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Fred Jacobs is President of Jacobs Media, a media research and consulting firm. Jacobs Media clients have included CBS Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, Citadel, Greater Media, MTV Networks, Playboy, Amazon, Electronic Arts, NPR, Sylvan Learning Centers, and Taubman Malls. Learn more about the company here.


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Bob Bellin

Recapitalization will surely help radio - but it faces two undeniable hurdles. 1) Radio's revenue was shrinking BEFORE the economy hit the skids - a US recovery will not automatically trigger one for radio. 2) The music business seems intent on killing radio entirely. The deal the NAB cut with SoundExchange makes any digital conversion a guaranteed money loser, no matter how much theoretical sense it makes in the abstract.

Radio seems oblivious to the corner into which the music industry has it painted. The clock is ticking and someone better wake up and smell the paint!

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