Author Archives: Fred Stiening

Explain this

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Townsquare’s survival plan

Many people probably have no idea who the third largest (by number of stations) commercial radio station is – Townsquare is the one not in bankruptcy. After the radio bubble burst, a Private Equity firm created Townsquare, headquartered in the … Continue reading

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Public radio acquires podcaster

NPR, WNYC (New York), WBEZ (Chicago) and This American Life have acquired Pocket Casts. https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/3/17314866/pocket-casts-podcast-app-acquisition-npr-wnyc-wbez-this-american-life The most surprising thing in the story is the new CEO is a veteran of iHeartradio

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May we hep you?

May brings the beginning of new optimistic living things growing from the energy of those that came before. And golf.

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House unanimously passes Music Royalty reform act

http://variety.com/2018/biz/news/music-modernization-act-unanimously-passes-house-of-representatives-1202787045/ The NAB likes this proposed law as it retains the feature that over the air radio does not pay royalties to the performers. http://www.nab.org/documents/newsroom/pressRelease.asp?id=4522 SoundExchange likes the law because it is based on their model for music that is … Continue reading

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Parting of the Ways

Ever since my medical episode in 2009, an Apple iPhone has been within reach.  Counting  the one Countess has, I have purchased 4 iPhones and 3 iPads since then. There is a rumor that Apple has already canned the iPhone … Continue reading

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A Life Changer

Back when I was a young man, I gave my sister one of these. At the time, she was recently married with her first of three children. With a husband who might have to work late, or when she had … Continue reading

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Milepost for the future of AM

One of the stations that Entercom acquired from CBS Radio is WJFK-AM in the Washington DC beltway. The class B signal solidly covers all of D.C. and can be heard as far North as Baltimore and South to Fredericksburg. So … Continue reading

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Yahoo updates its TOS

Yahoo is now owned by Verizon, of course. The lawyers have gotten around to screwing over their customers, probably partly because of the new European privacy rules. Yahoo has an abysmal record on security, which I can attest to personally. … Continue reading

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Mignon Clyburn heads for the exit

The daughter of Jim Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the US House has quit the FCC Commission. Her only other credential to being on the FCC commission was that she ran a weekly newspaper targeted at getting black South … Continue reading

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