The Last Days of All-News Radio

You give CBS 22 minutes and they’ll cut your news stations resources.

The last of the great radio formats is in a race to the bottom.

At great risk is their moneymaking machine all-news radio.

Not just for CBS, but it can bring down other formats if it continues to decline.

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  1. How WTOP winds up the top billing radio station in the country when everyone else is dumbing down all-news.
  2. The scary sh#t CBS is doing to dumb down and cutback on its top revenue producing news stations.
  3. The CBS all-newser can’t even get a 1 share competing against WTOP in DC – have they all of a sudden gotten dumb?
  4. What Radio One did wrong in its failed 3-year attempt to do all-news in Houston – another one bites the dust.
  5. The almost impossible CBS all-news playbook going forward.

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HBO’s Standalone Streaming Service

Millennials have done it again.

They have pressured HBO to unbundle their outstanding content from cable and satellite and make it available directly to their digital devices.

If you think this is about television, you would be wrong.

It’s about the changing face of content delivery.

Some 95 million Millennials are telling you what they want.

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  1. The future of radio that will work like Netflix – yes, the growth industry has been looking for.
  2. What will happen to the current programming on-the-air? A ‘preview channel” that showcases free and paid digital content.
  3. The most important changes content providers will have to make to remain competitive in a digital media world – one is about content, the other about commerce.
  4. The replacement for talk radio that fits in nicely with the new digital delivery of content.
  5. Ways to make a paywall earn revenue for you.

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This Is Making Lew Dickey Sh#t His Pants

There may be another bidder going after CBS Radio.

But Lew needs CBS badly.

His stock his down and there is nowhere to grow without that merger.

Bad karma is coming back to Lew.

This company may kick Lew when he is down.

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  1. The radio group under the radar that is cozying up to CBS lately.
  2. The reason why it seems impossible until you see the evidence that this buyer could actually pay more than Cumulus and make a sale easier for CBS.
  3. Ways CBS Radio is already working with this group.
  4. One top radio executive: Dan Mason and this CEO “are joined at the hip”.
  5. Damn! CBS employees will not see this bidder as an upgrade from Cumulus.
  6. It’s almost 2015, do you know where your CBS Radio group is?

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Pittman Pulling A Fast One On Miller Kaplan

iHeartMedia has another (bad) idea.

Play with the Miller Kaplan numbers until they are no longer credible.

This is reportedly happening right now.

Competitors are going to be outraged when they get a load of this.

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  1. Bob Pittman’s latest snake oil to make bad revenue figures go away.
  2. His new plan to use “corporate welfare” to cook the Miller Kaplan’s.
  3. The underperforming markets that are getting rescued – and the ones that are not.
  4. Which market gets a Pittman gift of $1 million to virtually use anyway they like – yes, I’m naming it.
  5. If you thought that iHeart was plum out of money, you’ll never guess where this cash infusion is coming from.
  6. An ingenious if not sketchy plan to move revenue around from market to market to make things look better.

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Cumulus Needs A Merger

Be careful of what you wish for.

An injured Dickey is a dangerous Dickey.

Their employees are the ones who will pay for their mistakes.

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  2. Investors are falling all over each other to get out of Cumulus stock now nearing a 5-year low – what is scaring them.
  3. The biggest thing Lew Dickey is doing to piss off investors – remember, a few months ago they loved this man.
  4. A list of merger possibilities.
  5. You’ll see Dickey’s Plan B – so what about Entercom if Dickey can’t make the CBS Radio merger happen soon.
  6. The fallout if investors force the Dickeys out.

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