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Mitt Romney's VC Firm to Buy Clear Channel
http://www.chrisbrunner.com ^ | December 13th, 2007 | Chris Brunner

Posted on 01/15/2008 3:29:39 PM PST by Blue Collar Republican

http://www.chrisbrunner.com/2007/12/13/mitt-romney-to-buy-clear-channel-communications/

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What would it cost to buy the support of just about every nationally-syndicated neocon talk show host in America? About $19.5 Billion, which is what Mitt Romney's private equity firm, Bain Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners have agreed to pay in a leveraged buyout agreement with Clear Channel Communications, the largest radio station owner in the country. This is part of a negotiation that has been pending for over a year.

Clear Channel owns over 1,100 full-power AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations, twelve radio channels on XM Satellite Radio, and more than 30 television stations in the United States. Premiere Radio Networks, which is the largest syndication company in the United States, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clear Channel and is home to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and many others. Sean Hannity recently signed a large multi-market contract with Clear Channel, as well.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clearchannel; mccain; primary; rinos; romney; rush; talkradio
So much for Rush.
1 posted on 01/15/2008 3:29:41 PM PST by Blue Collar Republican
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To: Blue Collar Republican

This is a little too “vast right-wing conspiracy” for most Republicans isn’t it?


2 posted on 01/15/2008 3:31:24 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Blue Collar Republican

Luckily Myth will be a distant memory by the time the sale goes through.


3 posted on 01/15/2008 3:31:41 PM PST by joebuck
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To: Blue Collar Republican
which is what Mitt Romney's private equity firm, Bain Capital

Are you sure Mitt Romney is still associated with Bain in any capacity?
4 posted on 01/15/2008 3:34:28 PM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: Blue Collar Republican

Yeah, but if Mitt fires Rush, how much is his property worth then? More likely Mitt will remind Rush how much money Rush is making for him.


5 posted on 01/15/2008 3:42:43 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: Blue Collar Republican
Why would they take 19.5 when they rejected 27.6 last April?
6 posted on 01/15/2008 3:44:36 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afganistan and Iraq))
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To: elizabetty

old news, nothing to see here, move along.

seriously, Romney has nothing to do with Bain Capital anymore and hasn’t for a long time.

From 2001:

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2001/08/20/daily27.html

W. Mitt Romney is quitting Boston-based Bain Capital, the $13 billion investment firm he started with $35 million in 1984. The son of a former governor and himself a presidential candidate is going into politics in either Massachusetts or Utah after he completes work helping organize next year’s Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Romney, 54, is giving up his 100 percent control of Bain Capital to 26 managing directors. The firm has made 170 venture and buyout investments in companies like pizza delivery chain Domino’s Pizza Inc., brokerage Datek Online Holdings Corp. and retailers Staples Inc. and the Sports Authority Inc.,


7 posted on 01/15/2008 3:45:51 PM PST by garyb
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To: Blue Collar Republican

This is a dishonest, deceptive smear. Romney is no longer associated with Bain Capital; he would have nothing to do with this deal. The author is either an idiot or a liar.


8 posted on 01/15/2008 3:56:54 PM PST by xjcsa (Thompson/Romney 2008)
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To: NonValueAdded

Like I noted to the poster, Romney has not been associated with Bain for a long time. He has no relationship to this transaction; the story is a lie.


9 posted on 01/15/2008 3:57:54 PM PST by xjcsa (Thompson/Romney 2008)
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To: Blue Collar Republican

Romney is no longer associated with Bain. He left the firm in 2001.


10 posted on 01/15/2008 3:58:47 PM PST by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: xjcsa
It’s not about ownership, it’s about influence.
11 posted on 01/15/2008 4:01:59 PM PST by Blue Collar Republican (3 fingers of Jim Beam in a dirty glass)
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To: garyb
"...seriously, Romney has nothing to do with Bain Capital anymore and hasn’t for a long time...

Yes, thanks for the definitive post. It is simply outrageous that people are saying otherwise.

12 posted on 01/15/2008 4:17:26 PM PST by shrinkermd
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

Good catch;thank you.


13 posted on 01/15/2008 4:21:11 PM PST by em2vn
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To: Blue Collar Republican

If we blamed Mitt for this, there would be no candidate left.

All of them are successful in private life. As long as his association ended in 2001, that is good enough for me.

I would be more worried about a person that has lived off the taxpayers for a number of years.


14 posted on 01/15/2008 4:25:05 PM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: Blue Collar Republican

I certainly hope that when Bain buys Clear Channel, they change a lot of their policies to make radio more heterogeneous around the country.

For example, bring back DJs for local markets, not just a “morning crew” that works 4 or 5 metro areas and try to appear to be local. Then give station managers the authority to come up with their own play lists, instead of a generic one created by the corporate marketing department.

Local programming can be good, too. Community involvement with radio stations adds a lot of color and character. And stations should be free to purchase indy programming that would help them to stand out in the market.

Syndicated shows such as Dr. Demento and the Hour of Slack, and other FM favorites can boost off-prime ratings far better than just a music-commercial-music format. And AM could be revitalized with a wide array of syndicated shows.


15 posted on 01/15/2008 4:26:33 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Blue Collar Republican
It’s not about ownership, it’s about influence.

Now you're just descending into conspiratorial moonbattery.

16 posted on 01/15/2008 4:27:11 PM PST by xjcsa (Thompson/Romney 2008)
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To: Blue Collar Republican

No wonder Rush has been kind to Romney!


17 posted on 01/15/2008 4:27:48 PM PST by rintense (Thompson / Hunter 2008!)
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To: Blue Collar Republican

Since you support Huck, I can understand why you hate Rush.

I am not an avid Romney person, but, he looks a lot better than Huck.


18 posted on 01/15/2008 4:28:57 PM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: rintense

Uh huh.


19 posted on 01/15/2008 4:52:48 PM PST by festus (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
There is no “Marketing Department” playlist, I know for a fact. If you notice all formats play the same music regardless of who owns it. CBS Country stations play the same as their CC counter parts. I bet they reflect popular downloads on I-Tunes. It was called Top 40 radio for a reason. I remember in the seventies it became more like top 20 with another half hour of uninterrupted music. This didn't start with CC.

You give the sheeple what they want if you want to survive. That’s why we get reality shows and formula dramas on the Networks and or taxes pay for little watched “culture” shows and left leaning news on PBS and NPR.

You want local, yet you want syndicated shows like Dr. Demento? Make up your mind..

20 posted on 01/15/2008 4:59:17 PM PST by bleach
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To: indylindy
If the story was about Huckabee you would be singing a different tune. Partisan nuts are all the same.
21 posted on 01/16/2008 2:46:54 AM PST by Blue Collar Republican (3 fingers of Jim Beam in a dirty glass)
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To: xjcsa

Name calling? That’s what you got?


22 posted on 01/16/2008 2:48:51 AM PST by Blue Collar Republican (3 fingers of Jim Beam in a dirty glass)
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To: Blue Collar Republican

It’s not about ownership, it’s about influence.

Oh please. That is ridiculous. It is not his fault the company bought this media. And if the media gives Mitt good press well then I guess it is good on Mitt but still does not prove anything. I guess the other candidates had the option to start a company from nothing and make it a multi-million dollar corporation too but they did not go that direction so really their loss.


23 posted on 01/16/2008 2:51:41 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Blue Collar Republican
Name calling? That’s what you got?

You made an unfalsifiable but unprovable smear against Romney, implying some kind of behind-the-scenes "influence." You provide no evidence of what you believe; you just expect us all to nod thoughtfully and agree. What kind of substantive response would be warranted to your silly accusation?

Your tactics and thought patterns look very similar to a friend of mine who is a 9/11 "Truther." If it looks, smells, and tastes like conspiratorial moonbattery, then that's probably what it is.

24 posted on 01/16/2008 5:38:57 AM PST by xjcsa (Thompson/Romney 2008)
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To: bleach

Radio Computing Services also known as RCS Inc., is a provider of scheduling and broadcast software for radio, Internet and television stations. It is owned by Clear Channel.

RCS offers scheduling software called GSelector and Linker. GSelector provides song lists based on broadcast rules and marketing needs. Linker is optimised to schedule non-music/non-commercial broadcast content: promos, jingles, liners, sweeps etc. commonly referred to as links.

It also allows to integrate traffic schedules (playlists with commercials) into the main schedule at designated positions (called spotsets). It is possible to operate Selector and Linker independently as separate programs but typically they are used as a pair since they complement each other.

However, as I said before, the end result is a generic and bland multi-market system whose primary advantage is giving advertisers collective market promotions at a somewhat higher price, than by dealing with individual stations. As such, it only works well when independent stations are swept away, as Clear Channel has successfully done in most major markets.

But this is not giving the listener what they want, just what they will tolerate. It is too brittle to survive when faced with real competition. Hopefully, there will be a political movement to bust up the major info-tainment media oligarchy, much like the trust busting of the early 20th Century.


25 posted on 01/16/2008 7:36:28 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Then give station managers the authority to come up with their own play lists, instead of a generic one created by the corporate marketing department.

Local programming managers used to accept "dime bag special" promotions from record labels and their reps, and it created a scandal.

Part of centralization was corporate compliance issues associated with payola.

26 posted on 01/20/2008 12:09:44 PM PST by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: bleach
That’s why we get reality shows and formula dramas on the Networks.....

I thought the reason for reality TV and primetime game shows was low-cost programming. A set. A familiar face. Generic graphics. No screenplays, no location shoots, no stars. No real content. Low, low, low cost.

27 posted on 01/20/2008 12:16:30 PM PST by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Congratulations you know your RCS software, but what it is capable of and what it is used for are two different things.

Please explain why a number of stations are still on version 12 (dos based) and some still use Musicgen. The later a product of Prophet which was merged with RCS, I realize, but still they’re using it.

There is no centralized mandatory music playlist,Period. If there were it would affect me directly.

28 posted on 01/20/2008 8:17:27 PM PST by bleach
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To: garyb

W. Mitt Romney is quitting Boston-based Bain Capital, the $13 billion investment firm he started with $35 million in 1984.
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I thought your post included an excerpt of a larger article but your reference was all that was in the article. I would like to know some more specific details before I buy this. Romney is a genius buisnessman and he just gave away a company worth 13 billion dollars without keeping a hand in it. How much did he get? What are his ties? I don’t believe that he just gave this company away.


29 posted on 01/31/2008 2:12:17 PM PST by awake-n-angry
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To: awake-n-angry

Giving up control does not necessarily mean that he gave it away for free.

I have no idea how much, if any, compensation he received for relinquishing control.


30 posted on 02/05/2008 1:15:40 PM PST by garyb
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