I believe Howard Stern has 9 million listeners. Like him or not, that's what I call a meaningful base. How many does Mike the Fatso or Anus in the morning have?
Stern and the merger of XM and Sirius has made the company viable in the long-term. Even after Stern leaves in 3 years I think another show will take its place with most of his key players teaming up (Sal and Richard, Gary, Artie).
Most newer model cars are being built with satellite radio installed which is also huge for them.
WFAN grossed $40 mil in revenue last year. I think if they do the right thing and get rid of Fatso once his contract is up it will eliminate alot of their overhead and make them even more profitable. They can put anyone in NY afternoon drive-time and they'd be succesful. Don Anus? He's still busy trying to convince idiot advertisers that his two listeners are the most powerful people in the world.
Last edited by detjetsfan; 03-06-2013 at 10:54 PM.
Chris Christie barking at the Dog as NJ Governor knocks Chris Russo on Adam Schein move
Chris Christie runs New Jersey. Is he trying to takeover SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Radio”?
The question is valid following the Governor’s recent on-air call to Chris (Mad Dog) Russo. Christie blasted Doggie for hiring Adam (Nabob of Nugget) Schein to run the mid-day show and for disposing of its current host, Bruce Murray, whom he booted over to NFL radio’s “SXM Blitz.”
Christie, relentless as usual, accused Russo of having a “death wish” and characterized Schein as a “whiney guy with glasses.”
“Are you kidding me? Adam Schein for Bruce Murray?” Christie asked. “Do you want to lose ears all across America? This guy (Schein) is unlistenable.”
Russo said the Governor was being a bit harsh.
“No, it’s not a little harsh,” Christie shot back. “Do you watch the Jets postgame show (that Schein appears on on SportsNet New York)? This is unbelievable.”
Christie is fond of Murray. He has appeared on his show. Friendship, and his definition of good radio, was all the motivation the Guv needed to pound away at Schein and belittle Russo.
“You’re kicking him (Murray) off ‘Mad Dog Radio.’ It’s outrageous,” Christie said. “Adam Schein? Come on. Chris, I love you as a radio host but your managerial decisions are lacking.”
“My management skills are not as good as yours, let’s put it that way. I have been inept,” Russo admitted. “Is this phone call more because Bruce is getting a raw deal or is this because you think Adam is a bad hire?”
“Both,” Christie said. “It’s a raw deal. And Adam, I don’t get it. You want this guy leading into you? What do you have, a death wish?”
Russo tried defending Schein and downplaying the transaction. “To me it’s a little trade,” Russo said. “This is not Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi.’
“Let me tell you something,” Christie said. “It makes Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi look like a good trade. How about Amos Otis for Joe Foy?”
When asked what it felt like to be verbally trashed by Christie, Schein laughed derisively saying he will use the governor’s remarks to open his show.
“The governor is wrong. This isn’t a trade, this is a promotion. Hopefully he will let me borrow the state helicopter he uses to go to his Little League games for the New York-New Jersey Super Bowl,” Schein said. “But I do appreciate him watching ‘Jets Postgame Live’ on SNY.”
Christie’s salvo is not the only element adding significance to the Schein move. Russo’s 5-year SXM contract, worth about $20 million, expires this summer.
It would not be surprising if the suits brought Schein in as an insurance policy. If Russo leaves SXM they could move Schein into his time slot.
Russo even alluded to this during his “interview” with Christie when he said: “If I leave they could have Adam fill in.”
Schein Ickey Shuffled around a question about replacing Russo. “My ideal scenario would be to keep everything (SNY, SXM, CBS Sports Net, NFL.com) I’m doing right now,” he said. "That’s my vision.”
Big money has been known to adjust one’s eyesight.