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Who are the Dickey brothers and why do they hate the conservative movement?
American Spectator ^ | 04/03/12 | Jeff Lord

Posted on 04/06/2012 7:56:02 AM PDT by Til I am the last man standing

RINO Radio? Republican In Name Only Radio? Taking on… Rush Limbaugh???????? And demeaning the audience of one's would-be customers… this is a business proposition? Seriously? There's two parts of this discussion: talk radio and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

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TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: cumulus; huckabee; rhino; rush; rushlimbaugh; talkradio
I know this has been posted already. Please bear with me as I am doing a freeper blast on this topic and need this for background.
1 posted on 04/06/2012 7:56:14 AM PDT by Til I am the last man standing
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To: Til I am the last man standing

You should post the correct title:

“Huckabee Stars in RINO radio.”


2 posted on 04/06/2012 8:04:48 AM PDT by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: iowamark

“Huckabee Stars in RINO radio.”

Make that Gomer..


3 posted on 04/06/2012 8:07:44 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Til I am the last man standing

Rush gave us Romney.

You can take this to the bank.


4 posted on 04/06/2012 8:14:17 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: reasonisfaith

Therefore, Rush = RINO.


5 posted on 04/06/2012 8:15:49 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: reasonisfaith

“Rush gave us Romney.

You can take this to the bank.”

Of the first tier pundits, Levin alone gave him any resistance as far as I can tell.


6 posted on 04/06/2012 8:20:12 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
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To: reasonisfaith

But let’s take the view from 30,000 feet.

Stories about “Dickey brothers vs conservatives” or “Rush vs Huckabee” are very likely to be Alinsky style propaganda.

It’s the replacement of ideas with personalities. Personalize, politicize, polarize.

Don’t fall for it.


7 posted on 04/06/2012 8:21:57 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: Til I am the last man standing

The day my radio station replaces Rush with that idiot Huckabee is the day I stop listening. If Rush is replaced for poltical reasons, whatever station dropped him would see a decrease in the listenership lower than Death Valley. Which is where a lot of conservatives would like to place Huckabee.


8 posted on 04/06/2012 8:24:56 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Til I am the last man standing

Huckabee is in the same class of radio as Al Franken.


9 posted on 04/06/2012 8:25:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: driftless2

“The day my radio station replaces Rush with that idiot Huckabee is the day I stop listening.”

I like Huckabee’s little 2 minute interludes that are clearly modelled on Paul Harvey’s short narratives. That is about it. But an hour? Put it on late at night to assist those with insomnia.


10 posted on 04/06/2012 8:33:16 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
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To: Til I am the last man standing
With all these postings you seem to be trying to make a point.

Why don't you articulate it, instead of making these vague insinuations and cryptic comments.

11 posted on 04/06/2012 8:47:46 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Psalm 144
"I like Huckabee’s little 2 minute interludes..."

I don't like anything about that banjo-pickin' clown.

12 posted on 04/06/2012 8:49:31 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Air-America failed in Dallas. Our home grown commies Bishop and Hancock failed in Dallas. The common sense republican that ran with Bishop and Hancock failed in Dallas. RINO’s will fail in Dallas. The postings were there to prop up my case for the “vague insinuations and cryptic comments” I made.


13 posted on 04/06/2012 8:53:46 AM PDT by Til I am the last man standing (It's the internet Senators; We can see what you are doing!)
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To: Psalm 144

If Rush is gone you can bet Levin will be as well. He doesn’t fit the “more conservative, less confrontation” hogwash the Dickey Brothers are spreading.


14 posted on 04/06/2012 8:56:18 AM PDT by Til I am the last man standing (It's the internet Senators; We can see what you are doing!)
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To: Psalm 144

All,

This is much ado about nothing. The author of the American Spectator article misses the entire point of the Huckabee rollout.

It’s about one thing and one thing only....Money.

Lew and John Dickey are part of a radio family that goes back to its roots in their father’s operation Midwestern Broadcasting that owned 2 stations in the Toledo Market.

Lew went off to start Stratford Research after college and John joined him. Two other brothers, Michael, David, and their sister were involved in the operation of the Toledo station when their dad and mom retired to Florida.

Dad fell into an opportunity to pick up WCNN in Atlanta for a good price, Lew and John talked a public employees’ retirement system to back them and Cumulus Media was formed.

Since they were buying radio stations as fast as they could get FCC approval, they had (have) a huge amount of debt. So the biggest cost for any radio station is on-air personnel.

That’s why there is such a push to syndication. It’s cheaper to have one personality cover multiple markets. Since Cumulus recently absorbed Citidel which owns WABC (New York)and WJR (Detroit) the easiest way to pay down your debt is to install your own syndicated personality.

If you replace Rush with Huckabee, you not only own the station, you own the syndication. That’s why the push to replace Rush with Huck. He is safe.

The fallacy of the argument is Rush still has a contract with stations in major markets (WABC) and Cumulus will have to honor those contracts thru 2013. They WILL roll-out Huckabee in smaller markets as they can. He is supposed to start on 180 stations. He will be killed by Rush ratings wise and will either have his time slot moved to go against a lesser personality or will be shopped as a conservative commentator that can be tape-delayed and played at a day-part of the stations choosing, ie: overnights and weekends.

Frankly, I don’t see him surviving a year. Huckabee would have a difficult time going against Art Bell / George Noory and Coast to Coast.

From what I hear, his show is going to be modeled after his Fox TV show with a mix of talk, guests, and music.

I’m sure Rush is quaking in his boots.


15 posted on 04/06/2012 9:10:34 AM PDT by offduty
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To: Psalm 144

All,

This is much ado about nothing. The author of the American Spectator article misses the entire point of the Huckabee rollout.

It’s about one thing and one thing only....Money.

Lew and John Dickey are part of a radio family that goes back to its roots in their father’s operation Midwestern Broadcasting that owned 2 stations in the Toledo Market.

Lew went off to start Stratford Research after college and John joined him. Two other brothers, Michael, David, and their sister were involved in the operation of the Toledo station when their dad and mom retired to Florida.

Dad fell into an opportunity to pick up WCNN in Atlanta for a good price, Lew and John talked a public employees’ retirement system to back them and Cumulus Media was formed.

Since they were buying radio stations as fast as they could get FCC approval, they had (have) a huge amount of debt. So the biggest cost for any radio station is on-air personnel.

That’s why there is such a push to syndication. It’s cheaper to have one personality cover multiple markets. Since Cumulus recently absorbed Citidel which owns WABC (New York)and WJR (Detroit) the easiest way to pay down your debt is to install your own syndicated personality.

If you replace Rush with Huckabee, you not only own the station, you own the syndication. That’s why the push to replace Rush with Huck. He is safe.

The fallacy of the argument is Rush still has a contract with stations in major markets (WABC) and Cumulus will have to honor those contracts thru 2013. They WILL roll-out Huckabee in smaller markets as they can. He is supposed to start on 180 stations. He will be killed by Rush ratings wise and will either have his time slot moved to go against a lesser personality or will be shopped as a conservative commentator that can be tape-delayed and played at a day-part of the stations choosing, ie: overnights and weekends.

Frankly, I don’t see him surviving a year. Huckabee would have a difficult time going against Art Bell / George Noory and Coast to Coast.

From what I hear, his show is going to be modeled after his Fox TV show with a mix of talk, guests, and music.

I’m sure Rush is quaking in his boots.


16 posted on 04/06/2012 9:10:46 AM PDT by offduty
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To: Til I am the last man standing

What makes you think Rush and Levin are in danger of “being gone”?


17 posted on 04/06/2012 9:12:58 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Tex-Con-Man

That’s why I posted the Jeffery Lord piece.


18 posted on 04/06/2012 9:18:04 AM PDT by Til I am the last man standing (It's the internet Senators; We can see what you are doing!)
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To: Til I am the last man standing

Hey...Rush will just move over to the Clear Channel station and be able to use the “Rush Radio” tag they developed for Clear channel...no big deal


19 posted on 04/06/2012 9:18:25 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: offduty

Dang. Your post was far more informative than Lord’s long article, which didn’t even approch the question in the article’s title “Who are the Dickey brothers...”


20 posted on 04/06/2012 9:19:33 AM PDT by ngat
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To: Til I am the last man standing
The Dickey brothers can hire a limo, send Huckabee to my house, with pizza and beer in hand, and I still wouldn't take 2 minutes out of my day to listen to anything he has to say.

Rush's (and Levin's) audience will find him, no matter where he is. This is bordering on paranoid hyperbole.

21 posted on 04/06/2012 9:28:26 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: offduty

So you’re saying that they are in so much debt they can’t eat out and have to “eat our own cooking”? lol! I think their eyes are bigger than their stomachs and if they don’t watch out they are going to have to take a huge enema.


22 posted on 04/06/2012 9:29:19 AM PDT by Til I am the last man standing (It's the internet Senators; We can see what you are doing!)
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To: Flag_This

“I don’t like anything about that banjo-pickin’ clown.”

Fair enough. I like him, but sort of like the way I like watermelon rind pickles. In modest amounts at infrequent intervals. I am certainly not going to go on a steady diet of either the pickles or the Huckabee.


23 posted on 04/06/2012 9:31:02 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
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To: Til I am the last man standing

When I think of Huckabee, I think of his horrible demented son who hanged that poor dog while he was at camp.


24 posted on 04/06/2012 9:50:06 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Til I am the last man standing

John Dickey says, “We are in favor of eating our own cooking.”

Sounds to me like John Dickey is in favor of attempting to impregnate himself. Because that’s what is going to happen if he replaces dumps Rush for Mike Huckabee.


25 posted on 04/06/2012 10:01:46 AM PDT by servo1969
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26 posted on 04/06/2012 10:06:23 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: servo1969

At the very least he’ll need a high enema.


27 posted on 04/06/2012 10:06:48 AM PDT by Til I am the last man standing (It's the internet Senators; We can see what you are doing!)
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To: Til I am the last man standing

When Cumulus was first formed, Lew and John got into a bidding war with Randy Michaels and Jacor to see who could accumulate the bigger/better broadcast conglomorate.

Michaels sold Jacor and it became Clear Channel.

Cumulus, as well as Clear Channel, and others were spending money like druken sailors. They would pay 5, 10, 20 times book value for a station just to get a leg in the market.

A lot of times they would buy a fringe station near a large market and move the transmitter site in order to gain access to the larger market. This was done by everybody, not just Cumulus.

When the economy started to turn, radio companies and especially Cumulus were saddled with a ton of debt as a result of their expansion. The biggest expense in radio is personnel, so that’s where they trimmed.

That’s why the Bob and Tom’s and the Delilah’s of the industry are syndicated. It’s cheaper to pay one high salary and then place the program in multiple markets.

If you own the station, you save the day-part personalities salary and you maximise the commercial avails. If someone else owns the station, you can sell the syndication and hold a portion of the avails for yourself.

Cumulus Media, at one time, had a stock price of around $50 a share. I believe they are now trading at less than $10 bucks. Some of the purchases were combo deals of cash and stock.

Do they owe a ton of money....you bet. Are the Dickey Brothers using their properties for political purposes? No way. It’s about ROI and that’s all it’s about.


28 posted on 04/06/2012 10:49:04 AM PDT by offduty
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To: Til I am the last man standing

List of markets here:
http://www.radioink.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2131644&spid=24698

Seems some inside the trade believe the Dickeys to be boobs.


29 posted on 04/06/2012 11:12:35 AM PDT by Churchjack
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To: offduty
Well I know who I'm going to go to now if I've got a radio station question.
Thanks for sharing your comments.
30 posted on 04/13/2012 4:38:28 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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