Howard Stern has been keeping fans in suspense for weeks now. But the former shock jock and podcast host has announced that he and SiriusXM have hammered out a deal to keep The Howard Stern Show on the air for at least five more years.
“King of All Media” Has Been with Sirius for 15 Years
Stern has seen growing success since leaving broadcast radio for Sirius. The podcast host made his announcement about the contract extension by starting with a trip down memory lane, per The Hollywood Reporter; “The news was first reported by Stern live during his show Tuesday morning. ‘Fifteen years ago, I joined SiriusXM, a fledgling group of broadcasters. I had been in a toxic relationship with terrestrial radio’ Stern said. ‘And no matter how well I treated the medium, no matter how successful I made them, they abused me. Going to SiriusXM liberated me. I felt like Tina Turner freeing myself from Ike.'”
Stern Believes his Team and the Magic of Sirius Satellite Radio Have Helped Build His Success
According to reporting by THR, Stern’s announcement continued, “‘And despite the naysayers and the ridicule, we have persevered, and are thriving. I’ve been proven right about satellite radio over and over again. With this contract renewal, I can’t wait to see what else I’ll be right about. Certainly, I have a lot more to say about Metamucil crackers and stepmom porn. Plus, now that I can work from home, I simply don’t have an excuse to quit.’
And the star said: ‘I would like to thank my incredible crew that I work with every morning and of course the talented Robin Quivers. Robin, we make a great team. Like Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Charles Manson and Squeaky Fromme, we continue our great friendship. I look forward to more laughs and good times. As a proud member of Bachelor Nation I say…Robin, will you accept my rose and dare I say, should you forgo your individual room, will you join me in the fantasy suite?’
Stern also called SiriusXM ‘the greatest content provider in media today,’ adding: ‘SiriusXM, I love you, and I’m thrilled to continue our journey together.'”
The Renewed Contract
According to THR, the ceo of SiriusXM, Jim Meyer, is retiring later this year. Meyer made Stern’s contract renewal a top priority of his final months at the top of the satellite radio giant.
The Wall-Street Journal reports that Sirius will own Stern’s audio and video archived footage for an additional 7 years beyond the contract’s expiration. However, exact details of the dollar amounts agreed upon are not being shared by those inside.
Although Stern’s robust praise of the satellite parent company might make one think it’s a dream relationship, there have been rough moments. Per the WSJ, “Mr. Stern made the leap to satellite from terrestrial radio, a move seen as a boon for the then-nascent medium, in 2006.
Mr. Stern and SiriusXM struck a deal for the move in 2004, when SiriusXM had about 600,000 subscribers. SiriusXM had about 34.4 million as of Sept. 30, according to the company’s latest quarterly securities filing.
Mr. Stern’s production company and his agent sued SiriusXM in 2011 over $330 million they claimed they were owed for helping boost satellite radio company Sirius XM’s subscriber levels. A New York state judge threw out the lawsuit in 2012.”
Whatever the rocky history between the former shock jock and his production platform, they seem to be operating in harmony now. With 5 more years of the Howard Stern Show for fans to look forward to, there’s a lot to celebrate.