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Pot Talk: Radio Stations Adopting Marijuana Formats - With more states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, marijuana media is growing like a weed, including an array of new online publications, social networks, and podcasts targeting consumers and business people. Now broadcast radio is joining the list. MediaDailyNews
Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015 would require radio to pay for music - “For decades, music services have gotten away with building their business on the backs of hardworking musicians, paying unfair rates -- and in the case of the $17.5-billion radio industry, paying nothing at all -- for the music they use”. Los Angeles Times 
Opie and Anthony No More - This week, the shock-jock duo explosively cut ties in a series of tweets and on-air monologues that suggested a bitter end to their long relationship. Newsweek
Stan Freberg: five top parodies from the master of the funny commercial - American comedy would be significantly drier terrain without Stan Freberg, the merrily subversive pop culture parodist who died on Tuesday in California at age 88. The Guardian
Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, and the coming streaming music wars - The battle for listeners is about much more than one stars catalog. Fast Company
TheBlaze asks radio about April Fools jokes - TheBlaze reached out to a few people in the radio world and asked them to share memories of past stunts, pranks and dumb ideas they recalled from the past. TheBlaze
New Zealand station pranks co-workers - ZM's Fletch, Vaughan and Megan tricked their workmates Jase and PJ into covering their slot, except what they didn't know was that they were broadcasting to no one. entertainment.ie


Moore radio towers destroyed in tornado had been standing for decades - The three large towers, owned and operated by KOMA, were built in 1946 and began transmitting AM waves the following year. NewsOK
Inside the battle for Boston’s country music soul - Ginny Rogers and Mike Brophey had long expected competition. They’d heard rumors. Suddenly it was real. Boston Globe
In era of streaming music, radio rocks on - With so many listening choices in modern cars, from satellite radio to streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, one might imagine that the era of AM/FM radio is coming to an end. Automotive News
SAG Foundation Helps VO Artists on 2 Coasts - In a world where audiobooks, movie trailers, animation, and commercial spots saturate the airwaves, the demand for talented voice actors has reached an all-time high. Yet the coaches and workshops necessary to perfect the craft—plus the studio time to record—can come at a high price. backstage
Radio Industry Transformed: Be Careful What You Wish For - Since the FCC eliminated the restriction on how many hours of local content must constitute a broadcast day, station owners and managers have used syndicated programming as if it were a crutch for a patient with two good legs. Clash Daily
Ginny Morris is building Hubbard Radio company into a national powerhouse - In the fast-paced radio industry that craves big personalities and instant ratings, Ginny Morris has calmly spent nearly $600 million since 2011 to acquire stations around the United States, and she’s leading for the long haul. MinnPost


Fan misses Art Laboe’s ‘civic engagement’ on LA radio - Fans of L.A. radio legend Art Laboe have been up in arms since last month when his oldies show was suddenly taken off the air in Los Angeles. The iHeartMedia company changed formats on 92.3 FM and decided Laboe no longer fit in. KPPC
Little guys get 'Frozen' out of lucrative voice-over market - In the competitive market for voice-over actors, there's good news: With more animated features being made than ever before, the market is booming. Now the bad news... CNBC
After calling Muslims 'suspect,' radio host fired - A prominent Delaware radio host has been fired after saying on air that "as far as I'm concerned, not every Muslim is guilty, but every Muslim is suspect" of sympathizing with Islamic extremists. USA Today
Ipsos Research Study Highlights Continued Strength Of AM/FM Radio In Cars - While consumers do use new streaming services, virtually all consumers -- 99% -- are comfortable with the current AM/FM in-car radio operation. All Access
Radio Still Rules the Country Mainstream - Sony Music Nashville chairman and CEO Gary Overton ruffled a few feathers among the Americana crowd this week by telling The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, “If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.” CMT
Why Country Radio Still Matters - In this age of on-demand listening, terrestrial and satellite radio remain the key power players in making or breaking a star. Rolling Stone
New Internet Radio Station From John Gorman Aspires to be Catalyst on the Local Scene - “The idea has been there for ages,” says Gorman, who was the program director at WMMS when it was considered to be one of the best radio stations in the country, when asked about what made him want to launch an Internet radio station. Cleveland Scene
Five Things Internet Radio Should Steal from Broadcast Radio - Zane Lowe has announced he’s leaving BBC Radio 1 to join Apple. If we were looking for a sign that the worlds of music streaming and broadcast radio are converging, then a move by iTunes to inject the one thing internet radio has always lacked – presenters – is surely it. Digital Music News
Austin radio legend memorialized in public art installation - The project will turn a charming Travis Heights bridge into a mosaic masterpiece honoring the champion of Austin music, who passed away in January 2014. CultureMap Austin
Radio host Piolin reveals all in new memoir - It’s been a tough couple of years for this Hispanic community icon, who in July 2013 left his Los Angeles-based morning show after a former coworker accused him of physical, sexual and emotional harassment. VOXXI
4 Instances Where the Industry Screwed Over Voice Actors - For the past decade, voice actors have been slowly appearing more in the limelight. And thanks to that their names, and faces aren't so vague anymore. But, still today, and in the past they've been disrespected, and not always taken seriously because of their profession. MoviePilot
Brian Williams, Rush Limbaugh, and Audience Loyalty - It is the Voldemort of media facts. The media version of Sherlock Holmes clue of the dog that didn’t bark. Here’s a question. What is the difference between Brian Williams and Rush Limbaugh? What is the dog that isn’t barking? NewsBusters
Gary Owens, radio and 'Laugh-In' announcer, gone at 80 - Arriving in Los Angeles in 1961, Owens worked as an announcer at KFWB-AM, moving on the next year to KMPC-AM, where he had a show for 20 years. Los Angeles Times
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