We talk about the crazy-high salaries that are paid to major-league athletes. Then there is the world of entertainment where we hear about the A-list movie and television stars making millions per picture or season. Are there any radio hosts that make astronomical sums? The answer is yes. Howard Stern was the highest paid this past year, grossing $90 million. #2 was Rush Limbaugh who, thanks to a “Trump bump”, made $84 million.
Coming in at #3 is Ryan Seacrest at $58 million. The numbers include these “radio hosts” extra-curricular activities in other media and are before deductions such as taxes and fees for agents, managers and lawyers. That’s still leaves these guys with no worries as to where their next meal will come from. Some of the other names on the high-earners list are Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly even though he was fired from his Fox tv gig over harassment allegations. If you’re wondering if there are any Canadian radio talk or music show hosts that are up in that stratospheric income range, the answer is no. Obviously you can make a living in our industry; otherwise there would be no on-air personalities and we’d just be an automated jukebox. But if the dream is to make multi-millions of dollars and be known by multi-millions of people, you have to try your luck south of the border, the same as it has always been in the world of entertainment.