Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thoughts from the 2010 Radio Show

I'd like to share a few thoughts from last week's Radio Show. Though I have heard that overall attendance was up, there were fewer station owners on hand than usual. However, the FCC lawyers turned out in force, playing with a home court advantage.

The meeting was decidedly more upbeat than the last two years' shows (though that is not saying much considering the gloom and doom we've been through). Station revenues are up year-over-year and it has been a long time since we could make that claim.

On the station trading front, our suite activity was robust. There still aren't a lot of deals getting done, but at least the talking has resumed (after eighteen months of virtual silence). The missing ingredient continues to be bank financing. Despite renewed optimism about the prospects for the radio industry, there was little optimism that the bankers were returning any time soon. Trading will remain lackluster until the banks embrace the industry again.

Let's hope that next year's Radio Show in Chicago is a time for celebration.

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