Artie Lange thinks “Howard has lost his mind”

Artie Lange Crash and BurnOn a recent episode of the Artie Quitter podcast, Artie talked about how Howard Stern has so completely cut him off that he even refused to accept “top dollar” advertising money to promote his memoir, Crash and Burn.

He didn’t accept advertising for my book. He wouldn’t even hear the commercial. Its different than hating me. Howard is pretending I don’t exist. I stopped caring because he’s clearly a lunatic. – Artie Lange

Artie went on to say how Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster, came to him and said they have never had a company turn down their advertising until Stern. Howard apparently refused to play a 30 second pretaped commercial for Crash and Burn.

His recent rant from the Artie Quitter podcast got picked up by some major news outlets. Opie from Opie Radio invited Artie on to discuss his relationship with Howard Stern. He referenced the rise in power of Marci Turk, an efficiency expert who fast climbed within the ranks of Stern’s organization three years ago after bonding with Howard over a time-management system called Getting Things Done.

Describing Turk as ‘a 34-year-old redhead who basically read a book that Howard liked.’ Lange noted the awkward dynamic in Marci Turk telling people, “You can’t talk to Howard unless you talk to me first, you need permission,” adding, “These are guys who worked with him for 20 years!”

He said that Stern’s loyal producer Gary Dell’Abate, 55, must feel ’emasculated’ after Turk ‘took over his office’ and ‘may or may not be getting more money.’

Howard has lost his mind. I think my old friend Howard — he was my hero, and became a coworker, and became a friend, and — I think he’s lost his mind. If the stories I hear are accurate … And I don’t listen a lot so I don’t get to hear, Ellen Degeneres, he loves her dancing, and that is sickening. I couldn’t imagine, that seems hypocritical. – Artie Lange

Artie has not been heard on The Howard Stern Show since battling mental health issues back in 2009.

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Donald Trump WCQJDonald Tump was interviewed on the Stern Show in August 2015 where Howard said “you could actually be president, this is looking like a reality.”

By now, the start of 2016, Donald Trump was supposed to have been a throwaway candidate alongside the likes of Howard Dean and Jesse Ventura.

Donald Trump is not going away anytime soon. The American people feel diminished in many ways. Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is resonating with voters. Many feel that the American Dream has faded away and is out of reach for the Average Joe.

People want real tough talk, not canned soundbites from the Grand Old Party. In many ways, Trump has hijacked the GOP, but this is a welcomed change of course.

The politics of a country need to change with its society. The fabric of America has changed considerably since the 1960’s. Voters want authenticity when choosing a leader. They want someone who is going to walk the walk and to get things done and as of January 2016, Donald Trump seems to be the one.

Baba Booey Q&A for Billboard Magazine

How have you changed the way you go about booking guests?

gary dell'abate baba booey 2014We needed to remind people who we are, how great Howard is at interviewing and the people we reach. We let that slide for a bit. One of the things in my pitch letter is that SiriusXM has 25 million subscribers. Conservatively, we have a third of that, more than “Today” and “Good Morning America” combined. Oh, by the way, we’ll give you an hour to tell your story uninterrupted, instead of four minutes on one of those shows. And, we’ll rerun it 10 times before the week is out. So this show has more to give than any other show out there.

Have managers responded?

Once Howard starts doing these amazing interviews, they speak for themselves. It’s a domino effect. Michael J. Fox, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga—when you can list names like that, people get impressed. Last year I went to the Grammy Awards and that was the beginning of everything. I started handing my card out. I’m making a real effort to go to more events. I went to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. I hosted the Billboard Touring Awards, where I was booking for Howard’s birthday show. I hope to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. I want to just meet people.

Is the birthday bash shaping up as a highlight of your career?

It is, hands down, the biggest and most important show I’ve ever been a part of. The last song of the night will, for sure, be iconic, but I promise you that every song before will also be iconic or has been a big hit recently. This is people playing the biggest songs for Howard.

How did the birthday show idea first come about?

It started with a couple guys on our writing team having an idea of doing a roast. Then, we thought we’d make it like a “Kennedy Center Honors Howard” birthday show. So, we liked that idea.

I went out to see Jimmy Kimmel, and he said yes. Once we got Kimmel on-board, it gave validation to the whole concept. The first comic who said yes to it was Louis CK and, then, David Letterman. Then, I was calling publicists saying it’s a real deal, so that made it all easier. But, it all started with Jimmy.

Going back to your start in the business, what is it that drew you to radio?

Casey Kasem meant so much to me as a kid growing up. I thought, well, if I ever can get a job on the radio where I get to talk about music, I can just die and go to heaven. I think that’s why booking musical acts for me gives me the most satisfaction on a personal level. I love getting to meet artists that I listened to growing up. I like doing that the most.

From your Casey Kasem mention, it sounds like you’re a real charts fan?

Crazy charts fan. That’s why I say in my book, “They Call Me Baba Booey,” Howard would talk about someone and say they aren’t big. And I’d say, “No, they have seven top 10 hits!” And he’d say, “Who are you, Casey Kasem?” He thought he was putting me down, but I wanted to be Casey Kasem! I was the geeky kid who had all the liner notes.

Even as a little kid, my dad worked in the ice cream business, so we only ever got to take vacations in the winter. We would drive up to the Poconos between Christmas and New Year’s, and my brother would get his composition notebook out, WABC would play the top 100 songs of the year and we would write them down. We were really into it.

So, I’ve always been very chart-oriented. I look at the charts all the time. I keep in my office, as a reference point, [Joel Whitburn’s] “Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits,” so when we have an opportunity to have an artist on, it’s a pretty good start. I’ll go to this book and photocopy the page.

They Call Me Baba Booey on Nerdist

Gary Dell’Abate aka Baba Booey aka Techno Beaver, producer of the Howard Stern Show shares his tech knowledge as he explores some of the latest products and services on his new show They Call Me Baba Booey.

What is They Call Me Baba Booey?

Gary Dell’Abate: The thing that Peter and I came up with is that I could pretty much talk about whatever I want within reason, as long as it’s always anchored in tech. So it will always start out talking about a gadget or some kind of technology. And then from there I can talk about a book, a movie, about CDs, about what I’m watching.

It’s going to be more about how people are applying technology every day. My show is not going to be the cutting-edge, here’s the newest/latest/greatest – although sometimes it will be – but it’s really geared towards people who are technologically stunted.

I don’t wanna be Howard, but there are things that are very interesting to me that are not interesting to the show, and I thought to myself, Well, I can do that! I can talk about that stuff.