Consolidators Again Betray Radio

Clear Channel has just issued an edict to at least five of their stations that they must carry a 30 minute infomercial every morning at 5 am for the next 13 weeks.

The hell with consulting the stations' program directors or for that matter -- local management. Clear Channel is the mother of all consolidators and it manages from headquarters -- not where the individual radio licenses were issued.

The infomercial will be for "gold" -- I guess the value of buying gold in a bad economy. Hell, Mark Mays ought to go on and provide a testimonial of how valuable gold is compared to the stock of public radio companies.

But&hellip

Consolidators Again Betray Radio

Clear Channel has just issued an edict to at least five of their stations that they must carry a 30 minute infomercial every morning at 5 am for the next 13 weeks.

The hell with consulting the stations' program directors or for that matter -- local management. Clear Channel is the mother of all consolidators and it manages from headquarters -- not where the individual radio licenses were issued.

The infomercial will be for "gold" -- I guess the value of buying gold in a bad economy. Hell, Mark Mays ought to go on and provide a testimonial of how valuable gold is compared to the stock of public radio companies.

But&hellip

This Is Radio Nowhere

Springsteen has it right.

This is Radio Nowhere.

"Is there anybody alive out there?"

The current movement by consolidators to fire their local live talent and move to a nationally syndicated Repeater Radio platform of phantom stations appears to be the final blow to a troubled industry.

We get that consolidators have really had it their way since the enabling legislation was passed in 1996 to deregulate radio ownership.

It's been a virtual monopoly ever since.

Consolidators had carte blanche for almost 13&hellip

This Is Radio Nowhere

Springsteen has it right.

This is Radio Nowhere.

"Is there anybody alive out there?"

The current movement by consolidators to fire their local live talent and move to a nationally syndicated Repeater Radio platform of phantom stations appears to be the final blow to a troubled industry.

We get that consolidators have really had it their way since the enabling legislation was passed in 1996 to deregulate radio ownership.

It's been a virtual monopoly ever since.

Consolidators had carte blanche for almost 13&hellip

Competing Against “Simon Says” Radio

My friend, the great radio programmer, George Johns once wrote to remind me that now is an excellent time to be competing against operators who are cutting back and taking their focus off their listeners.

Indeed, George is right.

Unfortunately, it seems a day doesn't go by that a radio CEO makes another stupid move that hurts their shareholders, staff and listeners.

So imagine -- while Clear Channel is moving toward nationally-produced local programming (or as I call it Repeater Radio on phantom stations), their non-consolidated competitors could be kicking their asses.

Could be.

Because many of them have&hellip

Competing Against “Simon Says” Radio

My friend, the great radio programmer, George Johns once wrote to remind me that now is an excellent time to be competing against operators who are cutting back and taking their focus off their listeners.

Indeed, George is right.

Unfortunately, it seems a day doesn't go by that a radio CEO makes another stupid move that hurts their shareholders, staff and listeners.

So imagine -- while Clear Channel is moving toward nationally-produced local programming (or as I call it Repeater Radio on phantom stations), their non-consolidated competitors could be kicking their asses.

Could be.

Because many of them have&hellip

Beware of ISPs — Internet Snooping Providers

The RIAA is still trying to stop music piracy.

Even after it swore that the days of filing lawsuits against consumers was over, they have managed to enlist the support of two more Internet Service Providers (ISP) in waging their continued war on copyright terror.

AT&T and Comcast have now joined Cox to become pen pals with customers the RIAA might accuse of uploading music to unauthorized P2P networks.

Don't worry. Nothing bad is going to happen.

AT&T and Comcast would then send the targeted users a notice informing them their account could be deactivated unless they stop.

See, nothing to worry&hellip

Beware of ISPs — Internet Snooping Providers

The RIAA is still trying to stop music piracy.

Even after it swore that the days of filing lawsuits against consumers was over, they have managed to enlist the support of two more Internet Service Providers (ISP) in waging their continued war on copyright terror.

AT&T and Comcast have now joined Cox to become pen pals with customers the RIAA might accuse of uploading music to unauthorized P2P networks.

Don't worry. Nothing bad is going to happen.

AT&T and Comcast would then send the targeted users a notice informing them their account could be deactivated unless they stop.

See, nothing to worry&hellip

Clear Channel’s New Phantom Radio Stations

It has been my belief that the end game for Clear Channel (and eventually the other lesser consolidated radio groups) is to run phantom radio stations.

Lee Capital Partners and Bain Media overpaid for the once mighty radio and outdoor company fully expecting that they could initiate economies of scale and eventually turn the properties around for a nice profit.

Without a Plan B, Lee & Bain are initiating one of the largest and perhaps deadliest cutback plans that promises to reshape the radio industry.

Last week, the other shoe dropped.

While you were being fed happy talk about the gigantic size of the&hellip

Clear Channel’s New Phantom Radio Stations

It has been my belief that the end game for Clear Channel (and eventually the other lesser consolidated radio groups) is to run phantom radio stations.

Lee Capital Partners and Bain Media overpaid for the once mighty radio and outdoor company fully expecting that they could initiate economies of scale and eventually turn the properties around for a nice profit.

Without a Plan B, Lee & Bain are initiating one of the largest and perhaps deadliest cutback plans that promises to reshape the radio industry.

Last week, the other shoe dropped.

While you were being fed happy talk about the gigantic size of the&hellip