Sirius XM CEO Jim Meyer is speaking out about the ongoing contract negotiations with his biggest star, Howard Stern. Meyer told Deadline that he hopes to accelerate the negotiations and that he wants to keep Stern at the satellite broadcaster for as long as possible.
“Howard’s agent and I communicate every week back and forth and I had hoped to be able to sit and do this process in person and get going,” Meyer said. “The relationship between Howard and myself has been great and is great right now… I trust Howard and Howard trusts me.”
Stern signed a five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius in 2006, he signed a new deal in 2015. Stern’s presence has turned the company around. 14 years ago, when his original deal was announced, the number of subscribers jumped from 600,000 to more than 2.2 million. Today, the company has nearly 35 million subscribers.
Industry insiders wonder if Stern will leave Sirius for Spotify; the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 299 million Monthly Active Users and 138 million Premium Subscribers.
“I think the issue in the renewal with Howard is what does Howard want to do going forward now that he’s seen, you know, what is going on in podcasting,” Meyer said. “He is a radio guy, you know, he has told me that, he’s a morning guy. He’s told me many times he’s a morning guy. So, we’ll work our way through that and hopefully we’ll have good news when we get through that.”
Stern’s contract is up at the end of the year.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Nick Kayal: More People Listen to 1210 WPHT Than Watch CNN on Weekends
“When the bar is so low, you can’t go anywhere but up from there, I would think, but then again, I didn’t think they would get this low.”
CNN had one of its worst ratings weekends of all time recently, and 1210 WPHT morning host Nick Kayal showcased just how bad the outcome was for the cable channel.
“I’m convinced that Matt Rooney and anybody else who does a weekend show here on 1210 can amass 55,000 listeners,” Kayal said before Program Director Greg Stocker noted that is factual information.
“When the bar is so low, you can’t go anywhere but up from there, I would think, but then again, I didn’t think they would get this low,” continued Kayal. “So who knows that could be 47,000 in the next month or something.”
Kayal then turned his attention to Anderson Cooper’s new Sunday program, and asked listeners what they would get out of viewing the program.
“What do you gain out of watching Anderson Cooper? when you sit down and watch that show, is he entertaining? Does he have any energy? No. Does he look like he had blood drained from his body? Yes. He is low energy,” Nick Kayal concluded. “He is the most uninteresting man on television on that network. And that’s saying something because there’s nobody that’s interesting on that network.”
Glenn Beck: Russell Brand is the UK’s Howard Stern
“You knew exactly what you were getting in those days with Russell Brand, ok? Just think Howard Stern.”
Comedian Russell Brand has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct by four women, which led to his popular YouTube channel being demonetized. Glenn Beck shared his belief that Russell Brand is akin to Howard Stern.
While discussing the situation on The Glenn Beck Program, the nationally syndicated radio host argued that the similarities between Brand and Stern are striking.
“Russell Brand is kind of like they’re Howard Stern,” Beck said. “You knew exactly what you were getting in those days with Russell Brand, ok? Just think Howard Stern.”
Beck then read a portion of a report from the BBC claiming that Brand was the face of the “seedier side of pop media culture” in the 2000s.
“Could I just ask the BBC to turn on the radio and listen to the lyrics of songs they’re now playing? Because I guarantee there’s something playing on the BBC about somebody’s butt doing something,” said Beck.
Glenn Beck then used a specific example that equated Brand with Stern.
“In a Brand interview with Jimmy Savile, he apparently offered up his very attractive assistant to go meet him naked. Sounds like Howard Stern, right? This is in 2007. He said this to the BBC host. Another BBC host said ’You go ahead and take my assistant here she Oh, she’ll get naked’. Ha. Funny,” joked Beck before noting that at the time, no one knew Savile was a serial child predator.
Rudy Giuliani Denies January 6th Groping Allegations
“First of all, I’m not gonna grope somebody at all, and number two, in front of like a hundred people? Plus, that day, I had extra security and I had my entire staff around me virtually all day…”
77 WABC host Rudy Giuliani has denied allegations made by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that she was groped by the radio host and attorney during the January 6th Insurrection.
In an excerpt from her new book, Hutchinson — who was viewed as a star witness during the January 6th Committee hearings last year — claimed Giuliani viewed her like “a wolf closing in on its prey” before he put his hand up her skirt.
“I feel his frozen fingers trail up my thigh,” Hutchinson wrote. “He tilts his chin up. The whites of his eyes look jaundiced. My eyes dart to John Eastman, who flashes a leering grin.”
During an interview on Newsmax’s Eric Bolling The Balance, Rudy Giuliani strongly denied the accusation. He interrupted Bolling before the host could finish his line of questioning.
“She claims that I groped her in a tent on January 6, where all the people went in that were very, very cold as a result of the president’s speech, etcetera. I’m gonna grope somebody? With a hundred people? First of all, I’m not gonna grope somebody at all, and number two, in front of like a hundred people? Plus, that day, I had extra security and I had my entire staff around me virtually all day because I took them to the speech as kind of a reward for all the work they did,” Giuliani argued after calling the accusation “totally absurd” and “completely, absolutely false”.
“So I brought 10 people to the speech and they were with me virtually at every moment that I was there, and if I wasn’t talking to them, I was taking pictures with people. So there would have been no occasion for this to happen. It’s completely absurd, it’s as crazy as her statement that the President jumped over the seat and took over the car.”
The accusation against Rudy Giuliani comes after he was sued earlier this year by a former employee. Noelle Dunphy alleged that Giuliani raped and sexually abused her during her tenure working for the former New York Mayor. She launched a lawsuit in May claiming she was owed $2 million by the radio host and was required to work naked. Additionally, she alleged Giuliani made racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic remarks in her presence, and also peddled Presidential pardons in exchange for payments.