Kaufman Thrown Under iHeart’s Bus

Happy Thanksgiving to iHeart’s John Kaufman, one of the few qualified managers in the company – thrown under the bus on the eve of a four day holiday weekend so no one notices.

Well, I noticed.

Pittman and Bressler are now circling the wagons to protect themselves and anyone more qualified than themselves has to go.

This is just the beginning of a last ditch effort to save their necks.

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  1. Yikes! Another iHeart reorganization this time with a vengeance.
  2. Let’s see – why would Pitman fire perhaps the most qualified executive in the company with all that business background.
  3. The new Fab Four – the executioners of lives and careers have been designated.       I name them. Know the enemy.
  4. How revenue managers created to stop sellers from cutting rates will now be operating without Kaufman, their leader and founder.
  5. The big bang! Reorganization first, then thermonuclear disruption of local iHeart radio clusters that will unnerve just about every employee.

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Changes at CBS Radio

If you compete with CBS Radio, keep your eye on these changes.

Music, commercials breaks – they’re at it again.

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  1. Epic playlist makeover that works – sometimes.
  2. Cramming a record number of commercial units in a stopset and getting away with it. Copy or defend.
  3. CBS “commercial sweeps” that actually win more quarter hours than music.
  4. Signs of rising tension between stations and corporate.
  5. Muzzled CBS programmers deal with “interference”.

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Rumor: Cumulus Cancelling Employment Contracts

They should cancel Lew and John Dickey’s since they are screwing up the company so badly, but no —

Word is that under pressure Cumulus has to be more nimble in the year ahead.

Secret strategizing now going on.

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  1. The big changes that are planned for Cumulus – the biggest ones ever.
  2. The reported detonation date that can make an already nervous workforce more skittish.
  3. If you have an employment contract or non-compete with Cumulus this may directly affect you.
  4. How Cumulus seems to be preparing for either an asset sale or purchase – my best thinking on which one.
  5. Why you should not hold your breath waiting for that new non-Dickey operations exec to be hired.
  6. Layoffs – of course, but different.

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Serial

Imagine a podcast that attracts 1.26 million listeners every Thursday morning on iTunes.

That’s more than most of Lew Dickey and Bob Pittman’s major market stations.

But don’t go out and start a podcast.

That’s a road to failure.

There is something even bigger based on Serial’s success that radio can harness.

This article goes on to reveal:

  1. … Why you want to avoid podcasting, don’t fall for the hype.
  2. … Why Millennials love storytelling and that’s different.
  3. … How to do storytelling without sounding like the radio they dislike.
  4. … Which generations don’t like podcasts.
  5. And, why you never want to do this online only on the air.

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Beasley Done, But What About the Rest of the CBS Selloff

What happened to the one-third of CBS Radio its CEO said it would sell?

So far, only one small trade with Beasley involving Miami and Philly.

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  1. The one thing that is making CEO Les Moonves drag his feet on selling the rest of his non-essential markets.
  2. Scary stuff for CBS employees — who may be sniffing around the available smaller market CBS stations.
  3. One option that would blow the roof off the media business involves his possible plans for both radio and TV together.
  4. Les Moonves’ surprising end game.
  5. Plus, the big question – when?

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