Cumulus to Sell Assets

This is the start of the real selloff not the New York, LA and Atlanta station giveaways previously.

Financial problems continue to plague Cumulus.

Market managers are complaining about being strapped by cost-cutting.

Now we learn that the post-bankruptcy Cumulus owners consisting largely of lenders who took a haircut are done with a declining radio industry.

They want their money at all costs and employees are about to feel their urgency.

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Alpha Media Takeover Within 6 Months

What a mess.

Founder Larry Wilson intended for Alpha Media to be everything iHeart was not – live and local and soundly invested in carefully chosen mid-sized radio markets.

But in his haste to do an IPO, Wilson bought a micro-market company known as Digity and the high price of adding insignificant small market stations put Alpha underwater ever since.

Wilson was kicked aside.  Paul Stone came to his financial rescue and took over control.

Now, even Stone may get burned as a new owner is waiting in the wings and their goal is not live and local but buy and sell.

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SiriusXM’s Curious Investment in SoundCloud

It just seems that while the radio industry pivots to podcasting, the folks at SiriusXM are building a stronger platform that will co-exist or one day supersede even their satellite radio business.

Last week parent Liberty Media – yes, the same people moving in on taking over control of iHeart’ 850+ terrestrial stations – plopped down $75 million to take a stake in SoundCloud, the world’s largest open audio platform.

Liberty sees an opportunity to spread its influence beyond the 35 million paid subscribers who take the satellite service.

The Liberty move is potentially breathtaking with direct impact on terrestrial radio and the lucrative streaming market.

Few broadcasters understand their strategy but it presents a clear and present danger to radio.

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Townsquare Off the Market, BUT …

This is getting to be a habit – Townsquare trying to sell itself.

A few years ago, they tried and found no takers.

We’ve learned this time, they actually had interested potential buyers but the prospects reportedly didn’t like the way they were handled.

The last prospect standing finally walked a few weeks ago.

What’s fascinating is not so much the usual considerations, but Townsquare’s unorthodox way of trying to sell itself.

Now Townsquare’s owners, Brookfield Asset Management, has a real problem.

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Entercom Selling Even More Stations

So much for all that podcasting revenue, Entercom is desperate for cash.

That’s why it practically gave away a Boston FM station to EMF yesterday and why in spite of what David Field tells analysts, Entercom has deep financial problems.

But the headlines don’t tell the full story.

The desperation sale of WAAF-FM may seem like a one-off but the company reportedly has plans to sell more stations as the failed CBS merger and the decline of radio in a boom economy have finally caught up to Entercom.

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