Stern Show Howard Stern's Old Program Director: "We Taught Howard How to Steal Material"

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  1. Benjamen

    Benjamen Well-Known Member

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    I just stumbled across a Stern Show from January 12, 1987 -- Howard's 33rd birthday show -- where they take a mystery call from a guy who turns out to be Bill Nosal, Howard's old program director at WCCC in Hartford. Bill and Robin surprise Howard with the demo tape that Howard initially mailed to Bill in order to get the morning man job in Hartford. It is truly cringe-worthy audio, with a soft-spoken, corny, over-enunciating Howard (he pronounces rock 'n roll as rock and roll, as though he's never heard the term before) coming out of a sunny James Taylor number and then reading an ad for the Hard Rock Cafe. (Audio at 2:33.)

    But that's not what caught my attention in this clip; even Howard admits he was terrible at radio in his early years, and we all know he's a fake rocker. What interests me here is Bill's response to Howard telling him that he was a genius in radio, and that it's a good thing he ignored Bill's directions.

    Bill: "We did teach you how to steal material ... That was good."

    (Someone in the background reacts: "Ohhhhhhh!")

    Howard: "That was true. You did teach me how to do that."

    Bill: "You were good."

    1:45 in this clip:

    6/22/16 EDIT: CLIP NOW REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE.



    This exchange between Howard and his old program director only adds weight to the claims that Howard began listening to tapes of the brash younger DJ Steve Dahl while he was working in Hartford, and stealing his bits and demeanor to become more of a personality. Steve had Tyrone the Traffic Copter reporter (Steve doing a black guy's voice while speaking through a megaphone), and two years later Howard had Mama Looka Booboo Day (Howard doing a black man/woman?'s voice while speaking through a megaphone). Steve (and other DJs) did Dial-A-Date, so Howard did Dial-A-Date -- although Howard acts as if he invented that bit in this audio clip.

    When Steve Dahl left Detroit for Chicago, Howard swooped in and landed his old job. Steve later complained on his show that a guy in Detroit was stealing his bits. Steve eventually syndicated his Chicago show in Detroit, and Howard's morning show underperformed. When his station went country, Howard found that there was no interest in him from other Detroit stations, because they thought he was just a Dahl impersonator.
     
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    That will never, ever get old.
     
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    Notfunorfunny I Can Pull It

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    He makes Amy Schumer seem amateurish stealing jokes. He was a spongeof others efforts to make a carreer.
     
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    That's back before he distorted his voice to make it sound low :grad:
     
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    Howard was suspended from his job in DC before ultimately leaving for WNBC New York. One of the reasons for his suspension was that he was specifically told by management not to go on the air and accuse competing DJs of stealing material, which he did.

    Last week I watched an early '80s television interview where Howard claimed his material was being stolen by everyone. When the host asked him who exactly was stealing from him, Howard said he didn't want to give them attention by naming names.

    Howard is so good at stealing material that the FCC should hire him to crack down on other thieves, like in Catch Me If You Can.
     
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    Howard spoke in a low whisper back then to disguise his naturally nasally, high-pitched voice. :grad:
     
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    Anything else Robin?
     
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    I read online that Howard used to open his show with the audio version of this National Lampoon comic:



    He later stole the character's name, his superpowers, his vocabulary and his cadence. At the MTV VMAs, he appeared as Fartman to promote The Adventures of Fartman, a New Line Cinemas movie written by the guy who wrote Pretty Woman. The deal fell apart because Howard wanted all merchandising rights.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Notfunorfunny I Can Pull It

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    wigtimidating
     
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    Anybody and everybody under 30 that was into off beat, mad magazine type humor read Nat'l Lampoon magazine in the 70's including Howard. There just wasn't much of that type of humor available. No way did Howard not read that along with all of the rest of us and directly lift it from that magazine.
     
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    It's amazing to me that he got away with it. He went from admiring the material to stealing it and then declaring himself its creator.
     
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    ...but he was so tense and nervous before.
     
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    He copyrighted it in the early 90's too. Not sure if Nat'l Lampoon can even still use it without his permission.
     
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    That guy Nos sounds like Dr Remulac.
     
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    It can't be because I am Dr. Remulac
     
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    Like I said, it's amazing. You created it and published it in print and on vinyl, but 15 years later I copyrighted it ...
     
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