The diversity of the talk radio market makes it hard to predict who the leaders will be in the coming years, says Talkers Magazine's Michael Harrison. The magazine recently released its annual list of top-100 talk radio hosts. Rush Limbaugh held the top spot for the sixth year running.
Opposition among federal lawmakers to a proposed radio performance tax continues to build, with the addition of six new House members and four Senators as co-sponsors of resolutions opposing the fee. The Local Radio Freedom Act has 184 co-sponsors in the House, while the Senate version, which had a March introduction, has six.
NAB is committed to a "vibrant future" for broadcasting that will take advantage of the latest technology, according to a letter of welcome from NAB President-CEO David Rehr to Aneesh Chopra, the nation's first chief technology officer. "Both radio and television are embracing their digital future, with HD Radio gaining marketplace momentum for digital radio transmission, and the impending completion of the digital television [DTV] transition on June 12," Rehr writes.
Scripps TV group chief Brian Lawlor, in an interview with Harry A. Jessell, discusses the company's ability to expand its operations during the downturn and its plans to extend the Scripps brand as a 24-hour source of news and information on TV, the Web and mobile.
Media writer Howard Kurtz examines radio talker Rush Limbaugh's leading role among the many conservative talkers who are trying to derail the candidacy of GOP presidential front-runner Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.