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SiriusXM CEO Shares Update on Howard Stern Contract Talks

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.

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The head of SiriusXM addressed the ongoing contract negotiations with Howard Stern during a conference call on Thursday.

“Howard tells me he’s never been happier. And our relationship with Howard is very strong,” said CEO Jim Meyer. “He is producing fantastic content and his show has never been better.”

Stern inked 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.

Meyer said getting a long-term deal done with Stern is important. “From my perspective, we are far along, but it’s never done until it’s done. I am confident we will have an agreement soon to announce shortly.”

Stern’s deal with SiriusXM is up at the end of the year. Industry insiders have wondered if the “King of all Media” would leave the satellite broadcaster for streaming service Spotify.

“We have a set of economics that Howard’s team is happy with and I’m happy with,” said Meyer. “We’ve got to get the deal completed.” 

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Bruce St. James to Replace Mancow on WLS in Chicago

St. James had been in Phoenix hosting a midday show at KTAR-FM. The Washington D.C. native is joining a station that sits in 15th place in the mornings with a 2.4 percent audience share, according to the latest Nielsen Audio Survey.

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WLS-AM 890 has tapped Bruce St. James to replace Erich “Mancow” Muller who said that he’s tired of doing “radio without joy.” St. James will join Cumulus-owned WLS starting on December 14.

“Bruce St. James is here to have a conversation, not a lecture. He is not here to change formats,” WLS program director Stephanie Tichenor told staffers in an email today. “He is here to continue what 890 already does best – inform and entertain our listeners.”

St. James had been in Phoenix hosting a midday show at KTAR-FM. The Washington D.C. native is joining a station that sits in 15th place in the mornings with a 2.4 percent audience share, according to the latest Nielsen Audio Survey.

Mancow has been doing radio in the Chicago market since 1989. “Much of the enjoyment I had left doing radio has been sucked out of it,” he told Chicago media writer, Robert Feder. “For me, no interaction has been the radio kiss of death. Talking during this political season and hearing endless tales of woe from my listeners has been radio without joy.”

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Minneapolis Radio Station Raises $300,000 for Needy Families

The event has raised more than $3 million since it began back in 2003. This year’s effort will provide 169,000 meals for those in need.

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News Talk 830 WCCO is doing its part to help needy families in Minneapolis and beyond. On Wednesday, the station raised more than $300,000 during its 18th annual radiothon called the Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon.

The event has raised more than $3 million since it began back in 2003. This year’s effort will provide 169,000 meals for those in need.

“During this pandemic, I’m incredibly proud of the selflessness and generosity of our listeners who stepped up to help us deliver another successful radiothon,” Senior VP/Market Manager Shannon Knoepke said in a release.

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Grace Curley Added to Lineup at WRKO

Curley’s show will replace The Vinny Penn Project in the WRKO lineup, according to TALKERS magazine. She will also continue work at the Boston Herald as a columnist.

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iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRKO announced the addition of The Grace Curley Show starting in January. Curley serves as the Executive Producer of the Howie Carr Show. “Grace Curley is a great talent and just the sort of host talk radio needs to take the industry to the next level,” Carr told Boston Herald.

Curley said that she was excited for the opportunity while thanking Carr for mentoring her into this role. “I’m excited to bring Grace’s show to my affiliates and clients and plan to implement many of the features we do with Howie’s show on Grace’s program,” said Kathy Carr, president of the Howie Carr Radio Network.

Curley’s show will replace The Vinny Penn Project in the WRKO lineup, according to TALKERS magazine. She will also continue work at the Boston Herald as a columnist. “She is part of the next generation of talk radio hosts and is ready to set the Boston airwaves on fire with her strong and authentic voice,” iHeartMedia Boston VP of news, talk and sports Rob Sanchez said. 

Curley also produces the Dirty Rats Podcast series. You can find her on Twitter @G_Curley. 

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