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NLRB Rules Employers Can No Longer Demand Silence For Severance

The agency decided to take action because this type of severance agreement goes directly against the principles protected by the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.

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The National Labor Relations Board — NLRB — made a ruling on Tuesday preventing companies from offering severance agreements that stop employees from making disparaging remarks about their former employer. 

This ruling will impact media organizations which often include this type of clause in separation agreements. Radio, TV, and other media professionals will have the right to expose bad actors in organizations after departing. 

Axios reports the agency decided to take action because this type of severance agreement goes directly against the principles protected by the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.

“Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, making clear that it is the policy of the United States to encourage collective bargaining by protecting workers’ full freedom of association. The NLRA protects workplace democracy by providing employees at private-sector workplaces the fundamental right to seek better working conditions and designation of representation without fear of retaliation,” the NLRB website states. 

“The employer’s offer is itself an attempt to deter employees from exercising their statutory rights, at a time when employees may feel they must give up their rights in order to get the benefits provided in the agreement,” according to the NLRB.

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MIW Organization Welcomes Two New Board Members

“They are each accomplished and inspiring professionals who are generously giving back to the betterment of women in the industry, and the industry as a whole.”

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The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) organization has expanded its Board of Directors with the addition of Lori Flowers, who manages integrated marketing and projects for Radio One, and Jenna Miller, an integrated sales manager for Cox Media Group.

Flowers is responsible for creating marketing opportunities at Radio One and Reach Media, the network division. She has previously worked in various cities, including Phoenix, West Palm Beach, Miami, and Washington, DC. She most recently served as Marketing Director at Radio One Atlanta.

Flowers was selected for MIW’s 2008 Mildred Carter Mentorship Program and has completed coursework in leadership development, executive leadership development, and broadcast leadership training offered by the National Association of Broadcasters.

Miller oversees sales efforts for two of Cox Media Group Tampa’s music stations and manages CMG Health Marketing and CMG Research. She started her radio career in Detroit in 1998 and has held senior account executive positions for iHeartMedia and Audacy in New York.

Miller completed Radio Advertising Bureau’s Rising Through The Ranks, a leadership program sponsored by RAB, BMI, and MIW, and was one of three national mentorship awardees for MIW’s 2021 Mildred Carter Mentorship Program. She volunteered to join the MIW Mentoring Committee in 2022, representing the Mildred Carter Mentees and continues to serve in that role.

“Both Lori and Jenna share a history with MIW, starting as mentees and now joining us as Board members,” MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff said in a release. “They are each accomplished and inspiring professionals who are generously giving back to the betterment of women in the industry, and the industry as a whole.  We welcome them wholeheartedly and are thankful for their participation.”

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Audacy Promotes Jenna Weiss-Berman to Executive Vice President of Podcasts

“We have a real opportunity to build a cohesive podcast brand that is greater than the sum of its parts, and I look forward to all that’s ahead.”

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Audacy has announced a promotion for Jenna Weiss-Berman to Executive Vice President of Podcasts for the company.

With the new role and title, Weiss-Berman will report to Auadacy’s Chief Digital Officer and President of Podcast and Streaming J.D. Crowley.

Weiss-Berman will oversee Audacy’s podcast network and studios, which include Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios. She’ll also work with the company’s sports and news programming leaders to develop and grow original podcasts for the company’s 2400Sports studios and the 28 local newsrooms across the nation.

“I’m excited to help bring together the world-class podcast businesses that already exist under the Audacy umbrella,” said Weiss-Berman. “We have a real opportunity to build a cohesive podcast brand that is greater than the sum of its parts, and I look forward to all that’s ahead.”

Previously, Weiss-Berman was the head of audio for BuzzFeed before joining Pineapple Street Studios, which Audacy acquired in 2019.

“As we commit to accelerating our digital growth and enhancing performance, we’re thrilled to expand Jenna’s role to further unify and streamline our content and business efforts across our leading podcast portfolio, enabling even more rapid development of new and original IP and better leveraging our talent across the entire Audacy portfolio,” said Crowley.

“Jenna’s strong leadership and deep industry relationships will propel us forward on our mission to be a leading partner of audio creators while super-serving listeners of all backgrounds and interests and enabling our sales teams to better serve our customers and partners with unique and compelling podcast opportunities.”

Weiss-Bermann steps into the role vacated by the departure of Chris Corcoran.

“His leadership, passion, and dedication are the creative force that successfully launched and built Cadence13 into the business that it is today, while also helping to position Audacy as a leading podcast company,” Crowley said of Corcoran. “I wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”

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Quu Launches New Dashboard Ad Product

“We’re taking radio to new levels of engagement, enabling advertisers to reach a captive audience in a way that has never been possible before.”

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Radio technology company Quu has launched a new product called Content Partnership, which integrates visual advertising directly into radio programming. The new tech allows radio stations to display messages and images on vehicle dashboards for 30 seconds while a song or other programming is playing.

The process works as follows: when a song starts on a Quu-enabled station, the vehicle dashboard shows the song title, artist, and cover art for the first 90 seconds. Afterward, the visual switches to an ad for one of the station’s content partners for 30 seconds, displaying the advertiser’s name and a brief message. The display then reverts to the song title and artist for the remainder of the song, with the station name always present.

Quu positions the product as a new revenue opportunity that provides a broad reach through an exclusive ad unit. Generally, only two content partners will run at a time, with a content partner’s ad appearing on screen 4,000 times a month, resulting in 2,000 minutes of screen time per month, according to Inside Radio.

“With the Content Partnership, we’re taking radio to new levels of engagement, enabling advertisers to reach a captive audience in a way that has never been possible before,” said Quu CEO Steve Newberry.

Some of the first audio brands to adopt Content Partnership are Audacy, Beasley Media Group, Radio FM Fargo.

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