Will Howard Stern re-sign with Sirius XM? - Orbitcast

Will Howard Stern re-sign with Sirius XM?

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Howard SternIs Howard Stern looking to retire from the world of radio when his contract with Sirius XM Radio Inc. comes to an end in 2010? The topic came up during Thursday's show.

"This is my swan song," Stern told a caller on the air.
On his show Thursday, Howard Stern expressed how he wanted to spend more time with his new wife Beth. He also has various other projects he's working on. After two more years, Stern said he thinks he's "done."

Stern pointed out that he was ready to retire after his prior contract - but, as we all know, he didn't. Instead, he signed the famous 5-year, $500 million contract with Sirius.

The question is, would such a lucrative contract be offered to renew Stern and keep him on satellite radio? Or would the company offer more flexible hours to keep the Howard Stern name on the roster?

"If I could work out a deal with Sirius where I work on my own terms, I'd think about it," Stern told producer Gary Dell'Abate.

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He actually stated that he would re-up but was done with the AM time format and if sirius let him do afternoons, such as 3 days a week--he would--I think at the end, he gets an afternoon slot and does that 4 days a week

Free up the bandwidth!!!

who cares!

The most important thing that came out of that discussion was that Stern said he would never return to terrestrial radio- despite offers being made to him. The "swan song" comment was actually in response to a question about returning to terrestrial radio. So, its kinda out of context here.

He also indicated that the best thing about sat. radio is he could work in the afternoon and it probably would still be valuable- as a repeat all day.

He will re-sign, but it will probably be for an afternoon show tuesday through thursday. As Stern also said yesterday, he isn't sure he would like not to be working. Anyone who has listened to his show at any length knows that to be the case.

Good riddance. He's laughing all the way to the bank - at the morons who listened to him all of these years. He'll be completely forgotten.

You know, i was watching the news about the auto bailout last night. I thought, what if SiriusXM went bankrupt. Letting Stern go would be equivalent of a government bailout for them.

"If I could work out a deal with Sirius where I work on my own terms, I'd think about it," Stern told producer Gary Dell'Abate."

What? One day a week? Im sure his loyal fans would still tout him as the current best.

Stern's show hasn't been funny in 12 years. Stay home with your trophy pony Howie. Just remember that if you didn't make hundreds of millions, Beth wouldn't piss on the best part of you.

I stopped listening to Stern in the past months. I'm sick of his constant vacations and bitching. I listen to other shows, like Jay Thomas.

Dump stern. We don't need him anymore.


The best thing for SAT Radio would be the removal of Melvin and his Merry band of mental midgets.

They have DESTROYED the medium with their FM lite imitation of lame repetitive playlists, and excessive DJ jibber jabber up the ass.

Their failure to listen to the SUBSCRIBERS, has cost them a successful company. Melvin, you FAILED ON THIS VENTURE.

Your "report card" is based on the share price. A BIG FAT F.

"Stern pointed out that he was ready to retire after his prior contract - but, as we all know, he didn't."

Um, looking at how may days a week HOO HOO hits the mic, I would say he's all ready retired.

IMHO, Sirius XM shouldn't offer Stern any kind of sweetheart deal. He did what he had to for Sirius, he put them on the map. Now that there is no competition in Sat Rad, and everyone knows Howard has no intention of doing regular radio, I say let him go. With as often as he is on the radio, no one will miss him.

I mean, how many times can you have Jessica Hann on? OH WOW, more strippers in studio.

It's an act that really has gotten stale...

Never listen to the schlub and don't care to.

Get rid of all the wise-cracking buttwipes who think they're entertaining and free up the bandwidth.

Then maybe they can have something worth listening to like MSNBC's "Cup of Joe" in the morning.followed by previous night shows of Keith Olberman,Rachael Madlow, & Chris Matthews

BTW,the chief programmer for Sirius/XM is asleep at the wheel and needs to go along with Mel.

They are SO locked into terra radio mindset that its pittiful.

The acquisition of Howard Stern by Sirius destroyed satellite radio. He wasn't paid 500 million dollars. It was over $700 Million.

His show has been a T-Total Flop. It has not generated the big ad money that was expected, the number of subscribers he could draw maxed out earlier than most people thought it would, and the guy got all the money.

Now, Sirius cannot possibly pay him enough money to hold his interest. $20M/year means nothing to him, in fact, would be a total embarrassment -- an admission of failure.

He's going to take the money [from the first contract] and run like hell. And Sirius comes away with not one thing of value remaining (at least when Nolan Ryan quit pitching, he was still a marketing spokesman for the Rangers; Stern is likely to leave and start bashing the company shortly thereafter).

Those who argued Stern was good for satellite radio (almost everyone) obviously have turned out to be wrong, wrong, wrong. He was a disaster, and they have a 15 cent share price to prove it.

Hell they pay (insert big name non-radio celebrity) huge money to barely do anything. Why wouldn't they let Stern cut back his schedule and still get paid. Love him or hate him he has big name appeal and a huge following.

If Sirius is smart (that's debatable these days) they'll re-sign Bubba The Love Sponge then Bubba and Howard basically trade shifts.

tell em Fred...WhOOOooooWhooooo!

So, his old contract was what? 5 years for $500 million, as an investor, I'd say we "Sirius Xm" shouldn't pay him anymore money. Yes, the guy has done wonders for the company, but seriously, how much money do you need. He has more than enough money to live a life of luxary for the rest of his life.

Obviously you do or you wouldn't have commented no less read the post.

Sat radio will die without Howard Stern.

was his pay also include stock so is the value of his pay really 500-700m? i would imagine some were restricted where he could not sell right away?

give it to the kid ... Kidd Chris that is ...

Stern is the main reason satellite radio grew. Not Oprah, not Martha and certainly not Oral & Anal. Sirius went from 600,000 to over 7 million while XM growth was nominal despite have the great talents of Oral & Anal.

Stern could work only two days and still garner more listernship than the wannabees O & A or that washed up loser Ron n Fez. I remember when Stern went to Orlando and pretty much overnight crushed Ron & Ron. Bennington has been a bitter bitch ever since.

If Stern is so bad then why does everyone talk about him? Sounds like there are a lot of jealous, bitter losers out there that will never leave their fryer station or their mommies basement.Sirius/XM problems are not a result of Stern but that of the corrupt FCC, NAB and Clear Channel.

Oral & Anal can't do jack in regular radio despite the fact the greatest morning show left. They can't even cut it on Stern's old station. What were their ratings? Imus has better ratings. Now that's funny.

Howard is the one who proved to the world that Sat radio was a real possiblity. Look how many road blocks the terrestial radio companies have tried to put in the way. If XM and Siruis can really merge then it will be a storng viable company. Howard has helped it grow subs, myself included. Howard in the PM would be just fine with me.

Your so right Ned,Howard is the king. But the shitty dicks always have to post a comment on a Stern thread. Even if Sirius does fold, It's not on Howard. He has done his job for Sirius(xm) and then some. I love Sirius(xm), but I can't see life for Sirius(xm) after Howard. NFL, Martha and music, will not hold his fan's. The best of XM are you kidding me! I'm not paying four bucks for that shit. I have Direct Tv for all my sports( NFL, NHL and baseball),so what's left?. By the way, I will not be renewing, due to the Bubba situation. I will most likely be back, next year. I'm just letting management know how pissed I am for fucking with Howard101.

Ned = fag

"Stern is the main reason satellite radio grew. Not Oprah, not Martha and certainly not Oral & Anal. Sirius went from 600,000 to over 7 million while XM growth was nominal despite have the great talents of Oral & Anal"

haha, Oral and Anal...hahaha I get it, you were making a funny...hahaha...I'm pissing myself over here because of the funny.

so subscriber #600,001 to 7 millionth subscriber all signed because of Stern? does Howard and his sheep of listeners really think that he is the reason for ALL of those subscribers?

--Stern is the main reason satellite radio grew.--

Satellite radio obviously didn't grow, or there would still be more than one company now. Quit apologizing for Melvin and Howard...the war's over. You can directly blame the expense of Hoo Hoo's contract and Mel's greed for the completely botched merger and the lay-offs that followed. Those lost jobs and tinny-sounding merged channels rest squarely on their heads. What was once a promising technology has been completely trashed by an old hack morning zoo DJ and some soul-less liver-spotted corporate suit. Anyone who wants to dispute this point is wasting his time.

As far as Howie crushing O&A or Ron and Fez...give it up. Even when he's not taking 200 days off a year he couldn't function without a team of writers telling him what to say and you know it. As it is in music, TV, and movies, the mediocre always rise to the top because the majority of consumers are idiots. The relative success of Jamie Foxx's Foxxhole, Blue Collar Radio, and the NASCAR channel are evidence of this as well. Howard is simply giving his audience what they want...it's just unfortunate that his audience is full of toothless immature backwoods retards. Fart jokes and phone pranks may be funny when you're 10, but not when you're 55. Enjoy your retirement, old man.

Ron and Fez, noon to three (nine to noon pacific).

Right on target.

Once Howard leaves...You'll see 100x more cancellations than any music channel merge has or will ever produce.

No doubt Stern got bunch of subscribers for SIRI but not 9 mil subscribers for XM. He was never on XM when 9mil came onboard with XM. I think if you look at it, less than 25% SIRIANS listen to him. Thats a lot of money to pay to keep 10% of todays total SATRAD(SIRI+XM) subscribers. By now these 10% are already hooked up with SATRAD. They can live witout Stern. We have paid him more than $700mil with bonuses for his contract. Do the math, we will save more than 125mil/yr cuz of stern. There is nothing wrong if we lose $5-10 mil/yr cuz of Stern. He is too old anyways. He was out of public eyes for 5 yrs. New generations probalby dont care for him and wont bother listeneing to him. His shows are not like they used to be when he was with regular radio. Mel, me as a investor and Stern listner, Please remove Stern when his contract is up. Not worth it.

And, I can manage listening to his replays for 6 months to a year until I forget about him. Save money and get rid of Stern and his gang.

How many of you 'BASHERS' are NABBIES? Oral & Anal, now that is a good one. We need more clean humor on this show.

Howard's so irrelevant, people are tripping over each other to comment on this story first? Um, OK...

Howard saying he might quit in 2 years made 10x more headlines than Dopie and HVACthony actually getting a contract. Of course, their FM failures keep making news. What's the count now - 22 stations lost?

XM would have been okay possibly without this merger. More so than Sirius anyway.

I favor 0.0, but have given Howard a solid listen since I picked up the Best of SIRI. Honestly, there's no entertainment value there. In the roughly 100 (hoo-hoo) hours I have listened, about 95 have involved the following topics:

Howard's wedding
[fill in the blank's] reaction to Howard's wedding
why [fill-in the blank] is] back-stabbing [fill-in the blank]
Talking about the above three twpo houors after the discussion occurred.

Artie Lange is a funny guy, but not on that show.

...and, he helped during the merge, how?

I never saw Howard in DC infront of the FCC. He didn't help one bit!

In the past, he would have been in the public eye, bringing attention to the issue.

He sucks. He is a big wuss loser and had no balls during the FCC/DOJ stall game. He is living very well with all your money, and it's my belief that Mel didn't let him out of his cage (studio), and that Howard behaved like a good dog.

Sit boo boo, sit. (you BIG WUSS! get lost.)

Now I will Make up a name. That sounds like I asked my 3year old. hahaha


Sterns old. He won't be doing radio in his grave.


Wow every point you just made are complete falsehoods. Are you blinded by your loyalties to a millionare who wouldn't help you in your biggest hour of need? At the time of the merger Xm was the bigger, better company. The only difference was Sirius's Market Cap. XM had better programing, technology & business plan. You also have wrong your comments on Opie & Anthony who are #1 in all male demo's at K-Rock & have a larger SatRad listenership then Stern & BTLS. The SatRad rattings that are always talked about where Stern is 1 & BTLS is 2 were takin when O&A were suspended for an entire month from XM. I just wish that XM would release there internal numbers that prove this As factual. You can bet that Mel will never lets these ratings come to light for fear of upsetting your 75 year old golden boy Stern...

XM/SIRIUS will be fine without Stern. XM had 9 mil subscribers without Stern prior to Merger. We used Stern to put Sirius on the SATRAD map and we were sucessful. We dont need Stern anymore. As a Stern listner he is getting old and he is not what he used to be. New generation wants someone younger. Take him out and save the millions please. Good Bye Stern! Please retire.

The merger hurt XM and is hurting XM. Allot of people lost there jobs at XM, and how many at Serious? I say dont re-sign Stern and save the money for other things. i used to listen to sternn like 4 years ago but now i listen to O and A for me. They have good FM radio ratings to. CBS and Citadel are going to lose ratings on all the stations that have dropped them. Bad move and they are bringing listeners to XM because they allways say for more get XM for 2 mor hours live and unsentsored of O&A XM now heard on both.
O&A 6-11

No one is worth that kind of money. For god sakes hand that looser a football for that kind of money and let 12 men make him earn it.
I say kick him to the curb and find some new faces.
There are plenty of terrestrial radio stars that could do as much for Sirius as Howard for a lot less money. Look at something like Bob and TOM. Those boys are coast to coast and their pay checks aren’t that fat. They even come up with new material on a daily basis. How convenient would that be for their listeners if you could actually listen to their show all the way down the interstate?
I’m not saying it has to be them but try something new that isn’t making my investment take a dump. I am sure you could get more that one face for his money and pick up more listeners as a consultation prize.
It’s too bad the morons running radio don’t listen to what they sell or ask what their customers want to hear.

So long faggot! Take your billions and go destroy some other form of media. Howard's a washed up old piece of shit. First Bubba, now Howard, so long shit-dicks.

I am a long time Stern fan; he's the reason I got Sirius almost 3 years ago. It has gotten to the point where he seems to be on vacation more than he is on the air. I still laugh my ass off every so often, and I find the repartee to be quite amusing.

The main attraction I have for satellite radio is, and always will be the music. It kills me when the programmers start to cut corners. When the music is compromised to the point where subscribers start making comparisons to AM/FM, it makes me wonder what kind of vision management has for this technology. People who love music, who really listen to it, are a dying breed I'm afraid to say. I think young people, especially, are so addicted to their fucking cell phones that they have precious little time for something as frivolous as listening to good music. It is so sad and pathetic to see the human race becoming less human right before my eyes.

Howard Stern is going to do what pleases him, and I don't think he has any REAL loyalty to the company. He won't help promote satellite; then again he has his hundreds of millions, a hot young piece of ass wife, and less motivation to prove anything at this stage of his career.
If I had what he has, I might have the same attitude. Who knows?

What is funny if Howard is not? You people are so quick to criticize. Howards show is still great--and he is still the most entertaining broadcaster out there.

Who is better? Who has a better show?

Never again in the HISTORY of radio or probably any other medium will there be a person as innovative, original and hilarious as Howard. Never happen. The man is a living legend and an icon.

Ha, ha ha! So many XM whiners, so little brain cells. Please cancel, stop replying to Howard Stern news, oh, and go fuck yourselves.

Anyone who thinks Stern is overpaid is living in a dream world. When Sirius signed the deal with Stern they had 600,000 subscribers. After Stern went to work Sirius consistently outsold XM and - with his fans on board - got big enough to acquire their (still slightly) larger rival, XM. Back in the pre-Stern days people at Sirius were wondering if they'd survive. After he started the subscriber numbers jumped up. If you do the math Stern was well worth the money. He earned it all back in subscriber fees - and then some. Maybe you don't like him - but you can't say he didn't hold up his end of the bargain.

Howard is leaving because hev knows there is no money to pay him what he expects. To be honest,Howard is not worth the money he is being paid. I am a long time listener and it is clear that the more money he makes the less he personally does. Howard used to do all his own bits. This never happens anymore. It's time for him to get out.

XM/SIRIUS will be fine without Stern. XM had 9 mil subscribers without Stern prior to Merger. We used Stern to put Sirius on the SATRAD map and we were sucessful. We dont need Stern anymore. As a Stern listner he is getting old and he is not what he used to be. New generation wants someone younger. Take him out and save the millions please. Good Bye Stern! Please retire.

HS may have saved Sirius but the fact is that the Sirius platform suffered because so many subs were listening to him and his channels that it left little for the rest of the lineup.

XM's sub base on the other hand was far more evenly distributed across the platform. XM's subs didn't flock to the service because of one guy and park their ears with him, leaving little else to all of the other channels. This fact plus XM always having had more subs than Sirius illustrates clearly that XM was the healthier operation as a whole.

Howard delivered salvation to the dog but pity the people working on all of the other Sirius channels because a lopsided percentage of the subs came for him, period. At Sirius, the company revolved(s) around Howard.

O&A fans(the whole 8 of them) are such well trained scripted zombies

as soon as a Stern article is posted,they whip out the script and post

1)"hoo hoo used to be funny"

2)"tell em fred!"

3)"vacations blah blah blah"

call me naive,but the only O&A articles i ever see is them being dropped in market after market

think about it,in about a 2yr time period they were handed on a silver platter all of howards old stations(about 20) and failed at every large market out there!what are they down to 3 or 4 now?

guess id talk about Stern to if i was a O&a fan to mask the colossal FAIL "The fastest growing radio program in the Country" has accomplished

that it all! as the great william shatner said in his infamous SNL Star Trek skit

"get a life!its only a show!have you ever even kissed a girl?"

"hoo hoo"

oh and

Ron(who?)& Fez(who?) noon - 3 on the the whogivesashit channel

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I enjoyed Stern more on FM, even though it's technically easier to listen to him now. He's more an addiction now, like smoking, than a source of enjoyment, moreso when compared to Jay Thomas, O&A, Ron & Fez, and the other talk and music channels that still make XM worth it. I've recorded his shows for years, and have started to convert some of his FM shows to digital, so they're easier to listen to. Stern's golden years are definitely over, but at least I can relive them. I have 3 subs now, one dedicated to recording the daily Stern show. I'll probably just keep 2 if he leaves the air, one in the home and one in the car. There's so much enjoyable content now, you don't really need Stern to justify the cost - I'll just appreciate Jay, Opie, Fez, and even O'Reilly and the others that much more, plus my Stern tapes and mp3 files.

I enjoyed Stern more on FM, even though it's technically easier to listen to him now. He's more an addiction now, like smoking, than a source of enjoyment, moreso when compared to Jay Thomas, O&A, Ron & Fez, and the other talk and music channels that still make XM worth it. I've recorded his shows for years, and have started to convert some of his FM shows to digital, so they're easier to listen to. Stern's golden years are definitely over, but at least I can relive them. I have 3 subs now, one dedicated to recording the daily Stern show. I'll probably just keep 2 if he leaves the air, one in the home and one in the car. There's so much enjoyable content now, you don't really need Stern to justify the cost - I'll just appreciate Jay, Opie, Fez, and even O'Reilly and the others that much more, plus my Stern tapes and mp3 files.

Say it isn't so Howard!

LOL
fuck stern he's part of the reason sirius is broke dump his ass he looks like a meth head and if i wanted to hear a guy with a childs mouth ide go to the play ground at the scool down the street and get better entainment or out here in la i can listen to the tom lykis show for free :) i love the music channels and comedy channels and the weather and traffic channels and the fact that i can listen to what i want and when i want pick from any brand of music and i dont hear 2 hrs of ads and the same fucking 20 songs on repeat

It doesn't matter as long as we have Howard's voice beaming off the satellites. I think that Howard can work any number of days a week, SIRIUS HAS 20 YEARS OF HOWARD STERN'S FM SHOW IN THE ARCHIVES.
And all the Great programs on Howard 100 and Howard 101 , It turn a single radio show to A whole way of life Howard

It's Up to you Howard but remember the fans have been there for you from the start and got you to where you are and what your are today!!

It funny that you say that Howard didn't bring listeners. It came out last week that 38 million listen to satellite. 30 million listen to Stern.
600,000 to 38 million.

Face the facts Howard made satellite. Oh and it SiriusXM not XMSirius. Wonder why.

all these dipshits hating on howard but yet still took the time to look up to see if he would be renewing his contract.