May 16, 2002 13 comments →
Mike Bullard and Ralph Benmurgi aren’t doing anything are they? Afterwards we can get out some Arrowroot cookies and sip something bland!! Can radio get any more boring? My favorite show used to air on CFRA at 3am on Saturdays. When I was driving home from work in the wee hours, I used to listen to “Coast to Coast” which is some freak show filled with conspiracy theories and people who have werewolves living in their attic. The best part was that the host would never scoff at anything that anyone would say and they’d dedicate 2 hours to things like the “Paul McCartney is dead” rumour from the 60′s complete with backwards recordings and mirrors held up at odd angles on the record sleeves. It was freakin’ hil-arious but CFRA yanked it one day and now I’m forced to listen to corny George Burns routines from 1832 (ok maybe it’s 1932).
I’ve never heard Howard’s show, but I did rent the pay per view New Year’s eve show once and I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Fart man? Naked women on trampolines holding a sheet of Plexiglas against their boobs? Yawn. The Man Show was funnier than that. Hell, Tom Green and Jackass seem intellectual in comparison. How does Howard fill 3 hours of airtime? I guess I’ll never know because he’s not coming up here.
Apparently there are “pirate” versions of his show that you can download if you search the internet much like the latest single by Franz Ferdinand.
I’m not sure if I will be bothered to do it though. You can only interview so many porn stars on air before it becomes old hat.
What I’m looking for is the show that tells you where they buried Paul McCartney, and how the CIA is secretly spraying us with Chem Trails.
Bring back Coast to Coast! I have a werewolf in my attic who’s getting antsy.
As announced Feb.1, subscribers to the Sirius Canada satellite radio service will have access to Howard Stern on his Howard 100 channel starting Monday.
Baba Booey, Baba Booey, Baba Booey.
I’ve listened to this guy a few times, really trying to understand what all the fuss is about. I just don’t get it. The best I can figure is that in the US, where everything is so politically correct and untra-conservative, a kindergarden-esque potty mouth like Stern comes off as quite the radical. I dunno. I guess you have to be stupid or intellectually oppressed in order to get it. Not that I don’t enjoy the crass immature joke. I love it actually. But I enjoy a variety of different levels of humor, and I just don’t see how we’re still making a stink about Howard Stern. Shouldn’t this guy be retired on Carrot Top Island with the likes of Andrew Dice Clay and Tom Green? And I’m sure good ole Howard is feeling even cockier at the moment since fellow dumbass, poo-poo pee-pee comic Martin Lawrence, is sitting pretty with his SEQUEL to Big Momma riding the top of the movie charts. Hmmm. Maybe we deserve Stern. I suppose if you cater to the lowest common denomenator, there’s no reason to raise yourself above the basement floor. Play him on the radio, ban him from the radio. Really? Who cares?
Yesterday it was announced that Sirius would start airing Howard Stern on February 6th, probably because Sirius Canada wasn’t making any money without him.
I recently saw an interview with Howard Stern (on “Nightline,” I think), and I loved what he said about his show: though he wouldn’t do most of the “nasty” things represented on it, he doesn’t feel it’s his place to judge other people’s choices.
Censorship is touted as protecting society from tidbits that might corrupt or offend, but I’m personally more offended by judgmental attitudes than by anything aired on Stern’s show. Well, I’ve never listened to the show, but from what I’ve heard, his content is left of the sexual norm, but it’s not hateful towards anyone; rather, it’s accepting of anyone’s antics. I respect Stern’s attitude of inclusiveness.
At the same time, it’s good that some people object, because there needs to be a spectrum of views in order to maintain an equilibrium of “normalcy” within society.
I heard this thing about Oprah. I’ll admit right now that I don’t know if it’s true, (to avoid James Frey type accusations!!), but it’s interesting.
In the late 80′s / early 90′s, when Oprah was becoming popular and had lots of sensational stuff on her show, a social psychologist contacted her and said the show was dangerous. He said that by representing serial killers (and their horrific crimes) and the like, she was contributing to a normalization of this behavior. He said her viewers would become desensitized to things like this, and that she had a responsibility regarding the show’s content. Then, Oprah moved the show in a more spiritual direction.
Regarding what should and shouldn’t be broadcast (either on radio or TV), it’s important that dialogue remain open. It’s when we stop discussing what’s acceptable and unacceptable that we will lose control over the media’s influence on society.
I stopped listening to choms morning show for over a year in protest to howard stern being pulled. as Howard clearly states, if you dont like what i have to say, then change the channel. whats the big deal. If his ratings suck then the radio station should pull him, but if thats not the case its really sad when canada takes away freedom of choice.
Shock jock Howard Stern’s approach to radio has far less to do with shocking his audience than appealing to the lowest common denominator. Nothing is too tacky, distasteful or inappropriate for Stern. Regardless of his listeners’ views about him, love him or hate him, everyone reacts to his rantings. He is a study in the notion that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Stern is his own promoter. Who could do it better?
I was glad when the CRTC pulled Stern off the air in 1998. He saw fit to go on the offensive with regard to Francophones–a facet of our country and culture he knows nothing about. Those statements have been paralleled by U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Über-Redneck David Wilkins and his ridiculous babblings about Canadian sovereignty and foreign policy.
I can live quite happily without another clueless American shooting his mouth off about Canada and being enabled to do so by Canadian media.
Why is that so hard to understand! If I think someone is stupid or crude or hateful I just turn him off or go to another signal. I’ve heard Stern before and I don’t see what the big deal is. I’d rather listen to someone like him than some of the othr jokers polluting the airwaves.
Censorship on the air serves a purpose. This is a good lesson for would be radio artists that can get a lttle caustic on the waves. If you get kicked out because management goes sensitive, just go south of the border and/or push Canadian companies to buy the satellite services that would air your show back here. It’s all a question of how marketable you are and which company would make more of a profit with your show.
What I both like and don’t like about Howard Stern has always been his huge ego.
Anyone in radio needs to have thick skin, especially when they are the type of “trailblazer” that Stern has been all these years. Interviewing strippers, dangling sexual content, surrounding himself with people who:
a) enjoy being made fun of by Stern (ex:Stuttering John),
b) laugh at everything he says because you don’t want to be on the wrong end of a Howard rant and
c) go along for the ride, because if you’re part of his crew, he’s on the hook if the censors come hammering on the door.
So, it’s good to have a big ego. Clearly, without it, Howard would not be as well known and controversial as he has been.
Now, on to the negative. The article here talks about Sirius Satelite Radio and Howard has been waiting for this next chapter in his career since the satellite was first flung up into our stratosphere.
He told radio stations where to go if they didn’t want to carry his show because it was too risqué or rude, he had another plan, involving satellite.
He believes that somehow Canada has a hurt-on for him instead of a hard-on for his theatrics?
Uh…wrong. People who are purchasing their satellite radio hookups through the US are minority Howard Stern supporters and mostly, just trying to save a few bucks by going the underground market way to get the goods.
Remember, satellite tv and the number of dish buyers who used an American address to get their Bell Express Vu equivalents cheaper? Remember, the famous “card” that was reprogrammed every once in a while if the password/security was changed by the satellite provider? You went to a website and presto, card reprogrammed and you had your unlawful stations again.
“Sirius Canada’s satellite radio licence was not based on any conditions regarding Howard Stern.”
Stern’s big head is the result of an overinflated ego.
Any other throbbing Mr Stern has, is his to deal with on his own time.
So apparently now Sirius Canada has picked up Stern. Cool ! I loved his show when it was on Chom a few years ago, and still feel like they were a bunch of chicken shit cowards up at their (then) parent station Chum, for dropping it.
What made the show for me, was not the obscenities or dumb games – but the interviews, the interviews were always awesome & treated the medium of radio like it was ok for something other than bad top 40.
Sirius Canada would nopt carry Stern here until they got pressured by a mere 4000 or so viewers to do so. Chances are, once 4000 plus 1 people complain, they’ll pull it off just as fast.
I’d pick up a Sirius Satellite radio now to pick it up, but for porteable models, the cost is still cost prohibitive. Give it a year or so, then maybe.
Before I begin, I should mention that I am not what you would call a big fan of Howard Stern, so I am sure that my comments may not carry that much weight as they otherwise would.
However, I am sure that what I have to say may make some sense as time goes by.
Regarding the controversy surrounding Howard Stern not being allowed on the air in Canada over the Sirius satellite network, this could be either on of two ways.
Either this is a genuine intent by Sirius Canada or a collosol publicity stunt.
Since hearing about ths signing of ‘Howie Baby’ to a multi-million dollar to appear on satellite radio, I always that this would be something they would come to regret.
Certainly there would be a great deal of novelty in hearing the self-proclaimed ‘king of all media’ uncensored and in all of his raunchy glory, but there is one thing to consider.
While many people would think it worth the money to sign up for satellite radio to hear Howard Stern on a regular basis, I would think that his core audienec would not be the types who would be to afford to shell out the money for the pleasure hearing their hero on a regular basis, a priviledge that they were willing to engage in for FREE on broadcast radio.
Admittedly, Stern’s feud with the FCC and the corporate suits who control the airwaves and the First Amendment was a worthy cause, but let us remember who we are talking about here.
Unless I am missing some substance that happened to get past me and other listeners, what we have here is a disc jockey who likes to use swear words and play ‘butt bongo’ with women who are all too willing to appear naked on his show, and who at age 50 doesn’t seem to want to grow up.
And while he still may have an audience, how many people would REALLY want to pay for something that they were getting for FREE, FCC or not.
Once again, his being kept off Canadian radio may not seem what evrybody thinks.
In short, Sirius should get ‘SERIOUS’ !!!!
To Howard Stern !
Dear Howard.. could you please please, please tackle the sucject ” chemtrails”.. they are spraying us day and night, and no one answers our questions.
If you would ” throw it out there” someone would have to respond !
PLEASE help !