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Howard Stern to Return to Terrestrial Radio?

By Dylan Stableford

Howard Stern revealed to Sirius listeners on Thursday that he's been approached by terrestrial radio about a possible return.

Stern is in the final year of a five-year, $500 million contract with the satellite radio giant.

In an interview with "Bubba The Love Sponge" -- a fellow shock jock who moved to Sirius and has since returned to terrestrial airwaves -- Stern said he's been contacted by several "regular" radio executives, but has not received a "bona fide" offer yet.

"I actually have an offer," Stern said. "Well, not a bona fide offer, but people have been making them."

It doesn't sound like he's ruling a return to terrestrial radio out, although it might also be pure shock jock posturing in a contract year. Late last year, Sirius chief executive Mel Karmazin said he expected as much from Stern in 2010.

Stern did not reveal which terrestrial radio stations had approached him, but said, "I can't ever imagine the day where I'd work for Clear Channel."

The nation's largest radio conglomerate once dropped Stern's terrestrial radio broadcast in six markets because of "indecency."

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