December 24, 2013 |
Brenda Schmitz and her youngest son, Max, then 2 years old, shared a favorite song: "Over the Rainbow. " At the time, Schmitz and her family hadn't seen rain - let alone a rainbow - for five weeks when the wife and mother of four was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for ovarian cancer. But on the day of her death, in September 2011, a large, bright double rainbow cast across the sky. Her husband, David, said this was the first but certainly not the last time Schmitz would give her family signs that she was watching over them.
December 5, 2013 |
Rush Limbaugh's radio tirades will have a new home on Los Angeles airwaves next year. KFI-AM (640) is losing the conservative host's three-hour show, long a fixture on the station, to KTLK-AM (1150), which owner Clear Channel is hoping to pump up as an outlet exclusively dedicated to right-leaning chatter. The company, which also owns KFI, will use Limbaugh's audience to anchor the new lineup for KTLK, which is being dubbed "The Patriot" and will also feature national shows by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clear Channel is making similar changes in San Francisco, where Limbaugh will leave its KKSF-AM (910)
December 2, 2013 |
In a move aimed at recapturing past ratings glory, Univision Radio has unveiled a new morning show called “El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo” (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), which emphasizes popular Regional Mexican music and banter by a trio of hosts. The four-hour Spanish-language program, which debuted Monday on Univision's Los Angeles station KSCA 101.9 FM, fills the time period previously held by Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo. Sotelo once was the most popular personality in Spanish-language radio. But in July, Univision yanked Sotelo's program from its schedule amid allegations of sexual harassment, which Sotelo has denied.
November 25, 2013 |
It pays to play the hits. Just ask Top 40 station KIIS-FM (102.7), which on Monday finished No. 1 in the Arbitron radio ratings for Los Angeles-Orange County for the third month in a row by featuring the music of such pop stars as Katy Perry, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Lady Gaga and Imagine Dragons. The station averaged a 5.4% share of the audience, according to the survey of listeners ages 6 and older between Oct. 10 and Nov. 6. More than 3.8 million people tuned in for at least five minutes each week.
November 14, 2013 |
The Federal Communications Commission wants to encourage more foreign ownership of television and radio stations. Currently, there is a 25% cap on a foreign company or individual when it comes to owning a stake in a broadcast property. While the cap is not being loosened per se, the FCC said on Thursday that if an investment exceeded 25%, it could still be approved. "The ruling potentially removes obstacles to new capital investment, which will support small business, minority, and female broadcast ownership, and spur innovation," the FCC said in announcing that it was clarifying its foreign ownership policy.
August 23, 2013 |
The Grand Theft Auto gaming franchise is one of the most lucrative entertainment brands in history, a multi-million dollar juggernaut whose highly anticipated upcoming fifth installment -- and the first since 2008 -- will arrive on Sept. 17. Landing a track on the game's soundtrack is one of the most coveted licenses in the industry, as it feeds music into the receptive ears of obsessive gamers looking for new music and eager to share -- and delivers hard earned cash and exposure to talented artists.