PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1894 times:
Today's Wall Street Journal, available online only to paying subscribers, had an interesting observation about Howard Stern in an article about Sirius Satellite Radio. It said that much of Howard's audience appeal on broadcast radio stems from the way he skirts around the FCC's "decency" requirements. What this means, according to the article, is that once Howard's contract runs out, and he's on satellite radio and free of FCC restrictions, he won't be nearly as interesting.
Any Howard fans care to comment?
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EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14464 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days ago) and read 1862 times:
once Howard's contract runs out, and he's on satellite radio and free of FCC restrictions, he won't be nearly as interesting
I have to admit, it's an interesting point. Stern going from a censored arena where he skirts (and sometimes crosses) the line to one where there IS no line means he can do or say whatever he wants on the radio.
But does it translate to a large audience? I know it's not an apples to apples comparison, but let's look at Bill Maher. He had a show on network TV and he and his guests sometimes skirted the bounds of what could be said on the air (not often, but occasionally). He took his act to HBO, but I can guarantee you that HBO didn't see a huge increase in subscribers based on Bill Maher coming over with a "Ooh! What's he gonna say now that it's uncensored?!?" factor.
Then again, Maher is no Howard Stern either. Personally, I think that it'll be difficult for Stern to remain interesting when all the boundaries are eliminated. I hope I'm wrong, but I have a feeling I'm correct.
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OpsGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
DC10guy, you can go on his website http://www.howardstern.com and download uncensored shows from E. I think you have to pay for them, but some are really worth it! I hope he comes out with them on DVD soon.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1824 times:
Stern on Sat. radio is going ot be a boom plain and simple. Sure on Sirius he can say what he wants and the proverbial good vs. evil battle with the FCC will be gone, but that will allow the show to reach new levels. Stern has already said that just because he is free to say what he wants, it doesn't mean that he will drop F-Bombs every other word. It will give him the freedom to create the bits he wants, not have to worry about having to edit out a guest saying "shit" or something. There will be no Tom Chiasano or Dead Air Dave to hack up his show. No sorry ass Station Directors in Sorrycuse or Providence cutting off his show exactly at 10 am. Fans will finally get to hear the Howard Stern that have longed for.
As for subscribers...and people saying his fans won't follow him or whatever, I think they will. Its a foregone conclusion. It may not be right away, but they will start to transition. Not all of them but a good number. Also, you have to remember Stern is now only in 40 something markets due to FCC battles and such. That leaves a TON of people that are Stern Fans but cannot listen to him becuase their area doesn't get the show. This is an untapped source of new subscribers who won't mind paying 13 bucks a month to hear Stern and also get commercial free radio, NFL Games, etc. Sirius and Sat. Radio is going to boom because of this.
The E! Show I would expect to remain unchanged with the exception of a few more "bleeps" here and there.
Airplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1807 times:
Stern is a shock jock. He is only interested in base, tasteless sensationalism because he knows how popular thumbing his nose to authority is.
His proper place is away from public broadcast. I suspect that instead of toning down his show, he will only turn it up a notch and become more "shocking" in an attempt to hold on to the audience.
The majority of the throngs of brainless sheep that admire his "message" won't follow him to satellite in my opinion. Its not worth the money just to hear dirty jokes when there is nobody to outrage and no attention to get.
The only entity more pathetic than Stern are his supporters.
Tristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
Even though he's not my cup of tea, I give him props for his ability to survive. I've never heard the radio show, but have seen most of his outings on TV, from that odd, late night syndicated show from the mid 1990's to the E! program. I get a little tired of the neverending innuendoes he makes to guests, but that's his thing, and he does what he does to get ratings. I just wonder to what limit he'll have to go to retain that edge. How many times can you hear someone say the F-word on the radio before it gets stale? Even the episode of "South Park" where they said "shit" over a hundred times, got old. Good luck with the satellite radio thing, Oh "King of all Media". I'll bet he'll do for satellite radio what Milton Berle did for TV in the old days....
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