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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