Opie & Anthony "Walk Over" Disrupted By Howard Stern Fan
June 16, 2006
A Howard Stern fan is wrestled to the ground by an Opie & Anthony security guard.
The Opie & Anthony show experienced a disruption by a Howard Stern fan today, ending in a physical confrontation. The incident occurred during a segment of the program known as "The Walk Over" which links the CBS Radio and XM Satellite Radio portions of the multi-platform show. It is about one cross-town New York City block between the CBS and XM studios, and the whole transition is broadcast live on XM.
Today, the O&A crew had stopped to talk to a fan that was holding up a New York City subway ad for the O&A show. During the conversation, a Stern fan could be heard in the background yelling pro-Stern sentiments and O&A promptly put a mic in front of him, with the man stating, "Howard Stern has a huge c*ck and I love him. Opie and Anthony are douche bags." Not expecting to be put on mic, the person didn't have much else to say and meekly asked about the subway ad.
When it became apparent the conversation wasn't going anywhere, Jim Norton questioned, "Is this the best you got? Come on, man. I don't need comedy, but you're going through the motions." The Stern fan then accused, "You steal a lot of shit from Howard." Anthony promptly replied, "Yeah, like his radio stations." This generated a lot of laughs from the O&A fans that follow along for the walk.
It was at this point that an altercation broke out, with O&A Executive Producer Ben Sparks apparently getting shoved against a wall by the Stern fan. Producer Steve C would later say, "It looked like he was trying to choke him against the wall." The Stern fan was quickly wrestled to the ground (pictured above) by O&A security guards Master Po and Club Soda Kenny. When order was restored, the Stern fan alleged that he was spit on as the reason for attacking Sparks. The incident was captured on video and is now being investigated by the NYPD.
The audio of the incident will not be broadcast during today's XM replay of the Opie & Anthony show, but can be found here.
This was the first time "The Walk Over" has been disrupted by someone from the public since its inception on April 26. As stated in this week's e-QB Cover Story feature on the Opie & Anthony show, when the deal between XM and CBS was made, it was decided that each portion of the show would originate from different studios to give some separation to the mindset of the hosts and guests as to the broadcast rules of each individual portion, thus giving birth to "The Walk Over" link between the two studios.
“Being at both studios, there had to be a transition,” explained Anthony in the article. “Instead of just playing something, we decided that since it was so close, let’s put some mics on and just walk. The walk doesn’t feel like part of any show. We’re just walking, observing, goofing on people, discussing what we see on the street, yet we are doing a show.”
“The Walk Over” has made for some very interesting radio and every day there is something different. They've had a bus driver stop and pick them up because it was raining. Comedian Rich Vos has started a Starbucks Comedy Tour, dropping in at the local coffee shops and ripping off a quick set before ducking back out on the street. A homeless guy named Mack has become a recurring character. Celebrities including Denis Leary, Patrice O’Neal, Jay Mohr, Kevin Smith, Bill Burr and Frank Vincent have made the walk. Even the Stanley Cup has been along for “The Walk Over.”