|iHeart keeps dancing with Wall Street
iHeart’s game of financial brinksmanship continues.
And you know what? It’s working. One observer tells NOW “iHeart keeps doing buybacks of debt and other things in the short-term, and that plus the recent courtroom wins, like with Gamco, are pushing back the debt wall until at least 2018, maybe 2019.” Last month, iHeart bought back some more debt at a discount. Yesterday you read here about a Delaware Chancery judge bouncing investor Mario Gabelli’s bid to stop iHeartMedia from running the daily revenues of Clear Channel Outdoor through the parent company. Now here’s iHeart asking holders of five sets of notes worth billions of dollars, due between 2019 and 2023, for permission to amend their terms. This isn’t a buyback, but it likely sets the stage for one or more of those events. iHeart’s dangling an $8 million carrot, telling note-holders who agree by next Monday afternoon that they’ll share in a special kitty of that much – plus an additional $12 million if there are ever debt swaps involving these securities. The wrinkle is that iHeart wants to limit the voting rights, so that “non-U.S. persons” can’t vote on future swaps. Same for holders who aren’t institutional “accredited investors” or those in jurisdictions that would lay on additional restrictions. Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Philip Brendel tells Bloomberg that “by excluding certain holders, they may be able to avoid inconveniences and costs tied to registering new securities.” iHeart management always sounds confident about its next moves. So far, they have a right to sound confident.
Some “Election Effect” for talk radio – but it’s far from universal.
From the latest Nielsen PPM Day 4 markets - In Greensboro, NC, iHeart’s talk WPTI achieves its highest PPM yet. But in Austin, looking at the three-month trend for Emmis-run talker, you wouldn’t even know there was an election. And in Milwaukee, the effect is selective. iHeart’s talk WISN, which earned so much publicity during the Wisconsin primary and afterwards, is sitting in ninth place – but up to second in PM drive. Nielsen’s talking about this November book (only two days of which are actually November) as a strong one for news/talk. But much of the luster there is actually in the not-for-profit news/talkers like Raleigh’s WUNC and Austin’s KUT – both ranking second in their markets, with age 6+ AQH total-week share. Jacksonville’s an exception. Cox news/talker WOKV-AM/FM shows the mojo of talk radio in the right market at the right time – it’s the new #1 station in Jax. More about each of the Day 4 PPM markets coming up in today’s Tom Taylor NOW Newsletter.
Emmis and Cumulus are the latest targets of Liebowitz photo-copyright suits.
The Long Island-based Liebowitz law firm is closing in on a dozen suits against radio operators who’ve allegedly grabbed copyrighted photographs on their websites without permission. The suits are pretty easy to assemble – do a web-search, note the URLs, and fill in the blanks on the legal action for filing in federal court. The Emmis suit concerns a pic on the Hot 97/WQHT New York site of “American rapper Roland Collins (otherwise known as Troy Ave)…after he was arrested for attempted murder and illegal weapon possession, while at a concert where four people were shot.” Liebowitz says photographer Alec Tabak sold the candid pic to the New York Daily News – then found it used without permission by an online editor for Emmis. This looks like the same photo allegedly appropriated by Townsquare, which also drew a suit from Liebowitz (October 11 NOW). The suit against Cumulus also involves a familiar name, photographer Christopher Sadowski. But the subject matter will startle you – Sadowski’s copyrighted photo is not of a famous musical artist or pop celebrity, but “the New York Police Department patch.” It was sold to the New York Post, and somebody working for Cumulus allegedly plugged it into an item on WABCRadio.com. Liebowitz caught it. The law firm’s asking a federal court for statutory damages “up to $150,000 per work infringed” upon.
Looks like the FCC’s stopping the current stage of the TV spectrum auction on Thursday.
Remember that the spectrum auction is a whole chain of processes that began earlier this year – and there’s been a veil of secrecy over much of it. The current stage three will likely end on Thursday, says John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable. He’s working off the observation that the Commission’s holding five bidding rounds that day, instead of the usual three. Eggerton explains from there – “That means on December 1, the FCC will announce the latest value broadcasters have put on the spectrum they are volunteering to give up entirely, or move off of.” The earlier brave talk of as much as $86 billion was tempered down to $55 billion, and may come down again. Eggerton says “The less spectrum the FCC reclaims [from current TV licensees], the fewer TV stations will get the big paydays many were hoping for.” All along, the NAB and some individual broadcasters have questioned the depth of the spectrum crisis for mobile broadband that’s been claimed by the carriers. Some auction-watchers have told NOW they expect the lucky TV turn-ins will occur in already-crowded markets for mobile – not rural areas or even most medium markets.
From the Rumor Mill – Another deal in the hopper for Beasley?
Nobody’s talking, but several NOW sources suggest that the company that’s still in the early stages of digesting its nearly $240 million acquisition of most of Greater Media radio may strike again, before year-end. The GMI deal put Beasley into Detroit, and greatly enhanced its profile in Boston and Philadelphia.
Year-end changes by syndicators include Westwood dropping the weekend “Best of John Batchelor.” Affiliates are told that the final Best-Of show will be December 31/January 1 – and that the Monday-Friday daily version of the Batchelor talk show continues. Expect more talent drops and schedule shifts by syndicators, here at year-end – it’s a traditional thing.
Delilah was just inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame a couple of weeks ago, and now she’s playing on an even wider stage – American Forces Network radio. Her daily show’s being added in the 7pm local-time slot for AFN broadcasts in Japan, Korea and Central Europe, on the adult contemporary channel. AFN produces 12 full-time AFN Radio satellite services and 10 “AFN360” streaming channels. Three of the AFN Radio satellite services can be received by U.S. Navy ships that are deployed. See the lineups at MyAFN here.
The Broadcasters Foundation is a “safety net” and “foul weather friend” for broadcasters and their families, when trouble strikes. The group stages several fundraisers throughout the year, but this time at year-end is its only “annual plea” for the Guardian Fund. Contributions – both individual and corporate – are fully tax-deductible. Some donors like to specify their contributions as a memorial to a specific person, and that’s fine. More about the work of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, helping with “broadcasters whose lives and families have been devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods and all manner of natural disasters.” More about how to make a year-end donation to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund here. Former CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason is Chairman of the foundation. Jim Thompson is President, and Dick Foreman is Vice Chairman.
Meg Goldthwaite will be joining D.C.-based National Public Radio as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Predecessor Emma Carrasco left this past Summer, to reunite with former NPR CEO Gary Knell at National Geographic Society. Like Carrasco, Goldthwaite comes from outside of public broadcasting. She says she grew up around Washington DC listening to NPR member station WAMU/88.5 – both its spoken word programming and the bluegrass music that was once featured there. Goldthwaite was most recently Chief Marketing Officer for Conservation International, and before that she worked with “Women for Women International” and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. NPR says Goldthwaite takes up her new job at Jarl Mohn-run National Public Radio on December 12.
Retailers rule in the latest listing of national radio advertisers compiled by Media Monitors – with J.C. Penney rising from #3 two weeks ago to #1 last week, Home Depot buying nearly 38,000 spots to be a strong #2, and Kohl’s jumping from the #15 position to #5. Lowe’s is #8, Walgreens is #9, Macy’s is #11, “Jared the Galleria of Jewelry” is #14 and Gap-owned Old Navy’s at #16. Nice to see wireless carriers near the top, too – AT&T’s up from #14 to #10, T-Mobile-owned MetroPCS is #13, Verizon Wireless is at #15, Sprint’s at #18 and T-Mobile’s at #19. Last week we mentioned the strong ad-showing by a single Hollywood movie, Hailee Steinfeld’s “Edge of Seventeen” – and it’s still hanging in the top 25, with a national buy of 13,482 spots.
PodcastOne crosses the Pacific in a joint venture with Southern Cross Austereo. It puts Norm Pattiz-founded PodcastOne into Australia and New Zealand, and some content from Southern Cross Austereo into the U.S. market. Southern Cross Austereo will operate “PodcastOne Australia” in Australasia (Australia and New Zealand). PodcastOne CEO Jim Berk says this is the company’s “first partnership outside of the U.S. – really, the first of its kind in the podcast industry altogether.”
iHeartRadio adds more than 30 shows from the lineup of reVolver Podcasts, with reVolver’s Jack Hobbs appreciating the fact that “iHeartMedia reaches 91% of the U.S. Hispanic population on a monthly basis.” At reVolver (“RAY-volver”), former Univision and SBS executive Jack Hobbs is allied with Jeff Hinson and Javier Saralegui on various digital projects targeting Hispanics. They launched with partnerships including iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play – and now add iHeartRadio.
Day 4 Nielsen PPMs for the November book –
Austin may prove that there was some creeping “election fatigue” in the five weeks before the November 8 general election. What Nielsen calls the “November” book actually ran October 6-November 2, and we see that variety hits “Bob” surges back ahead of the serious news/talk fare on U.T-owned not-for-profit KUT. In fact, ratings-tracker Chris Huff says Bob’s in double digits with a personal best, when it comes to age 6+ AQH total-week share. The last three PPM months for Emmis-run Bob KBPA are a September-book 8.3 share, an October-book 8.0 – and now a 10.5. KBPA’s #1 middays, nights and weekends. KUT’s actually steady (7.8-9.1-9.0) and finishes first in the morning and PM drive times. It’s even #2 at night and on weekends, in a market that indexes very highly in education – a good predictor of non-com news/talk success. (KUT’s also growing its cume.) Third is iHeart’s country KVET-FM (5.8-5.9-6.3), followed by a couple of stations tied in fourth place. Those are Emmis-run regional Mexican “La Zeta” KLZT (5.5-6.1-5.6) and Entercom AC “Magic” KKMJ (5.1-5.1-5.6). Magic is third in middays and afternoons. Sixth is iHeart’s other country station, KASE (5.1-4.6-5.0, held back by a ninth-place finish in mornings). Election or not, things are flat at Emmis-run talker KLBJ (3.6-3.8-3.6). Weekly cume leader is of course “Bob,” at just about 610,000.
Raleigh hands a lot of this month’s honors to iHeart CHR “G105” WDCG - #1 finishes for nights and weekends, both in double digits. And #1 overall (8.3-7.4-7.9). But close behind in a battleground political state is NC Public Radio’s not-for-profit news/talk WUNC (7.7-7.7-7.8) – and it’s #1 in both drive times, partly due to rising cume. Slipping to third is Radio One’s urban AC “Foxy” WFXC/WFXK (7.5-8.2-7.5). Its Tom Joyner is second in mornings, and Foxy is second from 7pm-midnight. Fourth is Capitol’s AC “Mix” WRAL (8.6-7.6-7.1, and second in PM drive). Don Curtis’ country WQDR is fifth (6.3-6.6-7.0, and second middays). Another cume-grower is iHeart’s sixth-ranked talk WTKK (5.1-5.6-5.7). Best showing in a while for iHeart’s classic rock WRDU (4.8-4.9-5.3). And Radio One’s gospel “Light” WNNL keeps growing brighter (4.6-4.8-5.1). AC “Mix 101.5” leads the cume column at 520,400.
Indianapolis keeps classic hits WJJK at #1 for another month (Cumulus, 7.4-7.6-7.8). But Entercom’s top 40 WZPL is right behind (7.8-7.3-7.7). WZPL is #1 afternoons and tied for first on weekends – and even though WJJK is #1 for the week, the only place it’s even the co-leader is weekends, where it ties with ’ZPL. Third is Emmis AC WYXB (7.3-7.5-7.0. “B105.7” is #1 from 6am to 3pm, but falls to a thirteenth-place tie at night. Fourth overall is Cumulus country WFMS (6.0-6.2-6.5), and we can compare that to eighth-ranked country “Hank” WLHK (Emmis, 4.7-5.2-5.3). Funny thing – “Hank” has a larger cume than WFMS. Back to total-week AQH share, where Radio One’s urban AC WTLC-FM is fifth (6.5-7.1-6.4, and tied for second in afternoons). Potential voters may’ve been seeking consolation and/or guidance from Radio One’s gospel WTLC (0.9-1.3-2.6). Emmis’s eleventh-ranked talker WIBC is the leading talk-based station (3.8-3.5-3.5). Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s not-for-profit news/talk WFYI loses a little ground (2.8-2.5-2.4). iHeart’s mostly-sports “Fox 97.5/1260” WNDE and its translator move 0.9-1.0-1.3 – and middays with Rush Limbaugh beat WIBC. Big top 40 WZPL draws the most pairs of ears every week (435,900).
Milwaukee loves the classic hits as dished out by iHeart’s WRIT (8.7-8.4-9.6). It wins three dayparts (middays, afternoons, weekends) and is second in mornings. Second overall is iHeart’s urban WKKV (6.3-6.7-6.6, and the nighttime leader). Third place is a two-way tie between Saga’s rock “Hog” WHQG (5.1-5.6-6.0) and Scripps news/talk/Packers football WTMJ (6.3-5.8-6.0). The Hog is a double-digit #1 in mornings with Bob & Brian. Fifth total-week is Entercom’s hot AC “Mix” WMYX (6.5-5.9-5.9). Shall we keep going? #6 is Saga’s classic rock WKLH (5.5-5.9-5.8, and second middays), while #7 is iHeart’s country WMIL (5.9-5.9-5.6). iHeart’s talk WISN doesn’t display much of an Election Effect (5.1-5.0-5.2, though it’s second in afternoons). Classic hits WRIT rules the cume standings at nearly 560,000.
Nashville continues its love affair with pro sports and second-ranked “Zone” WGFX (5.4-7.8-7.6). The Cumulus station wins weekends, with the NFL Titans. #1 again is Midwest-owned AC “Mix 92.9” WJXA (9.7-8.4-8.3, and the leader in mornings and middays). Third total-week is iHeart CHR “River’ WRVW (7.7-7.3-7.0, and #1 at night). Fourth is Cumulus urban AC WQQK (5.3-5.8-6.1, and second on weekends). Fifth place is shared between iHeart’s urban “Beat” WUBT (5.9-6.2-5.9) and Cumulus talker WWTN (5.2-5.4-5.9). There’s some election connection for WWTN, now tied for third in morning drive and #1 In PM drive. But it’s held back by a seventh-place finish on weekends. iHeart’s talk WLAC is flattish (0.8-1.2-1.3). Notice we haven’t mentioned any country stations yet? There’s Cumulus “Nash Icon” WSM-FM (5.9-6.0-5.6), iHeart’s WSIX (4.5-4.4-4.7) and Cumulus “Nash” WKDF (3.3-3.6-3.3). Ryman Hospitality’s classic country-and-more WSM stays in its range (2.3-2.1-2.2). Midwest should be pleased with the growth at top 40 “i106.7” WNFN (3.1-3.2-3.7). Chris Huff checks the records and says “the 3.7 is WNFN’s largest share in the PPM era.” Midwest recently bought it from Cumulus. CHR “River” is the cume champ at nearly 470,000.
Providence doesn’t change much, though there’s a new #3 station. Cumulus is #1 and #2 with “Lite Rock” WWLI (9.9-9.8-9.5) and top 40 WPRO-FM (9.1-8.2-9.0). WWLI’s #1 middays and weekends, while ’PRO-FM takes afternoons and nights in double digits. New #3 is iHeart rocker WHJY (8.5-8.0-8.8, and #1 in mornings). Hall’s country WCTK runs fourth (7.6-7.2-7.7), while iHeart’s hot AC “Sunny” WSNE retains fifth place (5.0-5.5-5.7). Leading talk-based station is Cumulus talk WPRO/WEAN (4.1-5.0-4.6). Nice growth for Entercom’s sports WVEI-FM (2.7-3.5-3.7). “Lite Rock” holds the cume lead at nearly 560,000.
Norfolk looks light, at just 13 subscribing stations. But Entercom’s urban AC WVKL would probably dominate if Nielsen showed 100 stations, with its double-digit shares in all five dayparts. Total-week, “95.7 R&B FM” WVKL dominates (12.7-12.2-12.0). Second again is iHeart’s urban WOWI (6.6-7.7-8.0) and third again among subscribing stations is Saga rocker “FM 99” WNOR (5.7-5.4-5.3). Next is Saga classic rock “Fox” WAFX (5.1-4.4-4.5), sharing fifth place with Entercom AC “2WD” WWDE (5.2-5.3-4.5). iHeart’s rhythmic AC “Movin’ 107.7” WMOV-FM drifts downward (2.2-2.1-1.9) – though it’s now programming all-Christmas. Tidewater’s cume champ is AC “2WD” At 395,400.
Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point is about to get even more interesting – Dick Broadcasting’s “Rock 92” WKRR and CHR WKZL had already dropped their Nielsen subscription. Two weeks ago they went further, and quit encoding for PPM. Subscribers can still view their last full book in this “November” survey. Among subscribing stations, Entercom holds the top three, starting with urban WJMH (10.1-10.6-12.4, and #1 with double digits everywhere except middays). Chris Huff says the 12.4 is an all-time PPM-best for WJMH. Second is urban AC WQMG (9.2-10.3-9.7). Third is variety hits “Simon” WSMW (8.7-9.3-9.5, and #1 in middays). iHeart is fourth and fifth with AC WMAG (7.5-6.9-7.3) and country WTQR (6.5-5.1-5.4). ’TQR’s format rival is Entercom’s sixth-place “Wolf” WPAW (46-5.0-5.1). A definite election high for iHeart’s seventh-ranked talk WPTI (3.9 to 4.4 to a PPM-record 5.0). But nothing much for the regional talk network based at WSJS (0.7-0.8-0.4, hurt by steady losses in mornings). “Simon” can boast about being the cume leader (445,800).
West Palm Beach votes for the usual #1 and #2 stations – Alpha’s hot AC WRMF (9.1-8.3-7.7) and AC “Sunny” WEAT (7.6-6.3-6.0). The only daypart where WRMF’s not #1 is nights. Third for the week is iHeart’s “Kool” WOLL (5.7-4.8-5.7, and second from 10am-7pm). Fourth place is a three-way tie between WAY FM’s not-for-profit contemporary Christian WAYF (4.1-4.5-4.7), iHeart’s classic rock “Gater” WKTR (4.9-4.4-4.7) and Alpha’s urban “X” WMBX (3.8-4.3-4.7). Alpha’s importing Brooke & Jubal, syndicated from Seattle CHR KQMV, in mornings on seventh-place country WIRK. The station’s steady (4.4-4.4-4.6), while Brooke & Jubal are ninth. Hot AC WRMF’s the leader in cume (406,100).
Jacksonville showers election-time attention on Cox news/talk WOKV-AM/FM. It easily captures the #1 spot (6.5-7.2-8.9). Daypart-wise, WOKV’s #1 from 6am to 7pm, and holds on for second place at night. There was some cume growth, WOKV’s now #5 in weekly cume. Second place in age 6+ AQH share is the market’s cume leader – Renda’s AC WEJZ (9.4-9.2-8.7). Third place goes to Cox classic hits “Eagle” WJGL (9.3-8.1-8.1). Cox is also the owner of fourth-place CHR WAPE (8.6-9.1-7.9), while iHeart has fifth-place country WQIK (7.3-6.7-6.8). An off-month for iHeart’s urban AC WSOL (5.2-5.1-4.4). Contemporary Christian WMUV (Chesapeake-Portsmouth) improves 1.0-0.8-1.3.
Memphis is perfectly comfortable with last month’s top five stations, all in the same order. There’s urban AC “V101” KJMS (iHeart, 10.2-9.9-9.9), which is #1 everywhere except mornings, where it’s second. Next with a PPM-best topline is Cumulus urban AC WRBO (7.8-8.3-9.1, and now first in mornings). Third is iHeart’s urban “K97” WHRK (7.3-6.9-6.8), followed by two Entercom stations – hot AC “FM 100” WMC-FM (6.0-6.4-6.6) and AC “River” WRVR (7.1-6.3-6.1). The River is #2 in middays, but just fourteenth at night. Hanging in is iHeart’s urban AC-and-more WDIA (5.9-5.9-5.7, with a second-place ranking on weekends). Leading talk-based station is iHeart’s talk WREC (3.3-3.6-3.5). AC “104.5 the River” pulls the highest cume (366,800).
Hartford keeps CBS Radio AC “Lite” WRCH in first place (9.3-9.6-10.1). Its three winning dayparts are middays, afternoons and weekends. Rising to second is co-owned news/talk WTIC (8.3-8.9-8.1). ’TIC is #1 mornings but just eighth in afternoons with the sports-themed “Joe D. & Gresh.” Third for the week is iHeart country WWYZ (9.7-9.2-7.8), followed by variety hits sibling “105.9 the River” WHCN (7.3-7.5-7.6). The River runs second from 6am to 3pm. Fifth overall is CBS Radio’s hot AC WTIC-FM (7.0-6.9-7.2, and tied for second in afternoons). Connecticut Public Broadcasting owns “WNPR” – not NPR itself, which doesn’t hold any station licenses – and the not-for-profit news/talker swells with the election season (4.0-5.0-5.4). Looks like John Fuller’s Red Wolf is a new Nielsen subscriber. We finally get to see Red Wolf’s alternative “Radio 104” WMRQ (2.8-2.5-2.5) and the Spanish tropical format on a translator fed by WMRQ HD2 (a no-show, then a 2.4 and now a 2.2). Hartford’s cume leader is AC “Lite 100.5” WRCH (just 200 shy of 400,000 for an average week).
Make a note for Monday, December 19 – it’s the beginning of the next Nielsen PPMs for what the service calls the “December book.” We’ve just completed the 48-market tour of these November PPMs, and thanks to Futuri Media for sponsoring the four Same-Day Ratings Emails.
A translator moving out of West Virginia’s coal country to Fairmont is worth $50,000 to Jim Kail’s Laurel Highland Total Communications (LHTC). Jim’s in the midst of buying a quartet of stations from Spectrum Radio Fairmont, which includes Fairmont-licensed “Sports Talk 920” WMMN (October 21 NOW Newsletter). This purchase gives the AM a companion translator, which is moving 225 miles northeast from Williamson. W289CA’s been licensed there at 105.7, but should appear in Fairmont at 97.5, running 250 watts. Seller is Cindy Johnson-run East Kentucky Broadcasting.
Glenn Cherry files to acquire AMs in Greenville-Spartanburg and Daytona Beach which both have a history of engineering troubles. Spanish contemporary “La Jefa” WCSZ at 1070 has been on a series of STAs (Special Temporary Authorizations) to operate at reduced power. It’s normally 50,000 watts daytime/1,500 watts nighttime, licensed to Sans Souci, South Carolina. WCSZ is being sold for $25,000. The Florida AM is currently-silent WPUL South Daytona at 1590. It’s been plagued by loss of a transmitter site and then “toxic mold” at the studio. Glenn Cherry’s also paying $25,000 for WPUL, licensed for 1,000 watts daytime/32 watts at night. It’s currently held by the Julia T. Cherry Revocable Living Trust, which acquired it a few years ago from PSI Communications. Glenn Cherry had a 45% interest in PSI. WCSZ, in South Carolina’s Upstate, is being acquired by Glenn Cherry with his purchase of the Cherry Trust interest in Redemption Strategies Broadcasting, which was previously sometimes known as “Redemptive Strategies.”
Salem closes on $110,000 worth of business in Hawaii, buying a pair of translators from Vic Michael’s Kona Coast Radio. They’ll both surf from Maui to Honolulu. K239CD relicenses from Lahaina/95.7 to Honolulu/94.3, paired with Salem’s conservative talk “690 the Answer” KHRN. The former K241BZ Kihei/96.1 re-licenses to Honolulu under new call letters of K236CR, now at 95.1. Its new AM-friend is Salem’s business-talk KGU/760. Both translators will materialize in Honolulu with 250 watts of power. Broker on the sale – Jody McCoy of McCoy Media Enterprises for seller Kona Coast.
“I was young and stupid” – A “can’t use my name” NOW Reader enters the confessional to say “I was working a weekend shift at a station, one I was starting to burn out at, when the request line rang. A woman asked if she was caller #10. We weren't running a contest, so I knew this was your typical prize pig who had called the wrong station. But instead of hanging up or politely informing her of her mistake, for some really strange reason I decided to play along. I told her she not only won the concert tickets she was looking for, she also won the artist's new CD, and a station t-shirt. All she had to do was go to the station (I gave her directions to the competitor), ask for that station's PD, and tell him the somewhat profane ‘phrase that pays’ to obtain the prize. We ended the call and I thought that was that. But a few days later, my PD called me into his office and asked me about the lady who went to the other station looking for her prize. Looks like I forgot about her cellphone storing numbers that she called, so I ’fessed up. The other station's PD thought it was a funny gag. My PD didn't, since we had to give the caller what I told her she had won. I never did anything like that again.” You’re welcome to confess your own early sinful activity – okay, it might still make you smile – with an email to “You Can’t Make This Up.” The address is Tom@RTK-Media.com.
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