Can SiriusXM Survive Without Howard Stern?

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  1. Nemo

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    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...m-contract-doubts-come-amid-upheaval-in-radio

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    by Felix Gillette


    The satellite radio service wants to keep Stern, but faces a possible future without its top talent behind the mic
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    One day last summer, Howard Stern ripped into his bosses at SiriusXM on his morning radio show. He accused them of gamesmanship, of treating him like a common employee, of disrespecting his talent. “Whenever you f--- with me, I will f--- with you worse,” he said. “I always win.”

    Explaining why he was so livid, Stern told his listeners that his bosses had recently asked him if he’d like to move the start of his show an hour later, to 7 a.m. That way everybody would get an extra hour of sleep. It seemed like a generous offer; Stern thought it over and accepted. It was then, he said, that management balked, insisting he’d misunderstood. He could start his show at 7 a.m., they informed him, if and when he renewed his contract with Sirius XM Holdings, which is set to expire in December 2015. Stern said he was enraged by what he felt was a strategic bait-and-switch. (A spokesperson for SiriusXM declined to comment.) For the next several minutes, he vented. “It’s not even clear to me who works for who,” Stern said. “I’m pretty sure if I left, it would be very bad for the company.”

    Stern is 61 years old. For 40 years he’s been rising before dawn to entertain and titillate drive-time commuters with a kaleidoscopic, screwball performance that’s teeming with anxiety, misfits, satire, celebrities, profanity, pranks, and porn stars. He’s the top rainmaker in American radio, capable of generating hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenue for whomever employs him and his entourage of baroque sideshow performers known as the Wack Pack. Since 2005, Stern’s show has appeared on SiriusXM, the nation’s sole satellite radio service, which charges subscribers for access to some 175 channels of curated music, live sports, and talk shows. (The price typically ranges from $9.99 to $18.99 a month.) He anchors four hours of morning radio three days a week. Repeats of his shows and highlights from his extensive archives air constantly on two dedicated Howard Stern channels.............................................................................

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    Are they kidding?:haha:
     
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    he takes the gayest pictures
     
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    Send him packing . Any 1 can be replaced. He is 61 so what do they keep him till hes 90:oldspazz:
     
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    Yet another article written by a Buchwald crony.
     
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    The Bloomberg writer forgot one thing. Howard Stern lies about everything.
     
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    The question should be. "Can SiriusXM survive at all?" Everything on satellite is available elsewhere. Usually for less than a subscription to SXM. News, sports, talk, entertainment and even commercial free music. What's the point of satellite radio?
     
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    “It’s not even clear to me who works for who,”
    That's because you're a narcissistic asshole, Howard. YOU ARE THE EMPLOYEE.
     
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    Ladies and Gentleman, Felix Gillette...


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    Boot his ass with steel tipped boots
     
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    Aren't they surviving without him already?
     
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    .............On message boards, Stern’s fans are tossing out ideas. He should move to the Internet. Or sign with Apple. Or start a podcast. The breakout popularity of Serial, a 12-episode podcast from the makers of This American Life, inspired more than one trend spotter to declare 2015 “the year of the podcast.” In February a caller asked Stern what he thought of the medium. “It’s stupid. It’s a waste of time,” he said. “If you want to be in radio, forget a podcast. Podcasts are for losers.”...................
     
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    .........Jim Meyer, chief executive officer of SiriusXM, seems determined not to give Stern fodder for on-air umbrage. A native of Indiana, Meyer, 60, speaks with a slight Midwestern accent and favors metaphors involving the Indianapolis Colts. On a Thursday morning in mid-February, sitting in a conference room at SiriusXM headquarters in Manhattan, Meyer says he “loves” Stern, is a “huge Howard fan,” thinks “his interviews are the best,” and the “show has never been better.” If he had his druthers, he says, he wouldn’t wait until December. He’d renew Stern’s deal right now—that is, if they could agree on the right price. “I want Howard Stern for as long as Howard Stern wants to work,” Meyer says while a public-relations person records the interview. “I’m only willing to pay so much. I know what that number is. But even if I was in an al-Qaeda death camp, no one is going to know what that number is but me.”..................
     
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    Fixed it:

    "For 35 years he[’s been rising] had been rising before dawn to entertain and titillate drive-time commuters with a kaleidoscopic, screwball performance that[’s] used to be teeming with anxiety, misfits, satire, celebrities, profanity, pranks, and porn stars. For the last 5 years, the only anxiety can be found in his audience hoping for some of the entertainment of the good old days, with misfits, satire, profanity, pranks and porn stars gone and replaced with AGT discussions, kitten rescue talk, rehashed and staged phony phone calls and an occasional celebrity interview."
     
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    .............After spending much of his career working as an executive at consumer electronics companies, including Thomson, Meyer joined Sirius in 2004 as president of sales and operations. A few years later, as the economy descended into recession and sales of new cars equipped with satellite radio slowed, John Malone’s Liberty Media helped the faltering SiriusXM stave off bankruptcy with a $530 million loan, becoming its largest shareholder. In 2012 then-CEO Mel Karmazin, a brash New Yorker with a decades-long and, for the most part, warm relationship with Stern, announced he was resigning amid clashes with Liberty. After an interim trial period, Meyer took over in 2013 as CEO......................
     
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    ...........In 2010, the last time Stern’s contract was up for renewal, a SiriusXM executive suggested at a media conference that Stern might have to take a pay cut. At the time the company was shelling out a reported $100 million a year for his show. Stern proceeded to reveal the executive’s salary on-air and demanded to know when he was taking a pay cut. At the end of 2010, Stern signed a five-year extension with SiriusXM. The following year he filed a civil lawsuit against it, alleging that the company he had “put on the map” had failed to pay him stock awards tied to hitting subscriber targets. Lawyers for SiriusXM denied the claims, and the suit was eventually dismissed.......................
     
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    .........Meyer is betting that Stern’s love of radio will outweigh his impulse to clash with the company. “What I’m hoping is that’s a hard drug to give up,” says Meyer. “I’m hoping for the roar of the crowd. Why is Peyton Manning maybe going to play another year? It’s not the money.”..................
     
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    Move the remaining shows to midnight.

    No one except the kittens will know the difference.

    And Beth can stay out all night.
     
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    Can SiriusXM survive? Who cares? The question is: can humanity survive? :artiejj:
     
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