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Dickey: "We Don't See a Business Model For Streaming."

2-8-2013

Lew Dickey appeared on Bloomberg Thursday where he spoke about a number of topics including the launch of NASH in New York, how he's building the programming side of Cumulus and if there's a financial future in streaming. Dickey said Cumulus, without much effort, has become the third largest streaming platform in the country behind Pandora and Clear Channel. However, he added, that has not translated into revenue. He explains why...

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Dickey said, "Radio is an in car medium and that really has not changed. On the Streaming side, Dickey added, "we don't yet see a business model behind streaming." He says the reason for that is the consumer is shifting to mobile and mobile is good at search and commerce. "It's not conducive for advertising. Mobile is a remote control for commerce. It's not particularly good for displaying ads."

On the programming side, Dickey says Cumulus is organizing around key content verticals. "Country is one, talk is one, sports is another and rock. "Those are the content verticals we're focusing on. We're investing in talk and sports. We're seeing a shift from political based talk over to sports because people are tired of partisan bickering. We see ratings declining in talk and ratings increasing in sports. We're up to about 300 affiliates with CBS Sports Radio."

On launching NASH in New York, Dickey said, "The City has not had a country station in 20 years. The time was right. 85 million passionate loyal fans listen to Country Music. There's a big thirst for Country music in New York."

Watch the interview on Bloomberg TV HERE




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There is absolutely non"shift from political talk" going on, as Dickey claims. There is, however, a(ratings) shift from political talk on Cumulus stations like KGO...because Dickey and Cumulus fired the local (high-priced) talent and dumbed down the station with second-tier syndicated talk that local listeners could care less about. That is the problem with owners like Dickey- an obnoxious attitude of entitlement, and no clue how to run major market stations.

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