Expect Something Big & Bad From Clear Channel in July

I’ve finally figured out a more exact time for the next big Clear Channel cutbacks.

I know.

They fire people every week.

But I’m talking about the magnitude of the layoffs they did last fall that really reduced the workforce.

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1.  Which month I’ve pinpointed for a layoff the size of, say, the ones last November.  I think you’ll agree when I explain it like this.

2.  What the giveaway was – Bob Pittman’s behavior tipped me off.  I’ll tell you how.

3.  Why another big layoff is possible beyond the one I’m pinpointing here.  I’ve got the same feeling I had the last time I called one.

4.  Why Clear Channel employees who think they are safe for now are looking in the wrong place for future firings.  It could be uglier.  I’ll explain.

5.  Where to send your resume now – not later.

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Lew Dickey Exposed

Lew Dickey’s boys like to tell their employees that Jerry Del Colliano is making up all the stuff he’s reporting about Cumulus. 

Well, wait until you see what I “made up” today.

Lew Dickey has been subscribing to Inside Music Media under an assumed name.

That’s not a crime, but wait until you hear who it is and why he would do it.

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1.  What name did Lew make up so he could read Inside Music Media every day when he could have done like ever other CEO and used his real name? 

2.  Is this other person Lew is hiding behind actually paying for Lew’s subscription, too?  Now that would be really cheap, wouldn’t it?

3.  No, it’s not Bill Bungeroth.  Okay, I can’t hold it anymore.  Lew is subscribing under the name of – well, let’s just say it’s a woman, a beautiful woman.  And I’ve got pictures.

4.  How an investigation turned up this lie.

5.  What I am offering Lew Dickey to never say another critical thing about him again.  And I’m even willing to pay him!  A must read.

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Cumulus Working on 3 New Ways to Layoff More Employees

John Dickey is going to be real pissed.

He has sworn his inner circle to secrecy because he doesn’t want this to get out.

But I’m going to share with you 3 new initiatives Cumulus is working on that will allow it to make many more personnel cutbacks.

Cumulus is up to something big and it is only one of three planned moves that will shakeup the company and scare employees before the year is up.

Wednesday, Dickey calls his loyal lackeys to Atlanta to start one of them.

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1.  Exactly what John Dickey is going to start this Wednesday.  Who is coming to Atlanta and what they will be working on.  If they can pull this off, Cumulus will then be able to fire a lot more employees by the end of the year.

2.  What the two new programming projects are that will provide Cumulus with programming Hamburger Helper – and when.  The Dickeys don’t want their employees to quit until they have these things in place.  Then they can fire them.

3.  Who Cumulus corporate has been hiring in the past few months.  No, not more managers.  Not more local air talent.  Not more salespeople with no radio experience from Cintas Uniform Rental.  They are hiring someone else’s leftover talent.  See who here.

4.  Where beta testing begins in three weeks on a second moneysaving initiative that will allow remote control operation of all their local stations.  You’ll want to know when this is coming so you can get another job in advance.

5.  Why the Dickeys are about to have a baby.  Let’s see – a baby takes nine months to be born, right?  I’ll tell you the name they are considering.

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Clear Channel’s City of Hopelessness

It really pisses me off that Bob Pittman ordered every one of his Clear Channel clusters to raise approximately $100,000 for a charity he chose (“City of Hope”) and do it by June when Pittman can hand them a big check in LA and they can give him a major award.

It’s kind of like Bain does charity.

So, I’ve put together a way that even Bob Pittman can harness the power of Clear Channel beyond charity while he’s out raising money to refinance $18 billion in debt.

And, it’s a moneymaking idea for the company, too.

After all, charity begins at home.

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Cumulus Dirty Tricks

How far will Cumulus go to screw an employee?

To quote Ed McMahon as he used to talk to Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent who could psychically “divine” unseen answers to unknown questions:

“I hold in my hand the envelopes. As a child of four can plainly see, these envelopes have been hermetically sealed. They've been kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnall's porch since noon today. No one knows the contents of these envelopes, but you …”

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1.  What do you get from Cumulus when one of your employees is called to jury duty and cannot get out of it?  As smart as my readers are, you will never ever guess!

2.  What do you call a sales team that turns down a free company-issued iPod?  Why would all of them look a Cumulus gift horse in the mouth?  Wait until you see (and by the way, isn’t this a good time to stop reading these teasers and get the whole story by joining our group?).

3.  What do you call an Instant Pay Cut?  Yes, Cumulus has found a new way for some of their employees to make less without even docking their wages or hours.  John Hogan, don’t you read this!

4.  What does a Cumulus worker have to do to make a quick, no questions asked $500 bonus on the spot?  No kidding, here’s their deal.

5.  What is worth more to Cumulus than cutting a worker’s hours and making them part-time?  This is it!

6.  What is the dirty little secret about Cumulus and Citadel non-competes that they don’t want you to know?  One of my readers found out and is in a sharing mood.

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Dick Clark

Here’s a more appropriate appreciation of Dick Clark that is designed to counteract the negativity of music blogger Bob Lefsetz who trashed him in an obituary yesterday before his body was cold.

God forbid when Lefsetz dies, I want write his obit.

In the meantime, here’s a side of Dick Clark you won’t get elsewhere.

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Radio Layoff Timeline

Major layoffs are coming to radio within months. 

I’ve had a strong record of predicting cutbacks and firings over the years and now it’s time to warn you about what’s next.

I’m hearing increased chatter that the two largest employers – Clear Channel and Cumulus – are getting set for what will turn out to be a major dilution of its workforce over the next couple of months.

What I’m talking about is massive and, when completed, will help owners attain their goal of nationalizing local radio.

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1.  By late spring/summer, Clear Channel has these plans to eliminate two targeted station positions that will save them a ton of money.

2.  Which markets are safer – major, medium or small?  Or are they all targets?  I’m hearing one market size will be relatively safe – at least until the end of the year.  I’ve got it for you here.

3.  By summer/fall Cumulus will likely be employing this strategy to stretch their exiting on-air personnel further. 

4.  New outside of market programming is being prepared for the two largest operators possibly as early as this summer.  You’ll want to track this one.

5.  The bare bones model for local radio is emerging.  How much is local.  How much is syndicated and how soon will it happen.

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