Report: Ryan Seacrest 'Doesn't Think' He'll Sign Another CC Radio Deal
...As Star 94 Drops His Show For Local Talent
June 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM (PT)
In a FORBES magazine profile attached to the annual "Celebrity 100" list of the "richest and most powerful" celebrities, RYAN SEACREST tells the magazine that when his CLEAR CHANNEL radio contract ends at the end of this year, he "doesn't think he'll sign another one." The article says SEACREST is being courted by CBS to do a talk show to fill the vacancy being left by OPRAH WINFREY's exit from syndication.
Read the profile by clicking here.
Seacrest's 'Star' Fades In Atlanta
Not necessarily coincidentally, SEACREST's syndicated show has just been dropped by LINCOLN FINANCIAL Top 40/Mainstream WSTR (STAR 94)/ATLANTA. His midday shift is being divvied up between local personalities CHASE DANIELS and HEATHER BRANCH.
According to AJB.COM's RODNEY HO, STAR 94 added SEACREST's show in early 2009 and put him in middays, then was moved to afternoons before being put back into middays again. SEACREST was raised in the area and his first radio gig was at STAR 94.
Legendary STAR 94 personality TOMMY SULLIVAN told HO, [RYAN] took a lot of pride being on Star. He really customized content for the station." yet "didn't feel a connection" to the show, telling SEACREST, "It sounds good but there’s no relatability to the live factor."
SEACREST won't be completely off STAR 94, though. His weekend countdown show will continue to be heard.
Forbes: Oprah Tops 'Celebrity 100'
Back at FORBES, this year's "Celebrity 100" list once again includes several with connections to the music and radio industries.
Topping the chart is OPRAH WINFREY, whose empire includes a SIRIUS XM RADIO channel. Singers BEYONCE KNOWLES (2nd), LADY GAGA (4th), BRITNEY SPEARS (6th) and MADONNA (10th) also made the top 10, with U2 in at 7th. The next 10 include SIMON COWELL (11th), TAYLOR SWIFT (12th), MILEY CYRUS (13th), JAY-Z (15th), the BLACK EYED PEAS (16th), BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (17th), and RUSH LIMBAUGH (19th).
ELLEN DEGENERES, who recently added a record label to her "AMERICAN IDOL" and syndicated variety show duties, is on the list at 23rd, with PINK at 27th, COLDPLAY at 35th, HOWARD STERN at 39th, the JONAS BROTHERS at 40th, GLENN BECK at 43rd, and SEACREST at 44th.
KENNY CHESNEY is 54th on the list, with RASCAL FLATTS at 62nd, TOBY KEITH at 67th, SEAN (DIDDY) COMBS at 68th, LIL WAYNE at 74th, KEITH URBAN at 76th, and AKON at 80th. Among the celebrities dropping off the list from last year to this year are BON JOVI, which didn't tour last year, and KANYE WEST, who had no tour and no new album in time for the list.
See the entire CELEBRITY 100 list by clicking here.
[If RYAN decides not to re-ink a deal with CLEAR CHANNEL and KIIS, who should they replace him with? Share your comments below.]