Jun 26, 2012

It's Glass vs. Nuzum, over future of "Car Talk" Saturday slot

Now on, commentary from This American Life host Ira Glass, who says Car Talk should be pulled from its Saturday slot when its famous hosts retire; and a response from Eric Nuzum, NPR's v.p. of programming, who thinks listeners should decide.

Copyright Royalty Board seeks comments on upcoming noncom royalty rates

The Copyright Royalty Board of the Library of Congress has set noncom royalty rates for 2013-2017, and is seeking comments on those rates for the use of musical performances, as well as the use of "published pictorial, graphic and sculptural works," by PBS, NPR and other pubcasters. Deadline for comments is July 26. Radio World has an overview of the radio rates, and here is a link to the Royalty Board document in the Federal Register.

Rock Hall to house "Austin City Limits" entire musical archives

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has agreed to preserve 37 years of content from KLRU's Austin City Limits. Materials will be housed at the museum's library and archives, and will include more than 800 performances recorded live by KLRU from 1975 to the present day. “Austin City Limits uniquely represents more than three decades of some of modern music’s most significant artists and their performances — from iconic musicians to cutting-edge talent,” said Terry Stewart, president of the Rock and Roll Hall. “It’s one of the most significant archives that documents the American culture and Austin City Limits shares our mission of celebrating and interpreting popular music’s impact on our world.”

Texas Tech to cut all funding to KTTZ-TV

Texas Tech University will stop funding its PBS member station, KTTZ, in 14 months, reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The university said in a statement that the cut will allow for more support for academics. KTTZ-TV has received $605,000 annually, and is set to receive $305,000 next fiscal year. In response, "we are trying to increase our underwriting efforts,” said John Kirby, KTTZ general manager.

In January, KOHM and KTXT, South Plains Public Radio and Television, merged with KTTZ in a money-saving effort, according to the university's Daily Toreador.