- The Washington Times - Monday, October 9, 2017

Who makes the most money in talk radio? Talk is not cheap. In a new report, Forbes magazine reveals the salaries of “the world’s highest paid radio personalities” — the talented few who have challenging often exhaustive jobs, but are well compensated. The numbers are “estimated,” based on a variety of industry sources, says Forbes analyst Hayley C. Cuccinello.

“The controversial Howard Stern leads the pack once again with a $90 million haul, earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before taxes and management fees. Stern, who is one of America’s wealthiest celebrities with a net worth of $450 million, renegotiated his eight-figure contract with SiriusXM in December 2015. The deal includes digital distribution channels like apps and video streaming, which could pad Stern’s paycheck in the future,” Ms. Cuccinello writes.

“Next up is Rush Limbaugh, who pocketed $84 million, enjoyed a 21 percent increase in listeners to his eponymous show thanks to a ‘Trump bump.’ The most-listened-to talk show host in America, with 14 million listeners by Talkers Magazine‘s estimate, he was far from the only one to get this ratings boost.”

In third place is Ryan Seacrest, who garnered $58 million, followed by Bill O’Reilly ($37 million), Sean Hannity ($36 million) and Glenn Beck ($10 million).

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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