Shock-jock agrees to 5-year pact
NEW YORK — Howard Stern has renewed his contract with Viacom unit Infinity Broadcasting, the popular syndicated radio shock-jock announced on his show Friday morning.
During a guest spot featuring Viacom chief operating officer Mel Karmazin, Stern said he’ll stay with Infinity for another five years. Financial terms were not disclosed.
There had been some debate circulating in industry circles earlier in the year as to whether Stern, who has been with Infinity since 1985, would reup or pack it in when his contract runs out at the end of the year. Stern himself repeatedly warned listeners on the air that Friday’s show could be his last.
Over the years, Stern has been the subject of numerous protests and occasional lawsuits over the irreverent and often controversial content on his show, which includes regular parades of strippers and such colorful characters as Gary the Retard.
Infinity owns more than 180 radio stations nationwide, including the flagship WXRK-FM (“K-Rock”) in Gotham, which hosts Stern’s show from 6 to 10 weekday mornings.