10 Ways Howard Stern’s Retirement Will Hurt the World

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  1. dawg

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    1. There will be less innovation in broadcasting.

    Howard has always been at the cutting edge of the industry. He took radio to the edge of social acceptability, until society had to catch up to him. He perfected some aspects that already existed, and invented others. I give him credit with pushing the reality show format, with introducing real lifeâ€â€sex, pornography, frank talkâ€â€into a very plastic medium, with finding incredible talent, with pioneering forms of satire and social commentary (see the celebrity sabotage, the societal outcasts he turns into ongoing characters, The Howard 100 News). His move to Sirius didn’t create satellite radio, but enabled it to survive. The fact that Howard has survived major show shake ups, even thrived after each one was predicted to ensure his doom, shows that he is still capable of growing and changing. There’s no one else who looks ready to push as many boundaries or develop as many new, untested ideas.

    2. There will be one less powerful voice to combat the phonies, hypocrites and demagogues on our airwaves.

    Nobody as big as Howard speaks as frankly and as honestly about the Limbaughs, Schlesingers and Becks. Howard is not afraid to take them on, and he is more than their equal on the air. Though he is not overtly political, he can rise up and bash them down in a way that no one elseâ€â€other than Jon Stewart and Steven Colbertâ€â€really can.


    3. One of the great radio teams in history will come to an end

    Howard, Robin and Fred are as classic a comedy team as American entertyainment has ever produced. Their timing, their individual strengths, their teamwork all of it honed over decades of working togetherâ€â€that will not be repeated any time soon.

    4. There is no one to replace Howard as a truly great, on-air interviewer.

    Jon Stewart, Steve Colbert and Rachel Maddow are all excellent, but their format is so limiting. The rich, famous and powerful who had the balls to sit with Howard face an interviewer in a forum that is as close to no-holds-barred as exists in broadcasting. No language, topic or time limitsâ€â€and an interviewer as smart and articulate as any guest. Jon Stewart won’t go there. Howard will.

    5. There is no bullshit meter in mainstream media as accurate and as outspoken as Howard Stern.

    Howard understood that outing hypocrisy is entertaining. Whether its politicians, news stories or celebrities, Howard has a canny sense of when the public is being fed a line of crap, and he can relentlessly attack the crap-feeders.

    6. There is no one who is both as childish and as mature.

    Howard innovates, but he is also rooted in the Boomer generation. He is not divorced from history, and it’s refreshing to hear someone who can talk about contemporary culture, but with a sense of what came before. If his references to Ed Sullivan and the Beatles and the Ramones date him, they also deepen him.

    7. The Jewish people will have lost a valuable voice.

    Howard is sooooo Jewish. He makes Larry David, with his golf clubs and Brentwood manor house, look Unitarian. Whether he likes it or not, Stern is a very visible, voluble, valuable representative of his People. The values he promulgatesâ€â€tolerance, questioning, innovation, humor, irreverenceâ€â€are the best of Jewish values. Yeah, again, there’s Jon Stewart, but Stewart speaks mostly to the converted, Howard preaches to a much more diverse audience.


    8. There are few better defenders of decent rights and values on the airwaves.

    People get caught up in the lesbian strippers and fart contests. Sure, there’s that. But the whole circus Howard brings to town embodies certain bedrock values. I’m going to reel off values I’ve heard Howard espouse, or demonstrate, time and again over the years. He seems to have lived up to them in his personal life, or at least the part that’s been made public. That’s quite an achievement for someone who has been in the public eye as long as he has. Social acceptance (Eric the Midget), gay rights (George Takei), hard work, civic involvement (Pataki, Whitman). When The Simpsons came out people attacked it for undermining values. Now churches use it to teach values. Years from now they’ll use Stern the same way.

    9. There will be no one else to save satellite radio.

    Unless they find the Moshiach and give him a channel, shalom Sirius. And I say that as someone who like a friggin’ genius bought stock atâ€â€I don’t want to say what I bought it at. I hope Mel Karmazin will figure out a way to transform the company, but under the current model, it really needs a big personality. No one has an audience as loyal as Howard’s. Done. Period.

    10. There will be no more surprises.

    A classic line in Private Parts has one NBC executive explaining why even people who hate Howard still tune inâ€â€to see what he’ll say next. There are very few shows that have the ability to surprise us. Some can shock us. Reality shows are full of scripted shocks and edited emotions. Howard Stern manages to supply daily, raw, entertaining surprises. They can come in the complex interactions of the people on the show, or in the bits or guests, but they inevitably come. It is very rare to find mainstream entertainment that dependably surprises and sometimes even shocks youâ€â€and in so doing challenges and provokes and makes you laugh and think. The Howard Stern Show is a circus, full of comedy and stunts and weirdos and logic-defying moments. But it is an important, undervalued circus, whose tent is as big as all society. When it leaves town, we’ll all miss it.


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    http://www.jewishjournal.com/seriou...erns_retirement_will_hurt_the_world_20100826/
     
  2. gilaet

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    Buchwald strikes again!
     
  3. Spazzmatazz

    Spazzmatazz Band Member Banned User

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    Well, I dunno about the world. But it will sure fuck up my morning routine! If old people don't have routine, or if their routines are disrupted , we forget shit.
     
  4. dawg

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    You forget to shit :eek:
     
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    To honor the first thread, Dawg is the man.
     
  6. Senator Rick

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    I don't understand ...when did this article appear? 2005-6?

    Like for instance:
    1. There will be less innovation in broadcasting.

    Since when has Howard been innovative? What has he introduced into the public consciousness of major importance since joining SIRIUS?
    A talent show with Howie Mandel?

    or:
    2. There will be one less powerful voice to combat the phonies, hypocrites and demagogues on our airwaves.


    Howard has become the walking definition of a phony, he's also a hypocrite, and if shilling for network shit programming isn't demagoguery then what the fuck is?

    or:
    4. There is no one to replace Howard as a truly great, on-air interviewer.

    We discuss the various blogcasts and podcasts a lot here ...Carolla's fine even if there's a tendency to talk over his guests... Marc Maron's ego is boundless yet he truly brings out some intriguing personal truths from the comedians he interviews... YMMV but there are others who are excellent interviewers.

    and even:
    5. There is no bullshit meter in mainstream media as accurate and as outspoken as Howard Stern.

    Howard is the epitome of bullshit and he's so outspoken he's banned controversial mainstays like Gilbert Gottfried, Hateman, and Crazy Angry Alice to name but three "Hamptonly incorrect" former-guests.

    But:
    3. One of the great radio teams in history will come to an end

    ...already happened and it broke my heart when Artie entered the long night of addiction and Howard boarded the elevator to irrelevance


     
  7. idiotbox

    idiotbox Looking for a dime and found a quarter. VIP

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    the sun will still rise and set and i will still have to get up and go to work.
     
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    jewish journal! :quote:
     
  9. TrotMeAround

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    Before I got to the end of your post Dawg I though you had gone bat shit insane.
     
  10. harlock

    harlock ancora imparo Gold

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    Hats off to the Senator. :hat:
     
  11. Honor de Balsak

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    Boy, that Rob Eshman (guy who wrote this and a half dozen other lick fests on Jewish Journal) really has his schnoz up Howie's immaculately clean (at least finger deep) ass. Perhaps a nom de plume for Donny Buchenwald?
     
  12. PRINCEschmaltz

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    This perfectly explains a lot of the posters on this board. If you still care enough to post regularly about him, he's doing something right!

    (even if you aren't able to be truthful to yourself about it)
     
  13. Senator Rick

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    :toptip:
     
  14. Senator Rick

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    or on the payroll
    ...ever seen Sweet Smell of Success?
    Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) works for a showbiz/gossip columnist and publicists and agents pay Falco $$ to get their clients' names mentioned in the afore-referenced column
     
  15. harlock

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    Howard does not seem to see it that way. Just ask Mutt.:secret:
     
  16. Beth143nacho

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    maybe 5 years ago, dawg. Not today though
     
  17. koclem

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    no, he (along with his entire show) has done something right. your tense is wrong.

    the days of Howard doing something right in the context of must listen radio, as you are implying, are long over.
     
  18. Droog

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    Using your logic, then all the people Howard has done battles with must have been doing something right too because he kept mentioning them. Imus comes to mind. No one was even paying attention to that asshole anymore and there was Howard picking fights with him. Did that mean Imus was doing something right?

    Or how about Tyra Banks? Must have been doing something right for Howard to be playing clips from her show all the time.