$16949.15 (Howard's approximate hourly income...before taxes...like that matters)
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It's D-Day for Howard Stern - the shaggy-haired shock jock says he still hasn't signed a new contract with his radio company and today may be his final day on the air.
"I thought we were close, but it still hasn't happened," Stern told his millions of fans across the country yesterday.
"Friday could be my last show."
Stern has said that in recent months his efforts to hammer out a "fair" new contract with the company have been fruitless.
Yesterday, he insisted he had come extremely close to making a deal. But as he left the air yesterday, the outspoken gabmeister said he had no idea if his fans would be hearing him again come the second week in January, when he's supposed to return after a three-week vacation.
Stern's producer, Gary Dell'Abate, said he had been so optimistic of a deal this week, he had even sent a word of congratulations to Stern on a Christmas card.
Stern has never discussed the hard facts and figures of his contract.
But The Post has calculated that Stern's value to just four Infinity stations surpassed the $18 million Forbes mag says he made for everything he did in 1999 - radio, CBS-TV's syndication arm, E! cable and the TV shows "Son of the Beach" and "Doomsday" both of which he produces.
And CNBC said Stern had been offered about $18 million for each year of a new five-year radio pact - a 50 percent increase from the $12 million per year the financial station estimates he collects now for radio.
Stern's impact on CBS/Infinity's bottom line is considerable - accounting for at least $25 million in advertising revenue for his New York outlet K-Rock alone, according to Post estimates.
His wake-up show is on 54 stations.
Still, radio-industry insiders believe Stern - who has been with Infinity since 1985 - is just stringing his listeners along to grab bigger ratings and more headlines.
One insider at WXRK, the New York station where Stern's show is based, told The Post last night it would be "an absolute shock to everybody here" if Stern doesn't come to terms with Infinity.
Even if that's true, Stern is milking the drama for all it's worth.
He has ordered Dell'Abate to invite members of the press to the WXRK studios today to interview him about his possible last show.
by Bill Hoffmann
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The following story is unsubstantiated.
Howard Stern's last day on the radio will NOT be Friday, December 15th, as Howard has sternly warned for months.
LooneyNews.com has learned exclusively that Howard Stern has signed a new five year deal with CBS/Infinity, with a base salary of $18 million dollars per year.
This is a 50 percent increase from the $12 million dollar coinage per year Howard now is believed to rake in, in radio dollars alone.
In 1999, Stern's total take - from radio, TV and other projects - was $18 million.
Superconsultant/superscribe John Mainelli of the New York Post recently wrote a piece titled, "All Talk, No Walk," where he forewarned that all Stern's talk about a "last show" on Friday December 15th was just that -- talk.
Mainelli also reported that Stern's flunkies were in LA recently scouting out a location for a remote broadcast in January.
"Howard has re-upped with CBS/Infinity. That's why they were here in LA doing advance work for a January broadcast. There would be no January broadcast if he hadn't already done a deal with CBS/Infinity," sang a person with an eye on CBS who works at Howard's LA affiliate, KLSX/Los Angeles.
|December 11 , 2000|
|By Tomm Looney|
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