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Stern to Retire?


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#1 OFFLINE   Dolly

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 06:00 PM

As if Sirius XM doesn't have enough problems Stern is hinting according to reports I have read that he is going to retire when his contract expires.

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#2 OFFLINE   Ken S

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 09:30 PM

As if Sirius XM doesn't have enough problems Stern is hinting according to reports I have read that he is going to retire when his contract expires.


Howard has been saying that for twenty years. It's certainly very bad news if he really does it this time...but I got a feeling he'll stay around...maybe just with less shows.

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 11:25 AM

I believe it's his way of negotiating a contract... He just says look I'm going to retire and be done with it. Unless they pay him what he wants then he stays. It's the no fuss approach.

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 12:29 PM

You guys could be right, but IMO Stern has at this point done all their is for him to do, and he knows it. For good or bad, he's extended the limits of what a DJ and radio talk show host can do, but there really isn't anywhere else for him to go anymore. He's made his mark, and made his money, but it still young enough to enjoy it for a while, so it would be a great time for him to retire.

If he did, I'm sure he would do the random gig and stay in the spotlight for years to come, but he wouldn't have to come into work every day like he does now.

Besides, I think everyone will agree that sat radio has been a huge mess, and has turned a lot of people off. Even though Stern has arguably been the top host draw on sat radio, it's still a fraction of the listener base he had on terrestrial radio. And with the recent problems with XM and Sirius, there are going to be a lot of canceled subscriptions and angry subscribers who won't ever give sat radio another chance.

For those reasons, I think the chance of Stern retiring from a daily radio show are pretty good.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 10:39 AM

If only he would retire....
Maybe Sirius could lower their fees. I hate that a part of my subscription cost goes toward paying this moron.
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 10:58 AM

There is a "mostly music" package for both XM and Sirius, $9.99
http://www.xmradio.c...schoice&tier=MM
http://www.sirius.co...KG_MM&catid=all

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 02:27 PM

If only he would retire....
Maybe Sirius could lower their fees. I hate that a part of my subscription cost goes toward paying this moron.

I totally agree with you about Stern being a "moron", but other people don't. Say what you will about Stern, but he got Sirius a lot of subs and I'm sure some XM subs got the "Best of" just to get Stern :rolleyes:

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 02:28 PM

There is a "mostly music" package for both XM and Sirius, $9.99
http://www.xmradio.c...schoice&tier=MM
http://www.sirius.co...KG_MM&catid=all

Thank you so much for this information :sunsmile:

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 05:55 PM

If only he would retire....
Maybe Sirius could lower their fees. I hate that a part of my subscription cost goes toward paying this moron.


How much was Sirius before Stern? Same as it was after...Stern has helped to keep rates from increasing. At 1,000,000 listeners he was at break even for Sirius...I'd say he's done several times that. Actually, without Stern there's a real good shot there wouldn't be a Sirius today.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 11:57 AM

You're not paying for Stern. His compensation was in *stock*. Like the rest of us stockholders, the value of said stock is down over 95%.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 12:59 PM

Howard Stern,he's so in love with himself.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:36 PM

I liked his movie. I tried watching him on E awhile back. Then I tried listening to him when he was added to Sirius. I'm not offended by much and he does not offend me at all, but his show seemed to be a lot of, "show me your boobs." For me as a listener at least, I didn't laugh and wasn't entertained. I remember a show where he had some American Idol singer on there. All I remember from her name was "Star." He kept trying to talk her into stripping or flashing him or something. Boring.

I used to listen to The Don & Mike Show on the FM dial and liked their show much better. After the Janet incident with the new FCC regulations, Don & Mike became pretty boring as well.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:47 PM

You're not paying for Stern. His compensation was in *stock*. Like the rest of us stockholders, the value of said stock is down over 95%.

Are you kidding me :eek2: May be that is the real reason he is thinking of retiring :lol:

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 07:18 PM

You're not paying for Stern. His compensation was in *stock*. Like the rest of us stockholders, the value of said stock is down over 95%.


Stern's primary compensation is in cash not in stock, the exception being the one time performance bonuses that he got in 2006 over and above the compensation provided for under the "$500 million for 5 years" part of the deal,

Additionally Stern didn't just get a lump sum for the whole deal when he started.... he continues to get paid as he continues to perform on his contract, so saying that his compensation was in either stock or cash would be wrong either way. Even if his deal was to be paid in stock, these days Sirius would have to give him 40 times more shares of stock each month that they would have had to give him back in the days of it's better valuation, since it's unlikely that either Stern or Sirius would agree to a deal primarily based on the unknown value of SIRI stock 5 years into the future instead of a fixed dollar amount each year of the contract.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:46 AM

I liked his movie. I tried watching him on E awhile back. Then I tried listening to him when he was added to Sirius. I'm not offended by much and he does not offend me at all, but his show seemed to be a lot of, "show me your boobs." For me as a listener at least, I didn't laugh and wasn't entertained. I remember a show where he had some American Idol singer on there. All I remember from her name was "Star." He kept trying to talk her into stripping or flashing him or something. Boring.

I used to listen to The Don & Mike Show on the FM dial and liked their show much better. After the Janet incident with the new FCC regulations, Don & Mike became pretty boring as well.



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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:07 AM

I don't think he'll retire yet. He's a workaholic and probably wouldn't know what to do if he wasn't on the radio. I say he'll renew his contract at least once more, assuming Sirius is around that long.

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 12:12 PM

i hope he renews


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Posted 06 February 2009 - 11:37 AM

If Stern were to retire, who's listening? Expenses would probably be higher than the profits. Does anyone know why Stern doesn't sell his shows to other outlets, like an audiobook on itunes? Opie & Anthony do it and I have no problem paying for the show and listening to it when I want to.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:45 PM

Stern does sell his show to On Demand TV.

As for who's listening...only a large majority of the Sirius subscriber base.

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 07:18 AM

As for who's listening...only a large majority of the Sirius subscriber base.

Actually, I doubt that very much. Myself, I never listened to him beyond a week after he was hired when I had Sirius. I saw nothing funny or worthwhile about his program. I'd rather listen to some good punk music on Underground Garage. ;)
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