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Radio performance royalty debate escalates with new bill giving control of airplay to artists

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The battle of the bills continues in Washington, as over-the-air radio’s music royalty exemption is again under scrutiny by the 115th Congress. In the latest development, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif) has introduced a new bill with a new solution which gives artists the right to forbid airplay of their music without payment. Continue Reading

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Kurt Hanson: Report from Radiodays Europe (Part 2)

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One of the highlights of the recent Radiodays Europe conference in Amsterdam, attended by more than 1,500 public and private broadcasters from across much of Europe (see Part 1 of my report here) was an update on Norway’s current year-long, region-by-region shutdown of the FM band, designed to move listeners to DAB+ channels. RAIN News Publisher Kurt Hanson’s “Part 2” from the conference. Continue Reading

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NPR launches “Up First” morning news podcast, hoping to cross over audiences

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National Public Radio (NPR) will launch Up First, a 10-minute, 6:00AM podcast news bulletin drawn from its widely distributed Morning Edition syndicated radio show. In starting an online-only podcast that seemingly competes with the live daily radio show which spawned it, NPR intends to address a discrete audience that might not be familiar with NPR radio programming, and possibly drive that audience into a deeper involvement with the NPR ecosystem. Continue Reading

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Emmis ties with Triton Digital and Omny Studio to repurpose shows on-demand

Emmis Communications has announced a three-way technology partnership which will more smoothly repurpose program content for online, on-demand distribution. The solution announced today is a blend of technologies offered by Omny Studio, which has specialized in easy-to-use program clipping and archiving, and Triton Digital, which brings its Tap Podcast monetization platform into the mix. Continue Reading