Did howie really save sirius ?

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  1. SternsEgo

    SternsEgo Well-Known Member

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    Anyone actually know how many people signed over to sirius when howie announced the move ? The number I heard was 7 million.

    Also didn't the merger happen cause both companies were doing poorly ?
     
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    Shithead Well-Known Member

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    20 mil. according to him and he never lies

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    Stiv Bators Well-Known Member

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    I would have never signed up if not for him.

    I believe he really did.
     
  4. Quedee

    Quedee Wise Ass Extraordinaire

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    Both companies had "potential". Howard tapped into that potential and saved both. He is amazing.
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    Ta Ta Toothy Well-Known Member

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    I signed up because of him. I also cancelled because of him. He didn't save shit.
     
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    reno VIP Extreme Gold

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    Just like he saved AGT.
     
  7. RONNIE THE CLAW

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    I enthusiastically signed up only because of that dickwad and it was downhill ever since. His numbers vary according to the dates. When he first started at SIRIUS his numbers were something like 4 million "new subscribers" and then they started estimating that each subscription carries with it 2-3 additional people that also listen to the broadcast which automatically triple the numbers.
     
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    Drove 90 minutes in a snow storm to the states for the radio,so I did it for him.
     
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    As the last man standing, with the most toys, Howard has become the writer of history on that subject...

    ...now if a 'something' were to occur that ended 'satellite radio' our world would continue spinning as if nothing happened.
     
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    As much as I hate Howard he really did help them out a lot by bringing several 100,000 people over quickly.

    So funny how he made me love and support him and pay for radio and now I realize he is just an unfunny piece of shit.
     
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    Covino and Rich save the company.
     
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    HypocriteHowie Well-Known Member

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    They got my 15 bucks a month because of him, now they get my $5 a month in spite of him.
     
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    He did. We have to remember that the show really was awesome then, so he deserved the recognition. But he fucked it all up.
     
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    Yes he drove many of us to Sirius and helped them drive up their subs and stock price, and enabled them to buy XM. But consolidation was destined to happen. If he was really a savior he would have created a viable new medium. He didn't.

    His loyal followers (me included back then) would have put tin foil on our heads to listen to the show back then. That's not creating or saving anything.

    as others have said - just like the editing of the "tapes" - he is rewriting history.

    BTW - satellite is dead in five years. Replaced by Internet in cars - and that will happen even if Howie stays on Sirius
     
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    XM subscribers went up at the same pace due to deals with the car companies. I've seen it posted here that stern was responsible for approximately 1 million subscribers. That was then. Now on-demand cancels Howard tv and thanks his loyal "thousands of fans", and those subs were only $6 a month.
     
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    I bought 35 radios for my family and 68 subscriptions.
     
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    Him signing the deal ultimately got me over to Sirius, but to be fair, I had been thinking about going as early as 2002 or 2003. He did seal the deal for me. I had a real belief in my mind that going there would be some kind of epiphany for all of us and we'd be able to hear real discussion the way happens when real humans talk.

    And yes, we get to hear "fuck" and "cunt" and "cocksucker" all the time.

    Great.

    I stopped caring after a while because I realized that with Hamptons Howie the laugh was in how we all tiptoed around the actual matter at hand without saying what it REALLY was. Mentally, we were all reverting back to when we were 12 and HAD to talk like that. And not to get too philosophical or deep, but it really kept us young at heart. For all the filthy shit we were hearing (but not) we got to be creative and smart and childish and still know he was talking about a woman's pussy.

    That and, of course, the ratings book kept him working very hard because I do think it is a hard job to do the whole "show me don't tell me" thing. My ass hole hog of a language arts teacher kept saying that shit EVERY GOD DAMN DAY in 7th grade. I hated her, but I think it's one of the most valuable things I ever learned from any of my teachers in school. Howard did that.

    Then he went to Sirius.

    Next was the Hamptons.

    For every subscriber he brought, I'm curious to see how many actually stay or are still around in January 2016 after 10 years of Sirius.
     
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    Idk that he saved it, but he definitely helped. I believe about 2 million signed up when he came over. At $15 per month, that's $30 million per month. However, I can't imagine that many of those initial customers are staying for Howard. I WAS staying and paying for Howard (and Opie and Jimmy) but without a call or email, they cut my account off. So now I just make up a new email address each month and get the app for free. Fuck SXM.
     
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    He helped legitimize satellite radio as a medium, particularly for other talent/djs, but I think Sirius and XM were gonna explode in popularity when they did anyway. Of course now we see it was all for naught as it was mostly just a fad. In a few years we'll look at satellite radio the same as 8 track and cassette tapes.
     
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