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NERW 4/21/2014: The FCC Touches “Touch FM”

In this week’s issue… FCC amps up pirate busts – NBC drops longtime affiliate – Bouloukos out at CBS NY – Lost 45s off the air? By SCOTT FYBUSH *Way back in January 2007, this column noted the inner-city Boston station calling itself “Touch 106″ and running without a license, writing, “Its operators claim they […]

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Site of the Week 4/18/2014: WILL, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH One of our favorite categories of stations to write about is that small band of survivors that make up the earliest educational AMs in the nation. As early as 1922 (even earlier, in Wisconsin), a handful of universities began applying for radio licenses, and despite decades of regulatory action […]

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Site of the Week 2/14/2014: Last Days of NBC Burbank

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH “From beautiful downtown Burbank…” For two generations of TV viewers, “Burbank” was shorthand for more than just a white-bread city in the San Fernando Valley. It’s meant the studio lot at the corner of Olive and Alameda Avenues, home to NBC’s West Coast operations from 1955 until just a […]

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Site of the Week 2/14/2014: Last Days of NBC Burbank

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH “From beautiful downtown Burbank…” For two generations of TV viewers, “Burbank” was shorthand for more than just a white-bread city in the San Fernando Valley. It’s meant the studio lot at the corner of Olive and Alameda Avenues, home to NBC’s West Coast operations from 1955 until just a […]

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NERW Extra: Our AM Improvement Filing

Every couple of decades, the FCC decides it’s time to do something about the state of AM radio. This is one of those times, and today’s the deadline for comments in the Commission’s Proceeding #13-249, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on AM Improvement. If you have strong opinions about the state of AM radio – […]

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NERW Year in Review 2013 Part 7: The Year’s Top Story

By SCOTT FYBUSH We’re kicking off a big year in the history of NERW: the spring of 2014 will mark the twentieth anniversary of this column, and we’re planning a big celebration for all our loyal readers. But before we get to the big two-oh, it’s time for our annual review of the year gone […]