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Volume 24, Issue 70, Jim Carnegie, Editor & Publisher
Tuesday Morning April 10th, 2007

Radio News ®

CBS Radio and MSNBC suspend Imus
After more apologies yesterday from Don Imus for his racist comment last week, both CBS Radio, which syndicates his show originated at WFAN-AM New York, and MSNBC, which simulcasts it on cable, announced last night that they are suspending Imus for two weeks. The suspension, however, will begin next Monday, April 16, since WFAN has a charity fundraiser scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, the Imus radiothon in support of the Tomorrow's Children's Fund, the CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome research and the Imus Ranch, which will also be carried on MSNBC. After apologizing again on his own show yesterday morning for referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos," Imus appeared yesterday afternoon on "The Al Sharpton Show" to take his lumps in person from the man who is still calling for Imus to be taken off the air permanently. ''Our agenda is to be funny and sometimes we go too far. And this time we went way too far,'' the contrite but still occasionally combative Imus told Rev. Al Sharpton face to face. Insisting that he would not try to "weasel out of these remarks," Imus on his own show apologized again to the women of the basketball team, calling himself a "good person who said a bad thing," After a similar comment on Sharpton's radio show, Sharpton fired back: "This is not about whether you're a good man. What you said was racist." MSNBC's cameras followed Imus to Sharpton's studio and video is posted on the cable channel's website.
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While NBC News President Steve Capus has thus far suspended Imus for only two weeks, his statement yesterday indicated that the future of "Imus in the Morning" on MSNBC will be contingent on Imus tweaking his programming content. Capus said Imus, who has been told " change the discourse on his program moving forward, has confirmed for us that this action is appropriate. Our future relationship with Imus is contingent on his ability to live up to his word."

RBR observation: Smart move to go on Sharpton's show. Imus is taking a lot of criticism for this blunder, and rightly so. Might as well face it head on. We and many others will be listening to hear what changes when Imus and his crew return from two weeks of suspension.

Goldman analyst still a skeptic
Some other Wall Street analysts may have recently become believers in a modest turnaround for radio this year, but Mark Wienkes at Goldman Sachs remains unconvinced. He warned investor clients he will be looking for soft core ad trends in Q1 results from radio companies and tepid Q2 projections. And Wienkes is not buying predictions that the second half will be stronger and give radio an up year for revenues. Rather, he thinks it is likely that 2007 will wind up in negative territory. The current consensus of Wall Street analysts is that radio ad revenues will be up 4% this year and newspaper ad revenues down 2% - an anomaly he isn't buying into. What would make him more positive? "Our thesis remains that the lack of pricing power across radio has led to the subpar fundamentals and multiple contraction. To turn more positive on the group, we believe improved pricing power is necessary to drive sustainable industry revenue growth, leading to multiple expansion. Absent revenue growth, we look for station and ad minute consolidation to help rationalize both pricing behavior and radio's consumer value proposition relative to other media," Wienkes told clients. He also dismissed the recent stock price run-up for Cox Radio, based on a couple of analysts predicting that Cox Enterprises will take the company private, as "unsubstantiated" and warned of a downside risk at the current price level.

iPod: 100 million customers served
While much attention has been paid to satellite radio as a major new competitor to AM and FM stations for listener ears, XM and Sirius combined are now at about 14 million receivers. Apple passed that mark long ago for its iPod and yesterday announced that it had sold its 100 millionth iPod, making the iPod the fastest selling music player in history. Increasingly, iPods are becoming an in-car listening option. According to Apple, more than 70% of 2007-model US automobiles currently offer iPod connectivity. Now, the iPod is in many ways more like a CD player (or 8-track player for that matter) than a radio receiver. It doesn't have any way to provide access to breaking news, weather, sports or live entertainment. But the iPod does provide people with a relatively easy way to control their own playlist without having to carry around a pile of CDs or tapes. So, it does provide people, particularly tech-savvy young people, with a musical experience that competes effectively with simply turning on the radio.

RBR observation: How should radio compete with iPods? The same way it competed successfully with 8-tracks, cassette players, in-dash CD players and Sony's Walkman - with compelling, unique content. We are seeing now that two approaches are working. Either stick with music and offer more than anyone could possibly load onto their iPod (new music first or very deep playlists) or de-emphasize (or eliminate) music to focus on unique content. That can be tons of specialized or localized information (news, sports, lifestyle & etc.) or compelling personalities. In many cases, those personalities, particularly the top national ones, can be so compelling that fans who can't hear every show every day will want to download archived shows onto their iPods to catch up. See, it is both a competitor and a new opportunity.

Super Tuesday goes Super Dooper
It's official. New York State is opening its primary polls on 2/5/08. Gov. Eliot Spitzer's move to the front part of the primary line will frontload the early going for both parties and should have a strong influence on how campaign dollars are spent both next year, and at the end of this one. According to political observers who spoke with Associated Press, one effect will be to strengthen the need for candidates to make good showings in the very early contests, which include caucuses in Iowa and Nevada, and primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina. The Iowa kick-off is 1/14/08. New York joins Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Utah on 2/5/08, and it's possible that other big states, including perhaps Texas and Florida, will migrate there as well.

RBR observation: A candidate's warchest will be useless if they fail to pick up significant support in the early going, so look for liberal spending - especially from marginal contenders, who may not have much cash compared to the front-runners but will have absolutely no reason to hold back. And remember that the fact that a huge chunk of delegates will have been claimed so early does not mean that the race will be over. Sure, it's a possibility that one candidate will score a big enough sweep to become an inevitability, but it's also possible that the results will be inconclusive. That's very much a possibility given the wide variety of states, both politically and geographically, which will be in the mix. States that are patient may find that they are white-hot territory in a battle between strengthened 2/5/08 survivors.

CEOs see level, if not smooth sailing ahead
When CEOs are perfectly split on the issue of the future of the economy, they post a Conference Board score of 50, and that's where they stood as a group at the end of Q4 2006. However, the executive suite prognosticators seem to see a parting of the clouds, and the resulting optimism has resulted in an increased confidence level of 53. But it's not because there are more optimists, says Conference Board's Lynn Franco, who said, "The improvement in CEO confidence this quarter is due primarily to a decline in the number of pessimists, not an increase in the number of optimists. The good news, therefore, is that business leaders do not expect conditions to worsen. But by the same token, they do not expect conditions to improve." In fact, the number looking for positive economic change dropped from 29% to 27%. However, the number of those expecting negative movement shrunk drastically, from 27% to only 15%. 24% say current conditions have improved overall, a number that rises to 37% when applied to their own business sector.

RBR observation: They always say that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Is it also human nature to see more strife over there as well? Or is it human nature to whistle a happy tune regardless of what your internal research is showing you because those Wall Street touts are ready to pounce on the first sign of negativity? The glass half full view would be that the 37% is the more believable number, since it applies to the body of data that particular CEO is most familiar with. We go with the pessimists, since the 24% is less tinged with wishful thinking. And besides, we think that it was Benjamin Franklin who pointed out that optimists are never pleasantly surprised, and we remember a Murphy's Law that says optimists think this is the best of all possible worlds while pessimists fear that we do, and finally, because we love in when our mechanic quotes us a repair estimate and then brings the job home for less.

Is TV's political problem
a radio opportunity?

DVR owners tend to be "younger, married, high-income and tech-savvy voters." The key word in this sentence from MSHC Partners may be voters. DVR owners are a desirable demographic for politicians, since they tend to actually visit the polls on Election Day. But their DVR means they are probably missing more than a few political messages on television. MSHC's Hal Malchow notes that the cable era has already diffused the ability of television to reach a majority of the population, and ad-skipping via DVR is only intensifying that problem. "DVR owners are both tech savvy and news junkies," said Malchow. "To reach these voters, campaigns need to speak to them through multiple mediums such as direct mail and Internet advertising. This study shows that to reach the entire electorate in the 21st century, a memorable television ad is no longer enough to get noticed." The study, conducted by The Benenson Strategy Group, shows that DVR owners fly past about 60% of all time-shifted programming, including the political material. But they will read campaign literature on line of via snail mail.

RBR observation: MSHC neglected to mention radio as an alternative to television, but smart campaigns should give it serious consideration for exactly the same reason any smart advertiser would. For starters, there is no ad skipping in radio, unless the listener is willing to move on to a completely different station. Radio provides efficiently targeted and reasonably priced buys which can help a candidate get the right citizens to the polls. Make sure the politicians in your district know who your listeners are.

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Wall Street Media Business Report TM
Gannett under pressure
Gannett, which sold its radio group a number of years back, is now the latest big newspaper company to come under pressure to sell its TV group. An article in Barron's suggests that selling its TV group, as the New York Times is doing, would be a way for Gannett to "create value" for shareholders. No doubt the information for the article was planted by big investors who are pushing the idea of selling the TV group and dramatically increasing Gannett's dividend to give them a big payback - particularly if they have been buying shares since the newspaper sector tanked. The article suggests that if Gannett cashed out of television it could more than triple its dividend to around four bucks a year.

RBR observation: While a TV group sale would benefit the take-the-money-and-run short term investors, it would be incredibly stupid for Gannett long-term. Unlike the New York Times Company, where there was little or no interaction between the newspaper and TV operations, Gannett is aggressively working on cross-platform initiatives to transform the "old media" giant into a "new media" giant. Part of that, as Gannett Broadcasting President and CEO Roger Ogden told us in an interview a few months ago, is to have the TV side work with the newspapers to develop their video newsgathering capabilities - an issue of growing importance as the Internet component becomes increasingly the driver for the newspaper business. "It's part of our focus and our strategic plan that our divisions have to be working cooperatively on a whole variety of things and we have this marvelous new platform that transcends any one of the divisions and that's the broadband Internet. It makes possible all kinds of activities that simply weren't there five or six years ago. So that common platform becomes the basis for lots of common activities. And I think other platforms-whether it's mobile or whatever it happens to be-will likewise form the basis for some common opportunity," Ogden told us. We would note that he also has the title of Sr. VP of Design, Innovation and Strategy for all of Gannett, so this is not just talk about making the entire company work together as one.

Ad Business Report TM

MediaMonitors launches "e-affidavit" for network spots
Media Monitors has launched a new service to help major radio networks track their spots on local radio. Media Monitors fingerprint technology identifies commercials that aired on local radio. With the new radio network service, Media Monitors can delineate and document network radio spots that were run. President of Media Monitors Philippe Generali commented, "A few years ago, we created our concept of e-ffidavit, an electronic version of the paper affidavit. We had discussions with a panel of radio network experts and they loved the idea. Our vision is reality today because our team created a great new service exclusively for the network industry." The new service is available on a subscription basis only and covers the Media Monitors markets.

DC, Home & Garden
radio spots examined

Media Monitors reported the HD Digital Radio Alliance is #1 in DC making sure that not only the government officials hear the radio spots (617 of them last week), but our nation's capital is the home of both the Alliance and the NAB. Coming in #2 was Home Depot as they continue their spring offensive with 568 spots in at #2. Verizon was #3 running 561 spots and Mattress Discounters was resting at #4, up from 14th last week. Chevy Chase Bank checked in at #5 with 496 commercials. Geico was down at 6th with 487 spots and #7th on the radio was Burger King with 451 announcements. Up from 22nd last week to #8 this week was Jared Galleria of Jewelry with 438 spots. 9th was Toyota with 414 commercials and Jiffy Lube was the 10th largest radio advertiser in DC last week with a total of 358 units. Lawn and Garden outlets piled their inventories high waiting for the weather to break and the gardening to begin, but in many regions of this country, this will have to wait. They did run their ads on the radio planting seeds in the minds of the consumer when things heat up around here. Scotts was #1 on American radio with 5061 commercials. #2 was Pennington Seed with 1695 spots, while Ortho was #3 (up from #60 the week before). Ortho ran 1105 announcements. The Lawn Doctor was #4 with 556 spots and the #5 slot was owned by Central Garden & Pet who ran 416 commercials. #6 was Atlanta-based Pike Family Nurseries with 364 spots. #7 was the Natural Way Lawn & Tree Care with 225 spots while N. Dayton Garden Center & Nursery was #8 running 207 spots. Jones Topsoil was down at #9 with 196 spots and Suburban Lawn & Garden ran 159 spots.

NAB Daytime Planner
The following will be attending the NAB.
Call or email to make your
appointment in advance.

Jacob J. Barker; Barker Capital Bellagio Hotel
(212) 332-4312 [email protected]

Peter H. Ottmar; Dover Capital Partners, LLC; office 401/723-1063 x103;
cell 401/639-4958; Bellagio Hotel; [email protected]

Brian Eick/Dave Meier/John Weller; Gladstone Capital; Bellagio Hotel;
Brian cell 847-612-3002, Dave cell 847-650-1735, John cell 509-496-3254; [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Todd Fowler/David Reeder; American Media Services; Bellagio Hotel; 843-972-2200; [email protected], [email protected]

Brian Cobb/ Denis LeClair /Dan Graves/Jack Higgins; Cobb Corp; Bellagio Hotel; 212-812-5020; [email protected]

Andy McClure/Erick Steinberg, The Exline Company, Bellagio Hotel, office 415-479-3484, cell 415-497-3855, [email protected]. [email protected]

Frank Boyle; Frank Boyle & Co.;
Bellagio Hotel;
203-969-2020; cell 203-249-7818; [email protected]

John L. Pierce/ Jamie Rasnick; John Pierce & Company LLC; office 859-647-0101, John cell 859-512-3015; Jamie cell 513-252-1186, Bellagio Hotel; [email protected]; [email protected]
Gordon Rice; Gordon Rice Associates;
843-884-3590; Bellagio Hotel; [email protected]

Dick Kozacko/George Kimble;
Kozacko Media Services; office 607-733-7138; cell 607-738-1219; Bellagio Hotel; [email protected], [email protected]

Media Services Group; Bellagio Hotel;

Elliot Evers/Greg Widroe/Brian Pryor/Patricia Carberry-Harris;
Media Venture Partners;
415-391-4877; Bellagio Hotel;
[email protected]

Brian Byrnes; Paramount Media
Advisors, Inc.; 312-396-4043;
cell 312-933-7559; Bellagio Hotel; [email protected]

Glenn Serafin; Serafin Bros., Inc.;
office 813-885-6060; cell 813-494-6875; Aladdin Hotel; [email protected]

Bill Schutz; Schutz & Company; Bellagio Hotel; 757-258-8740, cell 757-880-9251; [email protected]

Larry C. Wood; Wood & Company, Inc.; Alexis Park Hotel; Office: 513-528-7373; Cell: 513-225-5100; [email protected]

Gary Cavell, Richard Mertz, Michael Rhodes, Dan Ryson; Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc.; Main Office 703-392-9090; [email protected]

Media Business Report TM
GM Goodwrench, Sony, Boost Mobile sign with Las Vegas Monorail's new ad program
GM Goodwrench, Sony Electronics and Boost Mobile are among the first to get on board the Las Vegas Monorail's new short-term advertising program. Developed in response to increased demand from convention and trade show exhibitors, the recently launched short-term ad program enables national brands and local advertisers to cost-effectively market to event attendees on their way to and from the Las Vegas Convention Center, utilizing the 134-foot-long, 11-foot-high trains and other Monorail venues. "Monorail advertisers have the potential to reach more than 38 million tourists who travel to the city annually," said Ingrid Reisman, VP/corporate communications for the Las Vegas Monorail Company. "We offer an opportunity to communicate with targeted customers in a captive marketing environment. Whether in the form of train wraps, in-train audio programming and commercials, or station domination, the Monorail offers one of the most visible advertising platforms in the city." In addition to annual programs similar to those currently being used by corporate giants Sprint Nextel, Monster Energy Drink, and Bank of Nevada, the Las Vegas Monorail's newest opportunities include weekly advertising rights to individual Monorail train wraps and interior imaging, Monorail station domination packages, on-ticket advertising and promotion, and/or audio commercial messaging.

Media Markets & Money TM
AAA cashes out of Bloomington
Jerry Zimmer is moving into Bloomington IL with a deal for three FMs that will finally take seller AAA Entertainment out of the market, according to brokers from Media Services Group who handled the deal. Peter Ottmar's AAA will sell WRPW-FM Colfax, WDQZ-FM Lexington and WYST-FM Fairbury, all in Illinois. Zimmer's acquisition company will be known as Pilot Media LLC, which will operate as a subsidiary of Great Plains Media. Last summer, AAA sold WIHN-FM to Connoisseur Media. This transaction will complete their exit from the market. The price was not disclosed.

Washington Media Business Report TM
Is Martin the anti-Powell?
The easy answer is no. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, like his predecessor Michael Powell, is a Republican who prefers believes that the complex relationships between communications businesses and consumers are modulated better by the free market than by enforced government regulation. Despite one or two noted disagreements between the two, for the most part Martin and Powell were on the same page when it came time for a vote during the latter's regime. However, it's been obvious almost from the beginning of the Martin regime that when it comes to style, the two Chairmen are very different. The Los Angeles Times has brought that fact to the public's notice in a weekend article. Powell knew what he wanted to accomplish and simply went about accomplishing it, and watched one of his signature efforts, the 6/2/03 media ownership rulemaking, take fire from the public, the Congress and the courts, and mostly go nowhere. Martin, on the other hand, has gained a reputation for skillful political maneuvering. In particular, the LA Times noted Martin's ability to walk through the newly-sown minefields of a Democratic Congress, and his willingness to go where Powell would not, before the public to discuss the ownership rules. It remains to be seen what will come of the remanded do-over of 6/2/03, but at the very least, Martin will be able to say that the public will have had a chance to sound off on the matter.

Entertainment Media Business Report TM
Air America adds Lionel
Air America Radio announced some changes in its programming schedule beginning 5/14. Veteran talker Lionel will bring his nationally syndicated program to Air America M-F, 9am-12 noon ET. He has been performing talk radio for 18 years, starting as a mere caller while in law school in his home town of Tampa and was later given his own weekend show in 1988 on WFLA. Currently heard on 92 stations across the country, Lionel is the #1 rated talk host during his time period in New York, as he was previously in LA and Tampa. Sam Seder will also be moving to Sunday afternoons, 4-7pm ET, with a new show, "Seder on Sunday", which will be a recap and review of the Sunday morning talk shows.

Warner Music may try
end run for EMI

The long courtship dance between Warner Music Group (WMG) and EMI Group may be taking on a new twist. According to the Sunday Times of London, WMG management is considering an end run around EMI management to take a merger deal straight to EMI shareholders. Both WMG and EMI made offers for the other last year, then backed off when European antitrust authorities threatened to undo the Sony BMG merger. But last month WMG tried again and was rebuffed by EMI management. The Times article said WMG management believes that the Sony BMG review is an opportunity to reshape the music industry, so it apparently wants to piggyback its own merger deal. Also, the WMG folks don't agree with EMI's move to do away with copy protection on digital recordings - an initiative they can stop dead in its tracks if they acquire control of EMI. Some big EMI investors are also concerned about the digital copy protection action, which could make them more amenable to entreaties from WMG.

Engineering Business Report TM
NAB launches "NAB Fastroad"
The NAB announced the formation of a long term technology advocacy program. The mission will be to seek and facilitate development and commercialization of new technologies that can be exploited by broadcasters using radio and television broadcast spectrum. The multi-year, multi-million dollar program will be named NAB FASTROAD (Flexible Advanced Services for Television and Radio On All Devices). The effort is a product of the efforts of NAB's Technology Advocacy Committee in accordance with the sustained priority placed on technology by NAB Joint Board Chairman Bruce Reese and NAB CEO David Rehr. Consisting of NAB Board members, the NAB Technology Advocacy Committee held its first meeting in March 2006 and subsequently conducted a year-long deliberative decision-making investigation, including briefings by outside consultants, economic and technical analysis of technology developments, and technical review of potential projects through a technology discovery group process. Based on this work, the NAB Board of Directors decided unanimously in January to launch the program and NAB's Executive Committee approved organizational details in late March.

900K WVRY-FM Waverly TN from Reach Satellite Network Inc., a subsidiary of Salem Communications Corporation (Stuart W. Epperson, Edward G. Atsinger III) to Grace Broadcasting Services Inc. (Charles Ennis, Lacy Ennis, Roy Smith, Steve Burton et al). 45K earnest money, balance in cash at closing. Duopoly with WQSE-AM White Bluff, WFGZ-FM Lobelville TN. [File date 3/19/07.]

310K KFFR-FM Pullman WA from Royal Communications of Washington (Chris Gilbreth) to Xana Duke Radio Partners LLC (Christopher Jackey, Thomas D. Hodgins). 10K advance payment, 92K cash at closing, 208K note. [File date 3/19/07.]

Stock Talk
Pretty much a flat day
Wall Street traders had to wait until Monday to react to the employment report that the Labor Department released on Good Friday. But because the report had both good and bad news, the stock market was pretty flat. A drop in the unemployment rate is good news for economic growth, but also makes it less likely that the Fed will lower rates. The Dow Industrials ended the day up nine points at 12,569.

Radio stocks were down a bit. The Radio Index declined 0.488, or 0.3%, to 159.609. Salem rose 1.6% and Cox Radio was down 1.9% as the bookends (outside of penny stocks).

Radio Stocks

Here's how stocks fared on Monday

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Journal Comm.







Lincoln Natl.







Radio One, Cl. A




Citadel CDL
9.60 -0.04

Radio One, Cl. D




Clear Channel








Cox Radio




Saga Commun.








Salem Comm.








Sirius Sat. Radio








Spanish Bcg.
















Westwood One








XM Sat. Radio





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Ad Business Report
"e-affidavit" for network spots
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Media Business Report
First to get on board
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Media Markets & Money
AAA cashes out of Bloomington
Jerry Zimmer is moving into Bloomington...

Washington Media Business Report
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The easy answer is no...

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Radio Media Moves

Pennington to KRLA
Mark Pennington has been named General Sales Manager for Salem's News/Talk KRLA-AM Los Angeles. He was previously a Senior Account Executive at KNX-AM LA.

WW1 restructures
ad sales

Westwood One announced new appointments in the ad sales division. Ed Quagliariello has been named SVP/National Sponsorship Sales. Terry Schoppmann has been named VP/New York Advertising Sales. Both Quagliariello and Schoppmann will remain based in New York and will report directly to Westwood One EVP/Director of Sales, Paul Gregrey.

Return engagement
Communications Equity Associates (CEA) announced that Evan Blum has rejoined the investment banking and corporate finance team as a Managing Director. Blum will be based in the firm's New York City office and will focus on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions involving the communications and media industries.

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AOL launches
search marketplace

AOL announced the launch of the AOL Search Marketplace, available to select AOL advertisers giving them the chance to buy sponsored links specifically targeting the AOL search audience ( ) on and within the AOL client applications. The service, built on Google AdWords technology, extends the suite of advertising solutions AOL can offer to marketers. AOL Search Marketplace uses a white-label version of Google AdWords, providing advertisers the ability initially to buy search advertising that solely targets the AOL Search audience on the AOL client applications and This service uses the same best-of-breed functionality, features and reporting that advertisers have come to expect from Google AdWords. Until now, advertisers did not have the ability to segment and optimize traffic coming from AOL. The new service is a result of the expanded five year strategic relationship AOL and Google entered into in December 2005. AOL test marketed AOL Search Marketplace with about 30 advertisers over the previous five months.

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Competitors ask court
to toss PPM patents
The Media Audit (TMA) and Ipsos, co-developers of a Smart Cell Phone-based radio ratings system, have fired back at Arbitron's lawsuit accusing them of infringing patents related to Arbitron's Portable People Meter, or PPM.
04/09/07 RBR #69

Zell may crack down on Google
In his new role at Tribune Company, Sam Zell may lead the charge against allowing Google free access to aggregate news and other content. "If all of the newspapers in America did not allow Google to steal their content, how profitable would Google be? Not very,"
04/09/07 RBR #69

CAB members back out of eBay trials; what about radio?
Senior media buyer: "I don't think a lot of the buyers, and obviously the networks, believe that we really needed this.

RBR observation: What does this mean to the radio business? Probably a lot of the same. eBay would likely be great for remnant and some spot inventory in radio (should it move there), but as far as prime, flighted inventory-that should be left to the experts.
04/09/07 RBR #69

How'd the other guys do?
We reported in last weeks RBR on the lackluster performance of radio stocks in Q1, which paralleled the overall stock market. The quarter was better for your television brethren, pure play TV companies in particular, as investors saw proof that new revenues are coming by way of cash payments for retransmission consent agreements with cable MSOs. Here are the numbers in this special page report of RBR.
04/06/07 RBR #68

Analyst ups radio forecast
It would be overstating the case to call him bullish on radio, but BMO Capital Markets analyst Lee Westerfield has raised his 2007 estimate for radio industry revenues by three percentage points - to plus 1.5% from his previous minus 1.5%. In a shift in our view, we no longer consider the radio sector at risk for a significant decline in advertising during 2007. consequently, we see same-station EBITDA growth equivalently positive, +1-3% for most radio groups.
04/06/07 RBR #68

Investor pressuring Regent
Regent Communications is the latest radio company to come under pressure from an investor who wants to cash out. Riley Investment Management is calling for the company to hang out a for sale sign.

RBR observation: Riley can hardly be called a patient or long-suffering shareholder as far as Regent is concerned. Over two million of the shares it holds were bought in March 2007, including 1,189,344 bought March 28th for 2.95 per share. Forcing a sale for its estimated 4.50-6.00 per share would give Riley a hefty return on a short-term investment. Riley is certainly right about one thing, though, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance has made it prohibitively expensive for small companies like Regent to maintain publicly traded stock. There has been a lot of talk on Capitol Hill about providing some relief, but so far it has only been talk. Read Riley's Letter in this RBR report.
04/05/07 RBR #67

Citadel fined 21K; License
revocation petitions dismissed
The FCC has at long last issued its full opinion and order from the meeting last month where the Commissioners approved the merger of Disney's ABC Radio with Citadel Broadcasting (3/23/07 RBR #58). We knew that Red Wolf Broadcasting did not succeed in its efforts to have the FCC deny license renewals for Citadel in Connecticut and Rhode Island and hold hearings on whether the company is fit to hold any license at all. Indeed, the FCC dismissed most of Red Wolf's allegations of rule violations as unsubstantiated or insignificant.

RBR observation: What about the Eliot Spitzer "payola" allegations and additional allegations of sponsorship identification violations brought by Red Wolf? The FCC order states that Citadel entered into a consent decree with the Commission last month, under which it agreed to make a voluntary contribution to the US Treasury and adopt certain company policies and reforms. That public document has not yet been made public by the FCC or Citadel.
04/05/07 RBR #67

DoubleClick unveils
online ad marketplace
DoubleClick, a major provider of digital advertising technology and services, unveiled its proprietary DoubleClick Advertising Exchange service, an online marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of online display advertising. The service provides advertisers, agencies, publishers and ad networks with a dynamic marketplace where they can buy and sell online display advertising - impression by impression.

RBR observation: Another entry into the world of on line services. Big guns like Google, DoubleClick, and others are attempting to get into the broadcast media biz in a big way. Only factor RBR sees as the top issue is the working knowledge of our broadcast medium. How the inner parts of a station truly works. RBR does not think that anyone of these companies has ever worked for or been inside of a radio or TV station no less sold an ad campaign to a local advertiser. Again RBR strongly urges broadcasters to research all companies before you commit your stations inventory.
04/05/07 RBR #67


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RBR/TVBR is looking for an aggressive and progressive Media Website Director. Will be working side by side with all aspects of our editorial, sales, marketing and production staff. RBR/TVBR is moving forward with a Pro-Active Strategy see what is required as we begin our 25th year in the media business. See Radio Careers

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