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Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity radio deal still in limbo

Cumulus Media Inc. refused to comment Tuesday on reports that it may be cutting Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity’s shows from its radio network.

Online news site Politico, citing unnamed sources, reported Sunday that the broadcaster planned to drop the conservative talk show hosts from its stations at the end of the year.

The report said Cumulus has decided it will not renew contracts with either host and that it would remove the conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets.

Cumulus CEO and Chairman Lew Dickey was quick to address the issue Tuesday during a conference call with investors to discuss the company’s quarterly performance.

“Let me answer a question before it’s asked,” Dickey said. “While we don’t comment on individual talent negotiations, I will say that the framework we employ is straightforward and very consistent. We carefully analyze listener interest; advertiser demand, as well as opportunity cost for making our decisions. We’ll have more to say about this when the time is appropriate.” READ FULL STORY

'The Pursuit of Happiness' couple dies in suicide pact

On a radio show they hosted called The Pursuit of Happiness, John Littig and Lynne Rosen urged listeners to embrace spontaneity.

“So much about life is about impulse,” Littig said on a broadcast this year on an FM station in New York, WBAI. “It’s about doing it right now.”

A shocking decision the couple made together appeared more methodical: Police say they killed themselves side by side as part of a suicide pact.

Autopsies found that both Littig, 47, and Rosen, 45, died from asphyxiation after inhaling helium, a spokeswoman for medical examiner’s office said Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Australian DJs give first interviews after nurse's suicide -- VIDEO

The two Australian radio personalities whose prank phone call to Kate Middleton’s hospital is being linked to the suicide of the nurse who received the call gave their first televised interviews. “If we played any involvement in her death then we’re sorry for that,” a teary Mel Greig told Today Tonight, one of two interviews she did with her on-air partner Michael Christian. “We couldn’t foresee what was going to happen in the future.”

Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, had patched the prank call through to Middleton’s private nurse, believing that Greig was Queen Elizabeth. She was found dead of a suspected suicide on Friday, and the DJs have received death threats. READ FULL STORY

NY black radio-pioneer Hal Jackson dies

New York radio pioneer Harold Jackson, the first African-American voice on network radio, has died.

A statement on WBLS radio station’s website said Jackson died Wednesday of an undisclosed illness. He was in his 90s.

Jackson began his career in Washington, D.C., as the first African-American play-by-play sports announcer. He moved to New York in the 1950s where he hosted three different radio shows, broadcasting a mix of jazz and conversation with celebrities.

Jackson later co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, one of the first broadcasting companies wholly owned by blacks. The company acquired WBLS, which pioneered the urban contemporary format. Jackson continued to host a program each week on WBLS.

In 1995, Jackson became the first black person inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Howard Stern fails to win $300 million in Sirius lawsuit

Howard Stern’s hopes for a $300 million payday from Sirius XM Radio Inc. have been dashed by a judge. His show’s Twitter feed said the shock jock was “really bummed” by the decision and plans to appeal.

Stern sued last March, arguing that he was entitled to a huge stock-based bonus in his contract because the number of Sirius subscribers exceeded the company’s internal forecasts. But his initial job contract was signed in October 2004, well before Sirius acquired XM in July 2008.

New York state court judge Barbara Kapnick ruled Monday that Stern couldn’t count XM’s nearly 10 million subscribers in calculating his bonus, saying that the language of his contract was clear and unambiguous.

Kapnick dismissed Stern’s lawsuit “with prejudice,” which means he can’t bring another case based on the same set of facts.

Sirius XM’s stock rose 7 cents, or 3.2 percent, to close Tuesday at $2.24.

The ruling by New York’s trial court, the Supreme Court, was decisive and “finally removes lingering headline risk,” Standard & Poor’s equity analyst Tuna Amobi said in a research note. He has a “buy” rating on the shares.

Sirius XM, which now has more than 21 million subscribers, acknowledged the ruling in a securities filing Tuesday.

“The court found the agreement unambiguous and that we had complied with all our obligations,” it said.

Stern had already received a $75 million stock bonus for exceeding the 2006 subscriber estimate by more than 2 million subscribers. He was also paid $25 million when Sirius combined with XM, in order to enable Stern’s show to be broadcast to XM listeners as well.

Stern’s agent Don Buchwald, who stood to gain $30 million from a favorable ruling, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Buchwald also received a $7.5 million stock bonus when Stern exceeded the 2006 subscriber estimate and $2.5 million when Sirius acquired XM, the ruling said.

In December 2010, Stern signed a new 5-year contract, keeping him at Sirius XM through 2015.

Rush Limbaugh preemptively rejects former advertiser

In the week since Rush Limbaugh set off a firestorm of controversy after calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for advocating government-funded contraception for women before Congress (Limbaugh also joked that the American people be able to watch them engage in their sexual activities online), several advertisers have left his popular conservative radio show.

According to the Los Angeles Times, in addition to condemnation from some politicians (including Republicans like John McCain), Limbaugh has already lost 11 advertisers. Among one of the companies to pull their sponsorship is California mattress company Sleep Train who, as the Times noted, “had been with Limbaugh show for 25 years.” The retailer said at the time of their decision, “As a diverse company, Sleep Train does not condone such negative comments directed toward any person. We have currently pulled our ads with Rush Limbaugh.” READ FULL STORY

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