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FCC Fines iHeartRadio $1 Million - The FCC has hit iHeartCommunications with a $1 million fine for airing a false emergency alert during the broadcast of the nationally syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show.” Variety
Solos Under Siege: Country Radio Combats 'Bored' Listeners By Cutting Guitar Parts - The solo is under siege, and even the artists whose identities are tied to their in-concert musicianship -- such as Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes -- are required to pick their spots to step out on their recordings if they expect them to get played. Billboard
How a big star’s jump to rival upped pressure at Emmis - What makes the radio business fun is it’s all about people—both the colorful talent behind the microphones and the dogged salespeople who hawk the ads. Indianapolis Business Journal


Why Is Pandora Trying to Buy a Radio Station in South Dakota? - Companies that compete with Pandora in the streaming music space, like iHeartMedia and CBS Radio, also own traditional radio stations, and because they do, they pay reduced royalty rates, which are negotiated between the Radio Music Licensing Committee and music publishers. Diffuser
Is That an FM Radio In Your Pocket? - Broadcasters, tech companies, and musicians are clashing over the FM chips that live in most smartphones. National Journal


The End of AM/FM Radio? - It sounds as unthinkable as a new car without floor mats or a heater. But there is a real danger that your next new car might come without an AM/FM receiver. Or, might cost you extra. Spectator
Pot Talk: Radio Stations Adopting Marijuana Formats - With more states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, marijuana media is growing like a weed, including an array of new online publications, social networks, and podcasts targeting consumers and business people. Now broadcast radio is joining the list. MediaDailyNews
Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015 would require radio to pay for music - “For decades, music services have gotten away with building their business on the backs of hardworking musicians, paying unfair rates -- and in the case of the $17.5-billion radio industry, paying nothing at all -- for the music they use”. Los Angeles Times 
Opie and Anthony No More - This week, the shock-jock duo explosively cut ties in a series of tweets and on-air monologues that suggested a bitter end to their long relationship. Newsweek
Stan Freberg: five top parodies from the master of the funny commercial - American comedy would be significantly drier terrain without Stan Freberg, the merrily subversive pop culture parodist who died on Tuesday in California at age 88. The Guardian
Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, and the coming streaming music wars - The battle for listeners is about much more than one stars catalog. Fast Company
TheBlaze asks radio about April Fools jokes - TheBlaze reached out to a few people in the radio world and asked them to share memories of past stunts, pranks and dumb ideas they recalled from the past. TheBlaze
New Zealand station pranks co-workers - ZM's Fletch, Vaughan and Megan tricked their workmates Jase and PJ into covering their slot, except what they didn't know was that they were broadcasting to no one. entertainment.ie


Moore radio towers destroyed in tornado had been standing for decades - The three large towers, owned and operated by KOMA, were built in 1946 and began transmitting AM waves the following year. NewsOK
Inside the battle for Boston’s country music soul - Ginny Rogers and Mike Brophey had long expected competition. They’d heard rumors. Suddenly it was real. Boston Globe
In era of streaming music, radio rocks on - With so many listening choices in modern cars, from satellite radio to streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, one might imagine that the era of AM/FM radio is coming to an end. Automotive News
SAG Foundation Helps VO Artists on 2 Coasts - In a world where audiobooks, movie trailers, animation, and commercial spots saturate the airwaves, the demand for talented voice actors has reached an all-time high. Yet the coaches and workshops necessary to perfect the craft—plus the studio time to record—can come at a high price. backstage
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