The Federal Communications Commission continues to assess the damage across Florida, Georgia and Alabama from Hurricane Michael and is reporting 27 FMs, three FM translators and four AMs off the air, as well as 18.8% of wireless towers offline. Those numbers may continue to climb, since the only FCC data collected is from stations able to report their status to Washington, which leaves many Florida stations out of the equation.
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The music industry heralded President Donald Trump's signing of the Music Modernization Act into law Thursday, "culminating a years-long process to find consensus solutions to music licensing issues," National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith said. Though many artists and lawmakers were present for the signing, major proponents of the law were notably absent from the ceremony after being disinvited by the White House.
National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith appreciates the bipartisan process that resulted in the Music Modernization Act. He also stands behind the value broadcasters continue to provide, especially during recent extreme weather, where "radio was part of the warning, the reporting and the rescue," he said.
Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan could not garner enough industry partners or money to take NextRadio to the next level, so on Thursday, he announced that the project would be winding down. "Everybody unanimously said, 'We have to have this.' But when it came time for pitching in and helping fund it, we couldn't get enough support," Smulyan said.
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Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis aired two TV ads against his opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, in the midst of Hurricane Michael. In the past, states of emergency have been considered inappropriate times for campaigns to run negative political ads, Marc Caputo writes.
Pelosi (left) and Clinton (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
A recent Advertising Analytics report notes that in the past month, political TV ads that depict House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and/or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a negative light have aired over 34,000 times. Republican campaigns and affiliated groups have spent $28.4 million on the ads in the past month and will continue to air them because they're deemed effective, Natasha Korecki writes.
Peter Rice, who has signed on as Walt Disney Television's new chairman, will oversee much of the programming on networks including Disney channels, ABC and Fox once the Fox-Disney deal is finalized. Rice will also manage content for Hulu, plus Disney's new streaming service, which is scheduled to go live next year.
PILOT Accepting Submissions for 2018 Innovation Challenge
The PILOT Innovation Challenge recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. This year's challenge question is "What is an innovative way broadcasters and other local media could serve communities?" Applicants must submit their original idea at www.nabpilot.org/challenge by October 19. Additional judging criteria and information are available here.
Now Available: NAB's Election Toolkit
In support of your station's efforts this election cycle, NAB recently created the Election 2018 toolkit. The guidebook contains ideas to help broadcasters engage their audiences, including programming concepts, PSA scripts and social media strategies. By integrating election issues and candidate profiles into your programming and digital content, your station gives listeners and viewers the knowledge they need to cast an informed vote.