The Howard Stern Show went off-air last week due to the covid19 pandemic.
The Stern Show is located in New York City, which is currently in lockdown. Governor Cuomo announced that all non-essential businesses would be shut down in New York state.
Stern returned to his SiriusXM show today by recording it from his home or as he calls it the “bunker.” Howard has had to find new and innovative ways to connect with his listeners now that most studios are shut down. Howard was on-air live during the 9/11 attacks, and many fans find his voice reassuring in uncertain times like these.
Howard will be on-air again, live from the bunker, at 7 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on Howard 100, with rebroadcasts throughout the day.
Artie Lange has a new podcast called Artie Lange’s Halfway House. Artie recently had former Stern Show program director Tim Sabean on the podcast. They discussed their time on the Stern Show and also how CBS made Artie and Bababooey an offer to replace Stern on terrestrial radio back in 2004.
Sabean, Artie, and Lange’s co-host Mike Bocchetti were talking about how The Howard Stern Show went from FM radio to Sirius/XM satellite radio. That’s when Artie revealed that CBS wanted him badly to host his own radio show.
“This is one that hasn’t been discussed a lot at all,” Artie said. “Now for a year, we know we’re leaving regular radio.”
“I get a call from my manager one day, about a year before we leave for satellite,” Lange said. “They wanted me and Gary Dell’Abate — Baba Booey to leave Howard, basically to fuck him over.” CBS Radio executives including Westwood One CEO Joel Hollander wanted “The Artie Lange Show produced by The Howard Stern Show producer Gary Dell’Abate.”
“Being a man, it’s America, I have to find out about this offer,” Lange said. “So the offer was they wanted to give me $5 million a year, for four years, which was way more than I was making on Stern. And guaranteed money, by the way, it would have been $25 million if the show lasted a week.”
“Tim [Sabean] has the awful job of bringing that offer to me,” Artie said. “So I get this offer to fuck over Howard.”
“I immediately said no,” Lange said. “Gary immediately said no.”
“I don’t give a fuck about the money, I made a lot of money, Howard let me do whatever I wanted. I loved Howard,” Lange said on his podcast. “If Howard was giving me a buck a year, I wouldn’t do that to him.”
Howard Stern did a remote broadcast from Los Angeles this month to commemorate SiriusXM’s new LA studio. While in LA Howard took the time to make an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher. The video of the interview is posted above.
Stern and Maher talked about many topics including the differences between broadcasting on SiriusXM and HBO.
“You get away with shit that I can’t get away with, and that always pisses me off,” Maher said. “You don’t have a politically correct audience. This is a good audience, but sometimes I have to fight my way through that shit.”
Stern added, “From one broadcaster to another, I have to tell you it is very liberating. I’m not sitting there being monitored. It’s my own fantasy.”
What Stern fans thought of the appearance:
Howard took a call from a guy who said they have to move to Los Angeles. Howard said people did like the shows out there. Jimmy Kimmel said he has never had more requests for tickets than with Howard’s appearance. The caller said the Bill Maher thing was great too. Howard asked Jimmy about the ticket requests because he knows he doesn’t want it loaded with his family and industry people. Jimmy said he wants it filled with fans so they have a limit of 10 people they know.
Howard took a call from a guy who said he’s not saying it to be nice but he has such a great look going. He said he looks fantastic. He said he looked so relaxed and handsome on Bill Maher’s show. He said he had a genuine laugh and smile on the show and it was awesome. The caller thought Howard was so odd when he tried to show Bill physical affection.
Howard took a call from a guy who said he’s from North Carolina. The caller said he thinks the Bill Maher interview was the best he’s ever done. He said Howard was very calm, charming and funny. Stern said that’s because of Bill Maher. The caller said he was really impressed. Howard thanked him for that and let him go.
A one hour leaked tape from 2013 appeared on YouTube featuring Howard Stern giving a powerpoint presentation to show staffers on the show’s future and how to recruit celebrity guests. The event was called “The Summit: Revolution 2013: Where We’re Going And How We’re Getting There.”
“I want weekly an A-list celebrity on our show, and two times per week I want B-list celebrities,” said Stern.
SiriusXM reported 23-million subscribers in 2012, of which Stern claims 60%, about 14 million, listen to his show exclusively.
“I don’t know if that’s exactly right, but it’s what publicists should hear,” he said.
Stern then showed photos of six celebrities he says owe their success to him, including Adam Levine, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Kathy Griffin and Jerry Seinfeld.
“Jerry Seinfeld had a show called The Seinfeld Chronicles that was about to go off the air. He used our show. Adam Levine owes us, man. Nobody was looking for him before The Voice.”
A bit of an Artie Lange updated for all who have been following the Artie Lange drug saga. Artie will be allowed to continue his drug court probation despite having been arrested for violating its terms.
According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Lange has been held at the Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey and will be held there for a couple weeks before being transferred to another facility. Where to, exactly, is not clear.
Lange was arrested on May 21, 2019, at Freedom House, the halfway house where he was staying. The Essex County Sheriff’s Office said that Lange was sober and “coherent” at the time of his arrest. The manner in which Lange violated his probation terms is not clear. Some reports stated that Lange was caught with heroin, but the sheriff’s office denied this.
Recently Lange was filmed by a fan (video above) while pumping gas. The video of Lange began circulating online last week, showing his now-flattened nose, which is common among people who have abused drugs. Lange has admitted to a history of snorting cocaine and heroin.
Plastic surgeon Paul Nassif, from the reality TV show “Botched,” said this week that he could fix comedian Artie Lange’s flattened nose.
Nassif told TMZ that Lange’s condition, called a “saddle nose deformity” is a result of a collapsed septum. If Lange can get permanently clean, Nassif said, he would be willing to fix it.
“Howard Stern Comes Again” is a combination of celebrity interview transcripts organized into subsections including Drugs & Sobriety, Money & Fame, “Religion & Spirituality, and Sex & Relationships. Howard Stern included 11 Donald Trump interviews, spacing them out chronologically from 1995 to 2015. There are 37 interviews in this book.
Howard’s book has received mixed reviews by fans. Here are some thoughts on “Howard Stern Comes Again.”
The book is 90% transcripts and 10% original content. I do like the “now a word from our president” sections. It shows that even though he disagrees with Donald, Howard can still find the humor in his previous visits.
I think the best chapter in the book is the Hillary chapter—again because of the honesty. He tried to get her and he couldn’t. It’s a little behind the scenes, a little “what if”, and a lot of entertaining. If the book had more of this then it’d be 5 stars. But it doesn’t. So three stars it is.
Eric from Good Reads gave it 3/5 stars.
As a long time Stern fan, I was expecting revelations and insight, but really the book is transcripts of great interviews with very light-hearted, not very insightful intros. I expected something more hard-hitting. If you’re looking to read interviews and gain a little insight into Howard without knowing much about him, it MAY be worth it, but as a long time fan, it’s nothing you don’t already know.
Colby from Good Reads gave it 2/5 stars.
If you understand that “Howard Stern Comes Again” focuses on transcripts of past interviews that you have probably heard before and Howard’s evolution as an interviewer then you may enjoy reading this book. That said, there is still enough new material in Stern’s introduction to each interview to make this worth picking up.
RadarOnline reported on Monday, April 15th, 2019, that Howard Stern announced his retirement from SiriusXM.
The media mogul shocked fans Monday morning, April 15, when he announced that he would be signing off The Stern Show after his contract is up in 2020.
“I’m getting out man. I’m pretty sure I’m almost out the door,” Stern, 65, told his longtime cohost, Robin Quivers. “I’m getting out anyway because I realize that radio is affecting my health. When I’m home on the weekends I’m fine.”
And then what happens?” Quivers asked.
“And then when I come here all kinds of shit happens. I won’t get into all the details, but I get all anxious, and medical issues. I’m getting out,” Stern doubled down.
“No really, I’m done,” Stern insisted. “Two years and I’m out of here.”
The next morning, April 16th, Stern came on the air and spoke about the matter first thing. He said some website (RadarOnline) quoted that he announced his retirement.
“That’s not how I am going to announce my retirement,” said Stern. It was strange to him that the news media does not look into stories like this anymore. “They used to have newspapers that had to call and check a source.” Two news stations picked up the story that he is preparing to retire in 2020. SiriusXM stock dropped by 3 cents on Monday and rebounded Tuesday after Stern cleared up the fake news.
Howard Stern announced this morning that he will be releasing his “Howard Stern Comes Again,” May 14, 2019. Howard Stern Comes Again will be published by Simon and Schuster.
This will be his first book in more than 20 years since “Miss America” (1995) was a New York Times Best-Seller, which in turn followed his hit debut “Private Parts” (1993), which was made into a feature-length film in 1997 starring Stern himself.
“For the last two years of my life, I’ve been involved in this project,” Howard told his listeners.
His latest book boasts 560 pages and highlights both his growth over the years and the multitude of groundbreaking celebrity interviews he’s conducted in the Stern Show studio. It also touches upon his move to SiriusXM, among other things, and promises to reveal a closely-guarded secret he’s been keeping for quite some time. He revealed he’ll likely be visiting several talk shows and sitting down for multiple interviews in the coming weeks so that he can reach as wide an audience as possible and explain to them how this will be a different kind of book than the ones he’s put out in the past.
It is obvious that Silicon Valley CEOs who have banned Alex Jones are either unsure why they banned him or have banned him because they have bought into the lie that he is some kind of a right-wing fascist nazi.
Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist/entertainer who holds positions on both sides of the political spectrum. He is both pro-gun and anti-war. He hates American football as much as he hates Hollywood. I could make a list of all of Alex Jones left-leaning positions (he thinks drugs should be decriminalized for instance), which I probably will in another post but he has never been a “support our troops” conservative guy. In fact, over the past decade, he has warned the public about the Patriot Act from the beginning, even going so far as to warn his listeners that government troops would follow unconstitutional orders if Marshal law was enacted.
Jones predicted the NSA spying grid (PRISM). Even Howard Stern was influenced by Alex Jones in the early 2000s. Howard Stern was apart of the early 911 truth movement. I heard Joe Rogan say on his podcast that it was so egregious for Alex Jones to question the events at Sandy Hook. Was it egregious for Stern to question the official 911 story? Should Stern have been blackballed and removed from the air like Jones was after September 11th, 2001. Alex Jones literally came on the air on September 11th, 2001 and made the same claim as Howard Stern in the video below and lost most of his affiliates.
A few weeks ago Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was on the Joe Rogan Podcast. Joe asked Dorsey why Alex Jones was banned from Twitter. Jack replied, “I’m not sure what the actual violations were.” Benjamin Vaughan CEO of Disciple Media published an article on Forbes giving his reasons for not doing business with Alex Jones. I believe a business has the right to refuse services to whomever they choose but I also believe these CEOs are lying or horribly misinformed on the Alex Jones question. Here is Ben Vaughn of Disciple Media explaining why he refused to offer services to Alex Jones and Infowars:
“Late last year, we received a business enquiry from Infowars. They were looking for a platform to build and run their own self-contained community for followers and fans of alt-right activist and Infowars founder Alex Jones.
We turned them down. But the questions surrounding why we made that decision – not least whether we were right to do so – still loom large for us.
That day, I was running through the long list of new prospects that had come in from our website. The usual assortment of communities had come to Disciple, all wanting to build their own online social platforms. Wellness gurus, politicians, an association for CMOs, an up-and-coming hip-hop artist, an exotic car owners club, a resort in Florida and… an alt-right firebrand banned from most of the internet, accused of fomenting fascism in the US and adored by Donald Trump’s most extreme followers.
You see, one of the unanticipated aspects of my job as Disciple CEO is to be the arbiter of what we, as a company, view as acceptable communities for our platform. Essentially who can and can’t use our platform to build their community. And so far, I think I’ve probably got these decisions right. But rather than referring to an approved rubric when guarding the gates to our platform, it always feels like I’m basing the decision on my own values and the shared values of the company we’re building.
So – after much internal struggle between my unapologetically liberal self and my more pragmatic, business self – I came to a decision. We would not let Alex Jones use our platform. I based this decision partly on my own set of values and – if we’re honest – partly on the fact that we don’t want our good reputation damaged by an association with Alex Jones’ extreme views.” – Forbes
He frames Alex Jones as if he were equal to Wack Packer/KKK Grand Dragon Daniel Carver.
Vox.com published an article calling Jones a “leading purveyor of violent and sometimes racist (and anti-Semitic) conspiracy theories.” Alex Jones has Jewish children yet is racist and anti-Semitic? I don’t believe in either the Sandy hook conspiracy or the 911 conspiracy, yet I don’t think it makes someone a crazy right-wing fascist unhinged lunatic (insert pejorative) if they question the official events. Its probably healthier for our society as a whole to have both Anderson Cooper reading off a script on CNN every night and Alex Jones questioning what’s coming out of his mouth. We have the freest media in the world for that very reason.