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UPDATE With First Show Commentary!! HOWARD STERN's Sirius Problem: You Can't Find The Radio!!

I am – Hercules!!

Howard Stern’s new satellite show kicks off this morning, but a lot of his fans are going to miss the opener. I spent a good chunk of my Sunday calling and/or visiting every Circuit City, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Fry’s Electronics in the Greater Los Angeles area looking for a second Sirius receiver.



There were massive piles of unsold XM units lying around at each of the outlets I visited, but the Sirius shelves in SoCal have now been picked clean. It appears a lot of people waited till the last minute before taking the plunge.



There were plenty of the cheaper Sirius Sportster units available as recently as Dec. 30, when I visited both Circuit City and Fry’s in Burbank - and I wish I had grabbed one then. The reason I didn’t? The Circuit City salesman who assured me the home dock I ordered for my Sirius S50 in December would be in my hands by Jan. 8. He was lying. Circuit City has my money. I have no home-dock. So I’m probably going to be down in my car driving around Studio City at 3 a.m. to hear Stern’s first official minutes on satellite.

Clearly, retailers and manufacturers seriously underestimated the demand for Sirius receivers. In a perfect world, Sirius would help rectify the inventory situation by streaming the Stern Channels on its website, as it does with its music channels, until the shelves are restocked. But I’m not holding my breath.

Mind you, this was the situation in Los Angeles, where Stern was replaced by acclaimed radio vet Adam Carolla. One can only imagine the situation in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, where fans and critics alike have expressed little more than disdain for the David Lee Roth show that replaced Stern’s terrestrial show in those markets.

6 a.m. (ET). Monday. Howard 100
6 a.m. (PT). Monday. Howard 101







Hey, everyone. Hope I'm not intruding. "Moriarty" here, and I wanted to tag on some of my own thoughts about the premiere of Howard's new show today. I'll try to update it as long as I'm still awake. I'm working on my end of the year list article right now, as well as this week's DVD SHELF, so I'll be awake for a while still.

2:58 AM, Los Angeles Time. Howard 100 on the dial is just a heartbeat. Onscreen, the phrase, "Join The Revolution!" keeps scrolling with a phone number to call. I'm not sure why.

3:01 AM, LAT. I walk back into the room from grabbing a drink, and I hear the sounds of "Thus Spake Zarathrustra" and a fart. Followed by Howard's familiar theme song, Rob Zombie blasting from the speakers. George Takei starts, introducing himself as the show's new announcer. "Thank god those annoying heartbeats are finally off the channel. Hoorah!" And the announcements continue. Benjy. Richard. Gary. Sal. Artie Lange. Fred. Robin. Then finally, "The richest man on the planet, free from terrestrial radio, with no bullshit! Howard Stern!"

And the first thing he does? Complain about his headphones. It's right back to business as usual.

His headphones are indeed fucked up. And within the first ten minutes, the commercial-free show needs to take a break, which even Howard had to laugh at, and he looked through the entire Sirius song library to find something to play to give them a moment. This leads to a discussion about what to play. Gary voted for Ben Folds doing "Bitches Ain't Shit," Artie wanted The Beatles, and George Takei asked Howard to play "Sentimental Journey," which forced Howard to send George to the Robo-Spanker.

Took 'em a moment to find it, but once he did, they got the song playing. Tom Petty. "Last DJ."

Once they came back, they had George Takei do some announcing, just to show him off a bit. They're not kidding. George Takei is their new announcer, and he'll read pretty much anything they put in front of him in his unmistakable style. Takei is the new Shatner, folks.

Howard got into a discussion of how many people are signing up to get their Sirius, and how the show's already a success. He talked about how 180,000 people got their services activated yesterday alone.

More technical troubles kept interrupting Howard, but he's making his basic point. He's happy. He's relieved. He knows the show is already paying for itself, so now it's all about just settling in and actually doing the show. He talks about how bittersweet it was to walk away from terrestrial radio, and how he's got some unresolved feelings about it. He thought his last show on regular radio was weak, and he thought he really screwed up some stuff. He didn't hear a lot of the speeches that were made that day, and he wanted to play them on this first show, but Viacom won't let them now, so Howard's not going to. He's beating himself up, beating up Scott the Engineer. He talks about how he's never going to reach 20 million people at the same time again at the punch of a single button. He talks about the 3 million person Sirius audience, which is bigger than most cable networks at their very best.

3:22. Howard says "fuck" for the first time.

3:23. In discussing what is or isn't appropriate to say on the show, Howard and George Takei end up saying "cunt" about 30 times.

In general, they're not going to be swearing on the show. Howard doesn't think saying "fuck" for the sake of "fuck" is funny, and that's actually nice to hear. They'll swear, of course, but when it happens, sounds like it will be natural, not something they're overthinking and overdoing just because they can.

3:26. They start taking phone calls for the first time, even as they're still wrestling with technical issues. I was out of the room again and missed the number.

3:30. Howard's playing an uncensored bit, where Fred mashed the Pat O'Brien tapes with Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog," which is frankly hilarious. When you can hear it uncensored, it's pretty glorious. That never could have existed on the old show at all. What's even better is listening to Howard explain the whole Pat O'Brien scandal to George Takei, who keeps mentioning ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES because he's thinking of the wrong Pat O'Brien. When he says how old he is, he says he was born the year that King George VI was coronated, turning the question into a history lesson. He's 68, born in 1938. Howard finally explains the tape that George just heard, since George was obviously shocked by it. His "Oh, myyyyyyyy" is hilarious.

They just played the phone number again. It's 1-888.89.ASSHOLE. I know that doesn't make sense, but that's the number. It was busy when I called it, so maybe it's right.

Then they played the complete Pat O'Brien tapes for George. They are pretty blisteringly dirty, if you've never heard them. "Well, I think that humanizes him," is George's big response. He isn't scandalized in the slightest. I love George's laugh. It's so bizarre. I'm not sure how much of it is him actually laughing, and how much is Fred playing his laugh as punctuation.

Howard says there's a press conference coming up later this morning. He says this and his upcoming CHARLIE ROSE appearance will be his last press for a while, the end of his publicity tour about the switch to Sirius.

George discussed his experimentation with heterosexuality. He also talked about losing his virginity at Boy Scout Camp at 14, having sex with one of his counselors. I'll say this... George isn't playing coy about anything. They tease him about getting his merit badge in fellatio, and George doesn't miss a beat. He talks about how "gorgeous" the guy was, describing his arm hair and his leg hair, and Fred starts playing romantic music to underscore the story as Artie offers to show him his backhair. They digress mightily, though, through thoughts on BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, Vinnie and his movie piracy, and many other subjects.

3:51. It takes this long for George to get out his full story. By this point, Artie's freaking out. During the entire story, Artie keeps getting more and more vocal and disgusted. Howard informs George that Artie is a rabid homophobe, to which Artie responds, "There are two types of men in the world: gay guys and homophobes." It's great. Artie's very uncomfortable with how flamboyant George is, and George seems to delight in making Artie uncomfortable.

3:55. Howard listens to an NBC report about the show's first morning, which starts to get sort of like standing between two mirrors. They listen to the NBC clip, on which, they play a clip of the show from earlier, and the one really funny part is listening to how the NBC guy sounds practically disappointed that Howard's show so far isn't wall-to-wall profanity. "So far... nothing. But we'll stay tuned." Hilarious.

4:00. Howard's been on the air for a full hour now, and he's starting to settle in to a real groove. It feels like the old show, but looser, and Howard's in a good mood. He talks about how he's been listening to David Lee Roth's show, and how he's got some ideas for how David could make the show better. He decides to call in to talk to David and offer his help live on the air. I haven't listened to any of DLR's show, and don't plan to, but the way Howard describes it, he's not just hammering the guy. I think Howard is sort of amazed by the show, and he's not looking to shit on him for taking his old time slot. His first big piece of advice: stop screening the phone calls to keep all the negative ones out.

4:03. They can't get through to David Lee Roth, so they decide to move on. By the way, I'm a moron. When I look at the radio, the phone number is right there on the screen. 1-888-9ASSHOLE. Makes more sense, I guess.

4:07. "Thus Spake Zarathrustra" and the fart sounds again.

I'm excited to hear that the show will be re-broadcast every night, so that even if I don't hear it in the mornings, I'll have a chance to hear it. The other programming during the day sounds good, too, but that rebroadcast is something I've always wanted.

4:15. I really can't believe that I'm listening to a discussion of whether or not George Takei still has anal sex. For the record, he does not. But after he allows Howard to quiz him about what he will or won't do, he insists that he'd like to hear what Howard does. They keep offering to let George Takei have Will the intern, and George doesn't sound like he's opposed to the idea.

Will seems nervous.

4:23. David Lee Roth has passed on the request to have Howard call in live. This leads to the debate about whether that refusal came straight from DLR, or whether it's the management. This turns into a pretty big conversation about him again, and then a bigger conversation about radio in general.

For the talkbackers who are showing up to comment that this isn't the end-all-be-all cutting edge show to end all shows, I think you're missing the point. Either you enjoy listening to Howard or you don't. Opie and Anthony played the Pat O'Brien tapes before? Okay. Yay for them. I think they're both annoying shitbags. You think the same of Howard. Variety is the spice of life. I'm not posting these descriptions of the show for you. I'm posting them for fans of the show who don't have a Sirius hook-up. I'm not trying to convince anyone, okay?

Captain Janks shows up and plays a few prank calls he couldn't play on terrestrial radio. Nothing particularly blistering, but I always love the way he causes awkward silences with his questions.

4:38. They play a commercial for TISSUE TIME, another show on Howard 100. It's the dirtiest thing all morning so far, as Heidi, the host of the show, gives a handjob to Evil Dave Letterman. I still can't believe how much Evil Dave sounds like the real Dave, and listening to him ask her to work a finger up in his ass is like a surreal dream if you grew up watching Letterman the way I did. At the moment of climax, Dave orders her, "Tell me you're Al Roker, and you're going to rape me." This may be the most deranged bit that they've ever created for Evil Dave. Hats off. The biggest laugh of the show so far. "I want every employee of Sirius Radio to come to Studio 1-B right now and rape my ass!" It's not a commercial, per se, turns out. It's just a segment from an episode of TISSUE TIME, which is basically a phone sex show. It's the first time I've ever been afraid of my wife walking in on me listening to the radio.

4:44. Howard reveals that he is married again. The rumors are true. Robin immediately demands that he pay her a million dollars, claiming there was a bet back on the old show. Artie is devastated. Ralph says he doesn't believe it. Gary demands an explanation. George thinks that it is great, but he turns it into a demand for gay marriage equal rights. Sal congratulates him and says, "Call me in six months once she stops sucking your dick." They go back to Artie, who is truly shocked.

4:49. Howard reveals that he is not married. The rumors are not true. Howard was just curious how everyone would react. He tells the story of how the rumor got started, and how it spun out of control.

4:52. Gary comes in to tell Howard how the press conference is coming along. There's a lot of celebrity press in the lobby, eating breakfast, getting ready.

4:55. I love it when they play clips of George Takei where they've taken conversations with him and re-cut them to make him say insane things. I love it even more when they play those clips for George while he yells "I did not say that! You fabricated that!" in the background.

5:02. We're starting the third hour of the show now, and Howard decides they're going to read the Revelations now. This is a feature they've been prepping for, in which each of the members of the show has admitted something tremendous, and those revelations are about to be read on the air. George Takei does the intro, mentioning his own recent revelation of his homosexuality as an example of what to expect.

First one: "I cheated on my wife, and she caught me." They won't say who belongs to each of these comments. Not yet. So it becomes a guessing game.

Second one: "I once hid in a bathroom closet and pleasured myself when my family members when to the bathroom." We know this is a "him" at least thanks to the way Will describes.

Third one: "In the last year, I got a girl pregnant and had to pay for her abortion." Shock from everyone, and another "Oh, myyyyyyyyyyyyy" from George.

Fourth one: "I think I'm addicted to porn. I jerk off twice a day, and prefer to masturbate to having sex."

Fifth one: "I have spent well over $10,000 on internet porn."

Sixth one: "My buddy and I once ordered the massage girls to our hotel room, but they ripped us off and left us staring at each other."

Seventh one: "I have pleasured myself with meat and vegetables."

Eighth one: "I have a half-sister I never met and don't want to."

Ninth one: "I've had cosmetic surgery."

Tenth one: "A guy once blew his load on my chest." "Oh, myyyyyyy."

Eleventh one: "I once had my stomach pumped for alcohol poisoning, and when I woke up in the hospital, an acquaintance of the same sex was fondling my genitals."

5:11. It's on to the guessing now, and this is what makes it fun. They're going to wait a whole week before they reveal who said what, to allow for many arguments and bets. Right now, though, they've got to move quickly and get to the press conference, and in the meantime, they'll play another song. This leads to another conversation of what they should play, which leads to more guessing, which just turns into a free-for-all. By the time Artie finally chooses a Springsteen tune, it's 5:25, and they still haven't taken their pre-press conference break.

5:31. The press conference finally begins, with George Takei doing a super-pompous introduction that concludes with, "He is as close to a God as any man I've ever seen."

I'm not going to do a blow-by-blow of the press conference unless a particularly great question and answer pops up.

5:44. Okay. That's it. The show's great, but I'm off to bed. I'll have to listen to the rest later. I hope you guys are enjoying it. It was nice being here for this much of it live.

Thanks to Drew Carey for the generous (and forward-thinking) gift of the Sirius subscription. I'll be renewing it myself when this one is up. Great stuff, and I recommend Sirius overall. I've compared it to XM, and if Sirius only had Cinemagic (an all movie score channel), then there would be absolutely no competition at all. Sirius is pretty great. Subscription radio may be giving some people fits, but the model makes sense to me. Enough for now, though. Viva La Stern! Viva La Revolucion!



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  • Jan. 9, 2006, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Howard's not worth it

    by Virtual Satyr

    Stern is not worth it alone to get Sirius.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Sold out here as well

    by psyclical

    Went to Best Buy and Circuit City since they had them on sale, both sold out. Ordered the sale unit online(30 bucks at Best Buy) and shall wait.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Most. Overrated. Host. Ever.

    by zacdilone

    Stern was too expensive when he was free.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 1:55 a.m. CST

    zacclone, I only wish that were true

    by Hercules

    if it were, I'd have all the equipment I wanted right now

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Stern is AWESOME, but $12 a month to listen to the radio?

    by googamooga

    Fuck YOU, and fuck that.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:06 a.m. CST

    What this?

    by Bass Ackwards

    An article about how well Sirius radio recievers might be selling? Ooo-kay.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:08 a.m. CST

    You get what you pay for...

    by Wheel99

    I have had recent access to sat. radio and it is an amazing format. In addition to Stern you will get great stations for Jazz, stand up ect.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:55 a.m. CST

    This subject doesn't belong on AINT IT COOL!

    by Darth Bono Jr.

    So, what's next? If you can't find trousers in your size are you going to make it a topic here? Your shopping issues aren't very interesting. Also, maybe your inability to FIND a Sirius radio is an indication that they have exceeded their expectations. How is this Stern's problem?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST

    i have done without paying for radio for some time now

    by dr.bulber

    which is good because i dont ever hear it because i dont listen to it. i dont think that will change anytimne soon.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:49 a.m. CST

    $12 a month for radio

    by law04230

    i pay $10. NPR!!! That's right sucka's support!!!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:10 a.m. CST

    SULU, SULLLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUU!

    by LordEnigma

    This is fucking awesome. Also, Herc, if you have an FM tuner inside of a Sirius receiver, then you can play Sirius through out every radio in your house. Now, back to SULLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, SULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUU, then a break.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Cant hear it on the computer?

    by joee60

    I am listening to Howard on the radio but I cant get it on the website. Is that by design?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST

    George Takei

    by LeckoManiac

    gosh this sounds so funny...will George be the everyday announcer...if he is...I am purchasing this asap

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Pat O'Brien Tapes

    by RenoNevada2000

    How much you want to bet Pat O'Brien is now on a ledge somewhere! This is fuckin' hysterical. "I just called, to say... I want to fuck you." Bwahahahahahahaha.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Takei

    by RenoNevada2000

    I can't believe that George Takei has such a sense of humor about being gay having only come out so recently...

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:48 a.m. CST

    I am laughing so hard

    by LeckoManiac

    and I am not even listening to it...just reading your description mori, but as a long time howard fan I can totally hear how its playing out...at least in my head...does that sound crazy to you?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Thank you

    by Trazadone

    I appreciate you giving us the blow by blow of Howard's first show. I haven't obtained Sirius yet so it was nice to hear how the new format is going. Some talkbackers will predictably bash Stern and talk about how much he sucks, but we know different don't we?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:21 a.m. CST

    RAAAAAAAMOOOOOOOON!

    by Bens_Hog

    Howard Stern sucks. The Pat O'brien sextapes are over a year old. BORING...This is the first uncensored thing he does?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:25 a.m. CST

    LeckoManiac

    by Bens_Hog

    in your head you can tell how its playing out because Howard is a boring, predictable washed up loser with a slut daughter who shows her tits in NYC plays...lets see Howie talk about that

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Glen the tool

    by Bens_Hog

    hows it going buddy? can you post the article about Emily Stern naked in that play....I know you have it somewhere, i don't feel like finding it

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Because Bens Hog, WE HAVE NOT HEARD THEM UNCENSORED!

    by LordEnigma

    Nothing more fun than explaining comedy to people. Many in the audience have never heard these tapes uncensored, and to hear the depravity of Pat O'Brien. Makes 13 bucks a month worth it, and not like it's not fucking hilarious to listen to Takei telling us how he lost his virginity.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:30 a.m. CST

    well LordEnigma

    by Bens_Hog

    if you listened to the radio show that Howard steals alot of his bits from today when they played the tapes uncensored in the begining of the year when the news story was relevant, then you wouldnt be that impressed. By the way, I can't believe Herc is so in love with Howard...this is suppose to be aint it COOL news. Opie&Anthony are the cool, original and innovative comedic talents out there but Herc goes for the most mainstream coca-cola radio personality. Why support shows like arrested development when everyone can just watch "two and a half men"?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Pat O'brien sextape radio bits from march 05

    by Bens_Hog

    O&A did Pat O'brien sex tape remixes dating all the way back from March '05. See for yourself, go to their official website and look up "Pat O'brien (opieandanthony.com or foundrymusic.com). And Howard always complains that everyone rips HIM off? Hypocrite! I'm so glad he was such a bad father that his daughter has to get naked on stage to get attention

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:49 a.m. CST

    NY Post article

    by Bens_Hog

    Herc, you are so quick to post stories that promotes anything Howard does like you have a ton of worthless Sirius stock, why don't you post this story from the NY Post: Stern's Daughter Cuts Smut Thursday, January 05, 2006 By Bill Hoffmann NEW YORK

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Mr. Sulu is a fucking degerate!

    by rivercb

    And I love it! Getting molested by a boy scout leader never sounded so good.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Kudos to George Takei

    by Kentucky Colonel

    George is THE BEST! Glad I got my SIRIUS four months ago. Truly, the Final Frontier....Suluuuuu, Suluuuu......Oh My!!!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:11 a.m. CST

    BOW BEFORE TAKEI!!!

    by robogeek.com

    That is all.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I'm and illiterate degenerate

    by rivercb

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:13 a.m. CST

    By the way...

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I spend 4+ hours a day commuting to work and $12 a month is so totally worth it, even if Stern were to drop dead tomorrow I'd still be on board. The commercial free music, the BBC, NPR, CNN all that shit makes Sirius a bargain at any price. Howard is the icing on the cake. And George Takei is the icing on the icing. Hot-Diggity!!!! I'll probably sign up for life ($500) when I get my taxes back....then it's $0 a month FOREVER!!! Buwhahahaha!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Herc should be fired...

    by Brock DD Landers

    for posting Stern shit once a week now. It has nothing to do with 'movies, tv, dvd and comic book news' as it says on my web browser.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:14 a.m. CST

    All you haters

    by Kentucky Colonel

    can eat a dick.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Huddla huddla.

    by Ole Gravy Leg

    Hoo hoo. I invented eating dick, Robin.

  • Whoa!?... Brokeback Mountain style "friend"?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Brock DD Landers.....

    by Bens_Hog

    Herc obviously has Sirius stock...thats the only explanation, I mean everyone has Sirius stock, its like toilet paper. The novelty of Stern saying "Fuck" is great for today, wait a month when its the same boring strippers and bitching about how president bush is out to get him

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Thanks for posting this... Wish I could afford it.

    by RezE11even

    Sounds great, hope to hear more.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Sirius and XM are actually quite good. It's way better than

    by Mr. Profit

    I love how she has tourettes moments that out celebs and shit.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST

    I wonder how much AICN was paid for that article?

    by Judge Briggs

    XM is wonderful. Fuck terrestial radio because once you hear satellite, you can't go back... too many commercials, awful quality, same ol lame music, and did I say too many commercials?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Question: Can I get Sirius in the UK?

    by Barney Hood

    Anyone answer this for me?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:11 a.m. CST

    The significance of "Asshole."

    by Eric79

    This word was "...something that they weren't allowed to use on their show even though other people were allowed to use it on their radio shows."

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Emily Stern's tits are godly.

    by Ole Gravy Leg

    But if she could act with even half the skill that she applies to sucking black cock, she wouldn't have been naked in a shitty off-broadway production. She'll find another way to get back at Daddy. At least she hasn't ODed again since that KROCK event a few years back.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I don't have Sirius, but I can just imagine its gonna be jus

    by Shermdawg

    Everyone will be gathered around the tiny reciever and Howard will drop a f-bomb and everyone will gasp. "He, he, said fuck. I-I-I can't believe it. This is historic. He said fuck." BIG DEAL. Pay me 500 mill and I'll use as many expletives as you want.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    http://media.putfile.com/Emily-Sterns-play-KabbalahMadonnawebwww

    by Ole Gravy Leg

    Have a look for yourselves, kids. Spiritual, sexual...

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Shermdawg

    by Eric79

    Read the article, lugnut. They won't be using the f-word all that much, and Stern already done so in his various Sirus interviews. No big deal. Except for your, clearly.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Eric79

    by Shermdawg

    They updated the article, lugnut. I forgot to check out the new stuff. And my offer to Sirius still stands.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    another great showing by "the pests"

    by Goatweed

    for the record, there are people (myself included) that enjoy both shows, and appreciated this quick run-down. I'll be listening tonight. As for the O&A "pest" asshats who thought they'd flood the TB section, shouldn't you be in school by now?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Takei presence to be short lived

    by ZakChase

    The AP is reporting that he will only be live in studio for the first week.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Pay radio

    by Banky the Hack

    It's funny that I'm seeing comments like "satellite radio is an idea based around taking something free, slightly improving upon it and asking people to pay for it." and other such indicating that it's going to fail. Sounds like cable TV, and as we all know, that was a huge failure. Not that I'm advocating any satellite radio, as I'm not in the car enough to enjoy it, and I don't know why you'd listen to radio at home when you can have sound AND video together on TV, but I can see satellite radio being very popular for anyone who has a decent sized commute.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    That NY Post article-

    by RenoNevada2000

    IS a load of bullshit heresay on the part of a pissed-off director that an actor left his show. Most competant stage directors I know would shut the fuck up, cast a new actress and get on with the show. What's his problem? A sudden lack of young New York City actresses willing to show some skin for stage time?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    THanks Mori!

    by RenoNevada2000

    For the play by play from the third hour on. I had to go into the office and was jonesin' for more by 8:10. Can't wait to listen to the "revelations" during the re-broadcast tonight.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Why I Will Buy SIRIUS

    by MortGuffman

    Here is why I will gladly pay money to listen to the radio. Here in New York--the largest fucking market in the country--there are NO good rock stations. K-Rock was one of the last and now they've relegated music to the weekends. I don't want Top 40 or watered-down "80s, 90s and Today) crap. I want Nirvana. I want Pearl Jam. I want today's best indie rock and there is nowhere in this market I can go for it. So, yeah, in that case, it's worth it to pay for a subscription service. And getting to listen to Howard Stern? That's a big fucking bonus if you ask me.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Never heard Bubba The Love Sponge

    by Itchy

    before ... but the dude sounds hilarious. Definately tuning in to his show this afternoon. Overall, very impressed with the new format. And even more impressed that I can get a terrestrial repeater signal from my office in the city .... so it's coming in loud and clear. Takei = Teh New Hotness.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Ironically enough, Kirk's last words are, Oh My.

    by Orionsangels

    Sulu rocks!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 11 a.m. CST

    George Takei will own your ass!

    by fiester

    Brilliant addition. Seriously. He has a great voice, is a gay Asian man, and was on Star Trek--what a great addition ot the Stern show! I can't wait until they get into the old Star Trek stuff. I don't have this subscription service and don't plan on getting it, but I'll follow it on the web.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I love all this bullshit about Sirius units flying off the shelv

    by Angry Mean Panda

    Despite the fact that sales figures, corporate estimates, etc. seem to show nothing out of the ordinary occuring with Sirius in terms of sales.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    My investment was justified...

    by Damitol

    Good show today and well worth the price of admission. I broke down at the last minute yesterday and was lucky that my Best Buy had one of the Sportster Replays left. The coolest thing was as I'm in Dallas, I listened to the press conference during the first part of my one hour plus commute, then at 8:00 central, swithed over to 101 to hear the beginning of the show and heard the hiliarious George/Artie exchange. Several good music stations, lots of news choices and on demand local traffic and weather. Money well spent.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, noon CST

    O&A Rule

    by Pronk

    I resent the fact that someone is sucking Stern's dick, hes good, but he's no O&A. Those are some funny mofos

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Compared Sirius to XM, did you?

    by Morningkill

    Bullshit. I'm a former Sirius subscriber and a current XM subscriber, so I actually HAVE a basis for comparison. Sirius' programming is shitty, and their signal is tenuous at best - FULL of dead spots, as you'll soon find out. Howard and O&A aside, the breadth and quality of XM's programming is FAR superior.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Wow, look at all the retards on here

    by IAmLegolas

    O&A are "original" and "innovative" ? Isn't that like saying The Strokes are "original" and "innovative" compared to The Rolling Stones? Or that The Family Guy is "original" and "innovative" over The Simpsons. Wow. Just, wow. You are either young (i.e. ignorant) or dumb. Which is it? * * * I'm sure Howard would have played those O'Brien sex tapes "5 months ago" if he were allowed to. Acually he was, but they were heavily censored and eventually he couldn't play them at all. Don't you realize O&A were uncensored and Howard wasn't at the time? Pull your head out of your ass. * * * uh... Howard's daughter hasn't gone nude, she decided not to at her father's insistence, so I don't know how she could yet be called a "a slut daughter who shows her tits in NYC plays". Besides a lot of plays featured male and female nudity in them, maybe you should get out more and get cultured? Or is nudity still a *tee hee* kind of thing for you? * * * $12 a month for satellite radio? You pay extra for cable TV, right? How about DSL or cable modem compared to 56k? Sorry that everything in the world isn't free for you illegal mp3/movie downloading idiots.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Sorry, IAmLegolas

    by Morningkill

    But the line for idiots who think their opinion is infallible and trumps all others forms over THERE. --------->

  • They might be criminals but they're not idiots. Unless they get caught. It's people who shell out money for subscriptions when they don't have to based on a clever marketing campaign who are the idiots. Carry on.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST

    If anybody has the complete 24 hour schedule for Howard 100

    by Hercules

    kindly drop me a line; I'd like to post it. I'm also curious to know if the week's Howard morning shows will be repeated over the weekend.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    RE : Howard in the UK

    by BankyEdwards2309

    Howard in the UK (For Barney) If you subscribe to the usernet you can download Stern and Stern related stuff at alt.binaries.howard-stern. They've got the Sirius shows, the old shows and Howard 100 news. All Stern all the time. Viva The Revolution. Praise the Fist.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST

    O&A are original... and George W. Bush fought in Vietnam

    by bushsux

    Opie and Anthony have made their careers ripping off Stern. Their excuse is that they're the "younger, hipper" version. Problem is that they're both in their 40's and not that much younger than Howie.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    O&A are unlistenable

    by AlwaysThere

    I'm sorry XM fans, but those two guys make my skin crawl. I listened to a 13 minute clip and every other word is the F-word and there was constant screaming from both of the guys. I thought it was a comedy show, but what I heard made me shiver live no horror movie has ever done in my entire life. I'm happy to have Sirius and be part of this family. Howard Stern is the top dog and his show from today proved why.

  • And according to initial reports, O&A have managed to get Koenig to admit that the third season of STAR TREK "wasn't as good as it should have been." Then they laughed at themselves for several minutes.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    RAMOOONNEEE AICN TALKBACKS HAVE AIDS!

    by Alkohal

    HOO HOO,TELL EM FRED!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I got Sirius for Christmas...

    by Wungolioth

    I think it's terrific. I've been hearing music I've never heard on free radio, great uncensored comedy, news, weather and sports. Obviously I chose Sirius because of Howard, but Howard isn't the only reason I'm subscribing. I haven't listened to XM, not aware if one is better than the other, but I like what I've been hearing so far, so it's no big problem to me. I was getting nervous that I was going to be in Herc's situation late last week, but my home kit finally came in last Friday, Thank God. A little suggestion to other people, obviously the temptation will be to hook up a modular unit near an FM radio to use the FM transmitter(if so equipped). My home kit came with a mini-plug to RCA jacks adapter, and I've connected it right through one of my VCRs to my TV. So, now I have a format to record the lengthy shows if I want to. Mostly I'd probably do that just to lend to friends and relatives that don't have it yet.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I don't get it...

    by Spaz Medicine

    First of all, Stern has killed Bubba the Love Sponge in the past. Suddenly, they're friends? Seems hypocritical. Beyond that though, whether or not Opie and Anthony played the same audio (frankly I don't give a shit), Stern is still goofing on a news story that happened 8 months ago and nobody cares about now. I am sure there was something more relevant he could've tested the limits of the medium with. Seems lazy to me, because it was such an obvious story back when it broke. And Herc, I am glad you love Sirius (really, good for you), but my god, how much did your setup cost you? 400 bucks for reciever 1? Plus what, 60 or so for the home kit you haven't gotten yet? Plus another 50-100 (whatever it cost) for a second reciever? Plus 12 bucks a month? My god, that is fucking insanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Stern's version of the story with his daughter...

    by Wungolioth

    I'm just going to relate Howard's version of the story. Everyone usually has their own spin, so take it for what it's worth. Howard says that his daughter took this part in this play based on an agreement with the director that there would be no attempt to cash-in on the fact that she was Howard Stern's daughter. She apparently didn't want to be pushed to the forefront, I'm assuming there were other actors with more prominent roles in the play, but she found some advertising materials that were doing just that. When she confronted the director about their agreement, he simply said he forgot. Citing a breakdown of trust with the director, she left the production. Howard said he never insisted she couldn't do the show, however he did tell her he wasn't sure that she should be doing it as her introduction to the acting community, and used several bad reviews of the production to convince her. However, she didn't actually leave the production until she had the falling out with the director. Stern went on to say that he was very proud of his daughter, and wouldn't mind her being nude in a worthy role if that's what she wanted, he just didn't think this was the one.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 2:57 p.m. CST

    hey moron, Emily Stern has been in the play since November

    by Bens_Hog

    She performed in it and was completely naked every night showing her tits and ass and bush. The scene was a her playing madonna and the rabbi telling her to strip and she does. It was just recently that it was leaked that she was Emily Stern and thats when the shit hit the fan and Howard made her quit the play. Another fact is that Howard's daughter left a concert sponsered by z100 in a stretcher and had to get her stomach pumped because of a combination of pills and alcohol. Howard is a shitty human being. It is a documented fact that he put a gag order on the entire station of WNEW when they were a talk station. The entire station had to dump out at any mention of Howard's name or any reference to his show (Mr. Free speech champion) because he won't allow anyone else to be successful in his industry no matter how talented they are. That is also why Howard claims to be original and invent everything, to create this bullshit loyalty with his fans so they don't seek more talented personalities. Imagine if you couldnt watch any tv shows of the same genre because your favorite one at the time told you that they were just clones? Its unheard of but with radio people do it. I used to be a stern fan, I made the leap to the more talented and funny radio show. Howard calls O&A ripoffs because they are talented and he wants to destroy their credibility before anyone gives them a legitamete chance (think about it, it makes sense).

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Howard bashing Lovesponge before working with him

    by Bens_Hog

    <<First of all, Stern has killed Bubba the Love Sponge in the past. Suddenly, they&#39;re friends? Seems hypocritical. >> This is because everything has to be about him. He bashes anyone else in radio because he thinks he is the only one who could be successful. Then the Stern Zombies don&#39;t give anyone else a chance because they think Howard is the king and everyone else is a clone. I&#39;m so glad that after all the strippers and pornostars hes had on the air his daughter is finally going to be one of them. Can you say "Justice"?

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Takei is only on for the week?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    Ah, okay. Thank God I found out before going to buy a reciever...

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I said 24-hour schedule

    by Hercules

    I was really interested in what was happening between 2am and 6am and on the weekends. Any lazy-ass tool could find the 20-hour schedule.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    They must get George to say...

    by mbeemer

    ..."Hot Wet Bitches". (The Daily Show did a report on an Asian filmmaker trying to promote more Asian porn. They interviewed George (who obviously thought it was regarding more legitimate cinema) and this was one of the titles they mentioned. His incredulous repeating of "Hot. Wet. Bitches?" was priceless!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Great summary, Moriarty

    by ScreamingPenis

    i usually fall asleep three sentences into your reviews, but that was actually cogent and effective writing.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Stern bashers don&#39;t seem to comprehend his professionalism

    by HypeEndsHere

    I haven&#39;t listened in a while, but when Howard is opposite someone, he tears them a new asshole (or at least tries), but when that person is no longer in competition for ratings, there are no hard feelings. it&#39;s not personal. when he trounced De Bella in Phila., he held a funeral for him. then, Howard&#39;s Phila., affiliate hired De Bella on Howard&#39;s recommendation. and as for his daughter being a "porn star" now.... well, that takes a lotta class, guys....

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    George is in the studio this week....and the announcer forever!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    George is sitting in live this week, after which he will be doing voiceover work and appearing in the studio live from time to time. Q&#39;ua P&#39;lath!!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:51 p.m. CST

    HypeEndsHere - what about honest radio?

    by Bens_Hog

    you even admit that its not personal, yet Howard tries to destroy real people&#39;s careers. I&#39;ll admit he has a lot of power...why does he have to ruin peoples credibility to feed his own ego? Its not professionalism, he is serious. The reason why O&A couldnt get out of their contract and had to take a two year vacation is because Infinity wanted them to sign a contract that said they can get out of the contract, but if they talk about Howard they will be fined $100,000 a mention. If Howard could dish it out just like he could take it, it would be fine. But the fact that he went to Mel Karmazin and made every WNEW show sign a gag order where they couldnt mention Howard at all and any mention that could somehow be related to Howard was dumped out of like they cursed...you gotta admit hes a scumbag. Even though Howard wouldnt mention O&A by name until they were fired (he only takes on radio shows that wont give him any real competition) he would always talk about "the clones from across the street" and meanwhile O&A could not defend themselves. Professionalism? Get over yourself

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Not only did O&A have a gag order...

    by Bens_Hog

    at the time, the entire WNEW radio station had the gag order. So no one on the entire talk radio station could talk about him. This includes The Radio Chick, Don & Mike, Ron & Fez and so on. I listened to that station heavily at the period. I know the truth, I was there. Where were you? Were you just listening to Howard and then takes his word for it? I heard the process that went from them goofing on Howard and Anthony doing is imitation to them only being allowed to call them "Radio Edit" to them getting dumped even if a caller just mentioned his name. And why would they make up a gag order and then right when they go to XM Satellite radio they freely talk about him, play clips from his radio show and post the bits on their websites? They didnt know they were going to end up on satellite. The gag order really didnt get much publicity, most people don&#39;t know about it. You really have no idea what you are talking about

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:01 p.m. CST

    sorry. I didn&#39;t know you "were there". that changes everyt

    by HypeEndsHere

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    What&#39;s with the Stern bashing?

    by Chaka

    You know, I find it funny how people go on and on about "Stern Zombies" and such, yet not realize that they are zombies themselves ... just to other radio personalities. So big deal, you don&#39;t like Stern ... so what? Why jump into a Stern conversation just to say that you do not like him? Those same people then bring up O and A without realizing that they were not in the same markets as Stern, and Stern was all many people had access to. Very smart. Bigger markets = more choices. Those in bigger markets might know O & A. I used to listen to them on WNEW a few years back. Even thought they were funny. However, they lost all cred when they were dissing Sarah Jessica Parker about her acting, prompting her to call in. She confronted them (on the phone) about their comments, and both O and A folded like a steel chair. They apologized and backed off. Lame. But for those who like them, good for you. Go post on all of the Opie forums and express your love for them.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Chaka!

    by Bens_Hog

    First off, the Sarah Jessica Parker thing was one of the best radio ever. That was the joke, that they kissed her ass after bashing her, thats what made it funny. Anyway, the difference between "Stern zombies" and "O&A Zombies" is that O&A fans are familiar with Stern and many of them used to listen to him. Also, Stern&#39;s action has effected the O&A show in a negative way. Most Stern Zombies never heard O&A and just hate them because Stern calls them clones. They either never heard them or they do the "i listened to fifteen minues and didnt laugh once" like you could compare fifteen minutes of listening to O&A to 25 years of listening to Stern. And why as for your "why not post on an O&A messageboard?" This isnt a Stern messageboard. This is Aint It Cool News. Its suppose to talk about whatever has the biggest geek-interest in whatever form of media. Howard Stern is cocacola, hes mainstream. Everyone knows about him, everyone knows if they like him or not. Why not use the forum to promote Opie & Anthony, a show that many people believe is funnier, a show that is doing innovative and creative radio and a show that has something to prove. Its like I said before, Why promote shows like "Arrested Development" when you can just promote "According to Jim"...more people like "According to Jim" better and more people watch "According to Jim" but its awful and "Arrested Development" kicks ass. I hope that analogy wasn&#39;t too complicated

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Bens ...

    by Chaka

    So, are you trying to convince yourself here? After all of this reading, are those who were Stern fans going to go, "OMG, Bens (Underscore) Hog was right! Crap, Howard Stern sucks." I find it funny how you go on to defend your useless point (useless in that you are only convincing yourself and other non-Stern fans), then turn it to a personal attack on me (The whole, "I hope that analogy ..." bit). So, are you so unsure of your position that you have to then attack me? Sorry Bens (Underscore) Hog, I just don&#39;t get what you&#39;re trying to accomplish. My point is simple ... this is a Howard Stern themed discussion on AICN that was created to discuss his first show. Fans of his without Sirius read this story to see what they missed, then talk about it. You, on the other hand, felt the need to jump in and spread non-related issues. How does any of what you claim to know apply to this story? It does not. However, you feel the need to preach to yourself about the "Evils" of Howard Stern ... go ahead. My point is already made, so feel free to continue beating the dead horse.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Satellite Radio is pointless

    by barryap

    You want music tailored to your tastes?? Without commercials?? Well listen up, because I&#39;m about to tell you how to get it for free! It&#39;s called downloading, dumbass.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:45 p.m. CST

    beating dead horses is fun

    by Bens_Hog

    I actually didnt mean to be personal with the "analogy being too complicated" statement, I really didnt know if I was making any sense, but whatever.....My whole aim here is just to annoy....Howard fans get annoyed when O&A are brought up in a Howard thread...its true. I was once with a bunch of people and Angry Black wanted to kick our asses because we were representing O&A. This was in real life, not internet world. Yeah, ignore me then if you don&#39;t like what I&#39;m posting but my posting seems to be in the spirit of any other talkback i&#39;ve ever read in my life. Harry praises some mediocre movie and everyone writes back to tell him how bad that movie sucks...thats all I&#39;m doing.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 4:51 p.m. CST

    O&A = Who? & Who?

    by AlwaysThere

    Exactly.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Takei will still be part of the show beyond this week...

    by Jinxo

    Takei is only in the studio for the show this week but he will continue to be the "voice" of the Howard Stern Show. He will be prerecording all the announcery type elements; links into bits and such. While it isn&#39;t Takei live... come on, you know they are going to have fun with him in that capacity. Plus I&#39;ll wager that even if he isn&#39;t there every day, he&#39;ll continue to pop by every once in awhile. We&#39;re talking about a show where the engineer is an on air regular for Pete&#39;s sake. I do have to say I was very impressed not just with how open and funny he was but also with what an amazing sport he was about their past goofing on him.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Bens ...

    by Chaka

    Glad to see there&#39;s a person in there and not a troll =) Look man, if you dig O&A, then cool. But be careful not to become what you seem to preach against ... namely beating on people for liking something else. O&A were cool to me, then I just did not like them anymore. I dig Stern, because with all of his faults, he still makes me smile in the morning. You dig O and A because they do the same for you. All good ...

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Bens_Hog, hey Moron...

    by Wungolioth

    If you read what I posted again, number 1, I never said that she hadn&#39;t already been doing the show. Number 2, I opened the whole thing saying that I am simply relating what Howard said, that it could be taken for what it&#39;s worth. Why do you feel the need to attack? If want to argue the points of his statement, feel free, why am I a moron for posting them? Although I still can&#39;t quite understand why Howard&#39;s a "shitty human being" because his daughter had a bad night with alcohol and pills. Seems to me that if you hang around a hospital long enough, you&#39;d probably see a lot of kids having a similar problem, are all their parents shitty human beings? If you&#39;re getting all your info from O & A, sorry, I think your info is probably pretty skewed. I used to listen to O & A in the afternoons when they were syndicated, and I did right to the end. However, in the end, their moving to XM didn&#39;t inspire me to subscribe, but Howard moving to Sirius did. End of story.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    ny post reported on the gag order

    by Bens_Hog

    i dont know if you can post links to other sites on AICN but this is a link to the NY Post article about the gag order from July 2000. If the link doesnt work, i&#39;m sorry but its an actual article that basically says that hte entire staff of NEW was banned from using Howard&#39;s name after he whined to management and threatened to quit. There ya go...NY Post....real newspaper that exists with no biased intrest in O&A. The gag order existed, fact - face it and deal with it any way you want to but don&#39;t deny its existence: http://www.wackbag.com/showpost.php?p=778226&postcount=7

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Herc, as per your last comment, perhaps you should cut down on t

    by Lenny Nero

    That&#39;s not like you. Not like you at all.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:22 p.m. CST

    O&A fans are so sad

    by Razorback

    I tried to listen to O&A for some time but found all their setup bits to be much too... well, set up. It was obvious that a lot of it was manufactured beforehand, and that there was little spontaneous about the show. When this was leaked and they admitted it (after the O&A fanboys defended them saying their bits were all real) they tried to do something "real" and controversial and got booted for it. Anyway, all these fans do is take the idiotic word of these two morons as absolute and act out based on it. So, all these Howard Stern "facts" that people like Ben babble on about are actually total bullshit created by two guys in total fear of the power and greatness of Stern. They are like the little bitches of Stern, always trashing him and making shit up (shit that never makes any logical sense) because they know he is their God.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST

    So apparently posting anything annoying is illegal now:

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Unless you post under your real name I guess... http://news.com.com/Create+an+e-annoyance%2C+go+to+jail/2010-1028_3-6022491.html

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:46 p.m. CST

    RAMON, BRING ME A TALKBACK THAT&#39;S NOT FULL OF ASSHOLES!!!

    by TenderBranson

    seriously though. i just downloaded the torrent for today&#39;s show. so i&#39;ll give it a try but opie and anthony on xm are fucking incredible. they&#39;ve been on xm since oct. &#39;04, and delivering the goods daily. i don&#39;t care what any of you haters think. one thing is for certain, and that their show is consistenly funny and consistently morally reprehensible. if i didn&#39;t want to be disgusted and horrified, i could always turn it to NPR. btw - xm is cheaper than sirius. and the goddamn portable receiver from sirius is a fucking scam. you can&#39;t listen to shows live, and can only tape programs for brief periods of time.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST

    "Thus Spake Zarathrustra"??

    by snow scorpion

    He&#39;s comparing himself to Elvis now?? Why not? One was the King of Rock and the other is the king of the assholes.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    NY Radio is going downhill fast.

    by Larry of Arabia

    MortGuffman is right. NY radio is just sad. The largest audience in the country and they can&#39;t find the place for a single modern rock, electronic, or country station and have just ONE regular pop station. Fucking Z100 plays "new" songs after I&#39;ve heard them on numerous philly stations almost 3 months earlier. They have one rock station. 8, count em, 8 Adult contemporary stations. I bet if one of those flipped to country station the&#39;d get at least a 2.0 because they are filling a HUGE gap with one of the most popular formats in the world. I&#39;m sticking with my NPR lately, thank you.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Razorback rambles

    by Cosmik

    What the heck were you trying to say? Never mind. Just go back to worshipping Hoo Hoo.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST

    O&A fans....

    by Spaz Medicine

    ... in general, are fucking idiots. All Bens_Hog is doing is spouting, word for word, what O&A say at least once a week. But, that doesn&#39;t change the fact that Stern, at they very least, is a lazy broadcaster. I&#39;m sorry, but he is. And all of you are paying for 4 fucking days a week of his show. Sorry, but that is bullshit. And don&#39;t get me wrong, like I said in another thread, O&A are doing the worst radio of their careers, which is sad. But, at least they do a show five days a week. As for which show is better, I still prefer O&A to Stern, but it is all personal taste. No jackass is going to change anyone&#39;s mind.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Explaining difference between Stern and O&A

    by Cosmik

    Stern tries to paint himself as being so honest while being a hypocrite, behind-the-scenes-backstabber, bit-thief and a liar. There it is. That&#39;s why we prefer O&A to a once-great innovator who jumped the shark 10 years ago.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Somebody send bacci40 the Danza bit

    by Cosmik

    That&#39;s what hooked me.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Heidi...

    by chromedome

    so, has anyone been listening to Tissue Time with Heidi Cortez? Is it worth getting Sirius for? What time is She on? Howard is worth listening to when you can fast forward--some stuff is great, some is dull, and some is just annoying. If the Heidi stuff is good, then I might spring for the 12 bucks! Or not...

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Stop the bitching....

    by Pronk

    O&A are good, Stern is good. But good is relitave. Its all what people want to listen to. Personally I like O&A and XM, so i pay for it, i like the sound quality, and the programing content. I have had Sirius in the past, and did not like it. If Stern were on XM hell yeah, id listen, but i cant justify paying another $12 a month for one show. Now with the guys who say O&A say &#39;fuck&#39; every other word, listen to them, get a free 3 day trial of XM on their web site, tune to 202, high voltage, and give it a try before you bash two very funny guys....

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST

    3am?

    by punto

    Why are 20 millon people listening to the radio at 3am? (I think it&#39;s awesome, but unlikely). is it a time-zone thing, like it&#39;s a normal time on the other side of the country? Also, can anyone explain the "Thus Spake Zarathrustra" thing? I&#39;ve never heard of this Howard Stern guy.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Opie and Dopie are the Creed to Howard Stern&#39;s Pearl Jam

    by bushsux

    I give people on the radio other than Stern a chance. As a matter of fact, 90% of the radio I listen isn&#39;t even Stern-related. The problem is talk radio has largely become a dumping ground for people who can&#39;t make it in TV and film as well as right-wing liars. O&A, Mancow, Mark and Brian, Imus and the rest of the Stern wannabes have their moments, sure I give them all the credit they deserve, unfortunately those moments are few and far between. I gave O&A a chance when they were on regular radio and they were boring. It&#39;s one thing to not be funny, it&#39;s another thing to be boring and that&#39;s what their show is. The only reason they have somewhat a fan following is because many people hate Stern right now and need a competitor to throw their support behind. Unfortunately, I don&#39;t see 3 milion people buying XM radios to listen to Opie and Dopie.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Safe to Say.....

    by nme00

    That no heterosexual guy could stand up after listening to the Tissue Time segment with Evil Dave.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    NEWSFLASH! You can like *gasp* BOTH O & A AND Stern!!!!

    by J-Dizzle

    You read it here first!

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Gee, that Howard 100 prgram is SOOOO helpful

    by snow scorpion

    I&#39;ve never seen anything so useless. Howard is so busy trying to sell the damn radios he never bothered to post a schedule for when the rerun starts. Idiot.

  • Jan. 9, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Howard is no longer an innovator

    by mjbok1

    The Pat O&#39;Brien tapes? What&#39;s next, him talking about Scott Petersen? I used to love Howard, but then he got divorced. Then Jackie left. Might have been a different order, but those two events were the beginning of the end. In his own words, Howard has been doing subpar radion for the last decade. There have been glimmers of brilliance, but moreso he has become an egomaniacal idiot, who sees himself as a great martyr. Do people rip Howard off? Without a doubt. Has Howard lifted much of his show from others? Without question. I stopped listening to Howard about six months ago because after the election was over, Howard had one less thing to bitch about, but he continued to do so. The funny left the show. I think the real breaking point was I was listening to Howard one morning and he was doing commentary over tapes called something like "Diary of an unborn child". He talked about how original it was, etc. The thing is I had heard the EXACT SAME BIT on a different show weeks, if not months earlier. I can&#39;t argue with what Howard has done in the past, but I doubt that he will be that good in the future. How many days into his Sirius gig will it be before he mentions his "smash hit" Private Parts. It was a good movie, but not a hit by any means. The thing is Satellite is the wave of the future with radio. Once you have it you can&#39;t imagine going back, and if you go with the underdog in Sirius, or the front-runner with XM, either way you will not have to deal with commercials the way you do on any terrestrial station. How many days a week is Howard working? I believe four, but I&#39;m not sure. I wouldn&#39;t even hazard a guess as to how many months he has off a year. If Sirius puts together a decent portable that you can listen to on the go (live radio, not recorded or downloaded content) they might make headway into the HUGE XM lead, but it will take a while. Lastly, I hope he does well, and if he does I might download some torrents to check it out, but I just don&#39;t see it happening.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    J-Dizzle

    by Spaz Medicine

    Why try to make a logical point to sycophants?

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 1:53 a.m. CST

    "Imus (?!?!?!?) and the rest of the Stern wannabes"

    by Cosmik

    bushsux you need to check your history books. COntrary to Howie&#39;s opinion, he did not invent everything.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 7:21 a.m. CST

    I&#39;ve never found Stern to be funny, have never listened to O

    by Drunken Rage

    Phil Hendrie for me, thanks very much. Stern&#39;s just too egocentric and ethnic (NY Jew) for my sensibilities.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Some of my best friends are O&A fans...

    by Razorback

    I love them (my friends) but think they are complete tools for wanting to listen to those hacks. I have thought about killing my friends, to think out the idiots on the planet, but O&A seems to be their only major retardation so I let them live.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Imus was on the air before Stern, BUT

    by FluffyUnbound

    - until Stern got big Imus was doing fucking impressions and knock-knock jokes. I had to listen to the unfunny mumbling motherfucker because my parents would play AM radio in the car. Imus was the fucking Henny Youngman of radio until Stern shifted the landscape.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Sure, I&#39;ll download my free music illegally while I&#39;m zi

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Dickwad

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 9:10 a.m. CST

    O&A

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Oral & Anal? Sounds like Howard would like a little O&A every now & then...

  • Actually, XM has more than 6 million subscribers....twice that of Sirius

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    "Thus Spake Zarathrustra"

    by nycguy

    Idiots. It&#39;s called "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss. It&#39;s only one of the most famous orchestral works in history. You film geeks should know it from 2001: a space odyssey. Learn this fact, and someday you&#39;ll be able to correct some dumb person trying to act smart by calling it "Thus Spake Zarathrustra"

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Thus Spake was Nietzsche. Also Sprach was Strauss.

    by HypeEndsHere

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    "Thus Bitchslapped Was nycguy"

    by Deandome

    IDIOT!! And both he AND Herc are wrong...it&#39;s "Zarathusta"! I love it when arrogant pricks get publically humiliated, and nycguy gets it in the ass twice, for not knowing &#39;bout Nietzche (it&#39;s clear that he didn&#39;t know that, even though he is correct &#39;bout Herc getting the name of the MUSIC wrong) & by spelling it wrong...TWICE! ZaraTHRUSTA was the guy who worked w/this chick: http://www.searchextreme.com/actordetails/Zara/76678306841/

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I&#39;m George Takei Dammit!!!

    by R.C. the "Wise"

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 11:39 a.m. CST

    ALSO, nyctard...

    by Deandome

    Strauss wrote his music in 1896. Nietzche wrote his book in 1891. Have your mommy do the math for you.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST

    "Also Bitchslapped was Deandome"

    by Some Dude

    It is spelled Zarathustra. Notice the R. That stands for retard. Nothing better than some idiot trying to correct a guy he thinks is an arrogant prick for sharing a fact then, in doing so, engages in the same behavior of being an arrogant prick and, to top it off, he turns out to be just as wrong as the original arrogant prick. Fucking priceless, you moron. Thus spake this arrogant prick!

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    That Was A TYPO

    by Deandome

    I guess I shoulda triple checked, and I shoulda posted a correction when I noticed it (as we can&#39;t edit), as I knew I&#39;d opened myself up to a bitch-retort. And he wasn&#39;t &#39;sharing a fact&#39;...he was calling us idiots in an attempt to look superior even though he clearly didn&#39;t know about the title difference between the book & the music. HypeEndsHere was the civil fact-sharer.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    starwarrior tells me to "listen to the King."

    by snow scorpion

    Doing it right now. Listening to The Sun Sessions. And remember: Heartbreak Hotel was recoreded 50 years ago today. Elvis is the King, Howard is the jester.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Deandome: You can&#39;t call it a typo...

    by Some Dude

    ...when you are the one bitching about spelling. You were publically humiliated, you arrogant prick. I am laughing at you. My friends are laughing at you. I&#39;d wager that nycguy is laughing at you. I&#39;m sure a few other folks are laughing at you, as well. If Mori reads this far down the talkback, I have a feeling he&#39;ll spend moment laughing at you. Enjoy it. To recap... Mori was awake all day, multi-tasking and writing "live." His mistake is forgivable as there was no air of arrogance in his use of the title, incorrect as it was. nycguy corrected the title, but ignorantly dismissed the book&#39;s title as a mistaken version of the music&#39;s title. His use of "idiots," though a bit harsh, is justified as it was directed at the group of people who don&#39;t know the music, but really should given its ubiquity in pop culture. Then came you, the ultimate moron, guilty of the same ignorance as Mori and nycguy as well as the latter&#39;s hubris. I think this clearly leaves you at the bottom of the idiot pile for today. So, how many times did you get it in the ass? "Boo-hoo, it was just a typo." Man, the laughs never cease. You are a fucking retard. Next time, please make sure you have the facts right before sharing. Scratch that. I think I prefer laughing at you. Stay on course, cretin.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Bonus fun for Deandome: find the typo above...

    by Some Dude

    And no "Justafied" isn&#39;t how it is spelled...

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    It AIN&#39;T A Typo, Dude, It&#39;s Clearly Your Extra #21 Kicki

    by Deandome

    If you added an "L", I&#39;d buy your excuse. Same thing if you dropped in an accidental "A" But only a COMPLETE asshole would spell it &#39;pubically&#39;, not someone like me who would NEVER fuck up like that in the 18th word of my original post......NEVER

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    RON & FEX own all!!!

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

    That said, Fezzy and Mr. Takei could be satellite radio&#39;s new star-crossed power couple.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Re: Deandome

    by Spaz Medicine

    I laughed at him too.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    And btw...

    by Spaz Medicine

    It wasn&#39;t a typo, Deandome. If you did it once, I might buy that excuse. But, you spelled it incorrectnly two times, which proves to me that you just did not know how to spell it.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    see, THAT was a typo

    by Spaz Medicine

    .

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Can&#39;t Count to 2, Hauptman?

    by Deandome

    I only mentioned &#39;Zarathusta&#39; (sp) ONCE!! "ZaraTHRUSTA" was repeating nycguys mistake. I used all caps so morons could see I was stressing the mistake, but I guess I didn&#39;t think about making it so drooing, retarded morons could catch on. My bad.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 3:35 p.m. CST

    All this slapping

    by nycguy

    Unless I&#39;m mistaken, Stern didn&#39;t read "Thus Spake Zarathustra" he played the music "Also sprach Zarathustra"..., and yes I know the difference. So who&#39;s slapping who? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Also_sprach_Zarathustra_%28Strauss%29

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST

    We KNOW That Herc Slipped...

    by Deandome

    but a) you call him/us idiots for making an error that is super-common. b) in not mentioning the Nietzsche book & the title similarities, you strongly imply that you don&#39;t know about it (classical maven that you iz, you MUST know that Strauss got the title from and based his work on Nietzsche&#39;s book: http://www.americansymphony.org/dialogues_extensions/99_2000season/2000_03_08/strauss.cfm ). c) Your tone is just snotty & condecending, thus demanding retaliations in a similar vein.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST

    ALL shock-jocks suck!

    by Holly_Wight

    It&#39;s funny watching you guys fight over who&#39;s better; Carolla, O&A, or Stern. News Flash, fellas: ALL SHOCK JOCKS ARE INFANTILE. While I can be accused of watching Stern&#39;s old show back in the early 90s in syndication, I watched because at the time he was all about making fun of stupid people. The "I Can&#39;t Get Into College Bowl" was a great skit. However, in the years since then, all he&#39;s been doing- much like the other shock jocks- is gabbing in a most testosterone-laden fashion with his usual band of idiots. I can hear this kind of inane banter by putting my ear to the men&#39;s locker room door at any college. It&#39;s juvenile and purile and ultimately worthless. ---That being said, I have hopes that Takei can elevate the level of conversation so that it&#39;s not just a bunch of horny, ugly, homophobic losers sitting around talking about tits. Seriously- What does ANYBODY see in Artie Lang to pay him to be himself? If I had known it was so profitable to be a fat, stupid slob, I&#39;d have hung out in the cheap seats at baseball games a little more.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 6:03 p.m. CST

    you&#39;re right, Deandrome

    by Spaz Medicine

    I do droo

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Sirius Programming

    by Itchy

    Had an hour to kill in the car today and just flipped station to station. All I have to say is that the music programming is phenomenal. I&#39;m an admitted "80&#39;s" geek ... but not the usual stuff - I was more into fringe stuff like The Damned, The Replacements, and the Circle Jerks. I heard all three today on various channels. In Detroit, where I live, the music channels blow so bad I&#39;m forced to listen to nothing but AM Sports Talk radio 24-7. Now I am free. For the price of a stamp and a half per day. I don&#39;t give a shit if you like XM or Sirius, but please, dear god, suck it up and kick the Clear Channel Conglomerate in the balls. If you don&#39;t believe me, goto Sirius&#39; website and get a free three day pass to check out the music programming. It will blow your nutsack.

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Deandrome - oy yoy yoy!

    by nycguy

    First) Yes your point is taken. I understand why you think I sound snotty. However, I don&#39;t think it&#39;s too much get people to think and be correct in what they write. Second) Yes I understand WHY he wrote the wrong title, and yes I know that the music was based on the book. However, they are two SEPARATE works. One is a book, the other is a symphonic poem - quite possibly the most famous one EVER - this is significant. It&#39;s not too much to ask to get the titles correct, thusly not implying that they are the same work. I&#39;m sure that Strauss and Nietzsche would want everyone to know the difference. The film "Munich" is based on a book called "Vengeance." If you were talking about the movie and you kept calling it "Vengeance" people would be confused and you would be talking about a completely different work...any clearer?

  • Jan. 10, 2006, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m Sold. thanks Herc

    by Homer Sexual

    That was great. If ou&#39;d do that every day I could save some money, but "free" radio is evil anyway. I&#39;m getting this asap, too.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 2:08 a.m. CST

    I hope you people all realize that it was Moriarty who did the b

    by Lenny Nero

    If not, well...yeah...

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Deandome: arrogance, ignorance and no sense of humor

    by Some Dude

    My "typo" was of the same nature as yours, meaning that it was not a typo, but instead a misspelling. That was the joke, an intentional one, unlike the many laughs provided by your self-administered public humiliation and ass pounding. To quote the great Foghorn, "You&#39;re built too low, son." Be happy that Hauptman is laughing at you as well. I am. Happy and laughing, that is.

  • Jan. 11, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    One more thing, Deanie...

    by Some Dude

    Only one asshole spelled it "pubically." I guess now you can retract your fallacious statements as my "typo" falls within your tolerance for non-assholes. Will the laughs never cease? Do people laugh at any other members of your family? You should get them to post on here.