Alpha Teetering on the Brink

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  1. How long can Alpha remain a going concern now that its refinancing bid has been rejected.
  2. Is it terminal or is there a rescuer out there.
  3. Why the careers of Alpha employees are now at risk.
  4. Can the company be sold at a lower price.
  5. How Alpha’s debt problem will be resolved and what that will look like.

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Liberty Media’s Chance of Gaining iHeart

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  1. What Liberty really wants from this $1.1 billion takeover bid and it’s not 850 plus stations.
  2. Why even lenders and venture capitalists are missing what Liberty’s purchase of iHeart is likely to do with Pandora that is never discussed publicly.
  3. Bondholders and lenders are all in on the Liberty rescue plan – but is iHeart?
  4. What angry bondholders have on Lee & Bain that could cause a lot of costly lawsuits.
  5. Liberty & Bob Pittman in cahoots?  What’s in it for both of them to make this happen.

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Liberty Media’s iHeart Takeover Move

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  1. Liberty’s Eleventh Hour stealth move to buy lenders and bondholders out – here’s their next move.
  2. Will iHeart owners Lee and Bain go for this deal or sink the company into bankruptcy to prevent this surprise John Malone sneak attack?
  3. How does SiriusXM fit into this mega terrestrial radio takeover.   And Pandora, 19% of which is owned by Liberty.
  4. Bet on this person to run the new mega-company.
  5. If this takeover happens, it changes everything for Entercom, Cumulus and the smaller operators in ways they never anticipated – here’s how.

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Emmis Exit

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  1. What’s up with Emmis – which markets get sold next or do they?
  2. Their stock closed up almost 20% Friday -- what the market is sensing.
  3. Unpacking their recent St. Louis sell-off – the real multiples, how the buyers came together, what else Emmis got.
  4. The status of Emmis’ debt problems that led to these asset sales.
  5. Best look at the new Emmis.

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Entercom’s $100 Million Cost Cutting

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  1. More cleansing of existing CBS management is on the way – where it’s happening now and how extensive will it be.
  2. David Field is $75 million short of his promise to lenders for additional cost efficiencies – here’s how he thinks he can find a huge savings like that.
  3. Revised benefits are in play now that Entercom has so many more employees – what they are thinking.
  4. Paychecks with nothing in them – it happened in numerous markets including some majors – how Entercom made it worse.
  5. Now it is known – specifically who will have the safest jobs at Entercom.

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Next Week’s iHeart Bankruptcy

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  1. One week from today, iHeart will be in bankruptcy.  Here’s what that will look like.
  2. iHeart has the money so why is it voluntarily submitting to bankruptcy?
  3. Prepare for asset sales – here is the first thing to go.
  4. Meanwhile iHeart has become more vulnerable to competitors – where they are getting weaker.
  5. The court will likely give iHeart the chance to make management decisions. Here are the first cuts they will make under the cover of bankruptcy.

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Alpha Financial Crisis

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  1. The latest move to bail Alpha out failed last Friday.  Here’s what went down.
  2. Now something has to give real quickly. These are the four rescue options and their potential repercussions.
  3. Larry Wilson will pay a high price to stay afloat – here’s what “high price” means.

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Scripps Sell-off Disaster

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The Dickey Cumulus Hostile Takeover

The Entercom Management Fail

iHeart’s Bully Bankruptcy Move

A Second Cumulus Bankruptcy

Cumulus Rate War Against Competitors

Cumulus Orders More Trade

The iHeart Breakup

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The Dickey Cumulus Hostile Takeover

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  • Jeff Marcus and Mary Berner’s “prevent” defense
  • The way lenders are leaning because they are the ones who have to choose
  • The list of other candidates interested in taking over Cumulus
  • The real timeline not the one being touted publicly
  • Changes in how Cumulus will be run until they emerge with a new owner

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