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April 19, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • How can Verizon sell spectrum, if there is shortage, NAB asks
    Verizon Wireless' offer to auction 700 Mhz of spectrum, if it is able to complete a deal to acquire cable spectrum, calls into question whether the spectrum crunch has been exaggerated and whether more efficient use of existing airwaves is needed, according to the NAB. "The fact that [Verizon] has warehoused this 'beachfront property' raises the fundamental question of whether a spectrum shortage actually exists," said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. Broadcasting & Cable (4/18), Adweek (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Radio stations should look to innovate with streaming content
    Experimentation with content may be the key to profits in streaming radio online, says Skip Pizzi, NAB director of digital strategies, who notes the example of how television was changed by the advent of cable. Although the challenges of producing content for streaming and measuring audience online are formidable, "Any sort of ... audio content provider cannot afford not to be streaming, not to be podcasting, not to be making their content available for on-demand listening on any device possible," adds Jennifer Ferro, general manager of streaming radio pioneer KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, Calif. Radio World (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bakersfield's KUZZ tapped for high NAB service honor
    It's a two-way street of delivering what the community wants and the community returning that with their loyalty for KUZZ-FM in Bakersfield, Calif., which has been tapped for the NAB's Crystal Heritage Award. The award goes only to stations that have won five NAB Crystal Awards for community service. Of the station long owned by the late entertainer Buck Owens, KUZZ Public Service Director Sylvia Cariker says, "We have to be interested in our community. We live here, my kids play soccer with their kids, we all go to church together." Radio World (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCU's bid to take over retrans talks is stalled, sources say
    NBCUniversal's proposal for the company to control negotiations for affiliate retransmission consent agreements is looking less likely to happen this year or anytime in the near future, several sources said. The major obstacle has been to draft one pact that would cover large- and small-market stations, as well as digital subchannels that offer off-network content. NBCU officials were not available to comment on this story. Another complicating factor is the March 9 death of NBC Chief Financial Officer Joseph Donnelly, who was helping to lead the proposed retrans change. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital video cameras offer high resolution for low budgets
    Digital video cameras with cinema quality available for humbler budgets are prominently on display at this year's NAB Show. The latest innovation is "4K" resolution, which has 4,000 lines of vertical resolution, about double the figure required for HD television. YouTube (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FM chips will make access to info more "efficient," Beasley says
    The federal government "has a responsibility to provide access to information in an efficient way" through the inclusion of FM chips in mobile phones, NAB Radio Board Chair Caroline Beasley said during remarks at the presentation of the Crystal Radio Awards for public service. Beasley's comment earned strong support from the audience at the ceremony, during which winners cited their commitment to community service as part of their fundamental role as broadcasters. Radio Ink (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Social media for TV generating more buzz at NAB Show
    Social media innovation for television is on display and beginning to make inroads at the NAB Show, but the interest in integrating social into TV viewing is even greater, said Sam Decker, CEO of Mass Relevance. The comments indicate that social media may be where the Internet was in the late 1990s in regard to TV, writes Cory Bergman, who adds that now "we can feel the beginning of a shift to infuse social in just about every TV production product." (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • High court should review Janet Jackson incident, White House says
    The U.S. Supreme Court should undertake a review of the Federal Communication Commission's handling of the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction," for which a $550,000 fine was justified under the agency's indecency policy, the Obama administration writes in a filing. Although indecency regulations didn't apply to "fleeting nudity," the incident was not exempt under the "the general policy of contextual indecency analysis," Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. writes. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LPFM applicants will get more info soon, FCC official says
    The Federal Communications Commission next week plans to release a notice to help clarify the number of FM translators and low-power FM stations that will be permitted in "spectrum-challenged" markets, along with markets with sufficient spectrum for both, Media Bureau Chief Peter Doyle said at a session at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Some 6,500 applications for FM translators are being considered by the FCC, with about 1,000 likely to qualify for grants and the remainder to be disqualified, Melodie Virtue of Garvey Schubert Barer said during another NAB Show session. Radio World (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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