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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
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.
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 you… 2nd 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
TRUMP FAVORABLES DOWN
That’s according to the latest GALLUP numbers through last week –
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.
DISMAL GREECE FINANCIALS
Markets open for first time in five weeks… banks taking a BIG hit –
While at the site – take a look at the upcoming economic week –
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.
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
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
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".
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”.
As always, Mike Allen’s POLITICO Playbook is worth the reading time…inside the DC beltway – good stuff –
There are other major story’s developing and there are plenty of sources below and also on the LINKS page.
E-mail – email@example.com
GO HERE For CNN News –
The Insider’s Guide to DC Political Activities – ‘The HILL’
‘Talking Points Memo’ is HERE –
For POLITICO go HERE –
THE WIRE –
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’ –
For the June-November 6 month Hurricane season –
GO HERE for the National Hurricane Center –
Or, GO HERE for the Weather Underground hurricane forecasting –
‘‘Sporting News‘‘ – with the day’s ‘Top Ten Trending Sports Topics’ –
Need More? How about Social Media – the top trending items – the “Hey, didja know items…etc.” your listeners want to know about.
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…
Need a quick LINK to the MOST POPULAR web-sites being viewed today?
Go HERE –
When you need to scan the morning newspaper front pages – Click HERE.
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 –
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.
OR, for a change of pace – GO HERE –