Joe Rogan: Remember when Howard Stern ran for Governor?

In 1994, incumbent Democrat Governor Mario Cuomo was up for reelection, and his approval ratings were in the 40s.

Republicans nominated a previously less known State Senator named George Pataki. Pataki eventually won the race and ended up serving three terms.

At the same time, Howard decided he would run as well. Stern met with New York’s Libertarian Party and ran as a Libertarian.

There are many similarities between Howard Stern’s 1994 run for New York Governor and Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential run. Outspoken New York celebrities getting into politics, few believed either would actually run, even after they announced.

“Howard has gone out of his way to offend blacks, women, Catholics, gay men and scores of others while maintaining a prurient fascination with lesbians,” – New York Times’ Todd Purdum wrote in 1994.

Here’s where Stern’s and Trump’s paths diverge. Like Trump, Stern had to disclose his personal finances if he wanted to run. And like Trump, many people doubted whether Howard would open himself up to such scrutiny.

Unlike Trump, Stern proved the doubters right. He dropped out of the race in August because he refused to file a financial disclosure report after unsuccessfully asking a judge to waive the requirement for him.

Raunchy radio personality Howard Stern dropped out of the race for governor Thursday rather than disclose his personal finances as required of all candidates.

“I spend 25 hours a week telling you all the most intimate details of my life,” Stern said at an on-air news conference. “One fact I’ve never revealed is how much I make and how much money I have. It’s none of your business.”

– August 05, 1994, Associated Press

Howard Sterns 1994 platform: reinstating the death penalty, forcing construction workers to work at night and staggering highway tolls to alleviate traffic jams. Once those things were done, he would resign.

Stern’s 30th Anniversary of New York Debut

Howard Stern was a personality that radio would not soon forget. But in 1982, listeners in the New York City area could only imagine what the hype was about.

And then August 30 happened.

Thirty years ago, Stern arrived in New York at WNBC Radio, complete with sidekick Robin Quivers, who first worked with Stern in Washington a year earlier. Of course, with his roots in rough and tumble Roosevelt, Long Island, this was Howard’s homecoming.

Howard Stern going after SiriusXM for $300M

On Monday, Howard Stern submitted a brief with the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division to put in motion a highly anticipated appeal against his employer, SiriusXM Radio, for an estimated $300 million.

The legal battle began in late 2004 when the self-proclaimed “King of All Media” announced he’d be leaving terrestrial radio to join Sirius in January 2006 for a reported $500 million over five years, plus potential stock bonuses.

When Stern made the announcement, Sirius had a paltry 673,000 subscribers. In December 2010, Stern re-upped for another five years for a reported $400 million. Only now, Stern’s employer was SiriusXM, a name change precipitated by the 2008 merger between Sirius and its satellite competitor XM Radio Inc.

Two years later, the company reported its subscription base had grossed more than 20 million listeners. Claiming they were owed stock bonuses due to the company’s success, Stern’s 112 Inc. production company, along with agent Don Buchwald , filed a May 2011 lawsuit seeking the estimated $300 million.

In April 2012, New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick dismissed the case, calling the wording in Stern’s original contract with Sirius “clear” and “unambiguous.”

To what degree Stern takes his case to the court of public opinion is anyone’s guess, but he has occasionally used airtime to rail against Sirius XM president Scott Greenstein, whom he accuses of having a “f—ing short memory” with regards to where SiriusXM was prior to Stern’s arrival.