Howard Stern futures

If Howard Stern doesn’t renew at Sirius/XM, will people stop subscribing?

If you were in charge of programming and had $140 million a year freed up for different programming, who would you hire?

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10 Responses to Howard Stern futures

  1. Parrott says:

    That’s easy, Chris Plante.


    • Fred Stiening says:

      How many people would you guess would sign up with SiriusXM and pay $20 a month to hear Plante?

      • briand75 says:

        I am still trying to figure out whether I signed up for Sirius or XM?

        • Fred Stiening says:

          They have two incompatible satellite systems, although they have been working to make the channels the same. Pre merger, Sirius was Howard Stern and XM was Opie and Anthony. O&A broke up maybe two years ago. I think they’re pushing the Sirius hardware, but if you have a 10 year old XM radio you have different options. I think.

          There is also an Internet only subscription.

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            XM and Sirius had also had different contracts with sports leagues as well. After the merger, they combined the music programming and eliminated about half of the channels by eliminating redundancy. Their web site lists the current programming by XM and Sirius satellites- each service uses its own satellites and its own frequencies. That may change when their satellites run out of fuel and need to be replaced.

            The Internet service can be purchased with the satellite services or purchased separately. It is a superset of the other programming because there are not the same physical constraints. It also lets you personalize each of the channels so you get a personalized playlist. What I like best about it is that when you see a song you like playing on a channel, you can hit the back button and hear the song from the beginning.

      • Parrott says:

        I don’t think You can’t get Sirius XM for $20 a month? Now if you could pick and choose the subset of channels you wanted and leave out the 56 channels of gang thug Basketball, you might have something.

        I would choose ‘Plante’ the weather updates and Nav update on traffic, and ‘Willies Roadhouse’ , my wife likes the ’80’s on eight’.
        I would also choose the country music ‘ 2000-2010’ 21st century first decade its called, something like that.
        maybe the 70’s on seven ( But that one gets old quick). a few others and that hot Canadian Chick channel, ( I like the way they talk).
        I don’t drive much since I work from home, but my wife still commutes so she may go for a ‘a la carte ‘ thing. Right now we just get the weather and traffic updates. The Traffic works like a champ when we go to the ‘Land of Milk & Honeys’ (NC) : )

        $20 a month for just Plante is a little steep, but if it would get me away WMAL’s commercial about ‘Shit-o-sis’ every 10 minutes it could push me over to paying. I would rather hear ‘magic-jack or cars for kids’ ! sad.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          There would also be a problem with non-compete, although given their financial problems, Cumulus might be agreeable let Sirius buy out his contract. Since Stern signed a new contract, it’s largely hypothetical at this point.

      • Parrott says:

        Yeah I heard that on plante. Her first mistake is going to ‘dicks’. They are worthless. Never ever go to dicks sporting goods store. If they are not harassing you to get their ‘dick-card’ they are contributing to ‘Moms for Sandy hook & the Soros Center for Progress’ . Screw them !

        Yeah sometimes a local gun store can be intimidating for ‘females’ to visit, and some smaller firearms shops may not be as nice looking as a big box store at the mall. But I think if women try to visit, they will find the experience being pleasant and the ‘good ol’ boys ‘ being very helpful. I know the guys at the store I frequent and they trip over themselves to answer questions from women and let them try various firearms. Its always fun to watch. They are not condescending or patronizing but truly want to be helpful. Knowledge is always good to share.
        A lot of ‘first timers’ on their first visit, bring their friends with them into the store. So that helps women get over that anxiety of going to a ‘gun shop’.
        Always make friends at you local friendly firearms establishment. They will generally treat you so much better than the big national chain stores. Give you good deals on used trade-ins.
        Interesting tidbit about the small shop near where I live, they play Dave Ramsey in the store in the mornings. Dave Ramsey is on from 9am to 12 noon, the local cumulus circus station.
        They go to a very low level of country music in the afternoon.
        I don’t think the store I frequent would have called the po-po.
        With two large universities around, they get a large multi-national clientele. You can tell who is all there and who is blowing smoke.
        All she would have had to do is said while at dicks is, ‘I am a firearms instructor’. then there should not have been any issues.
        Best regards

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    Howard has signed up for 5 years doing 3 days a week. Making the deal more complex is it gives Sirius access to 30 years of archives for the next twelve years.

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