Common sense dictates this is nothing but a Grand Hu$tle. If you listen closely, you'll hear Dr. Laura state that her contract is up at year's end. The show's ratings have skyrocketed since this incident. You connect the dots.NY Times on 11.29.10
Sirius XM Radio announced on Monday that it had signed the radio host Laura Schlessinger to a daily show — just three months after her use of a racial epithet drew wide criticism and led her to quit her current contract.So, saying the word "nigger" 11 times on the public airwaves while lecturing a black woman about racial sensitivity is actually a career advancement tool.
Sirius XM said it had signed a multiyear agreement with Dr. Schlessinger, but declined to disclose any other terms of the deal.
Dr. Schlessinger’s new show, which begins on Jan. 3, will run live for three hours on weekdays, with repeats on the weekend. Since satellite radio has far less interruption than regular radio — which must incorporate advertising — each hour will feature 40 percent more talk than on her old show, a Sirius spokesman said.
One of the most popular figures in talk radio, Dr. Schlessinger has been on the air since the late 1970s and had a regular syndicated show since 1994, offering advice on work, family and relationships for a mostly female audience. According to Talkers magazine, she reaches about eight million listeners a week.
That audience will most likely decline when she moves to satellite radio, which is mostly supported by subscriptions; in September Sirius XM reported it had 19.9 million subscribers. But Michael Harrison, the publisher of Talkers, said that on satellite radio she could retain a big following and have an effect on the culture even if her numbers drop.
What. A. Country.