Cox Cutbacks

Cox – considered one of radio’s best groups – is currently under mandate from corporate to tighten up.

That is sending chills through an industry currently being ravaged by Clear Channel and Cumulus firings.  And those firings continue as we speak.

Today, I’ve got a look at Cox’s cutbacks for you.

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1.  Cox is making some big moves in talent – new formats and letting go a 20-year popular show in San Antonio.  How bad is it going to be?

2.  Will Cox markets continue to be run by local general managers or has corporate decided to take a page from John Hogan’s regional set up?

3.  The Cox severance package – you can now compare it with the ones in place at Clear Channel and Cumulus.

4.  The places Cox is most likely to trim.  Is sales safe?  Doubling up on jobs?

5.  The prospect of more voice tracking at Cox.

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Dickey’s Plan After the Firings

Lew Dickey is screaming at you – telling you what he is going to do with Cumulus after the first round of firings are completed at his Citadel stations.

Some of what he is going to do is so outrageous, you may not believe it.

But today, I’m going to lay it out for you.

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1.  The psychology behind how Dickey degrades Citadel, the company he acquired and what it portends for the future of Cumulus.  Dickey was interviewed by Dave Ramsey at a recent talk radio conference in Dallas.  You won’t believe the bizarre things he said in public.

2.  Dickey says the Citadel firings have been limited to 5% of the workforce or 200 people.  You can believe that or take a look at this number.

3.  The chip on his shoulder about the former ABC Radio Networks acquired in the Citadel purchase.  Cumulus has different plans for a radio network.

4.  There’s no way lenders in this stagnant economy are going to give Dickey more money to substantially grow Cumulus again, right?

5.  You’ve heard of AM formats migrating to FM – don’t be surprised at this potential Cumulus tactic that takes it one step further.

6.  Would Cumulus ever sell you or someone you know with capital a few of his stations?  Good question. 

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Changes Ahead At Cumulus and Clear Channel

Last week’s firings have caused lots of disruption to the lives of fired employees, to Cumulus and Clear Channel radio stations and to the audience.

As the dust settles, you can now piece together not only the human impact that is often overlooked, but also the potential indications of what is to come:

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1.  The line you’ll likely hear in future firings from an 11-year radio vet with a 21 share who was fired last week by Clear Channel.  This one line tells you where they are coming from and where they are headed.

2.  The one virtually safe Clear Channel job – safe from the major market firings due very soon.  If you’re in this situation, you’re probably okay for now.

3.  What will become of the former ABC Radio Networks now under the ownership of Cumulus.  It has a new mission.

4.  Unconfirmed but continuing reports that one of the two major consolidators has become a slow pay or no pay operator even as cutbacks are taking place.  Find out which one is being accused of dragging out accounts payable.

5.  In the wake of Clear Channel’s Metro Traffic firings last week, guess how many markets and stations a traffic reporter has to handle every morning in, say, Columbus.  You’ll never guess.

6.  The one consolidator in the midst of a firing spree, according to a report, that is allegedly making his salespeople sell “Putting America Back To Work” campaign.

7.  The fate of the legendary KLOS-FM in Los Angeles under the control of Cumulus.  One scary scenario is so goofy that I wouldn’t bet against it.

8.  An inside account of how Clear Channel New Orleans is directing radio sales people to sell iHeartRadio spots – you knew that was going to happen – in what this former employee says is deceiving to advertisers.

The answers start here.

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Clear Channel’s Next Two Moves

After last week’s massive firings, you’re probably wondering two things.

Are there more massive firings ahead?

And how in the world are companies like Clear Channel and Cumulus going to do even an imitation of local radio without people.  They can’t just use voice tracking.

Wait until you see the new computer system that allows San Antonio (or in this case Cincinnati) to hijack 850 radio stations.

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1.  First, the firings.  Are there more?  When?  How massive?  I called all of this last week to the specific day.  Here’s what I’m predicting now.

2.  First details on the new computer system that allows Clear Channel regional people to program everything from afar.  And when they will start being installed at local stations.

3.  How the new system will work – and how it prevents a local program director from doing very much to music and formatic elements – that is, if you can find a local program director.

4.  The first information on the new system that is a nightmare for local markets.  What people close to the building of the new computer system privately think will happen once it goes live.

5.  This new control freak’s dream couldn’t wind up on Cumulus stations, could it?  You won’t believe who owns the rights.

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Guy Zapoleon, Tell Me It Ain’t So

Yesterday, a day after firing over 200 people in one day (not to mention the thousands previously), Clear Channel President John Hogan made a big announcement that four people will replace them.

Say what?

Four people to replace hundreds?

Look beyond the spin to see the real intentions of Clear Channel as they await yet another bloodbath.

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1.  The real purpose of Clear Channel’s new National Programming Platform.  It’s not what they want you to think.

2.  What’s up with Guy Zapoleon pulling a Mike McVay and joining the executioners of local radio?

3.  How dangerous apologists for Clear Channel and Cumulus are and how they are helping the radio industry lose jobs. 

4.  The Clear Channel strategy to run local markets from far away and call it regional and local.  How it will sit with advertisers.

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Prepare for the Next Round of Firings

Wait until you see the firings that both Clear Channel and Cumulus have planned for the rest of this year.

I’ve got the playbook for you for what these two companies plan to do – and when. 

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CLEAR CHANNEL ...

1.  All about the computer upgrade that is coming to Clear Channel stations that will give corporate unprecedented control of local station content in real time.

2.  How extensive the use of Premium Choice (canned programming) will be.  25% of all Clear Channel markets?  You wish.

3.  Clear Channel has 12,000 employees right now.  Guess how many will be left in two years.  Here’s my best estimate.

4.  Why the major market firings that are coming will be even bigger than what we’ve seen in medium and small markets this week.  A bonanza for bean counters.  And a heads up on when the major market firings will start.

5.  Why you won’t be seeing Clear Channel migrating big AM brands to FM so much.  There is a reason and here it is.

CUMULUS …

1.  The unanticipated consequences of the massive Citadel firings going on right now.  Who has to worry next when the Dickeys finish with Citadel.

2.  Lew Dickey is hell bent upon doing something big in 2012 – and he’s not about to let the lives of fired employees get in his way.  Here’s what Dickey is after.

3.  The hidden problem in the Citadel-Cumulus acquisition that threatens the entire merger.  No one talks about this, but it could fatally damage the merger.

4.  Who the two most dangerous people in Cumulus really are – and, no – they don’t even have Dickey in their names.

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More Widespread Radio Firings Coming

A heartbreaking first day of Clear Channel firings took place yesterday with an estimated 200 people let go.

Meanwhile Cumulus took a wrecking ball to KLOS, Los Angeles claiming almost 20 jobs. 

But the bad news is that the firing is not over.  In fact, it is just starting.

Today, I want to give you a feel for the cruelty with which the firings were implemented and look ahead to what’s next.

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1.  Clear Channel mandates a Benefits Enrollment Supervisor to sit down with fired employees although the benefits are lean.  How lean?

2.  What one job category got slammed in almost every market where it exists – giving a clue to Clear Channel’s eventual end game.

3.  Why there were only sporadic firings in large markets like New York yesterday and when that is likely to end.

4.  How badly Metro Traffic was slammed and why nothing stopped good people from being thrown under the bus.  The prospect of more Metro firings.

5.  The follow-up plan to firing big name popular talent in medium markets.  Why Clear Channel is so anxious to waste popular talent.

6.  How it felt to get fired in the exact words of a Clear Channel employee who made the long walk to the conference room.  It’s chilling.

7.  One coward of a manager left town and let a minion do the firing.  I’ve got the sorry story.

8.  Severance packages that reward fired employees who worked far less time than others.  The inequity of botched severance pay as an added insult.

9.  And what happened in John Laton’s Iowa cluster now that he walked out on John Hogan.  You’ll never believe what Clear Channel did.

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