Stern Meets W/Sabean
Howard ''Pretty Sure'' He's Done At SIRIUS. 09/02/10. 7:15am
Howard said he's ''pretty sure'' they're done there at SIRIUS. He said before they leave he'll let everyone know where they can find them. Howard said he was saying to Tim that they have a third channel and he'd love to start a music channel if he stays. He said he knows a bunch of artists and he could start that. Howard said Daryl Hall has a show called Daryl's house and he'd like to put stuff like that on there. Howard said Pat Monahan did s show at Daryl's house and they did a great show.
Howard said he got a lot of great feedback about the show and how stupid Sirius would be not to re-sign him. Howard said that made him feel good. He read through some of that stuff and people were saying they'd cancel if they don't sign him again. Howard said he really appreciates the fans backing him like that.
Howard said if he does stay there he would like to expand out to a third channel. He said this was just yesterday that he was talking to Tim. He said the Natalie Maines thing will be airing on channel 18.
Howard said he and Tim were talking about some Howard 100 News stuff and some other things they're doing on Howard 101. Tim came in and said he has to look into the Natalie Maines thing. He said they have to get the rights to play the concert on Howard 101. Howard told him to check it out and see what he can do.
Howard said that Tim had never been to his apartment before yesterday. He said he doesn't take a lot of meetings up there. It's only been one or two big ones. He said he wanted to tell everyone about this meeting but he has to take a break. He said he's got some things irritating him and Robin is going to think he's really shallow. He said she must think that already. They went to break a short time later.
Howard's Future Discussed. 09/02/10. 7:30am
After the break we heard a prank call Sal and Richard made to Gary the Retard using Billy Mays audio clips. Fred also played Led Zeppelin's ''Heartbreaker'' as they were coming back.
Howard came back and said that no one makes music like that anymore. He said everyone is a punk now. He said he'd like to do hard stuff like this again.
Howard asked what was up with Bubba tweeting a picture of his own excrement yesterday. He said that was too much for him. He said that's still lingering in his mind. He said he didn't look that close at it but he did see it was shit. Benjy said that it was horrible. He said it looks like the color it is when you're sick. He said there was a pile in there and it was just gross. Howard said he must have been proud of it. he said you do feel good when you get something like that out of you but keep it to yourself.
Howard said he and Bubba email each other a lot. He said he thinks that Bubba is gearing up for his next move and he can see this whole thing just disappearing. Robin said that's kind of sad.
Wolfie called in and asked what Howard would like to do if he stays there and works just 3 days a week. Howard said he thinks he'd just do his show and it doesn't seem that crazy to him. He said he'd be willing to stay there and put out 15 hours of programming a week. He said it would be 12 hours but he always puts in extra time. Howard said they'd do the whole thing they're doing now, he just wouldn't be there as much. He said he could do that or just completely quit.
Howard said he's 56 and he'd like to have more free time. He said he's trying to figure it all out again. He's mapping out the next 5 years and they'd want him to stay for 5 if he re-signs. He said he'd prefer a yearly contract but they have said they want 5 years. Howard said he thinks that they could continue to grow with them. Howard said that the future of media is going to change over the next 5 years. He said whoever has the best content is going to win. He said he could have an app where he's available wherever you are. Howard said they could just have something called Howard Stern instead of SIRIUS XM or something. He said he could provide the programming for a few dollars a month.
Wolfie said that he wouldn't mind getting rid of some of the equipment. Howard said that no one has any content. All they have is music that he can get anywhere. He said they have to wake up and smell the ****ing coffee. He said they need something super compelling that brings in the bacon. Howard said he doesn't think they should even call it SIRIUS XM. It should be called Howard Stern.
Wolfie asked if there's a sticking point with SIRIUS right now. Howard said he's not even actively negotiating with them. He said he doesn't want to hear that he should take less money and things like that. Howard said they have to think about history and what happened when he left the other place. He said that he's not knocking any of the stuff that they have on there now. He said he likes Coffee House there on SIRIUS XM. He said he loves the service.
Part 3/Final Part
Howard said it's a whole different ball game around there now. He said when he started there they loved him. Now he's not seeing the love. He said he told the guys from XM that they were going down. They didn't believe him. Now they've absorbed them. He said these guys had better listen to him now and think about their future. Howard said the people on terrestrial thought that they could just replace him with David Lee Roth. That didn't last longer than 3 months. Howard said they tried replacing him with every radio guy they had after that. None of that worked out. Howard said they finally realized that no one can replace him.
Howard said he doesn't care about the nonsense. He said he sat down with Tim yesterday and told him what he'd like to do. He said he gave him a lecture and told Tim to just listen to him. He said he told him what's going on in radio now. He said he laid it all out for him. He told him what was going to happen and what they had to be prepared for. He said it was an hour long meeting and Tim listened and said ''Oh my goodness...'
Howard said he knows what the future is. He said he has a 5 point plan. He said one of the points was if they decide to stay there. He said the 4 other things are options. Howard said one of them is off the table. The one option is to get the **** out of the business. That is off the table. He said he's staying in the business. Howard said it would be almost a miracle if he re-signed there.
Howard said they have nothing else going on there. Howard said the other 3 points were about future technology and what their options are. He said he's clear on all of that now. He has clarity now. Howard said he has the ability to lead his audience somewhere else. He said they'll have to wait and see if that's going to happen. Howard said he became clear in the last month because he's been thinking about this seriously. Wolfie asked if Tim can handle all of this. Howard said Tim is his guy. He can handle it.
A caller said that he has to let SIRIUS know how shitty their radios are. Howard said he's not there to knock SIRIUS. He said his priority is to stay there. He said that he appreciates what they've let him do there. It's been nothing short of miraculous. Howard said he and Jesus have a lot in common. They've both created miracles. He said they tend to forget about that and they treat him like shit like they did to Jesus. Howard said they got used to having him around and now they've forgotten about the past.
The caller said that he has about $900 worth of radios that have broken over the past 5 years. Howard said he's a company man for the next 4 months. After that he'll bash the shit out of them. He said that's what happened to CBS Radio. Howard said they had David Lee Roth, Opie and Anthony, Adam Carolla and others. He said they all took a shot at it and it didn't work. He said they had that guy Rover and he didn't make the miracle happen.
Great article SRK. Thanks for posting it.
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And a good article poster too. ;)
One thing is clear. Howard sure is full of himself. It's kind of a turnoff. I can say this with authority. Should Howard leave and create an "app" or podcast, there 2 here that won't follow him, AND we will keep our subs to SIRI.
SIRI made a grave mistake by going too high on the original offer. Howard touts that he made the merger, but seems not realize that SIRI hasn't turned one penny of profit.
"Howard said that the future of media is going to change over the next 5 years. He said whoever has the best content is going to win. He said he could have an app where he's available wherever you are."
hmm . . so, according to Howard Stern, I guess the satellites and oem contracts are worthless, the business model is flawed and pricing has no impact?
quite an endorsement for the future of satrad
I'm a Howard fan . . . but "XM" did have 8 million subscribers without Howard Stern and WNBC in New York survived quite nicely after his departure
Howard is in new territory here. Fans who listened on terrestrial (myself included), were not also shareholders . . . fans who listen on satrad have substantial vested interest in the success of the Company.
Originally Posted by SiriuslyLong
People will put up with a lot of BS . . . but be careful when you start messing with their money; I wouldn't be so sure that his fans will flock to follow him this time around.
And lets be honest, for someone who is the face of the franchise . . you barely ever see his face promoting the service or making appearances the way he did while on terrestrial . . . not hard to figure out why . . . satrad gave him his "F-U" money
My wife and I are fans too. What do you think the average age is of a Howard listener? I'm guessing older vs. younger. Truthfully, at my age, I'm not interested in smart phones and streaming. If he moves in that direction, he can expect further erosion of listening base. He'll make less money than staying with SIRI. He's got it made at SIRI; he knows it, but puts up a nice front.
It'll be a lot of work and money for him to change. I thought he wanted to work less? Plus, he'd have to find space and all that "infrastructure" stuff to make the show. No way. It's a negotiation tactic, pure and simple.
"He said they need something super compelling that brings in the bacon. Howard said he doesn't think they should even call it SIRIUS XM. It should be called Howard Stern."
Hmm, so then I guess that Howard Stern is also responsible for the churn. 1.8% might not sound like a big % until you actually run the #'s . . . I guess those who churn-out don't find the content compelling enough.