Internet Royalties on Agenda in Washington Tomorrow. The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will take up the topic of internet royalties at a hearing tomorrow at 11:30 am. Utah Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz is sponsor of the Internet Royalty Fairness Act and he indicates his bill will be on the agenda. Dubbed “Music Licensing Part One,” most expect this will be a very preliminary hearing as no one expects anything to be addressed in earnest until the next Congress in January. Chaffetz’s bill would create a royalty system that puts fees paid by internet broadcasters in line with those paid by satellite radio and cable broadcasters. It would lower the payments significantly and musicians are very much opposed to the bill.
University of Texas’ New KUTX Will Air Triple A with Local Flavor in January. The University of Texas announces that its non-commercial FM station KUTX – recently purchased by the school from Border Media – will air a triple A format accented by many of the eclectic music programs now heard on the college’s KUT. Specialty music shows and weekly programs featuring music will be heard on KUTX so that KUT can transition full time to news/talk programming. A full slate of programs to air on the station will be announced in December.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Cumulus Media creates a new executive position and names JT Batson its chief revenue officer. In that position Batson will be in charge of all sales for the company, including radio, digital, event and publishing. Prior to joining Cumulus, Batson served as chief strategy officer at Mediaocean…..Jenn Hobby announces she’s leaving the WWWQ, Atlanta “Q100” “Bert Show” morning program. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho reports Hobby is pregnant with her first child and will leave the program after the December 7 edition…..Matt “Matty J” Johnson exits the PD post at Townsquare Media’s CHR WWYL, Binghamton, New York “Wild 104” to relocate to Brooklyn where his wife works in television news…..Jason Steiner takes the program director and morning show post at CCR Wenatchee IV’s country KYSN, Wenatchee, Washington “97.7 Kissin’ Country.”…..Jennifer Winborn joins Central Florida Educational’s Christian WPOZ, Orlando “Z88.3” where she’ll be afternoon co-host with station program director Dean O’Neal.
Journal’s KFDI, Wichita to Deliver Packages for Troops. Country KFDI, Wichita’s “Christmas in a Box” holiday promotion – spearheaded by morning team Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels – is set to deliver some 500 packages to American troops serving in Afghanistan, Korea and Africa. The five-year-old holiday effort was created by Pierce and Michaels who are parents of an Air Force pilot who was deployed last Christmas. The packages are bound for Kansas troops stationed abroad and are packed with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and Christmas decorations along with cards, letters and lots of support from home. The names were submitted by local families whose loved ones are deployed. Money to cover the cost of shipping was raised through a “Love & Theft” benefit concert and through the generosity of area individuals and companies who made donations.
People Magazine Honors Steve Harvey. The entertainment magazine names Steve Harvey “talk’s new titan” in a piece in its December 3 issue. The Premiere Networks nationally syndicated morning drive personality and comic is also hosting his own daytime TV talk show as well as serving as host of the long-running “Family Feud” TV game show.