Month: February 2016

Radio’s Big 20th Anniversary (of Being Sold Out!)


February 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. There are no planned celebrations.  No parades.  No planned parties.  You’d think someone, somewhere would have popped open a bottle of Dom Perignon by now.  But, nothing.  Not even from those who lined their pockets and are clearly to blame for tearing the…

iHeart Media – “Hiding the Pickle?”

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“Hiding the Pickle” is a little game I was accused of playing when doing budgets back in the old Clear Channel/Jacor days.  When putting together the annual programming, promotional, news and sports budgets, I’d hide a few dollars in various lines to “pad” things (so to speak).  I had little tricks like putting the cost…

Black Radio Stations Matter


The immutable “Rule #1 – It’s about ratings and revenue.”  If you don’t accept this, you’re doomed. Each fall, the big media companies go through budgeting for the new year.  The companies look to see who they can fire even at their successful stations.  A standard exercise is being asked to “rank” employees.  Thinking managers…