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SiriusXM will reportedly drop Clear Channel stations soon

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:25pm

It looks as if the existence of Clear Channel programming in SiriusXM's channel lineup will be coming to an end soon.

CCE was an early XM Satellite Radio investor, and the satellite operator carried some Clear Channel station programming (like Top 40s KIIS/Los Angeles and Z100 WHTZ/New York, AC Lite WLTW/New York, Country WSIX/Nashville, and Urban WGCI/Chicago). But after Clear Channel announced during its Q2 conference call that the company had completely divested of any and all ownership in satellite radio company SiriusXM, it was revealed that the CC channels would soon disappear, according to Tom Taylor Now.

Originally slated to get the axe by the end of this month, "there’s speculation that there’s a reprieve until sometime in October. One theory about the extra time is that Clear Channel had commitments to advertisers that needed to be fulfilled," Taylor wrote today.

Read more in Tom Taylor Now here.

Podcasting enjoys resurgence as Apple reports 1 billion iTunes subscriptions

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 2:15pm

The power of podcasting is that it's "so personal," and "very intimate," celebrity podcasters agree. USA Today columnist Jefferson Graham spoke with several for his article (and podcast!) on the resurgence of the medium.

There are now over 1 billion subscriptions for podcasts via the Apple iTunes app, "which is a major milestone for a category that had been considered an also-ran," Graham wrote. YouTube star Shane Dawson has just launched a podcast to complement his video channel. Actor Alec Baldwin, Extra's Maria Menounos, and comedians Joan Rivers, Jeff Garlin, and Tom Green are some of the other major names that have begun offering on-demand audio content online.

Radio broadcasters are noticing too. Clear Channel's president of digital Brian Lakamp says though podcasting is still a "small portion of overall listening... we need to invest in it. We need to be wherever consumers are." Last month Lakamp's company announced an agreement with Spreaker to enable listeners to record and upload their own podcasts to the iHeartRadio app (see RAIN coverage here).

Read more in USA Today here.

New iHeartRadio Talk includes customizable channel "Daily Pulse"

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:35pm

Clear Channel today beta launched iHeartRadio Talk, a platform that offers on-demand professional and listener-created talk content -- which the company calls "audiosodes" -- through a partnership with Spreaker.

The centerpiece of the new system is called "Daily Pulse." This is a customizable channel of talk content with news and "culture highlights," to which listeners can add their favorite content.

The Spreaker partnership licenses that company's technology to enables users to capture, process, and upload their own created audio content to iHeartRadio Talk. An editorial staff will run a "quality control" on submitted content.

Featured exclusive iHeartRadio Talk content will sourced from The Huffington Post, Ryan Seacrest, Univision, and The Wall Street Journal. Clear Channel says iHeartRadio Talk will be the exclusive digital radio platform for ABC's "Good Morning America," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and "The View."

TechCrunch also covers the launch here.

Pandora opens local sales office in Boston, but broadcasters say it's not competition

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 12:20pm

Pandora has just opened a local ad sales office in Boston, its 29th after other markets like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Boston's local advertising market is valued at about $15 billion.

But as the leading webcaster looks to tap in to local radio advertising budgets there, some broadcasters maintain that since Pandora isn't "radio," it's not competition to them.

"Pandora doesn’t compete directly with broadcast radio nationally or locally because it’s not radio in the real sense of the word," Clear Channel national sales president Tim Castelli told The Boston Globe.

According to Triton Digital's Webcast Metrics, Pandora's audience places it in, or near, the top 10 in radio in major U.S. markets.

Read more in The Boston Globe here.

iHeartRadio gets exclusive on HuffPost Live Radio

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 3:50pm

The Huffington Post will make Clear Channel's iHeartRadio the exclusive home for its HuffPost Live Radio webcast.

HuffPost Live Radio streams live programming twelve hours daily (10a-10p ET), and repeats during the off-hours, according to the New York Business Journal. Beginning July 1, the stream will be available exclusively on iHeartRadio's website and iOS and Android mobile apps.

Just to be clear, HuffPost Live (here) seems (right now) to be live and archived video content from Huffington Post. HuffPost Radio (here) is the outlet's podcast/on-demand segment.

The Business Journal's Dan Orlando points out, "in May, Clear Channel hired Brian Kaminsky, formerly of the Huffington Post to run its digital radio division."

The New York Business Journal's story is here.

CC strikes direct licensing deal with Fleetwood Mac for on-air, streaming royalties

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 1:50pm

Clear Channel has struck yet another "on-air revenue share in exchange for decreased streaming royalty deal" with a sound recording rights holder, but this time, it isn't a music label group. It's Fleetwood Mac. The band.

CCM&E announced today its agreement with legendary recording artists Fleetwood Mac that will pay the band when Clear Channel radio stations play sound recordings owned by the band. In exchange, Clear Channel will nearly certainly enjoy a significant discount on its online royalty obligation.

The press release doesn't explicitly say, but it's likely that this deal applies only to the music on the band's new EP, "Extended Play." The band's other recordings, including legendary albums like "Rumours," "Tusk," and the self-titled 1975 album on which members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks made their debut with the band, are likely still the property of the record labels for which they were recorded.

The new EP features the first recording of new Fleetwood Mac music in over a decade. Note that it was released by LMJS Productions (for Lindsey, Mick, John, Stevie).

The independent labels who have similar agreements with Clear Channel include Big Machine Label Group, Glassnote Entertainment Group, eOne, DashGo, Robbins Entertainment, Naxos, rpm Entertainment, Wind-up Records, Fearless Records, Zojak Records and Dualtone Records.

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