Time To Consider All Things
Stern (Howard) is worth a half-billion dollars to Sirius over five years. Perhaps Stern (NPR) could make the case that Morning Edition and All Things Considered are worth $250,000,000 over five years.
To cover the NPR fee, Sirius would need just over 350,000 new annual subscriptions at the $142 annual rate. More subscriptions are needed, of course, in order to make a profit. Roughly triple that to 1,000,000 new subscribers (huge news when H. Stern did it) and you still have not dented the public radio weekly Cume by 5 percent.
I'm certain the math would get a bit more complicated than what's presented above, but it's probably not off by much.
Suppose it could happen. NPR could make its programming, put it on the satellite, and give it to stations. That would be one of the conditions of the deal.
Free, or even almost free, programs to stations would free up lots of cash to create all those new services, local or otherwise, that are supposed to strengthen public radio.
I'm not the first one to make this suggestion. But every other time it has come up, it has been dismissed out-of-hand. This is an idea that could radically restructure public radio for innovation and growth. It's worth thinking about. After all, we are the industry that boasts of considering all things.