Posts Tagged ‘Howard Stern’
See, it’s not just American Idol that’s having a problem keeping judges around.
America’s Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne is quitting the NBC show and won’t return next summer. She broke the news with a cryptic tweet on Tuesday: “My darling @HowardStern, money is not the reason I’m not returning to @nbcagt, it’s because…”
Let the speculation begin if Osbourne is quitting because of the addition of Howard Stern or if she simply wants to spend more time with her family in Los Angeles. This is the first season the show has been based in New York, thanks to execs accommodating Stern’s schedule.
On top of that, the NY Post notes that Stern announced on his radio show Monday that he’s on the bubble about returning next season as well. Ratings are down 15 percent compared to last year, despite their high-priced acquisition.
The Hall is calling for Howard Stern.
Stern, the self-proclaimed King of All Media, is the highlight honoree of the Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2012, according to Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder.
Stern, whose annual omission from the Hall housed at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, led to trashing the organization on his Sirius XM show.
In 2004, Stern signed a mega, five-year deal to take his ”shock jock” radio from terrestial to the uncensored satellite.
Stern, who grew up in Roosevelt, New York, had a hugely successful, if not controversial time at 66 WNBC.
After a tumultous three years, Stern arrived at WXRK/K Rock in November 1985. Just three months later, Stern had the coveted mornings at K Rock. In short order, Stern became a syndication star. In 1992, he was the first person to host a number one morning show in New York and Los Angeles simultaneously.
These days, those who don’t get to hear him on Sirius XM, can see Stern as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
The Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held November 10.
Although Greg Hernandez (pictured) has logged many years as a reporter for the Daily News and LA Times, it was actually his personal blog Greg in Hollywood that led to his latest full-time gig. Since early December, he has been working out of his home office in Silver Lake as the LA correspondent for London-based website gaystarnews.com.
Hernandez, who posts an average of five stories per weekday, says a recent talk show host controversy sparked some of his biggest personal traffic stats so far. “That business about One Million Moms wanting JC Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson because she is gay was huge,” he tells FishbowlLA. “Another big story for me involved Howard Stern‘s passionate defense of Ellen and his tirade against some of the more socially conservative presidential candidates.”
On the gaystarnews.com website, there is an impressive listing of the principles anchoring the outlet’s “commitment to ethical, quality journalism.” Hernandez works via email and Skype with not just his editors in London but also some of the site’s other far-flung correspondents.
To say the ratings for WEMP/FM News 101.9 have been in the tank since hitting the air in August would be kind. In the latest Arbitron numbers, the Merlin Media start-up slipped from a .6 to a microscopic .5.
Those ratings indicate a failed experiment, and heads are rolling on Hudson Street.
Though she arrived with an extensive broadcasting resume, Aiello lacked any All-News experience. Aiello was a managing editor and executive producer at WABC/Channel 7. Aiello arrived at WEMP following a stint at Sirius XM Radio as SVP for Martha Stewart‘s channels. Aiello also was Howard Stern‘s one-time news director at Sirius.
Aiello’s departure comes in the aftermath of COO Walter Sabo‘s, who left before New Years.
What more can be said about Johnny Carson that hasn’t already been said? According to Peter Jones, the PBS documentary producer who pursued the late night host for ten years before being curtly turned down, Carson himself certainly believed all had been aired.
Still, for Tonight Show connoisseurs, the upcoming May 14 “American Masters” series documentary on PBS promises a few new tidbits, most notably Joan Rivers revisiting her disastrous decision to not keep Carson properly in the loop about her discussions with FOX. Ray Richmond, the former Hollywood Reporter staffer now helping with Deadline.com’s TCA coverage, has the details from this morning’s Winter Session panel:
“Joan really speaks about that for the first time with us,” Jones said. “She admits that she probably shouldn’t have let Johnny find out about it second-hand. … Johnny never spoke with Joan again. She called him to discuss it with him and he hung up on her. The whole thing with Joan broke Johnny’s heart, it really did.”
How much pull does Stern have? The show is moving from Los Angeles to New York in order to accommodate the shock jock.
“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to ‘America’s Got Talent’ starting this summer,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late-night programming at NBC. “He’s a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success.”
“Everyone knows I love ‘America’s Got Talent. I think it’s the greatest and I would be certainly honored to sit with Howie [Mandel] and Sharon [Osbourne] and judge these lunatics. I take show business very seriously. If I was a judge on there, there would be no nonsense whatsoever. I would be there for the talent. I would be there to actually find somebody good I am not the next judge. I have no deal with ‘America’s Got Talent’… I’m not going to comment if I’m in negotiations… I don’t comment on negotiations.”
As might be expected, the Ratner-Murphy-Grazer-Crystal game of Oscar musical chairs is echoing across Madison Avenue. According to Claire Atkinson of the New York Post, brand new AMPAS marketing chief Christina Kounelias (pictured) and her colleagues are scrambling to adjust an ad sales pitch that until recent events at the Arclight and on Howard Stern airwaves, was predicated entirely on Axel Foley.
One of the problems the Oscar marketing gang faces is that the selection of a 63-year-old, traditional format replacement host leaves them challenged to explain how they will fix what happened last year. Despite the presence of a tweeting James Franco and giggling Anne Hathaway, the 2010 Oscars broadcast was a disaster:
Horizon Media researcher Brad Adgate noted that the Oscars broadcast actually aged upwards last year with the median age hitting 50.6 years — the oldest it’s ever been.