Total Traffic & Katz

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  1. The future of Katz rep firm under a new owner like Liberty Media.
  2. Two currently unthinkable options for Katz suddenly are on the table.
  3. The fate of Total Traffic under a new owner like Liberty.
  4. Liberty has already said it would sell Clear Channel Outdoor, but what would be their plans to sell radio stations.
  5. How Liberty could drop billions and still wind up with virtually no debt – what experts think.

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Cumulus Bankruptcy Ruling

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  1. Mary Berner says Cumulus will emerge from bankruptcy at the end of May – what does she know that everyone else doesn’t.
  2. Their unsecured creditors must sign off but they have been resistant – here’s the surprising thing they did just a few days ago to complicate matters more.
  3. Cumulus is offering these resistant bondholders double what iHeart is offering their unsecured creditors – why aren’t they biting and what specifically do they want.
  4. How two reported takeover bids are affecting an end to this bankruptcy.
  5. Cumulus employees want to know what’s going to happen to them when bankruptcy finally ends – here are the two most likely outcomes

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Alpha Pandemonium

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  1. Alpha Media’s continuing battle to keep the company due to debt problems.
  2. How founder Larry Wilson poisoned the well for other radio groups, many of them also in financial trouble today.
  3. Alpha’s tower debacle – now that story can be told.
  4. Could Wilson just walk away from the company if it gets any worse.
  5. Alpha’s biggest lender is running out of patience – here are the options.

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The Spot Overload Crisis

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  1. Compelling evidence that radio is unnecessarily driving even loyal listeners away.
  2. Let’s start with Beasley – you won’t believe what one of their Greater Media  stations was clocked at for spot overload recently.
  3. Which group has well exceeded 30 units per hour – and counting. 
  4. How sales starved groups are using trade to pump up revenue – and deceive their own investors.
  5. Pressure from Facebook and digital competitors is causing radio to take any ad at any price – here’s the percentage of how much digital is bleeding off the local radio spend.
  6. How radio is alarmingly following the magazine industry’s ad practices.
  7. A list of solutions – yes, there are ways to begin to put a stop to spot  excesses and raise local revenue even while being pressured by digitally-minded local agencies.  Some damn good alternatives.

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Total Traffic, USTN Confrontation

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  1. A major shakeup this morning at United States Traffic Network (USTN).
  2. Behind the scenes ownership changes and what they mean.
  3. How uncertain client relationships now pose a bigger threat to the two main radio traffic providers.
  4. Will Total Traffic be retained or spun off after iHeart emerges from bankruptcy.
  5. How radio groups are using traffic services to bust unions and cut local salary costs.
  6. The outlook for radio traffic revenue – still robust or reflecting declining local sales trends.

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