Monday, May 21, 2018

D-C Radio: Urban One To Acquire Sports WTEM

Urban One, Red Zebra Broadcasting and the Washington Redskins announced today that Urban One has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of the radio station WTEM The Team 980 AM from Red Zebra Broadcasting, pending FCC approval.

In addition, Urban One has also entered into an agreement with the Washington Redskins to ensure that all Redskins games, as well as pregame and postgame programming, will remain on The Team 980.

The acquisition is the first step in a collaborative effort between the Redskins and Urban One to keep The Team 980 as the fans’ premier source for radio coverage of the Washington Redskins.

“We believe the future of The Team 980 is in great hands with Urban One,” said Terry Bateman, Chairman of Red Zebra Broadcasting. “We view this as an opportunity for Urban One and the Redskins to build a close partnership to continue to provide the Redskins’ fans with unparalleled access and content, keeping The Team 980 as the fans’ destination for the best Redskins coverage.”

In addition to The Team 980, the Redskins game day broadcasts – including pregame, in-game and postgame programming – will air on WMAL 105.9 FM / 630 AM as a valued part of the Redskins Radio Network.

WTEM 980 AM (50 Kw-D, 5 Kw-N DA2)
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Urban One and we are especially pleased that through our acquisition, The Team 980 will continue to be locally owned. The acquisition of The Team 980 is very much in line with our strategy of super-serving our community of listeners. We have deep roots in the greater Washington, DC area and are well aware that The Team 980 has always been a fan favorite,” said Alfred C. Liggins, President and CEO of Urban One. “Red Zebra has a track record of producing great programming that engages our hometown sports fans. We look forward to working with the Washington Redskins organization to continue this tradition.”

Chicago Radio: WLIT Welcomes Back Melissa Forman For Mornings

Melissa Forman
iHeartMedia Chicago announced today that Melissa Forman has returned as Morning Show Host for WLIT 93.9 LITE FM,­­­­­­­ starting May 29.

Melissa can be heard live in studio weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. As morning show host, Melissa will kick off the workday with two hours of commercial free music from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Melissa’s tradition of informing and entertaining listeners will continue through celebrity interviews, charity involvement, and the unique relationships that she’s built with the people of Chicago. 93.9 LITE FM delivers a strong return on investment for clients reaching consumers through iHeartMedia’s unmatched assets, including on-air, online, social media, personalities and live events.

Forman will report to Mick Lee, Program Director of 93.9 LITE FM. She replaces Kristina Kage, who departed May 18.

“I am so excited to welcome Melissa Forman back into the iHeartMedia Chicago family,” said Matt Scarano, President, iHeartMedia Markets Group’s Chicago Region. “She has a rich history with Chicago and 93.9 LITE FM’s listeners, and we are looking forward to working with her again.”

Forman, a Chicago native, hosted mornings on 93.9 LITE FM for eight years before leaving in 2009 to join WCIU-TV (The “U”) to Co-Host “You & Me This Morning” with Jeanne Sparrow. She also worked at WLRW-FM/Champaign-Urbana, WVMX-FM/Cincinnati, before returning home to Chicago to work at WKIE-FM.

WLIT 93.9 FM (4 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Forman says of her return, “It’s an opportunity to go home again. To a station that I have always loved, with listeners I have really missed. I’m humbled and excited.”

Denver Radio: Larry & Kathie Get Double Duty At Max Media

Max Media Denver has announced the return of two of The Mile High City's all-time favorite on-air personalities.  Larry Ulibarri and Kathie J are back to make Denver laugh weekday mornings from 5-10 on KFCO FLO 107-1 FM, and weekday afternoons on sister station KJHM Jammin' 101-5 starting Monday, June 4th!

Jeff Norman, President/General Manager states:

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Larry and Kathie J to the Max Media Denver family. With over 16 years in the Denver market, they have an incredible track record of driving station ratings and growing businesses to the next level.  Research proves the Denver community craves more of Larry & Kathie. Therefore, in addition to mornings on KFCO, FLO 107-1, listeners will get a double dose of their show during afternoon drive on our sister-station, KJHM, JAMMIN 101-5.  It's time to make Denver laugh again."

Current FLO AM Drive host Nina Blanco will enjoy sleeping in for a change as she joins SLiM's Playhouse weekday afternoons at 3.

KFCO 107.1 FM (97 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
The Jock line-up on FLO starting June 4th:
  • Larry and Kathie - Weekdays mornings 5-10
  • DJ Bedz - Weekdays 10 to 3
  • SLiM's Playhouse (Starring SLiM and Nina Blanco) - Weekday afternoons 3-6 
  • DJ A-Rich - Weekday Evenings 6-10
  • DJ KTone - Weeknights 10-Mid 

Billboard Music Awards Show Hits All-Time Ratings Low

UPDATED 2PM 5/21/18:  Adjusted Nielsen numbers put the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers. That is a new low for the awards show in the key demo. It is also a decrease of approximately 8% in the demo and 9% in total viewers compared to the 2017 ceremony.

Earlier Posting....

The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Kelly Clarkson played host, with Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar leading the way with 15 nominations each. Sheeran took home the top artist prize.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer Janet Jackson and K-pop group BTS.

Click Here For The Complete Winner's List

A tearful and emotional Kelly Clarkson, who hosted the awards, opened the show in honor of the 10 people who died Friday at Santa Fe High School, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from happening. She said she was asked to hold a moment of silence, but chose instead to call for “a moment of action.”

“Once again we’re grieving for more kids that have died ... I’m so sick of moment of silences ... it’s not working,” she said Sunday, almost in tears. “Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school.”

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards featured performances from Janet Jackson, who accepted the 2018 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award and performed for the first time on television in nine years, as well as BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran with collaborations from Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, Khalid & Normani, Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled, Macklemore and Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue, Shawn Mendes & Khalid and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.

Jackson rocked the Billboard Awards with an energetic and powerful performance of her past hits in an epic week that included her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking “janet.” album.

In a glittery gold sweater-dress and thigh-high boots, Jackson sang “Nasty,” ″If” and “Throb” as audience members such as Ciara and Tyra Banks danced along at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“Women have made it clear that we no longer will be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind,” she said onstage.

Taylor Swift won top female artist and top selling album for “reputation.”

She said that before she created “reputation” she “felt really misunderstood by a lot of people.”

“Thank you for making me feel understood again,” Swift said to her fans.

Salt-N-Pepa closed the show with high-energy, performing the hits “Push It” and “Whatta Man” alongside R&B group En Vogue and even Clarkson.

Industry Exec Dennis Green Joins Sun & Fun Media

Sun & Fun Media, a leading radio operations solutions network offering stations a unique suite of products and services designed to increase sales, improve ratings, and reduce expenses for 100% barter, announces that it has appointed veteran radio affiliate sales executive Dennis Green as Chief Revenue Officer.

In the newly created position, Green will lead the development of new products and services for radio stations, and will manage a team of six affiliate sales professionals to grow the company’s affiliations across the U.S. He will continue to be based in New York City.

Dennis Green
Green joins Sun & Fun Media following a highly successful 22-year career at Westwood One, where he was Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Broadcast Operations. During his tenure at Westwood One, Green held positions including Executive Vice President of Affiliate Sales, and Vice President of Affiliate Sales, Talk Programming. He was also Vice President, Broadcast Operations and Affiliate Sales, for Cumulus Media Networks. Prior to that, Green was Head of Multimedia Syndication at Bloomberg in New York, and was also Director of Affiliate Sales and Operations, Illinois & Wisconsin Radio Networks. He holds a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. degree in Telecommunications/Political Science from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Sun & Fun Media’s products for radio stations include: Vacations, Gift Cards, Vehicle Wraps, Branded Station Merchandise, and Bill Pay for NTR Events, Television and Billboard Advertising for radio stations, Research, Consultants, Equipment, Software and more, all available exclusively through barter.

Rob Koblasz, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Sun & Fun Media, said: "Dennis Green is one of the most respected, experienced and trusted affiliate sales executives in the radio industry, and we are thrilled that he is joining Sun & Fun Media as Chief Revenue Officer. With Dennis’ considerable expertise in radio operations and network radio sales, we will be able to offer our affiliates more and better solutions exclusively for barter than ever before.

Green said: "I am excited to tackle my next challenge in the media world with Sun & Fun Media. This company has enjoyed a track record of success for 22 years and I look forward to helping lead the charge to expand the company’s product offerings and grow its affiliate base. Thanks to Sun & Fun Media Co-Founders Rob Koblasz and Roger Fray for this opportunity. To all our current and soon-to-be affiliates: Prepare to be wowed!”

For more information about Sun & Fun Media’s 100% barter one-stop shop for all radio station operating needs, contact Dennis Green at 917.723.5655 and at 

Backstage At The BBMAs With Westwood One

Chris Daughtry performs
It was all hustle and bustle this past weekend at Westwood One’s Backstage at the BBMAs event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

More than 25 top music stations and Westwood One nationally-syndicated shows The Adam Bomb Show, The Zach Sang Show, and WPLJ's Jayde (Donovan) were on hand doing interviews with artists and capturing exciting content for listeners and fans, all leading up to tonight’s broadcast of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on NBC.

Adam Bomb with BTS

In addition, Westwood One featured exclusive, live backstage performances from In2une Music’s Kim Petras, Records’ Noah Cyrus, Columbia Record’s MAX, Island Record’s Loote, and RCA Record’s Chris Daughtry, with a special appearance by Enrique Iglesias.

WPLJ's Jayde Donovan interviews Kim Petras

Some of the recording artists who stopped by Westwood One Backstage at the BBMAS included wildly-popular K-Pop band BTS, The Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson (host of Billboard Music Awards), Echosmith, En Vogue, Luis Fonsi, DJ Martin Garrix, Bryce Vine, Kygo, and more.

Mike McVay, EVP Content & Programming, Cumulus/Westwood One; Enrique Iglesias; Christina Albee, Cumulus/Westwood One CMO

Nielsen: 29.2 Million Watched The Wedding

29.2 million people tuned into the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday May 19, per Nielsen.

As one might expect, viewership of yesterday’s festivities was significantly up from the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 (22.8 million), according to TVNewser.

In the U.S., while coverage varied by network the wedding ceremony of was carried live from approximately 7 a.m. a.m. ET to 8:15 a.m. ET on 15 networks. The networks carrying live coverage of the ceremony included ABC (inclusive of Freeform simulcast), BBC America, CBS, CNN, CNNe, E!, Fox News Channel, HLN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, TLC and Univision.

NBC News was the big winner of the day. It sent a ton of its talent and resources to Windsor, and it ended up money well spent because the network ended up finishing No. 1 in the TV news ratings race in all measurements.
  1. NBC delivered 6,417,000 total viewers / 2,314,000 A25-54
  2. ABC delivered 6,348,000 total viewers / 1,984,000 A25-54
  3. CBS delivered 4,786,000 total viewers / 1,392,000 A25-54
  4. Fox News delivered 1,941,000 total viewers /425,000 A25-54
  5. CNN delivered 1,793,000 total viewers / 604,000 A 25-54
  6. MSNBC delivered 994,000 total viewers / 241,000 A25-54

Modesto Radio: KMRQ Adds The Woody Show For AM

iHeartMedia’s KMRQ Rock 96.7 FM has announced the debut of The Woody Show, effective Monday, May 28. The top-rated morning show will broadcast on the Modesto station Monday through Friday from 5 – 10 a.m. PT, and Saturdays from 6 – 10 a.m. PT.

Woody Fife
The Woody Show is highly-interactive, socially-engaging appointment radio.  Featuring Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas, The Woody Show is described by listeners as “authentic,” “raw,” “unapologetic” and “recess/happy hour on the radio.”

In 2016, the popular program was a NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist for “Major Market Personality of the Year,” and it was launched into national syndication by Premiere Networks in 2017. Fans can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“I’m thrilled that Rock 96.7 made the decision to #JoinFun and go #ALLIN with #TheWoodyShow,” said Woody. “Without #Modesto, and PD Louie Cruz, my quest for worldwide (or at least California) #domination would simply be a dream.”

KMRQ 96.7 FM (6 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
“The Woody Show is a proven winner and we’re excited to bring them to Northern California,” said Louie Cruz, iHeartMedia Modesto/Stockton SVP Programming/Program Director. “The Woody Show is a destination program – it’s fun, addictive and bound to bring new fans to Rock 96.7 and create fanatics of current listeners! This is a big step in building the Rock 96.7 brand toward our ultimate goal of world domination, or at least California’s Central Valley!”

CO Radio: Grand Junction Media To Acquire 4 FMs

Grand Junction Media Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase the Redrock Radio Group, which operates four FM radio stations in the Grand Valley.

The deal is subject to approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

Grand Junction Media owns and operates The Daily Sentinel.

If approved, Grand Junction Media would own Oldies KGJX Redrock 101.5 FM, K284AP Juan 104.7 FM, CHR Kiss 94.3 FM (KGJX-HD3) and K297BR Canyon Country 107.3 FM (KGJX-DH2). The idea would be to infuse more local news into these stations' broadcasts.

"We're really excited about the possibilities and potential not just for this company, but for the community as well," Grand Junction Media Executive Vice President Jay Seaton said.

The deal became possible in November 2017 when the FCC eliminated a ban on cross-ownership between media entities. It also made it easier for companies to buy additional radio stations in some markets and to jointly sell advertising time or space.

"It's an exciting and unique opportunity that wasn't available a couple of years ago," Redrock Radio Group Owner Tom Troland said.

KGJX 101.5 (3.02 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
FCC approval could take up to three months. The sale will be submitted to the FCC this week with the hope that the sale will be official in August.

Seaton said that he believes this is one of the first deals of this kind after the FCC lifted its ban.

G-R Radio: 'Producer Joe' Scheduled For Abuse Trial Tuesday

Joseph Grassman
A personality on the popular radio program "Free Beer and Hot Wings" is scheduled for trial Tuesday on two domestic battery charges.

Joseph Gassman, 35, pleaded not guilty in April to two misdemeanor counts that stemmed from an altercation in Naperville, Ill. on March 18.

Gassman, known as "Producer Joe" on the radio show, was suspended from his job last month after he was charged in DuPage County, Ill.

"Free Beer and Hot Wings" is produced in Grand Rapids at WGRD 97.9 FM and can be heard at more than three dozen radio stations around the country.

Court documents give more details into domestic battery charges.

Gassmann was charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery while in Naperville, Illinois, which is just west of Chicago. According to his online bio, Gassmann is a Chicago native.

The complaint record filed by Naperville Police alleges that Gassmann, 35, picked up his girlfriend and threw her to the ground during the altercation. The woman landed on concrete which caused marks to her shin, hand and breast area, according to the complaint.

Lyor Cohen: YouTube's Rocky Past With Music Industry Is Over

Lyor Cohen
To hear Lyor Cohen tell it, the long-running conflict over music licensing between YouTube and the major record labels is over.

"We're now starting to have real connective tissue," said Cohen, YouTube's global head of music who was in San Francisco promoting the upcoming launch of YouTube's latest subscription music service. "We're working together in building these products."

That's a big statement. For the past two years, leading up to the recent licensing negotiations, the music industry has routinely labeled YouTube as an enemy of recording artists. Music videos helped turn YouTube into an entertainment juggernaut, but in return the world's largest video-sharing site paid peanuts to artists, or at least that was how the record companies saw things.

But that was before the top three labels, Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Warner Music Group completed licensing deals earlier this year with YouTube. Far fewer complaints are coming out of the record companies now, and Cohen said the improved relationship is about more than just money.

According to him, Spotify and Apple Music, the top two subscription services, frighten record executives far more than YouTube does.

"Forget the past," Cohen told BusinessInsider on Friday.

He said that YouTube is now "working in collaboration with the industry because the industry is terrified that this could be a two-horse race" between Apple and Spotify. The music industry thinks partnering with YouTube to distribute music could prevent such a duopoly, he said.

The suggestion is that Spotify and Apple Music pose a threat to the labels. Should they obtain too much power over the distribution, they could, presumably, dictate terms to the record companies.

L-A Radio: KIIS-FM Airs Woman & Child Reunion

In 1998, a jogger found a newborn baby buried alive in the foothills of Altadena, his umbilical cord still attached. The baby, not more than a few hours old, hovered near death, reports The L-A Times.

For decades, Azita Milanian would wonder what happened to the boy after he recovered at a Pasadena hospital and was put up for adoption. This week, 20 years to the date of when she found him, the two were reunited.

"I was waiting for you for 20 years," a tearful Milanian said as she hugged Matthew Whitaker.

It was a reunion that came about in an unlikely way. The mother of one of Whitaker's friends wrote into the KIIS 102.7 FM radio station explaining Whitaker's story and asking for a 23andMe DNA kit so he could learn more about his ancestry.

Whitaker agreed to take the test and have the results revealed during the "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" program. When one of the show's producers, Patty Rodriguez, read a 1998 Los Angeles Times story of Milanian finding him, she decided to try to reunite them.

Ahead of the program's taping Wednesday morning, Milanian waited anxiously in a nearby room, with a bag filled with clothes that she had brought for Whitaker. In the bag was a card, with an envelope reading, "Happy Birthday! Baby Christian Mountain Angel Mathew."

When Milanian walked into the studio and saw Whitaker, she began to cry, sobbing into his shirt as he hugged her and called her an angel.

"Finally, all my dreams came true," Milanian said. Many in the studio cried.

On the program, Milanian shared the story of how she found Whitaker on a Saturday night when she had been invited to go dancing, but decided instead to go running.

May 21 Radio History

Dennis Day
➦In 1916...comic actor/singer Dennis Day was born in New York City. He came to stardom as the longtime singing fixture.. and character .. on radio’s Jack Benny Show. He went on to star in his own NBC radio sitcom (Dennis Day Show.) On TV he appeared in 237 episodes of the Benny Show, plus about a dozen guest acting gigs. He died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease June 22 1988 at age 72.

➦In 1931...WOR radio in New York City premiered The Witch’s Tale. Beginning in 1934 the pioneering horror show was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System (of which WOR was the flagship station) where it aired until 1938.

➦In 1955...Comedian Ernie Kovacs begins a daily morning radio show (6-9a) over WABC 770 AM NYC.

➦In 1960...KFAX 1100 AM in San Francisco debuts a news and information format. It’s the first new radio format without a single record. No music anywhere. The format consists of a 15-minute newscast on the hour, a five-minute summary onthe half-hour, plus news analysis commentary, editorial and features to fill-outeach hour. (KFAX is still on-air, owened by Salem Media, and airs Christian teachnig programs.)

➦In 1961...Capital Cities Broadcasting Corp. purchased easy listening WPAT 930 AM  in Patterson, NJ for $5 million. It's  the first company purchase of a station outside a “capital city.” They own WTEN-TV/WROW-AM - Albany, WPRO-TV/Radio -Providence and WTVD-TV/Raleigh-Durham. WPAT is a successful stationserving the New York area.  In 1986, following the Cap Cities purchase of ABC, WPAT was sold to Park Communications.

➦In 1963... MGM Records was promoting a deejay-listener contest, tied to Connie Francis’ new single - “If My Pillow CouldTalk.” Participating deejays are asking their listeners “If Your Pillow Could Talk, WhatWould It Say?”

Writer of the winning lettergets a $100 U.S. Savings Bond, a phone call from Connie Francis and a complete library of her albums.

The deejay that receives the winning letter gets a week’s vacation at the Americana Hotel in Puerto Rico

Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Bob Crane
➦In 1963...It was announced that Los Angeles Disc Jockey Bob Crane will be a regular on the “Donna Reed Show” in the Fall. Bob has slowly built his acting career ever since he began doing mornings on KNX 1070 AM in 1956.

Barry Gray
➦In 1966..."two-way talk radio" is making a name for itself and is a viable format on some stations. On the East Coast, Barry Gray is one of the best-known two-way radio hosts. He conducts his show on music station WMCA 570 AM from 11p to 1a.

This week, Barry Gray signs a new contract with WMCA, which will take him into1970. The new arrangement is expected to give Gray $150,000 annually - a 50% raise!

WMCA was anxious to keep the high-rated talker. One reason, WCBS-AM made a bid for his services. Gray will actually split the show’s profits - 50/50. Atthe going rate (and his show is sold-out between 11p and 1a).

WMCA has been riding higher than high in the New York ratings. The musicstation topped all its competitors again in the recent Hooper and Pulse ratings.

Bob Grant
➦In 1971...Los Angeles radio talk transplant Bob Grant now does an afternoon talk show over WMCA 570 NYC. Grant says that New York is not like Los Angeles, where he spent many a year doing telephone talk radio over KABC and KLAC.

“L.A. radio is really hip compared to New York. Here the scene is very provincial and ethnic and liberal. Being a conservative, I am referred to by most of my callers as the house right-winger or fascist. Actually, it gets pretty funny because they do more yelling at me than engaging in useful debate. The audience in Los Angeles was much more sophisticated. Since WMCA started Dialog Radio, it’s really shot up in the ratings, we’ve gone from around 12th to third in the market.  One of the things WMCA is big on, though, is newsmaker calls and I do a lot of them."

➦In 1973...singer and bandleader Vaughn Monroe died shortly after stomach surgery at age 61. An immensely popular performer on radio and records, Monroe had more than 50 hits on the Billboard charts in the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era. Among his number-one records were 1945′s “There I’ve Said It Again” — revived by Bobby Vinton in 1963 — and 1949′s “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”

➦In 1975...More than ever, disco music is spilling over to top-40.

The influence of the Discotheque – big in New York, is spreading. Disco records have been breaking into the top-40 more and more because of the initial play at discos. The so-called discotheque came to the U.S. from France during the early 1960’s, but the current trend came from gay clubs. Tom Moulton, who writes about the disco scene for Billboard – summed it up by saying New York is the hub of America’s disco scene. “The disco scene has doubled in New York in the last two years. New discos are opening all the time. In the New York area there are about 600 discos and about 30 key discos that you can look at to find out what songs are popular.”

➦In 1980...FCC realigns AM Clear Channel Stations.

The FCC votes to limit the coverage of so-called “clear channel” AM stations to 750 miles. The restriction covers 25 clear channel stations including KFI, Los Angeles, WCBS, WABC, WNBC in New York City, WLS, WBBM and WMAQ, Chicago and WSM - the home of the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville. These stations are “protected” so that their nighttime signals can be heard in outlying areas, providing radio service to rural communities at night where there was no radio service. The FCC modified the rules in the mid-40’s, to allow new nighttime stations to operate on some of the channels, but the distance between stations was far away (WABC- KOB, Albuquerque) and only two operated (at the most) on one channel at night in the continental USA. Some channels still remain clear, such as WCCO in Minneapolis and WSM, which can still be picked-up thousands of miles away from Nashville on a clear channel.

The new rules will allow smaller stations to broadcast at night, thereby “interfering” with the distant broadcasts. The FCC says it will make room for 125 more nighttime AM stations.

Other stations with clear channel status - WSB - Atlanta, WBAP - Ft Worth, WLW  - Cincinnati, WJR - Detroit, KDKA - Pittsburgh, KMOX - St Louis, WWWE - Cleveland, WHAM, Rochester, WCAU - Philadelphia, WOAI - San Antonio, WHO - Des Moines, WOR - New York, WWL - New Orleans, KSL - Salt Lake City, WBZ - Boston.

Certain mediumwave frequencies were set aside under the North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement (NARBA) for nighttime use by only one or two specific AM stations, covering a wide area via skywave propagation; these frequencies were known as the clear channels, and the stations on them are thus clear-channel stations. Where only one station was assigned to a clear channel, the treaty provides that it must operate with a nominal power of 50 kilowatts or more; stations on the other clear channels, with two or more stations, must use between 10 kW and 50 kW, and most often use a directional antenna so as not to interfere with each other. In addition to the frequencies, the treaty also specified the specific locations where stations on this second kind of channel (known as class I-B) could be built.

Some of the original NARBA signatories, including the United States, Canada and Mexico, have implemented bilateral agreements that supersede its terms, eliminating among other things the distinction between the two kinds of clear channel: the original "I-A", "I-B", and "I-N" station classes are now all included in class A.

Clear-channel stations, unlike all other AM stations in North America, have a secondary service area—that is, they are entitled to protection from interference to their nighttime skywave signals. Other stations are entitled, at most, to protection from nighttime interference in their primary service area — that which is covered by their groundwave signal.