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TOP HEADLINES

 

NO SURPRISES AT MSNBC REFORMATTING

GASOLINE PRICES COMING DOWN

TEXAS AG BOOKED – BAILED OUT –  FRAUD CHARGES

HEAVIEST RADIO LISTENING DAY

GALLUP SAYS TRUMP DOWN

COUNTDOWN TO DEBATE #1

GREEK MARKET OPENS AND CRATERS

GLACIERS MELTING QUICKLY

PRESIDENT’S CLIMATE CHANGE PROPOSAL

MONDAY SENATE VOTE ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD

LIFEBLOOD OF POLITICS

TRUMP ADVISOR ABOUT TO BE JETISONED

 

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MSNBC REFORMATTING CAUTIOUS/PREDICTABLE

We’re not seeing the kind of originality and innovation we had hoped for – risk taking is not in the NBCU playbook this year apparantly.

Following the cancellation of three daytime shows (after the axing earlier this year of two others) the NBCU network is undergoing yet another transformation beginning today.

MSNBC “will begin the pivot towards live, breaking news coverage – with interim hosts from among our very talented ranks,” said network president Phil Griffin in a note to staffers last Thursday.

MSNBC will scale back its opinion during the day but keep its “opinion page” at night, continuing to take a page from Fox News Channel’s successful formula.

Trying to beat the leader of the pack at his own game? 

Now, just about anyone with experience in the industry will tell you where that’s going to get you2nd place at best.

Basically it’s a shift from TALK/news to NEWS/talk…

Anything new there?

Not really, it’s been done on the radio side of the format for the past 30 odd years!

We did long and important consulting sessions about the various aspects of the format and where emphasis on one or the other would get you.

ADWEEK

 

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TEXAS AG TURNS HIMSELF IN

We told you about it over the weekend…here are the basics from Reuters and other sources –

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party Republican, turned himself in on Monday and was booked on three felony charges involving suspected securities fraud, officials said.

Paxton was booked on three felony charges, including securities fraud and failing to register with the state’s securities board, according to multiple reports.

Paxton turned himself in to the Dallas-area jail, and his mugshot was released shortly thereafter. He becomes the second prominent Texas official to be indicted within the past year, after former Gov. Rick Perry.

STATESMAN

 

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PAYING LESS AT THE PUMP?

You should be and Diesel Fuel should be about the same or a bit less… after all it’s manufactured in the first pass through the refinery.

But since there are more diesel pick-ups on the road …well, you get the idea…

In any event here is a quick look at today’s action on the markets –

Crude oil is falling to new lows.

On Monday in New York, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell more than 4% and slipped below $45 per barrel, a level it hasn’t touched since March.

Brent Sea crude, the international benchmark that joined WTI in a bear market last week, dropped more than 4%, below $50 per barrel for the first time since January.

 

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GLACIERS MELTING FAST

The world’s glaciers have melted to the lowest levels since record-keeping began more than 120 years ago, according to a study conducted by the World Glacier Monitoring Service that was released on Monday.

HUFFINGTON POST

 

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HEAVIEST RADIO LISTENING DAY

It’s Thursday, of course… always has been and always will be!

Weekend sales schedules begin on Thursdays.

Diaries traditionally began on Thursdays.

Big on-air promotions kicked off on Thursdays (at 0720 to be precise) to coincide with the Diary entry’s.  We used to so a complete hour or two with clients about those two facts when we were in the consulting biz. 

Thursdays at 07:20…  it’s magic time!!!

So, what’s new?

INSIDE RADIO

 

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 TRUMP FAVORABLES DOWN

That’s according to the latest GALLUP numbers through last week –

GALLUP

 

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ONLY FOUR DAYS UNTIL….

Thursday marks the true opening salvo in the GOP presidential race, as the top 10 candidates are slated to face off in the long-awaited Fox News debate.

With just more than half the declared candidates on stage, the event will give voters a chance to see whether the debate gets into policy differences or ends up being a slug-fest.

THE HILL

 

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DISMAL GREECE FINANCIALS 

Markets open for first time in five weeks… banks taking a BIG hit –

BUSINESS INSIDER

 

While at the site – take a look at the upcoming economic week –

BUSINESS INSIDER

 

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MONDAY SENATE VOTE ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD

If federal funding for Planned Parenthood is blocked, could community health centers fill in the gap in services?

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argues it’s entirely possible, and the Senate is scheduled to vote on such a measure on Monday.

THE HILL

 

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PRESIDENT’S CONTROVERSIAL PLAN

The Obama administration will issue rules TODAY to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, a move designed to secure the president’s legacy on climate and one which has already influenced the campaigns of those who want to succeed him.

The plain aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent by 2030

BLOOMBERG PRESIDENT

 

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PICK RADIO STATION TODAY

Not a NewsTalker (that’ll be tomorrow) but we thought WSM Nashville might be of interest –

90 years on air this year – it all began in 1925 (how’s that for heritage?) –

Just remember, all radio stations become NewsTalkers (to some degree) during their morning shows.  They simply don’t want to give up audience seeking that early dose of ‘reassurance news and information’ in the morning – while still retaining focus on station format.  It’s all a delicate balance –

If you drive through Nashville on I-65 watch for the WSM antenna – ‘ya can’t miss it!

0740 Monday morning

 

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FROM NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

"A well-defined low pressure system has formed over Apalachee Bay 
the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and is producing limited shower
activity near the center.  

Upper-level winds are not expected to beconducive for development 
while the low moves northeastward across north Florida and near the 
southeastern United States coast during the next few days".

WEATHER in GULF

 

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FINALLY –

Ever wonder what might have happened had the AXIS powers won WWII?

Ridley Scott decided to put it on film for an Amazon series – “The Man In The High Castle”.

BUSINESS INSIDER

 

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As always, Mike Allen’s POLITICO Playbook is worth the reading time…inside the DC beltway – good stuff –

POLITICO PLAYBOOK

 

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There are other major story’s developing and there are plenty of sources below and also on the LINKS page.

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‘The Daily Beast’

Huffington Post

AdWeek TVNewser

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‘TIME’

MSNBC

FOX

The Daily Mail

GO HERE For CNN News –

NYTIMES

Yahoo News

Google News

Breaking News

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The Insider’s Guide to DC Political Activities – ‘The HILL’

Roll Call

‘Talking Points Memo’ is HERE

For POLITICO go HERE

THE WIRE

The Atlantic

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What’s the world talking about?

BBC’s World Service is one way to find out –

After all, it’s known as ‘The World’s Radio Station’ –

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For the June-November 6 month Hurricane season –

GO HERE for the National Hurricane Center –

Or, GO HERE for the Weather Underground hurricane forecasting –

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Sporting News‘ – with the day’s ‘Top Ten Trending Sports Topics’ –

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Need More? How about Social Media – the top trending items – the “Hey, didja know items…etc.” your listeners want to know about.

BUZZFEED

CELEBUZZ

From the NBC/TODAY Morning Show – pushing their ‘Orange Room’ – Go HERE for their take on trending items.

Catch up with the National Enquirer Go HERE

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Need a quick LINK to the MOST POPULAR web-sites being viewed today?

Go HERE

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When you need to scan the morning newspaper front pages – Click HERE.

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Back in the day, we had the pleasure of working with one of the BEST DJ’s who ever sat in front of a studio microphone –

That was in the Tampa/St. Pete market and it was a long time ago –

Bob Dearborn is still very much active on line and with any luck you’re reading his blog on a daily basis –

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Finally, make sure you have the FACTS! Check the latest polling figures to see how Americans (your audience) are reacting to people, events and trends.

Go HERE to check the latest Gallup survey information.

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OR, for a change of pace – GO HERE

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