Monday, March 05, 2007

Robert Siegel, Call Your Agent

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Blogger Michael Petrelis pulled some public filings and learned the salaries of the five highest-paid on-air personalities on NPR:

Renee Montagne
Compensation: $308,374
Contributions to benefit plan: $30,640

Steve Inskeep
Compensation: $301,856
Contributions to benefit plan: $35,572

Robert Siegel
Compensation: $288,795
Contribution to benefit plan: $24,480

Scott Simon
Compensation: $266,821
Contribution to benefit plan: $33,572

Alexander Chadwick
Compensation: $235,173
Contribution to benefit plan: $29,564

Interesting. Robert Siegel is NPR's biggest star, but he isn't paid the most. Nina Totenberg is NPR's second-biggest star, and she didn't even make the top five. To me, a star is someone who gets listeners to specifically dial in. When was the last time you heard someone talking about how they couldn't wait to hear the latest from Renee Montagne?

BTW, the talent at NPR has the opportunity to augment their incomes through speaking engagements. One or two of the network's on-air personalities are reported to be rather aggressive in their moonlighting.

My concept of pay scales has been permanently damaged by years in Hollywood, but I think these salaries are low. In private radio, local morning jocks can get paid this much, and the NPR people are national.

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