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.

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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

Howard Stern re-signs with SiriusXM for another 5 years!

Howard Stern Forbes Money ListHoward Stern announced this week that he and Sirius XM (SIRI) have finally reached an agreement. Sirius XM will retain Stern’s services for five more years, and has locked in the exclusive use of Howard’s extensive library of content for 12 more years.

This was an important deal for Sirius XM. Last year, a survey by Macquarie found that 12% of Sirius XM subscribers tuned into the show, and that 5% would consider leaving if Stern moved on.

The company has about 29 million subscribers, who pay approximately $15 per month on average. A loss of 5% of its listener base — about 1.45 million listeners — would cost SIRI in excess of $250 million per year in subscription fees alone.

Although no official figures have been released, it’s widely estimated that Sirius XM has agreed to pay Stern $90 million per year to retain his services. When compared to potential cost of losing Stern’s services, it was the right move.

The 12-year content agreement might be the most important piece of this deal. Last month, Mel Karmazin, the former CEO of Sirius XM, was interviewed on CNBC. At that time, Karmazin stated that Stern had full ownership of 30 years’ worth of content. He suggested that Stern could simply sell or syndicate the content and retire. The threat of losing both Stern and his library was too great a risk.

That is no longer a possibility. Stern and his crew can leave Sirius XM when his new five-year deal expires, but they can’t take the old content with them. This will make Stern less attractive to potential suitors. When the content deal finally expires in late 2027, Stern will be on the cusp of turning 74 years old. Simply put, the new Sirius XM deal locks Stern in for the remainder of his career.

What happens next? When the five-year deal for new content expires in late 2020, both Howard and his co-host, Robin Quivers, will be pushing 70. At that point, I would expect to the Stern show as we know it to end.

Will Howard Stern stay with SiriusXM in 2016?

Howard Stern Sirius 2015Howard Stern might or might not renew his successful contract with SiriusXM at the end of the year, but he apparently does have plenty of other opportunities to consider.

In fact, Howard said on his radio show that a massive job offer recently fell into his lap.

“My agent called me with an opportunity that is so mind-blowing, it would be the dream job of all time for me” Stern said.

He didn’t divulge any specifics about the opportunity.

It’s a “dance we’re in,” Sirius CEO Jim Meyer told investors at a Deutsche Bank conference on Tuesday, “and we’ll keep working at it.”

“I want Howard Stern for as long as Howard Stern wants to work,” he told Businessweek. “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.”

Meyer also commented that he’s hoping the “roar of the crowd” convinces Stern to keep going, putting it this way: “Why is Peyton Manning maybe going to play another year? It’s not the money.”

The Internet gives Stern more options than ever. Then again, no outlet may pay as handsomely as Sirius, which lured Stern away from traditional radio and onto satellite radio back in 2006. It came at an extraordinary cost: about $100 million a year in cash and stock for Stern.

America’s Judge is Back for Season 8!

“America’s Judge” Howard Stern has resigned on for Season 8 of America’s Got Talent. Explaining that the experience was terrific last year.

The radio star made his announcement on his uncensored SiriusXM show this morning. NBC also issued an announcement stating they were thrilled that Stern would be returning this summer.

Not one to hold back, Stern told his radio listeners:

“Believe me, if I was the only judge, I think the show would be terrific. I’m ready to judge, I’m going to be more straight forward and direct then I was the first season.”

“Howard Stern’s towering presence and opinions on last season’s show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage,” was the reaction from NBC president of alternative and late-night programming Paul Telegdy.

“We know that Howard believes in ‘America’s Got Talent” which remains America’s top-rated summer series and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.”

TheDaily: Howard Stern has already decided to leave SiriusXM after contract?

The King of All Media, Howard Stern, is abdicating and counting down the days until he can retire from SiriusXM satellite radio.

Stern took a big pay cut last year when he reduced his workload to just three live shows a week, and his shows, which used to run about five hours, were cut down to about three hours. “That’s why he took the job as a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ” said one source.

“During the month of July, Stern was live on the satellite for just nine hours total,” the insider said. “He’s fed up with Sirius, and has already decided he’ll be gone at the end of his contract.” Stern’s longtime friend, Mel Karmazin, is being pushed out as the SiriusXM CEO with the takeover of the company by Liberty Media’s John Malone. “He’s 58.

He’s got more money than he’ll ever be able to spend,” said our source. “He doesn’t need radio.” With his image revamped, courtesy of “AGT,” expect Stern to launch his own TV show.

The article above written by TheDaily.com seems completely fictional along with their “source”. However, Bubba the Love Sponge commented last month on his RadioIO show that Howard confirmed he would be leaving SiriusXM and going internet only after his contract ended in 2015.

Robin Quivers and Fred Norris resign for five years

That news from the National Examiner follows Stern’s own five-year renewal through December 2015. He said that would probably be the last radio deal he’d cut, but now we know that 30-year news reader and sidekick Robin Quivers will be there with him.

So will Fred Norris. Former Air Force nurse Quivers pursued radio as a new career in the late 1970s and was partnered with Stern at rock “DC101” WWDC-FM, Washington in 1981. Norris first met Stern at WCCC, Hartford in 1979 and came to Washington to work with the show in 1982. Still to announce new deals with Stern: several of the writers and longtime producer Gary Dell’ Abate.

Howard Stern close to signing 3 year – $600 million contract with iTunes?

An odd tweet gathered momentum today that claimed Stern is on the verge of signing a 3 year, $600 million dollar deal to host his show on Apple’s iTunes.

The tweet originated under the name “SIRI Stock” and linked to a Sirius XM’s Investor Relations webpage. There is no absolutely no reason to believe the claim since anyone can say pretty much anything on the social web site.

Howard Stern “has a plan”

With no news on his contract renewal status looming, Howard Stern did share with a caller this morning (11/30) that he “has a plan for the future of this company” and where he wants to take the show if he were to re-sign with Sirius XM after his contract expires on December 17.

Stern also stated that he had not shared his evolutionary plans with Sirius XM, but suggested that the rapidly evolving technology pertaining to radio over the next five years will change everything and “blow your mind.” Stern has asserted in recent weeks that he will continue to “work” and keep the show alive via one medium or another. Whether or not that becomes a subscriber-based streaming/podcast service via a web site or smartphone app, or as part of an emerging company such as Pandora remains to be seen. Sirius XM, with whom he has spent the last five years, recently passed the 20 million subscriber mark.

Howard Stern ‘actively’ pursuing options outside Sirius XM via podcast or Pandora Radio

The Howard Stern Show has only 15 contracted broadcasts left and there’s still no news about what will happen after December 17th.

Executive Producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate grilled Stern for a contract negotiations update Monday morning.

“I wish I could say to you ‘I’m not returning’ or ‘Here’s where we’re going,'” said Stern. “I am sorry that I don’t have some sort of resolution on this. I really truly am. I do feel bad about that.”

Stern did offer some vague confirmation that he’s planning to continue the Show somewhere else if a deal can’t be worked out with Sirius XM.

The comment came after Dell’Abate asked Stern to put the mids of his staff at ease. The Howard Stern Show crew are currently only scheduled to draw two more paychecks before the Stern’s contract runs out.

“Is there a chance that on December 16th that you will say to all of us: ‘Guys I love you. I’m trying my best, but at this point you guys need to go look for something else’?” asked Dell’Abate.

“No,” said Howard Stern firmly. “Nope. Now, I don’t know that that’s 100% right but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

He then added jokingly: “I’m not going to say I love you. I know I feel weird about that.”

Stern said that the Show’s future could still be up in the air during the “final” broadcast. “I can tell you this: on the 16th of December I might not have an answer for you.”

If Howard Stern doesn’t re-up with Sirius XM, he is expected to broadcast his show via podcast or Pandora, an internet radio service.

“I’m actively putting things together,” said Stern of his alternate plans.