Betting on Radio

Audacy, the former CBS and Entercom radio properties, has decided that the future of sports radio is talking about gambling. I’m shocked I tell you.

https://radioink.com/2021/06/21/audacy-grows-betql-coverage/

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The Clay Travis / Buck Sexton show is here

So, the first edition of The Rush Limbaugh replacement show is complete and ready to go to the museum of radio history.

So what did you think? Is anybody out there?

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FCC migration from CDBS to LMS

This is nerdy stuff that you’re probably not interested in, but it has become apparent that this change at the FCC is going to affect this website.

The cdbs system dates back to about 1978, when the FCC first started computerizing its records maintained on 3×5 index cards using typewriters and whiteout. CDBS is the primary data source that I have relied on for 20 years.

LMS has a broader scope.  There are many aspects of managing licenses (like the analog to digital TV conversion, political advertising rules, foreign ownership) that don’t easily lend themselves to an ancient computer system that was mimicking a filing cabinet system with folders going back to the 1930s.

The focus of cdbs was processing applications, not providing current information about license information. I can tell from the outside that there were a bunch of unconnected systems cobbled together to provide that type of information, but with very slow response times and often missing data.

It’s apparent that some recent updates that appear in LMS are not appearing in CDBS any more.

In the short term, the transition from Rush Limbaugh to his replacements is my primary focus in the coming two weeks, however the LMS system could be a lot of work.

Until then, don’t rely solely on recent license changes by accessing cdbs links.

 

 

 

 

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Ric Edelman says goodbye

Ric Edelman has been doing a weekend radio show for 29 years.  He just announced he is done doing the radio show.

Ric’s company has grown to 1,500 employees.   He will be leaving his company and will shortly end his show in the fall.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210607005620/en/Edelman-Financial-Engines-Announces-Ric-Edelman%E2%80%99s-Transition-to-Advisory-Role

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Don’t bother calling 911 in Asheville NC

One of the bastions of liberalism in North Carolina has long been Asheville, located in the western part of the state up in the mountains.

For some unexplained reason, a significant number of officers have quit working for the police department, so there are a list of things that will no longer cause a policeman to respond.

Asheville takes action

The police department has lost 84 officers since hiring a new Chief (from New York  State) in February 2020.

But all is not lost, the city has torn down the 120 year old statue of Zebulon Vance, governor of North Carolina after the Civil War.

The mayor and the entire City Council are female.  Three of the seven members of the city council are black women, which is quite an accomplishment since the city is about 80% white people. So we can conclude that the government of Asheville is not representative of its citizens.

Kim Coney, piano teacher, ran on this platform:

“We need a just transition through the emergencies of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, systemic racism, and economic instability. The work we must do to ensure a resilient community includes urgent action to take better care of the planet and each other.”

Oh, and they cut funding for police in November 2020

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George Beasley has died

George Beasley has an interesting life story. Back in 2009 I did a profile of his company

Beasley in 2009

 

https://radioinsight.com/headlines/209007/beasley-media-founder-chairman-george-beasley-dies-at-89/

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Dana Loesch snuggles up to Audacy (CBS/Entercom)

Neither CBS nor Entercom has been a significant player in talk Syndication.  CBS’s niche was “all news” radio stations in major markets like WCBS, WINS, WBBM, KYW, WBZ, KCBS, etc.  A long time ago CBS had a relationship with Westwood One, but that was dissolved quite some time ago.  CBS experimented with FreeFM for a couple years, but it was entirely an internal syndication.

https://radioinsight.com/headlines/208961/audacy-adds-dana-loesch-to-talk-stations-in-eleven-markets/

Radio America is the syndicator for the Dana Loesch show.  It is owned by a nonprofit organization whose objective is to give attention to Washington DC politicians about the needs of veterans.  They previously had syndicated G Gordon Liddy.

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“Free Talk Live” shut down by FBI

Another little Discovery now that we’re out from under the covid prison

https://manchesterinklink.com/fbi-descends-on-keene-and-surrounding-areas-as-part-of-ongoing-federal-investigation/

 

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Buck Sexton to take over Rush Limbaugh’s Premiere time slot

So having your beloved uncle stuffed and sitting in the corner is not a substitute for him being alive.  It just reminds you of your loss.  Sorry, but Jason Lewis is no Rush Limbaugh.

A key marker is whether markets where the Rush Limbaugh was dropped (ie Chicago, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco) have an independent radio station  (not Cumulus or iHeart) step up fill the void.  I have not found any evidence of that yet. While most radio stations did pay to carry the Rush Limbaugh show, they aren’t going to do it to air Jason Lewis reminding us non-stop about his 2 years serving in the US House.

News Story

Showing how clueless Premiere is (their syndication head is female), they are softening the political nature of the show by pairing Buck Sexton with Clay Travis, a Fox Sports host who runs a web site focused on sports gambling.

 

Long time listeners to Rush Limbaugh know that one of his disappointments is that most of his audience hates sports. When he would talk about the NFL on Monday, or talk about playing golf over the weekend, his phone lines got flooded with people yelling at him to stop talking about sports.

That really hurt Rush’s feelings, but that’s the reality of who listened to his show.  We think the government powers in the Patriot act is more important than who the quarterback is for the Patriots.  Rush spent Sundays at the temple of the football, not going to church praying about ending abortion.

The Rush Limbaugh show, or the Travis / Sexton show, is going to hemorrhage affiliates like crazy.  Not only is Premiere going to destroy the Limbaugh franchise, they’re flushing Buck Sexton’s career at the same time.  Syndication contracts almost always have non-compete contracts, so either he gets to talk sports, or he goes off the air for a year and does a podcast on the internet and hopes people remember him.

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John Batchelor is at CBS

John Batchelor is almost synonymous with WABC-AM in New York.  John Batchelor had his local show in New York when 9/11 happened, and went on to be nationally syndicated on ABC radio.  Ultimately that became Westwood One / Cumulus media.

Cumulus has sold WABC to a local investor, and John left and is now on the CBS podcast Network, which by itself is odd since CBS sold out its radio interest to Entercom.  This happened in March 2021, and I’ve just gotten around to noticing it.  John Batchelor is 73 years old.

Inside Radio story

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