Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sirius gets O&A

In a move that surprised even Opie and Anthony themselves, the Opie and Anthony show has crossed over to Sirius Satellite Radio. If you are a Sirius subscriber, you may have noticed that there’s a new show ‘infecting’ your airways.

That’s right “The Virus” the channel that ‘Opie and Anthony’ broadcast on, is available on Sirius channel 197. What does this mean for you? Nothing if you’re an XM subscriber. Two talk radio shows on Sirius; The Howard Stern Show and The Opie and Anthony Show w/ Jim Norton.

Howard Stern: 99.9% chance of leaving radio in 2015

Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI ) has a problem, but thankfully it has nearly four years to fix it.

Howard Stern isn’t likely to stick around for a third run on Sirius when his current contract runs out in 2015.

The polarizing radio show host revealed during yesterday’s show that he has a 99.9% chance of leaving radio after his second five-year deal runs out.

He’s not merely negotiating in public. He’s not trying to play hardball with Sirius XM over unpaid bonuses he claims that he’s entitled to as a result of the merger between Sirius and XM.

Stern relayed a recent incident where he couldn’t hear a camera’s beeps that everyone else around him was able to hear. He fears that he may be in the early stages of losing some of his hearing, something that may have been evident when he was actually defending Steve Tyler’s mangled singing of the The Star-Spangled Banner at the Patriots game over the weekend.

Does America’s Got Talent know what it’s getting itself into?

Then again, the real question here is if Sirius XM knows what it will have to be getting itself into.

If Stern leaves as expected there will be a huge programming void at the satellite radio giant. Think about it. It’s been more than six years since Stern migrated from terrestrial radio, and Sirius XM hasn’t come even close to finding a better magnet.

Prolific celebrity deals with Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O’Donnell, and Martha Stewart Living’s (NYSE: MSO ) namesake domestic guru have helped, but none appear to have had the kind of impact of Stern’s arrival. This week’s news of two department store titans and Stewart’s company battling it out in court isn’t going give her any more focus on satellite radio.

So where does Sirius XM go in 2016 — if not sooner if Stern’s hearing becomes a real issue?

It can’t just be about commercial-free music. Pandora’s (NYSE: P ) growing even faster, and the custom-tailored music service will typically win out in orchestrating the better personalized play list.

It can’t just be about sports. Several years ago — when Sirius hooked up with the NFL and XM with Major League Baseball — the appeal there was for relocated fans away from their favorite teams since local terrestrial radio was there for the hometown faves. However, now that a growing number of local sports stations stream freely on smartphones, access to in-depth team coverage is easy.

It has to be about original programming, and here’s where Sirius XM needs to get rolling. It has the money to woo the top stars of terrestrial. Programming and content costs have actually declined over the past year, and naturally will drop considerably when Stern’s run is done.

However, Sirius XM may need several popular personalities on board providing original content to fill the void that Stern’s absence will create.

Sirius XM will find a way, but it’s never too early to start looking.

Howie on Howard

Howard Stern has always been a polarizing figure, but love him or hate him, he’ll soon have a larger media platform than ever before with his new gig on the upcoming season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Following the departure of Piers Morgan, the last-standing original judge, Stern will join fellow “AGT” judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne behind the big red X’s when the show returns for its seventh season.

During a recent chat with The Huffington Post, Mandel had high hopes for the new judge. “I am very excited — couldn’t be more excited,” he said. “There’s nobody more honest, more edgy, more fun … having Howard Stern join the show, I think, is going to take ‘America’s Got Talent’ to another level.”

Stern’s presence is not the only change for Season 7: Since the radio personality hosts his SiriusXM show in New York, “AGT” will be relocating to the East Coast, and executive producer Simon Cowell told the New York Post that the show would be getting a “top-to-bottom makeover” in the process, including the addition of an as-yet-unnamed new fourth judge. Cowell said he expects Mandel and Osbourne to return, as well as host Nick Cannon. There hasn’t been an official announcement about any other cast changes from NBC, but there are a few factors to consider.

With “AGT” moving, the other castmembers’ current gigs could be compromised:

  • Nick Cannon, who joined as host in 2009, is a regular on NBC’s freshman sitcom “Up All Night.” He hasn’t appeared on the show very much, and it would actually be a welcome change to lessen the sitcom’s at-work angle if he left. But NBC might be out the money on the remainder of his contract, if the series gets renewed.
  • Sharon Osbourne, an “AGT” judge since 2007, is still technically a host on CBS’ much-in-flux daytime show, “The Talk,” which shoots in L.A.
  • Howie Mandel has been on “AGT” for a shorter time than anyone else (he joined in January 2010), and he does have another show on Fox called “Mobbed,” but it doesn’t have a regular timeslot and flash mobs can really be staged anywhere.

No premiere date has been set for Season 7, but auditions begin Feb. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

Robin Quivers writing new book on becoming vegan

Robin Quivers doesn’t kid around — not too much — when it comes to her diet.

Howard Stern’s longtime sidekick is working on a new book about her struggles with her weight and health and her decision to eat vegan.

Avery, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced Wednesday that the memoir The Vegucation of Robin will be published at the end of the year. The book will feature jokes and stories, along with 75 recipes for a healthy life.

Quivers says in a statement that since giving up animal products in 2007, she has “learned that the world of vegetables is a vast one” and far more interesting than a dish of boiled broccoli. She has written a previous memoir, “Quivers,” published in 1995.