DRM Consortium Plans for Future Steps 

At a meeting in late March 2009, the DRM Consortium will hear and debate how the recent decisions of these two countries to implement DRM for short-wave and medium-wave bands will become the driving force for the rollout in the rest of the world.

NABEF Announces 11th Service to America Award Winners 

The Winners will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America Awards dinner on June 8 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Hotel.

Jacobs Concludes Going For The Gold Campaign 

More than 2,600 digital pictures have been posted to Jacobs Media's Going For The Gold website.

NAB Honors Mary Tyler Moore with Distinguished Service Award 

The award will be presented during the All Industry Opening Keynote on April 20.

2009 NAB Crystal Radio Awards Finalists Announced 

Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.

SBE Kicks Off Annual Membership Drive 

The SBE offers prizes as an incentive to existing members to recruit new members. The grand prize this year is a Sony HDTV and a trip to the 2009 SBE National Meeting in Verona, NY.

NAB Disputes RIAA International Grounds for Performance Fee 

The NAB says the RIAA effort is founded on an incomplete and therefore misleading comparison of U.S. and international copyright law.

Jacobs Media Calls for Proof of Artist Support 

The programming consultant launches a campaign to send a message to Congress and Music First.

House Bill Revisits Local Radio, LPFM Rules 

The bill was introduced by Rep. Michael Doyle of Pennsylvania, and it carries the support of 28 other representatives. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

CSB School of Broadcasting Ceases Operations 

All 26 campuses are affected. While the school was facing challenges in the student loan market, the closure was forced by the school's lender, National City/PNC Bank.

Copyright Office Posts NAB, Sound Exchange Streaming Rates in Federal Register 

Any commercial broadcaster that meets the eligibility requirements may operate with the rates and terms set forth in the agreement rather than the rates and terms of any determination by the Copyright Royalty Board.

Work to Restore On-Air Signal Begins after WSPA-TV Tower Collapse 

A trail has been bulldozed to the site and heavy construction equipment is in transit to the location so work can begin.

Arbitron Plans PPM Improvements 

While there is variation in metrics and milestones based on particulars of the local market environments, all of Arbitron PPM customers are in the process of receiving enhancements to the PPM methodology in four key areas: Cell-phone-only sampling, address-based sampling, in-tab compliance rates and response metrics (Sample Performance Indicator or SPI).

Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Genachowski for FCC Post 

President Obama has made the official announcement to appoint Julius Genachowski as Chairman of the FCC. The unofficial announcement was made in January.

BIA, Kelsey Group Forecast Contracting Local Ad Market Through 2013 

The U.S. Local Media Annual Forecast indicates current economic conditions may accelerate the shift from traditional to digital platforms.

Senate Says No to Fairness Doctrine Revival  

The ban was passed as an amendment to an unrelated bill.

NABEF to Host Career Day at NAB Show 

This career planning opportunity on April 22 will provide entry-level and experienced job seekers the tools they need to achieve their career goals, especially in hard economic times.

DRM Workshop Planned for India 

The DRM consortium is organizing presentations and a dedicated DRM session during the BES Expo International Conference to be held in Delhi, India.

NAB, Sound Exchange Reach Rate Agreement for Online Radio Streaming 

Sound Exchange and the NAB set new terms for streaming rates and extend the agreement through 2015.

Broadband Gets Boost with Stimulus Bill 

President Obama had promised to re-establish a national priority for broadband technology after its decline under the Bush administration.

House Moves on Local Radio Freedom Act 

The Local Radio Freedom Act resolution was introduced by Reps. Gene Green (D-TX) and Mike Conaway R-TX).

Arbitron, Maryland Attorney General Reach PPM Agreement 

Under the agreement, Arbitron will take several steps to more reliably represent all segments of radio listeners, particularly younger and minority listeners.

Performance Rights Act Reintroduced in Congress 

The bill is back. Artists and labels want to see money from terrestrial radio stations.

NATE Updates Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard 

Second edition is based on industry best practices.

Nominations Open for APRE Engineering Achievement Award 

Deadline to enter is March 1, 2009. The award will be presented at the 2009 NAB Show.

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