Originally Posted by RaveD
... and having the same number of listeners as Howie at the apex of his success ... and having the same amount of press coverage.
At this point they still have quite a large hill to climb in both areas.
That will never happen. Aside from additional radio competition that exists now, but didn't exist during Stern's good years, there are just too many other listening options available to the current consumer. Mel Karmazin is correct when he told Congress that technologies such as iPods are competitors for radio stations.
I have lots of friends who used to listen to radio, but don't anymore because they only listen to their iPods.
To tell you the truth, I've always questioned the accuracy of Stern's numbers back int the 90's. At the time "Private "Parts" came out, he supposedly had around 18 million listeners. However, the movie only made $40 million at the box office. Even if we're conservative about ticket prices and say that tickets were only $5 each, that means that only 8 million people saw the movie. That doesn't take the people who saw the movie multiple times into account (which would include me seeing it twice, really I saw it 3 times, but the premiere didn't count toward ticket sales)
I find it hard to believe that 18 million people were listening to him daily, but less than half of that went to see the movie.