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Blaze Media Announces Acquisition of Two New Media Brands

“We’re excited to bring these media properties into the Blaze Media content offering and expose them to a broader audience.”

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Blaze Media has announced its successful acquisition of two media brands, Return and Align, previously under the umbrella of New Founding.

Return, a publication delving into the commerce and culture of the tech industry, has cultivated a vibrant community fostering healthy digital habits. Meanwhile, Align serves as a lifestyle beacon, inspiring its extensive subscriber base to adopt an improved way of life, particularly concerning consumption choices and service preferences.

As part of this acquisition, Matthew Peterson, co-founder of New Founding, assumes the role of Editor in Chief at Blaze Media. He will integrate the many media assets he has developed at New Founding into Blaze’s existing content offerings for its dedicated and growing audience.

“We’re excited to bring these media properties into the Blaze Media content offering and expose them to a broader audience,” said Tyler Cardon, Blaze Media CEO. “We’re also thrilled to welcome to the Blaze Media family the talented people who’ve made Return and Align so dynamic.”

Expressing his vision, Peterson shared, “This acquisition brings to fruition the original aspirations we held for these media properties at New Founding. I am enthusiastic about contributing to Blaze Media’s expanded content spectrum for our increasingly engaged readership.”

Joining Peterson is James Poulos, the host of BlazeTV’s “Zero Hour,” who will take on the position of Editor at Large. Poulos will also continue in his capacity as the founder and editorial director of Return. Notably, several key members of the New Founding media team are also part of this transition.

“This deal demonstrates a growing recognition of the strategic importance of aligned business and technology for the right,” said Nate Fischer, co-founder and CEO of New Founding. “We are pleased to have built these brands and excited to see how they will continue to grow with Blaze, whose broader media capabilities make it a natural long-term home.”

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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