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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Randy’s Next Big Move

Forget those 0.6 shares (or less) in Chicago and New York, it appears Randy Michaels’ Merlin Media is sniffing around for even more major market FM stations.

Looks like a good chance that “the noise you can’t ignore” may have some “news you can’t ignore”.

I’m going to share what I’m picking up and tell you why his timing couldn’t be any worse.

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1.  Four major markets where we hear Merlin is looking to acquire FM stations to do more spoken word formats.  One of the four may be available due to a potential bankruptcy.

2.  Merlin’s surprising strategy to fix its foundering all-news stations in New York and Chicago begging the question:  is Randy still in charge?

3.  What’s up with all those stations switching to news lately – who has the best chance of succeeding – CBS, Cumulus, Merlin’s relaunched news format?

4.  The odds that Cumulus implodes other Citadel (former ABC) news/talk outlets the way it did KGO, San Francisco on Thursday.

5.  The one thing that is critical to get huge news ratings.  And it hasn’t little to do with the station’s format.

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Cumulus Bloodbath At KGO, New Direction

Massive firings. 

A format change.

A new direction.

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1.  How Cumulus gutted its entire lineup except morning drive – and what manager Bill Bungeroth reportedly said in an incredible mass firing.

2.  The “new direction” for KGO.

3.  The Bay Area station Cumulus is targeting.

4.  How morning personality Ronn Owens avoided being fired but why his longtime survival is uncertain.

5.  The strategy behind the Cumulus decision to blow up a station that is one of the Bay Area’s top billers.

6.  An early warning that the KGO bloodbath and format change could be a template for other Citadel stations next.  Here’s how.

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Cumulus Eyeing CBS

Say it isn’t so.

Not CBS.  It can’t be.

It is.

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1.  CBS CEO Les Moonves’ latest position on selling off some of the radio group.

2.  What CBS wants and what Cumulus will have to do to walk away with the CBS properties it may covet.

3.  The circumstances that could lead Cumulus investment banks to overpay for their next few acquisitions now that the word is out that they are horny for some deals.

4.  The likely CBS markets that are most vulnerable to being sold to the Grim Reaper.  There is one big market on my list.

5.  The chances that Cumulus can wrestle some major market radio clusters away from CBS.

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Work Here – Not There

7 fabulous growth opportunities for current or ex radio people:

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1.  The four companies I would send a resume to if I wanted to stay in radio. Know who is the best if you want to stay in radio.

2.  An additional three radio groups that I will name because I rarely hear a complaint about them.

3.  The next career for a radio program director (since Clear Channel and Cumulus are firing PDs in record numbers and other groups will likely follow).  Don’t wait until it’s too late.

4.  The next best growth business for radio personalities fired from their shows and disconnected from their loyal audiences.

5.  Selling spot radio is out, but this is in.  Know this option because it is going to be a moneymaking growth career.

6.  The missing link to digital has been making money.  Now there is a better way to have some big days.

7.  Groupon has peaked.  It’s over.  But don’t let anyone get ahead of you on what’s after Groupon.  It was made for radio people.

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