Radio’s Other Music Tax

So what my Italian mother would have done -- and perhaps yours as well -- is to drag both parties by the ear and make them apologize to each other.

This is getting out of hand now between the record labels and the radio groups.

The labels have SoundExchange to ably lead their fight and radio has the NAB.

It's getting nasty.

This week, the labels had two major victories in their misguided attempt to get a radio station performance tax.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved its version of a performance royalty bill for terrestrial radio and, like the already approved House measure, it will require radio&hellip

The Disney Media Solution

Walt Disney Company has been the concept model for snagging the youth market for decades now.

Kids love Snow White. Mickey Mouse and Bambi.

They love to visit Disney World. Then buy Disney-branded products. Go back to a Disney theme park a second or third time. Watch Jungle Book and Wall-E. And watch Hanna Montana on Disney's cable channel. See High School Musical at the theater.

And on and on for generations.

What eventually happens is that the Disney kids grow up, have kids of their own and become big kids themselves -- all while continuing to consume Disney products.

Disney has been textbook about&hellip

Piracy Sells Music

To listen to the music industry, you'd think that unrestricted file sharing by consumers is killing them.

If so, I wonder if the major record labels can explain why Rosanne Cash just about gave away every cut in her new album "The List" and it wound up being number one -- in sales.

Time to get real with the worn out and ineffective music industry argument that they "wuz" robbed by file sharers.

Some six weeks ago, Rosanne Cash did what amounted to a 7-minute stint on NPR and sang one of the big tunes from her album "The List" entitled "Sea of Heartbreak", her duet with Bruce Springsteen.

Cash talked about it on&hellip

The Jay Leno Experiment & Radio

If you've been watching NBC Universal's 10 pm experiment in which it strips Jay Leno's imitation Tonight Show weeknights, then I'm sure you are seeing the similarities to what's happening in radio.

An excellent piece in The New York Times laid it all out a few days ago.

NBC wants to save money by eliminating the huge production costs of underwriting a new dramatic series (you know, the CSI-type) by going cheap.

An hour of Leno is chump change by TV production standards and yet the network is hopeful that a consistent 1.5&hellip

RADIO: If Bonneville Ran Cumulus, Citadel or Clear Channel

You've no doubt heard the rumors about Bonneville possibly buying one or more of Citadel's ABC stations to bolster its stable and steal them from a company that can't afford to pay the debt on the stations.

Whether that happens or not is hard to know as Citadel will be the first of the major consolidators to bite the big one come January if it cannot come up with a whopping $150 million debt payment.

Few on Wall Street think they will find the money -- of course, they could always sell some stations, but who could pay cash in this climate?

That brings me to Bonneville -- the best run radio group in the country and&hellip