Cumulus Now Posting Spy Warnings

You’re not going to believe this but Cumulus is now posting notices that officially put their employees on notice they are being spied on.

But not all employees are taking this outrage sitting down.

An eyewitness report from a newstipster in our witness protection program is also spying on them.

Here’s what we’ve found out.

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1.  An actual picture of the Cumulus spy notification posted in the break room of a Cumulus cluster.  Rod Stewart was right – every picture tells a story.

2.  The market where this sign is currently posted to serve as an apparent legal notice to employees thinking of suing Cumulus for invasion of privacy.

3.  How the Cumulus spy cam works and what Atlanta gets to see not only when sales meetings are being held but also when they are not being held.

4.  One vital employee quit in the spy cluster recently after almost 10 years.  Wait until you hear what Cumulus lost.

5.  This is the market run by Lew Dickey’s new best friend.  How’s that recent firing of local air people working out for you?  We’ll breakout the ratings and see.

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Defending Against Declining Radio Rates

Radio’s new obsession with pricing advertising the way airlines price their seats is starting to have deleterious results.

And it doesn’t help that the industry’s number one group, Clear Channel, is fully operational with a national rate pricing system that actually pressures radio rates down.

Radio One CEO Al Liggins blasted Clear Channel for that approach late last week but there are positive things that can be done now to offset the effects of selling down rates. 

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1.  Media buyers are increasingly emboldened – they are squeezing radio rates on a good day even without Clear Channel’s bouncing rate card, but here is one specific thing buyers will pay a premium for.  Do it.

2.  A pro-active way for radio owners to not only hold the maximum rate but actually increase it among current advertisers.  It’s being done right now.  I’ll tell you where, who and how.

3.  Distance your station from rate droppers with the solution I explain in this piece is easy to implement and fast working.

4.  And, be careful of selling digital along side of radio -- here’s how buyers have wised up to getting top rate for both.  From now on rate cutters will be on their own.

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Clear Channel Turns On Its Memphis Henchman

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In the trade press, the firing last week of a Memphis market manager was described as a routine change in management, but it was far from that.

In fact, they left out two key elements.

That after doing all their firing and cutting back, Clear Channel wasted him in the worst way for all his blind loyalty to the Evil Empire. 

And, even as they threatened their surviving employees with their jobs in a meeting right after the management change, Clear Channel was simultaneously trying to rehire people they fired months and even years ago – people who they also threatened on the way out the door.

Here’s a first person account of the real story:

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1.  Brutal firing tactics – how one of “Hogan’s Henchmen” axed the market manager who until last week was their henchman.

2.  Details of the 7-minute ensuing staff meeting that sounded like it came right out of the Bill Bungeroth Cumulus playbook not Clear Channel’s – a meeting in which employees were insulted and threatened.  I’ve got the quote.

3.  The real reason Clear Channel may have acted in cold blood and believe it or not it had a lot less to do with underachieving than something else.

4.  Lew Dickey is kicking Clear Channel’s butt in Memphis and the way Dickey is managing this market is unlike how he runs his others.  I’ll explain.

5.  Fired employees revenge – the Clear Channel station that fired four key air people last fall, WDIA is trying to hire them back even as they were threatening others last week.  The dysfunctional details.   

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Townsquare Aims for a 2014 Merger with Cumulus

New reports from inside Townsquare Media indicate that the company is beefing up its revenue stream, especially digital, for what some managers say is a poorly kept secret – a 2014 merger with Cumulus.

Cumulus will no doubt make another acquisition if not more than one prior to any potential Townsquare merger.

Here’s what I’ve learned that you will want to know.

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1.  What market managers have been told that no one else knows about the possible exit strategy for investment bank Oaktree.

2.  The wallet cards given out to managers that tell the story as a constant reminder of where Townsquare is heading.  I’ll tell you what’s printed on the cards that managers are told to carry with them.

3.  Plan B – if Cumulus doesn’t pay a pretty penny for Townsquare. 

4.  How some say Townsquare’s digital exit plan includes some fuzzy math when it comes to digital dollars vs. radio dollars.  Read it in a top executive’s own words.

5.  You won’t believe the percentage of business Townsquare is mandating by 2014 that is not to be radio income.  Go ahead -- take a guess.

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Billboard’s New “Not 100”

What the heck is Billboard doing now by adding on-demand streaming to its Hot 100 hit lists?

Shouldn’t they be going to school on Pandora instead?

Why it’s wrong to track popularity if you want to be popular in the digital age – and I’m going to prove it.

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1.  The reason Pandora, the most popular streaming service is not included in the new Billboard charts. 

2.  How the new look of Billboard Hot 100 is actually going to be dangerous in the hands of label executives.

3.  The labels are not going to like the results because – and I’ll tell you how – on-demand streaming popularity proves that piracy is not what is hurting record sales.  They don’t want to know what really is.

4.  And piracy is rampant worldwide – still.  Why the labels will never stop it.

5.  Steve Jobs is talking from his grave warning the music industry that they are headed in the wrong direction.  His advice here.

6.  Why CD sales were up 2% worldwide in 2011 and why they could have easily been down 2%.  Predictions for 2012.

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Rush Limbaugh’s Secret Comeback Plan

Bain Channel has hired a top public relations crisis management expert to advise them in the Rush Limbaugh controversy.

Limbaugh’s neither playing defense nor offense.

He’s looking for a game change.

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1.  What the Bain PR whiz is likely telling Rush and Clear Channel to make this all go away.

2.  The two words you will be hearing from now on from Rush and his handlers instead of “slut” and “prostitute”.

3.  The surprising role social networking will play in the comeback of Limbaugh.

4.  How Clear Channel will manipulate traditional media to come out ahead.

5.  Forget paying all those fees to that PR whiz, here’s a surefire way to make Rush good again with his advertisers and safe from his detractors who are trying to take him down.

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Cumulus to Crack Down on Employees for 2011 Losses

Cumulus announced yesterday another unprofitable year in 2011 and not much hope until at least July this year.

Now according to sources in various markets Cumulus is going to crack down on the real culprits for their poor performance – their employees.

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1.  Who is coming to take you away, Ha-haa! – starting next week.  Which Cumulus workers should look out!

2.  Those “Stay Bonuses” are due to be paid by Friday to Citadel sellers who agreed to stay on for 6 months with Cumulus.  Then, guess what happens.

3.  The surprising results of massive Citadel firings the past 6 months.

4.  Reducing sales commissions and eliminating local programming are now over at Cumulus, right?

5.  The Huckabee abortion – my sources close to one major market says Cumulus doesn’t have the balls to replace Limbaugh’s advertising (even as it declines) with Huckabee’s lack of income.  Media buyers tell all.

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