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    The lawsuit sounds like grandstanding to me. The way I understand this issue is you have all the various entities like publisher, label, composer and performer all trying to get what they feel they want from whoever they can get to pay it. Radio is a nice scapegoat. Funny thing is, while other options for 'breaking' an artist are available, radio is still a major factor. To bring any of this to reality leaves artist, publisher, composer and label out in the cold from one of the major outlets of exposure that make them money.

    If the 'threat' became reality, artists would be dropped or stations might begin charging their going airtime rate for play or even for announcing song title and artist. It has been said a dog will not bite the hand that feeds it. While radio is not the only hand feeding, it is an important part of the mix. Enough so to affect the revenue potential of the complaining entity. After all, it is all about money.

    My thought is nothing will change. We have to realize lawyers are running the show. The art of lawyering is to think outside the box and create scenarios that win cases for clients that seem to be long shots. Since success of the lawyer is winning for their client, the better you can prove yourself to be at making the 'left field' suit get decided in your favor, the better the attorney. Comparing it to radio, it is the same left field thinking and having success much like the creation of the top 40 format or the Jack styled format of recent years. In TV it is comparable to CNN. When CNN was launched the industry said it would never work. There were many skeptics when MTV was launched as well. So, while these left field attempts worked for media, the number that did not is incredible. The more left field you get, like the proposed suit, the better the chances become you'll be struck by lighting before you see success with that left field suit. At least for the lawyers involved, they don't have to win the suit to win in their field because demonstrating the left field thinking to justify the suit is the cake. A win is the icing on top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan7157 View Post
    But that is what these record companies that allows stations around the country to play music, are doing with radio stations. Having mass station "suicides" everywhere. The new company that is making these disputes against music stations everywhere, is a licensing company called Global Music Rights. Another license company has been called a "illegal cartel" by GMR.
    GMR, which is a composer and author's rights collection agency, does not have anything to do with record companies. Neither do the older entities, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. They collect for the song rights, not the performance rights. Radio stations do not pay for performance rights for their analog broadcasts at present.

    GMR accused the All Industry Music Committee of being a cartel. The Committee is a group representing radio stations which strives to get the lowest possible rates for song royalties via a blanket agreement they negotiate. The Committee is very opposed to both the rates and conditions of the GMR proposals; GMR is a brand new organization which is attempting to gouge radio stations at the worst possible moment for the radio industry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan7157 View Post
    KDND in Sacramento almost had a "suicide", not just in its format but in its license as well (or what I call the FCC "killing" a popular station). 107.9 The End's situation with almost going away despite high ratings is well, "unique".

    So unique, it was controversial. I won't go into full detail, but recently today, according to the "other guys", the FCC is judging KDND in a hearing on whether it should keep its license or not, for a controversy almost a decade ago, because of a contest that killed.

    If KDND gets kicked off the air (not just it's format, but it's license) forever, this will leave Sacramento without a Pop station cobering Sacramento market-wide, making this market the only Top 100 market not to have one (if it happens). This does not include the Rhythmic Stations of KHHM (Hot 103.5), 102.5 KSFM, or the one Hot AC station 100.5 Now FM (if The End, DOES End, it may become 100.5 AMP Radio to fill in the gap).

    Repeating again, KDND is in a hearing now to see if it could keep its license for an incident that happened a decade ago. However, it looks like The End is recovering and gaining back reputation after "that one 2007 incident." Why would the FCC want KDND in court now for something that happened a long time ago?
    Entercom To Sign Off Sacto CHR KDND.

    Entercom has taken a dramatic step to avoid going before an administrative law judge to fight to keep Sacramento CHR “107.9 The End” KDND. A company spokesperson says the company has told the Federal Communications Commission it will voluntarily surrender the station’s license. In a filing with the FCC, Entercom says it will power down the station next Wednesday, Feb. 8.

    The decision may not be as shocking as it would have been prior to Entercom’s announcement that it’s acquiring CBS Radio. “Entercom has submitted a public filing today voluntarily turning in license to operate KDND in Sacramento to facilitate the timely FCC approvals for the planned combination with CBS Radio,” an Entercom spokesperson said in a statement.
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    Note this is only one station so far thats affected by the ownership caps in able for the CBS Radio/Entercom Deal to be approved. See Sacramento and San Francisco are some of the markets where Entercom is over the limit.

    See we have to wait for Entercom to announce which other stations are getting cut, sold or surrendered like KDND for the deal to go through.

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    In 2012, there was a radio station "suicide" in the Mobile market, and the station suicide was, that despite popular ratings, locally-owned Top 40 97.5 WABB-FM, after almost 40 years was going to be shut down for the Christian CHR-formatted brand, K-Love. Basically, any station that gets sold to EMF (Educational Media Foundation) is a death sentence/guaranteed "suicide" for that station, if it's very popular in the market.

    Thankfully, it came back on 104.1, but then went back to it's original position on 97.5, but now as WABD-FM and owned by a large radio owner (Cumulus) and is doing decent compared to 107.3 Kiss FM in the ratings (if you combine Mobile & Pensacola as 1 market, which would make it rank at #59 with Metro 12+ Population of 941,800 (between Rochester and Upstate SC)).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan7157 View Post
    If you combine Mobile & Pensacola as 1 market...
    Cumulus would have to sell off 2 FM stations (due to ownership limits), probably keeping Magic 106 (WRRX), 102.7 NASH (WXBM-FM), 1370 WCOA-AM, 97.5 WABD, 104.1 WDLT, 93BLX (WBLX-FM), and WGOK-AM, but they might have to sell off Jet 100.7 (WJTQ) and 94.1 WMEZ.

    iHeartMedia, on the other hand, is fine, as they meet the ownership limits with 95 KSJ (WKSJ-FM), Mix 99.9 (WMXC-FM), 96.1 The Rocket (WRKH-FM), 710 WNTM-AM, TK101 (WTKX-FM), and 107.3 Kiss FM (WRGV-FM).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan7157 View Post

    Thankfully, it came back on 104.1, but then went back to it's original position on 97.5, but now as WABD-FM and owned by a large radio owner (Cumulus) and is doing decent compared to 107.3 Kiss FM in the ratings (if you combine Mobile & Pensacola as 1 market, which would make it rank at #59 with Metro 12+ Population of 941,800 (between Rochester and Upstate SC)).
    For Nielsen to combine markets, a majority of subscribers would have to vote for the consolidation. And subscribers get one vote for each AM and FM they own, not a "one group one vote" system. Beyond that, the two markets would have to be shown to be a single trading area and economic zone based on commuting and commerce.

    The FCC uses Nielsen market definitions to determine ownership caps, so these steps would have to be taken before any spin-off decisions would need to be made.
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    There was a bit of controversy regarding Cumulus being allowed to purchase WMEZ and WXBM from Pamal. One of the other operators tried to argue Mobile and Pensacola should be combined for ownership purposes even though Arbitron regards them as separate. It didn't fly.

    In the event the two were combined and Cumulus had to divest (though both are highly unlikely), Cumulus is unlikely to keep its weakest stick (WRRX), especially considering almost the exact same programming is on WDLT 104.1. That WDLT and WRRX can air almost exactly the same programming yet one is almost nonexistent in Pensacola while the other frequently finishes in the top-3 should tell you all you need to know about listening habits in the two markets. People listen to Mobile stations in Mobile and Pensacola stations in Pensacola despite some of them sharing towers. Also, despite all the talk of cookie cutter programming by iHeart and Cumulus, the listeners clearly can tell which stations target their markets.

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