Stern, Social Media Mobs, and...

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  1. Nemo

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    Howard Stern, Social Media Mobs, and Radio's Future

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    Last week on vacation in Mexico I reread Howard Stern's 1993 book "Private Parts." The book sold millions of copies and was turned into a successful movie in 1997. I read it as a 14 year old back in 1993 before I knew who Howard Stern was and I loved all the parts about lesbians and sex. (I still loved the parts about lesbians and sex as a 35 year old, proving that a generation later I still pretty much have the same sense of humor). Last year Stern celebrated his sixtieth birthday with a gala celebration attended by many of the leading lights in the entertainment industry. He is the most successful radio host in the history of the medium and widely regarded as a superlative interviewer and a creative and comic genius. But that wasn't always the case. A ton of people hated Howard Stern during his rise to prominence.

    I wanted to reread the book because I admire Stern's ability as an entertainer and a businessman. I've asked the question on here several times of late because I think it's an integral one as the radio industry undergoes seismic change: if Stern were thirty and still building his radio career, what would he be doing right now? Would he do terrestrial radio at all, would he have gone the podcast route, what would the smartest and most creative man in our industry be doing? It's something I'm thinking about as I try to decide my future in radio, what would someone more talented and successful than me have done facing the same decision.......................................?
     
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    What is Nemo saying, Robin?
     
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    I'm waiting for someone to tell me.
    Lots of words are my kryptonite!
     
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    I've always admired his work, Robin
     
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    Is Stern crying about bullies again?
     
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    I think the curtain would have been pulled back sooner.
     
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    I hope someone reads it and tells us
     
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    I'll hang up and take my answer off the air.
     
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    I think the guy is asking if Stern could have been as successful as he was in the day of Social media. If he were 30 today what would he be doing?

    My answer is no. He would be ripped to shreds and branded a pariah. There would be no edgy Stern in todays world.
     
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    He's trying to figure out if discussing cock size, dick jokes and farting on the air would be a good career path in the year of our Lord 2015 :grad:
     
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    The evil interwebs make it easier for people to find out if a radio host is lying and express their opinions to a guy who claims to like honesty.

    "Stern sprinkled his hate mail throughout the book, but it looked positively quaint to me.

    Why?

    Because it was all actual mail. Stern's hate mail required the postal service. In those days if you wanted to send hate mail you had to actually make an effort. You had to type or hand write the letter, search out an address, be able to afford proper postage, it took work to hate someone and let them know how much you hated them. You had to spend an hour or more to publish your hate and you still didn't have any idea whether someone would see it. I get tons of hate now, but I've never received actual hate mail that arrived in letter form. All my hate mail is electronic. There's more hate today than there's ever been before because the barrier to electronic hate is negligible."
     
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    "...if Stern were thirty and still building his radio career, what would he be doing right now? Would he do terrestrial radio at all, would he have gone the podcast route, what would the smartest and most creative man in our industry be doing?"

    This is the approach adopted by all Stern sycophants that I find the most hilarious - that Stern is some sort of great innovator in the radio industry. I'll give him partial credit for the syndication move. But other than that, his only real innovation was to figure out that if he partnered with a black female, he would stand a better chance of getting away with making mysogyny and nlgger jokes a staple of his program.

    I don't see anything at all pioneering or groundbreaking about his move to satellite radio. How much are you really risking professionally when you have a guaranteed nine figure payout ahead of you? As we are all now acutely aware, satellite was a marble grab, pure and simple.
     
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    This guy is taking a shot at Stern as far as i can tell. Am i wrong?
     
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    Stern knows our names and addresses
     
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    Anyone decipher this yet?
     
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    No, I don't see that.

    He's acknowledging Howard's radio brilliance and wondering how Howard would position himself if he were to be coming up in the industry today because, he wants to do whatever that is.
     
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    Right, Howard's career is a mix of the right mix of content at exactly the right time.

    In a word, lucky.