Headlines for 5/21/13


iBiquity Pens Letter to FCC Supporting Translators
A letter to the Commission, written by iBiquity general counsel Albert Shuldiner, supports the Tell City waiver (so named because it's for Tell City station WTCJ), which has been gathering dust at the FCC since November. Shuldiner writes, "I am writing to encourage the Commission to provide greater flexibility for AM stations that seek to obtain access to FM translators. This waiver request provides the Commission with an immediate opportunity to address the need of many AM broadcasters to find creative ways to enhance their ability to serve their listeners." [Radio Ink]

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Accuses WSMV of ‘Irresponsible and Unprofessional Journalism’
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is criticizing Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV for “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism,” saying its reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo has been “harmful to the case.” [TVSpy]

107.7 The Eagle Is New #3 In Louisville Radio
The February/March/April numbers are in for the Louisville radio market. Clear Channel-owned sisters WHAS (840 AM) and WAMZ (97.5 FM) remain the top dogs, but there's a new #3 - SummitMedia's (formerly Cox's) WSFR (107.7). [Radio Online]

Telecom’s Big Players Hold Back the Future
Susan Crawford, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York,  has written a book, “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age,” that offers a calm but chilling state-of-play on the information age in the United States. Ms. Crawford argues that the airwaves, the cable systems and even access to the Internet have been overtaken by monopolists who resist innovation and chronically overcharge consumers. [NY Times]

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