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Who are the Dickey brothers and why do they hate the conservative movement?
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.
Let’s start with talk radio and the basics. All of which are now out there in the Land of Google thanks to the sponsors of this project seeking — and getting — their fair share of tons of PR. So that being the case… let’s work our way through their pitch and what they’re saying. Saying on the record, incredibly enough.
Cumulus Media, says Reuters, recently “sent out an email blast to fellow radio station owners with a photoshopped picture of former U.S. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, promoting him as the conservative talk radio host of the future.” Cumulus, you need to know, recently swallowed Citadel, setting it up with about 570 stations across the country, notably including WABC in New York, one of the nation’s largest and the flagship station for Rush Limbaugh.
On this past Sunday, the Cumulus/Huckabee venture to capture the conservative radio market got a roll out in… yes, really… the New York Times.
Says the Reuters story — really! — (emphasis in bold):
“They are going after Rush’s affiliates,” said one radio company executive who received Cumulus’ email and spoke on condition of anonymity. “They are positioning Huckabee as the safe, non-dangerous alternative to Rush and saying to station owners, ‘If you are looking for conservative content, we want you to consider our guy instead of theirs.’”
Another story, this one in the Wall Street Journal, reports:
With the slogan “more conversation, less confrontation,” the syndicator behind “Huckabee,” Cumulus Media Networks, has been pitching the new show to advertisers as a less combative alternative to Mr. Limbaugh. Cumulus is a unit of Cumulus Media Inc., which owns 570 radio stations.
According to the story in the New York Times (more of which shortly), Huckabee would be appearing on 180 stations (Rush is on over 600), and Cumulus itself carries the Limbaugh show on “dozens of its stations” including on New York’s WABC, the nation’s largest. Contracts being what they are, Rush won’t be moving anywhere in the immediate future in terms of WABC. But contracts also have to be renewed, and what happens to Rush Limbaugh in New York when his contract is up in 2013 and Cumulus is in charge? According to the WSJ story:
In an interview, Cumulus’s Mr. Dickey said he would “honor” existing contracts with the Limbaugh show, including at WABC. But he didn’t rule out a switch to Mr. Huckabee in the future. “We are in favor of eating our own cooking,” he said.
We are in favor of eating our own cooking? Aside from quite obviously dissing his own current radio superstar — a decidedly novel way of doing business… what is that supposed to mean?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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