Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Opie and Anthony....(update)
(See update below)
For those following the careers of former WAAF jocks Opie and Anthony, their contract talks with XM are coming down to the deadline.
Opie & Anthony contract talks don't look hopeful>
Everyone knows the current radio landscape has changed. Those who signed for "big bucks" a few years back are getting an "adjustment" to the new marketplace.
Also, now that Sirius and XM have merged, there is no competitor to negotiate against. I don't know what their current salary is now (does anyone know?), but I assume they are making more than they would at a local station in Boston or NYC.
Also, when they originated their current deal, they weren't in the best negotiating position....having had to sit out a non-compete, and the "Sex for Sam" promotional debacle.
They may have to get a painful salary haircut, but I hope they stay on Sirius/XM. It would probably be the best thing for their career.
Update: Complaining all the way, Opie & Anthony renew with Sirius XM at the last instant.
It was 5:40 Friday (10/1) morning, in the case of Opie (Gregg Hughes), who says “as soon as I signed, they ran away like [expletive] rats.” He isn’t happy about the terms (“I'm beyond pissed”). So was this the much-rumored draconian cut in pay, causing him and Anthony Cumia to file for Medicaid? Nope. Opie says the deal is “about the same” as the one that expired last week. His problem is that "the original deal was mediocre, so this is mediocre.” In today’s market, objectively, you’d have to say they probably did just fine. Opie further grumbled on Friday’s show about Sirius XM being “the only game in town”, so the personalities had almost no leverage (“they got all their points, we got nothing”). Anthony signed his own deal late Thursday night, so they’re presumably back on satellite radio’s “Virus” channel for another couple of years – griping about life, and their treatment relative to “the guy down the hall”, meaning Howard Stern. Opie says Stern's “going to be offered a ridiculous amount of money to stay here.”