The Fate of Jeff Brown & Bob Walker at Cumulus

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  • What’s up with two of the most despised Cumulus regional managers.
  • Are they safe or bullet proof at this point?
  • How Cumulus employees accidently exposed their identities when responding to Survey Monkey questionnaires from corporate to speak out against these regional SVPs.
  • Is fired Senior VP Gary Pizzati in the wings ready to return?
  • What’s the real reason Cumulus can’t keep employees even as radio people will work for just about any group.

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Local Management Out at Alpha

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  • How Alpha’s recent penchant for replacing live morning show talent with cheap national syndication now affects far more than mornings.
  • Take programming – decisions are being made far differently within the past six months.
  • Local PDs left wondering what their role will be – and for good reason.
  • Who is really running Alpha – who will be making operational decisions and it’s not Larry Wilson.
  • Decisions about music, talent and programming made by bozos.
  • Coming soon: know-it-alls and the future of local decision-making.

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Shocking Announcement From Jerry

Thought you’d like to know about some improvements in Inside Music Media’s mobile and website.

Here’s how Bob Pittman would introduce it …

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to make these changes to add to our multi-media platform”.

I know, I’m puking as I write this even though I’m kidding.

Actually, we have one website, one mobile product and one crazy guy cranking out deadly honest stuff about the sad state of the radio and music industries as well as some insight about what audiences want going forward.

I have written these daily pieces without missing many days for 6 years including from my bed in ICU recently where I had a facelift.

Okay, I’m lying about the facelift part, but not the ICU part. And I’m great, thank you.

My motto is: “The news watch never works” so I just keep calling out bullshit.

And it boils down to this.

We cleaned up the website and made it more intuitive. 

You can now read me on your phone with the same ease as on your computer.

Paul Stern, our amazing designer who has been with us virtually from the beginning of this journey, has outdone himself. Paul’s email is paul@wordfresh.com.

  • Faster access to stories. If you’re logged in, you go right to it so you won’t be the only person who doesn’t know that Beasley is going to fire the hell out of more people once they take over Greater Media.
  • And if you’re not logged in, now a screen comes up that lets you do that with a click.
  • I hate the paywall as much as you do.  What a pain. But it pays the bills and it works. So, if you log in on your phone and then log in again later on another device that day, you will be shut out. See, the paywall is paranoid and thinks everyone is trying to share passwords and getting around paying for a subscription.  Because we upload content generally once a day one or two stories at a time this is usually no problem.
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  • My next conference has its own page – easy to scan. A lineup of topics that speak to the importance of why this is our 8th year of doing it. And yes, there is an almost 50% discount for registering early but why would you want to not pay full price later, right?  Updated Conference Page.
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  • If I don’t do work for you privately, then you might be interested in what I do to help others. You can guess that I do media work regarding generational audiences but you may not know I also advise people on success after radio for those who actually want to give up stress and low pay. Consulting here.
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  • New subscription screen. We no longer offer new monthly subscriptions but don’t worry, if you are on a monthly subscription plan now and continue it without interruption you are grandfathered in for as long as you like (and your credit card works). The vast majority of our subscribers subscribe annually. You think we’d do this otherwise? The New Subscription Screen.   And you can always upgrade to annual at any time here.
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  • How about an Ethics Statement. Yes, this one has run since we started and it lets you know where we stand on writing, reveals potential conflicts of interest (like all that Apple stock I own) but more importantly has pictures of my beautiful bride. And you can skip the jokes about, how did you get her to marry YOU! Ethics Statement & About Jerry here.
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  • And if you like them, I wrote a book called “Out of Bad Comes Good, The Advantages of Disadvantages”. If you’re cheap, you can read a few sample chapters free. And if you’re cheap and want the book, it’s less than $10 on Amazon through our link. Jerry’s Book is right here.

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Coming soon I will have another shocking announcement for you – something I think you’re going to like (I love writing teasers, always loved writing liners as a PD).

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Armageddon Arrives – Dollar a Holler On Annual Contracts

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  • The two major radio groups that are sinking to new lows.
  • Go inside their pitch:  “a dollar a holler” but for an entire year!
  • Three ways other radio owners are shooting themselves in the foot – yes, don’t imitate them.
  • Listener revolt:  Not only is their price rock bottom but the ad deal stinks up any radio format. 
  • Exposed:  two markets where the unthinkable happened in detail.

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Millennials Hate Radio

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  • What makes smart radio people continually bury their heads in the sand over the growing unpopularity of radio.
  • The same research that argues Millennials love radio says they also love newspapers – huh?
  • The real reasons Millennials hate radio.
  • What it would take to win them back – 6 things no radio station will ever do but they should.  
  • Why NextRadio is doomed and not because of Apple.

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iHeart Just Did Something Very Right

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  • A morning strategy so brilliant they didn’t even know how good it turned out to be.
  • Finally, a radio group that figured out how to get mornings right on less money.
  • This one move can produce a 1 share PPM increase in mornings in less than a year.
  • How much of a station’s total revenue should come from their morning show.
  • Who to fire if a morning show isn’t meeting this quota.

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The Two Most Endangered Radio Groups

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  • No, not iHeart & Cumulus, we already know about them.  Two more.
  • The two radio groups where employees shouldn’t be counting on continued employment. 
  • Revealed:  a memo from one of these two endangered radio groups that all but predicts their future moves.
  • Even Wall Street is mad at them – and that’s saying something for those slackers who throw good money after bad.
  • Why you should be looking for work at both of these companies because they’re going to trim their sails again.
  • One of these companies is eliminating air-talent. 

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