Would he be remembered as a ground-breaking radio innovator who may have stolen some of his best bits from other DJs, but with his ensemble masterfully incorporated them into the most compelling and riveting radio of all time? or As a sellout, hypocrite and personification of all those he mercilessly parodied and attacked, often deservedly so, over many years, skewering their hypocrisies, indulgences, dishonesty, excesses and compromising behavior. These include but are not limited to ditching first wives for airhead "trophies," pandering to celebrity, redefining themselves for the comfort of mainstream "will it play in Peoria?" audiences and sucking up to influential media - all in all, prostituting themselves for the money and/or staying too long at the fair? Personally I don't believe that the last 10 years of hypocrisy, sinking Q-Ratings, steady popularity attrition and relative cultural irrelevancy will over the long run cancel out the many years of brilliance. Over the short time, being a shell of himself and revealing himself as everything he used to criticize will continue to make him a laughingstock and tarnish his legacy, but as these imperfections fade into a more distant time-bound larger perspective, I believe the "Real Howard Stern's" body of work will be what he's remembered and heralded for. Case in point, when BB fans remember Willie Mays, they fondly recall and pay tribute to the "Say Hey Kid" in the Polo Grounds and Candlestick Park, not the sad old man who lost a bunch of steps and spring in his bat while stubbornly hanging on at Shea Stadium well beyond expiration date for the marbles.