Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fort Walton Beach Radio: Jeff Horn New PD At NASH FM

Jeff Horn
Cumulus announces that it has named Jeff Horn as Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality for Country WYZB 105.5 FM NASH FM in Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL.

Horn joins Cumulus after serving nine years as Operations Manager for Clear Channel –Tallahassee’s five-station cluster and Program Director of Country station 94.9 WTNT-FM. Horn’s radio career is entirely Florida-focused, including seven years in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, where he worked for the industry-leading CHR station WHYI/Y-100, as well as K102 and 96X.

Current Program Director Skip Davis assumes a newly-created position as Production Director for the Cumulus Fort Walton Beach/Destin, FL cluster. Davis also moves to middays on NASH FM 105.5.

WYZB 105.5 FM (25Kw) 60dBu Coverage
Pete DeSimone, Regional Vice President of Cumulus said: “Jeff adds talent and programming experience to the NASH FM 105.5 line-up and the Fort Walton Beach/Destin programming team. We’re very pleased to welcome him to Cumulus and look forward to his contributions to NASH FM 105.5.”

Horn said: “I couldn't be more excited to join Cumulus Media and the professionals in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. Thanks to Pete DeSimone, Bob Raleigh, Mike McVay and John Dickey for this great opportunity. NASH is an exciting new brand. I look forward to much success.”

Fort Walton Beach Radio: Logan Named New PD At WNCV

Logan
Cumulus Fort Walton Beach announces that it has appointed veteran radio personality and programmer Logan as Program Director and Morning Host of AC  WNCV 93.3 FM Coast 93-3.

Logan comes to Cumulus from 14 years at Clear Channel where, for the last eight years, he was Morning Host/Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WISX/Mix106.1 in Philadelphia.

Logan’s previous tours of duty include Z100 in New York City, Q102 in Philadelphia, and KDMX in Dallas. He has worked in various formats including CHR, Hot AC, Rhythmic AC and Classic Hits.

Pete De Simone, Regional Vice President for Cumulus said: “Logan fills a newly created position for the station and cluster – a dedicated program director for Coast 93.3. The position was previously a shared PD position and held by our CHR PD. Adding Logan as a dedicated PD creates individual focus for both our AC and CHR brands and adds a major market morning talent to our programming line-up.”

WNCV 93.3 FM (25Kw) 60dBu Coverage
Logan said: "Special thanks to Cumulus for giving me this opportunity, especially SVP Mike McVay and RVP Pete De Simone for believing in my talents.  I'm excited to work with a great group of people like Hayden Green and with AC Format Director Emily Boldon to take WNCV to the next level. I look forward to winning, learning and growing within Cumulus."

Logan’s appointment is effective immediately.

CBS Sports Radio Unveils Weekend Game Plan

CBS Sports Radio, which offers around the clock national sports coverage on more than 300 affiliate stations across the country, is gearing up for the 2014 football season with an array of shows dedicated to the sport.  Fans can hear CBS Sports Radio programming on-air, streaming online at www.cbssportsradio.com or by downloading the Radio.com or CBS Sports apps for mobile devices.
             
Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 30, CBS Sports Radio anchor Rich Ackerman hosts “Eye on College Football” from 12:00Noon-8:00PM, ET.  The show includes reports from all of the top college football games as well as interviews with coaches, players, broadcasters and writers.
             
“Eye on Fantasy Football” is broadcast Saturday from 10:00PM- 12:00Midnight, ET. The show will be co-hosted by CBSSports.com senior fantasy football writers Adam Aizer, Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg on a rotating basis.  The show is broadcast from the CBSSports.com studios in Fort Lauderdale.
             
Mike Francesa
On Sunday mornings, “Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday,” featuring the popular WFAN-AM/FM host, will be broadcast on the local NY radio station as well as CBS Sports Radio stations nationwide.  Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 7, the program can be heard from 9:00-11:00AM, ET. The program has been a staple of WFAN’s Sunday football lineup for more than 25 years, where Francesa’s legendary afternoon drive program is heard each weekday.
             
 Following “Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday,” and also starting Sunday, Sept. 7, CBS Sports Radio will simulcast CBSSports.com’s “Fantasy Football Today” from 11:00AM-12:00Noon, ET.  The program will be hosted by the site’s Aizer.  The show will provide late breaking fantasy football news and updates.
             
Finally, from 12:00Noon-8:00PM, ET, and beginning on Sunday, Sept.  7, Ackerman will host “Eye on Football,” offering a national perspective on all of the days NFL games as well as interviews and reports.

Here is a complete look at CBS Sports Radio’s weekend lineup:

Saturdays (all times ET)

  • 6:00–10:00AM:  hosts Moose and Maggie (Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray)
  • 10:00AM–12:00Noon: Eye on Baseball hosted by Adam Gerstenhaber and CJ Nitkowski
  • 12:00Noon-8:00PM: Eye on College Football
  • 8:00–10:00PM: host Jody McDonald
  • 10:00PM-12:00Midnight: Eye on Fantasy Football

Sundays (all times ET)

  • 12:00Midnight–2:00AM: host Bill Simonson
  • 2:00-6:00AM: host Amy Lawrence
  • 6:00–9:00AM: host John Kincade
  • 9:00-11:00AM: Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday
  • 11:00AM-12:00Noon: Fantasy Football Today
  • 12:00Noon-8:00PM: Eye on Football
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM: host Jody McDonald

CBS Sports Radio is a content partnership between CBS RADIO and CBS Sports, with affiliate sales and syndication provided by Westwood One.  Launched on September 4, 2012, CBS Sports Radio programming can be heard on over 300 stations nationwide, including all of the Top 10 and 35 of the Top 50 markets across the United States.

ISIS Claims To Have Killed U.S. Journalist

ISIS posted a propaganda video Tuesday that it said showed the beheading of James Wright Foley, an American photojournalist who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The authenticity of the video hasn't been verified. Was posted to YouTube, later taken down.

The video shows Foley kneeling in a desert landscape, clad in an orange jumpsuit. Standing to his left is an ISIS fighter, who speaks in English with a hint of a London accent. Pulling out a knife, he says Foley's execution is in retaliation for the recent airstrikes ordered by President Obama against the extremist group in Iraq

"I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers - the U.S. govt - for what will happen to me is only a result of their complacent criminality," Foley says in the video. He ends saying that when American soldiers began dropping bombs on Iraq this month, "they signed my death warrant."

James Foley
Tuesday night, Foley's mother, Diane Foley, issued a statement on the Facebook page the family created to publicize their son's disappearance. "We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages."

Foley was held alongside several other Americans, whose families have asked for a news blackout. The video concludes with the fighter threatening to kill Steven Sotloff, another American freelance journalist, who was being held alongside Foley. Sotloff is seen kneeling in the same jumpsuit, position and landscape

Obama was briefed about the video on Air Force One as he returned to Martha's Vineyard from Washington DC. In DC, a National Security Council spox, Caitlin Hayden, said in a statement that they were working to verify the authenticity of the video. "If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist."

Foley had previously been captured in Libya in 2011. A friend and fellow captive in Libya, journalist Clare Morgana Gillis, wrote in 2013, that captivity was "the state most violently opposite his nature." She described Foley as gentle, friendly, courageous and impatient with "anything that slows his forward momentum."

Afghan Officials Grill NYT Correspondent

Matthew Rosenberg (NYTimes)
The Afghan AG's office called in NYT correspondent Matthew Rosenberg for questioning Tuesday, and later order him  to leave the country, after the Times published a story about discussions among some officials of imposing an interim govt - effectively a soft coup.

State Dept spox Marie Harf said Tuesday, "We are deeply disturbed by the actions of the Afghan attorney general and by this travel ban that has allegedly been put into place, and urge the Afghan govt to respect fundamental freedoms of expression and expression of the press, and we'll continue to monitor it."

It was the fourth time this year that the Afghan govt has threatened or initiated legal action against the Times because of complaints by senior Afghan officials over articles it has written

A senior prosecutor asked Rosenberg to reveal his anonymous govt sources quoted in the piece, which he declined to do.  Originally Rosenberg was not allowed to leave the country until "this issue over this article is resolved." He also said they'd wanted his sources

Adela Raz, a deputy spox for President Hamid Karzai, said in a statement posted as a link from her Twitter account, "Since the beginning of the presidential election the NYT has sought to sow disunity among the Afghans by publishing several reports of this nature." She called the reports "baseless."

Jean Cites Her Norwegian Roots In Picking Casey's Burial Site

Jean Kasem
Casey Kasem's relatives and friends are pleading with the Norwegian government to deny a request by the late DJ's wife to bury him in the capital of Oslo.

In a letter to Norway obtained by NBC News, 20 of Kasem's relatives and friends claim the legendary radio personality never spoke of a desire to be buried in Norway and always wanted his final resting place to be in his hometown, Los Angeles.

"As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his friends," the letter says. "Do not be fooled into believing his wife, Jean Kasem, who abandoned and isolated him during the last year of his life in favor of her boyfriend, John Paul Gressy."

Casey's wife, Jean Kasem, had submitted a letter to the Norwegian government Aug. 8, explaining that she would like her husband's final resting place to be Norway because Casey Kasem "always said that Norway symbolizes peace and looks like heaven and I would like to respectfully fulfill his wishes." She adds that her "heritage" on her mother's side is Norwegian and that she plans to move to Norway by year's end.

But in their letter to the Norwegian government, Kasem's relatives and friends, including his daughter, Kerri Kasem, claim Jean Kasem "is not by any means of Norwegian descent." And in a separate letter to the Norwegian government, Mike Curb — a record executive, former Lieutenant Governor of California and personal friend of Casey Kasem — claims the late DJ "always wanted to be buried in California."

Report: Don't Read Too Much Into Disney Sale Of Stations


Last week it was reported that Radio Disney was selling off 23 of the 24 signals that broadcast Radio Disney, and that their content would remain available on their existing Sirius and online channels.

They cited research which said that 82% of their current listening is from these two distribution channels. Several in the industry took this as a sign of things to come, that radio towers are going to go the way of the buggy whip.

The folks at The Research Director, Inc. believe that this is a gross oversimplification of the situation, with an incorrect conclusion.

Radio Disney was a bold experiment. Build it and they will come. Every radio network, which Radio Disney was, needs good coverage on quality sticks.

The Radio Disney network has 24 O&O stations in the United States, 23 of which are on the AM dial.  However, over 60 former affiliate  stations that dropped the format over the past decade or so.

As far as they can tell, the network has zero affiliates outside of the ABC O&O stations. According to The Research Director One must ask if it is fair to compare the reach of two national distribution platforms (Sirius and RadioDisney.com) with the potential reach of only 24 radio stations. How many of the potential listeners in this limited number of markets even knew they could listen to Disney content on the radio?

A lack of marketing alone could have forced potential radio listeners to Disney’s online and Sirius alternatives. Also, someone who was six when Radio Disney launched is now twenty. How many of those who wished to listen were not in range of these stations, and therefore needed to listen through other alternatives?

So what does this situation truly indicate about the future of radio? While they recognize the importance and growth of digital, the Research Director feels that successful radio brands, formats, and stations need to be available on all devices that are used by the potential audience. This certainly includes radios.

More importantly, radio towers that broadcast desirable content with the best fidelity still succeed. The explosion of FM translators, whose signals are limited, would not be occurring if this was not true. So what prevented Radio Disney from success on real radio?

Their attempt to play music on AM stations, much of which was already available on the FM dial, certainly limited their available audience. This may be more of a sign of what a broadcaster can do with a weak AM signal, and less about the future of all radio signals. Also, the problem of their audience growing out of the format made for a Cume dilemma. While necessary, marketing to build cume may not have been cost-effective for Disney.

DJ Skee Launches DASH Radio

L-A Radio and TV personality DJ Skee is leading the launch of DASH Radio new digital radio platform that features the world's top DJ's, zero commercials, easy navigation, and accessibility from your favorite devices.

According to a DASH press release,  radio is at a turning point. In the US, 96% of the population over 12 listens to radio, yet statistics show the overwhelming majority are dissatisfied with the medium. FM stations feature endless commercials and repetitive playlists, digital platforms limit discovery with algorithmic playlists that aren't true radio, and satellite radio is too expensive for most consumers.

DASH creators include influential people in music, entertainment, technology and media including industry titans like L.A. Reid (CEO Epic Records), Matt Michelsen (CEO & Founder of Backplane), Michael Lazerow (Salesforce), Adrian Peterson (RB Minnesota Vikings), Peter Ferraro (East Village Radio), Thuy-An Julien (15 year Apple/iTunes veteran) and more, this unparalleled team has combined its expertise to present a game-changing moment in how radio is broadcast and consumed across the world.

DJ Skee
"From my start on radio when I was 16 years old to being on the biggest station in the country, I have always been passionate about the magic and opportunities radio can bring. However, I also know and have witnessed first-hand where it falls short," says DJ Skee.

"It's a fact that today's radio options leave listeners wanting more. With DASH we are creating a new form of digital radio that brings the most in variety, style, talent and simplicity, and made accessible to everyone, everywhere for free."

DASH features 50 originally programmed live channels curated by some of the most well-known DJ's, radio personalities, and programmers in the world. In addition to traditional popular radio formats, DASH will focus on under-served segments largely ignored by FM radio, including EDM, Latin, Teen Pop, Indie Rock, Underground Hip Hop, Reggae and more, with new stations being added weekly.

Top DJ's joining DASH include industry legend Peter Ferraro, General Manager and Head of Programming for East Village Radio, Caroline D'Amore, a world renowned EDM DJ, Julio G, one of the top influential Hip Hop DJ's credited with the rise of rap as part of KDAY radio, and many more.

R.I.P.: KKDA, KRNB D/FW OM Michael Erickson

Michael Erickson
The radio and DJ communities in San Francisco and Dallas, TX are in mourning the death this week of Michael Erickson, who reportedly lost his three year battle with lung cancer.

According to nbcbayarea.com, Erickson's aspirations for life in the music business began in high school, when he fronted a nine-piece funk band.

His first job in local radio was as a DJ working the graveyard shift at now-defunct soul station KSOL 98.9 FM, and it was there where he started mixing records over the airwaves. He later joined fellow mixer Cameron Paul in moving to the then-nascent station KMEL 106.1 FM, where he showed listeners how he could "fix it in the mix" and eventually became assistant program director.

In more recent years, Erickson had served as program director at KISQ 98.1 FM and KKSF 910 AM and operations manager at Clear Channel in San Francisco.

He then relocated to the Dallas/Forth Worth area, where he worked as a program director for KRNB 105.7 FM in Decatur, TX and director of operations for Service Broadcasting Corporation and KKDA 104.5 FM K104. DeDe in the Morning remembers their best boss ever:



August 20 In Radio History



In 1920...In Michigan, the Detroit News founded radio station 8MK, operating at first using an amateur license until granted a limited commercial license in October 1921. In March 1922, the call-letters were changed to WWJ, which they have remained ever since.




In 1959...A Motorola 6 plus 2 transistor radio was advertised for $29.95. Six transistors and 2 diodes. Hour after hour of top flightlistening on a single inexpensive battery. Built-inantenna, Built-in easel for convenience. Slips intopurse or pocket


In 1960...19-year-old Marv Alpert, a journalism major at Syracuse University was working at WMGM 1050 AM radio in New York during the summer in the record library and news department.


In 1960...Mel Allen, often called the voice of the Yankees, will do the play-by-play of the New York Giants football team over CBS Radio.


In 1963...WCPO in Cincinnati goes “All Hootenanny” - all folk music ...


In 1963...It was announced that all-night talk show host Long John Nebel - heard on WOR 710 AM in New York would also be heard on WNAC 680 AM in Boston, also owned by RKO-General



In 1963...NYC Deejay Stan Z. Burns at 1010 WINS, New York has the magic touch. After playing “That Sunday, That Summer” off of Nat King Cole’s latest album with tremendous response, Capitol Records announced it will release it as a single.


Rick Sklar
In 1963...Many in the industry are stunned by the promotion of Rick Sklar, director of community services at 77 WABC Radio in New York, to Program Director, replacing Sam Holman. The announcement was made by newly-appointed vice-president and general manager Walter Schwartz. “Sam Holman, who has done so much to bring WABC to its present enviable position in the market, willcontinue to be a front-line piece of talent for us (Holman is also a DJ).

With the responsibilities of running a major radio station in the nation’s first market, it is necessary that we have a man in charge of the program department who would not be faced with the dual responsibility of an air show. Sklar has an excellent track record (he was formerly with WINS and WMGM) and will be given complete authority on all matters involving programming.” Sklar says: “There will be changes and innovations forth coming in conjunction with our fall campaign.


In 1963...the CBS radio network established a new dimension in network broadcasting. Net Alert systems were just installed in more than 200 stations of the CBS radio network. This will now allow newsrooms in New York or Los Angles to notify local or other network programs of an important news story.


In 1967...With FM radio making some ratings noise in New York, it was announced that a new kind of transmitting antenna was available to improve FM reception. WABC 95.5 FM & WCBS 101.1 FM in New York, began transmitting in September with a circularly polarized antenna from the Empire State Building.

FM transmissions are either horizontal or vertical or both, which means your radio antenna must be positioned the same way. Circularly polarized transmitting antennas means you will be able to set your FM antenna anywayyou want and reception should be good on any plane.


In 1967....The New York Times published a report about a noise reduction technology for tape recording that had been developed by technicians R. and D.W. Dolby. Checkmate Records was the first label to use the new Dolby process in its recordings.


In 1997...Talk show host Bob Grant sued his former radio station – Talkradio 77 WABC New York which he says, tried to blacklist him after he made controversial remarks about deceased commerce secretary Ron Brown.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Atlanta Radio: Greg Ausham Named New PD For WNNX

Greg Ausham
Cumulus has announced that it has appointed Greg Ausham as Program Director for WNNX 100.5 FM “Rock 100-5 in Atlanta.

Ausham was most recently Operations Manager for Clear Channel in North East Ohio.

A 30-year programming professional, he was formerly Program Director for stations including: WMMS, Cleveland; WLVQ, Columbus; WRIF, Detroit; and WLZR, Milwaukee. He was also former Operations Manager for Clear Channel in Cleveland and Operations Manager for Jacor in Columbus. The appointment is effective immediately.

Troy Hanson, Corporate Programming/Rock Formats for Cumulus said: “We are very pleased to add another high caliber programmer in Greg Ausham to our industry-leading team of Program Directors at Cumulus. Greg’s vast experience will be tapped into and felt immediately on our Classic Rock brand here in Atlanta at Rock 100.5.”

WNNX 100.5 FM (13.5Kw) 60dBu Coverage
Ausham said: “It's an honor to get to work for the great people at Cumulus. After working in Detroit, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Cleveland, it'll be nice to live somewhere where snow and ice are more of an anomaly than just expected!”

Nashville Radio: Dan Mandis Named PD At Talk WWTN

Dan Mandis
Cumulus has announced that it has appointed 25-year News/Talk professional Dan Mandis as Program Director for its Nashville News/Talk station, WWTN 99.7 FM  Super Talk.

Mandis is an award-winning programmer, radio journalist and personality who currently hosts WTN weekdays from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Mandis’ formative years in radio were spent at KFI in his hometown of Los Angeles, where his responsibilities included news, traffic and production. He spent many years with the nationally syndicated Dr. Laura Schlessinger program before embarking on a career in hosting and programming in markets across the U.S.

John Dickey, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer for Cumulus said: "Dan Mandis is an accomplished spoken-word programmer and the perfect choice to guide WWTN into its next phase as the place where Nashville comes to learn about and celebrate life in one of America's greatest cities."

Mandis said: "WTN is an amazing station with some great local talent. I'm looking forward to my expanded role with Cumulus Nashville, and appreciate the faith Cumulus has shown in my abilities to take WTN to the next level.”

WWTN 99.7 FM (100Kw) 60dBu Coverage
Mandis’ appointment is effective immediately.

Boston Radio: Baltazar OUT, 'Wiggy' IN At Hot 96-9 FM

Jermaine Wiggins
Greater Media announces former NFL Player and Sports Personality Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins has joined the WBQT 96.9 FM HOT 96-9 “GetUp Crew” in Boston.

His first day on the morning show will be Tuesday, August 19.

Melissa, who has been hosting middays on Hot 96.9 since the station’s inception, will also be joining the morning team. Boston’s most beloved female radio personality, Pebbles, will continue to anchor the show.

Wiggins most recently appeared on WBZ 98.5 FM The Sports Hub in Boston, where he garnered new fame as “the man with an opinion on everything”, both inside and outside the sports world. In addition, he has served as an NFL analyst and has worked in other positions at Boston sports media outlets including Comcast SportsNet New England, WBZ- TV, WHDH-TV, New England Sports Network and the Kraft Sports Production show entitled “Patriots This Week”.

“Morning shows are built to excel when the personalities are live, local, and make a connection with their marketplace,” said Cadillac Jack, Director of Programming at Greater Media Boston. “The deep and real footprint that Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy each already have individually in Boston make the GetUp Crew an unbeatable team and the start of another great chapter in HOT 96.9’s success story.”

“Melissa and I have worked together for years, and I’m excited to have her back on the morning team,” said Pebbles. “I’ve also had the pleasure to get to know Wiggy over the past few weeks and I can assure you – we couldn’t be more different! It’s going to be entertaining!”

“I am super excited to be working with Pebbles and Melissa, as well as everyone else at HOT 96.9,” said Wiggins. “I can’t wait to do my part to help the Hot 96.9 morning show continue to be one of the hottest shows in Boston.”

WBQT 96.9 FM (22.5Kw) 54dBu Coverage
Exiting the station is Baltazar.  Baltazar, whose last day was this past Wednesday, was sent packing after the station decided “to go in a different direction,” said spox Heidi Raphael.

“We’re grateful for his contributions to the show,” she added.

Jack Williams Steps Away From Full-Time

Jack Williams
Boston’s local CBS affiliate, WBZ-TV, has announced that veteran broadcaster Jack Williams would be stepping down from his full-time post at the anchor desk on Aug. 31.

“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” Williams said in a WBZ post. “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials.”

Williams, a Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee, began anchoring the at WBZ-TV in 1975, seven years into his television journalism career.

Austin Radio: KUTX Shuffles Line-Up


Austin radio station KUTX 98.9 FM is shaking up its lineup, moving popular host John Aielli to the coveted morning drive slot starting next month.

John Aielli
According to Austin360.com, Aielli’s one-of-a-kind “Eklektikos” program will air from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday starting Sept. 1. A soon-to-be-announced producer will serve as primary host during the show’s first hour, with Aielli taking over at 7 a.m.

KUTX’s Jeff McCord will be heard Fridays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Susan Castle, the station’s current morning drive host, will slide into Aielli’s mid-morning time slot, airing from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays.

The changes will put Aielli, one of the city’s most beloved radio hosts, on the air during the two most competitive hours of the broadcast day, where audiences are significantly larger, station management said. At 7 a.m., 169,000 Austinites are listening to the radio, according to Nielsen, while 154,000 are tuned to local stations during the 8 a.m. hour.

KUTX  98.9 FM (23Kw) 60dBu Coverage
“John’s musings, weather commentary and guest interviews on community events, arts and music have always had a morning show feel in the best sense of the description,” KUTX program director Matt Reilly said. “We love the idea of sharing John with listeners at a time of day when the largest audience is available.”

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TV Broadcasters File Suit Against FCC Airwave Auction

NAB Monday filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging certain elements of the Federal Communications Commission's May 2014 broadcast spectrum incentive auction order.

Specifically, the NAB challenged, among other things, the FCC decision to change the methodology used to predict local television coverage areas and population served, which could result in significant loss of viewership of broadcast TV stations after the FCC "repacks" TV stations into a shrunken TV band.

"Under this new methodology, many broadcast licensees, including NAB's members, will lose coverage area and population served during the auction's repacking and reassignment process, or be forced to participated in the auction (and relinquish broadcast spectrum rights)," the NAB lawsuit stated.

Rick Kaplan
The petition also states that the FCC failed to take steps to preserve licensees' coverage areas in repacking, and that the FCC erred in failing to ensure proper protections for broadcast translators, which are transmitters that help boost the coverage of broadcast TV programming to more rural and remove viewers.

The following statement can be attributed to Rick Kaplan, NAB executive vice president of Strategic Planning:
"NAB has engaged with the FCC throughout the incentive auction rulemaking to implement a successful auction that adheres to Congressional statute, is truly voluntary, and holds harmless the millions of viewers who are reliant on local TV. Unfortunately, the FCC order oversteps congressional mandate and is likely to cause significant harm to broadcast television. We are not looking to delay the auction. We merely hope that, if the FCC does not change course on its own, the Court will help put the auction back on the track Congress envisioned so that we can quickly achieve a balanced auction that benefits all stakeholders."
Kaplan wrote this blog post explaining the petition and why NAB had no choice but to seek legal redress to protect broadcasters and our tens of millions of viewers.