That Stern's listeners seem to have disappeared is reflective of the dirty secret that radio ratings are extremely unreliable, inaccurate (and) misleading. People listen to more than one show and one station. Thus, Stern's listeners are all over the place as they have always been.
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Ratings are not the same as votes. (Some) people like to listen to people they disagree with. We learned that when Rush had his drug problem it made him more interesting.
A lot of people in political talk radio are still on that left-versus-right formula because it's been working. You can be sure that if it continues to show a decline in ratings, they'll alter the course.
It's very common in radio for people to re-hire someone they let go. Opie and Anthony have ratings in New York and a loyal following, and they know how to do the shock genre successfully, which not many people do.
Stern as a property is far more expendable to Clear Channel than to (Viacom), taking into account the money involved and the politics of dealing with the FCC,
The radio business is a tough business and Howard Stern generates a ton of money, ... I don't think (Viacom) ever wants to cut him loose. It would be a nuclear-sized event if they did part company.
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