"Closely aligned" is a bit of an understatement. Howard crowed about hand-picking him to run the channels and said he was the best in the business. You'd think Howard would do whatever was necessary to keep him on board if that was true:
Howard Talks To Program Director Tim Sabean. 10/11/05. 6:05am
Howard mentioned that he has a new Program Director over at SIRIUS 100 and that is Tim Sabean. It was a surprise announcement yesterday and it shook the radio industry when they announced it yesterday. Fred played the ''WOOO HOOO'' scream that Tim did for them on the phone years ago when he had some great ratings news for them. Howard said he's really looking forward to working with Tim, who has to move up from Philly to work with them. He thinks that Tim is going to get an apartment there in New York and then go back to Philly on the weekends. Howard and Tim talked about what Infinity would do once he made the announcement. Tim thought he'd be fired while Howard didn't believe that would happen. As soon as Tim made his announcement, Joel Hollander had him escorted out of the building. Howard said that Tim has been working for Infinity for like 20 years now.
Howard had Tim on the phone a short time later and said that he's ready to go over to SIRIUS today. The two of them spent a few minutes talking about their upcoming jobs. Howard was on fire yesterday about getting things going over there. Tim said that it's been an emotional ride for him for the past few weeks. He said he spoke to the General Manager down in Philly yesterday and had to break the news to the staff at the station down there. Howard said that Kidd Chris was kind of bummed about that news because he just started down there in Philly himself. Tim said he wasn't escorted out of the building but he was asked to leave once he informed corporate that he was leaving. Tim told Howard about all of the things he was overseeing there at Infinity before he was let go.
Tim was making so much money as the program director for 100/101 he used to buy 2 iphones and 2 ipads a month because he used to leave them in the back of the cab on his way to meet "potential clients" at steakhouses