It’s A Toss Up

Entercom and CBS Radio have filed with the FCC to create the Entercom Divestiture Trust to handle the divestiture of the stations in seven markets that it is required to spin-off. While Entercom will only be required to divest fourteen stations to get under the current FCC market caps, it is seeking permission to assign the licenses of 43 different stations into the trust. This will give Entercom flexibility to choose which stations it will seek to keep and which ones it will spin-off. Among the stations being filed for placement into the divestiture trust are all of CBS Radio and Entercom’s stations in the Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco, and SEATTLE markets. RADIO INSIGHT

AT&T: This Is How We Do It

Since its acquisition of DirecTV in 2015, AT&T has begun the process of phasing out its U-verse offerings and pushing subscribers to sign up for the DirecTV satellite TV service. Rather than convince U-verse customers that DirecTV is a superior service – a dubious proposition, to say the least – AT&T is instead manufacturing retransmission consent disputes to deprive viewers of their favorite local broadcast TV stations. RBR
…Delilah, 57, uses two studios, one in the basement (not the barn) of her century-old farmhouse and another in West Seattle, equally equipped to create her nighttime program.Premiere Networks built the studios for her. She revels in her work because of the instant connection she makes with listeners via a medium she calls the most vital, alive, wonderful in the world. “It’s the most-listened-to medium — it always has been, always will be. With all the technological advances and all the changes we’ve seen … nothing else even comes close. “People can connect with you,” she said. “There’s nothing more important than real relationships. And so I talk about my life and reflect that back to my listeners.” Radio World
…Voice-activated smart home speaker Google Home has started experimenting with what may or may not be an ad format. Owners of the device started hearing unprompted promotions for Disney’s upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. The 17-second ad about the movie’s release date ran after users engaged with the My Day feature, which includes daily info such as schedule and weather. The spot also ran on some smartphones with the same Google Assistant program that powers the speakers. Rain News

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