Opie and Anthony Reportedly Fired from XM

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  1. Z010 Union

    Z010 Union Moderator
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    Officially announced as a 30 Day Hiatus in response to the Queen and Condi Homeless rape bit last week, fans of the show are reporting through well-known sites like whackbag that O&A have actually been terminated.

    In my opinion, this is horrible news. Our society is growing more into a humorless blameocracy every day.
     
  2. Nick_78

    Nick_78 New Member

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    How the hell do you get fired from XM? Wasn't that kind of the point of them going to XM, so they could say whatever the hell they want?
     
  3. Z010 Union

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    Maybe Sirius and Howard are behind it in a pre-merger, Howie is scared of competition kind of way.
     
  4. The Gribbler

    The Gribbler Member

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    Except that there is no competition. IIRC Opie and Anthony pulled out of Dallas/Fort Worth recently because of a 0.0 rating.
     
  5. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator
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    I just canceled my XM subscription
     
  6. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator
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    Because Dallas don't know shit about funny
     
  7. Z010 Union

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    This is a slight mischaracterization. The difference is that O&A would tell listeners, while Howard losing markets was always underplayed, while market gains were hyped.

    I like both of the shows, but Howie's last 2 years were a shadow of himself, and now he won't even take a stand for fellow jocks Imus or O&A. Seems like he turned out more like his dad than he'd like to admit.
     
  8. superdave

    superdave Member+

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    You, on the other hand, think violent rape is hiLARious.

    In all seriousness, over the last 2-3 months, I've started to wonder if you're taking on a new bigsoccer persona, or whether you've suffered some kind of pyschological trauma. You're turning into that guy who wanted us all to watch the video of Nick Berg getting beheaded.
     
  9. Claymore

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    It's all about the potential merger between XM and Sirius. The FCC, while not currently regulating satellite content, does have direct control over any mergers in that bandwidth. It's a tough sell to begin with, so XM doesn't want to give the FCC any excuses to disapprove the transaction.
     
  10. bigredfutbol

    bigredfutbol Moderator
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    Come on, you know that isn't true. He was saying that tasteless jokes about a particular scenario were funny because they were tasteless.
     
  11. obie

    obie New Member

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    Capitalism wins again!

    Really, people, get a grip. Just because sat radio lives outside of FCC scrutiny doesn't mean that a publicly-traded company like XM is willing to risk loss of sponsorship money (remember, both O&A and Stern still have commericals) or subscription money by employing DJs who say incredibly stupid things that bring bad publicity to the company. If O&A were so wildly popular and profitable that XM could withstand the bad publicity, they'd still have a job. They aren't, so they don't. Same as Imus.
     
  12. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator
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    Apparently funny doesn't make much of a stop in NC either.
     
  13. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator
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    Because of this move, XM will be losing subscription money. This will turn out to be an awful business move.
     
  14. Z010 Union

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    Sub money < Ad money

    However this move is potentially disastrous PR wise with listeners regardless of what flavor of XM they like.
     
  15. Samarkand

    Samarkand Member

    May 28, 2001
    Or more likely, they weighed lost subscriptions against lost advertising and figured there was no contest.
     
  16. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator
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    From what I recall, there was no advertising on 202.
     
  17. Claymore

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    No, but there's advertising on the other channels which could be affected.

    On a side note, the stock market seems to have given a collective yawn to the news.
     
  18. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Best O&A call ever:

    "Hey Anthony. Stop ranking on Howard, you're just like him. An ugly shock jock from Long Island who's getting a divorce."

    Dead silence followed by nervous "yeah, you got me" laughter.

    What's with the phony voices they use? Horrible.
     
  19. Samarkand

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    May 28, 2001
    Jesus! So when an advertiser goes to tout his wares on XM, he only looks narrowly at the channel he's on, not to see if by advertizing his brand is associated with anything controversial which might do damage? :rolleyes:

    That's an incredible business strategy. I'm sure HBS or Wharton would love to hear more.......
     
  20. Z010 Union

    Z010 Union Moderator
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    I might need a Box a wine.
     
  21. Samarkand

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    "Look, I only advertised on P.76 in the middle of an article about Californian Wineries. Whaddya mean buyers are upset that I advertised in Anal Monthly? How does that cause me to lose market share?"
     
  22. Matt in the Hat

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    Well, advertisers don't pull from Nickelodeon if MTV does something questionable. Why would this be any different?
     
  23. Matt in the Hat

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    you mean a bawx of wine? :)
     
  24. Matt in the Hat

    Matt in the Hat Moderator
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    What phony voices? They sound like that in real life.
     
  25. obie

    obie New Member

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    As a company, XM gets to make this decision and take that chance. Their beancounters know a lot more about the relative profitability of O&A than you or I do.

    All evidence points to O&A losing money for XM. Their $2-per-month show did terribly, apparently (no sub numbers were ever announced), and if they were a marketable commodity on their own, XM would never have allowed them to return to terrestrial radio. Their contract likely had a morals clause, and XM was just looking for an excuse to use it.
     

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