Attention Howard Stern fans

Attention Howard Stern fans
: Did you listen today? Did you hear him talk about blogs and specifically Gawker? I can’t listen when I do the bridge-and-tunnel thing into the city; Nick Denton just heard word of this. If you heard the segment, please tell all in my comments…..

: UPDATE: Anil emails to report:

A friend (Andre Torrez, Torrez.org) tells me that Howard Stern just explained blogging to a caller on his show. That’s got to be some sort of

milestone, right?

Right!

Blogs are perfect for the Stern audience: The voice of the people.

: Anil adds in the comments:

A friend who heard it says his explanation was “Basically people writing about themselves because nobody paid them any attention in life”. As opposed to people talking about themselves on the radio because nobody paid them any attention in life.

: UPDATE: Mark’s Friggin is a site that summarizes Howard every day; it was down earlier when I tried to check it on the blog reference; now it’s up and Marc Weisblott reports that Mark’s reports:

Howard took a phone call from a guy who wondered what the word ”Blogging” (Web Loging) meant. Howard explained that it’s when someone writes about their own life and puts it on the web. He said he’s checked out some of that stuff but most of the stuff is boring. He mentioned a couple of the sites he’s been on and how bad they are.

Admit it: Every one of you is now thinking, “Well, he didn’t read mine.:

: Further UPDATE: My colleague in work and blogging, Joe Territo, heard the Stern blogging comments and he did mention Gawker. According to Joe, when a caller asked what blogging was, Howard explained that it’s a web page where people tell you what happens in their lives and he complained that the writing on most of them is not good because it’s not professional. He then said that he goes to Gawker every day. Joe said the connection was unfortunate, for it sounded as if he were lumping Gawker in with the clot of weblogs, though he’s not sure that was intentional, because he did say that he does go to Gawker daily. (Yes, Elizabeth, I know you want to hear that Jonathan Franzen or Kurt Andersen or Tina Brown read you every day. But personally, I could not imagine a better audience than Howard!)

Joe and I agree, by the way, that a Howard Stern weblog would be a great weblog.

  • http://www.gawker.com Nick

    He probably just said that Liz chick’s a hottie, and wondered whether she makes out with Bazima.

  • http://oliverwillis.com Oliver

    It was the usual derisive Howard thing. He slammed ‘em for being boring, etc.

  • http://anildash.com/ Anil

    A friend who heard it says his explanation was “Basically people writing about themselves because nobody paid them any attention in life”. As opposed to people talking about themselves on the radio because nobody paid them any attention in life.

  • http://weisblogg.pitas.com marc weisblott

    http://www.marksfriggin.com/news.htm#tue
    Howard took a phone call from a guy who wondered what the word ”Blogging” (Web Loging) meant. Howard explained that it’s when someone writes about their own life and puts it on the web. He said he’s checked out some of that stuff but most of the stuff is boring. He mentioned a couple of the sites he’s been on and how bad they are.

  • http://www.kbloradio.com Towering Pant-Load

    Perhaps Howard only claimed that blogs are boring because he may believe that 99% of his audience can’t read much anyway. That’s why there probably wouldn’t be too many hits on a Howard blog unless it was, um, ‘heavily illustrated’…

  • http://lonewacko.com/blog Lonewacko

    Here’s someone who’s got a quasi-blog. Maybe that affected Howard’s opinion.

  • http://smileatme.blogspot.com Dave

    If Stern visited my blog and didn’t think it was boring I would be appalled. I have so little respect for him I would probably take my site down if he liked it.

  • http://weisblogg.pitas.com marc weisblott

    Yeah, what is with the relentless Stern boosterism, Jeff? Please elaborate. It’s fairly wide consensus (corroborated by HS himself) that he’s just mailing it in. This doesn’t detract from his glories of ’93-’95 or thereabouts, but value as a clock radio or commuting distraction, but the zeitgeist has been sailing away from him for the past five years. (And don’t think his Big Media overlords have gone without noticing this.)

  • http://weisblogg.pitas.com marc weisblott

    What is my problem with leaving incoherent comments on this blog? I must be nervous. What I meant to link above was this: http://www.sternwarning.com

  • http://arenakc.blogspot.com KC

    A Howard Stern blog? Now that is a scary thought!

  • http://so5minutesago.blogspot.com/ Eric

    There are billboards up around the city which say something like “You won’t believe what our listeners spend money on” and the picture is a yuppie chick getting some sort of high-end mud/avocado mask thing, and at the bottom is some kind of pitch to advertise on the Howard Stern Show. Isn’t a bit weird that he has to advertise to get advertisers this far into this career? But then, he’s the “King of all Media” and I’m just a non-professional writer

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    Eric: He’s not trying to get advertisers — he’s trying to get new and better advertisers who’ll pay higher rates (more makeup, fewer penis enlargers). There was even a story in Ad Age about the campaign a few weeks ago.

  • http://so5minutesago.blogspot.com/ Eric

    Thank you for responding to my post, and so quickly. I am truly not any kind of media professional so I recognize that you know a million times more about this stuff than I do. I did realize that the point was to get a different kind of advertiser, not advertisers in and of themselves, and I should have been more articulate about that in my comment. But, doesn’t this seem like kind of a ham-handed and overly transparent way of accomplishing the goal of getting more upscale advertisers? I mean, now any random person walking down 34th street knows that people think that Howard Stern’s demographics skew too working class, and that Howard is desperately trying to change that. Wouldn’t it be better to try to do this through business to business advertising of some kind? And, I see the signs and I’m inclined to think that if he really was such a favorite of educated, upscale people then he wouldn’t need to run these ads. Presumably, media people would just know.

  • http://www.retroarts.com/blog mememe

    There’s a great celebrity gossip blog at http://www.retroarts.com/blog

  • Anna

    All publicity is good. I would have never heard nor ventured to this site were it not for howard’s comments.

  • http://www.j-o.com Jackio

    Sounds like people here are a tad jealous that he’s making money off talking about himself every day. He has advertisers. Do you? Do you even have the option of trying to get new clients? Didn’t think so. Think any of you could really fill his shoes? Doubt it.

  • http://www.bcvoice.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=182 A Alexander Stella

    According to Google’s ratings, yours is among the best websites for true Howard Stern fans. Taking those ratings seriously, I can believe you’re open to helping Howard. If Cindy were to consent to an interview on his program once more, he would be in his glory. When that happens, expect the best in give-and-take between the man and Cindy.
    After all, Cindy was the very first super model to pose for Playboy. And, on top of that, she’s now a pitch woman for Pepsi. There’s more about Cindy, which happens to appeal to the coarser elements of Howard Stern fandom … aaay, c’mon, any group that large is bound to have its fair share. Just so happens, Cindy’s an “em.eyed.ell.FIREtr_-K”. Please try to understand. I’m not trying to be cute, or even politic. I’m only trying to be truthful, and slide this courriel through whatever filter may be in place.
    Here’s what true Howard Stern fans believe, so I’ve been told. When they act in his name, the extraordinary is bound to happen.
    At the moment, you need only click on this U.R.L,
    http://www.bcvoice.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=182. Doing so will take you to an article on Cindy. By the way, it ends with a protest against her being targeted by the National Rifle Association. Rather egregious of that “Second Amendment” idolatrous organization, wouldn’t you say?
    toodles
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    A Alexander “Bogey” Stella