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Radio News Round-Up: Dallas station to air tapes from JFK assassination, Iggy Pop holiday broadcasts

Old radioHere’s a quick radio news roundup to round-out your Thursday afternoon:

  • Nielsen just released its annual Music 360 study that shows 63% of music listeners still turn to terrestrial radio to discover new music, and that radio drives many listeners to look for music on YouTube. The Radio and Internet Newsletter talked with David Bakula, SVP of analytics and client development at Nielsen, for a deeper dive into the study’s results.

  • Dallas radio station WBAP-AM was live at the scene when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The station had been covering the president’s visit since arriving at the airport early that morning. The station’s operations manager Tyler Cox tells Tom Taylor Now that “the tapes were found a few years ago and are still in pristine condition, thanks to someone’s wise decision 50 years ago to put each reel in a metal container.” Even today “the audio quality sounds as if it were live today, coming from a studio next door.” WBAP will broadcast those tapes beginning 7 AM Central Time on November, 22, the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
  • Today Slacker announced a new deal that gives Time Warner Cable customers free and direct access to the music service via the new Time Warner Central web portal. Slacker CEO Jim Cady said “Partnering with Time Warner Cable helps Slacker continue to grow our audience and reach millions of new consumers every day.”
  • Stooges fans will receive a holiday present from the BBC’s 6 Music digital radio station when punk rock icon Iggy Pop hosts afternoon shows on Christmas day and New Year’s Day. On Christmas he’ll explore the theme of “Rockin’ Rebels,” and on New Year’s Pop will look at “Heartbreak and Heartaches.” Luckily for fans outside the UK, 6 Music is also available to stream online.


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