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If you listened this past week, it sounds like more and more Stern is looking for a "way out", so as not too look bad(greedy) to his fanbase(anyone with any sort of thought process realizes he doing/saying what he is saying so he does not look like the jerk if he does not come back in 2011. it will be managements fault, not his). He starting to get upset with the people he works for, and this may be the beginning of the end. Or it could just be posturing on his part.
I would not be surprised if he is gone for good in Dec. 2010. I have said it before in other posts, but here are my reasons again.
1. He will NEVER get the money on this next deal that he got on his first. Seems like too me that he may still be fighting to get some of the money he was promised from the first deal. Howard mentioned litigation this week with regards to certain people/aspects within the company. When he does/says that, it is about money. And Sirius/XM in no way shape, or form, have the money to get him for 5 more years. Maybe not even 3 more years.
2. He will be 57(maybe 58?) years old come Jan. 2010, and his youngest daughter will be graduating high school this june 2010, on her way to college. Most people begin to think about retiring at this point, especially when the youngest is on their way to begin their life away at school. Especially people that know that they have enough to live on for the rest of their lives. Howard should be one of those people unless his lifestyle(ala Ed McMahon) forces him to continue to work. I don't see it.
3. He has nothing left to prove to anyone. He has done what he wanted, and now it is time to move on. He always said he did want to become like Imus. Old and decrepid, and just unable to give up the limelight/microphone. I think he can. The only people who are really going to suffer from his lifetime achievements are his kids and his current wife. People(his enemies) will begin to pile on them(they are all adults, except for the youngest daughter) and harrass them whenever they can because Daddy no longer has his microphone and loyal listeners in order to fight back. If anything, THAT will be the thing that keeps him on the air.
But enough of this. In the end, I think he will return to Sirius/XM 3 days a week/for 3 years, in the afternoons starting at 1pm or 2pm for the drive home from work.
He won't get the money(unless he returned to terrestrial radio) he got first tme around, but he will get a good bunch of it, plus better hours(Artie and everyone else would love this), and then just coast into retirement.
Can't see him either going back to terrestrial radio, or doing the whole thing over the internet. But he has surprised me in the past. Guess we will find out what happens by Summer 2010. He will have made his decisions by then, and will let everyone know what they are.