Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wiley Rein's Media Practice Launches Law Blog

Wiley Rein has announced the launch of a new blog, WileyonMedia.  It highlights the latest news and insights from the firm's top-ranked media attorneys.  Broadcast and multichannel video regulation, media transactions, program content, digital rights, journalism, employment, privacy, and happenings at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and on Capitol Hill are among the topics covered by the firm's media law professionals.

Wiley Rein Chairman Richard E. Wiley, the former FCC chairman who heads the firm's communications practice, will be a regular contributor.  This looks like a great addition to your reading list.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Gary Hess's story on his leap from broadcasting to forming American Tower

Our sister publication, Inside Towers, wrote an interesting piece on Gary Hess and his jump with Steve Dodge and Jimmy Eisenstein from broadcasting to towers, launching American Tower.  It all started with one broadcast tower (and an attempt to keep a Palm Beach FM station on the air).  Check it out HERE.  Quite a story!

If you would like a free charter subscription to Inside Towers, click HERE.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lew Dickey, Sr. passes

Broadcasters lost one of our legends last week.  Lew Dickey, Sr. passed away.  He had a great run in radio and TV and will be missed.  My condolences to Lew Jr., John, and their family.

Here is the story from "Radio World:"

Fifty-year broadcaster Lew Dickey senior passed away Thanksgiving weekend.

He was 86.

The father of Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey Jr. and co-COO John Dickey began his career at Storer Broadcasting’s WWVA(AM), Wheeling, W.Va. He was promoted within Storer to leadership positions at KDKA(TV), Pittsburgh followed by WAGA(TV), Atlanta. In 1958, he founded Midwestern Broadcasting by acquiring WKWK, Wheeling, W.Va. Dickey turned around the station in 24 months. He started expanding  Midwestern by adding Toledo, Ohio stations WOHO(AM) in 1965 and WWWM(FM) in 1973.

Shortly afterwards, Dickey bought WLIO(TV), Lima, Ohio in partnership with the Toledo Blade newspaper. In 1992, he purchased WALR(FM) and WCNN(AM), Atlanta.

“My dad was an enormously talented broadcaster and, more importantly, a deeply devoted husband, father and mentor. He touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed,” said Lew Dickey Jr. in a statement.

Lew Dickey Sr. is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; six children: Pat, Lew, David, John, Michael and Caroline; and eight grandchildren. As of press time, services plans had not been publicly mentioned.