Alex Jones has arrived

The bigger world is starting to know who Alex Jones is. The Republican nominee knows who he is and doors are opening.

On Thursday’s show, he did most of an hour with Milo with a very warm and interesting conversation about a variety of topics. They talked about the Hillary for Prison meme, which did break out as a chant in the Convention.

Later in the show, he played the interview his staff did with Nigel Farage, the man who caused Brexit as leader of the U.K. independent Party (UKIP). Alex had dinner with Nigel and Roger Stone.

The incident where Alex Jones pushed back on the Communist demonstrators who were getting ready to burn an American flag brought him face to face with the Cleveland police chief who he initially shoved not realizing who was trying to restrain him. Not only did Alex not get in trouble, he found out that he was well known by the Cleveland police in a positive way.

Rush Limbaugh may have signaled trouble in radio paradise on his show on Monday. He is undergoing negotiations with Premiere to extend his existing contract which is running out. Alex believes Rush is going to lose his show and it is part of the same movement of Hillary’s people that just got Roger Ailes kicked out of Fox News. Since Fox went wall to wall anti-Trump, people are tuning out in droves. Rush said something like “I is willing to end my radio career if it meant that it would defeat Hillary”. A bit cryptic…

The “real” media started seeking out Jones. He knows why they are suddenly behaving friendly toward him and avoided them for the most part. As the real media are realizing that Trump is aware of and influenced by Alex Jones, they see Alex Jones as a way to “get to” Donald Trump, given Jones’ controversial views.

Alex Jones will be in Philadelphia next week. The Bernie supporters may well buy lots of the Hillary for Prison 2016 T-Shirts.

Rushing Home

Has it been 8 years already? Tom Taylor reminds the radio world that Rush’s 8 year, $200 million contract with Premiere Radio (iHeart/Clear Channel) ends in the next few weeks, as the company is fending off lawsuits trying to pull the company into bankruptcy or reorganization of its debt.

Rush and Glenn Beck have similar but different deals. Both produce their own shows in their own studio paying their own staff. When it comes to the Internet, Beck owns his web site and archives and the related revenue streams. For Rush, Premiere owns, 24×7 Rush and the Merchandising. Some portion of that revenue goes to Rush, probably as an offset to his salary or maybe with triggers for incentives. Those kinds of details are not public.

One idea apparently being floated is to turn over the intellectual property to Rush in exchange for Rush taking less money. That makes sense – if iHeart does get dragged into a financial quagmire, if Rush owns his entire product, that keeps it away from creditors.

In my far out speculation, I could see iHeart spinning off Premiere to a third party. There was a time when Premiere might have been a hot standalone IPO, but I think that time has come and gone. Rush is pushing retirement age, Glenn Beck is getting tenuous, Bob & Tom have no Bob, Kidd Kraddick is dead, Fox Sports Radio lingers on, Sean Hannity is busy counting the days until we take the country back and George Noory is busy chasing his Shadow. I don’t see anything there global bankers want to buy.

PPM killed Delilah

That’s what Bloomberg thinks

The Arbitron / Nielsen Portable People Meter listens to what people actually listen to, not what people say they listen to. You’re in the bedroom, but Delilah is playing in the den in the basement – so sorry, no ratings credit.

The article correctly points out that Adult Contemporary is fading very fast. Country is hot and Hits are hot – and “urban” and Spanish dominate several major cities. Middle age white people music, not so much

Glenn Beck booted from SiriusXM

CNN coverage

Glenn’s program crossed over the line last week when guest Brad Thor sort of encouraged someone to maybe assassinate Donald Trump. It went far enough in the Glenn Beck “I’m not saying this, but” way – Glenn’s slimy way of insinuating – that John Malone’s company yanked his program from the Sirius XM Patriot channel, at least for the rest of the week.

Beck’s “ratings” here have plummeted. Beck is approaching the point in his behavior that reasonable people might see involuntary confinement as necessary. That’s extreme, but so is his behavior, including his ongoing implications of suicidal thoughts.

If this sticks, I would expect DirecTV (also controlled by Malone) to follow suit once the lawyers figure out how to break the contract.

Malone is otherwise occupied with huge media and telecom deals. As far as I know, he isn’t overtly political. I can’t find him commenting on Trump one way or the other. Once upon a time, he used to play golf with Rush Limbaugh, but I wouldn’t read a lot into that.

Bill Bennett in retirement

For those who miss Bill Bennett, as promised he continues to do a weekend interview show.

Bill Bennett Interviews

They are not live – without callers and are available on demand from his website. Some Salem stations may carry the show on the weekend squeezed in between the infomercials, but the podcast will be the better option for most people.

Charles Koch (👻👻👻) is a 4-part interview

Losing the Loveline

Dr Drew Pinsky is putting down the penis pump, at least the syndicated one. According to Tom Taylor, he has been doing the show for Westwood One for free for several years.

A few months ago, he started up a local show on KABC-AM in Los Angeles from noon to 3 PM. Do parents want to have their children hearing about clitoris problems and herpes infections on the ride home from school?

It sounds like he intends to go the podcast route, although that can be tricky having a callin show distributed only by podcast.

The person formerly known as prince is dead at age 57 – yet another healthy person I’ve outlived. Reports are that six days ago, his plane made an emergency landing after what is believed to have been an opiate overdose. The hospital wanted him to stay for 24 hours, but he insisted he needed a private room, which the hospital doesn’t have. Welcome to equality. He was found dead in an elevator in his home.

Marilu Henner ready to forget radio

Marilu Henner has had her shot at 15 minutes of syndicated radio fame. I can hear you saying “she had a radio show?”

You’re most likely to remember seeing her as the female cab driver on Taxi, dealing with Latka, Louie, Reverand Jim, Tony Banta and Bobby Wheeler. She’s done a variety of things since, much of it focused on the “expert” advice on nutrition and health. Her show is syndicated by GCN, the Alex Jones Conspiracy network. I know ar least 7 confirmed affiliates.

I can’t tell you much about the content other than men are not her target audience. Podcasts are available. Bob Barker was a recent guest talking about… Animal Rights.

Big changes at Salem Radio

* disclaimer – I am a stockholder in SALM

For years, I have been advocating changes to the Salem Talk Lineup – the Bennett, Gallagher, Prager, Medved, Hewitt lineup hasn’t changed since I started tracking programming schedules. They’re all getting old. Back before Salem stopped paying for ratings, most of their station were drawing less than 1% shares, SALM stays afloat by selling books and magazine subscriptions, something people under the age of 50 don’t buy.

Bill Bennett announced on air this morning that he is stepping aside effective April 4th. He is 72 years old. He is best known for heading the Department of Education under Ronald Reagan, and being Drug Czar under George HW Bush.

Hugh Hewitt (currently on 6-9 PM) will move to mornings. Hewitt is a lawyer. He is a young 59 years old. Since most of Salem’s talk stations are on AM, the 6-9 PM ET time is when the potential audience starts to drift away. No report who will replace Hewitt – perhaps they’ll run 3 hours of infomercials.