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Local media spend plateaus.

After peaking in 2012, local advertising budgets dipped slightly in 2013, according to a new survey of 550 small and medium businesses conducted by BIA/Kelsey. Although their media budgets appear to be plateauing, hometown businesses steadily increased online spending by shelling out more dollars to build and maintain websites, blogs and social media. There’s a silver lining for radio in the trend.


What’s driving shift from local to national spending.

The changing face of the U.S. consumer is having an impact on media and advertising. But Pivotal Research Group senior research analyst Brian Wieser says a potentially bigger factor is “business demographics” or the sizes of the companies competing within a given category. Simply put, big brands spend differently than smaller ones and as they grab a larger share of the American economy, they’re causing a shift in ad dollars from local to national media. MORE


Nielsen evaluates PPM for cross-platform measurement.

One reason Nielsen wrote a $1.26 billion check to buy Arbitron was its portable people meter technology, and potential new ways to use the passive measurement system that follows a panelist wherever they go. Now there’s some indication Nielsen has begun looking at ways to use PPM for cross-media measurement. MORE


New pureplays tap news and DJs.

A pair of new pureplay webcasters is setting their sights beyond just music by bringing personalities and news into the mix. Rivet News Radio delivers a personalized mix of local, national and world news based on a user’s interests and listening history. It draws on content from an in-house news team along with the Associated Press, Chicago Public Media and Crain’s Chicago Business. Dash Radio, meantime, is staffing up with DJs and music experts. MORE


Copyright office extends comment period into September.

Music copyright issues are big and unwieldy all by themselves. Now imagine figuring out ways to potentially revise the entire copyright system. With that as a place to begin, the end date for the Copyright Office’s comment period on copyright-related issues has been extended. Written comments are now due September 12, rather than later this month when Washington is all but shut down by summer vacations anyway. MORE


Shareholder suit filed to block Journal-Scripps deal.

One day after Journal Communications and E.W. Scripps filed their merger and spinoff deal with the FCC, a shareholder lawsuit opposing the deal has been filed. The Shareholders Foundation, a San Diego firm specializing in securities class action litigation, says an unnamed investor who holds shares of Journal has sued to halt the deal. MORE


Cox cuts group deal for ‘The Dana Show.’

Only days after she received national attention for interviewing a woman purported to be a friend of Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson, St. Louis-based talker Dana Loesch has been picked up by almost all of Cox Media Group’s talk and news/talk stations in a group clearance deal. MORE


Ohio Lottery scratches radio.

There’s no need to buy a ticket, radio stations are sure to win some cash from the Ohio Lottery. The state has just launched a $4.3 million campaign to drive sales of its scratch-off games. Radio is part of the media strategy. MORE


Sports flip brings more play-by-play to L.A.’s KFWB.

Gearing up for a flip from news/talk/sports to all sports early next month, L.A’s KFWB (980) is picking up Westwood One’s coverage of all NFL Sunday night, Monday night and Thursday night games beginning September 4. The deal includes post-season playoff action, championship games, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. MORE


Detroit personality to juggle radio and TV morning shows.

Talent sharing between radio and TV is rising to a new level in Detroit. Motor City morning man Jay Towers will begin anchoring weekday morning newscasts on Fox affiliate WJBK-TV from 6am-9am while continuing to host “Jay Towers in the Morning” on Clear Channel AC WNIC (100.3) from the TV station’s studios. Towers has been doing weekend anchoring and feature reporting for “Fox 2” after joining the station in 2004. MORE


Wanted by SCBA: Engineers to advise BMW.

The Southern California Broadcasters Association is canvassing engineering schools in its backyard as part of an unsolicited effort to help BMW solve an engineering issue that caused it to exclude AM radio in its all-electric i3 cars. In a letter to its members, SCBA president Thom Callahan says the organization wants to offer BMW “a pro-active solution.” MORE


Mason moseys to Cox-Tampa cluster.

Cox Media Group has snagged CBS Radio CHR “103.3 Amp Radio” WODS, Boston programmer Dan Mason for a dual role at its Tampa cluster. It’s a move down in market size but a move up in responsibility, putting Mason in charge of half of the company’s Tampa stations. He’ll serve as ops manager for modern rock “97X” WSUN-FM, CHR “Hot 101.5” WPOI and “talk 102.5 The Bone” WHPT as well as director of branding and programming for WPOI. MORE


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