Howard Stern to make big bucks when contract expires

Okay, so what’s Howard Stern going to do 15 months from now, when his five-year megadeal with Sirius (now Sirius XM) Radio expires?

Stern may know. He may not. If he does, he’s not sharing yet. What Stern doesn’t have to worry about, says Michael Harrison, editor of the trade magazine Talkers, is that he won’t be in demand. He may have millions fewer listeners than he had when he was syndicated from WXRK (92.3 FM). He may not be the presence he was in the water cooler or Twitter loop.

But besides declaring himself far happier without the stress of FCC-regulated radio, he also remains a premium brand. “Stern has left the ‘relevance’ question behind,” says Harrison. “He’s a broadcast legend and a cultural icon. Even his absence is a story. He has nothing to prove. He has total freedom. The only question is what he does with it.”

In fact, says Harrison, he could do something almost no one else could do: He could become his own medium.
“He could start his own radio station – on the Internet, with multiple platforms,” says Harrison. “He could have total control, total freedom and keep all the money.” Harrison acknowledges few Internet broadcasters make any money, never mind Stern-level money. He says Stern could change that.

“The problem with ‘monetizing’ the Internet,” says Harrison, “is that almost everything there is available somewhere free. Stern would be selling something not available anywhere else – himself. “And as more and more people get their radio through the Internet, he would become more and more valuable.” Kurt Hanson, editor of the Radio And Internet Newsletter, says a Stern Internet show could work and would have a big audience upside.

“He could do a podcast [show] that people could buy or subscribe to,” says Hanson. “Then they could listen any time they wanted. With the new phone technology, it’s ridiculously easy. “Right now about 10% of the country has some device that makes receiving podcasts simple. A year from now, that number will double. If a Stern got into it, that would speed acceptance further.” Then, too, Stern could get a pile of money from satellite or free radio without taking on any management headaches.

Or none of the above. “It’s also possible he could just leave,” says Taylor. “Whatever he decides, he won’t be worried about the rent.”

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Howard Stern 9/11 Broadcast Show

The Howard Stern September 11, 2001, Broadcast. Everyone should hear this show but it can be difficult to listen to. A lot of speculation and emotion as news was breaking. The full video of the broadcast can be found here:

Video Retrospective:

9/11 Retrospective by the Stern Show

2:18:00: Gary interrupts banter about Pam Anderson to report that a plane has hit the World Trade Center. No one hints at the severity of what is to come.

2:19:00: Howard jokes about feeling like Dan Rather, imitating a news anchor throwing it to a correspondent in the field.

2:19:30: Gary wonders out loud if terrorism is a possibility.

2:21:00: Crew resumes its discussion of Pam Anderson.

2:25:00: Just eight minutes after Stern listeners were made aware of the first attack, it’s reported that a second plane has crashed into the World Trade Center. Now there is no doubt: this is terrorism.

2:28:00: An angry Stern says, “I can’t say it, but I know who it is. They’re doing it over here now.” He is certain it’s a suicide mission by Islamic fundamentalists.

2:29:00: Stern says, “We are at war. But who are we at war with?”

2:31:00: Someone on the line thinks all the “towelheads” should be “thrown out of the country.”

2:33:00: A caller interjects a bit about Pam Anderson. His statement is dismissed.

2:34:00: Stern is the first to mention the name Bin Laden. The shock jock is ahead of so many on the thinking curve this morning.

2:59:00: It’s reported that a plane has crashed into the Pentagon.

3:09:00: Stern laments that not enough has been done to stop this shit and, in the process, calls France a bunch of “fakes.”

3:11:00: Stern tells Robin that her driver is leaving and “doesn’t care how she gets home.” It’s meant to add a shred of levity. No one is really sure whether they should leave anyway. Howard thinks out loud on several occasions about whether he should still be doing the show. The general manager assures him that the show is providing a service for everyone around the country listening through syndication. It’s giving callers a chance to talk about it.

3:13:00: Wack Pack member High-Pitch Eric calls in with his reactions. I have to admit I kinda laughed. That voice, man. He always sounds panicked anyway.

3:13:30: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

3:43:00: The north tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

3:44:00: Someone asks, “What have we done to deserve this?”

4:03:00: Howard says that this is different than Vietnam, that he would enlist in a second. A caller says, “I’m right behind you.” I am reminded of a similar sentiment expressed by then Mets manager Bobby Valentine.

4:03:30: Gary wonders how he’ll explain this to his son.

In between there are erroneous reports about the planes: how many are missing, how big they are, where they left from and where they’re headed. The pieces fit now, but the audio file is a historic reminder of how long it took to glue them together, and the emotions we experienced during the mass confusion. It was, of course, the day of the unthinkable. No words on this page capture the human element of 9/11 as accurately as the audio file does.