Howard Stern has announced he is leaving Infinity in 2006
October 6, 2004
HOWARD STERN announced WEDNESDAY (10/6) on the air that he has signed a contract to move to SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO, starting in 2006 with the expiration of his contract with INFINITY. Calling satellite "the future of radio," STERN called his move a "political statement" and noted that he could not "breathe a word" about negotiations over the last two weeks; he said he will get three channels- two included in the standard subscription price (including the channel carrying his show), one premium- to program at SIRIUS.
SIRIUS CEO JOE CLAYTON said, "Signing HOWARD STERN is, without a doubt, the most exciting and transformational event in the history of radio, He is an entertainment force of unprecedented recognition and popularity in the broadcast world, who is capable of changing the face of satellite radio and generating huge numbers of subscribers for SIRIUS."
SIRIUS President of Entertainment and Sports SCOTT GREENSTEIN's statement called STERN "an incredible creative and comedic icon, and we are thrilled that he chose SIRIUS to broadcast what everyone believes will be the most exciting part of his career." The former MIRAMAX and USA/OCTOBER FILMS executive added that "there is absolutely no one like HOWARD STERN, and I'm excited that, for the first time, his show will be heard across the entire country as it was always meant to be heard."
A statement delivered from INFINITY this morning read: "We at INFINITY have enjoyed our years with HOWARD. We wish him well in his new foray into the world of pay subscription radio, beginning in 2006."