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Cumulus Media, owner of 11 midstate radio stations, files for bankruptcy

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Debt-ridden Cumulus Media, the owner of 11 midstate radio stations, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday.

The Atlanta-based company, the nation's No. 2 radio broadcasting company, made the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Cumulus said it has entered into a restructuring agreement with certain of its lenders to reduce more than $1 billion in debt.

The company said it does not expect any disruption in operations, programming and sales during the restructuring process. And officials do not intend to seek debtor-in-possession financing.

"Over the last two years, we have focused on implementing a business turnaround to reverse the company’s multi-year ratings, revenue and EBITDA declines, create a culture that fosters motivated and engaged employees, and build an operational foundation to support the kind of performance we believe Cumulus is capable of delivering," said Mary Berner, the company's president and CEO. "However, as we have noted consistently, the debt overhang left by previous years of underperformance remains a significant financial challenge that we must overcome for our operational turnaround to proceed."

Cumulus reaches 245 million people each week through its 446 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets.

The company owns seven FM stations and four AM stations in Central Pennsylvania.

IHeartMedia is the largest owner of U.S. radio stations. It has been struggling to address its debt load outside of bankruptcy court.

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Chris December 2, 2017 7:35 pm

Love my SiriusXM! "Local" radio deserves this!

Kurt December 2, 2017 6:51 am

I have seen "LOCAL" radio in a swirl down the toilet as the years went by. Local TALK is nothing but a few calls in between long and boring commercials. Most of the LOCAL Talk has been replaced by National Shows and have nothing to do with the local issues. If you need NATIONAL takes on news... go to the TV...it is belt fed all day long.

Right now... many of these stations are run by computers and are nothing more than Infomercials... end to end to end. I understand there is a need for income from advertisers but... one hour of radio seems 45 min. of advertisements, thus I have gravitated to other sources. Sometimes we reach for that "Brass Ring" and find that we ended up with a fist full of mad hornets... Maybe this is just another entity that has to nurse the pain and swelling.

Kurt December 2, 2017 6:50 am

I have seen "LOCAL" radio in a swirl down the toilet as the years went by. Local TALK is nothing but a few calls in between long and boring commercials. Most of the LOCAL Talk has been replaced by National Shows and have nothing to do with the local issues. If you need NATIONAL takes on news... go to the TV...it is belt fed all day long.

Right now... many of these stations are run by computers and are nothing more than Infomercials... end to end to end. I understand there is a need for income from advertisers but... one hour of radio seems 45 min. of advertisements, thus I have gravitated to other sources. Sometimes we reach for that "Brass Ring" and find that we ended up with a fist full of mad hornets... Maybe this is just another entity that has to nurse the pain and swelling.

Todd November 30, 2017 11:53 am

Commercial radio is just awful anymore. Same music over and over, ridiculously long commercial breaks and lack of radio interaction with the local communities. Makes this business model weak, if not obsolete.

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