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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The Next Cumulus and Clear Channel Firings

Okay, we know that Clear Channel is only in day two of its massive firings with more coming in the days and weeks ahead.

And that Cumulus is literally gutting its Citadel stations one at a time until every one is reduced to a tower and transmitter.

So what cutbacks are next?

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1.  The next potential job category to be drastically downsized may surprise you.  They thought they had job security, but Clear Channel came up with this new plan.

2.  What one tipster says Cumulus is doing before they fire programming people. A hint:  it’s online and not in person.

3.  Clear Channel is not through blowing up Metro Traffic.  Here’s how.

4.  The big bang didn’t happen yet at Clear Channel in spite of the many firings yesterday.  Here’s when it will and what kind of blow it will be.

5.  Which company is more blood thirsty to keep the firing up – Clear Channel or Cumulus?

6.  If you work in sales at Clear Channel you may be safe if you have this one kind of job and may be the next victim if you have the other.  I’ll explain.

7.  The rest of the radio groups will sit out this massive replacement of local talent with national syndication, right?

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Clear Channel Firing Timeline

Do you ever get the feeling the executives at Cumulus and Clear Channel actually like making people worry about their jobs? 

It sure seems that way since reducing work force is done all the time in other industries without all the drama and needless worry.

This morning the clock is ticking with regard to the expected next round of Clear Channel massive cutbacks thought to coincide with President John “Flash Drive” Hogan’s major market managers meeting underway today in Chicago.

It’s hard to know exactly when the detonation will occur, but there are some things about the timeline that are very predictable that I will share with you today.

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1.  What must happen first before cutbacks can begin in any given Clear Channel cluster.  In other words, if this hasn’t happened, you’ve probably got a few more weeks.

2.  The elapsed time between when Hogan hands off his flash drives to regional managers and actual firings.  A pretty good estimate – right here.

3.  My best assessment of which job position has a three times greater chance of being eliminated in this round of firings than any other job.  It’s my estimate based on sources who are on the ground at Clear Channel.

4.  When are the majority of the firings to be completed? And do they start up again?

5.  What is the safest position in at a Clear Channel station right now as the firings commence – and why that position is in jeopardy next year.

6.  Where is designer CEO Bob Pittman and what is he working on while Hogan drops the axe.

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How The Clear Channel Firings Will Go Down Today

John Hogan will be passing out those infamous flash drives to major market managers starting today in Chicago when he meets with them.

But the cost cuts Hogan mandated a little over a week ago to smaller market managers should kick in.

There is a pattern to how this executioner does it and I am going to share that with you today.

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1.  Where the most cutbacks will come from.

2.  The Clear Channel plan that brings double savings!  That’s right – double.

3.  When the first firings should commence.

4.  There will likely be some survivors – this is my best thinking as to who the lucky ones may be and why they won’t be lucky for long.

5.  An idea of how pressured some regional managers are feeling to fire people, some do not want to terminate.  Hogan is holding them to the fire with this one comparable statistic – and they had better show Hogan a way to reduce it.

6.  Voice tracking is safe, right?

7.  One programming arm is going to look like a war zone when their cutbacks are implemented.  I’ll tell you which one is about to get annihilated.

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