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Hosted by Radio + Television Business Report Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson
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David Andrews is one of four shareholders in Hometown Communications LLC, the licensee of 1,000-watt Class C WIRY-AM, or “wiry,” in Plattsburgh, N.Y.He’s also the station’s General Manager and News Director, and on the latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Andrews shares with the world what it’s like to crank out tunes like “In the Year 2525” with a live, local host and community-focused advertising on a chilly autumn morning in late 2021.Andrews also shares how the pandemic has proven to be a challenge as a new owner, as the Canadian dollar — until March 2020 — was a key retail driver in Clinton County, N.Y., just 20 minutes to the south of the New York/Québec border.
Clark Smidt and WATX

Clark Smidt and WATX


Clark Smidt is selling spots, playing the hits of yesteryear and just launched a direct mail campaign to 7 "hot ZIPs" within the listening area of a Class B AM serving New Haven and its surrounding communities. Is it a hobby, or an incubator designed to demonstrate why a licensee should never give up, and avoid turning in the license of a forlorn AM property?  This InFOCUS Podcast has the answer.
The Radio + Television Business Report is presently welcoming the broadcast technology community to communicate directly with key decision makers across the radio and television businesses. With your support, we’re planning a superb pre-CES, pre-NATPE Miami and pre-NAB Show and Radio Show magazine with distribution on December 20.With this in mind, it is a pleasure to connect with Jesse Foster to learn more about what lies ahead in 2022 for Multidyne in this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM.
In one week, on November 16, American Urban Radio Networks CEO Chesley Maddox-Dorsey will appear as the Moderator of a highly anticipated Forecast 2022 roundtable discussion with two individuals who are highly instrumental decision-makers when it comes to media budgets, advertising expenditures, and determining just how all consumers — in particular multicultural consumers — are included in the media buy.GM Global CMO Deborah Wahl and dentsu Chief Product Officer for Global Media Doug Ray will be chatting with Maddox-Dorsey on a variety of topics — including the promise by Fortune 500 companies of increased advertising investment in Black and multicultural media. That's just one topic of discussion Maddox-Dorsey shares in this exclusive RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM.
Brian Wieser. In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by, RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson chats with groupM's Brian Wieser in an exclusive conversation that serves as a precursor to a Forecast 2022 discussion on Broadcast Revenue Trends and Expectations for 2022.
SBS COO Albert Rodriguez shares his insight on how the Hispanic-focused multimedia company is seeing little slowdown from advertisers in this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM. Rodriguez also chimes in on how an Audacy move in New York only validates SBS's role as a Hispanic component in a total market buy.
In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, LPTVBA Executive Director Michael Lee offers a comprehensive update on why his organization seeks passage of the "Local Journalism Sustainability Act" as low-power television stations attract buyers ranging from The E.W. Scripps Co. and Gray Television to entrepreneurs including LPTVBA founder Frank Copsidas and South Asian TV programming specialist Ravi Kapur.
Is a bumpy road ahead for broadcasters across the rest of the Biden Administration, now that Jessica Rosenworcel is set to officially become Chairwoman of the FCC and Gigi Sohn, a "net neutrality" champion, is the White House's nominee to become the fifth Commissioner?There's already chatter Inside the Beltway about what could come for the Rosenworcel Commission -- or, perhaps, what won't come. Ahead of his exclusive Forecast 2022 appearance, BIA Advisory Services Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Dr. Mark Fratrik shares his views on whether or not "regulatory burdens" seen under the Wheeler Commission could come back. Deregulation? Don't count on it, he says in this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM.
On Sunday, it became known to viewers across the U.S. that Sinclair Broadcast Group had suffered a cyberattack, crippling newsrooms across several markets. This ransomware incident follows similar incidents at Cox Media Group, Audacy, Urban One and Max Media.How could this happen? What should a media company consider to prevent it from happening in their organization — or is a cyberattack inevitable?In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Lisa Plaggemier, the interim Executive Director with the Washington, D.C.,-based National Cybersecurity Alliance, offers important insight and intelligence on the subject in an exclusive interview with Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
The 2020 Census is complete. The topline data is out. And ... are marketers doing anything yet to better reflect in their advertising campaigns the consumers that define the U.S.A. today?It's a tricky question. As Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts have swept through Corporate America and many media companies, some in the marketing and advertising world wonder if D&I has inadvertently become synonymous with marketing. In this fresh InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Ana Ceppi, a senior advisor on the U.S. Hispanic market at Edelman, shares how one can easily distinguish DEI from multicultural marketing and what broadcast TV and radio station management and ownership may wish to consider if the goal is connecting brands with all consumers — including key multicultural segments.
At Forecast 2022, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth attorney Francisco Montero will moderate a session that sees Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley take the stage as a panelist. Joining her: BIA Advisory Services Chief Economist Dr. Mark Fratrik.This podcast offers a great preview of what's to come on November 16 at Forecast 2022. Listen now, and then be sure to save your seat at Forecast 2022 in New York by visiting
The latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by, expands on the Radio + Television Business Report’s coverage on October 6 of how a radio or television company should act when one of its high-profile employees becomes the subject of allegations that not only harm the individual, but could also damage the station they are associated with.The topic is today a big one, largely due to claims offered by three women who once worked with a Chicago-based morning show host employed by Hubbard Broadcasting. One of the women is a former co-host who exited in December 2020.Allegations are just that, claims. But, a radio or TV station can’t just sit there while its employee is tarnished through social media and, quite frankly, the crosstown linear media competition.What’s the first best act a station’s management should take?Scott McIntyre, a partner in the labor and employment practice at the law firm of BakerHostetler, joins us from its Cincinnati office to answer this and other timely questions in an interview with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Two weeks ago, the PR team working with Pearl TV distributed literature indicating that consumers are purchasing approximately 10,000 NEXTGEN TV sets per day.If that's not breathtaking enough, Pearl TV reports that more than three million total sets are anticipated to be sold by the end of 2021.Given the average price of a TV equipped with NEXTGEN TV capabilities, we just had to catch up with Pearl TV Managing Director Anne Schelle. Are chip shortages and supply chain issues a factor? Are consumers really coughing up more than $1,000 for a new set?Schelle shares all, along with what TV viewers in big Canadian markets with access to U.S. TV stations, can expect, in this fresh InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM.
In mid-September, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned Dielectric first shared how the company literally changed how FM broadcast antenna manufacturers validate directional pattern studies for new FM broadcast antennas.This led Dielectric to submit a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC. And, if the FCC moves forward with a NPRM and subsequently approves the rules, a process that could take just months, a move from physical to AI-driven simulated modeling could come to fruition.The engineering guys may get this, but those in the C-Suite may already have eyes glazed over. In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Keith Pelleiter explains this so the only thing glazed in their office is a Krispy Kreme donut.
On September 17, RBR+TVBR readers first learned about some of the key findings in the just-released study, “The Future of Audience and Revenue,” produced by Futuri, with the assistance of SmithGeiger. On September 24, a White Paper with further details from the study was released.With many insights for radio and for television, we asked Daniel Anstandig, founder and CEO of Futuri Media, to summarize much of the 36-page report. He obliged and is our guest on the latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM.
A much-publicized press briefing conducted Monday via Zoom saw Joe Crowley, the former New York House Democrat who lost his 2018 reelection bid to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who now serves as Chairman of musicFIRST, blast the NAB, iHeartMedia and Cumulus Media.Why? His group, along with such radio industry antagonists as Prometheus Radio Project and Common Frequency, insists that recording artists aren't getting their fair share from existing royalty fees that AM and FM radio pays each year.In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, we are pleased to bring excerpts from Crowley's press event. Following Crowley's prepared remarks, RBR+TVBR and co-owned publication Radio Ink were first to ask questions to Crowley. We have his responses.
The 2021 NAB Show is coming soon. While some big companies including Ross Video have opted not to move forward with attendance at this year's convention and expo, others including Marketron are excited about interacting with broadcast media executives for the first time since spring 2019.In this InFOCUS podcast, presented by dot.FM, SVP of Product Jimshade Chaudhari chats with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson on what NAB Show attendees that swing by Marketron's booth can expect in the way of safety and interaction, and what products Marketron is ready to put the spotlight on -- including one new offering of interest to radio and TV.
Penthera offers a suite of streaming products to OTT providers designed to improve the video experience for their users. Its technology assists in the reduction or elimination of buffering and video quality issues, ensuring that stream abandonment doesn’t happen.The company has just released a study that looks at the habits and preferences of U.S. Hispanics toward streaming video. Given their role as first-adopters of technology, we believe the findings are important for all in the TV industry to understand.What’s the biggest takeaway Penthera can share? Its Chief Marketing Officer, Jodi Susman, offers details in this InFOCUS Podcast presented by dot.FM.
Innovation. It's a word not commonly used by an owner of radio stations. But, Capital Broadcasting Co. is unique, in many ways.In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Capital VP of Radio Brian Maloney offers an exclusive look inside a company that was first to embrace HD Radio and more recently helped bring NEXTGEN TV to fruition.What is it like being a leader for such an operation? Why are there THREE Sports Talk brands in Raleigh? Is Capital in it for the long-term, one of two independents in a market with few national media companies?The answers to those questions and more can be found in this fresh podcast. Listen now!
Is broadcast television's retransmission consent revenue growth trend, when compared to long-term advertising forecasts, a concern when it comes to station valuations, should a transaction be in the future?That's just one of the thoughts longtime broadcast station valuation and appraisal specialist David Schutz shares in an exclusive interview with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM. It's a preview of what's to come in the Fall 2021 Special Report.
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