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RAIN 7/20: Combined AQH of NY radio streams would reach #2 spot, says June PPM data

Posted on: 07/20/2009

KOST/L.A.‘S ONLINE STREAM NEARLY HITS A ONE SHARE

Arbitron’s Portable People Meter (PPM) data from June shows that, if combined, the Average Quarter Hour (AQH) of all Internet simulcasts from local New York stations would be second only to WLTW-FM “Lite FM.” That’s among listeners aged 25-54, who commonly tune in to web streams at work, the data revealed. However, Inside Radio notes (here) that online radio streams “made the cut” in 9 of the 20 commercialized PPM markets, whereas in March they made 12 of 14 markets. Arbitron EVP Bob Henrick said of Internet streams, “They’re right on the cusp of making our minimum level criteria. If there’s small fluctuation, they could go above or below those criteria.” The most-listened to online stream was Los Angeles’ KOST “Coast 103,” which had nearly a one-share (0.7-0.5-0.9, #34, 6+).

HD, SAT RADIO MAKE CNET’S LIST OF “BIGGEST FLOPS

Satellite radio and HD radio are some of the 25 “biggest flops” of the decade, according to CNet. For satellite radio, “the concept was great, but the business model was suspect,” writes CNet’s David Carnoy. “Even with commercial-free music stations and coast-to-coast coverage, how many people are willing to pay for radio after getting it free for so long?” As for HD radio, “it’s been slowed by the manufacturing costs of both the HD Radio chips and the radios themselves—as well as poor marketing.” Carnoy sees hope for both in the next decade, however. The pair share the “biggest flop” status with the Sega Dreamcast, standalone DVD recorders, Segways and Nokia’s N-Gage. Check out the full list here.

WEBCASTERS HAVE UNTIL AUG. 17 TO ELECT TO “PUREPLAYROYALTY DEAL

The royalty deal for pureplay webcasters announced in early July was published by SoundExchange in the Federal Register on Friday. Webcasters have 30 days from the publication date — until August 17 — to decide if they want to join in. Forms for small webcasters wishing to elect to the agreement can be found here, while forms for large webcasters are here. For more on the differences between large and small webcasters, and more on the specifics of the pureplay agreement, read RAIN‘s coverage here.

Industry attorney David Oxenford (pictured) has some advice for webcasters deciding if this agreement is right for them at his Broadcast Law Blog here. He notes that because of the $25,000 annual minimum fee, “electing this deal is right only for larger ‘small pureplay’ webcasters who have revenues over $250,000 (where they will be paying royalties in excess of the $25,000 minimum fee under any deal) and those entities nearing the audience caps of the Microcaster deal.” You can find an outline of all the royalty agreements for webcasters in RAIN here.

GOOGLE TO SELL RADIO AD PLATFORM TO WIDEORBIT

Google will be selling their broadcast radio ad service to WideOrbit. The sale will include Google Radio Automation, SS32, Maestro and Google Radio’s employees. Google and WideOrbit have not completed the sale, though Google says they will soon. Google announced the end of their broadcast radio ad service earlier this year (RAIN coverage here). The company is now focusing on building an Internet radio ad service. For more, check out Forbes’ coverage here.

JUDGE THROWS OUT SEC CHARGES AGAINST CUBAN

A federal judge has thrown out insider-trading charges against Mark Cuban brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The judge said Cuban never promised not to trade shares of Internet-search company Mamma.com, thus he is not liable for insider trading. The SEC has 30 days to refile charges. The charges were originally brought against Cuban in November (RAIN coverage here).



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