Six broadcast technology and equipment vendors are teaming up to form the Broadcast Industry Group, or BIG, a jointly-owned entity designed to consolidate sales, marketing and promotions. Coming weeks before the annual Radio Show, the tech vendors say a larger, united presence will be on display.
A second wireless provider is unintentionally helping make the case for NextRadio as a more efficient way to listen to radio on cell phones than streaming. One of Next Radio’s value propositions is that it doesn’t eat into consumers’ wireless data plans like streaming audio does. The pitch of T-Mobile’s Music Freedom program is remarkably similar. MORE
Automakers are racing to get new internet technologies into their dashboards. For General Motors, that means some models won’t have digital radio technology until at least the 2015 model year. The issue is with the dashboard head units which GM gets from an outside supplier that hasn’t yet installed HD Radio. MORE
A new unwired college sports radio network hopes to score a touchdown with advertisers when college football season kicks off today. The IMG College Radio Network will aggregate inventory from 40 university radio broadcasts heard in various combinations across 400 affiliate stations in the top 200 markets. MORE
It has been two years since a bankruptcy cost Inner City Broadcasting its 17 stations around the country, including flagship urban AC WBLS, New York (107.5). As Keisha Sutton-James looks at ways to rebuild her family’s business, she told a recent Minority Media and Telecommunications Council conference that she believes digital will play a critical role. MORE
Another radio station is eliminating the delay on its broadcast signal during play-by-play broadcasts so that listeners can bring a portable radio into the stadium to listen to while taking in the big game. Cumulus Media “SportsTalk 1050” WTKA, Ann Arbor says it will broadcast University of Michigan football in real time this season so fans can hear Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf call the action without delay inside Michigan Stadium. MORE
Modern rock “Z-96.5” WZOX, Kalamazoo has signed a contract extension with Western Michigan University to continue airing Broncos football, men’s basketball, and hockey play-by-play through the 2019-20 season. Selected hockey games that conflict with football or men’s basketball will air on news-talk sister WKZO (590). Midwest’s sports “1660 The Fan” WQLR will air Broncos-related programming during the week. In the Lansing market, modern rock sister “94.1 The Edge” WVIC will also carry the games. MORE
Clear Channel’s “ESPN 970” WBGG, Pittsburgh has struck a deal to serve as the flagship for Duquesne University sports through the 2014-2015 season. The deal with broadcast rights holder Learfield Sports calls for the play-by-play to air on the HD2 channel of classic hits “3WS” WWSW-FM with conflicting broadcasts to be bumped over to Iorio Broadcasting’s talk WJAS (1320). All the stations in the company’s Pittsburgh cluster will promote Dukes’ sports.
Change will soon be on the air in Statesboro, GA as the new owners of “Yahoo Sports Radio 850” WPTB and “AM 1240 News” WWNS plan to swap the two station’s formats. Neal Ardman’s Radio Kings Bay has just closed on its $600,000 purchase of six stations in the market from Georgia Eagle Broadcasting. The swap comes as Ardman plans to apply to boost WWNS’ daytime power from 1,000-watts to 50,000-watts. On the FM dial the Statesboro Herald reports Ardman also plans to flip classic rock “Rock 106” WZBX to CHR. MORE
At $1,500, the Google Glass may not exactly be a mass market device today. But prices are sure to come down and other devices in a class known as wearables will come on the scene, giving radio a new spot to put its webcasts. Right now there’s not much choice. Google’s own Play Music service is available for Glass, now joined by Pandora. MORE
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting SVP of radio Bruce Theriault is taking an expanded role at CPB as he’s named to the newly-combined position of senior vice president for journalism and radio. The public radio organization says Theriault will be the point person for all CPB journalism funding initiatives that cut across radio, television, and digital media. MORE