November 6, 2015
Gavin McInnes: The Anthony Cumia Network — An Apology-Free Zone
Gavin McInnes writes:
The Anthony Cumia Show cashed in on the First Amendment and quickly grew to become the Anthony Cumia Network. They were mirroring the business model of pioneers such as Adam Carolla, who built what he calls his own “pirate ship” where he hosts a number of shows and is beholden to no one. This is what’s happening now. Followers have been monetized and the infrastructure to reach them is cheap. Broadcasters can no longer lord over us their ability to get our message out. Artie Lange is doing it. Steven Crowder makes a fortune hosting videos and podcasts on his own website. The infrastructure barely dents his net. I’m told Joe Rogan gets over 11 million listeners to his podcast (he insists it’s more). A good night for Anderson Cooper is 120,000. The market can only sustain this kind of imbalance for so long. Geriatrics still watch TV, but 18–24s watch it 32% less than they did five years ago. This is because they’re online instead. (…)
The network will take any show that is interesting and/or funny, but it refuses to hire anyone who has ever apologized.