Howard Inducted Into The Radio Hall Of Fame. 11/12/12. 6:30am
Howard took a call from Bobo who asked if he showed up to the Radio Hall of Fame this weekend. Howard said he told those guys he wasn't going to fly to Chicago. He said he's not a big believer in the radio hall of fame. Howard said he's glad to be honored but they had a lot of hostility toward him. Howard said this guy Bruce Dumont runs the thing and he's fine with that but there's something about it. He said they put Wendy Williams in there before him. Howard said all of those guys went in before him. He said that's fine but he thinks that he is radio and he should have been in there before any of those people. Howard said he's had the biggest career in radio and you'd think that he'd be put in there in the first year or two. Howard said the radio hall of fame isn't a real thing and he became hostile toward it. Howard said he informed them that he wasn't going and they kept press releasing about how they had to guess if he was coming. Howard said they make him look like an asshole. Howard said he read an article about how he was keeping them guessing but that's just not true. Howard said that he had his agent tell them that he wasn't going to be there. Howard said they kept press releasing that they hoped that he'd show up. Howard read about how they quoted Bruce Dumont saying that he hoped he'd show up because he belongs in the hall of fame. Howard said he couldn't agree more about that.
Howard said he has received awards before. He said he got the Blockbuster Video award years ago. Howard said Don Imus was inducted 23 years ago into the radio hall of fame. Howard said he kicked Don Imus' ass in the ratings. Howard said he saw what Imus was doing before him and then what he did after Imus listened to his show. Howard said he wasn't doing anything before that.
Howard said he appreciates that he was inducted but they knew he wasn't coming. Howard read about some of the other inductees and said he hasn't heard of most of them. Howard read through a bunch of the names and there were a lot of people inducted. Howard read that he did the same thing to Talkers when they gave him an award too. Howard said that George Takei showed up to accept on his part. They were talking about how he wants his ass kissed and the act is getting old. Howard said that guy started attacking him when he left terrestrial radio. He said that magazine must be paid for by terrestrial radio. The writer said that Howard should give back and show up. Howard said that guy is a fuck and going to the radio hall of fame isn't giving back. He said giving back is keeping his people jobs. He said that's what he's been doing.
Howard said that this whole notion that he didn't let them know what he was doing is ridiculous. Howard said he's not ungrateful for the award. Howard said he appreciates the Talkers award too. He said that he didn't go to it because he doesn't know what it is. He said it's like someone asking him to just show up at their house.
Howard said he doesn't know anything about this radio hall of fame or who the guy is that runs it. Howard said that he doesn't feel gracious toward the radio hall of fame if they waited this long to put him in. Howard said that it's no different than the guy in Brooklyn who started the Brooklyn radio hall of fame.
Howard said he doesn't have time to research it either. He said he's too busy doing radio to research what it is.
Bobo interrupted and Howard had to yell at him. Howard said all Bobo cares about is being on the air and staying on the air. Howard said he doesn't even know what the hell he's talking about. Bobo said that Howard was a slam dunk and he would have gotten it if he had showed up. Howard said that all 7 of the inductees get in. He doesn't win anything over the rest of them. Howard said he's not being a pompous dick. He said it's a simple fact that this Dumont guy has been around for years and he's had his fun tweaking him every year. Howard said he nominates people who are barely in the business. Howard said they would nominate him and then take it away. Howard said the radio hall of fame Twitter account has 137 followers. He said that's a joke.
Howard said that he's not going to fly to Chicago to get inducted into something where the guy who runs it has shit all over him for years. Howard said the guy has nominated all kinds of people and then saying that Howard Stern was passed over by their board. Howard asked what board that is. He said it's just insane and so stupid. Howard said everyone is so dumb in radio.
Howard said he saw this computer thing that was really cool. He said that we're getting up to the point of Star Trek kind of stuff. Howard said the iPad is like the Tricorder on Star Trek. Howard said he saw this thing where these scientists were demonstrating this language thing that would let the person speak one language and let him speak in Chinese. Howard said as the guy spoke his voice was translated into Chinese. Howard said we are on our way to being like that Star Trek thing. Howard said the first thing we should do on this planet is speak one language. Howard said more people speak English than any other language. Howard said that we already have a lot that speak the language. He said we will have to have this thing that will let you talk to people in their own language. Howard said the world is set up the wrong way. He said it's stupid that we have different languages.
Howard got back to Bobo and told him that he didn't diss the radio hall of fame. Howard said that this guy press released that he kept them waiting when that's not true. Howard said they played a game with him for a long time keeping him out of their party. Howard said he's had enough of that in his career. He said in their mind he ruined radio and that's the way they treat him. Howard said back before he started it was all about those awful radio voices. He said he came along and changed things. Howard said he's not going to show up for something like that. He said that he'd end up shitting on stage if he did show up. Howard said he's shocked that they fooled Geraldo into thinking this was a legitimate thing.
Howard said that this is an award from a guy who lives in a basement somewhere in Chicago. Howard said there are no experts in radio.
Bobo asked how many awards he's gotten. Howard said he has a lot. He said he hangs them on his wall. He said he thinks they look kind of cool hanging up. He said some of them are total bullshit. He said probably 99 percent of them are bullshit. He said they give you a plaque and you get to hang it up. Howard said there are no credible radio awards. He said he would win Billboard and Radio & Record awards and those are legitimate. Howard said that he didn't disrespect anyone, they disrespected him. Howard said giving back is getting people jobs in broadcasting. He said that's what they should be doing.
Howard said that this Talkers magazine used to write nice things about him but once he left terrestrial they started writing shit about him. He said that it was so obvious that the magazine is run by terrestrial. He said that Radio & Record was a great magazine. He said that's how he found his first job. He said he would read the magazine and he would look for jobs. Howard said he would even go to Alaska to get a job if he could get one in radio. Howard said he thought about going up there.
Howard said there was a great episode of the old Superman TV show where Superman had to fly to Alaska to deliver a pie. He said that the whole thing was so retarded but that was his vision of Alaska. He said it looked miserable. Robin said there was like one house and only that one person up there. Howard said snow would blow in every time he opened his door. Howard said he didn't want to move up there when he saw that.
Howard said he remembers reading the ad for the morning guy at WCCC. Howard said he made a demo tape and sent it to the guy. Howard said that he was told he had to come up for an audition so he did that. Howard said he got his audition and hoped that he could get it without the audition. Howard said he did the audition tape and sent it in but it was awful. Howard said the guy at the station told him to forget it. Howard said he wrote a note and begged him to give him another opportunity. Howard said he flunked the audition. Howard said that's what he tells the kids on America's Got Talent. He said you can't give up after just one audition. Howard said he wrote to the guy and told him that he had never auditioned before. He said the guy let him try again and he played Stevie Wonder and did a talk up. He said that his favorite color was corduroy and that was funny to the guy. He said Bill Nozzle heard something in that delivery and he hired him to be the morning man. Robin said that's pretty amazing that he failed his first audition and then got hired.
Howard said he showed up to work and it was so bad. Bobo said the rest is history. Howard said he went to Detroit after that and that was even worse. Howard said that things finally got better in his 50s and then things got shitty again. He said he's hoping that things will get better again before the end.