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Pandora chief says its days of big user growth are over.

The sprouting of new competitors can no longer be ignored. Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews believes growing his company’s user base will become “more challenging,” conceding yesterday that it is “not realistic” to expect the webcaster to continue the sort of growth it has experienced during the past few years.


Swift’s latest release causes conundrum for country radio.

Taylor Swift declared “1989” her “very first documented, official pop album” and “Shake It Off” confirmed the statement with a sound closer to ‘80s pop than country. While many stations have yet to embrace what had been a core artist, Inside Radio talked with one PD that’s put the single in rotation. MORE


Kix Brooks defends evolving sound of country radio.

So-called “bro country” and artists who bring rock and rap elements to country radio may be ruffling some feathers of traditional fans of the format. But “American Country Countdown” host Kix Brooks is defending the changing sound of country radio. MORE


Nielsen chief still seeking web ratings consensus.

New digital and mobile products are helping propel Nielsen’s revenue higher. The company says total revenue increased 13.3% to $1.57 billion during the third quarter. Its media ratings revenue grew at more than twice that rate with a big portion of that growth coming from the addition of Arbitron’s radio business. MORE


AudioIQ becomes digital audio’s newest rep firm.

Since launching two months ago, the boutique digital audio ad selling firm AudioHQ has seen its monthly reach grow rapidly from 8 million in August to nearly 50 million today. It’s done that through a series of deals, most of which have not yet been disclosed publicly. MORE


New York AM sold for $12.5 million.

Gregory Davidzon and Sam Katsman’s Davidzon Radio has reached a $12.5 million deal to buy New York’s WSNR (620) from Blackstrap Broadcasting. Davidzon has been among the time buyers on the brokered station since 2003, airing Russian-language programming. The deal leaves Blackstrap with one final station: WUFC, Boston (1510) which Wallis Communications leased and used to launch a new talk station in July.


Intern lawsuit moves to mediation.

A federal magistrate judge in New York has ordered iHeartMedia to sit down with lawyers representing a former intern and try to mediate a settlement to her lawsuit by next spring. IHeartMedia has denied it violated federal and state labor laws when assigning duties to ex-intern Liane Arias. MORE


BIA: Big local merchants diving into social media.

Small and medium-sized business that shell out more than $25,000 a year on advertising and promotion plan to allocate 17.4% of their marketing budgets to social media in the next 12 months. That’s up from 15.6% last year and dramatically higher than the 10.5% they devoted to social in 2012. The findings from BIA/Kelsey present an opportunity for radio, especially those with personalities with large social media followings. MORE


WCSX, Bob Seger come through for Detroit firefighters.

Detroit firefighters just got a poignant reminder that rock n’ roll never forgets — from the Motor City legend who coined that phrase. When word came down that Ladder Company 22 had their saws stolen from right under their noses while fighting a fire, the morning show at Greater Media classic rock WCSX (94.7) hatched a plan to help out. MORE


FM chip critic out at wireless trade group.

One of the wireless industry’s attack dogs on broadcasters’ efforts to get FM into cell phones has been shown the door. EVP of regulatory affairs Chris Guttman-McCabe exited the CTIA-The Wireless Association in a shakeup at the trade association. Also exiting is the group’s VP of public affairs John Walls. MORE


Bott grows in two Oklahoma markets.

Religious broadcaster Bott Radio Network has expanded its footprint in two Midwest cities. In Tulsa, it has signed on the Sand Springs, OK-licensed K223CG at 92.5 FM from atop CitiPlex towers, which CEO Rich Bott says will bring its religious network into the city’s core. And in Oklahoma City, it has added the Del City, OK-licensed translator K272FD at 102.3 FM. It simulcasts KQCV (800), which also airs on another OKC translator at 95.7 FM. MORE


Dallas rocker holds Ebola fundraiser.

Dallas has been ground zero so far in America’s Ebola outbreak and now radio is stepping in to help those who’ve faced down the deadly disease. Modern rock “102.1 The Edge” KDGE morning host Chris Jagger and his crew will broadcast live from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital today and raise money for nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, and the family of Thomas Duncan. Jagger says the donations will help them rebuild their lives in the wake of the recent Ebola outbreak.


Old tower gives birth to a new station.

Broadcasters of all stripes are notoriously scrappy and a low-power FM operator is showing that trait extends to that part of the business as well. When WRDK-LP (101.3) signs-on in Rockford, OH — population 1,114 — in the coming weeks it will do so from a recycled radio tower. MORE


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