Howard Stern

$16949.15  (Howard's approximate hourly income...before that matters)

News: 12/15/00


In true Stern style, with a studio full of press, Howard announced this morning that he has re-signed with Infinity Broadcasting for another five years.

"The reason I have called the press here today is... I have re-signed for another five years," Howard said. "As of 4:42pm yesterday I had no contract with Viacom/CBS. I was on the fence with last minute negotiations," he added.

No terms of the deal were disclosed but Howard did say that he has several new ways to 'express' the show and he will be doing so in the near future.

"Mel thinks I got more than I deserve. I think I got less," Howard joked.

Infinity Broadcasting founder and now head of Viacom, Mel Karmazin, broke his long code of silence and spoke to the audience saying that he was happy to have Howard stay but as originally agreed, he would not change the S in CBS to Stern.

The Stern show will be on vacation until the first week of January 2001.

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News: 12/15/00

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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News: 12/11/00

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. 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.

Los Angeles
December 11 , 2000
By Tomm Looney

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