WSB Radio’s Jon Lewis Passes Away

(Courtesy RadioTVtalk.blog.myajc.com) Jon Lewis, a 56-year-old reporter for News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB for the past 20 years, passed away Thursday related to complications following a brain hemorrhage over the summer. Lewis, a native New Yorker, has been off the air for the past three months. WSB’s Donna Hall, market manager for Cox Media…

FCC Launches Review of 2017 Hurricane Response

(Courtesy Insideradio.com) For the first time in several years the Atlantic hurricane season tested broadcasters’ abilities to respond to natural disasters. Now the Federal Communications Commissions is taking stock of how it responded to the 2017 season, during which four storms made landfall in the U.S. and its territories. The Public Safety and Homeland Security…

FCC Votes to Review 39% Broadcast Cap

(Courtesy Broadcastingcable.com) A politically, and philosophically, divided FCC voted Thursday (Dec. 14) to launch a review of the FCC’s national 39% broadcast audience reach cap. TV station group owners cannot own stations that reach more than 39% of the nation, with waivers in some circumstances. The FCC is looking at whether it can modify the…

FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality

The FCC voted on Thursday to roll back the rules regarding net neutrality put in place in 2015 under President Obama. The vote split along party lines with the two Democratic members – Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn – voting no while the Republican members – Michael O’ Rielly and Brendan Carr along with Chairman…

Global Music Rights litigation update

Global Music Rights (GMR) is a relatively new group representing songwriters in licensing their copyrighted music, much like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.  GMR has signed agreements to represent numerous artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, some of the Beatles, Eddie Vedder, and Drake.  Most radio formats are therefore impacted by GMR’s widespread representation…