear the same playlist, both online and on partner radio stations, but can influence wha ...

  44. Stations Boycott Artists Supporting Performance Royalty?

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Music First Coalition has asked the FCC to investigate whether radio stations have violated their public interest obligation by allegedly boycotting artists who support a performance royalty for terrestrial radio. Without naming stations or co ...

  45. A Bittersweet Adios For WNUA

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After several days of rumors, change has indeed come to Clear Channel's WNUA/Chicago, which dropped smooth jazz after 22 years and flipped to what is being billed as "Spanish Hot AC" as "Mega 95.5." The news broke late Thu ...

  46. Future of Music Coalition Reports Grim Airplay Data

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition has released a report detailing the grim state of indie airplay on commercial radio stations. The data, drawn from Mediaguide playlists for seven specific music formats (AC, Urban AC, Active Rock, Country, CHR Pop, Tr ...

  47. Study: Online Radio Audience Grows To 42 Million Weekly

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is good news in the radio industry: online radio is gaining in popularity. The number of Americans that tune-in weekly to online radio grew to 42 million, up from 33 million in 2008. Stuck in the 11 to 13% range for the past three years, wee ...

  48. Urban, Hispanic Radio Adapt To PPM

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radio One regional VP Doug Abernathy watched in horror as his once top-rated Houston stations plummeted after the market converted from diary to PPM currency measurement in June 2007. "After 20 years of dominance, it was a hard pill for us to ...

  49. NAB, SoundExchange Agree On Streaming

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and SoundExchange announced Monday (Feb. 16) an agreement on Internet streaming rates for local radio stations that simulcast programming over the Internet or that create new stand-alone Internet stat ...

  50. Arbitron Settles With N.Y., N.J. AGs

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after attorneys general in New York and New Jersey filed lawsuits against Arbitron charging the radio ratings research company with "deceptively claiming that its Portable People Meter system is valid, fair, and representative of ...

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