50 Ways To Leave A Dickey

Michael Baisden was fired yesterday for daring to negotiate with Lew “Tricky” Dickey and his “Other Brother” Elroy, I mean John.

It’s an ugly new chapter of hardball Dickey style as the firing of Baisden is a perfect example of what new dirty tactics Cumulus employees may face as the company struggles with bankruptcy concerns and waits for the 2014 acquisition of CBS Radio.

Now, 50 ways to leave a Dickey.

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  1. What one thing a Cumulus employee must never ever do when they are negotiating with a Dickey.
  2. The only person who ever sliced and diced the Dickeys in a contract negotiation.  And here’s how he did it.
  3. What stops the Dickeys from going through with enforcing a non-compete for employees they’ve either fired or who have left on their own.
  4. Why Cumulus is now letting contracts expire without serious negotiations in advance of this sucker punch.
  5. Finally!  The answer to the question why would Cumulus fire employees like Michael Baisden who are making them tons of money rather than keep him at a pay cut he was willing to take.

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New Cumulus Management Crisis

Top managers are walking out on Lew Dickey.

It’s so bad, that less than 2 weeks ago one market manager quit after just four months on the job and this is becoming more prevalent.

And he was the latest of 6 managers to run the cluster since 2006 – even more failed since Cumulus bought the station before that.

Long-suffering Cumulus employees vowed that they were waiting for one thing to happen before they walked.  I’ll tell you what that one thing was.

So what do these suddenly empowered ex-employees of Cumulus plan to do for their “next” job?  This one radio company loves to hire Cumulus employees.

Cumulus often reacts liked a jilted girl or boyfriend to the news that their employees are leaving before they can be fired.   When they get this pissed, they turn to tactics like the ones I’m going to share with you. 

Then there’s their latest ploy to advertise for top jobs that have been vacated, but you won’t believe what Cumulus does to these positions while they are searching for a replacement. 

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Radio Pay Cut Scam

Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman has no trouble throwing a lavish party for the debut of an electronic dance music format that isn’t even on a real radio station (EDM is only on a TRANSLATOR in Miami!)

Both Clear Channel and Cumulus top execs take bonuses even in bad times – like now – and simultaneously with massive layoffs that they impose on key staffers.

Top talent is being dismissed and the people who have been getting fired – 10,000 alone at Clear Channel over the past years – turn out to be the LUCKY ones.

Survivors beware.

The Evil Empire and the Cumulus Game of Clones have a plan to bend you over and screw you out of even more salary.

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  1. How contract employees are being fooled into either quitting or taking a big pay cut. 
  2. The new hardball – what to expect when you’re expecting to go to work for a better station across the street.
  3. Whopping pay cuts – you won’t read about how they’re doing it in the happy talk radio trades but you get the figure here.
  4. What’s going to happen next to market managers, programmers, sales managers and commission rates.
  5. How Clear Channel plans to screw market managers out of their bonuses.

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Randy Michaels Blows A Gasket

Michaels turns on an old friend – WWIQ PD and morning personality Al Gardner.  But the parting was ugly.  I’ve got the details from inside.

Randy is under great pressure – the rest of Merlin is being sold off right from under him by the investment people he got into bed with.  Here’s how the sale of the remaining Merlin stations is going.  Merlin thought it had the station sold to CBS Radio.  I’ll update the likely Philly buyer for you and the price.

Meanwhile WWIQ-FM’s plug and play conservative talk station with Limbaugh, Hannity and other syndicated hosts is creaming CBS’ WPHT-FM driving one of their stars, Michael Smerconish to satellite.

How can this happen?  No promotion, no commitment, no permanent owners, no help from PPM.  Here’s how to learn from Michaels mistakes and blow the ratings wide open.

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The Next Deathblow To Talk Radio

Michael Smerconish is leaving a sinking ship – he was whipped by Merlin’s fledgling Philly FM station and now he’s escaping to the greener pastures of satellite radio.

Talk radio is in deep trouble.

Get ready for not one but two new deathblows headed straight at talk radio – and they are all self-inflicted wounds.

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  1. Talk radio audiences are about to be even more undercounted.  I’ll fill you in on the latest.
  2. Some talk stations have huge online listening numbers – why is this turning out to be a big problem.
  3. But wait – Nielsen’s proposed purchase of Arbitron and plan to count digital listening is actually a fraud in the making.
  4. Which one radio group that is doing more to hurt talk radio than any other.  The answer may surprise you.
  5. Two sure things that will fix talk radio ratings but would you believe the major talk operators are doing the exact opposite.  Believe it.
  6. How long does talk radio like this have left.

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