Same Old Cumulus: Fired By Phone, In Hospital

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  • Why “screwed” Cumulus employees are now speaking up and asking to be quoted – by name!
  • How bad it got for a wronged Cumulus account exec -- in his own words.
  • New opportunities to sue Cumulus – maybe this outrage happened to you.
  • What happened when a fired employee went directly to CEO Mary Berner.
  • What triggered this firing – you won’t believe it but it is true. Be warned.
  • The other jobs this newly fired employee did for Cumulus -- for free.
  • How Cumulus is getting tougher while talking softer.

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Why iHeart’s May 6th Court Date Is So Critical

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  • What happens if Bob Pittman and Rich Bressler lose their case against 15 angry lenders.
  • What’s next for the stations if they lose.
  • Why can’t iHeart just replace the money they took out of the company and put it back.
  • Why these lenders are taking a scorched earth approach.
  • What’s the only thing that can save iHeart from being jolted into immediate bankruptcy at this point.

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Major Shakeup Coming To Cumulus Programming

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  • What’s currently in the works that will upend how Cumulus programming decisions are decided from now on.
  • Where does all this leave national programming genius Mike McVay – you may be surprised.
  • Who is getting more powerful under Mary Berner in making critical programming decisions.
  • Why the sudden interest in Cumulus programming by of all people, the board of directors.
  • What about the claim that one-third of Cumulus stations have improved their ratings.
  • Who is Cumulus’ Last Great Survivor.
  • What’s ahead for feeble-rated Nash country.
  • And is this good or bad compared to the way things are now.

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The Sudden Rush To Tie-Up Radio Talent

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  • Which talent is bankruptcy bound companies like iHeart and Cumulus rushing to lock up.
  • Why? And why so secret.
  • What about pay raises – how much.
  • What about their syndicated stars.
  • How much power does the talent have in negotiations.
  • How long are contract extensions for.
  • Who are the “lucky” ones.

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Prince

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  • Prince on what’s wrong with music.
  • His three line gem that should be on every radio program director’s desk – their mission, should they accept it.
  • Music piracy that is worse than listeners and fans stealing it.
  • The last laugh: what becoming a “symbol” really meant to Prince.
  • Why Prince was the best of three iconic artists of the Eighties.
  • The importance of music icons like Prince to the radio and records ecosystem.

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Oppressive New iHeart Non-Competes

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  • How iHeart is expanding the terms of non-competes to make it virtually impossible for fired employees to work in radio for an even longer time than ever.
  • How long? You don’t want to know. Sit down when you read it.
  • The way iHeart is planning to get around state laws that make non-competes illegal.      
  • How iHeart is forcing employees who want to leave voluntarily to stay even if they don’t want to – and no, it’s not a pay raise.
  • The one way iHeart will let an employee out of a non-compete.
  • What happened to a top 15 market talent who told iHeart to take their job and shove it – ouch!

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The Cancelled Springsteen, Bryan Adams Concerts For LGBT

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  • Why gender neutrality is an issue waiting to ambush radio stations.
  • How radio and records is out of step with changing audiences.
  • Is this the Dixie Chicks all over again?
  • A developing trend that could remake hit music as we know it.

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iHeart Target Listing May 1st RIFs

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  • The importance of May 1st as iHeart’s Target List date.
  • What does iHeart know that their employees do not about these RIFs.
  • The two jobs likely to receive the most pink slips.
  • A third group that is quaking in their shoes that they may also be included in this “target list”. And it’s a better than 50% chance they will.
  • The down low on severance.
  • 7 divisions – we name them – that are likely to be sold off.
  • What iHeart will most definitely keep once they pair it down.
  • A new, radical look to iHeart’s radio operations.
  • How an iHeart employee is likely to be spared from RIFs – the litmus test.

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Carpet Bombing iHeart Regionals

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  • Why lots of people who think they are safe will be out of a job in many other iHeart markets by the end of the year.
  • Just days ago, another market was carpet bombed by iHeart but it was done under the radar (until now).
  • The four most vulnerable jobs at iHeart for similar sneak-attacks on markets.
  • And engineering is only one of the four surprises.
  • If you’re a voice tracker of other stations, are you safe?
  • A new meaning to satellite radio.
  • Brutal non-competes

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Mary Berner’s Departure

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  • What’s the expiration date of Mary Berner as CEO of Cumulus.
  • Why has Mary Berner made so few changes to such a troubled radio group – what’s up with that puzzling strategy.
  • The big and surprising changes the Cumulus board has in store for the company.
  • How much damage in terms of layoffs and firings will Mary have done before she departs.
  • Who the next CEO could be – hint: not Lew.
  • The one last hope for remaining Cumulus employees should Mary Berner get to complete her mission.

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