The Jay Leno Experiment & Radio

If you've been watching NBC Universal's 10 pm experiment in which it strips Jay Leno's imitation Tonight Show weeknights, then I'm sure you are seeing the similarities to what's happening in radio.

An excellent piece in The New York Times laid it all out a few days ago.

NBC wants to save money by eliminating the huge production costs of underwriting a new dramatic series (you know, the CSI-type) by going cheap.

An hour of Leno is chump change by TV production standards and yet the network is hopeful that a consistent 1.5&hellip

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RADIO: If Bonneville Ran Cumulus, Citadel or Clear Channel

You've no doubt heard the rumors about Bonneville possibly buying one or more of Citadel's ABC stations to bolster its stable and steal them from a company that can't afford to pay the debt on the stations.

Whether that happens or not is hard to know as Citadel will be the first of the major consolidators to bite the big one come January if it cannot come up with a whopping $150 million debt payment.

Few on Wall Street think they will find the money -- of course, they could always sell some stations, but who could pay cash in this climate?

That brings me to Bonneville -- the best run radio group in the country and&hellip

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It’s 2010, Do You Know What Your Biggest Competitor Will Be?

In less than three months, we'll be ten years into the 21st century and I'm getting the feeling that the media business is at least ten years back into the 20th century.

So I thought I'd give a little pop quiz this morning to test our readiness for the next decade.

Here's the question for media industry execs: what will your biggest competitor be over the next decade?

The Internet?

Well, ten years ago the Internet was around but it wasn't so much of a factor that Viacom or Clear Channel had to worry about it. Remember when Clear Channel demoted its CEO, Randy Michaels and concocted an Internet job for a radio&hellip

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Radio’s New 80/20 Rule

While I was back in New Jersey I almost forgot how great it was to pull into a gas station and have an attendant pump the gas.

In fact, while I was at the Jersey shore, I saw t-shirts that said, "Jersey Girls Don't Pump Gas".

It got me to thinking how radio stations are becoming like gas stations in many ways.

The petroleum industry made a big deal out of how much money consumers could save by pumping their own gas and yet in the state of New Jersey, where law prohibits individuals from pumping their own -- prices have been among the lowest in the entire United States (see chart

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Radio’s New 80/20 Rule

While I was back in New Jersey I almost forgot how great it was to pull into a gas station and have an attendant pump the gas.

In fact, while I was at the Jersey shore, I saw t-shirts that said, "Jersey Girls Don't Pump Gas".

It got me to thinking how radio stations are becoming like gas stations in many ways.

The petroleum industry made a big deal out of how much money consumers could save by pumping their own gas and yet in the state of New Jersey, where law prohibits individuals from pumping their own -- prices have been among the lowest in the entire United States (see chart

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