Record Labels To Squeeze Radio Events

Headlines …

  • How record labels plan to disrupt radio’s live event business.
  • The 5 radio groups with the most to lose.
  • What the record labels now want from radio and what they are willing to give in return.
  • The new difficulties of using artists for live radio events.
  • Why, of all broadcasters, SiriusXM could be a surprise live event player.

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The New Radio Business Model

  • The “new” number of spots per hour.
  • Where expenses will be cut beyond what’s happening today.
  • Where does programmatic buying fit in – and does it fit in?
  • Live and local will be replaced by a new approach that begins with a “P” – this is the replacement.
  • What is reverse digital – it’s coming to radio.

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Entercom Debt Worries

  • How serious are Entercom’s debt problems?
  • What is behind yesterday’s big Entercom stock selloff?
  • Is it time to be concerned about the future of Entercom.
  • How much time does Entercom have to deal with debt (remember, both iHeart & Cumulus denied bankruptcy up to the end)?
  • What they will do to cut expenses further.

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Google Targeting Radio

  • How Google has plans to go after broadcast radio.
  • How Google aims to amass audio content without paying for it and profiting from day one.
  • Why Apple, Amazon, Facebook/Instagram are likely to follow Google’s lead.
  • What these tech giants see in radio while radio is flirting with podcasting and digital.
  • How radio can stop Google in their tracks by changing its business model – here’s one to consider.

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Cumulus Asset Sales

  • Here’s what’s up with Westwood One – plus two buyers who could steal the company.
  • Will Cumulus entertain offers for other WPLJ-type properties now that they’ve all but exited major markets New York & DC?
  • Besides religious broadcaster EMF, who are potential buyers for prime Cumulus assets?
  • The surprising answer to what happens to money made from selling iconic radio stations.
  • The surprising market Cumulus would love to sell off major stations.

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The 9-year span of listeners that could save radio

  • The sweet spot – the next great group of people who are available now to provide great radio audience growth for the next 12 years.
  • How should a station target a super group this narrow?
  • What is the secret to unlocking their passion – it comes down to one word.
  • Does “narrow targeting” involve inventing entirely new formats or making critical adjustments to existing formats?
  • What are some major do’s and don’ts with which to get started.

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Entercom’s Event Business in Question

  • The “new look” live events business shaping up under Entercom
  • Puzzling revenue numbers, revamping of what’s a live event
  • New practices and policies created largely by non-CBS people
  • How even Taylor Swift lays an egg for Entercom live events
  • Walking away from money – Entercom’s new strategy

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The Sale of Westwood One

  • Did Cumulus try to sell Westwood One? Is it still trying?
  • What is Westwood now worth without major New York and DC stations to clear spots?
  • What it is likely to take to buy Westwood One at this point.
  • The best buyer for Westwood.
  • What happens to Westwood One should Cumulus enter a second bankruptcy?

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Cox Radio

  • Now that the TV stations are sold, why selling part or all of Cox’s Radio division could be very complicated.
  • The kind of prices Cox will be seeking?
  • Who might have the greatest interest in Cox Radio?
  • What happens to Kim Guthrie?

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Cumulus Without Major Markets

  • The effect of the Cumulus selloff on competitors
  • Will more stations be sold
  • What could make Cumulus giveaway WPLJ
  • The fate of WABC-AM
  • The selloff side effects on Westwood One 

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