If there has been anything as interesting as Howard Stern's plan to defect to Sirius Satellite Radio
I found a news report from USA Today that said Infinity had approached Jon Stewart, of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, very interesting in a "big-news-that-actually-wasn't" way. Replacing Stern with someone like Stewart would have been a coup. Stewart is smart, funny, and irreverent, and he has a large fan base. He's become famous in recent years for his willingness to ask the tough questions -- cloaked in humor -- that so many journalists seemed to shy away from.
Oh, well, so much for that idea.
As for the replacements, Carolla has some recognition from such programs as The Man Show and Loveline, but he still doesn't seem to match Stern's considerable star power. Meanwhile, the addition of David Lee Roth is a bit mystifying to me. I'm certain that many people would consider him among the ranks of washed-up -- er, I mean former -- rock stars.
Although much has been made of Stern's defection to satellite radio's No. 2 broadcaster, and whether it will help Sirius' chances against its arch-rival XM Satellite Radio
Just yesterday, Clear Channel
Traditional radio companies continue to search for new and different ways to stop listener defection. However, compared with the seismic rumble that Stern's departure caused, today's announcement by Infinity has a tinny ring. It doesn't strike me as one that will bring much loyalty to the dial.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.