• Two Senior Executives Leave Air America Radio (New York Times)
    As it marks four weeks on the air today, Air America Radio, the liberal talk-radio network, will do so without two of its senior executives and without any long-term arrangements to broadcast in Chicago and Los Angeles
  • ***Breaking News*** Comcast Bids Magic Kingdom Bid Farewell (MediaPost)
    Ninety days after it surprised the media industry with a bid for the Walt Disney Co., Comcast Corp. took it off the table.
  • 'Nightline' Devotes Show to Reading War Dead Names (Reuters)
    A U.S. television news program is to dedicate an entire broadcast to a reading of the names of American servicemen and women killed in action in Iraq.
  • Mel Karmazin Defends 'Anal Sex' Radio Broadcasts (AdAge)
    In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with the New Yorker's Ken Auletta on Tuesday morning, Viacom's president and chief operating officer, Mel Karmazin, railed against the Federal Communications Commission over its indecency crackdown.
  • 'Friends' Finale Ads Fetch Record $2 Million Each (Reuters)
    There's nothing more golden than the value of old "Friends" -- especially when they're about to say farewell.
  • Low-Watt Radio Wields Its Power (Wired)
    She was a pirate who wanted to go legit. In the late 1990s, Jane Carpenter joined a team that ran an illicit radio station in Salida, Colorado. It was, she said, broadcasting at its most basic, featuring a $100, 6-watt transmitter, a bunch of volunteers and irregular scheduled programming. Two years ago, Carpenter's dream of running a legal community radio station came true. After a series of government reversals, the FCC, in January 2000, decided to offer a limited number of licenses to low-watt radio stations.
  • Murdoch Sees TV Ad Rate Rise Smaller Than Year Ago (Reuters)
    News Corp Ltd. Chief Executive and Chairman Rupert Murdoch said on Monday that he expected television networks would see smaller price increases for their commercial time during the annual upfront market when advertisers buy ad time for the fall season.
  • Ad Walk of Fame Unveils Finalists (Adweek)
    Are the California Raisins still remembered fondly? Is Tony the Tiger still a roaring success with consumers? Or has the Aflac duck won their affection? These and more than a score of other legendary ad icons and slogans, 26 of each, are the finalists for the first Advertising Walk of Fame, to be unveiled when the 4A's Advertising Week in New York kicks off on Sept. 20.
  • Howard Stern's Radio Ratings Up Amid FCC Flap (Reuters)
    Federal regulators may have painted a big bull's eye on Howard Stern's back, but the recent government crackdown on indecency over the airwaves has proven a boon to the shock jock's ratings.
  • A Bush Commercial Takes Aim at Kerry's Defense Credentials (New York Times)
    A spot from President Bush highlights Senator John Kerry's positions against spending on various weapons systems. It is to run through next week on national cable networks and on stations in nine critical states. In nine other states, similar versions are running this week that refer specifically to systems Mr. Kerry opposed that were made in those states.
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