Howard Stern fans have a new celebratory expression. Instead of yelling out, “Baba Booey!” they are now chanting, “FIVE MORE YEARS!” as the King of All Media announced at the top of his Sirius XM morning show on Tuesday that he was re-signing with the satellite radio company for his third five-year contract.
“We are staying here at Sirius,” said Stern, who came over to the pay service from terrestrial radio in 2006. “It’s been nothing but a pleasant experience ... and a dream come true.”
Stern said staying at Sirius was an easy decision because he enjoys all the programing that has developed at the company, which boasts 29 million subscribers.
“It’s really something to walk through the halls. To this day I get a charge out of it,” Stern said. “It’s exciting, it’s fun. You feel like you are part of a community. I like the fact that we in some way were responsible for help building this thing.”
Although Stern didn’t reveal if his on-air schedule will change or what his financial agreement was, the shock jock did announce a new development in the deal.
“There’s an app we will be developing that will now include video streaming of the show so our fans will be able to see us live, get our complete archives and then some,” Stern said. “The app is going to be revolutionary. It will be the ultimate fan experience. We will have our own universe.”
In a rare emotional moment on the show, Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers broke down in tears over the news.
“This was a tough five years for me and I’m so happy to be able to have another five years with you. It almost didn’t happen,” said Quivers, who suffered from a near fatal bout with endometrial cancer from 2012 to 2013. “You are the reason I’m still here. This show helped me recover. It kept me alive.”
Stern told Quivers he loved her and how vital she was to the program.
“You make it easy for me to do this show. I would not have done it if you died on me,” said Stern, who then lightened the mood. “If Fred [Norris, his other sidekick] had died, I wouldn’t have even taken a day off.”