Howard Stern is the World’s Highest Paid Radio Host

Forbes revealed its list of the highest paid celebrities in 2016. Taylor Swift took the number one spot with a sizable $170 million.


Controversial radio host Howard Stern took the 7th overall spot with $85 million. Howard signed a new five-year deal with SiriusXM Radio at the end of 2015 but dropped two spots in the Forbes rankings from the previous year suggesting he took a pay decrease. Forbes had listed Stern 5th last year with $95 million, indicating a $10 million drop in salary per year. Another controversial radio host, Rush Limbaugh came in tenth with $79 million. Limbaugh reportedly earned a lot more in 2016 due to the presidential election. Alex Jones did not make the “Radio Talking Heads” list this year.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though experts in the industry have stated that the new contract is slightly more lucrative than the last.

The new contract with SiriusXM, which took effect at the start of 2016, includes a push in development of new technologies. SiriusXM now has an estimated 29 million listeners.

Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities List:

  1. Taylor Swift $170 M
  2. One Direction $110 M
  3. James Patterson $95 M
  4. Dr. Phil McGraw $88 M
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo $88 M
  6. Kevin Hart $87.5 M
  7. Howard Stern $85 M
  8. Lionel Messi $81.5 M
  9. Adele $80.5 M
  10. Rush Limbaugh $79 M

Quentin Tarantino in studio with Opie&Anthony (Audio Interview)

Quentin Tarantino, beyond being an amazing filmmaker, has had a very fascinating life. In a recent interview on the Opie and Anthony show he explained how unlike most directors in Hollywood, who came out of the film school system, the Pulp Fiction director actually quit school in grade nine and got his film education working in a rental store.

For four years straight he watched film after film, all the while learning what makes a great movie. But that’s only the surface level of Tarantino’s history. To go in depth you have to listen to Tarantino’s interview with the great Howard Stern.

Artie Lange Plotting HUGE Radio/TV Comeback in September

Sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations tell us Artie would team with his pal and fellow comedian Nick DiPaolo for the talk show.

We’re told the people behind “The Dan Patrick Show” are putting the deal together — and like Dan’s show … Artie and Nick’s would be nationally simulcast on DirecTV and Fox Sports Radio.

Artie hasn’t had a permanent home on the air since leaving Stern in January, 2010 — but when he guest hosted an FSR show last week … he said he definitely wants to come back to radio.

It’s not a done deal yet … but we’re told both sides are anxious to make it happen in time for a September premiere.

Stay tuned.

Artie Lange Returns to Radio!

It’s been more than a year and a half since Artie Lange, the ragged and randy comedian and sometime sidekick to Howard Stern, was last heard live on the radio, a streak that came to an end on Wednesday night. On a Fox Sports Radio program hosted by his friend and fellow comedian Nick DiPaolo (who in turn was filling in for Tony Bruno), Mr. Lange joined the show to take questions from listeners and riff on current events. According to a live blog of the program posted by Punchline magazine, discussion of the sad circumstances that kept Mr. Lange off the airwaves was not abundant, though Mr. Lange said he’s been getting sober at a rehabilitation facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mr. DiPaolo introduced him to the show by joking, “You might have seen him on ‘Intervention.’”

The Web site The Comic’s Comic posts this audio segment from the broadcast, in which a caller asks Mr. Lange if he’s considering a return to “The Howard Stern Show.” Mr. Lange replied, “That would be the greatest thing ever, but listen, I was on the greatest show of all time for about nine years and I put them in a very awkward situation to say the least, so what am I going to do? But I love them all and they were great to me.”

‘I put them in a very awkward situation’

Stern sues SiriusXM Radio

Howard Stern’s production company and manager are suing SiriusXM Radio claiming Howard was bilked out of stock awards SiriusXM promised him.

According to the suit, filed in New York and obtained by TMZ, Sirius courted Howard to come there in the first place by promising him a share “in any success that the company achieved.” But the suit claims, once Sirius conquered its chief competitor — XM — and acquired more than 20 million subscribers, it decided on its own Howard had been paid enough.

Stern alleges the subscriber estimates on which his stock bonuses were to be based ranged from 3.7 million in 2006 to 12.1 million in 2010. According to Stern, he actually blew those estimates out of the water and Sirius today has a subscriber base of more than 20 million subscribers.

The suit claims, “Sirius needed Stern more than Stern needed Sirius.”

Howard makes Sirius XM $1.8 Billion

They don’t call him the King of all Media for nothing. As we noted here last week, shares of Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) have been on a tear lately with a gain of 9.35% so far this year.

While some of the gains can be attributed to the strong market, the main driver of the shares has been Howard Stern, who renewed his contract with the company on December 9th and announced that his radio show would finally be available on smartphones. Since then, shares of the company are up over 35%.

In terms of market cap, this translates into $1.8 billion dollars. While terms of the contract were undisclosed, so far Howard has been worth every penny of it

Baba Booey is “nervous” about the Stern / Sirius negotiation

Gary Dell’Abate appeared on the sports WFAN-AM (660) New York morning show with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, saying that while both sides continue to negotiate a new contract, the future is very uncertain. Dell’Abate says, ” Howard is negotiating, but we’ve never gone this far before … everybody is nervous, including me.” He also tells Boomer and Carton that Stern wants to remain on Sirius XM. The last show for Stern under his current 5-year/$500 million deal is December 17.