The Federal Communications Commission is aiming to begin the process of revitalizing the AM band in late October, according to FCC member Ajit Pai. "Time isn't on the side of this grand old band, so let's commit ourselves to getting this done by Halloween," Pai told the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. AllAccess.com (5/6) Share: Three Eagles sells 48 radio stations to Dean Goodman's Digity
Digity, owned by Dean Goodman, has purchased 48 radio stations in four states from Three Eagles Communications. The stations are in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. The family of Three Eagles CEO Rolland Johnson will retain control of three stations in Colorado. "I think it is an excellent time to be buying stations. Radio seems to have survived the perfect storm and should come out stronger than ever," Johnson said. Radio Business Report (5/5), Radio Ink (5/5) Share:
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The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday generated an audience of 15.3 million viewers on average for NBC, according to Nielsen data. The event has enjoyed a resurgence since 2009, with four of the six races during that span garnering at least 15 million viewers on average. Deadline.com (5/5) Share: Advertising Report: Third-party groups are snapping up ads for key Senate races
For this year's Senate contests, third-party groups have snapped up 59% of TV ads, a 64% jump over 2012, the Wesleyan Media Project has found. The Senate spend has hit $43.1 million, up 45% from the same point in 2012. In related news, two groups have committed to an "impactful" spend on an ad in Oklahoma supporting same-sex marriage, as a federal appeals court considers an appeal to an Oklahoma law regarding recognition of such marriages. Campaigns & Elections (4/29), Broadcasting & Cable (5/5) Share: Related Industry News Mozilla proposes new way to "reclassify" broadband
Mozilla has filed a proposal with the Federal Communications Commission that seeks to address the Net neutrality debate. The browser developer says content providers' relationships with broadband providers should be recognized and classified as a Title II service under the Communications Act. The FCC has said it does not foresee using reclassification as a way to address Net neutrality issues. CNET (5/5), GigaOm (5/5) Share: People & Personalities Sources: Lara Logan will be back at "60 Minutes"
The time frame for Lara Logan's return to "60 Minutes" has yet to be determined, although she is expected to come back to the CBS program, according to this report. Logan took a leave of absence from the show after her segment on the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was discredited. New York magazine is reporting that Logan's comeback "in recent weeks has not appeared certain." Variety (5/5) Share: Ben Hoberman, who helped invent talk radio, is dead at 92
Ben Hoberman, who helped launch the nation's first all-talk radio outlet and also served as president of ABC Radio, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 92. The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (5/5) Share: NAB News Next week: Early bird registration ends for NABEF Executive Development Seminar
Receive an MBA-style education for a fraction of the time and expense through NABEF's Executive Development Seminar. Held July 20-24 in Washington, D.C., professors from top-ranked universities will help participants hone their broadcast management skills and advance their careers. The curriculum meets the specific needs of broadcast managers and executives from stations, groups and networks. For more information and to register, contact Amanda Smith or visit NABEF.org. Share: Now available: New NAB Political Agreement Form (PB-18)
NAB has updated The Political Agreement Form (PB-18), which includes the NAB agreement forms for political candidate advertisements and for non-candidate/issue advertisements. NAB members can receive this form free of charge by emailing the Membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase a PB-18 CD, visit NABStore.com.