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In Brief - December 12, 2013
December 12, 2013

Cumulus and Rdio have begun rolling out their partnership, with a combination of promotional spots on Cumulus stations and the activation of product pages within Rdio where listeners can hear the albums and songs played by their favorite Cumulus station any time. The promotional spots informing listeners about Rdio are now airing on over 70 Cumulus stations, include all 60 of its Country stations. These segments will roll out across all Cumulus stations in early 2014, when Rdio's Internet service will also begin introducing curated programming featuring Cumulus on-air hosts. In September, Cumulus acquired a "significant equity stake" in Rdio's parent company Pulser Media, in exchange for "exclusive content, media and on-air promotional commitments" over a five-year period.

Fans who were unable to get a ticket for CHR WHTZ (Z100)/New York's Jingle Ball 2013 can still be a part of the action as for the first time Z100 is providing a simulcast of the event, reports the New York Daily News.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Magic Broadcasting is selling Urban Oldies KDAY/Redondo Beach-Los Angeles and KDEY/Ontario to Meruelo Media. The price is undisclosed and the deal has yet to show up in the FCC database.

SiriusXM will launch "The Nelson Mandela Music Tribute Channel" to commemorate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. "The Nelson Mandela Music Tribute Channel" will launch on Friday, December 13 at 12:00 pm ET and will air through Sunday, December 15 on SiriusXM channel 111 via satellite and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at "As the world and his country mourn Nelson Mandela, we want to provide our listeners a collection of music and words that pay tribute to this extraordinary man and his lifeís work as a true champion for human rights," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM President/Chief Content Officer.
Warner Music-Russia and Sony Music Entertainment-Russia have inked a three-year licensing agreement. Warner Music will import, manufacture, and distribute Sonyís catalog of physical releases in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, which includes releases on the Columbia and Epic imprints. Sony will continue to handle everything else, such as digital and development. Meanwhile, Sony will also distribute the WMG catalog in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal & Sri Lanka.

Syndicated hardDrive host Lou Brutus will exhibit his concert photography for the first time, this weekend in Madison, WI. Brutus is also auctioning off a number of images via eBay to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Apart from his broadcast career, Brutus is an accomplished photographer whose lighthouse photography has graced magazine covers. He has also worked the last six seasons as an on field Major League Baseball photographer.
     "Itís thrilling to have these images out where they can be viewed by the public," said Brutus. "Iím thankful that these photographs, which I took out of sheer love for music, will raise money for Wounded Warrior Project. Itís a tremendous bunch of good all the way around." Brutus will exhibit the photographs and meet with fans at Diegoís at 118 State Street in Madison, WI on Saturday December 14, beginning at 4:30pm CT.

Ryan Jeffery is named Director of Marketing & Promotions at Advanced Media Partners' four-station Peoria, IL cluster.

Three more members of the House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act, opposing any proposed "new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on terrestrial radio. The newest co-sponsors are Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Steve Southerland (R-FL).

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