Cumulus Calls Roto-Rooter

Don’t believe it!

Cumulus and Townsquare didn’t do a massive small market station swap.  There was no swap.

It was investment bank plumbing and wait until you see what is going to happen next.

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1.  The main motivation for the deal – and it wasn’t money, it wasn’t really getting better markets.  It’s devious.

2.  Why Oaktree, the investment bank, is committing radio incest. 

3.  Why this coup by Lew Dickey sets the table for the next Cumulus acquisition.  Don’t worry. I’ll name the two leading candidates to sell to Lew.  One of them will make your jaw drop, I guarantee you.

4.  Why this so-called “swap” which was really not a swap is the beginning of a new corporate strategy for Cumulus and the Dickeys.  Here’s how it is different from the way they have been operating.  

5.  What Cumulus is likely to do with the $116 million check Townsquare is giving them.  You are being warned.

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The New Clear Channel Ambush

Coming soon to Clear Channel and Cumulus – stealth firings and more brutal tactics then we’ve seen so far.

And I’ve got the details of what went down in the most recent career assassination from a source who is now in my Witness Protection Program.

It isn’t pretty.

Late last week Clear Channel had their way with a 64-year old morning personality who worked for his station for 23 years.

Prior to firing, they allegedly bullied him, set him up, threatened him if he didn’t sign 3 pieces of paper on the spot, then kicked him to the street.

Before that they fired his producer, reportedly drove a wedge between him and his on-air sidekick and got rid of local news and traffic just as a warm up.

This is the way of the future for Clear Channel and Cumulus and employers who follow their lead.

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If you’ve been thinking about subscribing to my work and would like to access this story, you probably realize that radio is changing and the way we get no nonsense intelligence is changing.  Let me tell you what you will get.

1.  How this successful, award winning 23-year morning personality was set up, knocked down and forced to either sign a 3-page document admitting to Clear Channel inferences about his work or be fired.  (Believe me, not for an empty stomach).

2.  What was in the three pages that he didn’t sign and you wouldn’t either?  Even if it meant your job.

3.  The Ambush – a timeline of how Clear Channel hunted their victim until they either got him to sign off on their complaints or fire him.

4.  The Legal Bullying – how they approached him, what they allegedly said and did.

5.  Questionable Legal Maneuvers – Why Clear Channel would have been wise to consult a lawyer and why the fired personality probably will.

6.  What were the unreasonable demands?  I’ve got a sampling of them including the one that this personality called “crazy” – and it is.

7.  What are your legal rights they don’t want you to know regarding severance pay and non-competes.  You’ve already made your subscription back in one day.

The answers begin here.

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An Algorithm That Can Write News

This is an amazing story I can’t wait to share with you.

But don’t tell Lew Dickey or he’ll be on the phone dialing for dollars before he launches the new Cumulus all-news format he’s planning for Atlanta and eventually beyond.

Okay then, it’s just between us, right?

I’m going to tell you about a company that has developed an algorithm that can actually replace real, live, breathing, educated news reporters.

Scott Herman, stop!!!  Don’t read this, either.

The prospect of news being written in an instant by an algorithm is both really neat and scary at the same time.  I know you’ll want to be first to get the no-nonsense scoop on this technology.

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1.  How computer-based algorithm news writing actually works, which company developed it and just how good can an algorithm write a news story.  I’ll tell you this – they can do in a split second – take a look at this and you tell me how good it is. Employers also don’t pay for health care.

2.  Where an algorithm writing news, sports and weather can actually fit into media and how we must all change to be more valuable and more creative than an algorithm.  (I’m starting a free blog on this soon for my readers, more in today’s article).  An algorithm can’t write a “teaser” like this, can it? 

3.  If “All Algorithm News All The Time” can happen, can Siri read the stories?  Seriously?  Click through and find out.

4.  What is more important than a college degree (or even Masters) going forward if algorithms like this one are going to find a place in the media business – and believe me, they are.

5.  Where you can learn more to keep you ahead of the trend that most people don’t even see coming.  Great source material with a link you’ll really appreciate.

The answers begin here.

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The Tragedy of Emmis Broadcasting

Emmis Broadcasting has been reduced to renting out its big market signals to keep the wolf away from the door. 

Thursday’s rental deal with ESPN in New York and sale of Kiss 98.7’s intellectual property as a result is the last straw.

But it isn’t.

There are things you probably don’t know yet about how bad things are for Emmis and how some other radio broadcasters are also going to be toast in the not too distant future.

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1.  How Sam Zell of Randy Michaels fame could bring Emmis down. 

2.  The interest rate of Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan’s latest loan – but take a seat because you’ve probably never seen a number this high or desperation so great.

3.  Where Emmis is getting the money to stay afloat.

4.  What five other radio companies will either have to grow or go – and do it soon.

5.  Which three groups will be among the few that will be left standing when several more radio companies dissipate and go away and the almost unbelievable scenario for ones that survive.

The answers begin here.

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Bob Pittman’s Private Jet

I’m not in a very good mood right now.

I’m choking over the departure of WBT, Charlotte morning talent Keith Larson who was told by Greater Media – get this -- that they are not picking up his contract, but that they’d like to keep him as a part-timer!

Greater Media now is acting like Cumulus and Clear Channel – what’s up with that?

That’s why every chance I can get a good laugh, I take it. 

So, a few days ago it was Lew Dickey’s Playboy Playmate girlfriend who I learned was a subscriber of mine – leaving me to do a lot of explaining to my wife.

Today, Bob Pittman’s private jet.

One of my “repeater reporters” slacked off from his real job all day to uncover some of the most fascinating if not funny facts about Pittman Airways.

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1.  The tail number on Pittman’s private jet – a vanity plate of sorts?

2.  What the Pitchman has managed to pitch to the FAA – and they bought it!

3.  How ex-employees could have been able to track his whereabouts if not for this one thing.

4.  What Pitchman managed to talk Bain Capital into – a sweeter arrangement you’ll be hard put to find.

5.  Why the trappings of arrogance and financial success almost always lead to the downfall of radio’s 1%.  I called it on Farid Suleman at Citadel.  Now, I’m going on record as to which spoiled brat is next.

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Pimping Out Radio For Record Label Partnerships

It’s bad enough that record labels can get Clear Channel to mandate airplay for certain artists every hour on the hour for days on end.

Now this.

News that a major artist’s new song is going to become a top 5 featured hit without ever being released or even spending one day on a music chart.

Everyone is supposed to act like they don’t know anything because what is going on is sickening and, frankly, unbelievable.

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1.  What was in that last minute Clear Channel memo yesterday that once again ordered CHR stations to play a phantom song – no questions asked?  I’ll tell you who sent the memo out, too.

2.  Where was this “top 5” song on the Mediabase Top 150?  I’ve got really good eyes and I’m still looking.  Maybe you can help me find it?

3.  What Clear Channel gets in return for whoring out its CHR stations again?

4.  Ever hear of a song making a Clear Channel top five list and not getting any airplay at all?  You’ll hear about it now.

5.  What’s going on behind the scenes that Clear Channel doesn’t want anyone to know about this?

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Employees Rate the Best & Worst Radio Groups

You better sit down for this.

There are worse radio companies to work for than the Evil Empire and The Dickey Dynasty.

And it’s not just me saying this; it’s a real time poll that I am going to share with you where radio employees get to grade their owners.

And there are lots of surprises.  Honestly I was taken aback by some of the results so I know you’ll want to know.

If you’re expecting to be in the market for a new radio job someday, you’ll also want to see the radio groups that employees absolutely love.

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1.  What are the 6 very top groups for employee satisfaction?  Two of these employee-based ratings really surprised me.  Let’s see what you think.

2.  Which two radio companies both earned a 50% satisfaction rating from their employees, which means – guess what the other 50% gave them. 

3.  How badly did Clear Channel and Cumulus rate with their employees?  They have about the same rating but was it better than we’re giving them credit for.  I’m secure enough to put it out there.

4.  And, which two radio groups actually scored below Cumulus and Clear Channel in workforce satisfaction?  What a distinction!  One radio group actually got a zero from its employees.  Beware of that one.

5.   How Pandora’s employees rated them – after all, they call themselves a radio company and just for fun, what do Sirius XM workers think of working for Mel?

6.  Quick, which radio company got a perfect 100%?  Say it now before you click through and let me know if you guessed it.

7.  How you can vote your conscience in a no nonsense way – a link. 

The answers begin here.

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