The First AM/FM Simulcast Evidence

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What’s the first evidence on whether it’s worth blowing up an FM station and firing everybody to simulcast a strong AM brand?  Some numbers are coming in.

Take a look at CBS-owned WIP in Philadelphia for an early indication.

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1.  Did the audience shift from AM to FM actually take place as hoped for?

2.  Did the audience increase when the simulcast became established?

3.  An eye-popping early indicator in the WIP Philadelphia case that may have owners reconsidering their strategies.

4.  What happens to FM shares when the AM brand is simulcast but what is also happening to the AM station – is it still worth keeping on the air or is its role critical to the simulcast?

5.  Did the AM/FM simulcast bring in younger numbers?

6.  The three options (not just two anymore) going forward to save an important AM brand.

7.  What now appears to be the best move on protecting important AM brands from what we know at this point in time.

The answers start here.

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Randy Buys Philly FM – Options Besides All-News

Merlin Media struck again yesterday buying a Philly FM station to do some kind of spoken word format.

Most assume it will be some form of all-news to once again compete against CBS but competing against CBS news in Chicago and New York isn’t working.

But another giant option looms.

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1.  The one format Merlin actually has experience doing because of one of its principals that could actually make some noise in Philadelphia.

2.  The company that reportedly almost bought WKDN-FM – the station Merlin just bought.

3.  Where this leaves CBS which gutted a music station to find an FM home for its sports/talk WIP but now finds its legacy all-news brand KYW unprotected without an FM simulcast.  The options.

4.  Whether it is possible or even likely that Randy and his Merlin investors could actually buy more FM major market stations without earning as much as a 1 share anywhere it operates.  Someone is selling Chicago-based venture group GTCR a bill of goods or they know something we don’t.

5.  Is an FM simulcast partner for AM brands still as much of a necessity as group owners thought even six months ago?  The first ratings might be an indication.

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Bay Area Listeners Threaten To Occupy KGO-Lite

An advertiser boycott.

The format dump picks up again.

Trouble is brewing in the Bay Area.

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1.  The unusually angry listener reaction to the Thursday format dump and what they’re doing about it.

2.  An advertising boycott is rumored – and we have the name of a possible first defection.

3.  How PETA, the animal rights group, pinned back Clear Channel over a decade ago in Florida and why those tactics could bring any consolidator to their knees.  I’ll explain it.

4.  More cutbacks – nights, overnights, weekends that spell weak programming but less expense for Cumulus.

5.  Finally, the cutbacks are over at KGO, right?  And they wouldn’t think of doing the same thing in any other market, would they?

The answers start here.

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The Clear Channel/Cumulus Merger

The Clear Channel/Cumulus merger is underway.

Just look at the deal Clear Channel made with Cumulus involving iHeartRadio and SweetJack, the local couponing beta test from Cumulus.

Wait until you see what Clear Channel and Cumulus are up to next.

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1.  The role of Pittman to sellout the radio industry to help investment banks that have an interest in both Clear Channel and Cumulus.

2.  The real impact of Cumulus joining iHeartRadio and Clear Channel promoting SweetJack.  This is going to surprise you.

3.  How the DOJ and FCC will react – after all, this smells like collusion, doesn’t it?

4.  The SweetJack/iHeartRadio deal is a prototype for a bell ringer so big – well, see for yourself.

5.  The ways Clear Channel and Cumulus could collaborate next if they get away with this – you better have a seat for this one.

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Cumulus Firing Surrounds Employee Suicide

A Cumulus employee got fired last month. 

Then she reportedly went home and killed herself.

Related?  Or coincidental?

Consolidator’s hell bent on squeezing every cent out of employees and every ounce of work out of survivors may soon have another price to pay.

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1.  Details of this tragic suicide that coincides with an employees firing.  Plus the scuttlebutt as best as we can put it together from our Newstip Hotline.

2.  The standard firing approach – one that was used as recently as Friday at KGO in San Francisco.

3.  The companies that, in my opinion, hardball their employees on the way out the door.

4.  The radio groups I’d love to be fired from!  The good ones who know how to leave your dignity and finances in tact.

5.  A sampling of other brutal radio firings.

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