Westwood One Bombshell Coming

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  • How Lew Dickey is being forced to stick it to Westwood One before the Cumulus board sticks it to him.
  • The new Westwood management shakeup coming.
  • How Cumulus is dealing with djs who are not volunteering to do simultaneous double duty on Westwood One formats in real time.
  • How they have reworked dj compensation.
  • The severance package fired Westwood employees will get.
  • And the conditions.
  • How Lew Dickey now plans to service thousands of Westwood client stations with no people and no shows. He’s really going to try this.
  • The kind of deal Lew Dickey could get to step down as CEO as the Westwood mishap may be the thing that brings him down. Compare it to what fired Westwood employees are getting.

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Hubbard Eying Large Purchase of CBS Radio Stations

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  • The scope of the pending deal between CBS and Hubbard revealed – which markets, how big a deal.
  • Will CBS retain some stations.
  • How close the parties are to finalizing an acquisition.
  • The pieces Hubbard has put into place to smooth a transition from CBS to Hubbard with as little disruption as possible.
  • The possibility of spinoffs addressed here.
  • What happens to CBS Radio now.

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Lew Dickey’s Replacement

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  • How about Dan Mason? Well, HOW ABOUT Dan Mason running Cumulus – what we know as of yesterday.
  • What will likely trigger the axe falling on Lew – watch this one thing and you can probably name the exact day.
  • What happens to a fired Lew Dickey – after all, Cumulus chief shareholder Jeff Marcus put him in the job. There is a plan.
  • Other Cumulus bigwigs will also go – here’s a sampling with some surprises.
  • Signs of discord between the Dickeys and their chief shareholder – it’s ugly as you’re about to find out. Can you say Scott Shannon?
  • The rock star Jeff Marcus is shooting to replace Lew Dickey.

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Westwood One To Peddle Used Programming to Affiliates

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  • This is Plan C – Plan A and B failed – here is the Cumulus solution for a major dumbing down of Westwood One.
  • The genius scheme John Dickey came up with when his local radio jocks balked at the $5,000 a year he was paying for them to do double duty and replace the fired Westwood hosts.
  • Why thousands of Westwood affiliates are seeing red over the new Westwood One format programming.
  • Why Lew Dickey is taking the risk of pissing off so many thousands of customers at this moment in time.
  • The unintended consequence that happened after 70 plus Westwood hosts were fired.

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What Townsquare Is Reorganizing For

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  • Something big is up with the Little Engine That Couldn’t Do Radio But Can Do Digital – details inside.
  • The two “odd couple” radio groups that may play a role in a Townsquare future.
  • How centralizing management will affect local Townsquare markets within the next 90 days – or less.
  • A change in the way Townsquare will be operated on the local level.
  • Townsquare is run by investors who own the majority of the company – here’s what they are thinking that could really screw things up.
  • Townsquare’s highflying digital business is going down – then what? Here’s how.

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Jeff Marcus To Take Control Of Cumulus

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  • The new evidence that is pointing to a meaningful shakeup ahead.
  • How Jeff Marcus, the biggest Cumulus shareholder, will deal with the removal of the Dickeys considering that he was the one who pumped them up in the first place.
  • Why the name John Hogan is relevant here.
  • Details on a reported blowup between the Dickey’s and Marcus.
  • Where Lew Dickey’s replacement would look to get new blood in the company STAT – three prime places.
  • What about speculation that Lew and family could be bought off – not with money, but with this.  

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Doomsday Scenario For Westwood One Replacements

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  • It’s been decided -- the cockamamie way Cumulus plans to replace the 70 plus Westwood jocks – only John Dickey can come up with this one.
  • How they will handle two shows at the same time – no one in programming thinks this has any chance of working even on a good day.
  • What happens to the thousands of Westwood format clients in a few weeks when Westwood talent leaves the building and the handoff to this replacement program is implemented.
  • Implications for Cumulus local stations.
  • The one Westwood One national format that will be spared this ill-fated plan – at least for now.
  • The biggest concern that Westwood format clients should keep an eye on.
  • The money Cumulus is offering their talent to double up – details inside.
  • This doomsday scenario for thousands of Westwood One format clients the moment this cheap talent replacement method comes crashing down.

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