The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announces that FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will speak at the Radio Show on Wednesday, September 19 in Dallas. The event is produced by NAB and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB). The session, titled "A Conversation With FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai" and moderated by NAB EVP/General Counsel Jane Mago, will examine the key issues facing radio today. Pai will share his views on communications policy and the future of free, local radio broadcasting.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment flips Christian Contemporary WROO/Greenville to Classic Rock as 96.7 The Road, Greenville's Classic Rock.
Cumulus Media signs a 12 year contract extension with the NFL's San Francsico 49ers, which will be heard on 680 The Sports Leader KNBR and Classic Rock 107.7 The Bone KSAN. Due to KNBR being the flagship for MLB's San Francisco Giants, 49ers games will continue to be heard on News KGO (810 AM) should the teams' schedules overlap.
Changes at Clear Channel CHR WKFS/Cincinnati finds morning show host Jare and Joey moving to different shifts to make room for the syndicated Kane show for mornings. Jare will now host the 4-8 p.m.slot, while Joey moves to the 10 a.m.-noon shift, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Kiesewetter. Meanwhile across the hall at Rock WEBN, recently-added morning show Mark & Mo exit, after just over a half a year on the job. Kiesewetter reports Sean Kelly, a member of the pre-Mark & Mo Dawn Patrol morning team, has been filling in solo in the AM. WEBN PD Casey Krukowski exited the station earlier this week as well.
Greater Media-Charlotte promotes Trip Savery to VP/Station Manager for the cluster. He will remain Director Of Sales, as well as Acting Market Manager.
Cumulus Media-Amarillo, TX names Jim Faires as VP/Market Manager of the six station cluster.
The New York Post reports that Spotify is close to completing a new round of financing for $400 million, bringing the total value of the streaming music service to $4 billion. This is almost twice the $2.2 billion value estimated in 2011. Sources tell the paper Spotify plans to use the cash to build the company and serve its growing bases of subscribers.
Following yesterday's announcement of Apple's new iPhone 5, updated iPods and revamped iTunes software, the company also said it is shutting down its music social networking service Ping. The announcement does not come as a surprise, as the service never really caught on with the general public. Ping will be shuttered as of September 30.