Skip to comments.Rush Limbaugh: Don’t blame me for WABC’s declining ad sales
Posted on 05/05/2013 9:33:57 PM PDT by Nachum
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Rush should start his own network....even buy some AM stations. He would make more $$$ being his own man. Stations around the nation would go to war to land his show
Can't stand Hannity, he keeps repeating the same ten things over and over and never lets the guests talk.
Wish I could stay home all day and listen to Rush. He always cheers me up with his wit and wonderful sense of humor. No other conservative talk show host can reach his level of entertainment, and all this while overcoming the handicap of losing his hearing. He’s a great man.
Maybe their is no market not because of Rush, but the fact that his audience has left the building...
Especially after the former Gov noted he should have did his tax hikes earlier if it got rif of Rush...
I wonder how many have moved to TN, TX, etc and other tax free or business and Liberty friendly Republican States...
This is the station that I listen to Rush on and he is right. They have Imus and then Geraldo on in the morning, both of whom are boring and afraid of the establishment. Their hourly newsfeeds are from ABC and ridiculuosly biased. And WABC is based in NYC where the liberal and the limpwristed go to feel safe and complain. I hope he does leave. WOR would be a much better choice.
If he went to satellite I would renew my subscription to Sirius which I dropped after they dropped Fox Talk Radio.
Bingo. Although I agree with Hannity’s views, he really is sort of a wind-up toy. And his endless ‘shoot outs’ are always cause for changing the station.
Abc has gotten rid of a lot political progamming lately. This is no surprise.
No. I have satellite in my car. I refuse to pay for the service. Most people don’t have satellite. I would rather pay for him on the Internet on 24/7’than satellite
Mark davis by far the worst in radio. He loves to hear his own voice .hes an arrogant loudmouth that constantly covers for the lame stream media so as to not lose friends.
We get Ben Ferguson in the Albany NY area for a couple hours on WGY. Like him a lot.. speaks straight out.. no pussyfooting around...he adheres to: “one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” to all people equally.
Wonder how long he will last in this OBAMA IS GOD AREA.
Many people do have satellite.
I love being able to listen to TGO while traveling across the state - without interference.
I do pay to listen to Rush (24/7 member), and I'd love to have the option to hear him on XM/Sirius, as well.
Put me down as owing you 50 cents.
Mark Davis is in love with Mark Davis. . .I can’t stand him. The man loves the sound of his own voice.
Mark Davis is a major boring RINO apologist - UGGGHHHHHHH!
I never realized what an annoying voice Geraldo had until he did radio. His reading of ad copy is horrendous. While I like Mark Simone, he’s too snarky with his callers for me to enjoy. So I go over to Fox (970am) to listen to Mike Gallagher. Then an hour of the annoying Dennis Miller. Rush is the only natural among them.
Granted, those are his. Maybe others are doing like me and flipping to another channel before the WABC ads come on. Seriously, I can listen to an entire segment on another channel and be back before Rush's break is over. (And Sean "I'm up on a hard break" Hannity is worse.)
I listen to Rush on the Internet via various radio stations free apps. Reception on AM is poor here. In the car when static is awful I Bluetooth Rush’s station from my iPhone. This works when I get good 5G service or wifi hot spots which are good in the area.
On road trips is another story. Satellite might be the way to go. But I do not go on enough road trips to make it pay.
I had satellite free for 6 months after buying my explorer in October. I did not like it. Every channel group had at least one channel with Howard stern. Not my favorite. Not crazy about the music channels I got either.
I’ve starting listening to Glen Beck on Sirius before Rush, abandoned the local talk. Tired of Davis, can’t stand Ferguson. Sirius has good conservative programming, although it does carry Hannity.
He doesn’t have the power he used to, but no one else does either.
With the Internet, the message gets out easier.
Remember this. Radio is a business and Lew Dickey Jr is one of the best at leveraging radio stations. His family started with a couple of small stations in the Toledo market and Cumulus started when the Dickey family purchased WCNN in Atlanta for a song.
It’s really all about the money. When Rush got into the dust-up with Sandra Fluck last year, Cumulus started shopping Mike Huckabee as a replacement and actually replaced Rush on a few stations with Huck as Rush’s contract expired. Why? Money. Rush commands a huge clearance fee from stations that carry his show.
If Cumulus can start street buzz that Rush’s numbers are slipping they can either: 1, gain concessions from Rush’s syndicate (Premiere Radio Network)(which is ironically owned by Clear Channel) or 2. replace Rush with cheaper talent.
Cumulus, traditionally has purchased smaller stations that either had reach into major markets or could have their transmitter locations moved to locations that allowed major market coverage.
Lately, they have been buying major market stations such as WABC and WJR (Detroit). These stations have great numbers, but also high costs. Replace your high-priced talent with 2nd tier people and your P&L statement looks good so you can continue purchasing other stations.
Lew Dickey Jr.is a smart businessman. He comes from a long line of radio people. His father, Lew Sr. started in Toledo and his brothers, John and David are involved in radio in the Atlanta market. His strength is the research side of the business, starting Stratford Research with his brother John. They are recognized as leaders in the radio industry with clients all over the US.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Rush leaves WABC. But the reason won’t be because of poor sales, it will be the high clearance fee.
Maybe they could get rid of morning lump “Whorealdo” instead. I end up switching to another channel or just turning the radio off when he opens his mouth.
If WABC dumps Limbaugh, I sure will not be bothering to tune back to Hannity for the drive home. The only reason I listen to that program at all is because the dial is still on 770 after lunch.
And I will not miss ABCNews breaks one little bit. They are the most nauseating parroting of the OFA party line that you can find on the air.
So it will be 660 WFAN for the morning drive, 710 for Rush at noon, whoever in on 710 for evening drive, and back to 770 for The Great One if I’m out at night. But most nights, I’m not listening to the radio, or there is a Yankee Game on 880, so I will not be tuning to WABC very often.
Rush is their lynchpin. Lose Rush, and they lose it all.
Rush Limbaugh May Leave Cumulus in Huge Radio Shakeup
Monday, May 6, 2013 07:33 AM
The Rush Limbaugh Program may end its affiliation agreement with Cumulus Media at the end of this year a huge radio shakeup that will move like a quake through the talk radio industry.
Politico and The New York Daily News reported that 40 Cumulus-owned radio stations would lose the rights to the most popular talk radio program in the country if the move takes place.
The show, which is the gold standard in political talk radio, also may be picked up by competing regional radio stations in Washington, New York, Chicago, Dallas and other major markets. Limbaugh moving to another network is one of those once-in-a-generation events that will force competing hosts and stations to shake up their own lineups and pending contracts.
Sources told the News and Politico that Limbaugh is angry that Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey has blamed the company’s advertising losses on Limbaugh’s controversial remarks about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student.
Michael Savage wins landmark case in federal court
Likened to historic lawsuit that led to baseball free agency
Published: 15 hours ago
In a ruling that is being compared to the case that led to free agency in baseball, a federal judge in California upheld an arbitration panels decision to release talk-radio host Michael Savage from a contract with his former syndicator, Talk Radio Network.
Savages lawyer, Dan Horowitz, called it a landmark case for talk radio.
Michael is to talk radio what Curt Flood was to Major League Baseball, Horowitz told WND, referring to the player who challenged baseballs reserve clause, which kept a player bound to his team even after fulfillment of his contract.
Savage told WND the ruling should free talent from the threats and extortionist behavior of ruthless Old-Hollywood types who can still be found in the corners of the radio industry.
For me, personally, it finalizes a struggle to perform for my audience in an atmosphere of freedom, not working on a radio plantation, he said.
Read the federal court order
The judge who issued the order Thursday, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, was appointed by President Obama.
This should give all of us faith in the legal system, Savage said, where there is increasing distrust and cynicism about government in general. In this case, an Obama-appointed judge followed the law without bias.
Savage said the case cost him $1 million in legal fees and many lost days and nights.
I discovered who decent folks were in my radio life, he said, those who would not sign false affidavits despite being threatened and the purely rotten souls who put their signatures to completely false statements in an attempt to stab me in the back, although they lived off my talent and hard work.
Savage said it is now time for me to expose these people, and I intend to do so, to prevent them from hurting others.
This is negotiating in the age of modern media.
Rush is a master of the art.
I have listened to WABC for years streaming it on my:
- HTC Touch
- HTC (Something)
- HTC Hero
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
All on internet radio - typically an app called TuneIn Radio Pro - then last year WABC became ‘unavailable’ as a stream.
I listened seven hours a day to WABC.
Now on my:
- iPhone 5 I listen to other stations because I cannot listen to WABC.
What other measures has WABC management done to discourage listenership? Certainly Jerry Rivers does not help.
It is NOT Rush's fault!!!!
WABC is deadly boring on Sundays. The "programming" consists of continual round the clock adfomercials by a bunch of quack health food "experts" thinly veiled as programs. The only 2 programs worth listening to are Jason Mattera and Aaron Klein.
I've enjoyed The Blaze News on the Sirius news breaks while listening to Glenn Beck, (very rarely) Hannity and TGO/Levin. It beats the heck outta AP Radio *News*. Glad SiriusXM made the switch to Blaze.
Wouldn't doubt it.
That's odd. Because, to my recollection, he never even alluded to being of that persuasion on WBAP. And I listened to him regularly for around fifteen years.
Davis was very smitten with Santorum during the 2012 primaries -- actually harboring, I suspect, the notion that he might serve as Press Secretary in a Santorum administration. And, under no circumstances would Santorum be confused with a libertarian....
You seem to have a good grasp on the Dickey Brother. Here was a Jeffrey Lord article from American Spectator that explains it further. I think I might repost this today. It is about business, but also about the Dickey brothers brand of Republicanism. It can be summed up in one sentence from one of the Dickey’s “We are in favor of eating our own cooking” meaning they have a stable of syndicated talkies like Huckabee. In essence, Dickey-think is “Why should they pay for outside talent” (like Rush).
Surprised that WABC AM wants to dump Rush. He is the big draw not only to WABC AM but to the locals AM/FM stations that carry Rush’s feed, such as WTIC AM in CT.
Online I WMAL AM of DC and WCBM AM of Baltimore.
I have heard him refer to his libertarian tendencies, never the he was a (big L) member of the Libertarian Party.
Quick search yielded this>
“Davis describes himself as a libertarian conservative”
“Libertarian-conservative radio talk show host Marc Davis of Dallas”
“Davis, the self-appointed media slayer of political correctness and champion of libertarian values”
Problem is that iTunes and many other services do not carry WOR AM. That will mean adding WOR on.
I wish Rush would explain his business model but it is a deeply held secret.
Rush is the consummate Radio professional.
I am tuning in now...
I do not think he is a Libertarian Party Member.
You are correct on that.
Interesting... WOR flagship...
A little prediction of upcoming events:
As Lew Dickey, the DISGRACED FORMER CEO of WABC parent company Cumulus mulls his recent firing by the Cumulus board of directors, he reflects back to the time he drove the Limbaugh show from WABC into the welcoming arms of a competitor and the thought begins to cross him mind...What the hell was I thinking.
But I was evidently mistaken.
Rush says the Admin did not “want” Benghazi Stevens et al to die...
Do Pro-Choice advocates “want” babies to die?
There is a history here that many non-radio types don’t understand and it goes back to the deregulation of media back in ‘96.
The Dickey’s were just beginning their purchase of small station and were using funds from, I believe, the Wisconsin Teacher’s Retirement Fund. They were in a feeding frenzy with a guy named Randy Michaels from Cincinnati, who was the CEO of a radio company called Jacor.
Jacor evolved into Clear Channel and it’s media syndicate Premiere Radio. So now you have WABC paying it’s chief competitor for programming. And, as most radio deals are structured, the syndicate hold back avails “national advertising” to sell and they hold all the revenue i.e. Lifelock, Goldline, and others. This means Cumulus is not only paying a premium for the programming, it is also losing advertising dollars because they can’t sell the time.
This is all smoke and mirrors. While I don’t think Huck will be making an appearance on WABC in the near future, there is talk on the street that Mike Savage is about to ink a deal with Cumulus. Now that the court has sided with him in his contract dispute with Talkers Network. He is free to go elsewhere. So...he goes to Cumulus Media. They sell him to their own stations (again think P&L) and they control ALL the advertising revenue.
Lew and John aren’t stupid and in response to another post here about the “former” CEO Lew Dickey, it isn’t going to happen. The family holds enough stock to maintain control of the company.
Dennis Prager fan myself....