Radio Turns To Pirates for Playlists

Radio stations are beginning to use research about pirated music trends as part of their mix that includes increasingly difficult to get passive research in determining what to play on the air.

Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks through its Mediabase division is marketing the information to its parent company, Radio One and Emmis.

Even record labels are holding their nose and subscribing to what's popular among their nemesis -- the digital pirate. Universal wants to see what's hot on the Internet so they know what to pitch to radio stations. Wall Street Journal subscribers can read an

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Clear Channel Firings Just Keep On Comin’

Most of the trades have reported the latest, poorly-handled firings at Clear Channel.

I say the latest because, in my opinion, Clear Channel has been squandering its outstanding talent since way back when it was putting together its 1,1o0 station group.

So, a week or so ago the very capable and well-liked Minneapolis exec Mick Anselmo was fired while on a fishing vacation with a heavy-hitter advertiser -- not easily reachable. So imagine Anselmo's shock to be summoned for an emergency call to hear that he was relieved of his duties.

These Clear Channel honchos I'm sure have an excuse for firing a man without telling&hellip

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CRB Royalties: An Unsound Exchange

SoundExchange, the record industry body that collects royalty fees, now wants Internet streamers to trade a lower license fee (or no fee for small webcasters who qualify) and a cap on minimum fees of $50,000 per 100 channels in exchange for full compliance and paying legally.

SoundExchange's Executive Director John Simson told Radio & Internet's Kurt Hanson in a recent interview, "Our biggest desire is to have people paying legally and being compliant".

Sounds harmless enough, right? But it's a bad deal for Internet streamers -- a sorry exchange.

Just when Congress seems to be waking up to what an explosive issue&hellip

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The Record Label’s “Seven Years of Silence”

You heard about the iPhone almost every day on the run up to the big day when it went on sale. You hear the AT&T network sucks and hundreds of thousands of people don't care.

They want creative solutions.

In this case, make the telephone do something other than call and do rudimentary texting. Make it intuitive. Forget about cell phone coverage or data speed.

You see Internet streamers fighting for their lives against the big bad wolf -- SoundExchange. The clock ticks. Streamers beg their congressmen to do something. The gun is to their heads with the July 15th deadline for new royalty rates approaching, but the&hellip

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Classic Hits vs. Oldies

The high profile switch of WCBS-FM from its "Jack" format back to oldies is going to require very carefully considered programming moves to be successful in the long run.

What CBS is doing today is introducing to New York City the classic hits concept that has been working very well in some of their other markets. New York, you remember, is where disenfranchised oldies listeners have literally willed their oldies station back on the air.

That is, if it is their station -- the one they remember. Two years time can blur the memory. Will CBS-FM be as listeners hold it in their memory without most of the air talent they&hellip

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