Townsquare Prepares For Downsizing

The owners want their investment back with profit.

Time to trim.

Here’s how Townsquare is going to look a lot like Cumulus.

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  1. The big personnel changes coming to Townsquare.
  2. The first two jobs to be eliminated in Townsquare consolidation.
  3. How Townsquare plans to run with fewer people.
  4. The management change in the field.
  5. Which new role is ahead for “lucky” Townsquare sales managers.

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Clear Channel Sets Employee Traps

It happened on a recent manager’s conference call.

Not meant for your ears.

A plan to trap its own employees.

Snag the snitches who dislike Pittman.

What suddenly got Bob Pittman’s panties in a bunch.

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  1. The threat to dispense false information about a company that is partially public and in violation of Federal law.
  2. What Bob Pittman did when one of his lemmings made the threat in the call.
  3. The impossible thing that Clear Channel is asking managers to do.
  4. What is not being said publicly – what Pittman doesn’t want anyone to know about Clear Channel’s future plans.
  5. The truth about sales RIFs.
  6. The two biggest targets for layoffs.
  7. The fate of the regional calling centers and local sellers.
  8. Those programming RIFs that were scheduled too close to the sales RIFs.
  9. The one thing Clear Channel will sell for sure and the other that they will consolidate.
  10. Why Pittman is suddenly concerned about something his employees have been doing since he took over – Bobby leaks.

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Bob Pittman Ready To Reverse Major Decision

SpongeBob BossyPants is getting ready to eat some crow.

He’s about to reverse himself on a major decision that is hurting the company badly.

In fact, in some markets it’s beginning to happen now.

But you’ll never hear that from him.

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  1. Why Pittman is reversing himself on a major policy decision he made in the past year.
  2. The employees that will be affected most.
  3. How Pittman’s reversal will affect current employees fearing for their jobs and those who have already been let go.
  4. Why Pittman doesn’t want anyone to know what he is doing.
  5. Who Pittman is targeting for this turnabout – sales or programming.

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Entercom’s Hypocrisy

Entercom wasted no time firing their morning team in Rochester for a tasteless transgender joke.

What you don’t know is that the offensive joke had nothing to do with their firing.

And be on the lookout for copycat radio groups who have declared war on their own radio personalities.

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  1. The real reason Entercom acted like lightning when they went 10 years without firing a programming exec who did far worse things.
  2. Why radio personalities will want to keep an eye out for a new tactic that failing radio groups are starting to use to shake-up their stations.
  3. Truth or dare:  what the replacements for the fired Rochester personalities will reveal.
  4. For stations that actually care about racial and gender issues, 3 ways to always do what’s right by your audience.
  5. What CEO David Field’s new cologne tells you about how Entercom is now willing to do business.

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Clear Channel Post-Holiday Sales Shakeup

While you’re choking down hot dogs and hamburgers over the holiday weekend, Clear Channel is getting ready to blow up another working part of radio.

More changes to how Clear Channel sells.

New recruits.

Who they are after and who they are not.

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  1. The Evil Empire is recruiting again but its current or recently RIFed sales people need not apply.
  2. How salespeople from competitors are being approached for this new type of sales gig that only SpongeBob BossyPants could think up.
  3. Why this is the exact opposite of the Pandora sales model.
  4. The recruiter’s actual pitch to working prospects the company is contacting.
  5. You won’t believe where Clear Channel is harvesting leads to rustle up some candidates for this new sales job.
  6. Why even a name change to reflect the new strategy is not out of the question.

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Clear Channel After Pittman

I used to think John Hogan was good for a couple of more years because Bain gave him a raise, contract extension and benefits.

But poof!

Gone when Bob Pittman needed a scapegoat to blame for declining billing.

Now Pittman’s job is on the line and sources say Bain is concerned about the direction the company is taking.

Clear Channel after Pittman promises to be very complicated.

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  1. How much time does Pittman have left as CEO of Clear Channel.
  2. How will Bain handle that big new contract extension SpongeBob got last year? 
  3. Three people who could be Pittman’s successor and what it means to the radio group.
  4. Who the favorite is to replace Pittman and who is the long shot.
  5. How a new CEO will handle programmers and on-air talent.
  6. The outlook under a new boss for sellers who are now being RIFed at a record pace.

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New Ways Clear Channel Fires

Clear Channel has now adopted a quarterly RIF cycle.

They can still fire anyone they choose, but they are becoming obsessed with creating a reason even if it is trumped up.

Now The Evil Empire has 5 more ways to screw employees before, during and even after they get the axe.

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  1. Why it has become so important to Clear Channel to create a reason to fire a person whether legitimate or not.
  2. The way they now blindside employees who have worked for them for more than a few years.
  3. How they can determine the absolute worst possible time to fire an employee – and then go right ahead and pull the trigger.  Cruel examples that border on pathetic.
  4. Non-competes from hell – take them or leave them but if you leave them you’re screwed in these two ways.
  5. The kiss of death compliment Clear Channel has now started using to reassure employees – a corporate phrase that you never want to hear from a supervisor because it means you’re next.

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