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Congratulations to R.A. Dickey. Dickey, who was a high school and college pitching phenom was  granted an  $800,000  signing bonus by the Texas Rangers. During the mandatory physical exam it was discovered he was born without an ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.  This is a problem if you are a fireballing righthander. The Rangers signed him, but for $75,000. Dickey learned to throw the unreliable knuckleball.   He went from a potential superstar, to an also ran, to a journeyman, to the first knuckleballer to win the  Cy Young Award.  Knuckleballers have been known to pitch into their 50s.  Apparently, experts have said, due to the unique structure of his arm, he could last much longer.  Will the Mets re-sign him this year or trade him?  By the way R.A. climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last winter, he put out a book called “Wherever I Wind-Up” and was featured in a documentary on the knuckleball.  Not a bad year.  Great job R.A..


The FCC is considering relaxing the rules concerning media ownership.  If approved, it will be much easier to own a TV station and a newspaper in the Top 20  media markets.  The Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed for more common ownership of radio stations within markets.  This act was the first cruel nail in the decimation of the record industry.  It also Put greedy broadcasting companies behind the 8-ball, because they paid too much for these properties.  Most of all it limited the choices of the public.  Should the FCC relax the rules about TV and newspaper ownership, it will once again limit the dissemination of differing views.  As we witnessed in the last presidential election, in general the public believes what they see on TV and read about in the newspapers.  The media outlets already have too much power.  Why give them more?  Oh that is right, we have to payback all the business leaders who helped everyone get elected last week.


If you are not yet streaming music, you soon will be.  The leaders in streaming music are Pandora and Spotify.  Apple is about to enter the fray, which will devalue its iTunes franchise.  How are we going to transfer all those mp3 files we have, once they become obsolete.  The  future is at hand.

Pandora is going to Capitol Hill with a plea to reduce the rates it pays to musicians for the use of their music.  If approved this action will take approximately $230 million out of the pockets of musicians.  That is just the tip of the ice berg.  Radio broadcast outlets  are already lining up to get their hands into the artists’ pocket.  Haven’t our musical artists suffered enough at the hands of the corporate world? 

I often wonder why so many superstars play concerts for politicians who are trying to get elected. The politicians do nothing for them.  Mr. President, instead of taking Springsteen on a plane ride to help toot your horn, why not stand up for him in Congress.  A note to any artists reading this…”Get your head out of your ass and realize these guys are not your friends”. 


At a recent New York concert, Madge did a split in a thong that gave the audience in the first couple of rows quite a view!  She apparently also mooned the audience at one point in the show.  When an audience member threw a $20 bill on the stage she said “Is that all my ass is worth?Image“.  The guy would have asked for change, but he wasn’t sure which slot it would come out!




About jimdelbalzo

As the former Senior Vice President of Promotion at Columbia Records and now founder/helmsman of the artist management company-Jim Del Balzo Entertainment, Jim has managed, consulted, and developed/executed the promotion and marketing plans for some of the planet’s most beloved musicians. He has guided the careers of artists/acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Alice In Chains, James Taylor, George Michael, Soul Asylum, and System of a Down; to name just a few. Jim also does consulting for labels and publishing companies including Columbia Records, Warner Brothers/Reprise Records, Hear Music/Starbucks, EMI Music Publishing and several other entertainment entities. Jim Del Balzo Entertainment clients include,  John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, LL Cool J, Burt Bacharach, City Sleeps, Buddahead and Since October.     Jim’s highly successful career and great service to the music industry has earned him a number of accolades and awards over the years. Namely, he was voted one of the Top 25 Most Important People in Rock Music (2000) and Promotion Executive of the Year (5 times) by Album Network—from which he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. And Clear Channel twice honored Jim with the Executive of the Year Award while Friday Morning Quarterback and Radio & Records named him Top Industry Executive 7 times combined.   Today, Jim Del Balzo takes his talent to the microphone, adding voice work to his remarkable repertoire. His promotional expertise and attuned top executive instincts-combined with his richly unique sound- delivers VO that is truly somethin’ else.   Jim Del Blazo VO.  Like nothin’ you’ve heard. Like nobody’s business.   Jim lives in Saddle River, New Jersey with his wife Mary Beth, daughters Jessica and Julia, and their two golden retrievers.


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