In response to the latest round of megamerger deals, Southfield, Mich.- based Franklin Bank has launched a series of radio advertisements that take humorous jabs at its larger competitors.

The ads, airing on four Detroit-area radio stations, feature a character who sounds like George C. Scott in "Patton" describing how the region is being "attacked" by big banks from the east, south, and west. His "war strategy" recommends that customers seek shelter from the mergers by switching to Franklin.

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