Howard Stern Critic "Fired" After Conflict Revealed
Some say he was fired, some say he quit, either way John Mainelli no longer works at the NY Post after it was revealed that there may have been a conflict of intrest when he printed rumors about Howard Stern wanting to return to censored radio.
Howard Stern may be coming back to earth - on WPLJ or WABC. Radio insiders are reporting rampant rumors that the shock jock will "do an Opie & Anthony" and return to old-fashioned radio from the obscurity of satellite radio. - Mainelli, NY Post, 9/19
The only problem is Stern (pictured with girlfriend, model, Beth O.) has said over the last nine months that he loves satellite radio, loves the fact that when he signed a five year contract Sirius only had 600,000 listeners and now has over 4 milliion, and loves the fact that Sirius has begun to sell more radios each month than their competitor XM.Oh and there's the other problem that Mainelli is a radio consultant who has a business helping traditional radio stations become more profitable. When Stern raised questions about whether or not Mainelli and his clients would financially benefit from such rumor-based columns that contained no fact, the Post apparently asked their columnist to choose between writing about radio or consulting for radio stations.
What also came to light was Mainelli's primary source in the story was a columnist from Inside Radio, a publication that is about old-fashioned radio and owned by Clear Channel who not only owns tons of radio stations, but also is an investor in XM.