Friday, June 14, 2024

Howard Stern Gets Sirius; MUSE Awards Honor NY Super Ladies


Howard Stern–surprise! (not)–is staying at Sirius XM Radio. He’s signed a five year deal. It wasn’t possible he was going back to regular radio. Sirius has thrived with him, and he’s thrived with them. So it’s a win-win. Now Howard will be heard on mobile devices, too. His last contract was for $500 million. Sirius, meantime, has grown massively to 20 million subscribers since it merged with XM. It’s must have in the car because–especially in New York–radio is so incredibly awful….

…Our pal Cindi Berger, who runs powerhouse PR firm PMK-BNC, was honored yesterday with a MUSE Award from New York Women in Film and Television. The other honorees were Vanessa Williams, Pat Kaufman–who runs the New York State film office, Abbe Raven of A&E Television. Marsha Hunt, who’s 93, received a lifetime humanitarian award. (She’s not the Marsha Hunt from the Mick Jagger days–whatever happened to her?) Cindi started as the receptionist at PMK in the days of Lois Smith and Pat Kingsley and worked her way up with integrity and determination. She also is famous for handling all the divas, from Barbara Walters to Mariah Carey and Rosie O’Donnell. They all love her! And Pat Kaufman is the pixie from North Carolina who gets things done. She’s the reason so many films shoot in New York state and not in Canada. Congrats to them all!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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