Ladies, I am an anomaly. I am probably the only true female fan of Howard Stern (save for Natalie Maines, Sandra Bernhard and Jillian Barberie). This man and his show have been a daily part of my life for the past 12 years. Every morning I wake up and can’t wait to turn on my radio and hear his familiar voice.
Even more sick, is that I am so familiar with the show that I refer to its cast regularly throughout my day as if I know them on some personal level! Yeah, I’m ill, I know. But for all of you who simply know of my radio fam as the jerk-off, porn star loving, vile, “shock-jock” that he is portrayed as in the media, you are all missing out. He is one of the most self-deprecating, brilliant and honest voices in media today! A pioneer in his field, he is the most talented radio host in the history of radio! Even if you don’t agree with some of his antics you can’t deny that he has pushed the envelope and created an unprecedented style of radio entertainment! Many have imitated and directly stolen bits and styles that Howard worked tirelessly to invent and defend. And still this man is so harshly criticized and ridiculed. Even while knockoff’s are heralded as being accomplished and successful, the media continues to paint Howard as a low life! Can you tell that I have some serious love for this show?
I am starting to really get upset though. His 5 year contract with Sirius Satellite Radio is coming to end this December. I refuse to believe that he is actually going to retire. It is however a real possibility and I can already tell that I am in for some major depression should this day arrive. What is a girl to do? I truly can’t imagine a day without my Howard!
And for those of you who don’t have Sirius, get it! You are missing out! Over a hundred channels of fantastic programing and all commercial free!! I have been forced on occasion to listen to terrestrial radio since my conversion (5 years ago) and seriously! How can you people listen to all the advertising! A 20 min commute could be spent entirely on commercials with maybe one song! Insane!!
I can’t even begin to tell you amazing it is to flip from B.B. King’s Bluesville, to Hits One to Howard to 80’s Hairnation to Lithium 90’s alternative! Anything you want is right at your fingertips! Sports, talk, comedy music, Rosie O’Donnell and Oprah even have shows! It’s all right there, waiting for your enjoyment! And no, I’m not getting paid for this! 😛
So live a little and join the dark side ladies! Viva Stern!