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Will Soros Investment Affect Your Local News?

Three years ago this week, radio station owner Entercom enjoyed a stock price of $187.80. Five weeks later, in March 2021, the company, which owns 227 local stations and also podcast production companies, renamed itself Audacy. Today, in bankruptcy, its stock is trading for 15 cents per share. Just last week, the investment firm that … Continued

What A Lemon Taught Me About Being a Client

After more than 20 years of working with clients on litigation communications projects, I became a litigant. I learned that it’s no fun at all. The whole saga started 14 months ago, when I started a lease on a new car and on the day I took delivery, a piece of vital technology in the … Continued

All CEOs Can Learn From Penn’s President

The grilling and burning of university presidents at a Congressional hearing is the most talked about moment in public communications since, well, probably the last time higher education and politics intersected in the news. It has become quite the combination of lowest common denominators to get conversation going. Here we are the following week and … Continued

It’s Not Too Early To Consider 2025

It’s the time of the year when communicators are starting to think about plans for 2024. But if you really want to understand the media business, it’s important to look ahead to 2025. The commercial local TV business already is. From what we’re hearing, the large corporations that own the most local stations are forecasting … Continued

Friday Night Live: Lessons From Business Class

Downtown Detroit was packed with fun on Friday night. Traffic was backed up for miles because of concerts, NBA action and sold-out restaurants. But in a classroom inside the otherwise dark Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University a group of working professionals wasn’t heading to any of those destinations. They were in … Continued

Don’t Expect Audiences To Decode Your News

Companies get bought and sold every day. Sometimes, they actually merge. But you wouldn’t know it by much of their communications language. It seems nobody wants to admit that they’re being bought or sold anymore. This is especially challenging in health care, where nonprofits are involved. But in the for-profit world, when someone is buying … Continued