Trick or Treat for Radio

I thought Halloween was over. Not for radio. November 10th is supposedly the date Clear Channel should receive the first bids in its breakup attempt. News accounts indicate that Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) may have had a head start on all of this several months ago. Some later bidders may be at a disadvantage because -- short of a deadline extension -- they will only have a few weeks to get their bids together. At the heart of Clear Channel's move is how a buyout group would deal with (or deal away) radio properties here and abroad, TV stations and outdoor businesses in and out of the U.S. So what could be in the bag of goodies?&hellip

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Facebook — A Bad Investment

One of the many benefits I have teaching at USC is to pick up on trends among the next generation even as they begin to coalesce. I mentoned recently the decline in stature of the student social network Facebook. As hot as it was with college students, it's cooling off now. So much so that founder Mark Zuckerberg (22) who dropped out of school to work it full time may regret not taking an offer in excess of the $1 billion range. Zuckerberg reportedly wanted $2 billion. (Consult Mark Cuban about when to sell). Viacom and Yahoo! were reportedly interested at the right price. A new BusinessWeek article reports "declining Facebook&hellip

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Googleberry And The Mobile Future

Google has found a way to make mobile phones more like a Blackberry so customers can receive email on their cell phones and up to five times faster. YouTube is expected to have a mobile service within the next year. Cingular is joining the mobile companies that make it possible to download music on the fly and there are those who think Apple will indeed turn an iPod into an iPhone sooner or later. Boston University is partnering with Amp'd Mobile to create a class where students produce episodic (short) videos which Amp'd (backed by Qualcomm and Viacom) then distribute. The videos are shot only with cell phone cameras in spite of the&hellip

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Connection

Contributed by Bob Green
You have articulated beautifully the results of deregulation. Those of us who had the opportunity to be involved with radio in the 50s-70s can only reflect on our good fortune and reminisce about what the value of connection meant: connection to a community, connection to a listener and the synergistic connection of all the elements of programming over the public airwaves that made radio one

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For Radio, It’s Cut And Ruin

The layoffs and staff dismissals continue proving that even though consolidation's leader, Clear Channel, couldn't make it work, lesser consolidators continue the failed practice known as downsizing. Just in one day news that CBS -- the failed consolidator-in-waiting laid off the entire staff at WAQZ, Cincinnati. CBS is supposedly doing a little nip-tuck of its own on staffs elsewhere (Inside Radio rumors Memphis). LMAs are all over the headlines and radio people know what LMAs bring -- layoffs. When Citadel takes over the ABC stations, want to bet they don't increase hiring by 20%? Radio doesn't need fewer people to run their&hellip

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