69 Reasons Howard Stern ISN'T Going Back to Censored Radio
Our pals over at Tabloid Baby don't seem to be subscribers to Howard Stern over at Sirius, because for some reason they took the news that Stern will be offerring a free preview of his show via the Internet on 10/25 and 10/26, and a one cent special for his On Demand Howard TV channel as a sign that the King of All Media is interested in going back to the likes of KLSX where he was the ratings leader for many years.
What it is more likely is that Stern, who has been on satellite for ten months now, is shrewdly gearing up for the Christmas gift-giving season by giving millions of his fans who have not joined him on uncensored radio a taste of what they're missing. And, now that the Sirius streaming option is now available over the web, with no need to buy a radio, the company probably is giddy to show off the 75 cd-quality channels for free for two days.
Rumors that Stern wants to return to the FCC-controlled radio have been buzzing around the media, some say fueled by traditional radio who wants to throw a wet blanket on Stern's meteoric success on satellite. Regular radio has been hit hard by the rise in popularity of iPods, the lack of popular personalities on the AM and FM bands, and the fact that consumers are finding themselves buying and leasing new cars equipped with satellite radios as inexpensive options (radios with Sirius or XM usually cost less than $200).
Below we have listed our top twelve reasons that we think Stern will stay at Sirius, other than the fact that Stern continually says on the air how much he loves his new home, other than the fact that Stern has a half-billion dollar five-year contract, and other than the fact that his anger for traditional radio only increased during his final year when instead of Radio celebrating or honoring their most successful star, they only tried to insult his jump to satellite in interviews in the press and renaming some stations FreeFM.