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The New Year has hardly begun and my Repeater Reporter network is back in full swing again reporting abuses and out of this world real stories about the consolidators who are running radio.

They are burning up the phones to 1-800-CALL JD.

Just as in Ripley's Believe It Or Not that inspired this series -- these deals, bizarre events and items are so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims.

As incredible as they may seem, sadly, there is no shortage of bizarre stories like these in the radio industry today.

Here are the latest allegations:

Cumulus Writes Up a Sales Rep for Too Much&hellip

Pissing Away the Audience

There was a real good piece written by Scott Harris for AOL recently that is so scary it ought to make anyone in the media business think seriously about the repercussions of how they are making decisions.

The article reports that television

How the Music Industry Is About To Change

The bad news is in -- as it has been almost every year since 2000.

Album sales in the U.S. are down year to year 13% and that includes digital revenue according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That

Why Failed Radio CEOs Get Contract Renewals

How does a CEO drive a company into bankruptcy and wind up getting rewarded for it?

It happened again late last week.

Let me set the scene.

It becomes public that Regent, the small market radio group, failed to make a loan payment by their December 31st deadline.

But wait

The Leno Lesson

So NBC screwed up.

Programming execs tried to plan for the future five years ago but the future is never predictable. Just try to remember what life was like five years ago and see if you could have predicted the ways things are today.

Ironically, the announcement that Jay Leno