Why is Warren Buffett Buying Newspapers?

Radio revenue is down 1% for April.

Revenue for the year will likely be flat or plus 1% -- that’s the best it can do.

Lew Dickey launched an all-news radio station in Atlanta that sounded better on day one than Randy Michaels’ stations did. 

Does that make Lew a better PD than Randy or does it make him a better manager than The Noise You Can’t Ignore?  After all, Michaels dispatched COO Walter Sabo after only six weeks even though Michaels had no credible news background.

All questions I will answer.

But if you think for one minute that I have not noticed Warren Buffett buying up local newspapers, you would be wrong.

I’m going to share with you what’s up with that because it is a warning signal everyone in media should heed.

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  • Has Warren Buffett all of a sudden gone dumb?  Is he getting old and farty?  What does Warren Buffett think he knows that we ought to pay attention to? I’ll lay it out and you decide.
     
  • The one thing Buffett looks for that newspapers have and radio does not – at least in his view.
     
  • Why Buffett would never buy a radio station – and it’s not what you’re thinking.
     
  • And, I will answer the question is Lew Dickey a better program director than Randy Michaels?  Believe it or not, there are some people who would say yes.  I’ll explain.

The answers begin here.

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30 Bold Media Predictions

We have previously predicted both the Clear Channel and Cumulus layoffs with laser like precision; the fall of Farid Suleman when it was unthinkable while he was at the height of power; acquisitions, trends in music and more.

But wouldn’t you like to know when John Hogan will be out at Clear Channel or Lew Dickey will get what he deserves?  Or a six-month advance warning on what position will be targeted next for layoffs at Cumulus, Clear Channel and the lemmings that always follow them.

Then, you’ll want to read this piece.

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1. Why we may look back on Mel Karmazin – that’s right, that Mel Karmazin – as every djs savior. 

2. Arbitron’s worst nightmare that could ruin its business model.

3.  When the reign of Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey will end in his family business.  I’ll tell you how many years he has left.  How long does programming henchman Mike McVay have to say “yes sir” to Lew Dickey before he’s on the street?  Here’s my best estimate.

4.  And John Hogan, when does he get thrown under the bus at Clear Channel? 

5.  Who will buy Clear Channel and the likely time frame?  Plus, what happens to Bob Pittman for those of you who are worried.  What Clear Channel will sell before it gets acquired.

6. What big news is coming from Bonneville?

7.  Which major top 5 consolidator will soon be caught between a rock and a hard place?  Not Cumulus.  Not Clear Channel.  Do you know?

8.  The next innovation from Apple that you don’t see coming.

9.  If John Malone takes over SiriusXM, here’s what I think his next earthshattering media move will be.  Did I say earthshattering?

10.  What will annihilate local music radio within 5 years?

11.  The present Clear Channel work force will be reduced by this many people by the end of this year – just seven months from now. 

12.  How many local personalities will be left on-air within two to three years?

13.  The next reduction in work force for Clear Channel and Cumulus – and which position is being targeted for massive extermination starting as early as the end of this year.  They’re coming after this position!

14.  The number of years left before those great mom and pop operators still doing local radio will have to sell to consolidators.  Plus, 16 more bold predictions you will want to know now.

The answers begin here.

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Radio’s Believe It Or Not

You go to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not for stories like the Vegas hamburger stand called The Heart Attack Grill with the sign outside that says: “Caution, This establishment is bad for your health … There have been several real heart attacks at The Heart Attack Grill”.

Or a boy’s soccer ball lost in a Japanese tsunami last year that was found in Alaska.

But you come here for a collection of the unbelievable but true things that are happening in the radio industry right now.

Some will make you laugh.  And some will make you cry.

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1.  A top ten market on-air promotion that actually asks listeners to tune out!  I’ve pulled it off Facebook for you to see while you scratch your head and say – huh?

2.  You’ve heard of the vanity City of Hope radiothon that 850+ Clear Channel stations were forced to do a month in advance of CEO Bob Pittman getting an award from the charity?  But have you heard of the “Help Fight Letting Bob Pittman Down” campaign on equally as many stations?  You will now.

3.  A company that is putting a radio format where no listeners can hear it?  And, unbelievably, put a news release out to brag about it.

4.  Or, a talent contract even worse than the ones offered by Cumulus & Clear Channel.  In this one, you can’t quit for 5 years but they can fire you every 13 weeks.  And it isn’t coming from Cumulus or Clear Channel – believe it or not!

5.  Why it would help to have an MBA to be an engineer at Clear Channel these days. 

The answers begin here.

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The Clear Channel Plan To Replace You

I’ve got “the memo” dated May 18th about what’s next for Clear Channel stations.

I’m going to quote it, interpret it and reveal how the plan I was supposedly making up over a year ago is ready to be rolled out now.

If you think your market is too large to see this implemented, remember, you were warned.

No market is too large or too small.

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1.  How corporate is demanding – not asking – local stations to comply with a 4-point plan designed to operate Clear Channel stations on autopilot.   Hello!  That means they are asking the victims to participate in their own execution.  Wait until you read it.

2.  The scary, creepy “big brother” paragraph dealing with “Show and Talent”.  Now there’s no hiding, read through the lines – it’s out in the open.

3.  How corporate wants local stations to turn over their on-air schedule to them but they want the local stations to actually punch it into the computer and take ownership of it.  Is that what keeps local?  National?  Screwed up?

4.  A better way to manage Premium Choice or as some proud local programmers might be soon calling it – garbage in and garbage out. 

5.  When will all this happen?  All I can say is the deadline for compliance is … well, hurry!

The answers begin here.

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Best New Businesses For Radio People

There’s no stopping Lew Dickey and Bob Pittman from having their way with the radio industry.

Soon there will be no stopping you from taking your media talents and starting something new, exciting and profitable.

Because you’re in my group, I want to share these 5 new businesses that are made for people like us.  In fact, I’m hot on two of them already – I like them that much and think you will, too.

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1.  Start a Video Station.  You’ve heard of a radio station, well, you’re going to really like this idea.  Costs very little.  Big upside.  Thousands of people are reading this today so you’ll want to get on it – now.  This is my favorite new business opportunity for media people.

2.  Startup money a problem?  You’ll like #2 – you can start this business on virtually nothing – and when you read it, remember the key word is “virtually”.  No matter what your financial situation, this is an entry-level new business that does not require an investment.

3.  Start your own social network.  Mark Zuckerberg just got his Facebook payday.  Why not you?  If you’ve ever attended one of my conferences you know that I believe the future is not Facebook or Twitter but social networks built around you, me, our products and services.  Here’s how.

4.  Start blogging for money.  I know, everyone’s a blogger but hardly any blogger makes money.  I’ve got a way that involves no paid subscriptions and no advertising sales.  You pick the area of interest or your expertise and I’ll show you a great money making alternative for professionals.  Hey, I’m going to do this for my book – I like it that much!

5.  Start your own radio station.  After all, Lew Dickey has his, now you can have yours without all the expense.  And you won’t need towers and transmitters. Oh, I am not talking about streaming, either.  Interested? 

The game plans begin here.

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