Alert: Clear Channel Caving To Cumulus Demands

It’s embarrassing how Cumulus is now pushing around The Evil Empire.

The Clear Channel talks to license Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity for another 5 years on Cumulus talk stations is just the start of what the Dickeys want from them.

Dickey is now operating from an old copy of the Randy Michaels playbook.

Dickey is sticking it to Clear Channel.

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  1. The ugly and disrespectful tactics Cumulus is using at the negotiating table.
  2. The two things the Dickeys want even more than renewing Rush Limbaugh.
  3. The Cumulus’ scorched earth strategy of negotiating in public.
  4. The reason Lew Dickey has become more openly aggressive against Clear Channel – what he knows that they don’t.
  5. And this shocker!  Guess who Cumulus has on its side virtually guaranteeing they’ll force Clear Channel to accept their terms. 

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Clear Channel Escalates Layoffs

They’re not stopping.

It’s called Bob Pittman’s revenge.

He was forced to postpone the layoffs of four people per market for a month and most of those firings have been completed.

Yet even more layoffs are happening in real time – and hardly anyone is noticing.

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  1. The markets where four or more layoffs have just occurred.
  2. A major market that is going to get whacked with 6 firings according to sources on the ground.
  3. The first real indication of where the money saved from salaries is starting to be used.
  4. New plans for iHeartRadio assimilation into the radio division, which will allow even more layoffs.
  5. And the question on everyone’s mind!  Is this the start of a constant workforce reduction between now and the end of the year. 

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Cumulus & Clear Channel Bluffing Over Rush, Hannity

Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey is a lot like Anthony Weiner aka Carlos Danger – both are self-destructive.

“Cumulos” Dickey is playing a dangerous game of chicken with Clear Channel over retaining Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on 40 of their talk stations announcing plans to replace them.

What is sicker is that Clear Channel loves this stuff – they, too, need a Cumulus deal.

Would you believe me if I told you the two almost had a deal Friday and negotiated all day Monday.

The real story of the pissing match over talk radio’s future.

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  1. Who leaked the story to Politico yesterday that Cumulus was preparing to go it alone without Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.  Try as you will, you’ll never guess.
  2. The reason Dickey called Clear Channel President John Hogan at home in a panic Sunday night.
  3. For the first time – how much total revenue Dickey’s next three talk replacement hosts are doing in ad revenue as of now.  That’s Huckabee, Geraldo and Savage. 
  4. Clear Channel’s innovative Plan B if Cumulus doesn’t agree to an extension of Rush and Hannity’s talk contract.  It should be Plan A – it’s actually that good.
  5. The three most likely scenarios and the one that is so bad it is not even on the table.
  6. And what everyone wants to know!  Who will blink first?

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The Dreaded Clear Channel “Market Efficiency Call”

You won’t believe it, but Wonder Boy has invented a catchy Bain name for his new way of firing employees under the radar.

And as you’ll see, he plans to use it a lot between now and the end of the year.

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  1. Self-firing – you heard me right – self-firing, how Clear Channel is forcing employees out the door and adding them to their layoff target list.
  2. Pretend you are the market manager – here’s what the corporate clowns at Clear Channel are going to force you to do.
  3. The ingenious way local managers will be mandated to fire more people on a dime – no notice, no input – just this dreaded email that arrives without notice.
  4. The way Bob Pittman intends to stagger the next massive firings according to this plan.
  5. And the one thing everyone in Clear Channel wants to know right now!  How to defend yourself against this new round of random firings.

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Clear Channel’s Hub & Spoke Firings

If you look at a map of Clear Channel stations, you can predict the next stations and markets to get wiped out by layoffs.

So, let’s go to the map.

They’ve taken onetime CEO Randy Michaels Hub & Spoke system and turned it into a blueprint for where to fire next.

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  1. The best way to foresee which market manager will be fired next – it’s becoming all that predictable.
  2. The large markets that will be used to strip smaller surrounding markets of its expensive employees.
  3. The best-case scenario for regional and major market stations.
  4. If a smaller market station is within this range, the local management is likely to be toast.
  5. Question!  Why doesn’t CEO Bob Pittman like regional stations or majors that employ local talent?  The answer explains Clear Channel’s strategy.

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The iHeartRadio Nuclear Option

No, no, no.

That iHeartRadio Talk thing that Clear Channel ballyhooed yesterday is not the future of talk radio in spite of what they say.

That’s a cover for what’s about to wreak havoc on Clear Channel employees.

Bob “Brother Love” Pittman has his finger on the greatest destroyer of jobs that has ever been known to the greedy bastards that run radio companies.

Here’s how he plans to use it.

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  1. The way Clear Channel plans to use iHeartRadio to replace on-air talent at practically no cost to them.  Sooner rather than later.
  2. This massive reduction in salaries – once the dust settles.
  3. Their new mission to let others – even their listeners – produce station content for free.
  4. The listener backlash – included here.
  5. And one blunt question finally answered!  When will Clear Channel turn to the nuclear option?

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Netflix Not Networks

CBS is one day away from pulling all its programs off of Time Warner Cable in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Fox News makes over $1 billion a year in fee compensation before it even sells one ad.

And I’m here to tell you it all doesn’t matter anymore.

Content is no longer king, it’s a pawn to a new generation.

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  1. The mistake you should never make as a content provider – the networks, cable companies and video streamers are making it right now.
  2. The model for content in the future is – believe it for not – cherry picking for low fees (the iTunes model).
  3. How radio is becoming more of a utility and less of a content provider – wrong time to do it.
  4. The model for content providers that is starting to work now and the one you should adopt.
  5. And the big elephant in the room!  What should TV and radio broadcasters be doing to not become so hopelessly irrelevant.

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