The Daily Stern
: SANITIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION: Stern said this morning that his company is threatening to make him stop taking phone calls and even make him prerecord the show a day before, just so it can be sterilized and homogenized. He even mentioned them threatening to move him to another daypart.
Many people have speculated that Infinity won’t let Stern go.
But I’ll just bet he has a creative-control clause in his contract and that will be his out.
And if he is suddenly liable for up to $500,000 per day personally, you can bet that a smart lawyer can get him out of any contract that puts him in a position of such liability.
I’m not selling my Sirius stock.
: QUIET BEFORE THE STORM: Things are quiet on the Stern front today. But expect them to heat up again later this week when the Senate passes its indecent indecency bill.
: WELCHERS: Howard said Clear Channel is trying to stiff him for the money they owe him on his contract. He’ll fight in court. He’ll win.
: SATELLITE DOC: Says Doc:
I want so see Howard on Sirius for two reasons: Tom Reilly and NPR, both of whom/which are on Sirius and not on the larger XM.
Me, I’d just love to see Howard start webcasting, finding the best way to stay inside the rules imposed by the Library of Congress rather than by the FCC, and leading the way to vitalizing an industry that was strangled in its cradle and left for dead by the LOC and its Copyright Office, acting as puppets for the RIAA. I guarantee you’d see webcasts to cars, somehow, within three years.
: REPUBLICANS ARE PAYING ATTENTION: Even the GOP USA site is covering what Stern says. Because it matters.
: THE VOICE OF YOUTH: YM surveyed readers and two thirds side with Stern and free speech.