Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FCC Pai Moves To Ease TV Station Ownership Rules

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is moving forward with a controversial proposal to ease restrictions on the ownership of broadcast TV stations, reports The Hill.

In a statement Tuesday, Pai said he is seeking comments on raising the cap on how much of the nation's TV audience a single broadcaster can reach and on reinstating the so-called UHF discount, which allows owners to surpass that cap in some circumstances.

The UHF discount, originally created in 1985, allows broadcasters to exceed a cap which mandates that no single broadcasting company can have an audience reach above 39 percent of U.S. television households.

Pai wants both rules reconsidered.

The move is certain to spark opposition from consumer groups and Democrats and comes as Pai's FCC is already moving ahead to kill the Obama-era net neutrality rules in December.

The FCC, under former President Barack Obama, deemed the UHF discount outdated as broadcast television moved to digital frequencies.

Pai began the process of reinstating the rule in April. Opening the UHF discount for public comment is the next step in advancing the proposal toward becoming a regulation again.

When it was originally created, the UHF discount allowed broadcasters to exceed the 39 percent cap under the premise that UHF bands were weaker than VHF bands, and should not be treated the same.

Accordingly, UHF bands’ reach were only counted as half of their actual reach, when determining a broadcasters’ total potential audience.

Critics of Pai say that bringing back the UFH discount and raising the national cap will lead to more consolidation in broadcast ownership. They worry that will lead to less minority ownership and less diversity of viewpoints on the airwaves. They add that no one company should be able to gain too much access to American audiences.

Cox Media Resets Market Management

Cox Media Group (CMG) has named veteran broadcast leaders to take on senior leadership roles in seven CMG markets.

Boston: With Tom Raponi’s upcoming retirement, Joe Pomilla will lead CMG Boston as VP/General Manager for WFXT-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Previously, Pomilla, a 30-year broadcasting veteran, was VP/General Manager for CMG Charlotte. Before joining CMG, he was VP/General Manager at WCBD-TV in Charleston, S.C.

Charlotte: Cedric Thomas has been promoted to CMG Charlotte’s new VP/General Manager for WSOC and WAXN TV stations, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Most recently, Thomas was Director of Sales for CMG Pittsburgh. Thomas joined WPXI from WEWS-TV in Cleveland where he was Director of Sales.

Memphis: Susan Connor has been promoted to VP/General Manager of CMG Memphis for WHBQ-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Connor previously was the Creative Services Director at KIRO-TV in Seattle. She has a 33-year career in broadcast television and served as the Station Manager for KOB-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., before joining CMG.

Orlando: In this newly integrated market, Jason Meder has been promoted to General Manager of CMG Orlando, where he will report to Market VP Paul Curran. Meder comes to Orlando from CMG Tampa Radio, where he has spent the last 16 years, most recently as the Director of Sales.

Pittsburgh: Cox welcomes Kevin Hayes back to CMG. He will be CMG Pittsburgh’s new General Manager for WPXI-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. From 2010 to 2013, Hayes was the VP/General Manager of WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Penn., a property previously owned by CMG. Most recently, he was General Manager for Sinclair’s KFOX-TV and CBS4 in El Paso, Texas.

Jacksonville: Market VP Dan Lawrie has promoted Bob Longo to work with him on the market’s integration strategy as CMG Jacksonville’s new General Manager. Longo, whose broadcast career began in radio, has most recently been the News Director at Jacksonville’s WFOX and WJAX TV stations. Prior to joining CMG, he spent five years as News Director at WESH in Orlando and nearly 10 years as News Director at WTAE in Pittsburgh.

Miami: Regional VP Rob Babin has promoted Ralph Renzi to General Manager of CMG Miami Radio. Renzi most recently was the Director of Sales for Miami Radio. Prior to joining CMG Miami, Ralph was a member of the sales management team at WTOP Bonneville/Hubbard Radio in Washington D.C.

“I am pleased that we have proven leadership talent at Cox Media Group to fill these critical positions,” said CMG President Kim Guthrie. “We have the best media professionals in the business. Our entire team of proven leaders will take CMG into the future and position us for continued growth and success.”

These new leaders will transition into their roles between now and the end of the year.

Boston Radio: Chris Tyler Named PD At WZLX

Chris Tyler
iHeartMedia/Boston has announced that Chris Tyler has been named Program Director of Classic Rock WZLX 100.7 FM effective immediately.

“I am excited to bring Chris back to Boston to program WZLX,” said Dylan Sprague, SVP/Programming, iHeartMedia Boston Region. “His knowledge and experience in the format, exceptional leadership and vision and maybe most importantly, his knowledge of Boston and its legendary radio brands, uniquely qualify him to lead this heritage station and its iconic personalities.”

Tyler most recently served as Program Director for iHeartMedia Cleveland at WMMS and WAKS (KISS-FM). He began his radio career at WPRO-FM in Providence, RI. Tyler then spent time with WJMN (JAM’N) and WXKS (KISS 108) in Boston, followed Program Director of WHJY and as SVP/Programming in Providence.

WZLX 100.7 FM (21.5 Kw) Red=Local Coverage
“I can’t think of a better way to commemorate my 20th year with iHeartMedia than by returning home to program the legendary WZLX!,” said Tyler. “I’ve been a huge fan of WZLX and its incredible airstaff for as long as I can remember. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get started rockin’ Boston.”

Baltimore Radio: Francesca Presti Added To WPOC Morning show

Francesca Presti
iHeartMedia/Baltimore announced Tuesday that Francesca Presti has been named the new co-host for “Laurie DeYoung Morning Show” on WPOC 93.1 FM, effective December 4, 2017. The “Laurie DeYoung Morning Show” broadcasts weekdays from 5 – 10 a.m.

Presti will join current hosts Laurie DeYoung and Jeff St. Pierre to bring the best Country music and lifestyle topics to the Baltimore morning commute.

“Francesca Presti is a force,” said DeYoung. “Fierce Francesca is what comes to mind when I think of her enthusiasm and unique take on life. Baltimore will never be the same.”

“Francesca is the perfect complement to our amazing on-air personalities on ‘The Laurie DeYoung Show,’” said Jeff Wyatt, Senior Vice President Programming for iHeartMedia Baltimore. “I can’t wait to hear it all come together on 93.1 WPOC!”

Presti joins “The Laurie DeYoung Morning Show” from WBMX-FM in Boston. During her five year tenure on the station’s “Karson & Kennedy Morning Show,” she served as Traffic Reporter and Associate Producer. Presti’s background also includes working as an on-air personality and Assistant Marketing Director for stations in New Hampshire. She is a graduate Worcester State University.

WPOC 93.1 FM (16 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
“This really is a dream come true,” said Presti. “I couldn’t be more elated to be given the privilege of joining ‘The Laurie DeYoung Show’ on heritage 93.1 WPOC. I can’t wait to get to work waking Baltimore up every morning!”

Detroit Radio: iHM Flips WDTW To Alternative

iHeartMedia/Detroit has announced the debut of an Alternative format on WDTW 106.7 FM, with the slogan "Detroit's New Alternative."

The station launched with 10,000 songs commercial free, and will broadcast music from a variety of Alternative artists, including The Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Linkin Park, twenty one pilots, Blink 182, The Killers and more. The station will also feature local on-air personalities to connect with the Detroit community throughout the day. A full programming lineup to be announced soon.

WDTW 106.7 FM (61 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
"The city of Detroit is going through a renaissance now-a big comeback," says Tony Travatto, iHeartMedia Senior Vice President of Programming.

"This station will be a cool new piece in the renaissance. ALT 106.7 will be the go-to destination for listeners to find the best in alternative music. We're committed to helping listeners discover new music and serving as an ambassador for up-and-coming local bands."

ESPN Radio’s Golic and Wingo Debuts Monday

ESPN Radio’s new morning drive program, Golic and Wingo, hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, will debut Monday, Nov. 27.

The show will air weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. ET on ESPN Radio and will initially be simulcast on ESPN2 before moving to its simulcast home on ESPNU in the spring.

Mike Golic Jr.
Mike Golic, Jr. will join Golic and Wingo from 6 – 7 a.m. daily. He will continue to host ESPN Radio’s First & Last from 4 – 6 a.m. every weekday before contributing to the new morning show.

On Monday, Golic and Wingo will welcome NBA commissioner Adam Silver to the show, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will join the program on Tuesday, while Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney will guest Wednesday.

Golic and Wingo will also be available via, the ESPN app, SiriusXM Channel 80, Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.  A daily podcast will also post on and will be accessible through the ESPN app.

NJ Radio: Mikew McGinn Lands PM Drive At WMGQ

Mike McGinn
Beasley Media Group has announced Mike McGinn was recently named as the new Afternoon Drive Personality from 3pm-7pm on WMGQ Magic98.3 FM in New Jersey.

The radio veteran was most recently heard doing weekends on 92.3 AMP Radio in New York.

“I am really excited to have Mike on the air and make MAGIC 98.3 his home,” said station Program Director Debbie Mazella. “He’s got the energy we are looking for in afternoon drive. Take a listen and you will hear what I mean!”

“This has been a crazy journey and I am only getting started,” said McGinn. “I’m ready to begin the next chapter of my career with my new family at Magic 98.3.”

WMGQ 98.3 FM (1.2 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
The Brooklyn, New York native currently resides in Staten Island.

Cumulus Stock Delisted From NASDAQ

An appeal by Cumulus Media, the nation's No. 2 radio broadcasting company by number of stations, to stay on the Nasdaq Capital Market has been denied.

As a result of Tuesday's notification from The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, revealed by Cumulus in an SEC filing, Cumulus' Class A common stock has been delisted, effective with Tuesday's Closing Bell.

The company notified the SEC in a filing that because the stock traded below the required $1 per share mark for 30 consecutive business days and failed to regain compliance, resulting in NASDAQ removing Cumuus Class A common stock off the NASDAQ Capital Market.

Cumulus Class A common stock will trade on the OTCQX market tier under its current CMLS symbol.  The company said in the filing that the move "will have no effect on the Company's business or operations."

Louisville Radio: Alpha Stations Raise $131K+

Alpha Media, Louisville, KY hosted a two-day radiothon in support of Norton Children’s Hospital on November 16th and 17th. Louisville stations; WXMA, WDJX, WGZB, WMJM, and WGHL, raised $131,586 and shared heartfelt stories of patients and families impacted by the hospital while taking donations from listeners through the Horseshoe Southern Indiana phone bank.
In conjunction with the radiothon, the 2017 Festival of Trees & Lights, Norton Children’s Hospitals Home and BMW raffle, and Snow Ball, the community has pledged nearly $1 million to the hospital over the past week.

Alpha Media, Louisville Market Manager, Bill Gentry commented on the announcement, “Norton Children’s Hospital is an integral part of this community and we are proud to partner with them. The entire Alpha Media staff, once again went above and beyond all expectations and helped deliver some outstanding results.”

“We’re so grateful to everyone for their support of the radiothon and Norton Children’s Hospital! Alpha Media is so happy to be a part of a community that truly cares about kids,” remarked Ben Davis, Alpha Media, Louisville Operations Manager.

The radiothon helps the hospital purchase new technology and equipment, expand patient care and develop life-saving research for more than 170,000 children every year. The broadcast, held in partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network, has helped raise nearly $2 million over the years and is one of the largest radiothons in the country.

More Accusations Made Against Charlie Rose

CBS News and other networks said on Tuesday they had fired Charlie Rose, one of the most prominent American interviewers, the day after the Washington Post reported the television host had sexually harassed eight women.

Reuters reports PBS and Bloomberg, which broadcast the “Charlie Rose” show, also said they were terminating their relationships with Rose and canceling distribution of his programs.

Rose was a co-host on the morning show “CBS This Morning” and a correspondent for its long-running Sunday night news magazine “60 Minutes.”

”A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately,“ CBS News President David Rhodes said in an internal message that was shared with media. ”This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.

A spokesman for Rose said the TV host would not comment further, pointing to Rose’s Monday statement in which he apologized for his “inappropriate behavior.” Rose, 75, however, also questioned the accuracy of the allegations in the Washington Post.

”I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,“ Rose said Monday. ”I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.

“I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken,” he added, saying he had “come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”

Eight women accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, the Washington Post reported on Monday, the latest in a wave of sexual harassment allegations against prominent men in the entertainment and media industries and American politics.

The women, who were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the “Charlie Rose” show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011, told the newspaper he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, walked in the nude around them and groped their breasts, buttocks and genital areas.

Three new accusers, women who work at CBS News, came forward on Tuesday, the network reported.

After the report on Monday, PBS and Bloomberg suspended Rose’s signature interview show, distributed on both outlets, citing the allegations.

“In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and canceled distribution of his programs,” PBS said in a statement on Tuesday. “PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe.”

Bloomberg said on Tuesday it also terminated its rebroadcast agreement for the TV show.

Rose’s co-hosts on “CBS This Morning”, Norah O‘Donnell and Gayle King, on Tuesday voiced their dismay at the allegations.

“Let me be very clear: there is no excuse for this alleged behavior,” Norah O‘Donnell said.

Gayle King said she was shaken by the report. “I really am still reeling,” she said. “What do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible?” She added that Rose “doesn’t get a pass.”

The women said neither had spoken with Rose since the allegations were published.

CBS News president David Rhodes' statement in full below:
A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program. 
Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace-a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place. 
I've often heard that things used to be different. And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable.
CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions. 
Let's please remember our obligations to each other as colleagues. We will have human resources support today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly. 
I'm deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized-and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined. If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work - that is what we can be known for.

'CBS This Morning' Hopes Oprah Will Fill-In

Oprah with Gayle King of CBS This Morning
“CBS This Morning” wants Oprah Winfrey to save the day and fill in for Charlie Rose after he was axed due to a shocking sexual-harassment scandal, sources exclusively tell Page Six at The NYPost.

“They are begging Oprah to fill in,” said a TV insider. “Not full time . . . But they are hoping she’ll do one day, two days, one hour, fill in till Christmas. Anything.”

Reports have said a rotating cast of CBS News talent will step in. But the network’s not exactly known for its deep bench of stars compared to rivals NBC and ABC. Suggested Rose replacements on Twitter have so far included Tony Dokoupil and Bianna Golodryga.

Winfrey joined CBS’s “60 Minutes” in September, and she is best friends with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. An insider said of the strategy to land Winfrey: “Unless you get a superstar [on the show], it’s always going to be, ‘Charlie’s missing.’”

Envision Networks Offers Free TSO Special

Envision Networks The Chop Shop Guitar Show proudly presents its annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Special! In celebration, we are offering this two-hour presentation of one of radio’s favorite holiday traditions FREE.

The show features not only the music of TSO but listeners will also have behind-the-scenes access to the largest seasonal tour in the world.

Host Steve Black joined the band in Council Bluffs, Iowa as they rehearsed for their 20th anniversary winter tour and had exclusive access to rehearsals as the band prepared for this year’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve tour. Black interviewed all four of the band’s guitarists (Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, Angus Clark and Joel Hoekstra) and discussed the tour, the loss of two band members, their legacy and the band’s future. In addition, an interview with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, who has recorded and performed with TSO, will be included in this special.

“Being a friend and supporter of the band since before its inception, it’s been amazing to see the continued passion and growth of these musicians.” Black said.

Envision Networks® Annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Special is available for download now. Interested stations should contact Dave Hintz at 216-831-3761 or for broadcast details. 

The Chop Shop and The Chop Shop Classic feature weekly updates on bands and tours, web exclusive content, and special guests all while playing 10 songs an hour. Both versions are two hours in length and feature weekly interviews as well as the exclusive Chop Shop Hall of Fame feature, where such guests as Ted Nugent, Brian May, Leslie West, and hundreds of others pay tribute to guitar legends Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Slash and more. 

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R.I.P.: David Cassidy Dies At 67

David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the “The Partridge Family” television show, died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said.

Reuters reports Cassidy, who was diagnosed with dementia in his 60s, entered a Florida hospital over the weekend and succumbed to organ failure. He died in the hospital’s intensive care unit, his publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, said in a telephone interview.

Geffen released a statement from his family that said Cassidy died surrounded by loved ones “with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long.”

With dark hair cascading over his shoulders, hazel eyes and a look that emulated many rock stars of the day, Cassidy was cast at 19 in “The Partridge Family” for his sex appeal to girls, not his singing. When the show’s producers discovered Cassidy’s melodious voice, he became lead singer in the family band.

He played the teenager Keith Partridge whose widowed mother - portrayed by his stepmother, Shirley Jones - formed a touring pop band with her offspring, traveling to gigs in a multi-colored bus.

The sitcom produced a number of hit songs, including “I Think I Love You,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1970, the year the show debuted.

The Oscar-winning Jones was his mentor as well as his co-star, and the two remained friends and collaborators long after the show ended in 1974.

The fandom surrounding Cassidy approached the hysteria of Beatlemania a decade earlier and culminated in a stampede at a 1974 show in London. Hundreds were injured, and a 14-year-old girl caught in the crush died days later.

He struggled financially for years and declared bankruptcy in 2015.

Cassidy also confessed to abusing drugs and alcohol and was arrested multiple times for driving under the influence.

He said on the talk show “Dr. Phil” in 2017 that he had to get drunk to visit his mother when she was in the hospital. She died of dementia, as did his grandfather.

November 22 Radio History

➦In 1899…Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America registered in New Jersey

➦In 1906…the "S-O-S" distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.

➦In 1934...a song destined to become a seasonal classic, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” was aired on radio for the first time, on NBC’s Eddie Cantor Show.

➦In 1955...RCA paid the unheard of sum of $25,000 to Sam Phillips of Memphis for the rights to the music of a truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi: Elvis Presley. Thanks to negotiations with Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, RCA tossed in a $5,000 bonus as well — for a pink Cadillac for Elvis’ mother.

➦In 1963…Many U.S. Radio stations suspended regular programming following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  The Number One song that week was 'Sugar Shack' by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs.

More than three hours of KLIF 1190 AM audio from November 22, 1963, the day of President Kennedy's assassination.

Coverage begins at 11:30 AM (Dallas time) on 11/22/63, with Joe Long of Dallas radio station KLIF reporting live from Love Field Airport as President Kennedy arrives in "Big D".

Today 1190 AM is the home of KFXR.

Kennedy coverage as heard on WBAP 820 AM Fort Worth:

Also, from WCCO 830 AM Minneapolis/St. Paul:

And From The Big One, WLW 700 AM Cincinnati (then an NBC Affiliate):

This is the initial bulletin heard on the NBC Radio Network about the shooting of President Kennedy in Dallas. Robert MacNeil reports live from a telephone located inside the Texas School Book Depository Building, which is where the gunshots came from.

This is the line feed from the ABC Radio Network News in the initial moments of the coverage of the JFK Assasination. Included is the ABC Log Book notes on what they were airing. Someone in ABC Master Control had to log literally everything that was broadcast each day. Also included UPI and AP wire copy which you can see the network anchors are relying on for information.

And Bulletin coverage from KILT 610 AM Houston:

➦1963…In the UK, the Parlophone label released the Beatles' second album, "With the Beatles," and the single, "Roll Over Beethoven." Capitol Records in Canada issued the album as "Beatlemania! With the Beatles," which has the distinction of being the first Beatles album ever released in North America. Most of the songs from the album were not released in the United States until January 20, 1964 when Capitol Records issued "Meet the Beatles!"

➦In 1980...actress Mae West   died at her Hollywood home at age 87 following a stroke.

Famous for her double-entendres she had a sensational if brief radio career, appearing in two risque sketches on the Charlie McCarthy Show on a Sunday in Dec. 1937.  The listening audience was so shocked that Ms. West did not appear again on radio for another 31 years.

➦In Parley Baer died at age 88 after a stroke.  He was active in bigtime radio, playing Chester on Gunsmoke, and dozens of supporting roles on The Lux Radio Theater, Escape and Suspense.   On TV he was seen in everything from The Andy Griffith Show to Star Trek: Voyager. Six decades of character roles in broadcasting.

Gunsmoke "The Stage Holdup" CBS 1/2/54 Oldtime Radio Drama Western
Matt Dillon: William Conrad...Kitty: Georgia Ellis...Chester Proudfoot: Parley Baer

➦In 2011…he lead anchor for 25 years at CNN Radio Stan Case was killed in a traffic accident in Birmingham Alabama, as he was driving to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving. He was 59.

➦In 2015…Longtime WCCO Minneapolis radio personality Charlie Boone, who spent 37 of his 51 years on the air partnered with Roger Erickson on the popular Boone & Erickson morning show, died at age 88.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CBS Fires Charlie Rose Over Sex Harassment Allegations

Charlie Rose
UPDATE 11/21/17 1:30 PM:

CBS News said on Tuesday it had fired Charlie Rose, one of the most prominent American interviewers, the day after the Washington Post reported the television host had sexually harassed eight women.
Rose was a co-host on the morning show “CBS This Morning” and a correspondent for its long-running Sunday night news magazine “60 Minutes.” The “Charlie Rose” show was broadcast on PBS and Bloomberg TV.

”A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately,“ CBS News President David Rhodes said in an internal message that was shared with media. ”This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.

Rose could not immediately be reached to comment on Tuesday.

Earlier Posting...

CBS and other networks on Monday suspended Charlie Rose, one of the most prominent American interviewers, after eight women told the Washington Post he sexually harassed them and prompted Rose to apologize for his “inappropriate behavior,” according to Reuters.

PBS and Bloomberg said in statements they were suspending Rose’s signature interview show, distributed on both outlets, citing the allegations in the newspaper story.

“These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously,” CBS News said in a statement. Rose is a co-host on the morning show “CBS This Morning” and a correspondent for its long-running Sunday night news magazine “60 Minutes.”

“I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” he said in a statement. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.”

“I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken,” he added.

Eight women, who worked at Charlie Rose Inc or aspired to a job there, have accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, the Washington Post reported on Monday, the latest in a wave of sexual harassment allegations against prominent men in the entertainment and media industries and American politics.

Rose routinely landed the biggest names in international politics, entertainment and letters for his interview show “Charlie Rose,” which was broadcast on PBS and Bloomberg TV.

An acute listener, Rose employed an engaging yet serious style in contrast to the bitter partisan arguments, cross-talk and raised voices on cable television. True to the show’s sober tone, the set was simply a table and chairs with an all-black background.

His persona on “CBS This Morning” was a little more whimsical, given the lighter subject matter of morning news shows in the United States.

The eight women, who were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the “Charlie Rose” show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011, told the newspaper he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, walked in the nude around them and groped their breasts, buttocks and genital areas.

The Post said it had multiple interviews with the eight women, who ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters and their stories had “striking commonalities.”

Two hours after the Post story went online, one of its authors, Amy Brittain, tweeted:

Rose owned his interview show, even though PBS distributed it, and that raised questions of what recourse women who had complaints about his behavior could do. The Post quoted Yvette Vega, his longtime executive producer, as saying she failed and deeply regretted not helping women who complained about his behavior.

But it apparently was a poorly-kept secret in the industry. Two former employees interviewed by the Post said young women hired by the show were known as “Charlie’s Angels.” A Post contributing writer who worked on the story said she was reporting on some of the allegations while working at another news organization in 2010 but could not confirm them.

FCC Plans to Roll Back Internet Rules

Ajit Pai
The FCC unveiled a plan Tuesday that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use.

According To The Washington Post, the move sets the stage for a crucial vote next month that could reshape the entire digital ecosystem. The agency’s Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, has made undoing the government's net neutrality rules one of his top priorities, and Tuesday's move hands a win to broadband companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

Pai is taking aim at regulations that were approved just two years ago under a Democratic presidency and that sought to make sure all Internet content, whether from big or small companies, would be treated equally by Internet providers.

The decision will be put to a vote at the agency's Dec. 14 meeting in Washington. It is expected to pass, with the GOP controlling three of the commission's five seats.

In a release, Pai said his proposal would prevent the government from "micromanaging the Internet." In place of the existing rules, he added, the FCC would "simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices."

“The FCC will no longer be in the business of micromanaging business models and preemptively prohibiting services and applications and products that could be pro-competitive,” Pai said in an interview, adding that the Obama administration had sought to pick winners and losers and exercised “heavy-handed” regulation of the internet.

The Wall Street Journal reports oversight responsibility for internet providers would again include the Federal Trade Commission as well as the FCC, Mr. Pai said in his statement. The Obama-era rules effectively exempted internet providers from FTC regulation.

“As a result of my proposal, the Federal Trade Commission will once again be able to police [internet providers], protect consumers and promote competition, just as it did before 2015,” Mr. Pai wrote. “Notably, my proposal will put the federal government’s most experienced privacy cop, the FTC, back on the beat to protect consumers’ online privacy.”

The FCC would retain a version of its transparency rule, requiring providers to disclose their net-neutrality practices to consumers.

Many conservatives view the FTC’s case-by-case regulatory approach as more appropriate for the internet economy, to encourage more innovation.

Progressives prefer the FCC’s rule-based approach for the online environment to prevent unfair and anticompetitive practices by internet providers from ever taking root.

Talk Radio's Mark Levin Joins Fox News Channel

Fox News announced on Tuesday that nationally syndicated radio talk show personality Mark Levin will join the network with a weekly, weekend primetime show titled, “Life, Liberty & Levin.”

“Mark’s passion for the principles found in the Constitution and success in talk radio has made him a distinct figure in the media landscape. We look forward to adding this spirited program to our weekend lineup,” Fox News President of Programming Suzanne Scott said.

Levin’s hour-long show will air on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET and is scheduled to debut in February. It will explore the fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of citizens.

“Life, Liberty & Levin” will feature in-depth interviews and debate-style segments with consequential guests covering history, philosophy, and economics.

“I am honored to join Fox News, a network I have enjoyed appearing on as a guest for quite some time. As a proud citizen of the United States, I am delighted to share the significance of American values with such a wide audience and look forward to engaging with important guests about crucial topics,” Levin said.

Levin also hosts the third largest nationally syndicated radio program in America, “The Mark Levin Show,” which airs on over 300 stations across the country and satellite radio, and is heard by millions of listeners every week,

He also hosts “LevinTV,” an online television program broadcast on CRTV. Previously, Levin served as an adviser to several members of President Ronald Reagan's cabinet.

Survey Says These Are Our Fav Christmas Songs...

As Christmas tunes fill the radio airwaves from coast to coast, P1 Media Group wanted to know how Americans would rate the 40 most-played Christmas songs from the 2016 Holiday Season. Six decades after its release, “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms was America’s Top Testing Christmas Songs for 2017.

Some of the highlights:
  • The timeless Holiday Classic’s rule. 7 of the Top 10 Christmas songs were released between 1945 and 1963.
  • Christmas music is equally appealing among Men and Women and across Adults 25-54.
  • Top 40 and Country listeners have the most interest in listening to an all Christmas music station. We also found Men that listen to Rock and Alternative formats have a strong interest in Christmas music.
  • The newest song tested was Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s – Christmas Cannon from 2002, which ranked #34. TSO’s – Christmas Eve Sarajevo from 1996 was the newest song to finish in the Top 10.
  • Two versions of Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Sleighride landed in the Top 15.
 P1 Media Group conducted the survey the weekend of November 17-19th, 2017. They sampled 25-54-year-old radio listeners in the Top 50 US Radio Markets that reported listening either “Frequently” or “Sometimes” to Christmas Music on a local radio station during the holiday season. The 40 songs tested were the most played Christmas Songs from 2016 according to Mediabase monitored airplay.

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National News Viewing: Up On Cable, Down On Broadcast TV

National TV news viewing remains strong year-to-date -- even more than last year, despite election-year results.

Pivotal Research Groups says all network TV news viewing through November 12 -- on broadcast and cable -- is up 6% versus the same time period a year ago.

According to MediaPost, viewing among the three big cable networks -- MSNBC, CNN and Fox News Channel -- is 15% higher than a year ago, with the broadcast networks down 8%.

“During a year where most TV viewing is declining significantly, the genre represents a key area of growth for the industry,” writes Brian Wieser, senior media analyst for Pivotal.

Pivotal estimates national TV news programming in 2016 amounted to 44 billion person-hours of Nielsen live-plus-same day viewing across all dayparts and all viewers -- 12% of total national TV viewing hours and 374 billion person-hours, when looking at live-plus-seven days of time-shifted viewing.   

Philly Radio: Entercom, NFL Eagles Extend Radio Deal

Mike Quick, Merrill Reese
The NFL Philadelphia Eagles and Entercom Communications, the new owner of WIP 94.1 FM, have agreed to a seven-year deal that will extend the broadcast rights for Eagles games through the 2024 season. Financial terms were not revealed.

“It is with the great pleasure and pride that I announce, with [Eagles president Don Smolenski] by my side, that WIP will be the home of the Philadelphia Eagles for another seven years,” Entercom CEO David Field announced on the WIP Morning Show on Tuesday.

According to, the agreement means fan favorites Merrill Reese and Mike Quick will continue to call the Birds’ preseason, regular-season and postseason games for WIP and 11 other stations that carry the Eagles Radio Network. Longtime WIP host Howard Eskin will also continue his role as Eagles sideline reporter.

Eagles games have aired on WIP and various CBS Radio stations since 1992. The 74-year-old Reese has been the voice of the Eagles since 1977, and is the longest-tenured play-by-play announcer in the NFL.

Back in September, 97.5 The Fanatic announced a new multi-year deal to broadcast all 76ers games, bringing back play-by-play announcer Tom McGinnis for his 23rd season. The Fanatic also owns the broadcast rights to Flyers games, and WIP signed a new deal with the Phillies before last season.

Entercom closed on its merger with CBS Radio Inc. last week, making the Bala Cynwyd-based company the nation’s No. 2 radio operator with 244 radio stations in 47 markets. Entercom has said it will cut about $100 million in costs, but CEO David Field said “we will not take one cent away from the quality of the listener experience or the value we provide to advertisers.”

In addition to WIP, Entercom owns NewsRadio KYW 1060, WTDY Today’s 96.5 FM,  Country WXTU 92.5, N/TWPHT 1210 AM and Classic Hits WOGL 98.1 FM in Philadelphia.

DOJ Sues To Stop AT&T, Time-Warner Merger

The Justice Department sued on Monday to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner, calling it an "illegal" combination that harms consumers and stifles innovation, DOJ officials said.

AT&T and Time Warner announced their $85 billion merger last year, but the closing has been dragged out by the government's antitrust review.

CNBC reports it is the latest salvo in a drama more than one year in the making. Earlier this month, reports circulated that the government had demanded AT&T sell Turner Broadcasting, operator of the CNN news network, or DirectTV as a condition of approval, though the government pushed back at those reports.

A Justice Department official told reporters on Monday that the merger would raise prices for consumers and potentially block creators of media content from distributing their product without paying more money. Time Warner owns various networks in addition to CNN, including TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network. It also has lucrative sports broadcasting deals.

The government was also working to get state attorneys general to support a lawsuit, but so far none has signed on, the Justice official said on Monday.

Faber on DOJ blocking AT&T/Time Warner merger: DOJ officials are confident they will prevail in court from CNBC.

In a statement on Monday, AT&T's general counsel, David McAtee, said, "Today's DOJ lawsuit is a radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent. Vertical mergers like this one are routinely approved because they benefit consumers without removing any competitor from the market. We see no legitimate reason for our merger to be treated differently."

The lawsuit says the merged company would have the power to make its video distributor rivals less competitive by raising their costs, which would be passed on to consumers. The merged firm could also hinder the growth of online distributors that it sees as a threat to the pay-TV model.

The Justice Department has disputed it made the sale of Turner Broadcasting or CNN a condition of approval. A Justice Department official said Monday that the government made a "good faith" effort to resolve the harm to competition while allowing significant parts of the deal to move forward.

Stephenson said during the press conference that a sale of CNN was a "nonstarter," adding that the company was confident it would not have to sell any assets.

Dems Want Sinclair Broadcasting To Sell Stations

Top House Democrats want the Federal Communications Commission to force Sinclair Broadcasting Group to sell off some television stations if the agency approves its proposed merger with Tribune Media, according to The Hill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Energy and Commerce ranking member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), the top Dem on a communications and technology subcommittee wrote to the agency's commissioners on Monday to voice their concerns about the merger.

Currently Sinclair is already the nation's largest owner of television stations in the country. The $4 billion deal with Tribune media would give the combined company access to 72 percent of the American television audience.

The Democrats pointed out that currently, no single broadcaster is allowed to have a reach over 39 percent of the U.S. population. Those media ownership rules were created to create a diversity of viewpoints among local media stations across the country.

But Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai moved in April to reinstate an exemption called the “UHF discount.” Created in 1985, it allows broadcasters to count only half of their broadcast reach towards the 39 percent cap. It was created to address gaps between VHF and much lower quality UHF signals, which no longer exist now that signals are all broadcast across digital frequencies.

Even with the discount though, Sinclair’s holdings would still surpass the cap, hitting 45 percent of U.S. audiences.