Headlines for 5/8/13


The High Cost of Rush: Talker Bleeds Millions From His Carriers as Toxic Talk Slumps, Cumulus Seems Set to Part Ways With Rush Limbaugh
“We've had a tough go of it this last year,” Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey said Tuesday morning. “The facts are indisputable regarding the impact certain things have had on ad dollars.” Dickey told analysts on the earnings call that his radio empire’s revenue was down $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2013 on top of a boatload of debt. Why? Parse the weasel words (“the impact of certain things”) and you’ll see that Dickey is blaming one man for the precipitous decline of right-wing talk radio’s profitability: Rush Limbaugh. [The Daily Beast]

NBC Extends ‘The Office’ Series Finale
Fans of The Office will have a bit longer to say goodbye. NBC is extending the length of the final episode by 15 minutes. It will air from 9-10:15 PM ET on Thursday, May 16. [Deadline]

Dr. Phil Sues Gawker for Copyright Infringement
Phil McGraw's Peteski Productions has filed suit against Gawker Media for posting footage of the TV therapist's Dr. Phil show interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax, on its sports gossip blog, Deadspin.com. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Mike Huckabee Talks TV, Radio Career, Mulls Political Future
Former Arkansas governor and rising media personality Mike Huckabee is contemplating his future, including the return on investment of his year-old syndicated radio show. “Within the next month, I’ll decide if I want to continue it or not. I know we will, but it’s just such an incredibly intensive process that I really have to decide that I want to spend that kind of time…,” he said. [Arkansas Business]

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Emmis revenue jumps 3%
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications, which owns WTHI-FM and its sister stations in the Terre Haute market, reported Wednesday that domestic radio revenue grew 3% for its fourth fiscal quarter and full year ending February 28. [Inside Radio]

iBiquity Digital, the developer of HD Radio, has announced that virtually all of the new 2013 aftermarket automotive in-dash receivers with HD Radio have been officially launched with most models now available at retail. [Radio Online]

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