Radio Crybabies

Who's sorry now?

The radio industry liked it when Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 enabling widespread consolidation to take place. The NAB slipped the radio part of that legislation in through the back door. Wall Street embraced radio as never before. These guys loved it.

Now, the shoe is on the other foot. The two -- only two -- satellite operators must be so sure they are going to get their merger approved that they have gone and announced it. And now those same consolidators who were looking for every reason to convince lawmakers, regulators, advertisers and the public that loosening up the&hellip

Satellite Vs. Radio (The Next Round)

Sirius and XM are proposing a merger of equals.

Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin would come away as CEO of the new entity (whatever it is called) and current XM Chairman Gary Parsons would be chairman of the merged satellite company. That's assuming the FCC approves it. Assuming the DOJ approves it. And that's a lot of assuming. I've seen reporting that predicts an early closing on the merger. On that one, we'll see what happens.

What we know is that a combined company could save billions and billions of dollars. That alone should have investors jumping for joy. These bleeding companies could be profitable as one. No&hellip

And The Hits Just Keep On (Not) Coming

I worked for Paul Drew when he programmed the Drake format in Philly and one of our Bill Drake-voiced station breaks said, "...And the hits just keep on comin". Back then it was true. Radio was thriving in the late 60's in large part because the music business was thriving. The Beatles, British invasion, Motown, Philly sound. Radio had hit the wall with too much talk and not enough music (sound familiar?), but the music kept radio hot.

Now the recent news that things for the record labels -- already stuck in a time warp by imitating themselves -- have gone from bad to worse.

EMI, the European member of the big four, cut&hellip

What’s MySpace Without The Video You Want

MySpace has taken another step in the direction of protecting the rights of music and publishing companies by announcing the implementation of technology from Audible Magic Corp that will provide a second layer of protection from posting unauthorized video clips. The system scans video clips and searches for signature vectors such as a unique digital fingerprint and compares it with information in their database.

Now, MySpace can block content and with this system search for unauthorized use through the fingerprinting&hellip