Local Radio Freedom Act Reintroduced in Congress. It’s a new Congress and the Local Radio Freedom Act that was introduced to the 112th Congress is being re-introduced to the 113th Congress by U.S. Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and K. Michael Conaway (R-TX). The gist of the bill is that it would oppose any new fees, taxes or royalties for music played on local radio stations. It’s a continuation of the old battle between the recording industry and radio operators who have enjoyed airing music without paying licensing fees to the owners of the recording copyrights – just to the song publishers. The congressmen state, “Local radio already provides free advertising and promotion for the recording industry, and these fees could put the future of these stations in jeopardy.” In a statement U.S. Rep. Green says, “I’m glad to join Mr. Conaway and many of our colleagues again in introducing this important resolution to preserve free over-the-air broadcast. Radio provides a great service to people, no matter their income, age, or education, and it’s an important part of maintaining an informed and engaged society. We can’t introduce a new system of fees that will cut people’s access to public safety information, news, weather, or entertainment.” U.S. rep. Conaway states, “Communities rely on their local radio stations for news, weather alerts and other emergency broadcasts, and the suggested performance tax could jeopardize the future of many of these struggling stations. I’m pleased so many of my House colleagues have joined with me in supporting local radio stations and listeners while pushing back against punitive fees.” There are 71 co-sponsors to the bill.
January 2013 PPM Data Starts Rolling In. Arbitron’s January 2013 PPMs are being rolled out. The first 12 markets — Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Middlesex, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), New York, Philadelphia, Riverside, San Francisco, and San Jose – are all available. How many of the music stations that benefitted from Christmas music during the Holiday 2012 PPMs are falling back to earth? Are news/talk, all-news and sports stations regaining what they lost during that month? The 6-plus data for stations is right here.
Have You Hugged Twitter Today? Radio consultant Holland Cooke remembers first learning about Twitter at the TALKERS magazine conference in New York in 2008 where it was explained, “You post short messages about what you’re doing, follow and reply to similar messages from others in your social network. These posts and replies can be a great way to increase engagement, and help keep a conversation active long after your show is over.” So, are hosts and jocks using Twitter effectively five years later? Cooke says the smart ones are. “Many broadcasters under-utilize social media, by merely using Twitter and Facebook as additional transmitters. Instead, use these media to socialize and you can become more than a disembodied voice in the dashboard. If you’re on air at a music station, this is a real opportunity, to engage deeper than the keep-it-quick format allows on air.” Holland Cooke has more advice for social media use here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Cumulus Indianapolis parts company with classic hits WJJK program director Steve Cannon. Sister hot AC WRWM “i94” programmer Jay Michaels adds the PD duties for WJJK to his responsibilities…..Cookeville Communications’ WGIC, Cookeville, Tennessee flips from AC to CHR and takes on the brand “98.5 Kiss FM.” David “Freaky Dave” Downs will continue to program the station and host the “Freak Show in the Mornings” program.
“100.5 The Drive” in Rochester Raises Record Funds for Children’s Hospital. Clear Channel triple A WDVI, Rochester “100.5 The Drive” – along with sister station news/talk WHAM – broadcast a two-day radiothon to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital last Thursday and Friday. Listeners pledged more than $217,000 in donations and the amount raised represents the highest total ever for the annual event, now in its 12th year with the Clear Channel stations, and part of the Children’s Miracle Network. WDVI personalities appearing on the radiothon included JP Hastings, “The Mayor” Pete Kennedy, and Julie.