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Satellite Radio Investors Want Merger, Howard Stern Disses Gary
By Mitch Marconi
Aug 17, 2006
Investors in Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio have reportedly
called for a merger of the two companies after each posted disappointing
numbers, reports UPI.
On the recent Hollywood Reporter/Bloomberg 50 Entertainment Stock Index, the
satellite radio companies finished in two of the bottom three positions,
nudging investors to openly suggest a merger as a possible solution for the
failing companies, said The Reporter.
Mel Karmazin's defection from Infinity was touted as the spark that would
ignite Sirius' stock but ever since Mel became Sirius' chief executive
officer in November 2004, the company's stock price has fallen from $4.72 a
share to $3.75 as of Monday, causing it to come in at a disappointing third
from last on the stock index.
XM has fared no better with the companies stock falling from 34.65 to $11.01
over the same time period. The suggested merger could prove to be a needed
move for both sides, The Reporter said.
Industry analysts have suggested that a merger of the companies would
eliminate bidding wars over high-quality entertainment. It would also allow
the "company" to do away with customer rebates intended to attract
subscribers. These were two major sources of losses for both companies.
Captain Janks has struck again!
Yesterday, the notorious prank caller and Howard Stern fan - real identity:
North Wales, Pa., gas-station employee Thomas Cipriano scammed his way onto
CNN's "The Situation Room."
In a live 4 p.m. phone interview with star anchor Wolf Blitzer (below),
Cipriano impersonated Wendy Hutchens, a California woman who claims that
five years ago she had detailed chats about the death of JonBenet Ramsey
with creepy murder suspect John Mark Karr.
"Wendy Hutchens is joining us on the phone right now," Blitzer told viewers.
"Wendy, thanks very much for doing this. Tell our viewers how you got
involved with John Mark Karr." In a husky voice that kept changing register,
the fake Wendy explained that she met Karr through a relative.
"So then what happened after that?" Blitzer pressed. "When did the E-mail,
when did the talk of JonBenet Ramsey begin?" The fake Wendy answered: "It
started around September of 2001, when he told me that he knew more about
the JonBenet Ramsey case than what anybody else had known - and that he was
instructed to kill JonBenet by Howard Stern."
At which point, Blitzer, poker-faced, ended the interview: "All right. Well,
that sounds like we've just been Howard Sterned, as they say."
A CNN spokeswoman told me sheepishly: "We make every effort to screen all of
our guests, and we're looking into this incident."
Cipriano, meanwhile, told me he hatched the scheme early yesterday afternoon
and was surprised at how easily he succeeded - first impersonating Hutchens'
alleged publicist, "Bob Fortello," and then arranging for "Hutchens" to
phone the control room directly and give the password "blue."
"I've been doing this for 20 years!" Cipriano marveled. "You'd think they'd
be on to me by now."
Artie's On Fiiire!
Stern sidekick Artie Lange is a hot ticket
By SCOTT CRONICK At The Shore, (609) 272-7017
'Artie Lange's Beer League' opens for qa limited release Sept. 15.
Press file photo
He cleans out vending machines, smokes like a chimney, drinks Jack Daniels
by the gallon, sleeps with prostitutes, gambles like Pete Rose and loves
All of those things — coupled with the fact that he also happens to be
extremely funny — make Artie Lange one of the most popular comedians in the
The “Howard Stern Show” sidekick made most longtime Stern fans forget Jackie
“The Joke Man” Martling as fast as Lange can eat a box of Devil Dogs when he
joined the popular radio show in 2001.
His everyman demeanor makes this Union native relatable to the average Joe.
He's a Jersey boy done good. Even though he was an original member of
“Mad-TV,” starred in films including “Lost & Found,” “Old School” and “Dirty
Work” and even co-starred on the ABC sitcom “Norm” with buddy Norm McDonald,
Lange says he has found his dream job on the Stern show, where his
popularity has risen to heights Lange never expected.
The former longshoreman took the time to talk about his career, his upcoming
movie “Artie Lange's Beer League” and selling out two shows at Borgata
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, where he will perform material from his
hit DVD “It's the Whiskey Talking” and new material while also treating the
audience to an uncensored trailer of “Beer League.”
Q: When you recently performed with Andrew “Dice” Clay at Borgata, the
response was unbelievable. You received a standing ovation before saying one
line, and the opening comics couldn't even perform because the crowd was
chanting your name.
A: It's funny. I hate to sound like some pompous, jaded ass, but since I've
been on Howard, it's the typical reaction I get. Any city where the show is
big, I even get a bigger reaction than that night. That was a tame crowd
compared to the ones in Cleveland, Dallas, Philly and Pittsburgh.
Q: Your movie “Beer League” opens Sept. 15, and there seems to be a lot of
buzz for a movie that's an independent release.
A: Look, the fact of the matter is that this is a small movie, but because
of the Stern show, it seems like a big movie. We are only opening up on 200
screens in (former) Stern markets. It's mathematically impossible to open up
to the kinds of money some people are talking about. We'll see how it does
in Jersey, New York, Philly and Cleveland. Then, if it's strong, we'll open
on another thousands screens in other Stern markets.
The movie only cost $3 million, so if it makes $8 to $10 million, it's a
huge success, and all the DVD stuff will be gravy.
Q: The early buzz is good.
A: It's been amazing. I was very proud when it received a standing ovation
at the Las Vegas Film Festival. And even Variety, which is a pretty snobby
magazine, gave it a positive review. I think it's very funny.
Q: Will there be more Artie Lange indies?
A: The production company is so happy already — they know it will make money
— that they offered me and Frank Sebastiano, who wrote the film with me,
another project. It was such a great experience creatively, it makes sense.
Q: How much of an impact has the Stern show had on your life?
A: Amazing. I was always a huge fan of the show myself, but my career has
never been better. I just sold out Carnegie Hall — three thousands tickets —
in two hours. Tickets for the Borgata shows are being sold for 800 bucks on
ebay. (I was just on “Late Show with David Letterman”) and I was able to be
on my two favorite shows in the same day: Letterman and Stern. I also
recently did the “Best Damn Sport Show (Period)” and just filmed episodes of
“Entourage” and “Rescue Me.” What else could I ask for?
Q: How about a good relationship. Your trials with your on-and-off
girlfriend Dana are pretty well documented. What's up with that?
A: We still talk on a regular basis. And as crazy as this may sound, I still
think there's a chance we will end up together. We went through hell
together, and most of the stuff was my fault, but we care for each other.
Q: So the prostitutes shouldn't come knocking in A.C.?
A: I didn't say that. You never know. There could be a huge argument the
night before or something.
Artie Lange and
WHERE: The Music Box, Borgata, Atlantic City
WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25
HOW MUCH: Tickets, priced at $39.50 and $45, are available at Borgata's box
office or New Era Tickets at (866) 900-4849 or TheBorgata.com
London, Aug 14: As if knowing how much they are worth is not enough,
Forbes magazine has broken down how much some of the world’s most famous
people earn – by the minute.
Topping the list is the man who gave the world movies like ‘ET’, ‘Jurassic
Park’, ‘Minority Report’ - Steven Spielberg who pulled in a whopping $647
per minute amounting to a staggering $340 million in 2005.
The second highest earner is not any famous actor or actress but FCC bête
noire and ribald radio jock Howard Stern who gets paid $588 a minute, with a
total income of $308 million.
Number three on the list is ‘Star Wars’ director George Lucas who earned
$458 a minute in 2005 with a total sum of $240 million, reports The Sun.
The top five was rounded off by chat show host Oprah Winfrey, who earned
$454 a minute totaling up to $230 million, and comedian and actor Jerry
Seinfeld whose $102 million pounds income amounts to him earning $194 per
minute in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The list for the top ten celeb pay packets as per Forbes magazine is:
Steven Spielberg — $340 million. Pay per minute: $647.
DJ Howard Stern — $308 million. Pay per minute: $588.
George Lucas — $240 million. Pay per minute: $458.
Oprah Winfrey — $230 million. Pay per minute: $454.
Comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld — $102 million. Per min: $194.
Golfer Tiger Woods — $93 million. Pay per minute: $174
Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown — $91 million. Pay per minute: $170.
Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer — $85 million. Pay per
JK Rowling — $78 million. Pay per minute: $145.
Law and Order creator Dick Wolf — $72 million. Pay per minute: £136. (ANI)
Howard Stern's departure hurts CBS radio sales
Aug. 4, 2006. 01:00 AM
CBS Corp. posted profit and sales that missed analysts' estimates as its TV
and radio units struggled to boost advertising revenue.
Profit from continuing operations rose 29 per cent to $489.8 million (U.S.),
or 64 cents a share, buoyed by a $129 million tax gain, the New York-based
Sales fell less than 1 per cent to $3.48 billion, but below the $3.6 billion
average estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial.
Radio revenue fell 8 per cent after the departure of Howard Stern while
revenue from TV, responsible for 65 per cent of CBS's sales, fell 1 per
July 2005 from steppinoutmagazine.com
Stern replacement found!
Howard Stern's successor has been found! It's none other than 80s rocker David
Lee Roth. Infinity Broadcasting isn't commenting and Roth has been asked to keep
mum until it's officially announced. But an inside source at Infinity has
confirmed the signing. Roth auditioned for the job both in L.A. and Boston and
got very positive feed back from listeners. Roth has been running ads in trade
publications looking for a producer "For a HUGE radio show." Roth is said to be
taking over for Stern in early September, 3 months before the shock jocks
contract is due to expire.
Howard Stern shops around as E! stint wraps
Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:26 AM ET
By Andrew Wallenstein
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Howard Stern Show" is signing off E!
Networks next month, ending an 11-year run of racy programing that featured porn
stars, amputee beauty pageants and the oddball members of Stern's "wack pack."
After taping more than 2,000 episodes of his daily radio broadcast, the
nationally syndicated radio personality is looking for a new television home,
with sources indicating Spike TV is at the negotiating table; the Viacom-owned
cable channel declined comment.
Stern will tape his final episode July 8, less than half a year before he is
scheduled to take leave of terrestrial radio for his new deal at Sirius
Satellite Radio. E! retains rights to air library episodes of "Stern," its
highest-rated program, which will continue in its regular late-night slots
beginning July 11.
"As 'The Howard Stern Show' evolves into a premium service, it is time for our
late-night programing to evolve as well," Ted Harbert, president and CEO of E!
Networks, said in a statement. "All of us at E! are extremely grateful to Howard
for all that he's done for the network."
On his radio show Tuesday, Stern himself referred to the impending end of his
contract with E! He alluded to having a post-E! strategy but indicated he wasn't
ready to divulge details.
Spike TV would represent a potential home for Stern, given its programing mix is
targeted at the young male audience he has lured throughout his career. Stern
already has a cartoon series based on his early years in development at Spike
TV. Last year, the network took a stab at an original late-night programing
block with animated fare that flopped.
What isn't clear is what any basic cable channel would do to handle the relaxed
content limits to which Stern is looking forward at Sirius. Despite his routine
complaints about the restrictions imposed on him by Viacom-owned parent company
Infinity Radio, the show still is among the raciest programs on the air, with E!
frequently forced to edit profanities and pixilate nudity.
Sources have indicated E! parent company Comcast Corp. was not thrilled about
airing Stern in light of increasing scrutiny of cable programming on Capitol
An ever racier version of Stern's show conceivably could have a place on premium
cable, but HBO already discontinued its discussions with Stern, according to
Representatives for Stern could not be reached for comment.
Howard Stern's radio move opens way for rival hosts
Monday, June 27, 2005
By Sarah McBride, The Wall Street Journal
With just over six months to go before Howard Stern moves to
subscription-only satellite radio, station manager Daniel Cook has been
struggling to find a replacement for Mr. Stern's morning show broadcast by
KBZZ in Reno, Nev., for over 10 years.
"We've been pulling our hair out, trying to come up with a game plan," says
Mr. Cook, recounting conferences attended, shows tuned into, and pitches
heard -- all aimed at finding a new host. "There are some possibilities
here, but I just don't have anything."
Mr. Cook shares his dilemma with the 37 other stations around the country
that air Mr. Stern's show. Finding a successor who won't leave advertisers
and listeners flipping the dial is a tall order and few stations are
confident they have found the solution. Last year, six Clear Channel
Communications Inc. stations had to drop the legendary shock jock's show to
comply with the company's anti-indecency policy; most fell sharply in
Arbitron Inc.'s station rankings.
While Mr. Stern isn't the first big-name host to leave the broadcast
airwaves, he is the biggest to step down since the renaissance of talk radio
that began in the 1990s. His departure leaves the key morning drive slot
without a dominant nationally known personality.
But waiting in the wings is a band of lesser-known talk radio hosts eager to
fill Mr. Stern's shoes and prove that his departure from regular radio isn't
disastrous for stations. The leading candidates come with a variety of
credentials, including skill bantering about 1980s hairdos, stunts involving
bodily fluids and off-color on-air chitchat that has prompted fines by the
Federal Communications Commission.
Many people associate Mr. Stern primarily with strippers, lewd language and
trouble with the FCC, and those are the first traits aspiring successors
imitate. But some industry observers say Mr. Stern's success is rooted more
in his ability to talk with intelligence to anybody -- from rock stars to
waitresses -- and cover fresh ground with even the most jaded celebrity.
"He's edgy, he's got charisma, and he's a fearless interviewer," says
Michael Harrison, the editor of trade publication Talkers. The mostly
alternative rock stations that run Mr. Stern's morning show rely on it to
set up the cutting-edge atmosphere they hope will draw in listeners all day
His imminent departure also risks leaving many radio stations without the
steady revenue Mr. Stern provides. In a top five market, Mr. Stern could
bring in as much as $10 million in extra local advertising revenue. That
more than makes up for the base fee of $2 million to $3 million a
large-market station would have to pay Mr. Stern to air him. While other
shows are less expensive, they don't bring in the same advertising money.
On the flip side, his departure represents an unusual opportunity for radio
talent that aspires to the national status Mr. Stern commands today. Yet few
people believe any one person could instantly fill his shoes.
"Whoever you put in there, even if the personality is great, he's not Howard
Stern," says Bob Ausfeld, general manager of WQBK in Albany, N.Y., who is
among those scrambling for a replacement for Mr. Stern's show.
Joel Hollander, chief executive of Infinity, says his chain will not use a
single replacement across the 27 Infinity stations airing his program.
Infinity is already seeking to distance itself from Mr. Stern.
Many Infinity stations, including flagship WXRK in New York, have removed
Mr. Stern's image from the home pages of their Web sites, forcing viewers to
look harder for the first mention of the star.
Many stations are considering enlisting an existing syndicated show that
does well with Mr. Stern's core audience, 18- to 54-year-old men. Top
contenders in this category include Chicago-based Erich "Mancow" Muller; Tom
Griswold and Bob Kevoian of the Indianapolis-based "Bob and Tom Show"; and
Shane French of Cleveland-based "Rover's Morning Glory."
Mr. Muller already has kicked into high gear. In recent months, he hired a
new publicist and syndicator, Central Point, Ore.-based Talk Radio Network
FM Inc. Now, his show airs in 18 cities, including the GBP 2 radio market,
Los Angeles. That's double the number about a year ago.
"It's going to be the biggest morning show in America within 18 months," he
brags, demonstrating the self-promotion traditionally key to success in the
shock radio genre.
Mr. Muller is perhaps best known for a previous gig in San Francisco where
one of his sidekicks got an on-air haircut in the middle of the Bay Bridge,
tying up traffic during rush hour. That exploit resulted in a class-action
law suit against his employer.
Mr. Muller is also well known at the FCC, which has fined him for indecency
on five separate occasions. But since being fined $7,000 in 2002 for airing
a song called "Smell My Finger," Mr. Muller has cleaned up his act
considerably. "I had strippers on my show, I had porno stars on my show," he
recalls, saying the novelty has worn off. "They really have nothing to say."
While talking with a stripper or porn star in itself doesn't land a host in
hot water, it can if the FCC judges the conversation "patently offensive as
measured by contemporary community standards." Radio companies complain the
rule lacks clarity, leaving them guessing what is indecent. The result:
while their hosts still discuss sex and bodily functions, they shy away from
the detailed descriptions that might have slipped by before a renewed
crackdown on indecency began last year.
These days, Mr. Muller is more likely to engage in anonymous phone pranks or
hold fast-paced conversations with movie and television stars. He recently
put two pizzerias claiming to be Chicago's best on the phone with each
other, forcing them to debate who truly deserved the title.
The Bob and Tom Show, while often bawdy, also steers clear of any material
that could land them in trouble in Washington. Recent shows have spoofed
grunting during the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The duo often discusses
obscure cultural trends such as the mullet, a hairdo popular during the
1980s, and men's pants that hang too low in the back, revealing too much
Mr. Griswold and Mr. Kevoian's show is already broadcast in 150 different
markets around the country. But where Mr. Stern shines in giant metropolises
like New York and Los Angeles, Mr. Griswold and Mr. Kevoian do well in
midsize and smaller cities.
Generally speaking, their show caters to a less-sophisticated audience. On a
recent morning they asked a guest what the television upfronts were,
referring to presentations TV networks give advertisers about new shows. By
contrast, Mr. Stern's program regularly discusses Nielsen television
ratings, rarely providing explanations.
Because its markets are smaller, the Bob and Tom Show falls far short of the
estimated 8.3 million weekly listeners Mr. Stern has nationally, according
to Talkers. Also, the hosts tend to attract a slightly older crowd than Mr.
Stern. Their syndicator, Clear Channel Communications's Premiere Radio
Networks, declined to comment.
Mr. French's talent is less proven, with his show airing in just three
markets: Cleveland, Columbus, Oh., and Madison, Wisc. It just started in the
last two, but Mr. French has held his own against Mr. Stern's show in
Cleveland. At 29, Mr. French is younger than any of the other contenders,
potentially making him a longer-term bet.
Regular highlights on Mr. French's show include a cast member known as
Dieter who takes on shocking dares each Friday. A recent segment involved
Dieter and an intern drinking shots of medicine to induce vomiting. The
intern gagged first and had to drink Dieter's vomit.
In the end, some station managers, including Mr. Cook in Reno, would like to
eschew syndicated talent altogether for a homegrown program. "It would be
great to have a local show," he says. Station staff could use "a person we
could go out and do events with.
STERN CRIES FOUL: The King of all Media wants the press to back off. Howard Stern confirmed on his radio show that he is dating
actress Beth Ostrosky but complained that the
media frenzy surrounding the romance has caused him problems
at home. "[The media] are relentless in the pursuit of my personal life,
so I had to pick up the phone and call my kids," said Stern, who recently
divorced wife Allison after 20 years of marriage. They have three daughters
together. "I'm trying to straighten things out with my wife and kids,"
he added, "and this makes everything complicated." Ostrosky played a sexy volleyball player whom Ben Stiller lusts after
in the 1996 comedy Flirting With Disaster.
"The Howard Stern Radio Show" made its
debut Saturday, Aug. 22nd, 1999 and got good ratings. However, some narrow-minded markets
(including my own area, Lubbock, TX) have yanked the show. Read about it!
According to Mr. Showbiz: "Howard Stern is
moving from Long Island to Manhattan, and has purchased a $5.9 million condo for his
and three daughters on West 67th Street, reports the New York Observer. The King of All
Media apparently grew tired of commuting. His new neighbors reportedly include Regis
Philbin and Marv Albert, both of whom the shock jock frequently targets on the air."
Reuters news service says: "Saturday
Night Live" honcho Loren Michaels doesn't sound intimidated by Howard Stern. In fact,
Michaels says he'd like to have Stern on the >>NBC<< show -- even though the
syndicated shock jock's new TV show competes against Michaels'. Before "The Howard
Stern Radio Show" made its TV debut, Stern had bragged he would bury the show he
called "Saturday Night Dead." But Michaels wasn't offended and says he wouldn't
rule out having Stern host "SNL" this season. "If it was the right thing
for us and the right thing for him, I would do it in a second," Michaels told The
Philadelphia Inquirer. Stern, whose TV ratings took a nosedive after his second show,
guested on "SNL" last year.
Reuters/Variety Entertainment 10/24/98
Stern Show Loses Four More Stations
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warner Bros. chief Jamie Kellner apparently is not impressed by
Howard Stern's raunchy TV show. The New York Post says four Kellner-owned TV stations --
in St. Louis; Portland, Ore.; Fort Myers, Fla., and Knoxville, Tenn., have dumped Stern's
weekly show. The Post notes Kellner is also the honorary chairman of the Parents Resource
Council, a non-profit group that has been urging stations to dump Stern's late-night
program. But a spokesman for the Kellner company that owns the TV stations says that has
nothing to do with the dump-Stern decision. Kellner himself could not be reached for
comment. A Warner Bros. spokesman said Kellner was on vacation.
STERN BLASTS MARGOLIS: Never one to pull punches, radio bad boy Howard
Stern called Cindy Margolis's new variety show "a nightmare" during a
Monday morning on-air rant. "I'm the target audience and I couldn't even
get through it," he said. "Do you think she honestly thinks that TV
any good? God, she must be whacked out of her skull. I don't know what
they were thinking." Sounds like somebody needs to remind Stern that his
Saturday night show has been marketed as a companion to The Cindy Margolis Show by CBS's syndication arms Eyemark and King World.
STERN SETTLES MOVIE LAWSUIT: The King of All Media has conquered a
Hills studio that claimed he reneged on a deal to star in a movie with
Melanie Griffith. According to AP, shock jock Howard Stern accepted a
$50,000 settlement in a lawsuit he filed against Ministry Films and its
president, Alan Mruvka. Stern claims that the studio wooed him for a
knowing it didn't have the financing to make the film, then failed to
him when the movie wasn't made. Stern sought $1.5 million in
damages and unspecified punitive damages.
From USA Today Friday April 24th:
A digital battle over 'Nike and Me'
By Leslie Miller
Fri., April 24, 1998
The Internet is the latest battleground for documentary
maker Michael Moore and Nike founder Phil Knight,
dueling over details in Moore's new film, The Big One.
Knight apparently took exception to his portrayal in the
film, which criticizes corporate labor practices. So Nike
posted a Web page: ''On the Cutting Room Floor scenes
you won't see (but SHOULD see) from Michael Moore's
'The Big One.' ''
''Ordinarily we're not in the cinema business,'' says Nike's
Vada Manager. ''But this deals with our corporate
reputation and the accuracy of the facts.''
The page (info.nike.com/media/main.html) has four audio
and video clips, taken from Nike's videotaping of the
same interview, addressing details including the age of
workers in Nike's Indonesian shoe factories.
Moore responded last week by adding a new section to
his own Web site refuting Nike's page, with outtakes from
his own footage. Moore's page
(www.dogeatdogfilms.com/mikenike.html) mimics Nike's,
using the same colors, titles and layout. ''Nike is
deliberately misleading Web surfers, and we want to set
the record straight,'' says Tia Lessin, coordinating
NOTE: Nike has changed its page....aw....
Howard Stern sues studio for $1.5 million over ill-fated movie
By Michael Fleeman Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New York-based radio personality Howard Stern
filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against a studio that allegedly
reneged on a deal to feature him in an ill-fated movie with Melanie
Griffith. In the Superior Court lawsuit, Stern claims Ministry of
Film Inc. of Beverly Hills recruited him for the movie "Jane"
knowing it didn't have financing for the film, then failed to pay
him when the movie wasn't made. Ministry of Film officials declined
to comment. Stern claims he was offered the role of a character
named "Michael Davis" in April and that he entered into written
and oral agreements in July. The lawsuit doesn't give the story
line of the movie. Shortly before filming was to begin in August
in Vancouver, studio president Alan Mruvka told Stern's agents
there had been a problem with foreign distribution deals and that
financing for the movie had fallen through. "Mr. Mruvka was very
apologetic and never denied that there had been a final and binding
agreement and contract with Howard Stern," the lawsuit says. The
lawsuit alleges the studio "never had financing for the film" and
that it was trying to raise the money by saying it had Stern,
Griffith and other actors on board. The studio, Stern claims,
didn't pay him. Stern, who starred in the autobiographical movie
"Private Parts," said he had met his end of the deal by appearing
for a wardrobe session, reviewing scripts and making plans to
appear on the set of "Jane." Stern is alleging breach of contract,
fraud and negligent representation. He is seeking $1.5 million
in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages. A woman
answering the phone at the studio offices said Mruvka and other
officials declined to discuss the lawsuit. "We don't want to
comment because we don't know anything about it," said the woman,
who wouldn't give her name.
A few months ago, Howard Stern hosted Julie Cailini
('96 Playmate of the Year) and Stacey Sanchez
('97 Playmate of the Year) for a morning of sordid joviality.
The ladies, who were promoting their latest calendars,
answered ten questions from Howard, ostensibly to demonstrate
how important it is for them *AS ROLE MODELS* for young women to
stay up on current affairs. The ladies' answers were amusing
(and a bit sad), but the bit did prove that you don't have to
be a neurosurgeon to earn a pile of cash! Love him or hate
him, you have to appreciate Howard's sense of the absurd.
Q: Who is the President of Russia?
(correct answer: Boris Yeltsin)
Q: Define the meaning of NAACP.
Julie: "Something, something, for Certified Pianists"
Stacey: "It's some kind of police organization."
(correct answer: National Association for the Advancement of Colored
Q: Who was the inventor of the lightbulb?
Julie: "I know Edison invented the telephone, but I can't remember the
Light bulb guy."
Stacey: "I don't know."
(correct answer: Thomas A. Edison. Alexander Graham Bell was the
Q: Who is the Speaker of the House?
Julie: "Gore something-or-other."
Stacey: "Bill Clinton."
(correct answer: Newt Gingrich. For the benefit of international
members of the market-l, Al "Gore" is the U.S. Vice President, "Bill
Q: Define the meaning of the letters CIA.
Julie: "I don't know."
Stacey: "Certified Investigation Association."
(correct answer: Central Intelligence Agency)
Q: What is the center of our solar system?
Julie: "The Equator"
Stacey: "The Moon"
(correct answer: The Sun)
Changing his tack to create better odds for the girls, Howard switched
to what he termed "industry related" questions:
Q: What do the initials "DK" stand for?
A: both knew it was fashion designer "Donna Karan."
Q: What is "Cristal?"
A: Both knew it was an elite champagne
Q: What car company has a model known as a "911?"
A: both knew it was Porsche.
Stern to Take on `SNL'
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Howard Stern is not ready for prime time, but
he's ready for CBS late night.
The self-proclaimed "king of all media" announced today that he's
going to have a syndicated show
on CBS-owned and-operated stations, competing with "Saturday Night
Live." The "shock jock,"
who played himself in "Private Parts," a movie about his life, said
"The Howard Stern Show" will be
taped in his New York radio studio and hit the air this summer.
"Late-night television is ready for someone like me," said Stern,
whose locker-room talk about sex and bodily functions have resulted
in fines from the Federal Communications Commission. "Standards
have gone to an all-time low and I'm here to represent it."
NEW YORK (AP) -- The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" is taking
on "Saturday Night Live."
Raunchy radio host Howard Stern will launch an hour-long television
show on 12 CBS-owned television stations in August, directly
competing with NBC's Saturday night comedy institution at 11:30.
"`Saturday Night Live' has ceased being funny ... and maybe it's
time to have an alternative," Stern said at a news conference
"The Howard Stern Show" will be taped and be similar to the show
he pproduces for E! Entertainment Television, which Stern will
continue. Both shows are set in the radio studio where he broad-
casts his nationally syndicated show.
Stern said he won't have to clean up his act for broadcast on CBS
"CBS is the Tiffany Network but I sat down and thought about it,
and you know what, Tiffany is a stripper's name," Stern said.
"Television is ready for someone like me."
The show is not immediately being offered to the more than 200 CBS
affiliates, some of which may be reluctant to take on Stern's
humor. Instead, it will start at 12 of the 14 CBS-owned stations
and will eventually be sold to other stations that want it.
Initially, the show will air in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami,
Denver, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
Stern vs. Trump
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Who would win a TV ratings battle between Howard Stern
and Donald Trump? You may get to find out Sept. 26 when "Saturday Night
Live" starts a new season. "SNL" producer Mary Klein has been fiercely
lobbying Trump to be the host for the season debut. Trump, who's never shown
any dislike for publicity, told the New York Post he's interested, but would
have to check with Stern. "I don't want to mess up
Howard's ratings," he said. "The Howard Stern Radio Show" makes its debut
Saturday in a time slot opposite "Saturday Night Live."
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