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Re: [ARSCLIST] Muzak is bankrupt

There's nothing quite like hearing a song/band that you listened to in your youth that seemed edgy and radical at the time, floating out of the ceiling speakers when you're shopping for pork chops at the local supermarket. I have to confess that I've sung along with a few lately. I wonder if an online service will fill the void?
Steve Koto
On Feb 11, 2009, at 3:51 PM, Cary Ginell wrote:

They were doing fine when I was working for its major competitor, AEI Music, back in the late '80s. Muzak's biggest problem was the stigma attached to its name, which basically was equated with characterless elevator music. In recent years, they were programming original artist hits for their clients rather than tepid instrumental covers of hits.

Cary Ginell

-----Original Message----- From: Schooley, John <John.Schooley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 2:44 pm Subject: [ARSCLIST] Muzak is bankrupt

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/11/muzak.bankruptcy/? iref=m

"Bankruptcy documents showed Muzak owes its largest creditor -- U.S.
Bank -- about $370 million, nearly all of it due this year."

370 million?

I remember reading an interview with the founder of Muzak in "Hard
Times", Studs Terkel's collection of Great Depression oral history.
While many of the interviewees in that book obviously had it rough in
the 30's, the Muzak guy was one of the few who was a huge success. This
company was founded in 1934 and did very well during the depression.

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