You guys call '92-'93 the "good ol' days" of the Stern show...but the REAL good ol' days were when he first came to New York, on WNBC.
NO ONE had heard anything like it. They stared at their radios going "oh my GOD". I was a 16 year old kid racing my bike home from my job at the drugstore in Dennisport, Cape Cod...I got off work at 3pm, right when he started. I could tune him in on my bedside radio on AM 660, the 50,000 watt blowtorch that you could easily pick up from NY City.
He was amazing. Not just a shock jock, or vulgar, but hilarious and relatable.
And there lies the problem...in 1985 Howard had RULES he had to obey. He had to obey a boss, a company, broadcast regulations, his WIFE....he had all the shackles the regular guy did, so along with being hilarious he was RELATABLE. He broke some rules, obeyed others and took some right to the edge.
Now, who does he have to obey? His boss? He IS the Boss. His company? The one he's made hundreds of millions for? Nah nah. The FCC? Twenty years of Howard copycats have deadend them to caring about complaints anymore.
And his wife? Gone.
Now we're listening to a guy indulge himself every morning. It's a different show. Funny at times, but who(without a huge wad of cash) can relate to 18 strippers doing whatever you want them to? And how funny is the umpteenth dwarf farting into a microphone.
Howard was , is and always will be a legend. I'm just glad I heard him live & in color in the 'Private Parts' days.
(BTW....the REAL 'Pig Vomit' from the movie was MY Boss for three years. Kevin's actually a sweet guy who admits the Pig Vomit charector was a combination of him & a couple of other guys at the station.....although he says he NEVER got into a fist fight with Howard