Howard on 60 Minutes

This morning, the 60 Minutes crew is in Stern’s studio taping him for an upcoming segment.

I hope they don’t miss the true significance of Stern in American media. It’s not that he farted. It’s not that he was attacked by the so-called Parents Television Council, which hounded him off our airwaves with the aid of our own damned FCC (though that, too, is a story). It’s not even that he single-handedly blew up the radio industry: His departure didn’t just cause them to find replacements but to blow up the formats of every one of his stations (though that is a story). And it’s not that he could well turn satellite into an industry (which will be a story).

No, it’s that he was honest in a media world that has become packaged and sanitized for our protection: bloodless, soulless, faked to look real. And they couldn’t take it.

  • Jim

    Stop running these Howard posts… that jew is as irrelevant as Gilbert Gottfried

  • Mike James

    “Honest” is one way to put it.

    Maybe it’s me, and Lord knows I like fart jokes and porn as much as the next guy, but the tendency to confuse a zest for shocking the squares with “honesty” got old about 10 or 15 years ago. Maybe Howard Stern’s honest, or maybe he’s just adolescent–but he’s got his, and damn what it does to our culture or society.

    Sigh…hope my Cialis ‘scrip shows up in the mail today, I’m starting to sound tired.

  • http://robertdfeinman.com/society Robert Feinman

    Perhaps this is just another chapter in the trend away from “free” media to “paid” media.

    People who want specialized fare of any sort are forced to pay since the “free” media model only works when there are many takers. Stern is a specialized taste (even if a fairly popular one).

    I bought Sirius radio last winter to listen to classical music since all the stations have been driven off the air in NYC during the day.

    HBO and Comedy Central are other examples of offerings that couldn’t be offered on broadcast.

    The “free marketeers” should be happy, since they don’t think there is a role for a public commons in any areas of society.

  • http://countertop-chronicles.blogspot.com countertop

    TOday’s show was classic (or at least the bit I listened to on the way in). The discussion on the so-called Black Entertainment Television network was certainly more open and honest than you will find in any other media outlet. Plus, it was laugh out loud funny.

    Of course, I am still lamenting the day his Channel 9 Television show was taken off the air .

  • Louis

    It’s too bad honesty has become a “specialized” taste.

  • http://www.elflife.com/cgi-bin/txt.cgi/ Carson Fire

    Eep! You’re too fannish, Mr Jarvis. You sound like a Trekkie overstating the cultural significance of Klingons.

    I’d be just as guilty as making overstatements like “Howard Stern saved radio”, but he only saved it for a while. Realistically, it’s hard to believe that all radio station buildings would be empty today and the airwaves silent if Stern never existed. He will be a positive force for satellite radio, but it’s not like people haven’t already been buying into it before now. My folks are about as luddite as they come, but they’ve had satellite radio for several years now. I think they got XM before they even got their first compact disc player. Stern’s contribution will be to prompt manual workers everywhere to install XM into workrooms and storehouses so they can listen to him at work. Stern commands vast numbers of listeners, but there are also still vast numbers of other listeners who will avoid him like the plague.

    We could grant that Stern is the King of Media, but he’s not the Omnipresent Alpha and Omega of media.

  • Tony

    I don’t understand how someone can “save” radio by moving from offering a free broadcast to requiring a subscription fee in order to listen.

  • Doug Gregory

    Bababooey to you all.

  • http://bennett.com/blog Richard Bennett

    What about the rumors that some of Stern’s farts were faked? If true, that would certainly undermine his credibility. The scandal over the faked breasts was bad, but this is way worse, the only thing that could make Stern look worse is if some of the women he presents as porn actresses were found not to be sluts.

  • http://www.postwatchblog.com Christopher Fotos

    If “honest” means “emptying a garbage can across the American cultural landscape,” then yes, Howard is honest.

  • Billy West

    Please stop. If Howard is so honest, how come he has never admitted the fact that he went behind the scenes and asked Mel Karmazin to stop Opie and Anthony from talking about him when they all worked for Infinity?

    Howard made his bones challenging the top DJ in town whenever he entered a new market – Mark and Brian, John Debella, Mancow, etc – but when Hoo Hoo was top dog he decided not to fight his battles on the air and went to Papa Bear. When O&A were fired for stepping over the line, Mr. First Amendment didn’t defend their rights to free speech but instead decided to pile on and taunt them when the no longer had a forum to fight back.

    Come January, Howard will have a fraction of the audience Opie and Anthony, the real pioneers of satallite radio, have on XM. He made a huge mistake going for the big paycheck with the inferior company. As Sam Kinison used to say – Goodnight Funnyman!

  • Doug C

    Yeah, I know I’ve posted this before, but Howard’s past gag orders make his whole crusade look ridiculous. The guy can still do a decent show, but his megalomania is astounding. “They’re coming to get me!” “Everybody rips me off!” Sheesh, enough!

    Don’t believe me? Lets see if Howard has any delay on his new show. See what happens if (or will it be when?) someone says the words “Opie” and/or “Anthony”.

    I think you’re a true Howard fan Jeff – but remember that he made the competition shut up when he felt a threat.

  • tim wg

    Howard Stern is no truth crusader. He is an exploiter. Let’s be clear about the definitions.

  • Mumblix Grumph

    CBS EXECUTIVE:You want to run a 60 Minutes story on that deplorable Howard Stern? I think not! 60 Minutes is a jounalistic icon! We have too much class to put that…that…low brow cretin on our airwaves!

    CBS MID-MANAGEMENT FLUNKIE: But sir, he hates George Bush as much as you do.

    CBS EXECUTIVE:He does? Get that brilliant radio pioneer on the air, posthaste! Booboo Bobby or whatever you wacky kids say!

  • Laura

    Howard rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I now Have to get satelite….Well worth it – he is the funniest man I’ve ever heard -David Lee Roth is going to be horrible – he is so boring – !!!!!

  • Todd

    Laura – You need to get out more if Howard Stern is the funniest man you’ve ever heard. He WAS very funny when Jackie Martling was writing one liners for him, now – not so much. There is no way the Howard Stern of 2005 can compare to funny people like Larry David, George Carlin, Jim Norton, Greg Giraldo, Chris Rock etc.

  • http://kalioto.blogspot.com Keith

    When I started college in the fall of 1986 at the University of Delaware I was introduced to Howard Stern via Philadelphia’s rock station WYSP. I have listened every morning ever since then in several cities and will continue to enjoy his and my brand of entertainment on satellite radio. The kicker for me looking back now is how it evolved from mindless, juvenille entertainment to a thought provoking morning exploring our civil liberties, parenting, divorce, politics and free speech. With lesbians and midgets, of course.

  • Fred Hapgood

    On an only slightly related topic, I don’t see how satellite radio can possible survive once wireless data gets widespread, as it surely will in the next year or two. There are like ten thousand stations streaming content on the internet, run by every kind of agent and character, identity and mentality you can think of. The range of offerings is like, galactic. And if your data wireless account is already bought and paid for, it’s all free. Why would anyone pay $12 month for 100 channels when they get ten thousand for free? What is Howard going to do then?

  • Robert

    Having stumbled across HS TV show channel surfing several times, I was never able to stay with it more than a few minutes. Mostly, it was self-indulgent and boring. Folks find him funny, shocking, “honest” etc., fine. Let ‘em watch and listen. But making him out as some kind of cultural pioneer is a stretch. A big stretch.

  • http://20.,com Maybe in 20 years

    Isn’t radio already wireless?

    My cell phone *barely* works now…so I excuse me if I’m a wee bit skeptical about a wireless panacea. Maybe in 20 years when the network improves.

  • Eric Raymond

    Living in New Jersey in the mid 80′s, I listened to Howard Stern every day. Then I grew up, got married, and had kids. I subsequently found his humor to no longer be as tittilating as when I only had to worry about me. But then again, that’s his audience.
    He should have as much of a chance to sell his soft-porn as Jenna Jameson does with the real stuff, only not over the public airwaves. People like me can simply turn the channel, which we choose to do every day.

  • Alex Roberts

    I am trying to figure out what Jim, the first responder, means by “that jew”. It seems entirely irrelevant to the matter at hand that Howard Stern is Jewish.

    Comparing Howard Stern to Gilbert Gottfried is an idoicy of its own kind, considering one has changed the history of mass media and other has, um, done nothing. But to invoke religion into this matter, for what purpose I can not imagine, looks only like an attempt to disparage Jews in general.

    And I would ask Jim to show even slightest amount of respect to the English language and the Jewish religion by CAPITALIZING the word Jew when using it in a sentence.

  • Jon C

    There would still be radio if Howard had never been on the air, but he certainly changed the landscape of the talk format and pushed the envelope with regard to free speech and what is acceptable on radio. The openness that he brought to the air paved the way, for better or worse, for all other ‘shock jocks’ and to a large extent, the right/left wing pundits you find across radio (Hannity, Randi Rhodes, etc.). He gave them the formula.

    Love him or hate him, he has carved out a massive national audience and has remained number 1 in many of his biggest markets over the past 15 years (New York, Philly, LA). An untalented person could not accomplish that. Dick and fart jokes can only take you so far.

    I’ve been listening to the show since 1990 back when I was an 8-year-old kid. Of course a lot of it went over my head but it was still funny and it didn’t turn me into some kind of social deviant like some people would like to believe. The show has evolved since then and I’d be lying if I said that I enjoy it as much as I did 10 years ago. I find the show has gotten more repetitive and the people who have replaced the ones who have left are less talented. At this point I’ve decided not to go with Sirius until I get a sample of what the show will be like before I invest $300 on equipment and installation fees.

    Even with all that, he’s still the funniest and most entertaining thing on the dial. I don’t begrudge him for leaving for a pay service. He’s been dealing with the censors for years and it’s time to just relax and have some fun before he retires. I have no idea where Sirius will be in 5 years, but if I had to place my bet, I’d bet on Howard.

  • MrJoshua

    Howard’s honesty is about his personal flaws, but he never admits professional flaws. I listen to Howard on my short drive to work. He is constantly railing about how satellite is the only reason he isn’t leaving the business, but if that were true, he could have signed earlier for the same paycheck hge is collecting from Infinity. But no. It took a $100 million per year contract to get him to satellite. He says he is going to be true to his fans and personal creativity, but it is obvious he went for the paycheck.

  • Bill

    You have to be kidding. Howard Stern secretly prides himself for his ability to lie to his audience everyday, and have them come back for more the next day. For the last two years of his show he has been far from honest about anything.

    – everyday on his show he proclaims that the entire government is assembled to persecute him.

    – he claims that he is the most original radio personality on the planet, and that everyone rips him off.

    – he has made statements about Sirius subscriptions that border on violations of SEC regulations.

    – prior to Janet Jackson’s boob popping out, Stern supported the war and supported the administration. The very next day the administration was corrupt and the war was illegal.

    – and on and on and on everyday.

    He lies to his audience over and over again, and for the most part they are too stupid to see right through it. I listen to his show everyday, I enjoy it, but to call Howard Stern and honest radio personality is ridiculous.

    I would assume that, as a bright guy, you would have seen right through his Bravo Sierra. Could it be that you want to get on his show again so badly that you feel it necessary to personally examine his colon polyps?

    There are many reasons to enjoy and respect Howard Stern, but to revere him as this symbol of honesty is a joke.

  • byrd

    I listen to Howard every morning. Beneath the facade of juvenile humor, there’s a lot serious social commentary. And he’s funny. I’ll miss him when he leaves, but enough to pay for him? We’ll see.

  • Justin

    Howard may not be 100% honest, but he’s still the most honest DJ in the business.

    As for O&A, don’t you have to pay extra on XM to listen to them.

  • VividU

    Thats exactly right.

  • Doug C

    “As for O&A, don’t you have to pay extra on XM to listen to them.”

    Negative. Originally, they were on the premium tier, but have been released to the entire XM platform. You can also listen online, and purchase old shows off audible.com.

  • JoeMama

    being of the ethnic group, jews, and having a black step&fetch it cackling at his every word, enabled howard to get away with making comments about jews and blacks that no one else would have gotten away with

    howard knows this

    if howard had made the comments greaseman made, he wouldn’t have been pulled off the air

    if howard had one of his guests fuck in a cathedral, he wouldn’t have been pulled off the air

    “I am trying to figure out what Jim, the first responder, means by “that jew”. It seems entirely irrelevant to the matter at hand that Howard Stern is Jewish. “

  • http://www.Jimeo722.blogspot.com Jim O’Sullivan

    Honest?
    He lies about his age (weel, when caller once challenged him on it, he didn’t deny it). He lied about the state of his marriage til the last possible minute. He prematurely dropped that phony race for governor so that he wouldn’t have to reveal his tax returns. I’m sick of hearing about how open he is about himself.
    His humor is that common in the boys rooms of middle schools. I am glad he is leaving the airwaves for the obscurity of satallite radio that he so richly deserves.

  • http://doc.weblogs.com Doc Searls

    Howard understands radio, and humor, and popular culture, and human nature, and How We Need To Laugh At Ourselves, and sex, and life, and New Yawk, and cops, and strippers, and justice, and politics — all together, or in every combination — better than anybody else on radio — in a way that works *for* radio. He also operates at so many levels at once, and with such transcendent subtlety and humor, that he’s absolutely inimitable. Which is why he is also irreplaceable.

    I mean, the guy not only pushes the envelope of “lines” nobody else will cross, and does it with so many at once, that I’m often astonished at how well he does it. Even when he sometimes bores me or pisses me off.

    So thank you, Jeff, for staying on the Stern Case. And for getting what 20 million listeners also get (even it the politically correct intelligentsia doesn’t), and will also miss when he’s gone.

    I just hope he’s as good at what he’s always done, when he does it on Sirius. The jury hasn’t even been seated on that one.

  • Scott

    Actually, I really can’t believe anyone, anywhere, cares about any of this.

  • http://www.laurencehaughton.com laurence haughton

    For some reason a scene from the movie “Broadcast News” just popped into my head.

    Aaron (played by Albert Brooks) is chatting at a company cocktail party with Blair (played by Joan Cusack).

    I think Aaron had said something sarcastic when Blair says, “Oh, you think anyone who’s proud of the work we do is an ass-kisser.”

    Aaron replies: “No, I think anyone who puckers up their lips and presses it against their bosses buttocks and then *smooches* is an ass-kisser.”

  • Puddy Katz

    He makes me laugh.
    He also, and perhaps this is contrived and manipulated, makes his fans feel that they are part of a “family”.

  • No Spin

    Stern definitely changed the landscape of morning radio… Whether he saved it is up for argument…it would probably exist but only be listened to by people seeking biased “news”, and those listening to sports or sports talk (do they still play any music????)

    We will see if Cirrus sells and XM becomes a second rate what his true influence is.

    In regard to honosty, whether you like the content or not, he does honostly talk about things that people are not allowed to talk openly about anymore most of the time….people listen because they think these things are funny and know they can’t discuss themselves openly in public or at work without being fired, disciplined or branded with some awful label.

    And whether this so called garbage destroying our culture is worth all the time and discussion…the answer is no. The real devaluation in morals is way to complex to throw more than a very minor percentage of the blame on all things Stern (porn, adolescent antics, etc….) …. try two parent working families, try divorce rate, try single working mothers, try failure of parenting, try lack of good education, try lack of education of manors, try contentless cable television (MTV and all the rest of it) and videogames babysitting our kids, try non stop marketing of wealth and greed — Its a failure of parents and societal support in general…… Its a waste of time and money to concentrate on squelching stern (which will be proved when society keeps degrading after Stern makes the move to paid media).

  • Dave

    A massive amen to Bill’s post.
    How do you stifle your urge to vomit when day after day this incredibly rich man whose every professional dream has come true sits behind the microphone and talks about how everyone is out to get poor little him? I stopped listening after the Janet Jackson incident, when day after day after day, Howard insisted that “this is it, I doubt I’ll be back on the air tomorrow, George Bush spends his every waking moment trying to get me off the air”. This continued for weeks until I couldn’t take it anymore, and apparently has continued for years, up to this week. What’s the appeal? I don’t get it.
    Howard’s actions regarding Opie and Anthony are fairly pathetic as well. Talk about dishing it out but not being able to take it. Considering how he makes his living, trying to prevent the free speech of others is far worse and far more hypocritical coming from him than from any of the suits who tried to shut him down on his rise to success.

  • http://www.bloodandtreasure.com Noel Guinane

    Doc, please, spare us. I loved and respected Howard Stern fifteen years ago when he was daring, cutting edge, intelligent and spoke with his own voice. But no one can deny that the guy has degenerated into a cesspit. It’s not a mind he has anymore. It’s a giant regurgitating sewer.

    I don’t care what people get up to in the privacy of their own mind or bedroom. I don’t care if they’re gay. I don’t care if they’re weird. I don’t care if they’re obsessed with feet, fish, fat or vegetables. That’s their business. What I object to is having it inflicted on me. Instead of giving us the benefit of his unique and powerful voice, the thing that catapulted him, deservedly so, to fame, he’s been inflicting upon us his private perversions for years.

    Spend $300 on him if you like. I have more interesting things to do with my money.

  • AC

    Fred Hapgood said: On an only slightly related topic, I don’t see how satellite radio can possible survive once wireless data gets widespread… Why would anyone pay $12 month for 100 channels when they get ten thousand for free?

    I respond: I have XM in my car, and I love it. When I can get wireless data in my car, then we’ll talk.

  • Big A

    Every move he’s made/announced the last 5 years has failed…

    - His ABC News interview program
    - Son of the Beach
    - The Howard Stern Radio Show (whatever show was up against SNL)
    - Doomesday
    - Howard Stern the High School Years
    - Porky’s
    - Rock and Roll High School

    … so will his move to Sirius.

  • John

    People need to realize that Howard Stern not only changed the face of radio, but gave us the type of humor we were yearning for. I applaud his vision and his move to satellite. He ran the table.

  • John

    People need to realize that Howard Stern not only changed the face of radio, but gave us the type of humor we were yearning for. I applaud his vision and his move to satellite. He ran the table.

  • John

    People need to realize that Howard Stern not only changed the face of radio, but gave us the type of humor we were yearning for. I applaud his vision and his move to satellite. He ran the table.

  • John

    People need to realize that Howard Stern not only changed the face of radio, but gave us the type of humor we were yearning for. I applaud his vision and his move to satellite. He ran the table.

  • John

    People need to realize that Howard Stern not only changed the face of radio, but gave us the type of humor we were yearning for. I applaud his vision and his move to satellite. He ran the table.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/2005/10/problem-solving.html M. Simon

    Tom Donahue saved radio.

    And now he is dead. Long dead.

    Does that give you a clue?

  • Knemon

    “Perhaps this is just another chapter in the trend away from “free” media to “paid” media.”

    A lot of people have made comments along these lines. You do understand, don’t you, that Stern’s traditional radio broadcasts weren’t/aren’t “free”?

    That someone has always been paying millions of dollars for the station’s physical infrastructure, the employees’ salaries, their cofee and donuts? That now that transaction will be between Sirius and millions of individuals, instead of (solely) between advertising entities and the broadcaster?

    Nothing is done for free. People either voluntarily contract for it, or they’re taxed to support it (or sometimes they’re bilked out of it, I suppose).

  • ben grimm

    blah blah blah
    too much bullsh!t here, too much nonsense; everyone’s a critic.

    listen to howard, or don’t- end of story.

    all you b!tches need to quit crying.

  • http://www.bloodandtreasure.com Noel Guinane

    Mr. Grimm … wow! There’s no question you’re a Howard fan – of the reinvented cesspit variety at any rate. ; )

  • Rukes

    ben grimm is right… and what’s with the cesspit comments? You either find farts funny or you don’t. I don’t get why you uptights get on and make comments like this. Don’t you have a wine tasting event to go to?
    If you can’t laugh at yourself or spouse or co-worker when someone let’s one go then don’t listen to HS humor and go feel sophisticated somewhere else. I don’t get why people get so upset… no one HAS to listen… just switch the channel or put in a cd.
    It’s these cesspit comment people who feel they have the right to tell everyone what is positive for society/culture… what if someone told you that you can’t listen to classical music anymore…
    And why would you all take the time to comment here?
    Who cares if someone else thinks he changed “The Face of Radio”, who cares if he’s a “Jew”, who cares if others pay to enjoy his show?
    GET A LIFE

  • Rukes

    Does anyone know when the 60 minutes interview with Howard is airing? I think Prince Charles is on tonight… I know all the “cesspit” commentor’s will be watching that one!

  • http://www.bloodandtreasure.com Noel Guinane

    Rukes, Mr. Grimm, you’re right. Let’s not discuss him at all. He long ago passed the point when anything he said or did was worth discussing.

  • Minister

    Despite all this petty bickering about Stern, the bottom line is that Sirius stock has already begun to rise, just with the announcement of Stern’s departure from commercial radio, because his fans are already swarming to satellite. And it will continue to rise meteorically, as millions of his fans subscribe to Sirius the closer we get to January. Sirius and by extension its stockholders are already benefitting from his plan to join Sirius. Even if you don’t like him, so what, make some cash off him: He’s doing no harm (as opposed to the WH frat boy who daily murders Iraqi civilians) and his move to Sirius will make investors considerably better off financially in a few years than if he weren’t leaving white-bread radio or simply retiring.

  • Mike

    I’d like to start by quoting Billy West….

    “Come January, Howard will have a fraction of the audience Opie and Anthony, the real pioneers of satallite radio, have on XM. He made a huge mistake going for the big paycheck with the inferior company”.

    – - – - – - – - – -

    Bottom line: Sirius stock up, XM Down.

    Opie and Anthony may have a large fan base on Satellite as of today, but once howard makes the move final, he’ll blow those statistics away. Stern has been around longer while being broadcasted in many more cities than O&A ever have. Do the math.

    Opie and Anthony are a bunch of no talent ass clowns, just like their WT audience.

  • Mr. goodrockbuddy

    Strange that alot of intelligent people spend so much time talking about Stern. It proves his importance. I enjoyed his show but for one main reason. I needed a radio station to have on in the car that DID NOT HAVE MUSIC!! Music on the radio is absoloutly evil,corrupt and rotten. Any talk show is better than a show with a friggin DJ or a “ZOO” and the same old songs over and over and over…
    I will not go to satellite because I dont need the expense but I will just find another talk show and then if Stern is to remain important in the comedy world he will make an impact on me even without buying the service.

  • Paul

    All you Howard Bashers crack me up especially the XM Fans!

    Go ahead and downplay Howard all you want, it will be to your own demise! Just one sample of his impact;

    The day Howard announced his move (October 6th, 2004) the stock price for Sirius was 3.90 a share; XM was $29.00 a share. Today, Sirius is around 6.83 and XM is around 28.29. To all you Opie and Anthony Fans (math challenged) that is a 75% increase in the price of Sirius and a -2.5% decrease in the XM stock.

    Read the writing on the wall, XM & Clear Channel Suck! Sirius Rules (it has Howard and the NFL, what more could you want?)

  • benrand

    Jeezis, get a room with that unfunny coprophile already.

    You can get a chance to shave his ass hair.

  • Jinny

    When is the 60 minutes segment airing?

  • Trevor

    Does anyone know when the 60 Minutes with howard is supposed to air???

  • Karen Bishop

    I was just passing by and was reading all the interesting comments on this site. (

  • Paul

    I have heard that the 60 Minutes Howard Segment will be in late November or early December. If you go to the CBS website (www.cbs.com) they have a link to 60 Minutes and under that link they list the upcomming show info.

    As a courtesy to the typical guy and gal out there…Egghead “benrand” was saying this about Howard (all I say is it takes one to know one)…

    coprophile:
    Or: coprophagist , a person with a fetishistic attraction for feces, viewing, smelling, eating and/or being smeared with feces.

  • Iris

    Howard is better than REJUVINATION

  • HAHAHAHAHA

    Your comments are worthless!!! Stern rules the airwaves and you will not stop him. Go back to your boring sheltered and leave us alone!!!

  • Paul

    More proof that Howard knows what he is talking about and means it when he says that he will take Clear Channel down!

    Clear Channel value on the day the dropped him (4/8/04) was $42.91, as of today the value is $30.18 nearly a 30% drop in value!!!

    Clear Channel Sucks! They will rue the day they dropped Stern!

    Sirius Rocks!!

  • Benny

    I have listened to Stern on and off since the early ’80s. He has had his moments. Stern bends factual content to fit his own agenda. The richer he has gotten the more out of touch he has become. All we hear about theses days how hot Beth his model girl friend is and how great his vacations are. He mostly complains about bad waiter service or not being noticed by certain celebrities. His cast of misfits are wearing on the nerves most of the time. I remember the days when he would verbally abuse 16 year old listeners calling his show, a media genius he was. I listen these days out of morbid curiosity. Don’t think I’ll miss him much when he leaves.

  • Melissa

    Howard Stern and Gilbert Gottfried are such irrelevant “Jews” that Jim had to take the time and write a post about them. I wonder if either of those guys have heard of the relevant Jim.

  • Marty33

    Bottom line, Pay radio will be what Pay TV was 20 years ago. You won’t be able to live without it. Everybody drives don’t they? Stern has and will continue, to bring credibility to this relatively new industry. Most of his 12 milliion fans will someday join SIRIUS, either before January 1st or soon thereafter once they realize the public air-waves are cluttered with commercials and junk, and they’d much rather listen to their pal Howard Stern to see what he will do next, AND to listen to their music in a fabulous categorized format.

  • Making it happen

    When you have the WHOLE AUTO INDUSTRY making satellite radio available in their cars, and it will become standard on every car in the future, what does that tell you? That you can bet on this stuff!

    Satellite ‘TV’ with a mere 25 million subscribers or so is NOTHING compared to what satellite radio is gonna be. When it is standard in every car made then the numbers are going to be overwhelming soon afterwards. Between subcribers who have it in their car, house, boat, boombox, etc. it’s possible 200 million, or more, potential subscriptions some day. Waaay more than satellite TV has. Hell, sat. radio will pass sat. TV in subcribers within 2 years probably. It’s gonna be everywhere!

    Like cable TV was in the 80′s is where sat. radio is now, in it’s infantcy but, with a lot more potential than cable TV ever had. You will eventually be able to have sat. radio ‘video’ in your car while commuting or driving wherever. Sirius will have video in mid 2006. Just children’s channels at first to keep them happy in the back seats however, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Eventually passengers will be able to watch live content of all types of programs. Just the beginning!

    As soon as I heard the auto industry was going to have sat. radio in it’s cars I bought Sirius stock. It was around $1 then and it’s around $7 now. Someday in the future after sat. radio finally matures and I sell my SIRI stock I’ll be one happy camper.

  • http://www.ronhoward.com Ron Howard

    The fact that Jim is talking about Howard makes him relevant. He is the most feared man in radio today. Watch every general manager and radio station trying to figure out what to do. Watch them loose their on-air talents to satellite and a new radio war starting between XM and SIRIUS. Watch Clearchannel acquring SIRIUS or XM at some point. That is the only way to compete.

  • kellee

    rock on Howard…..you have bigger b*lls than most (can I say that here?)

  • ej

    As a long time fan i may miss stern but his best days are behind and maybe he just pulled the best contract in history considering his show is turning into a big bore, i will never pay for radio let alone stern, so long,good luck,thanks for the many laughs in the morning when we really needed it. ej , Queens N.Y.

  • Desiree

    when will howard be on 60 minutes?

  • http://bababoocrap Fernando da Mexican

    FATHER HOWARD I AM DEEPLY TORN UPON YOUR SHORT DEPARTURE! I HAVE BEIN A TRUE FOLLOWER,I MOVED FROM RENO 2 VEGAS 2 HEAR U ON FM AFTER ALL THE AM 2 FM CRAP IT MAKES ME SICK 2 FINNALY HEAR U ON FM . BUT ONCE AGAIN I AM ROBBED OF YOUR SICKNESS! WHEN U SIGNED OFF IN VEGAS I WAS IN MY “D H L” VAN IN SHAMBLES,I COULD NOT CRY,BUT IT WAS LIKE LOOSING MY CLOSEST BROTHER THE PEOPLE IN VEGAS MISS “U” THATS “FUCKED UP HOW THEY DID US IN MOB TOWN” IS THERE ANYWAY I CAN HEAR YOUR LAST SHOWS? I DONT WANT A HAND OUT,JUST SOME PEACE & GOODBYE WITH “U” & THE REST OF MY FAMILY.BY THE F JACKIE,AND COME ON ARDY QUIT BEING A SALLY GIRL.YOUR BIGGEST FAN ,FERNANDO CAMACHO-702-336-9622

  • mike

    For those who don’t like Howard, I say they simply don’t get it! The whole show is a joke…..on you! If you have any intelligence at all you will understand what he is all about. Is it his big ego that irks you? Yes? Well he’s earned the right to it. Not many people can accomplish what he has coming from such humble beginnings. He commands a huge salary for earning billions for his stations. Mancow, Opie & Anthony, all of those “rip offs” have never nor will they ever, attain the success of Howard. Am I an idiot? You tell me. I am a high school graduate who owns and operates a chain of furniture stores in New England doing millions of dollars annually. I have listened to Howard daily since his early days in Hartford. I don’t feel I qualify as an idiot. Stop placing yourself above everyone else because you feel you’ve “outgrown” him and can no longer listen. You don’t listen because you’ve given up on being young of heart and mind. Watch out behind you! Your age is catching up with you and slowly robbing your soul of your sense of humor.

  • Tim

    When is Howard scheduled to be on 60 Minutes?

  • dan

    The person who said stern’s best days are behind him couldn’t be more wrong. I’ll admit before they had artie lang on the show it wasn’t as entertaining. During the election was some of the best Stern I’ve ever heard and that was without the fowl humor.

  • NSixx

    Ha ha…..O & A are hardly any type of competition…….those two are weak, always have been.

  • Al

    Howard will be on 60 Minutes on CBS this Sunday, December 4, 2005. Heard it on the Stern Show this morning.

  • Gary the Guru

    Howard is a genius of speech. You Howard bashers sound stupid. Do you know why he got 100 million? Because no one else in this world can entertain millions and millions of people for 5 hours every single day! Can any of you? I bet most of you cant entertain anyone for 5 minutes once. O&A are dull and predictable. Howard is at his best when he is observing the universe and commenting on the foolishness of daily life. He is not all childish humor, he is brilliant and has a way of communicating that is second to none and THAT is why he has such a following. By the way, he does childish humor because that is what gets great ratings. he isnt like that in his “real” life. The world is full of idiots that love fart jokes….admit it – you do too!

  • Schvoonts

    O&A are imitators. The people who say they aren’t never listened to Howard. I can say this because I have listened to BOTH, unlike Stern detractors (these people, therefore, make ignorant statements). Every morning, I would listen to Stern. So did O&A. Then, when O&A came on later in the day, they would repeat Howard’s entire show, bit for bit. Remember, I am speaking from experience, day after day, week after week, month after month, before they got their stupid asses fired from commercial radio. Don and Mike also listened to the Stern Show during the morning, and then rebroadcast it later in the day. I mostly listened to these other shows because I could not BELIEVE the plagiarism that they were committing every day. But you wouldn’t know that, because you don’t LISTEN TO STERN.

    Sirius is going to destroy XM in the next month for both stock value and listenership.

    Anyone who criticizes Stern does not listen to him. Period. And, usually, they never did.

    One of the hugest mistakes people make is “Contempt Before Investigation”.

    And, when Stern rules yet ANOTHER medium (add it to being a #1 best selling author, a #1 box office draw, and THE #1 SYNDICATED radio show host in HISTORY), detractors and ignorants will lie and rant and make stories up in their heads and with their mouths about Howard, his motives, his talent and the truth of the success of his businesses and those businesses affiliated with him.

    Howard will rule on Sirius Satellite Radio. Deal with it.

  • Schvoonts

    O&A are imitators. The people who say they aren’t never listened to Howard. I can say this because I have listened to BOTH, unlike Stern detractors (these people, therefore, make ignorant statements). Every morning, I would listen to Stern. So did O&A. Then, when O&A came on later in the day, they would repeat Howard’s entire show, bit for bit. Remember, I am speaking from experience, day after day, week after week, month after month, before they got their stupid asses fired from commercial radio. Don and Mike also listened to the Stern Show during the morning, and then rebroadcast it later in the day. I mostly listened to these other shows because I could not BELIEVE the plagiarism that they were committing every day. But you wouldn’t know that, because you don’t LISTEN TO STERN.

    Sirius is going to destroy XM in the next month for both stock value and listenership. Deal with it. Sell that XM stock, suckers. It’s OVER.

    Anyone who criticizes Stern does not listen to him. Period. And, usually, they never did. Deal with it.

    One of the hugest mistakes people make is “Contempt Before Investigation”.

    And, when Stern rules yet ANOTHER medium (add it to being a #1 best selling author, a #1 box office draw, and THE #1 SYNDICATED radio show host in HISTORY), detractors and ignorants will lie and rant and make stories up in their heads and with their mouths about Howard, his motives, his talent and the truth of the success of his businesses and those businesses affiliated with him.

    Howard will rule on Sirius Satellite Radio. Don’t kid yourself to believe otherwise.

  • Carmen-Marlana

    The people that complain about Howard Stern are the very same people who secretly listen to him. If you don’t like what he is saying, change the freaking station. Why is Howard the blame for teen pregnancy, the high divorce rate in this country and all of the other wrongs in this country? You and I both know that the Government is trying to censor each and every word that comes out of our mouth. We pay for cable, we pay for cell phone usage and newspapers, so why not let us make the decision to join the best talk show host ever in radio. Howard says the things that others wish that they could say. You critics are a bunch of hate mongers with no gd life. Howard has been very successful and he will continue to be successful. Again, if you don’t want to hear him, don’t pay or don’t listen to the last 12 shows. You HATERS!!!

  • chris

    A fact is fact. Howard cuts callers off when they mention Opie and Anthony. You dumb ass Stern fans. If Howard still has an audience, why will both xm AND sirius be projected to both gain a million each at the end of the year. If you look up ratings Stern has 7 mil listeners not 20. But Stern said he had 20 so all of his dumb ass fans believe him. If a person has balls then you got go running to your boss like a pussy behind the scenes and threaten to get some fired for talking about you. On the same day Stern made fun of Billy Crystal for having Stuttering John kicked out of his press conference, Stern would not go into his press conference until Opie and Anthony were kicked out. Stern morons are right he is honest

  • ChrisISdumb

    Chris – are you secretly Opie? I am willing to bet howard has more than 20 million listeners. With Xmas coming, it is getting very hard to find Sirius radios where i am. However, there are plenty of XM radios left. Everyone is waiting for Xmas and i dont care what the projections are (they are always very accurate!). I work in an office with lots and lots of people and MOST of us plan on getting one over the holidays. If Howard would have made this move in the summer, Sirius would have already sold 10s of millions of radios. Get a grip. If howard threatened all the people that talk about him that is all he would do. You say dumb ass howard fans believe him?? well who told you this alleged story about howard and O&A? You are the dumb ass. Howard has no reason to care about those two little unoriginal HOWARD WANNA BES

  • ChrisEatsHighPitchDung

    No More BullShit…..

    Go eat a One Pound Three Ounce Dinner

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Kristen

    Chris you are about as dilluted as your comments are. You know you’re a closet Stern fan like every other person bad-mouthing him on here. Next time you post, make sure you read what you wrote and see if it makes any sense to YOU.

  • chris

    Keep believing everthing Howard say. He invented everything. No band played acoustically, until his show. I guess his show was around before Led Zepplin. Kristen I’m sure you still have high hair. 80′s are over.

  • jimmy19

    I bought into howards bullshit for about 20 years.(books,videotapes,pay-per-views,soundtracks,movie and finally sirius) what do i get ,4 day work weeks.2weeks off for fucking arbor day,and rambling horseshit about his “model” girlfriend (who i never seen until she suckered that asshole) his hampton mansion and rubbing elbows with the same celebrities he used to bust on.FUCK him icancelled sirius,too bad he already got his$

  • http://www.oandasucks.com JD

    soooo! funny to read all these posts, hah, O&A suck. XM sucks, it is down the crapper now. All these Stern haters are so ignorant.