With no news on his contract renewal status looming, Howard Stern did share with a caller this morning (11/30) that he “has a plan for the future of this company” and where he wants to take the show if he were to re-sign with Sirius XM after his contract expires on December 17.
Stern also stated that he had not shared his evolutionary plans with Sirius XM, but suggested that the rapidly evolving technology pertaining to radio over the next five years will change everything and “blow your mind.” Stern has asserted in recent weeks that he will continue to “work” and keep the show alive via one medium or another. Whether or not that becomes a subscriber-based streaming/podcast service via a web site or smartphone app, or as part of an emerging company such as Pandora remains to be seen. Sirius XM, with whom he has spent the last five years, recently passed the 20 million subscriber mark.
While Howard Stern Show fans hang in limbo awaiting news on the King of All Media’s future at Sirius XM, the satellite radio company has announced the hiring of another controversial figure: Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
Schlessinger, known commonly as “Dr. Laura,” will premiere her new three hour weekday satellite radio talk show on January 3, 2011.
Schlessinger announced she would retire from her terrestrial radio show back in August after coming under fire for a rant in which she used the racial epithet known as “the n word” 11 times. She announced she would retire at the end of 2010 because: “I want to regain my first amendment rights.”
Howard Stern Show fans may be wondering if Dr. Laura’s hiring is an attempt for Sirius XM to batten down the hatches in the wake of a post-Stern Show corporate apocalypse. HSS producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate recently stated they would have an announcement regarding Stern’s contract before Thanksgiving, but was, as usual, off target.
The Howard Stern Show returns live Monday, November 29th.
Gary Dell’Abate appeared on the sports WFAN-AM (660) New York morning show with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, saying that while both sides continue to negotiate a new contract, the future is very uncertain. Dell’Abate says, ” Howard is negotiating, but we’ve never gone this far before … everybody is nervous, including me.” He also tells Boomer and Carton that Stern wants to remain on Sirius XM. The last show for Stern under his current 5-year/$500 million deal is December 17.
Extra’s” special correspondent and Howard Stern’s wife Beth Ostrosky Stern and Stern’s longtime radio producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate joked about who knows the radio shock jock the best.
“You have been in a relationship with my husband longer than I have been,” Ostrosky laughed, “What’s something that you think you know that I don’t know?” Dell’Abate replied, “I don’t know if there’s anything because I gotta tell you, Beth, he tells you everything, he really does!”
Dell’Abate is promoting his bestselling memoir, “They Call Me Baba Booey,” talking about everything from why his mother beat their neighbors with their own shrubbery to why you never want to lose a bet with Howard. Watch the interview!