The music industry in 2012 generated just more than $1 billion in revenue, or 15% of its total, from Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and other streaming sources, according to Recording Industry Association of America figures. Some 45% of the digital revenue, or $462 million, came from licensing fees for Internet, satellite and cable radio through SoundExchange. Meanwhile, CD-vinyl revenue was off by 18.5% to $2.58 billion, and downloads totaled $3.02 billion.
Broadcast radio is still the main listening preference for motorists, with nearly 6 in 10 saying they opt for broadcast over other forms of listening most or all of the time, according to a survey by Arbitron and Edison Research. This is holding true despite an increase in listening options, including a big jump in the number of people saying they have listened to Internet radio in their car using a cellphone connected to the stereo.
The NAB Education Foundation has named this year's Service to America Award winners, who will be honored at a June 3 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Among the TV and radio winners are Bonneville's KSL-TV in Salt Lake City and Clear Channel's WGY-AM in Latham, N.Y., for Service to Children; Scripps' WFTS-TV in Tampa, Fla., and Emmis' WQHT-FM in New York for Service to Community; and the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and TV and radio stations in the state, who will share a President's Special Award for their "Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration." In addition, Allbritton's KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Okla., will receive the Service to America award.
The year is off to a good start for local TV stations in terms of ad sales, with the automotive sector strong across the country, according to Sue Johenning, Initiative's executive vice president and director of local broadcast. But other categories are also doing well, Johenning says: "This could be a reflection of the recovery happening more than it did last year. ... The feeling out there is that things are definitely getting better."
KNOM AM/FM in Nome, Alaska, will be honored with a Crystal Heritage Award on April 9 at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon in Las Vegas. Stations are eligible for the honor after they have won five Crystal Awards in recognition of community service efforts; KNOM claimed its fifth award in 2012. The station is just the fourth to be honored by NAB with a Crystal Heritage Award.