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Columbus, Ohio: Welcome WBZX-FM 99.7 - The Blitz! to the family of Howard Stern stations. The Blitz says that they are the number one rock station in Columbus, Ohio.
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(Frequently heard from NONUS folks - people who live in the US have no more excuse for not having heard of Howard than they have for not having heard of O.J. Simpson.)
Howard Stern is a radio personality. He came to national attention in the USA while working in New York, and currently resides there. He also had a syndicated TV show, and an interview show on the E Network (a US Based cable channel), which was recently nominated for a cable 'Ace' award. Currently, E carries a half hour edited version of his radio program, but with pictures. His New Years Rotten Eve PPV event (New Year's Eve 1993-New Year's Day 1994) was the highest grossing non-sports PPV event ever recordede, although some reporters are trying to rewrite that history..
He is frequently labeled a 'shock jock'. Your immediate thought might be, "Oh, like xxxxxx (insert name of local shock jock in wherever you are)." No, xxxxxx is like Howard Stern. Howard has been around for years, he is well known, and chances are that this week xxxxxx is doing whatever Howard was doing last week. If xxxxxx has the balls. And more and more people, throughout the country, are finding this out, as they watch his show, or listen to him in syndication.
Howard has made many TV appearances, including multiple appearances on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, and The David Letterman Show, as well as a smattering of the daytime talk shows. He currently has a movie in production, based on his best selling book Private Parts, and has written another book, Howard Stern, Miss America.
Howard's original TV show was in reruns, and is now off of the air. Depending on who you listen to, it was cancelled, or Howard quit. I personally believe (and heard this version, once, on-the-air) that WWOR Channel 9 wanted Howard to do it for the same money he got the prior year, and Howard wanted a bigger budget and more money. Channel 9 folks decided that they couldn't give Howard more money *and* make any money on the show, they wanted to cut the budget. So Channel 9 executives wanted to put themselves in a good light by claiming that they fired Howard and made such an announcement.
If you get the E! Network on cable or satellite, you should now be able to get Howard's edited radio show. TCI cable has just dropped E! Call your cable operator and complain.
No, other than the E! show, or swapping old videotapes. E! is on at least one of the new 18" dish services, so if your cable company doesn't carry E at night, you may be able to get his show that way. Check on this yourself before spending $200 to get a dish, and IRD. As of November 5th, 1995, you can no longer call 1-800-52-STERN and order a copy of the backstage tape of the New Year's Rotten Eve PPV. They tell you you've reached a 'Professional Ordering Service'.
Howard is not on shortwave unless someone is pirating his stuff. AM is Medium Wave (MW) for you nonus folks.
Realaudio: 91X had a Realaudio broadcast of Howard's program for a few months, on and off. They no longer carry Howard on Realaudio. Frankly, Howard has said that he doesn't want to be on the Internet. It was also interesting that it was easy to get throuigh to 91X most times of the day, and hard as heck to make and maintain a connection during the Howard Stern show.
WWKB from Buffalo, NY (1520 AM) no longer carries Howard.They went country. The whole show could have been picked up in Toronto, Canada, on a car radio, so this cuts out Canadian fans.
Howard is no longer on WVGO, Richmond. Don't shop at Ukrops. Listen to the Norfolk station with a roof antenna.
Howard claims that many more stations would carry him but for the FCC's vendetta against him, and has specifically mentioned Jesse Helms and Atlanta.
Howard was on in New Orleans, on station WEZB-FM, B97. He was moved there from WRNO when both stations were acquired by the same company. But then, in what was supposedly a purely financial move, Howard was taken off of that station, so there is no longer a New Orleans Howard stern outlet.
The New Orleans Times Picayunne reported, about the middle of January, that the Howard Stern Show will return. According to the paper, the show will start on Monday, Jan. 20, on KKND-FM 106.7.
El Paso, Texas (KROD AM 600), no longer carries Howard, but no one seems to care.
There are folks around who record Howard's show every day. If you want it bad enough, you'll get one of them to record it for you.
Finally, you may be able to get Howard on cable. Several of these stations have satellite uplinks (including WXRK) and your cable company may rebroadcast them on the FM band, perhaps at a different frequency. I understand, for example, that in San Diego, Daniel's Cablevision rebroadcasts the LA station that carries Howard at 98.5, although this hardly matters now that Howard has an outlet down there. . Consult your cable company for information about hooking your FM receiver to your cable.
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No, not that can be picked up with consumer equipment. WXRK used to be broadcast by SCPC on Hughes Galaxy 2 channel 03, at about 57.5, according to Mark Geyman. WXRK's uplink is now in digital form, and can't be received as SCPC anymore.
This is the best info I have about decoding Howard's satellite feed, and is pure hearsay. I saw it on rec.video.satellite a couple of years ago:
Well if you work at a radio station, and have an extra selector on your
sedat card your not using, you can pick up Stern on Satcom C5 Transponder
23 SEDAT channel 15. Stern airs from 6a to Noon I believe.
I've seen another posting saying that it is channel 14.
I have also heard that the company that makes these decoders will sell one to anyone, and I've heard that it is not scrambled, just encoded, so with the right $4000? $10000? decoder, and a dish, you can pick Howard up. Ask on one of the satellite groups. There is some difference of opinion as to whether you just need the decoder, or whether you also need to pay WXRK for a key to their feed. I've heard both on the net. Find out for sure before you invest. I've also heard that you need a key, and that WXRK will not release the key, so you are out of luck.
Listen for a while. Want to take a shortcut? Here is an effort to explain:
You just don't get it, do you? Howard is none of those things, in spades: He is an equal opportunity denigrator. Sooner or later he will kick one of your sacred cows in the balls, to mix metaphors in an udderly improbable manner. But he is still very funny. Someone on this newsgroup once said that a lot of Howard's humor comes from the sort of attitude that says, "Look at all of this crap in the world around us! Isn't it wierd? Isn't it funny? Sit in our circle and we'll let you in on the joke." Well, some of us think that we get the joke.
Definitely. The question is, what is the other half? We have to differentiate between the persona that Howard plays on the radio, and the real Howard.
According to Howard's radio persona, it is not Jewish, perhaps WASP. The half-Jewish identity may be something that Howard puts on so that he can insult both Christians and Jews with impunity. However, he is equally free with insults of Muslims, Hindus, etc. It may also be something that he does to avoid anti-semitism.
Some folks on the net believe that the other half is Italian, based on something that Howard said a while back. Others point out that you can be a Jewish Italian, so this may have been another joke. The Jewish half and the Italian half may well be the same half.
It is pretty clear based on statements that Howard's sister made on the radio that Howard, in Real Life(tm), is Jewish. Also, Howard has recently admitted, on the air, that he is all Jewish, and claimed that he was half Jewish to avoid anti-Semitism.
His old studio address is:
The Howard Stern Show
600 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022-1603
The new studio is at:
The Howard Stern Show
40 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019-4002
Particularly vehement and stupid hate letters are likely to get read on the air. Clueless ones well may earn a phone call.
They never had a clue, but at one time they could take orders for the album, and a series of videos. The album hasn't been for sale for quite a while. None of Howard's products have been on sale for quite a while. They are now collector's items. This just goes to prove that you should always buy every Howard Stern premium offered, immediately. The 1-800-52-STERN was in use for Butt Bongo Fiesta, and was then in use for for the backstage tape of New Year's Rotten Eve, but it is now turned off. 1-800-52-STERN is being answered by a recording referring you to a customer service line in the 512 area code for problems with older orders.) (As of November 5, 1995, you don't even get that, just a person who wants to know who you want to talk to.) And this has become an in joke.
This (alt.fan.howard-stern) is not in the binaries hierarchy. Of course, you can post anything you want. If various sysops notice that this group has become a binaries group, they will treat it like one, and those connected by phone line or concerned about disk space may not carry it. As a hint: If your sysop does not carry the alt.binaries tree, they are unlikely to carry this group if it begins carrying binaries.
If you do want to post digitized soundbytes, please post them to alt.binaries.howard-stern, alt.binaries.sounds.misc, or alt.sex.sounds, as appropriate, and post here saying that you've done so, and other things about the sounds, like maybe what the message ids are or when you posted them, or how many parts. Anything seems to go there. I've seen whole songs posted there in 41 parts.
To post sounds, send them here: http://www2.liglobal.com/stern
The Howard Stern Show Sounds Page.
To post pics, send them here: http://www.urshan.com/stern/, The Unofficial Howard Stern Home Page.
If anyone knows of any other Howard Stern URL's, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some additional URL's:
This is a pretty silly question, eh? We've all seen the E! show by now. But at one time, when people were mostly getting Howard on the radio, this one came up all of the time. I don't know what people expected.
According to Mark Levy, yes they do. And I have it on good authority that Howard drinks Poland Spring water (Take that, Georgia!). (Note that both of these items can be seen, somewhat edited, on the E! show.)
Additionally, if you can get a copy of the New Year's Eve Pageant, there was a fair amount of 'getting naked in the studio' footage there.
I believe that some percentage of the folks who call in are bogus, but they are putting Howard on at the same time they are putting us on.
A number of years ago, there was a comedian who regularly appeared on the Howard Stern radio show called Crazy Jerry, who used to do 'impersonations' in a flat voice, the most famous of which is, "This is Mother Theresa speaking from the bed. God don't want me yet, man, I got more feet to taste." Crazy Jerry brought in a 'mentally challenged' girl who had a speech impediment who used to do the 'gina dance' (figure it out) and, when she quit appearing, brought in a guy who did the 'peepee dance'. I suspect, from things alluded to by Howard, that he has agreed not to replay any of those shows, since he was convinced that the girl, especially, didn't really want to do this stuff, but was convinced by Jerry although she wasn't competent to make the decision.
The mini-skirt, gina dance, peepee dance, and "I love you, Jerry," all came from this response stuff that was done between Crazy Jerry and his sidekicks.
(Note that this is my memory talking. There is another version of this story in another faq which the author claims to have tape backup for, so they are likely right. I still like my version better. Here is the other version, verbatim:)
Q. What do you know about Gina (rhymes with Carolina) Girl?
A. In late 1988 this woman called up Howard saying she loves him and she does the 'Gina dance. Howard sensed quickly that this woman was a little "off" and he asked her if so- she said she's not retarded, just "slow". She came down to the studio with Crazy Jerry, who was not her boyfriend but more of a companion. Well she did the Gina dance, laying down naked on the floor, but almost no one really saw it - Howard and even Jackie averted their eyes because she was too heavy to be appealing. About that time Rain Man had been a hit movie, so Howard called up Gina Girl again and got her to say some lines for his new radio movie "China Girl," starring out of the closet Stern. It was in this movie that she uttered the words made famous, "mini-dress" (usually at the same time as saying "naked dance") Howard was trying to fix up Steve Rossi and Gina Gina Girl but I don't think it ever happened.
I have this all on tape and that's why I can give you this detail.
All the attribution I have on this is: email@example.com
Yes, Howard Stern has a book out, called "Howard Stern's Private Parts". IMHO, and in the opinion of a number of reviewers, it is actually a worthwhile piece of literature. When I first wrote this, it was completing its second week as #1 on the New York Times best seller list, entering the list at #1. Howard says that he wrote it, but he freely gives credit to a collaborator (an essay about this appears in the book) and to his editor (who moved into his house). There is no doubt that this is a collective effort and I believe that, unlike some celebrity books, Howard did a significant amount of work on the book personally, using the professionals to help him plan and polish. I believe that it was a successful effort as well.
The above was written quite a while ago. Howard has published his new book which is now available in paperback.
For the first book, there were a number of book signings. It looks like there will be no more for the hardback (but there were some for the paperback, but those have come to an end as well). Howard attracted a record number of people to his Wall Street, NY signing (where I got mine signed, and was on FOX 5 news that night having it signed), and signed a record number of books, the previous record being held by Mohammed Ali, the boxer. (But see Howard's new book for a new record.) The problem was that the crowd was too hard to manage (according to the police), and the police wouldn't let him sign for as long as he needed to. It sounds like a new record was set in LA: 8000 books.
Personally, if I hadn't had mine signed, I'd mail it to the show, with a pleading letter, and a check for $25 (since that was what he offered a signature to the paraplegic from Cleveland for) as well as a self-addressed, postage paid mailer. At best, they will sign it and send it back, and at worst they will keep it (which is what they threatened to do when they still thought that they could have managable book signings) and you'll have to buy another copy.
Howard has put out a paperback version of the first book, with 64 new pages (but only 4-5 pages of new writing), and two different covers. The signings were events not to be missed, if you were anywhere in the area. Take the day off, take the day before off, plan on camping in line, bring a plastic bag for your book. These paperback signings seem to have stopped, but there is always hope that there will be another one.
Movie rights have been sold, and a movie is in the can. The screen play went through (six?) rewrites and the original planned director, John Avildson, has quit. Howard has finally accepted a script. He has said that he will be leaving at 10 sharp during the filming, so when he is filming, you'll be able to tell.
Do not confuse this with the paperback book titled Howard Stern, Big Mouth, by Jeff Menell. Make up your own mind, but IMHO, this isn't worth wasting your money on.
Get over it. This is the Internet. What do you need a BBS for?
I think they are a great idea. More power to them. Between all of the FAQs, we'll get the Stern info to the masses. :-) If any other FAQ owners want to cross post to the answers group, I'll restructure this one so that it goes in a subdir and there is room for everyone. (This has been done. There is room for everyone. It isn't that hard to make your FAQ into a first class FAQ. Read the news.answers faq for how to crosspost there and to have your faq stored on rtfm.mit.edu.) The most notable of these is the UFAQ (Unauthorized FAQ is an oxymoron, as no one authorizes a FAQ). There are also a number of FAQ collections on the WEB. Follow the links above to find them.
The Daniel Carver KKK stuff is a hoot. I want to hear the KKK line on a weekly basis so that I can laugh my ass off. Also, I want to write to Daniel Carver so that I can enourage him to appear on Howard more!
It takes all kinds. The hotline number is said to be (404) 967-3479. I called the number and it didn't answer. Write Daniel at P.O. Box 446, Oakwood, GA 30566.
Well, Howard Stern was nominated by the Libertarian Party of New York as its candidate for Governor. He had announced a reason for running, and a platform. The Libertarians are a serious party. They are considered the third largest national party, and, as a general political philosophy, believe that any coercion by government, except in very limited circumstances, is immoral.
However, it has been reported that Howard's lawyer has testified that Howard is doing this only as a publicity stunt, and furthermore, Howard himself has said that he will never comply with the financial disclosure requirements of the NYS Election laws. This means that he could never be a candidate, or that if he does run, he might be guilty of a crime, and might be prosecuted for it. Draw your own conclusions.
[As of August 4th, 1994, Howard withdrew as a candidate for Governor of New York. The apparent reason was that he did not want to comply with the financial disclosure laws.]
Following his withdrawal, he endorsed the Republican candidate for Governor of New York, George Pataki, who, shortly thereafter, proceeded to come from well behind in the polls, and who has won the election. The results indicated that in demographic groups which listen to Howard, in Howard's listening areas, last minute shifts from 'undecided' to 'Pataki' occurred.
Various rumors of various WXRK staff being on various on-line services have surfaced from time to time. Robin is said to be on Compu$erv, and Gary was/is on Prodigy. Howard has a lot of interaction with IBM. He runs Windows 95 on his laptop, and Lotus Notes. It is pretty well known that Howard reads the newsgroup, and also a mailing list or two. These are gatewayed into Lotus Notes by a gateway program, probably from IBM, so that he can replicate when he is at home, and read whenever he wants to.
His comments about the newsgroup were that it was pretty much the same sort of idiots who call in to his show. He also asked us not to fax him about his definition of the Internet (which was slightly better than his usual mutilation of computer terms. Howard may finally be starting to become computer literate). He has several systems, a home network, and so forth.
His personal networking is not internet style networking, and yes, his computer's phone number, which accidentally went out over the air in touch-tone format, has been changed.
We keep hoping that Howard will actually respond on one of the mailing lists. If he did, no one would believe he did it. Maybe he already does?
Also, it is pretty clear that he used to use OS/2 on his ThinkPad, since used to occasionally hear the standard OS/2 shutdown sounds in the background. These days, he uses Windows 95. On June 13, 1996, Howard announced that he had articles from alt.fan.howard-stern converted to Lotus Notes messages by Jeff Schick of IBM. So if you write it here, he may read it. Be interesting, use complete sentences, spell correctly, get to the point quickly, and use a meaningful subject.
And don't be stupid, you moron. If I were Howard, I wouldn't waste my time reading things that were directed specifically at me. If he is reading this, it is to read stuff written by fans from or to each other, reactions to what he doing or stuff like that. Don't use the newsgroup to send your personal messages to Howard - if that happens and the list fills with personal messages to Howard, it will become as boring as Howard's dinnertable conversations with the couples that he and Alison were supposed to be going out with.
Howard is feuding with them, or they are feuding with Howard.
Jessica Hahn first achieved notoriety as the rape victim of Jim Bakker (a TV Evangelist, who was jailed for financial irregularities in his ministry). Howard called her up while she was hiding in her trailer in Long Island, got her in touch with some 'people' who made a deal with Playboy for big bucks, and got her a life. For a while, Jessica had a career because of this incident, her Playboy exposure, and because she was on the Howard Stern Show all of the time, mostly the latter. Jessica promised to be on the New Year's Rotten Eve PPV. Her boyfriend made her not being on the show a condition of continuing their relationship. Jessica backed out and Howard banned her from the show. It is clear to me that Howard does not want her back, unless she is willing to provide him 'good radio', which would include her doing something personally humiliating. The particular punishment now proposed is that the whole cast would pick their noses and collect a large booger, which she would roll into a ball and stick to her nose for the duration of her appearance.
Pat Cooper was an old line comedian who cut his teeth in the Catskill circuit (borscht belt), and whose career had fallen into the toilet because he managed to piss off everyone he had any dealings with. He managed to get an appearance on Howard's show and did good radio, and Howard had him back several times. Suddenly he was in demand, and his appearances sold out. Then, he decided that Howard had slighted him because he didn't invite him to his E! interview show. Howard pried this out of him via telephone, and invited him in, promising to put the footage on the new E! show. In his shortest appearance ever, he walked in to the Howard Stern Radio show, blasted everyone on the show, and walked out. It was great radio, and they went on about his appearance for two days. He has an open invitation back on to the show at any time, and has come back a couple of times. It seems that Pat and Howard have buried the hatchet, I'm just not sure in who. It isn't the same as it was in the old days.
Richard Simmons had a career before he got on Howard's show, as an exercise and diet guru. He seemed to have a lot of fun on Howard's show, becoming a personal friend of Howard, stopping by Howard's house for dinner, giving presents to his children, and so forth. But he had one major character flaw: He was a Barbara Streisand fan, and insisted on Howard seeing Prince of Tides with him. He ragged on Howard, on the air, until Howard promised to see Prince of Tides with Richard. But Howard can't abide Streisand, and had no intention of seeing Prince of Tides. This was the start, IMHO, of Richard's avoidance of Howard. Then, there was a tabloid report of Richard Simmons allegedly paying a bellboy to spank him in his hotel room. The next time Richard was on the Howard Stern show, Howard ragged on Richard about this, and wouldn't let it go. He never really got a true answer from Richard, but it was apparent that this affected Simmons, and he hasn't ever been back. A comment made by Gary was that Richard wasn't having fun on the show anymore. I believe that they would have Richard Simmons back if he wanted to come back.
How would I know, for sure? (Don't answer that.) But this is what I know about penis size, and what Howard has said, over time, on the radio.
There are two types of men folks in the world: Those whose penises enlarge significantly when engorged because of erection, and those who do not. Typically, this does not affect the final, erect size of the penis, at least on average.
Also, typically, this is a genetic thing, and is inherited, and may also be associated with race. Those whose penises do not enlarge are at an 'advantage' in the locker room because they look larger in the flaccid state, and unless the men with the enlarging penises are in a partial state of arousal, they are at a disadvantage.
Howard claims that he is "hung like a raisin". This is clearly part of his persona. But he has also said, on the air, that it gets larger when he is aroused, and has even said that it is adequate in size at that time. We can only, therefore, assume that Howard has a small penis when not aroused, and an average size penis when aroused.
"Unclean Beaver" is a re-issue of an old (1982) album, originally titled "50 Ways to Rank Your Mother" that was issued before Howard came to WNBC New York. Howard has mentioned it on the air a few times. He wrote a deal that caused him to not recieve any money when this album was first produced, and probably would rather that you not buy this album. The Howard Stern on this album is a very early version of the Howard Stern we now hear on the air. There are a few very funny bits on the album: Neil Young's Cat is a timeless bit of humor that captures the essense of Neil's singing ability. "Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, OJ" shows that OJ really was never able to hide his essense from Howard. Material that didn't wear as well, such as the "Unclean Beaver" episodes still give one an insight into the early Washington shows.
Since Howard says that you shouldn't buy it, I suppose that you should do penance if you buy it by making copies for anyone who asks. Someone taped a copy of the record for me back in 1982 (which is why Howard didn't make any money on it, I guess) and that was my first exposure to Howard. I thought it was funny and topical back then.
Howard Stern's second book was due out November 14, 1995. The title of the book is Howard Stern, Miss America. On November 6th, the lawyers from the Miss America pageant note that "Miss America" is a trademark of the Miss America Pageant, and were reported to be seeking an injunction preventing the sale of the books. This fizzled out - the lawyers for Miss America never actually brought anything to court.
Much of the information in this question is old: Howard's second book is now out in paperback. There is some new information in the second book, but Howard didn't hype it: He is hyping the movie now.
Howard decided to put his book on sale early as a preemptive strike against the Miss America Pageant's threatened attempt to block sale of the book. As of November 7, 1995, it is on sale, but who knows for how long? If the Miss America Pageant people carry through with their threat to block sale of the book, these books that are purchased now will be true collector's items, and if not, then these will be first editions, first printings. In any case, Howard Stern fans should call or visit their local book store and buy their copy as soon as possible. Perhaps the best strike against the Miss America people would be to clean out the distribution channels before the lawyers have a chance to move. Then, if Howard's publishers have to pull and re-title the book, it won't hurt them as bad.
But none of this happened. Releasing the book early worked, Miss America didn't sue, and it sold very well.
Some of the early books have pages that are upside down.
Photos of Jackie's butt. Photos of the phony phone callers.
Get yours today!
The books are generally available (now in paperback). A book signing schedule has been announced and book signings have occured. Book signings are now over. Listen to the show or watch alt.fan.howard-stern for details.
Howard's first book sold out pretty much everywhere you could hear his show on the air, because the publishers were not willing to invest in large printings. Therefore, the book went into multiple printings pretty quickly. This time, the publishers were convinced, and they first printing run was extremely large. So now that shipping has completed, the book is available pretty much everywhere.
Howard's announced upcoming signings, as of Wednesday, November 22:
And, by the way, we never heard from the Miss America pageant lawyers.
Extra! Howard's LA book signing set a new world record for the number of books signed in a single session. Howard's signed 15000-20000 copies of Howard Stern, Miss America. Howard's book was on sale as of 7 November 1995.
Howard's flagship station, WXRK-FM in New York, has undergone a format change. This was because, basically, they were playing crappy music (badly selected classic rock) and had no significant ratings outside of Howard's time slot.
They have changed to a format similar to KOME (Howard's San Jose, California station) which features a mix of music, much of which is from this decade, and which is more of today's rock.
It is a fact that, in the D.J. business, when format changes happen, all of the DJs who were strongly associated with the old format are outta there. Frequently they fire everyone, just so that everyone understands that they have made a clean break.
It is not clear that WXRK has made a decision about who to keep and who to let go, but one positive thing has happened: The Greaseman is off of WXRK.
It looks like WXRK let the entire on-air staff go except for Howard and crew.
As far as what music Howard likes, I suggest that you look for theSoundtrack Album from Private Parts, The Movie. What he says he likes are things like White Zombie and Marylin Manson - and whatever band happens to be in the studio that day. He likes Gravity Kills, and, early in 1997, said, "I recommend their new CD. I listened to it all vacation - loved it."
If you mail your posts to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they aren't all quotes and there is nothing odd about them, they will get posted. Note that this works for only a few groups that I have a personal interest in, and not for all newsgroups in general.
What about it? It is real, they are putting it together, if it isn't done already, and it is based on Howard's first book, Private Parts. Howard talks about it almost every day on the radio show. The announced Premere date is March 7th, 1997. Howard was going to get Madison Square Garden, and is now considering something else. It is a Paramount production.
During a recent "vacation" (which ended June 3, 1996), Howard apparently worked on the film every day. He worked on it almost every spare minure through the third quarter and end of 1996.
The movie is in the can, pretty much. They did a test screening in LA, which Howard attended, and the movie got a standing ovation. Fans? I don't know, but I'm looking forward to it. The movie will follow the basic text of Private Parts, showing Howard's early life and what made him what he is today. You can get more information about the movie, straight from the horse's mouth, at http://private-parts.com. This site is now up and cool. Be there or be square.
And now what? As of January 9, 1997, Howard has hinted that there will be big things in the near future - he has said that he will be "taking the show on the road" to promote the movie - so you might consider planning for a local appearance between now and March 7th - or maybe April sometime since Howard has said that he might want to push it a month so as to be able to do a proper opening event for fans, in the right venue. Nothing definite there yet. Howard is in discussion with MTV about promotional appearance - Howard has been holding back on personal appearances, as he does not want to burn himself out before the movie - and the floodgates are about to let loose, and there is a lot of pent up demand for Howard's appearances and the ratings it will bring, because after all, Howard's fan base will listen and that will quadruple the ratings for most of the daytime talk shows. Expect to see Howard everywhere - since Howard invented the concept with Robin, can you imagine him on Politically Incorrect? It might put some life into the show.
Yes, Howard has offered a number of merchandise items in the past. The 1-800-52-STERN number was owned by "Professional Ordering Services", which was Howard's fulfillment house. People will frequently tell others to dial 1-800-52-STERN, or 1-718-BAG5040 (Scott's number ) or 1-516-922-WINE (Jackie's joke line number). The joke is that long time listeners have heard the number so many times that even though we are siezed by Altzheimer's Disease, in the terminal stages when most all of our memory is gone, peeing in our pants because we like the warm feeling it gives us, and don't know our close friends, relatives or family, we will still remember 1-800-52-STERN.
The FCC has fined Howard Stern a record amount for Indecency. As a reaction to this, the station has cracked down on Howard. It is believed by many that the hated Tom has a button in his office, and can hear the station before any of the delays take effect. When he hears something he does not like, he can press the button, and "dump" it. Dumping is electronic - the sound is digitized, and held in a buffer for a few seconds, then it is restored. Once there is a dump, you can hear the audio quality change as the delay electronically alters the sound to "build it up" again. It sort of warbles.
Howard also has a button, and I believe that Robin does as well. If anyone accidentally curses, or if a caller curses, Howard will hit the button. Sometimes a guest will explain something in a straightforward manner, or use one of the seven dirty words, and Howard will dump it and then explain it more delecately.
Additionally, the stations other than WXRK all have a delay. This delay is one minute for stations that broadcast on the East Coast, and hours for stations that delay. The engineer uses this delay to match the beginnings and ends of the commercial breaks, They are supposed to listen to the show in real time, and then simply match the local breaks to the network breaks. Some stations may also use this delay to edit the show. This option means that the FCC can't simply listen in New York and fine every station in the network.
But the next time you hear a word cut off in the middle, and the next sentence doesn't follow what was just said, and then a bit of warbling in the sound, it is likely that someone in management at WXRK has been at it again. Don't blame them, even though they are idiots. Blame the administration and the FCC.