Posts Tagged ‘SweetJack’

I used to hear him on the old KGO, when it was a real talk-radio station before the bottom-feeders at Cumulus Media destroyed the property value at that former prime location.   Now Bay Area consumers wouldn’t buy into that junk station even if it was promoted by Captain America himself.  The obvious choice of spokesman for Cumulus Media can only be Uncle Scrooge, who fits nicely in with the company of the heinous Dick-ey brothers.

But, we all know about what happened over there in the land of greed.  SweetJack my a**,  it’s more like Jack the Listeners and sweeten the Dick-ey pot.  Do NOT listen to one SECOND of that station or any of their stations.  You are contributing to the demise of broadcast sanity and locally shared on-air community.

There is one station in this market that has heard what the Bay Area has to say about local radio and has reached out to our local talent, creating a broadcast home for some of our favorite on-air personalities.  Yes, it happens to be Clear Channel Communicatons, Inc., the largest radio-station-group owner in the U.S.  And, it’s privately-held, in part, by Bain Capital.   So, Clear Channel’s history has contributed to the mess we now find on-air in this country, so they don’t get a free pass when it comes to serious discussion of the state of radio today.  But, they do get some credit for recognizing the need for local talent in this market.

Yes, they plan to profit from it.  But there seems to be more heart in their iHeart than just dollar bills.  Let’s look at what they’ve done so far:

1) When Cumulus Media unceremoniously dumped our favorite KGO talk-show hosts and production staff, our local Clear Channel station, KKSF-Newstalk 910AM extended invitations to many of the former KGO hosts.  Our favorite loyah!, Len Tillem, accepted a 3-4:00pm slot.  Gene Burns followed Len’s show in the 4-7:00pm show.

2) When Gene Burns suffered a stroke and could not meet his contract obligations, did KKSF – Newstalk 910-AM point him to the door?  No.  They kept Gene on contract and several former KGO hosts filled in for him as guest hosts.  We, in the Bay Area, could once again listen to Len Tillem, Gil Gross, John Rothmann, Ed Baxter, and Rosie Allen.  Even Jim Gabbert joined in, but I’m not sure if he’d been a host on KGO during the mass firing.

3) When it became clear that Gene Burns needed more time to recuperate, KKSF – Newstalk 910AM hired Gil Gross to take Gene’s slot, but kept Gene on in a blogger capacity.  That way Gene could continue to communicate with his loyal listeners as he recovered from his stroke.

4) KKSF-Newstalk 910AM also hired John Rothmann as a political correspondent, especially focused on the upcoming election.

5) 910AM also kept Ed Baxter on to create his own :30 commentary Monday-Friday that can be heard during the Gil Gross show.  Ed’s pieces can be found on Podcast and they are called ‘Making Sense with Ed Baxter’.

6) Now, the latest act of this iHeart station, is the hiring of that unique weatherman voice of good ol’ Lloyd Lindsay Young.

I remember Lloyd Lindsay Young from KGO, and always smiled at his boisterous ‘HELLO – (insert city here)!”  It was a bit much, but it was a bit much with joy and enthusiasm.  Unlike those blow-hards heard all of the time on the radio, Lloyd Lindsay Young has so much heart in his greetings the over-the-top style is endearing.  It’s wonderful to hear a voice on the radio that is not beaten into corporate-speak and has not broken the spirit of delivery to blend into a corporate landscape.

His joy of delivery comes through loud and clear on Clear Channel’s spot on the dial.  Thank you, KKSF, for giving us the loud, merry greetings once again of Lloyd Lindsay Young – the local weatherman whose unique style will never get old.

Find all of these hosts at NewsTalk 910 – San Francisco’s Talk Station, here’s the link: http://www.newstalk910.com/main.html

Gene Burns Blog: http://www.newstalk910.com/pages/gene-burns.html

Gil Gross Podcasts of his show: http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=gil_gross

Ed Baxter’s Commentary: http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=baxter

John Rothmann Highlights Podcasts: http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=rothmann

And, how could I forget our buddy, Len Tillem: http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=tillem

Here’s the Wikipedia page of Lloyd Lindsay Young: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd_Lindsay_Young

Lloyd Lindsay Young’s website: http://www.lloydlindsayyoung.com/

By the way, I haven’t heard Wickes call into KKSF 910AM lately.  Where in the world is Wickes?

And, I’m really liking the news with Sebastian Kunz and his after-news banter with Gil Gross.  I missed Sebastian when he was on vacation last week.

I know this is probably old news by now, but, hey, I work all day and only get to this stuff when I can get to it.  Most of you know the methods of Lew Dick-ey’s take over and trashing of local radio stations.  Once he thinks he owns you, then he lets his dog loose on your lawn.  Leaving little piles of SweetJack everywhere.  Doesn’t even knock on the door to warn you what’s waiting out there.  What does he care?  He has money.  It’s his dog.  And if you try to complain, he simply fires all the local voices and puts a canned ham in syndication on your airwaves.

It’s like he’s holding his hands to his ears so he won’t hear you.

You think you can simply turn off his stations to get rid of him.  Oh, if only it were that easy.  He’s got your number.  Your name.  Your email address.  Yep.  You’re SweetJack’d now.  That station he trashed, your old radio home, is now his personal mailing list to market his crap.  All he has to do is open the old Listener Club files and let the dog off the leash, to go ‘fetch’.

An example of where his dog roams freely:

Here’s an excerpt:

“A couple of weeks later I start getting spam from SweetJack, thanking me for signing up – to the tagged email address I’d only given to KFOG. And no mention of KFOG at all.”

SweetJack Spam: http://blog.wordtothewise.com/2011/11/does-it-look-like-youre-spamming/

Here’s an article that isn’t even about SweetJack but look at some of those comments(copied below):

http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-kinda-feel-sorry-for-that-guy-from.html

Anonymous said…

Not sure what this is all about, but I do wish the Cumulus owned Sweet Jack campaign would FREAKIN’ END NOW!
I can’t take it anymore. Sure, like a lot of people, I was first suckered in by the catchy tune. But now it makes me want to turn the dial. In fact, if they insist on running it every single commercial break, I think I’m going to take a vacation from The Ticket. And I don’t care how long I have to wait it out. At the very least play a new ad for the dumb website or service or whatever the hell it is.
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Little Weak Jeremy said…
I love the Andy Kaufman-esque utter madness of the Sweet Jack ad and look forward to Dan’s performance of it at Ticketstock.Plainsman,I’d advise you not to stroll down dark alleys any time soon, lest you meet some hired thugs wearing green. You’ve been a thorn in AP’s side before and with this latest brickbat-throwing they may choose to take decisive action.
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Anonymous said…
What do you find Andy Kaufman-esque about the Sweet Jack ads, LWJ?
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Little Weak Jeremy said…
I find it impossible to imagine these guys don’t know they’re whipping the ever-loving sh– out of listeners. It’s so horrible that it comes out the other side as great audience-abuse performance art, kind of like Kaufman with the Tony Clifton act (and similar to what Dan will be doing if he sings it at Ticketstock). I’m basically rehashing the position that Jake Z took on It’s Just Banter (episode 112, I think).
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ap said…
Minor clarification; the “AP” in the second comment refers to “all-pro foundation repair” – I’d never accost the good Plainsman!Regarding Sweetjack, this has been a growing nuisance since October of last year. Around that time, an irate BaD Radio screenless caller complained at length that signing up for the Ticket’s text message alert service had somehow opted him into SweetJack advertising spam. At the time, I thought “wow, the ticket has stooped to a new low” because the text promos claimed they’d never sell your info. Mind you, a host (Craig or Dan, I don’t remember which) had added the comment “until we deem it profitable” during the initial run of those ads, but I digress. Dan let the caller go for about a minute, but he did eventually cut him off. I thought it was weird for them not to immediately dump an anti-sponsor call, but I chalked it up to Dan’s “stick it to the man” life mantra.So I was left thinking “Wow, the ticket just sold out it’s P1 base to this SweetJack sponsor”. A month later during the Christmas layover, I found myself waking up with the Sweet-Jack tune stuck in my head. It became more and more aggravating, and a few weeks later, the P1’s also became vocal about it. I was averaging about one anti-SweetJack tweet per day until a P1 lightly chastised myself (and Sean Bass) for calling out a rare Q1 sponsor. So I stopped……For about 2 hours. Then I found out (via twitter and during the Musers’s 5:30AM skatearound) that SweetJack is actually a Cumulus venture. That’s how they were able to access the P1 database of cell phone numbers, and that’s why they can play that damned spot ad-nauseum. It’s basically filler until regular sponsors come back, and even then, I think it will still be in heavy rotation. As far as I can tell, SweetJack is a direct competitor to GroupOn, but they can leverage their radio advertising opportunity as well.You can tell that the hosts have taken notice to the P1’s outcry and no longer treat Sweet Jack as a sacred sponsor. Gordon, Sean, Rich, Dan and Mike R have all taken on-air shots at the advertisement, and I bet they will continue to do so until a gag order is issued from Cumulus.I’ve also noticed that the frequency of those ads has increased tremendously, despite the ticket’s commercial load returning to healthier levels. One wonders just how aggressively Cumulus wants to push this thing.
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AnonNoLonger said…
I think *fingers and toes crossed* that we might be seeing the beginning of the end of the Sweet Jack onslaught. I’ve noticed that a shortened version of the ad/song is being played from time to time. Hopefully the shorter ad will soon become the only spot run, and eventually it’ll die out. Or perhaps Cumulus will at least start a new ad campaign for their web-“cool”-thing-of-the-moment endeavor. Like I said fingers and toes crossed.Little Weak Jeremy: I’m not sure if I can agree with you that the advertisement group hired by Cumulus thinks along the lines you’ve imputed onto them. Actually, I highly doubt it. Cumulus one heckuva *monied and even make or break you* client, and I can’t imagine a business fooling around as such. The ad’s design is to entice, not repulse. And as much as I detest the campaign and its song, it has done its job in spades where the masses are concerned. So I have to respectfully disagree with you here.
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Anonymous said…
Following up on AP’s post, just about every TV station and/or newspaper has a “Deal of the Day” service these days. So it’s no surprise Cumulus would have its own. The bubble will burst on these deal sites before too long. Let’s hope it happens sooner rather than later for SweetJack.
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The Plainsman said…
I was going to do a bit on SweetJack, but you all have beat me to it, and rather authoritatively I might say.I remember hearing the shorter version first, and then the more annoying longer two-verse version where they replace the final rhyme of the first verse with another rhyme, and stick the removed rhyme on the end of the second verse about how he sticks the stuff in your in-box and “that’s why he rocks.”My problem is much worse. Not only was I humming that cursed tune all day long, but while doing so I actually formed a mental image of a smallish dog racing around town looking for bargains and then coming back and pawing out a mass email to SweeJack victims.
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Scott said…
Odd, I heard the SFR ad this morning for the first time and had the exact same thought, especially as George did a live ad for All Pro about 15 minutes later.As to Sweet Jack, it has driven me nuts. I wonder though, how many have actually sat down and typed in that url to see what is there. I admit, I did, and, on occasion, they have deals.
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Anonymous said…
Sweet Jack is an instant punch out for me. Hope Cumulus is happy screwing over their other advertisers by forcing listeners to tune out due to their own. Sweet Jack has moved to the top of the list, alongside Godaddy, of products I’ll never use due to their advertising.
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Blergoyen said…
I don’t like having to hand my prized smart phone over to a kid to take down all the sweetjack info when you use an ecoupon.That being said, I feel EVEN SORRIER for the old guy in the Guardian construction (roofing) commercials. I’m not trying to be mean, as I am dealing with this very issue with a family member right now, but the poor old guy sounds like he might be suffering the onset of mild dimensia. He starts rambling in both commercials and the son actually has to interrupt him in order to finish the commercials. He sounds like a nice guy, so I hate to criticize, but the sound of that guy hits a little close to home right now.
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What’s most interesting about all of this is SweetJack’s own Rules on Spam:

Rules

  • Your friends must accept your invitation and make their first purchase in order for you and them to get your credit. We will let you know when your friend accepts your invitation and joins SweetJack. Within 48 hours of your friends’ first purchase we will credit $10 to your SweetJack account.
  • Fake invitations are not allowed.
  • SPAM invitations are not allowed.
  • SweetJack reserves the right to disqualify and even terminate the account of any individual who participates in providing or acquiring referrals in a “dubious manner”, or that a “dubious manner” constitutes but is not limited to:
    • Sending unsolicited emails to strangers or people you do not know. Any SPAM complaints will result in immediate disqualification and removal from the SweetJack service.

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Really, SweetJack?  Clean up your own lawn, first.  Get out your pooper-scooper and start the removal of SweetJack from our neighborhoods.

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And it’s not over yet.  This is what your local businesses can expect anytime soon:

SweetJack Sales Representative

Company: Cumulus Radio ChicagoLocation: Chicago, ILDate Posted: January 19, 2012

Job Description: SweetJack is Cumulus Media’s social commerce division. SweetJack Representatives are professionals who can develop leads, negotiate and close deals in a fast-paced environment while creating a strong merchant pipeline, and leverage related experience in local merchant advertising with connections to build partnerships for Cumulus Media. They secure commitments from the most popular and desirable local businesses including restaurants, theaters, spas and everything in between, negotiating unbeatable offers on behalf of our radio listeners and email subscribers. We hire connected, innovative and industry-relevant sales professionals with online, advertising, social media, phone and face-to-face sales experience. Cumulus Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In a recent post I warned that while we are getting cozy with Clear Channel, who scooped up our former KGO hosts and gave us a reason to listen to talk radio again, we should not forget that Clear Channel is in the same business as the hated Cumulus Media and follows similar practices to get the biggest share of the radio pie.

I’m not saying Clear Channel treats their hosts in the shabby way our former KGO hosts were treated – after decades of shows, being handed a check in a five-minute meeting and shown the door, but how well do we know the business practices of Clear Channel?  Are they a quick-fix solution to our local radio or are they part of the problem?

I found this interesting recap of Clear Channel in a WordPress blog:

http://thelineinthesand.net/2012/01/13/bain-capital-owns-clear-channel-rush-limbaugh-sean-hannity-glenn-beck-michael-savage-etc/

It’s not looking good for the future of radio, is it?  I’ll listen to Clear Channel now, but only to the former KGO host spots.

At least it gives us something in this dismal year of the radio.  But it’s a reminder to not sit back and assume everything is right in the world just because we have some of our hosts back on the air.

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Note:  After posting the above information, I searched for more WordPress blogs that address media.  One includes a quote by the big Dick-ey and the other goes in-depth about media consolidation and the FCC.

This guy has the same background as my blog (sheesh! – it’s like two women wearing the same dress at a party):

http://jdobypr.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/article-is-internet-radio-a-substitute-for-radio/

This is the one that examines the FCC and media consolidation:

http://stearns.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/private-equity-and-media-consolidation/

I’m sure to find more as time goes by.  This is the first time I’ve used the WordPress feature to search for blog content by tags.  Who knows what I’ll dig up next.

Why the Rush, Cumulus?

Those who follow talkers.com ( http://www.talkers.com/ ) have seen these little gems of information already, but those who haven’t – here they are in all of their glory (or, should I say gory)…

Excerpts from talkers.com February 9th. article here:

“Now CMN decides to develop a three-hour talk show for Huckabee – based out of Florida – airing live from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET and beginning April 2.  Already, industry watchers are viewing the move as Cumulus “taking on” Premiere Networks’ syndication dominance in the time slot with Limbaugh while Cumulus COO John Dickey tells The New York Times that it is positioning the show as an alternative to Limbaugh.”

“Within the industry, the big question is will Cumulus push Huckabee onto its news/talk stations that currently carry Limbaugh, especially at such major market stations as WABC, New York; WLS, Chicago; WJR Detroit; WBAP-AM/FM, Dallas and WMAL-AM/FM, Washington?  All are markets where Premiere parent Clear Channel Media and Entertainment doesn’t have a news/talk outlet (or a strong-performing talk outlet) on which to move Limbaugh.”

Read the article here:

http://www.talkers.com/2012/02/09/thursday-february-9-2012/

Want a peek at what to expect on the airwaves?  Read it here so you won’t have to actually listen when it’s forced on our airwaves:

http://www.rightwingnews.com/interviews/huckabee.php

Nope.  Not done yet with all of this exciting news.  Can’t talk about this without mentioning the big Dick-ey.

In a February 7th. talkers.com piece, they reported that Lew the big Dick-ey spoke to “the Atlanta Journal Constitution about his business and the role private equity firm Bain Capital played in its progress.”

“The piece ran Sunday (2/5) online and in print and was written from the perspective of giving insight into Bain Capital – the company formerly run by presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  However it also probes the nature of corporate radio as it rides the rough surf of an economic downturn and a dramatically changing media business – complete with layoffs and job consolidation”

“…they had to “wholesale re-engineer the way these operations work” in order to cut costs and that the company learned this process while working with the private equity firms.  Hannan said the company was able to cut $70 million in costs.  Lew Dickey tells the AJC the business has to work that way to survive.  He says old-line media companies have become “inherently inefficient.  We run the business as efficiently as technology permits us to do.”  Interestingly, Bain Capital took a loss on its involvement with Cumulus.  Cumulus ended up buying out Bain and the other private equity partners.”

Read the February 7th talkers.com article here:

http://www.talkers.com/2012/02/07/tuesday-february-7-2012/

Interesting, isn’t it?  Want more?  Here’s the ajc.com article:

http://www.ajc.com/business/bain-capitals-atlanta-forays-1331588.html

Is this the future of our airwaves?  Financial battles for turf to broadcast what one behemoth corporate management wants us to hear?  Syndicated programs to support their incoming cash flow and political parties?

We need to come up with a plan, fast.  As I said before, all of our voices united in one cause is more powerful than any 50-thousand watt radio station.

Do NOT support Cumulus Media, do NOT listen to KGO.  Do NOT fall for their SweetJack crap.  Boycott their advertisers.  Tell others about it.  Show your support and ‘like’ the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners.  Post your ideas.  They do a great job keeping everyone informed and they have thousands of followers.  We all need to figure out an effective way to voice our opposition to this corporate raider or looter mentality.  Or, do you think it’s a lost cause?

http://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners

Dr. Bill Wattenburg’s idea of anyone being able to write out a message, any message, on a piece of paper and pasting it up in your neighborhood is a start.  The laundromat, the coffee shop, anywhere others will see it.  What message would you write?

Or, we can do nothing and hope that Cumulus has a bad year all on its own.  It seems they are heading that way with no help from us.

And, we have to figure out the role our best new friend, Clear Channel, plays in all of this.  They are Cumulus’ biggest competitor, and they are also the “… largest owner of full-power AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations and twelve radio channels on XM Satellite Radio, and is also the largest pure-play radio station owner and operator.”

Clear Channel has welcomed our favorite former KGO hosts to their station, KKSF Newstalk 910-AM (http://www.newstalk910.com/main.html ).  They are making some good business decisions in offering both Gene Burns and Len Tillem their own time slots.  We support those decisions.  We also understand it was a move to increase listeners (not to mention ad dollars).  So, how can we communicate our disgust with radio today without including Clear Channel in the discussion?

The issue of our present-day airwaves includes the history of Clear Channel and Cumulus Media as well as the FCC.

Read the Wikipedia entry on Clear Channel ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Channel_Communications ):

“Clear Channel Communications, Inc. is an American media conglomerate company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.[3] It was founded in 1972 by Lowry Mays and Red McCombs, and was taken private by Bain Capital LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP in a leveraged buyout in 2008.[4] Clear Channel specializes in radio broadcasting, concert promotion and hosting, and fixed advertising in the United States through its subsidiaries. After 21 years, Mark Mays stepped down as President and CEO of Clear Channel on June 23, 2010.[5] Mays will remain as Chairman of the Board, a position he has held for a year prior. The Board has engaged Egon Zehnder International, a leading executive search firm, to lead the search for a new CEO.

“Clear Channel is the largest owner of full-power AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations and twelve radio channels on XM Satellite Radio, and is also the largest pure-play radio station owner and operator. The group was in the television business until it sold all of its TV stations to Newport Television in 2008.

“The term “clear channel” comes from AM broadcasting, referring to a channel (frequency) on which only one station transmits. In U.S. and Canadian broadcasting history, “clear channel” (or class I-A) stations had exclusive rights to their frequencies throughout most of the continent at night, when AM stations travel very far due to skywave. WOAI in San Antonio, Clear Channel’s flagship station, was such a station.”

Any thoughts?

Many have speculated over the whys of Dickey’s decisions in the radio market and some have mentioned the word politics.   I found an Atlanta article that states, yes, Dickey’s got politics on his mind for 2012.  He wants his hand in the pockets of politicians, grabbing the easy cash thrown at broadcasters for political advertising.

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2012/01/04/political-ad-revenue-to-be-350m-in-2012.html?ana=yfcpc

Dickey anticipates so much money rolling in that he’s hired a full-time political sales manager in Washington D.C.

This is all too convenient now, isn’t it?  Just in time for politics he’s gutted the airwaves in many regions.  SweetJack my a$$.  We’re going to need a heavy-duty pooper-scooper to clean up after this media mess.  I don’t think it’s only money he’s after, either.  But he won’t be so quick to share quotes about that part of his political game any time soon.

Again, I ask, what can we, thousands of us in this market alone, do to stop this?  Do not support SweetJack.  Do not support the new KGO.  Do not listen.  Do not support their advertisers.  Let the community know.  We are losing local radio in our communities so one big Dick-ey can grab more profit in an election cycle.

What else does he want us to lose?  Maybe an election?  Think about it.

We know, now, that Cumulus Media is buying up stations all over the country and CEO, Lew Dickey, plans to shove his new marketing baby, SweetJack, into our faces every ten minutes.  That is, if you still listen to any of those stations anymore.  I can say, proudly, I have not heard one SweetJack ad.  But I have to read more about this deal before I can formulate a coherent post about it.

Here’s a start to learn the basics:

http://audio4cast.com/2011/12/05/cumulus-stations-join-iheartradio/

It’s important for those who oppose this to develop a clear message before spreading it to the masses.  When Dr. Bill Wattenburg was hosting this week in Santa Cruz, on that strange little station KSCO, he mentioned to callers that a cheap, easy way to get a message out about any issue was to do something so simple that anyone of any age can do it.  Imagine how powerful that could be to multitudes who have something to say about Cumulus and SweetJack and the corporate takeover of local radio in our communities.

What was Dr. Bill’s suggestion?  Take a marker and a piece of paper and write down what you want to say.  Then, post it where other people can see it.  In your car window (where it’s legal), on a telephone pole, in the laundromat on the message board, in a local coffee shop, even stick it to your coat when out walking.  You get the idea.  It’s really a brilliant idea.

But to be effective, the message must be clear and consistent.  It wouldn’t hurt to add a few names of local government officials who have the resources behind them to create change.

It’s something that can be done now.  Today.

The only problem, though, is what should that message be?  I’m not sure and that’s why I want to find out more about this Cumulus deal.  They’ve partnered with Clear Channel to spread their SweetJack, but Clear Channel is the station now hiring some of the former KGO hosts as their on-air talent on 910AM. Clear Channel is even bigger than Cumulus and in more markets.

And, what was really behind the Telecommunications Act of 1996?

http://transition.fcc.gov/telecom.html

Some think it’s useless to try and save radio as we know it, that it’s declining into the dustheap of outdated technology.  So, why are we outraged?  What is our message?  Do we only want to vent our anger at change or do we want to effect change?  What would you write on that piece of paper?

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By the way, I just found this interesting tidbit on Cumulus about their firing practice.  hmmm, I wonder if Ronn Owen’s has seen this little gem…

http://www.redandnater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=78505

So it begins…

I blurred out their sales link and the commenters’ names.  This is one way to protest Cumulus Media.  Defeat their business plan.  Their plan is to overtake the business of Groupon and Living Social.  I have links in a previous post to more information about it.  It doesn’t matter that a local station like the old KGO is in the way, they can simply buy out the station, fire the hosts, and then sit in their out-of-state corporate offices, rubbing their hands, ready for the profits to pour in from this SweetJack deal.  But they need the public to support them in this effort.  They need local businesses to partner with them and the public to buy what they’re selling.

Are you buying what they’re selling?  Are you willing to trade a cents-off coupon, for a one-time deal, as an acceptable alternative that comes at the expense of vital, local talk radio in your community?

As an aside, Gene Burns got a gig!  I read it on Rich Lieberman’s blog.  Here’s the link:

http://richliebermanreport.blogspot.com/2011/12/gene-burns-headed-back-on-sf-radio.html

Oh, and those of you who miss good ol’ Ray Taliaferro, don’t miss his interview on KSCO on Thursday.  He stirred it up big time in snoozy lil’ Santa Cruz.  I have a link in a previous post and on my About page.