November 13, 2012
Re “ Britain wrestles with free speech on the web ,” Nov. 9 Dissent is as important as civility, and Britain, unlike the U.S, at least has attempted to address some of the dangers in how speech is used and abused and how destructive uncivil speech can be. When one listens to pundits on Fox News or some talk radio stations and hears the hatred and fear that is fomented, one can understand why such speech is outlawed in some Western countries....
November 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are poised to ease ownership restrictions on major-market media outlets in what could be a boost to some big players in the struggling newspaper industry. After two failed attempts to loosen its rules, the Federal Communications Commission is expected by the end of the year to approve a new proposal that would allow newspapers and television or radio stations in the 20 largest markets to consolidate. And unlike previous battles, there is little opposition this time to easing the so-called cross-ownership rules.
October 25, 2012 |
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - It may sound like the type of acerbic election-year conversation happening in coffee shops and dining rooms across the country, but this being radio, everyone sounds a little taller, stronger and more handsome than the rest of us. "How are you going to pay for it?" program host Fernando Miguel Negron asks in Spanish, his voice taking a sonorous bounce. "How can you pay for these government programs and still cut taxes?" "Easily," his guest says. " Fácilmente . " But this is no regular talk radio conversation.
August 4, 2012 |
Jazz bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding made a news splash when she beat out pop phenom Justin Bieber for the new artist trophy at the 53rd Grammy Awards last year. Spalding, 27, and her Radio Music Society ensemble come to Southern California this month for an Aug. 21 performance at San Diego's Humphreys Concerts by the Bay and an Aug. 22 double bill with Anita Baker at the Hollywood Bowl. How did your Grammy change your life? Did it change your life? Everything I do is pretty much the same as it was; we tour like we used to. But the venues are bigger.
July 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — The hurdles aren't over for Tribune Co., which still must get regulatory approval before it can emerge from bankruptcy protection. Once the federal judge issues his final order confirming the company's reorganization plan, expected in days, the new owners must persuade the Federal Communications Commission to transfer the Chicago media company's 24 broadcast TV and radio station licenses to them. Because Tribune owns newspapers and broadcast stations in several markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago and South Florida, the FCC must grant waivers from its restrictions on ownership of multiple media outlets in the same city.
June 9, 2012 |
They were a couple of auto mechanics with a pronounced Boston brogue and, improbably, degrees from MIT. They hadn't a clue how to perform on radio, much less public radio. So Tom and Ray Magliozzi just decided to have a good time. The result was "Car Talk," which shattered the perception that public radio is inaccessible to the masses and became National Public Radio's top-rated weekend show. "They never developed that affect of sonorousness and seriousness and gravitas public radio is known for," said the show's executive producer, the man Tom and Ray would identify on air as Doug "Not-a-Slave-to-Fashion" Berman.
June 6, 2012 |
The recording industry's top lobbyist gave a thumbs up to radio giant Clear Channel Media's unprecedented deal with country music label Big Machine (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw) that will pay performers royalties when their songs are played on the radio. "We're obviously delighted that the biggest radio group acknowledged that something should be done," said Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Assn. of America . Sherman made his remarks at a congressional hearing called "The Future of Audio" held Wednesday by the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology The music industry and radio broadcasters have fought for almost a century over paying artists royalties when their songs are played.
June 6, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before making sure to catch the next Venus transit in 2117. The Skinny: Why do the midseason comedies always look better than what has been scheduled for the fall? Shouldn't it be the other way around? Wednesday's headlines include a look at who won the California tax credit lottery, a new deal from Clear Channel that could change the relationship between radio and performers and an "oops" moment for ABC's Barbara Walters. Daily Dose: Jim Paratore, the veteran television executive who played a key role in the development of Ellen DeGeneres' talk show as well as the creation of TMZ, died last week of a heart attack.
June 1, 2012 |
KCSN-FM (88.5) announced two developments this week that continue to extend the Cal State Northridge-based non-commercial station's efforts to raise its profile in the crowded greater Los Angeles radio market, with the naming of program director Sky Daniels as interim general manager and the addition of a new show to be hosted by longtime L.A. radio deejay Nic Harcourt. Daniels succeeds General Manager Karen Kearns, who is returning to teaching in the broadcast school. She oversaw KCSN's switch three years ago from a primarily classical format to the current adult album alternative (AAA)
April 18, 2012 |
Riding wave after wave of pop hits that carried the station into more radios than any other in the market, Top 40 outlet KIIS-FM (102.7) dominated Los Angeles-Orange County ratings for most of the last three years. Now another station has finally started its own winning streak. After already claiming January and February, talk station KFI-AM (640) - home of commentators such as Bill Handel, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. - placed first in the March ratings, released Monday.