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<font size="5" style="line-height:110%">Big events driving more online radio listening.</font>

Big events driving more online radio listening.

Bad weather and breaking news have long caused ratings spikes for radio. Now listeners are tuning to local stations online when a big story breaks or a huge storm hits.

Reba signs to Cumulus-Big Machine label partnership.

Reba McEntire, synonymous with country music in the ‘80s and ‘90s, is the first act to sign with the joint venture label between Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group. Announced in May, the classic country-focused Nash Icon Music opens up a new revenue stream for the radio giant, from recorded music sales and touring to merchandise and other related ventures. MORE

New translator formats launch in Minneapolis and Portland.

The fast growing trend of feeding FM translators with programming from HD Radio side channels has brought new choices to the dial of two top 25 markets: dance CHR in Minneapolis and a third country station in Portland, OR. Both are operated by iHeartMedia. MORE

Man dies in jump from New Jersey radio tower.

A man who scaled a Long Branch, NJ radio tower and jumped has died, according to Eyewitnesses report seeing the man climb half-way up the 400-foot tower before stepping off. It’s the second time this year someone has died after jumping from the same tower and landing inside an adjacent vacant building. MORE

Reader Survey: 89% say no to Redskins role for FCC.

Reader Survey: 89% say no to Redskins role for FCC.

The vast majority of Inside Radio readers say the FCC should not step into the ongoing debate over the Washington Redskins name. In the unscientific survey, 89% of Inside Radio readers said the FCC should stay hands-off. One-in-ten said the FCC should force radio and television stations to stop using the team’s nickname. Just 1% had no opinion one way or the other. Read what broadcasters are saying about the issue HERE.

DMR appoints VP of marketing.

Doug Smith joins marketing services provider DMR/Interactive as VP of marketing strategy. Most recently director of sales for Cincinnati-based due diligence company the Kreller Group, Smith’s 20-year radio career includes sales and programming roles at for Hubbard Broadcasting, Cox Media and CBS Radio.

Hackers silence Louisiana station.

Hackers hijacked a Louisiana radio station that was using old Windows software, leaving the station unable to control its computers and knocking the station off the air for about seven hours last Friday. The hackers, believed to have been from Russia, even sent ransom emails demanding cash from the station in exchange for the release its computers. MORE

Internet ad growth slowed in second quarter.

With total internet ad revenues up 13.8% to $11.7 billion in the second quarter, it’s unlikely the titans of online are crying in their pumpkin-spiced latte. But it was the smallest increase from first to second quarter since 2009 and considerably slower than the first quarter’s 16.4% growth rate or the 17.6% increase from one year earlier. MORE

FEMA head says FM in phones is a good call.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving his backing to FM in cell phones. FEMA administrator Craig Fugate says having a portable radio powered by battery, solar, or hand crank is still critical during a disaster. But with more people relying on mobile phones, he says having FM in another device could prove useful. MORE

Rite Aid’s flu campaign gives radio a shot in the arm.

The national drug store chain Rite Aid aired 27,686 radio spots last week on radio stations tracked by Media Monitors, good enough to rank third on its weekly Spot Ten ranker. Broadcasters have the change of seasons to thank as Rite Aid is working toward a goal of administering three million flu shots. MORE

FCC mystery: who’s in the crosshairs?

In an extremely rare move, the FCC has announced it will hold a special meeting on Friday. The reason isn’t entirely clear other than a short notice that says the five commissioners will meet in public to discuss whether to take an enforcement action. Nothing else is on the agenda. Whether the item involves a broadcaster, the FCC isn’t saying. “Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to vote on the item soon because the statute of limitations — which is generally one year — is nearing,” a spokeswoman says.

Forecast: Programmatic ad spend to double by 2016.

Programmatic buying may only be dancing around the edges of radio and TV but it’s a full force gale online. Look for that to intensify, particularly in two areas where radio companies are increasingly focusing: online display advertising and mobile. MORE

Dallas FM won’t get second life from FCC.

The five FCC commissioners are upholding a Media Bureau decision to let Dallas market KTDK, Sanger, TX (104.1) remain off the air for good. Cumulus Media had originally attempted to sell the station to broker Bill Whitley in order to move forward with a long-term market agreement with ESPN to operate “103.3 ESPN Radio Dallas” KESN. MORE

Tim Spengler exits iHeartMedia.

One year after joining iHeartMedia, veteran advertising agency executive Tim Spengler has left the company. He tells Media Post he’s leaving to focus on his work with several emerging media companies. MORE

FTC cuffs radio advertiser.

The Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing crackdown on advertising has snagged another radio user. Health Formula had been telling listeners they could “burn fat without diet or exercise” and “shed pounds fast” for “extreme weight loss” by using its Simple Pure product. MORE


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Craig Fugate Discusses Value of FM Radio on Smartphones

Fugate highlights the importance of having access to local broadcasters' emergency information when other communications networks fail or become congested.