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    Quote Originally Posted by kevtronics View Post
    WPLJ should end with John Lennon's "Imagine", because the lyrics are a jab at religion, but defensible because it was also the last song played on Musicradio WABC..
    If David's take on the situation is correct, WPLJ will either instruct its staff not to break format in any way during the final hours or just put the station on jockless autopilot until EMF becomes the legal owner. The latter is what happened when the sale of WDRC-FM Hartford from Buckley to Connoisseur became official -- the jocks were taken off the air after the morning drive show and the rest of the day was a stream of classic hits right up to midnight, when the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" became the last Motown hit played on DRC-FM and "Takin' Care of Business" became the first song in the new ownership's rock-dominated classic hits format, which dumped all soul and disco from the playlist. No retrospective, no goodbyes, no opportunity to "go rogue" and take a jab at the new management. Just a cold, clinical piece of business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevtronics View Post
    WPLJ should end with John Lennon's "Imagine", because the lyrics are a jab at religion, but defensible because it was also the last song played on Musicradio WABC.

    Also the news today is that EMF will be keeping the WPLJ call letters, at least for the time being, because they are "legendary".
    PLJ's parent-company, Cumulus, is the one that sold the station to EMF as we all know... WHY would PLJ want to take a "jab" at EMF by playing such an insignificant song by today's standards as far as WPLJ and its programming is concerned. Had they (Cumulus) taken advice, direction and suggestions from ALL of the Armchair Quarterbacks on boards like this, they maybe there wouldn't have been a sale in the end and it would still be a Cumulus property because as we know, everyone else NOT in the industry are the ones who have ALL the answers and the panacea. WABC is long gone and has relatively little significance to today's radio audience nearly 4 decades later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radi0411 View Post
    PLJ's parent-company, Cumulus, is the one that sold the station to EMF as we all know... WHY would PLJ want to take a "jab" at EMF by playing such an insignificant song by today's standards as far as WPLJ and its programming is concerned. Had they (Cumulus) taken advice, direction and suggestions from ALL of the Armchair Quarterbacks on boards like this, they maybe there wouldn't have been a sale in the end and it would still be a Cumulus property because as we know, everyone else NOT in the industry are the ones who have ALL the answers and the panacea. WABC is long gone and has relatively little significance to today's radio audience nearly 4 decades later...
    Besides it would be a shitty thing to do. They got what they wanted when they sold the station so why would they or staff insult the beliefs of the new owners.

    If OP is saying staff would want to do that since they are losing their jobs, it is not EMF that is causing them to lose their jobs but rather the company that sold them out.

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    They could pose this question to their listeners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radi0411 View Post
    PLJ's parent-company, Cumulus, is the one that sold the station to EMF as we all know... WHY would PLJ want to take a "jab" at EMF by playing such an insignificant song by today's standards as far as WPLJ and its programming is concerned. Had they (Cumulus) taken advice, direction and suggestions from ALL of the Armchair Quarterbacks on boards like this, they maybe there wouldn't have been a sale in the end and it would still be a Cumulus property because as we know, everyone else NOT in the industry are the ones who have ALL the answers and the panacea. WABC is long gone and has relatively little significance to today's radio audience nearly 4 decades later...
    The issue behind the sale is the fact that Cumulus did not have a cluster that really created both sales and operating synergY. Mary Berner has indicated that all the top 15 market operations except for Dallas are in play because of the same factors.

    No amount of advice can make up for the fact that they could not compete with the larger clusters in the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    The issue behind the sale is the fact that Cumulus did not have a cluster that really created both sales and operating synergY. Mary Berner has indicated that all the top 15 market operations except for Dallas are in play because of the same factors.

    No amount of advice can make up for the fact that they could not compete with the larger clusters in the market.
    David, I personally understand that, however I do not think that many others do. My statement was presented with a flavor of sarcasm, not to be confused with an understanding of the state of the industry in 2019. Everyone has a price... just so happens that EMF & Cumulus' were in line with one another. It is interesting to see how everything is taking shape: Entercom gains another NYC (area) property, Connoisseur strengthens their CT presence and Cumulus solidifies its presence in the Lehigh Valley. Of course, EMF gains a Full Class B property in Market #1. In this case, save for those that are losing jobs, its a Win across the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevtronics View Post
    Also the news today is that EMF will be keeping the WPLJ call letters, at least for the time being, because they are "legendary".
    When WAVA (FM) was sold years ago in DC, those call letters were pretty legendary, too. They had been CHR in DC for about 10 years prior to being sold to Salem and switched to religious talk. Salem also kept the call letters.

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    With the talk of what stations do prior to a major ownership change, I wanted to share the link to some audio of a station down here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Mobile's Top 40 powerhouse 97.5 WABB.

    WABB was owned by Bernie Dittman, and after his death it was sold off. Allegedly he didn't want it to go to one of the big corporate groups like iHeart or Cumulus, so his heirs wound up selling it to EMF. On the last night, they aired a lengthy goodbye/retrospective, playing tunes from the station's history all the way back to the days when it was on 1480 AM. The final song was Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again", followed by a goodbye from Dittman's grandson.

    I didn't grow up in this market but it was interesting to see the outpouring of support for the station in its final days, and I'm happy that I was able to get this audio and make it available through my site.

    An interesting aside to all this is that EMF only ran the station for a short time, choosing to swap it with Cumulus' 98.3 WDLT, a smaller signal in Mobile city itself. So Cumulus wound up with WABB after all (and now has the similar-sounding WABD calls). And, credit to Cumulus, they didn't screw with success too much, keeping it live and local for a long time after purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomservo View Post
    An interesting aside to all this is that EMF only ran the station for a short time, choosing to swap it with Cumulus' 98.3 WDLT, a smaller signal in Mobile city itself. So Cumulus wound up with WABB after all
    Way to respect the wishes of the family that sold it to you. I guess self-interest trumped the commandment they preach, "Do unto others". No surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theater of My Mind View Post
    Way to respect the wishes of the family that sold it to you. I guess self-interest trumped the commandment they preach, "Do unto others". No surprise.
    Well, Dittman's request was for them not to sell it to a major corporate player. He didn't say what the new owners could do. Whether that was Cumulus' doing or EMF's… I have no idea.

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