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    While the ranking of radio formats with the most stations in the U.S. shows little change month to month, the growth trends are where the action is in Inside Radio’s Format Counts monitor for January. Overall, country keeps its lead with 12.4% of U.S. stations followed by news/talk at 11.5%. Fourth-ranked contemporary Christian shows the biggest gain, adding 21 stations year-over-year, while top 40, ranking 10th, loses the most stations. Read moreMore Stations For Contemporary Christian And Classic Hits, Fewer For Top 40 And News/Talk.

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    The idea of doing away with noncompete clauses likely has the backing of employees while management has reason to defend their use. The Federal Trade Commission will hear both sides of the argument at a Feb. 16 three-hour forum, followed by an opportunity for public comment. Meanwhile, the NAB says it is “carefully reviewing” the proposal and hasn’t taken a side. Read moreWhat Do You Think About Noncompetes? The FTC Wants To Hear It.

    Despite consumer spending under pressure, record low car sales and a weaker ad market, SiriusXM says its revenue held steady in fourth quarter at $2.28 billion. Total revenue for 2022 grew 4% year-over-year to $9 billion. Earnings jumped 10% in the quarter to $742 million and 2% for the year to $2.83 billion. The company met its financial guidance for 2022 which CFO Sean Sullivan called “a notable accomplishment in a tough year.”   Read moreFlat Fourth Quarter For SiriusXM With ‘Modest’ Drop In Subscribers Expected In 2023.

    Victor Giacomelli has been recruited as VP of Sales and Travia Charmont as Sales Manager of iHeartMedia New York’s urban contemporary “Power 105.1” WWPR and Black Information Network affiliate WWRL, responsible for overseeing the sales teams of both stations, including sales growth and strategic partnerships.  Both hires come from Audacy and have previous experience at MediaCo’s crosstown rhythmic CHR “Hot 97” WQHT and urban contemporary WBLS New York. Read moreVictor Giacomelli And Travia Charmont To Oversee Sales At iHeart’s WWPR/WWRL New York.

    Skyview Networks’ IT teams and third-party forensic experts continue to work on resolving a cyberattack that has disrupted several of the company’s internal systems. What the syndication company has called “an unauthorized access to its IT environment” that began early Monday morning continues to curtail the flow of Skyview-distributed programming and spots. Read moreSkyview Expects ‘Continued Disruption’ From Cyberattack For Rest Of The Week.

    The majority of automakers will sit out this year’s Super Bowl, citing economic concerns and supply issues. “Super Bowl ads aren't needed to drum up interest for vehicles that are still in short supply,” Edmunds’ Jessica Caldwell says. This may provide an opportunity for radio sellers, who can offer much more than a fleeting 30-second TV commercial that costs millions. Read moreRadio Can Provide Opportunity For Automakers Sitting Out This Year’s Super Bowl.

    While radio has tried nearly every way to sell sponsorships, including an advertiser's name in the branding of the station itself has always seemed to be off-limits. Until now. Max Media's WVSP Yorktown, VA, in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach market, rebranded earlier this week from “ESPN 94.1” to “Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1,” with the local car dealer featured prominently in all station IDs every hour. Read moreWhat's In A Name? For Newly-Branded Sports Station, It's A Sponsor.

    It appears the New York Mets have settled on their radio broadcast team as Keith Raad has reportedly been recruited as Wayne Randazzo’s successor to serve as a partner to play-by-play announcer Howie Rose. Additionally, the franchise is expected to announce that Patrick McCarthy, who is the son of former Mets announcer Tom McCarthy, will serve as pregame and postgame host for games carried on Audacy news WCBS-AM. Read moreReport: Keith Raad And Patrick McCarthy Join Howie Rose On NY Mets Radio Team.

    The Federal Communications Commission issued 21 notices to landlords of alleged pirate radio operators during all of 2022 and it expects to step up its enforcement in the coming months. Its latest warning is not going to one of the hot spots for pirates, like New York or San Francisco, but rather Tulsa, OK. The owner could face fines totaling more than $2.3 million. The FCC plans to step up pirate enforcement sweeps this year. Read moreProperty Owner Warned As FCC Tracks Rare Midwest Pirate To Tulsa.

    People Moves

    Jeff Thurn, co-host of “Overtime” (11am-2pm) on Townsquare Media’s “ESPN Sioux Falls” KSOO, will exit to focus on his role at ESPN Radio. Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade. Read moreJeff Thurn

    Adrienne Brown is named VP of Development Operations and Services at NPR, effective Feb. 27. She most recently served as Assistant VP of Annual Giving and Engagement Strategy at New York University. Read moreAdrienne Brown

    Noah Sherwood joins Townsquare Media country “US 105” KUSJ Killeen, TX, as Brand Manager and morning host. Sherwood, who joined the station in January, previously served as OM and on-air talent for Stephens Media Group in Lake Charles, LA. He succeeds Aaron Zytle, who left KUSJ for Cumulus Media KYZK Lake Charles, LA (96.1) in October. Read moreNoah Sherwood

    Marc Bertrand, one-half of the “Zolak & Bertrand” midday show on Beasley Media Group sports “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM Boston, inks a multiyear contract extension. Bertrand, or “Beetle” as he’s affectionately known, was named Scott Zolak’s co-host in February 2015. The highly-rated program also features Rob “Hardy” Poole.  Read moreMarc Bertrand

    Jay Hicks adds APD responsibilities at Cox Media Group hip-hop “Power 106.1,” which airs on Jacksonville-licensed translator W291CI at 106.1 with programming originating on WJGL-HD2. Hicks continues to serve as APD of adult R&B “Star 94.5” WCFB Orlando. He reports to Elroy Smith, who was recently elevated to Director of Urban Content, overseeing the company’s R&B and urban stations in Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Read moreJay Hicks