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Howard Stern Critic "Fired" After Conflict Revealed

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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.

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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.