The Winningest Radio Group

Next time Clear Channel CEO Bob “Pitchman” Pittman tries to tell you he runs the best radio group in the world, you will know that he may only be half right.

And that’s like being half-pregnant.

Useless.

I’m going to share some research with you from PPM markets that is eye opening to say the least.

Which radio groups win the most in PPM ratings.

There are a few names on this list that I know will shock you (they shocked me) but it proves a great point.

We now have two radio industries.

One dominated by monopolies backed by venture capital.

The other, mostly small companies that operate local radio stations.

So let the listeners decide, whose is the winningest?

Lew or Bob or well, you’ll see.

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1.  How the big boys rank in ratings based on their sheer size.

2.  But when expressed as a percentage of stations, which groups win the most.  I’ll countdown 11 of them in order.

3.  Which one broadcaster is so surprising, you may not even be aware that they are in business, but boy, they sure are according to this.

4.  How the big getting bigger and the small (by comparison) getting smaller will impact the radio industry going forward.

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Stop Streaming

There are a ton of new reasons to stop streaming terrestrial radio stations online.

There’s new research on the attention span of consumers that you’ll want to know.

But also a fundamental change in the sociology of technology or how real live listeners now use their mobile devices including radio.

I am going to share the latest on what I’ve learned about how our listeners are changing and what steps we can take to keep up with them.

Can we make a smart phone a “Walkman”?

Can a Walkman even work for today’s listener?

Radio is making decisions that are directly opposite to what their listeners actually want from them and we’re going to straighten that out right here.

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Follow the Smart Money Out of Radio

There is a new trend developing in the radio industry that promises to reshuffle markets and clusters in a way not seen before.

It’s happening now and with the recent announcement that Cox will be selling stations in six markets, the handwriting is on the wall.

Here’s a look at what’s going to happen to radio groups, the industry and a new type of media company emerging only a few years from now.

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1.  What Cox is really up to by selling six radio markets, shuffling staff and buying more TV.  The end of radio for Cox or the beginning of something new?  You may be surprised.

2.  The radio group that is changing the ownership model.

3.  Here’s the future of radio in a nutshell – how the industry may start to look in as few as five years (or less).

4.  How Cumulus and Clear Channel fit into the radio selloff that is beginning to happen.  What if they don’t?

5.  Radio used to be a service and lifeline, but now bigger media companies want to own stations for an entirely different reason.  You’re probably not going to like what they have in mind for radio when they buy it.

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Cox To Announce Sale of 30 Stations Today

Cox Radio is set to announce today at noon that it will sell 30 stations in 5 markets.

This is major because Cox is generally acknowledged as an excellent radio operator and taking the step of reducing its portfolio of stations is unsettling in an industry where consolidators are ruining stations.

Here’s the information from my network of news sources ahead of the Cox announcement today.

Plus, something you will not get anywhere else – the truth about how it will impact the future of Cox, their competitors and the radio industry.

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1.  Is this the start of Cox’s eventual exit from radio?  Yes or no.

2.  Which specific markets are going to be sold.

3.  Big markets?  Small markets?  How Cox made the decision to sell these clusters.

4.  What are the chances Cumulus buys some or all of the 30 Cox stations where they don’t have ownership overlaps?

5.  What’s the over/under that Clear Channel could cherry pick these markets?

6.  Which potential buyers have the strongest chances.

7.  What problems does Cox face in trying to sell these 5 markets.

8.  Two new ownership trends are developing.  You should see them and know them now.

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Sketchy New Clear Channel & Cumulus Tactics Exposed

Clear Channel and Cumulus are doing some pretty sketchy things behind the scenes.

Luckily for them, very few people know about them.

Until now.

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1.  A new way to program multiple stations with virtually the same music and content in virtually the same order without making it a network or syndication thus keeping in “local” in a convoluted way.  Wait until you see this “local” programming trick.

2.  One major group has locked out its local program directors from their computer system.  Here’s the new deal.

3.  Cumulus caves – that’s right, caves -- to our pressure to keep one of its promises.  See which one.

4.  A new round of forced endorsements is underway at Clear Channel except as one source reports the product they are being forced to endorse may be harmful to their health.  You can’t make this stuff up.

5.  The 2nd annual iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas sold out within minutes.  But listeners are pissed about how Clear Channel is making it up to them – like getting screwed twice.

6.  How successful are Clear Channel and Cumulus when they cut on-air personalities’ pay by 50% or more.  Here are some actual numbers. 

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