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Howard Stern opened his Monday show with a critique of the Bloomberg Businessweek cover story, “Sirius, We Have a Problem. He called it “a very nice article,” “a very honest piece” that “was all accurate.” (He didn’t cooperate with the author, Felix Gillette.)

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Stern said this morning that the magazine had reported he “got a great deal” from SiriusXM because “he only works three days a week.” In fact, Gillette simply wrote: “He anchors four hours of morning radio three days a week,” and left it at that.

That one sentence apparently still irked Stern.

“I was thinking about that whole three-days-a-week thing,” he told his listeners. “Take Letterman, Kelly Ripa or Ellen DeGeneres – any of these shows – they do an hour show. They work an hour a day, and I know they’d say the same thing I do: I don’t work just an hour a day; I have to do a lot of homework and prep.

“So we do four hours a day. We essentially in one day do what they [Letterman and others] do in a week. So we’re doing 12 hours a week, they’re doing five hours a week and we get blasted. …Why is the world consumed with how many days I work?” (Businessweek certainly wasn’t.)

He added that “the truth is I don’t know what I’m going to do” when the current SiriusXM contract expires at the end of the year. “If Sirius came to me and said, ‘Here’s a really compelling deal,’ I’d sign tomorrow. I just haven’t heard that compelling deal. Honestly.”

Stern on his “dream job” offer

I hope this isn’t misperceived, because I’m not sitting here negotiating at all – I really am not – but I’ve got so many offers on the fucking table about what I’m going to do with the next five years of my life. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to do anything, and then there’s a part of me that wants to grab every one of these opportunities.

My agent called me with an opportunity that is so mind-blowing – like, it would be the dream job of all time for me. It would be my dream job; it really would.

Stern didn’t spill the beans, but when pressed he joked that he was offered the “Fashion Police” host job.

But the temptation to stop working is strong.

“This morning the alarm went off and I said to my wife, Why am I doing this now? I mean, what is the compulsion here? I like being home, I like painting, I like listening to music. I like no stress. Like even a podcast would be too much stress for me. Honestly, because I would stress out about it just as much.”

* Can SiriusXM survive without Howard Stern? (bloomberg.com)

Remember Dean Olsen, the reporter on the health-care beat who works at McDonald’s on weekends to make ends meet?

He’s still working at the fast-food chain and still trying to get raises for journalists at GateHouse Media’s Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register.

Olsen, who leads the Springfield unit of the United Media Guild, says the union is launching a radio campaign today to put pressure on GateHouse to agree to a fair contract.

“The ads will call on people to go to a special website – savethesjr.com – where they can read about our campaign, sign a petition and send an email to Kirk Davis, chief executive officer of GateHouse Media,” says the union chief.

Here’s the ad on SoundCloud, and here’s the transcript:

A lot has changed at the State Journal Register since GateHouse Media bought the paper in 2007. The printing press was outsourced to Peoria. Page designers, proofreaders, outdoors writer, food editor and other positions all eliminated. The newsroom formed a union to stop the bleeding and save quality journalism in Springfield. Go to Savethesjr.com and tell the out-of-town corporate owners enough is enough. It’s time to reinvest in your workers. That’s savethesjr.com. This message brought to you by the United Media Guild.

“Journalists at The State Journal-Register have gone more than seven years without a pay raise,” notes Olsen. “And since we talked [last October], I got a 10-cent-per-hour raise [at McDonald’s], making my hourly pay $8.35. McDonald’s generally gives raises every six months.”

* Save the State Journal-Register (savethesjr.com)
* Meet the health-care reporter who works at McDonald’s on weekends (jimromenesko.com)




* Just 13% of millennials say they use Twitter as a daily source of news, while 88% say they get news from Facebook at least occasionally. (niemanlab.org)
econ* Bill Simmons says of Grantland: “I think we have the best multimedia site right now. I don’t even know who we’re competing with.” (recode.net)
* Grantland’s Mark Titus writes about getting over depression and being “thankful just to be alive.” (reddit.com) | h/t @sportsrapport
* [RIGHT] “The people at The Economist somehow thought this was a good cover.” (@AdamSerwer)
* No way NBC can put Brian Williams back in the anchor chair! (pressthink.org)
* Chuck Todd praises NBC for its handling of the Williams controversy. (CNN.com/Warning: Video autoplay)
* USA Today gets into bed with IndyCar. (ibj.com)
* Mexican politicians accuse Tijuana’s Frontera and its sister newspapers of extortion. (utsandiego.com)
* Talks by Esquire’s Chris Jones and other journalists will be livestreamed today from Mizzou. (rjionline.org)
* Ezra Klein only seems like a former Timesman. (@Hadas_Gold)
* Ugly comments about bike-tire news prompt this observation: “Sure, you’ll get a lot of ‘likes’ on Facebook for busting out the bile, but in the real world, nobody likes a dick.” (bikemag.com)
* Conde Nast Germany goes after a fashion blogger for image use. (Fashion Copious) | Editor’s follow-up: (Fashion Copious)
* Rex Sorgatz on how TiVo and other technologies both imperiled and propelled “The Daily Show.” (medium.com)
* University of Texas humor magazine editors are elected to student government president and veep. (collegemediamatters.com)

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