Mount Saint Howard

Mount Saint Howard

: An unnamed Clear Channel exec says of Howard Stern’s move to satellite: “I have never witnessed anything as cataclysmic as this. This is a wake-up call to everyone in radio.”

  • sickles

    Go, Howard, go!
    What will he do when no one is fining him any longer? Become even more obscene? Probably…
    At least he’s willing to do this in the face of losing one of his favorite raisons d’etre…

  • http://demandmedia.net/ akb

    There is some irony in that statment, considering its source. I personally can think of a more cataclysmic event, that would be the ’96 Telecomm Act that deregulated national radio ownership and led to the creation of Clearchannel.

  • h0mi

    Remains to be seen what happens to XM vs Sirius.
    I don’t predict this will kill broadcast radio- the equipment manufacturers still have to make satelite radio more affordable & easier to use and more like FM/AM in the way people can use those receivers from their stereos & record off of them.
    I would consider Sat radio if:
    1> I could get a car stereo, home stereo and walkman for under $300 and not need 3 seperate subscriptions to xm or sirius
    2> recording such shows was easier, especially time shifting. I’ve read on slashdot there were some tools for computers designed to record XM (?) broadcasts that were discontinued due to pressure from the Sat company
    3> if I had a better understanding of the musical offerings available. There are good broadcast radio stations/shows out there, and rebroadcasting a show from, say Chicago on the “reggae channel” on Fridays at Midnight from 1 of the radio stations that does a popular “reggae show” would be something I’d prefer to XM/Sirius simply playing CD carosels of music of a specific genre.

  • John

    I would expect Sirius to have no problem making their money back on Stern, based on his contract and the service’s subscriber list (which is fine with me, since I own a few thousand dollars in SIRI stock). But there are a few things to be cautious about.
    The main one is new subscribers will find out they will either need multiple subscriptions for their home, car and office, or they’ll need multiple docks/FM tuner adaptors for their portable units to use them in the home, car and office. The added cost above the base radio and sunscription fee may hold down some subscrptions (which will also depend on the state of the U.S. economy 15 months from now, since satellite radio is still a luxury).
    The other is Howard himself. He’ll be in his mid-50s by the time his Sirius contract begins, and while he figures to hold his current fan base, how many new younger subscribers he’ll bring to Sirius over the ensuing years as he approaches his sixth decade on the Earth remains to be seen. Imus has solidered on into his 60s, but only be remaking himself as a politically-oriented curmudgeon. Howard in 2004 is stiil using the same playbook as Howard in 1982, even if some of the routines have lost their freshness. (even further down the line, Sirius will be faced with the same problem Infinity is looking at right now — what’s life after Stern going to be like, though the commercial-free music compared to the ad glut on your average Infinity or Clear Channel station should be enough to keep a lot of people even after Howard is gone).

  • Jim

    I would expect Sirius to have no problem making their money back, with Howard’s large fan base – Sirius will offer a deal, subscribe to hear Howard and receive a discount on the purchase of a receiver and/or docking unit.

  • Jake

    >>> I have never witnessed anything as
    >>> cataclysmic as this.
    That’s it it ever happens. And now for Howard’s last announcements:
    - Doomesday
    - Howard Stern Presents Porky’s (still “announced”)
    - Howard Stern the High School Years
    - The Howard Stern radio network
    - Rock and Roll High School (still “announced”)
    - Fartman
    - Uncensored E! shows on DVD
    - Son of the Beach on Network TV
    Shall I go on?
    Hollywood Howie is a has been… and has been a has been since his opening theme changed from that jazz music to the Rob Zombie Private Parts song.
    Don’t waste your money on Sirius yet. I’m not sure you’ll ever hear Howie on it… nor am I sure Sirius will survive the next 15 months.

  • paladin

    HYPE-O-RAMA!

  • J.R.

    yeah, if this is the wake-up call then a lot of people are going to be sleeping in.

  • Michael

    What are the financial conditions of these satellite radio operations? How do their revenues compare with a traditional broadcast radio conglomerate like Viacom?
    I’m wondering if there’s any business sense in someone like Viacom to snatch up Sirius or XM to get a hold of that market. Taking it a step further: in the event of such a situation, do the economics allow for it to simply become another broadcast medium, rather than subscription? (broadcast via satellite rather than a tower)

  • http://www.tonypierce.com tony

    jake it’s too bad you dont actually listen to the show. this morning howard admitted that he tells his listeners about his projects as theyre happening. and as anyone in hollywood could tell you most projects take years and years. Desperate Housewives took 10 years to get from development to your tv. i work in tv in hollywood and i can tell you that even the most no-brainer projects can take forever.
    howard has done an awful lot in the 20 years that he has dominated the airwaves. but one thing he hasnt done ever was oversaturate the market.
    he could have released uncensored E! shows years ago on dvd. he owns the shows. what he has done over the last weeks, if youve been paying attention, is selling episodes through his web site for $5. when you figure he doesnt need to package those or distribute them, he has given his real fans what they wanted (uncensored shows) at a fraction of what they would have cost if they were sold at retail.
    and if you know your way around a computer you can burn them to dvd.
    howard will come through, just like hes done for the last two decades.

  • Waldo

    I used to LOVE Howard. I was a loyal listener for about 6 years. The GOOD years. I even bought Stuttering John’s CD for that awful ‘Talk My Way Out Of It’ song — because Howard promoted it. But, as Dice said, and will still tell you today, Howard lost his edge after he made that movie. I don’t know how or why, but it happened. He promoted that movie to no end and never recovered to his old self. I personally think it’s because he accomplished his goal of making the movie, but I could be wrong. But one thing is for sure. That was when his show went downhill. And unfortunately, it has bored me to death ever since then. I gave him a good two years but then switched to Imus. Imus is actually a humble, funny, charismatic guy with a bunch of characters that surround him. His show is just better at this point. Now that Opie and Anthony are on, I will no doubt listen to them. The nice thing is that the show is replayed all day so I can do Imus and then O+A at 10. Life is good. And I dont need Howard any more than I need The Tony Danza Show.
    W A L D O

  • Jake

    >>> jake it’s too bad you dont actually
    >>> listen to the show.
    actually i do… and that’s why i’m so fed up. i remember the old days when he was funny. now it’s just a TV show on the radio. still listenable, but not great like the old howie. bring back billy west and jackie.
    >>> Desperate Housewives took 10 years to
    >>> get from development to your tv.
    whoa, nelly. desperate housewives has *never* made it to my TV, thank you very much.
    >>> but one thing he hasnt done ever
    >>> was oversaturate the market.
    oh no? did he really have to release Miss America on paperback with THREE DIFFERENT COVERS! i remember him pitching on the air as a “collectors series”… and callers calling up “i’m buying all three, howard!” what a joke.
    >>> what he has done over the last weeks, if
    >>> youve been paying attention, is selling
    >>> episodes through his web site for $5. he
    >>> has given his real fans what they wanted
    >>> (uncensored shows).
    given? given my ass… $5.00 to “rent” an episode? the last thing i want to do is see all that gash on 320×240 computer generated video.
    >>> and if you know your way around
    >>> a computer you can burn them to dvd.
    i do know my way around a computer *and* DVD authoring. no loss of quality due to compression here? besides… i don’t want to have to author my own entertainment. give me 10 episodes on DVD for $20 bucks, howie.
    >>> howard will come through, just
    >>> like hes done for the last two decades.
    besides wake up, do a templated radio show, go home and bang beth out in the hamptons… what has he done in the last 5 years (besides become the don imus he described years ago)?
    he cried to mel k. and GAGGED opie and anthony when they both worked for infinity. and howie stands for free speech? he

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  • Walter E. Wallis

    Why not a cd of “The Wit of Howard”?
    Just as soon as they figure what to put on the other 19 tracks.