Mac Greer: Howard Stern is in the final year of his contract. Motley Fool analyst Rick Munarriz, what's one thing that everyone should know about the Sirius XM
Rick Munarriz: I think there's a misconception out there that it's a binary event --- either Howard Stern signs with Sirius XM and everybody's happy, or he signs with a terrestrial-radio company, like Viacom
You know, Stern has a lot of options, which is why I think that he hasn't been quick to make his decision. We're already four and a half years into this five-year contract, and even though there seems to be every indication that he will not return to the FCC-regulated airwaves of terrestrial radio, anything could happen at this point. There's always the chance that he may come stick around for Sirius XM in some kind of advisory role, some kind of consultant role. Maybe he'll have a show like Oprah Winfrey that's just basically one show a week where he's actually on, and everything else revolves around him.
Sirius XM is not going to die if Howard Stern walks away. And I think that what's going to happen here is that all the Howard Stern fans who think they're going to cancel their Sirius subscriptions if Howard Stern leaves are going to find that all the other stuff that they've come to appreciate from satellite radio, they're not going to find in terrestrial radio or through clicking onto Pandora in their smartphones.
Mac Greer doesn't own shares of any of the stocks mentioned here. Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a subscriber to both Sirius and XM. He owns no shares in any of the stocks in this article and is also a member of the Rule Breakers analytical team, seeking out the next great growth stock early in its defiance. The Fool has a disclosure policy.