While Howard Stern spent most of today unleashing on the FCC in anticipation of reportedly imminent indecency fines against his employer, he also lit into Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, reading from an Associated Press article that points out the Republican Senator "lives with six members of Congress in a million dollar Capitol Hill townhouse that is subsidized by a secretive religious organization [The Fellowship]. The lawmakers, all of whom are Christians, pay low rent to live in this red brick house."
Stern went on to read more about The Fellowship and its religious beliefs, stopping to ask: "Does anyone have a problem with a United States Senator being funded by a religious organization? Now when someone gives you low cost housing – a gift – do you think you have to answer to them?"
During the Mike Walker Gossip Game, the National Enquirer editor offered his paper's support. "I think we are at your service Howard," said Walker. "We will stand behind you." Walker then read a quote from Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole, who said, "If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election, it’s that simple. It will be interpreted that way by enemies of the United States, so a vote against George Bush makes you an enemy of the United States."
"Talk about fear tactics," said Stern.
Asked by a caller yesterday (3/4) if a jump to satellite radio was in his future, Stern said he has two years left on his contract and "can’t entertain something like that" until it expires. He later added, "I guarantee you if I go to satellite radio I will revolutionize satellite radio and make this kind of radio extinct. I guarantee you I will do it single handily. I will sell more radios than ever in the history of this country."
The satellite radio theme continued today, with Stern pledging to embrace the medium. "I will love it and I will see it as the future. I will not stop until every car is equipped. I will go on shows and start showing people how to hook it up. I will take down the very industry I created."
Stern stopped for a second and then pointed out that satellite radio might not be the Promised Land either. "Guess who owns [a percentage] of XM radio? Clear Channel."
"Mel Gibson is getting better treatment than I am," Stern said, trying to put in perspective how he's feeling. "Mel Gibson just put together a hate-filled passion play to incite people to hate Jews like you wouldn’t believe. By the way, I’m not helping myself by talking about the FCC so much. That makes them crazy when you talk about them and criticize them and talk about [FCC Chairman] Michael Powell's website."
Feeling that the end is near, Stern says he is "a lone friggin wolf. Once I’m gone, it’s going to send a chill through the industry. It already has."
"Every company has a right to decide what they want to do," he said, not letting Clear Channel escape his wrath. "What this company is doing however is buying up every radio station, then they sign someone like me for five years at a time and renew my contracts and then wake up one day and have a whole new attitude. Now why do they have a new attitude with me, but not with the guy Savage who sits there and talks about infesting people with AIDS and all that stuff? He’s just as controversial, but he backs Bush. They’re being intellectually dishonest."
It wasn't all gloom and doom as WXRK/New York GM Tom Chiusano tried to sound optimistic while Stern wondered if he'd still be on the air when his show heads to Las Vegas, May 10-14. "I believe we will find a way through all this," said Chiusano. "There are a lot of smart people that work here. You’ve got a lot of important friends in important places. We have the best legal team we can have behind us and we have the strongest leader."