Music Taxes — A Broken Record

Little Stevie Van Zandt is one of my favorite characters in The Sopranos.

He plays -- Silvio Dante, the consigliere -- advisor to crime boss Tony Soprano.

Stevie also plays guitar for the other boss in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

I was reading his comments the other day on the sorry state of the music industry. Stevie Van Zandt could be the wise advisor to the record labels -- if only they would listen.

Here's the wisdom of the consigliere as it relates to the music industry we love. My comments, although not as wise, are in italics.

1. "Our stalwart record companies had completely given up on&hellip

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Let My Evil Empire Go

Clear Channel finally set a date for the shareholder vote that would allow it to go private and make a fortune for the Mays principals and their Wall Street cronies.

The date they chose was at the very end of the legal limit -- imagine that, Clear Channel pushing the legal limit -- the end of September.

Clear Channel has to win the vote.

There is no Supreme Court available to steal this election. And in the state of Texas, when a shareholder fails to return their proxy, it's counted as a "no".

Meanwhile the buyout price is $39.20, but Clear Channel's stock has been bouncing between the low $30's to the high $30&hellip

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Place Your Bet — iPhone or Blackberry

You've seen me write with some regularity about the revolutionary new iPhone from Apple's creative mad man Steve Jobs.

My readers -- you -- are divided as far as I can tell.

One group has gone ga-ga over iPhone and all its coolness while the other says it's a toy -- not even a significant work tool.

And I've concluded that you are both correct.

The iPhone lovers and early adopters know that this device which does just about everything a young person holds near and dear is the future.

The Blackberry (and other smart phone proponents) rightfully argue that iPhone is no Blackberry -- and I've known a&hellip

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Introducing “The Truth Meter”

So I returned to Scottsdale from LA the other night when I received the first of what would be 21 -- count 'em, 21 -- emails from a radio industry consultant taking me to task for advocating the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM).

The emails got nastier as the night went on, but the sender is no dummy.

He's brilliant.

Rude, but brilliant.

Unfortunately he suffers from the same disease that is taking radio down right now -- the "I'm right, you're wrong if you don't agree with me" attitude. Certainly his concerns and the concerns of others should be passionately pursued.

And Arbitron should be held&hellip

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Disney Gets The Last Laugh

Could it possibly be that Disney did something right when everyone else thought they were doing everything wrong?

Radio Disney, the kids radio format, may now find a reportable audience when Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) is set to become the new standard in audience ratings. The meter measures all media within its path and kids don't have to fill out diaries. Their listening can now count.

Formerly, Radio Disney was the joke of consolidation.

A bunch of AM stations with horrible signals patched together to offer the Disney kids programming to the tween-agers. This in spite of the fact that the quality of the&hellip

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