Can More Consolidation Save Radio?

That's what Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey thinks -- only the strong will survive.

That's funny when you differentiate the strong from the weak by calling a $3 stock price strong.

Cumulus closed at 75 cents Tuesday which is pretty weak -- so go figure. Oh, and Lew Dickey is in acquisition mode.

The world is bankrupt. China is bankrupt. You're bankrupt when your debt exceeds your assets. The American people are fast going bankrupt. Banks are going bust. And there are 130 banks on the Fed's watch list to go down next. Governments of the world are trying to stabilize their economies and ...

Lew Dickey is predicting&hellip

Can More Consolidation Save Radio?

That's what Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey thinks -- only the strong will survive.

That's funny when you differentiate the strong from the weak by calling a $3 stock price strong.

Cumulus closed at 75 cents Tuesday which is pretty weak -- so go figure. Oh, and Lew Dickey is in acquisition mode.

The world is bankrupt. China is bankrupt. You're bankrupt when your debt exceeds your assets. The American people are fast going bankrupt. Banks are going bust. And there are 130 banks on the Fed's watch list to go down next. Governments of the world are trying to stabilize their economies and ...

Lew Dickey is predicting&hellip

Guns N’ Roses, Welcome To Today’s Jungle

Axl Rose has been working on "Chinese Democracy" for 17 years and has spent $13 million (as of 2005) to complete his just-released CD.

Rose is now 46 years old.

There are no roses, so to speak, left in Guns N' Roses if Axl is considered the top "gun". All the original band members are gone.

Whether the album sells at their exclusive record store or not is less relevant than the changes that have been taking place in the record industry since GNR's last album.

The labels are mere shadows of their former selves.

CD sales have declined all but one year since 2000.

Napster (the real Napster, the rogue&hellip

Guns N’ Roses, Welcome To Today’s Jungle

Axl Rose has been working on "Chinese Democracy" for 17 years and has spent $13 million (as of 2005) to complete his just-released CD.

Rose is now 46 years old.

There are no roses, so to speak, left in Guns N' Roses if Axl is considered the top "gun". All the original band members are gone.

Whether the album sells at their exclusive record store or not is less relevant than the changes that have been taking place in the record industry since GNR's last album.

The labels are mere shadows of their former selves.

CD sales have declined all but one year since 2000.

Napster (the real Napster, the rogue&hellip

Better Radio at No Additional Cost

The other day I mentioned Dick Carr in a piece called "Great Radio".

Dick was the architect of WIP in Philadelphia during its glory years at the top of ratings and revenues.

Dick emailed me shortly after he read it and reminded me of something worth passing along.

This is one of the reasons I always say we all benefit when we bring the wisdom of experience, along with the hard work of the present generation and the innovations and possibilities seen by the next generation.

Right now radio is stuck in a time warp created by a handful of CEOs who have tried almost everything but using their heads.

When Dick&hellip

Better Radio at No Additional Cost

The other day I mentioned Dick Carr in a piece called "Great Radio".

Dick was the architect of WIP in Philadelphia during its glory years at the top of ratings and revenues.

Dick emailed me shortly after he read it and reminded me of something worth passing along.

This is one of the reasons I always say we all benefit when we bring the wisdom of experience, along with the hard work of the present generation and the innovations and possibilities seen by the next generation.

Right now radio is stuck in a time warp created by a handful of CEOs who have tried almost everything but using their heads.

When Dick&hellip

The Auto Industry Is Radio

The auto industry and radio have a lot in common.

Let's start with the most important things first -- flying private.

The big three automakers went to beg Congress for $28 billion in stopgap, bail out money recently and they hit Washington in style. The heads of Ford, GM and Chrysler all showed up on private jets (and limo rides to Capitol Hill).

I always say, if you're going to beg, go in style.

Some of the companies said flying private was for safety reasons?

Huh?

Northwest isn't safe?

Ordinarily it is probably none of the public's business how CEOs choose to travel unless, of course,&hellip

The Auto Industry Is Radio

The auto industry and radio have a lot in common.

Let's start with the most important things first -- flying private.

The big three automakers went to beg Congress for $28 billion in stopgap, bail out money recently and they hit Washington in style. The heads of Ford, GM and Chrysler all showed up on private jets (and limo rides to Capitol Hill).

I always say, if you're going to beg, go in style.

Some of the companies said flying private was for safety reasons?

Huh?

Northwest isn't safe?

Ordinarily it is probably none of the public's business how CEOs choose to travel unless, of course,&hellip

Christmas Radio Format Strategies

(With our "Scottsdale Study Group" good time, great oldies monthly luncheon -- from left to right, JD, John Sebastian, Bruce St. James and Todd Wallace).

No sooner than I waxed eloquent about WCBS-FM in New York as the bastion of radio's better days, the station switched to all-Christmas music.

I used to read Tom Taylor at Inside Radio and then Radio-Info document all the stations that just dump their formats each holiday seasons to go whole hog Santa.

Of course, there are some very interesting sociological implications to an industry that embraces Christmas in a world that has never been more secular. Nordstrom, the&hellip

Christmas Radio Format Strategies

(With our "Scottsdale Study Group" good time, great oldies monthly luncheon -- from left to right, JD, John Sebastian, Bruce St. James and Todd Wallace).

No sooner than I waxed eloquent about WCBS-FM in New York as the bastion of radio's better days, the station switched to all-Christmas music.

I used to read Tom Taylor at Inside Radio and then Radio-Info document all the stations that just dump their formats each holiday seasons to go whole hog Santa.

Of course, there are some very interesting sociological implications to an industry that embraces Christmas in a world that has never been more secular. Nordstrom, the&hellip