Like Kim Jong-il, Fumbles runs the NAB like a one-party state.
When that North Korean test missile fizzled out over the Pacific Ocean, didn’t it remind you of the present condition of the U.S. radio industry?
Consider the similarities.
Most of North Korea suffers from food shortages and lack of electricity. Its archaic industry is at a standstill. It has isolated itself from most of the world.
Most of the radio industry suffers from revenue shortages and lack of time spent listening. Its archaic formats are lackluster. It has isolated itself from most of its listeners and clients.
Let me put it another way. A house united cannot stand.
When you never disagree or appraise an optional viewpoint, Fumbles, you suppress any opportunity to move forward.
Fumbles, you’ve been reprocessing the same old promotions and campaigns over and over since you joined the NAB after the beer lobby sent you packing for doing the same thing,
How many new campaigns for HD Radio must you launch before you realize the product is terminal?
How many variations of that Radio Heard Here campaign must you introduce before you realize that no one except NAB members ever see them?
So, what’s it going to be, Fumbles, when you address the NAB in Vegas? Will you reprocess still another variation of your same old song and dance?
Is there anyone that truly believes the NAB cut a good deal for radio’s streaming audio fees?
If you think he did, let me know. I’ll call you back in 2012 – unless you don’t plan to be in this business.by then. Thought so.
That’s the dilemma with Fumbles and his closed-door negotiations with the RIAA’s SoundExchange.
Did the labels really bushwhack you, Fumbles – or did both of you agree that those outrageous per song, per listener costs will be someone else’s problem in the future?
The NAB cut a pact that evokes the one the UAW and the Big Three cut many years back when both sides shook hands and concluded that those pensions and payoffs would be someone else’s quandary in the future.
Fumbles, you’ve managed add more devalue to every radio station in America – well, at least the ones that haven’t gone news and talk or fire and brimstone.
Yes, I hear your tough talk, Fumbles. We’ll charge the labels to play their music. Keep saying that and you’ll be reliving 2001 – the year radio’s pay-for-play playlists starting losing touch with popular culture. That’s when the kids – and a sizable number of adults - abandoned radio and went elsewhere to find their musical soundtrack.
You see, that’s the problem with popular culture. The artists and labels that consent to paying the most money to get their songs played aren’t necessarily what listeners want to hear.
Add social networking to the mix and you’ve got a no b.s. zone that pay-for-play radio can’t penetrate.
Here and now, when the great convergence to the Internet escalating, do you think it’s wise to stop streaming when that’s the method of delivery more radio listeners?
And how about those three deadly words, Fumbles: Performance Royalty Fee.
Fumbles, you gave the RIAA's Mitch Bainwol a free meal and he’s sticking around to lick your plate dry.
Though the Internet is getting the credit for the new free market system it was radio that invented it by playing music it didn’t own as programming content following World War II.
It’s time for a NAB insurrection – and, Fumbles, it’s about time you know your close.