Secret Plans of Radio Consolidators

Notice how quiet it is out there in radioland?

Not for long.

Clear Channel, Cumulus and one other radio group is hell bent to thin out their workforce even more and put more programming on autopilot.

Here’s what people on the ground are telling me about reductions in workforce at two serial offenders and one new perpetrator.

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1.  If you’re in this size Clear Channel market, look out!

2.  My sources close to the action tell me there are big changes ahead for Cumulus clusters and I’ve got them for you right here.  And, by the way, is something up with Jan Jeffries?

3.  Believe it or not – one radio group is starting to head in the wrong direction.  I’ll tell you how and who it is so you can be warned in advance.

4.  The two big radio groups that are – so far, anyway – refusing to do any more major downsizing.  If you work for them, you can feel safe.  And believe me, I don’t use those words very much.

5.  The radio group once on the radar screen but lost in space that actually has a chance at a comeback.  No promises, but this would be major.

The answers begin here.

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Digital Radio Is a Fraud

The radio industry says that digital is up 15% while radio revenues are up 1%.

Huh!

And what is their definition of digital?

Radio, the industry that sat out the Internet revolution and lost an entire generation of future listeners to file sharing and mobile devices is flirting with danger again.

This article tells you why and names four things you can do right now to get real about digital content developed by radio and/or radio people.

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1.  The four big digital hot buttons – Siri, content dumping, you as the new social network not Twitter or Facebook and setting up shop with listener’s credit cards. No one in radio is focusing on this – here’s how you can.

2.  The medium ad agency buyers prefer after they buy spot TV.  You won’t believe it but a new study that I will quote says it is so.

3.  The real digital strategies of radio groups – even good ones – and why they aren’t ready for prime time.

4.  The big radio group that is known to require sellers to make their digital numbers even if they take drain money from radio buys.

5.  Four radio groups that have a reputation for not giving away streaming as value added to a radio buy.  You’re going to want to sit down for this intelligence.

6.  Why individuals or startups can jump on the four digital hot buttons today and get way out ahead of radio if they want to pursue a real hot growth business.

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KFI, Los Angeles – Idiots Playing With Whitney Houston’s Fans

Can radio find another way to screw up Whitney Houston’s death?

Now there is news of two more horrific examples of consolidated radio blowing it.

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1.  What at least one Cumulus classic hits station was ordered to do last Monday morning?  

2.  John & Ken weren’t the only idiots at KFI, Los Angeles when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” on-air yesterday.  There’s a bigger one than that.

3.  Why radio has all of a sudden started acting uncool and 7 surefire ways to please your audience instead of piss them off. 

4.  New social networking concepts that radio would be smart to employ a.s.a.p. because listeners would perceive them as positive.

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Sony Music Dances on Whitney Houston’s Grave

How stupid is a record label that tries to gouge consumers by exploiting the death of a music superstar?

Not as stupid as we might be if we fail on these 5 New Rules of Social Media.

How do you stack up?

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1.  Sony did the opposite of what they should have done.  Learn from their mistake and do this instead when faced with a social media crisis.

2.  Apple stores have the answer for Sony.

3.  How a company that owns the beached Italian cruise ship and Sony Music did the same thing to piss off customers.  Don’t do this.

4.  How social media – Twitter, Facebook, and networking – has changed in the past year.  Keep up.

5.  Do you know the new goal of social media?  Sony didn’t, but you will.

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Radio’s Broken Word Format

Spoken word is not the salvation of FM.

Even Randy Michaels can’t make it work.

Only the radio brands that have paid attention and protected their flanks will survive the future.

But here are 5 formats that I’m saying will work on radio.

First one in – wins.

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1.  No format radio.  I’ve got the blueprint for how to do it and where the cash streams come flowing in.

2.  Music discovery.  You won’t do regular hit radio even if PPM blesses it once you hear this version of the hit music station listeners will crave.

3.  Daypart radio.  How to build one 4-6 hour station with great local content and then what to do with it that keeps costs so low even Lew Dickey would love it.  Okay, I’m lying about the Lew Dickey part.  The rest – all true.

4.  Radio as a mobile online sampler.  You’ve never heard this idea.  If you’ve got an open mind you can beat your competition to it.  Radio’s future right here.

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How Radio Should Have Handled Whitney

When Whitney Houston died the other day, I told you in graphic terms what didn’t work about radio’s lack of response.

Now, I’m going to offer what works.

On-air.  Digital.  And social networking.

It’s not too late.  She’s being buried Saturday and there will be a next time so be ready.  Steal these 10 strategies now.

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1.  Rule #1 – get this right and you’re off and running.  Blow it and everything else you do doesn’t really matter.  Did you do this right last Saturday?

2.  The single, coolest and impressive thing a radio station can do when their audience loses a huge artist.  And virtually no station does it – until you do.  A complete playbook.

3.  What to do on-air – day of a big event and in the days after.  Don’t think you know what today’s listeners really want.  Look here first.

4.  Best new ways to connect with the audience.

5.  A new, better way to use Facebook and Twitter.

6.  A new social networking service I highly recommend you embrace – you’ll thank me.

7.  Some very cool things your station can do to win the hearts of fans and future fans but even read this if you don’t have the guts, because you’ll need them.

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Huckabee as the New Rush Limbaugh

Cumulus is spitting in the face of Clear Channel now.

Lew Dickey is pulling Rush Limbaugh off his air no matter how good the ratings and revenue to save more money.

And now Bob Pittman is stuck with a talker who is used to getting paid licensing fees just to be on the air.

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1.  The real strategy behind Cumulus replacing the highly rated Limbaugh with the lower rated Huckabee.

2.  What happens if the ratings decline once Limbaugh is off.

3.  The new model we’re now seeing at Cumulus inspired by the people who will help them buy one or more of these three radio groups I am about to name.

4.  Clear Channel’s dilemma.  Cumulus pulling Limbaugh isn’t just a programming change, it upsets the kind of money Clear Channel can get for its expensive talk star.  Here are the gory details.

5.  Guess who may turn out to be the big winner.  Not Rush.  Not Huckabee.  You’ll never guess.

6.  What both Cumulus and Clear Channel can’t see coming directly at them from left field.  But you will and you may want to use it to your advantage.

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