Four months after Howard Stern was unceremoniously dropped from six Clear Channel outlets, The King of All Media made like Aragorn knocking on the gates of Mordor to confront the Dark Lord Sauron, serving Clear Channel notice that his voice will be heard in the markets where the radio giant dumped him and announcing his return to the airwaves in five of the markets during a press conference this morning. Stern also announced that he will be adding new markets, including Houston, Austin, Tampa and Fresno.
Stern's press conference was carried live on the new affiliates this morning, but his show will not begin airing on the stations until he returns from his Fourth of July vacation week on July 12.
FMQB first broke the news yesterday afternoon that Stern would be returning to the airwaves in southeast Florida on Infinity Modern Rock “Buzz103.1 FM”
WPBZ/West Palm Beach. The Stern Show replaces Mark, Genny & Dahmer. Stern's former southeast Florida home was CC Classic Rock WBGG/Miami.
Infinity CHR “B937” WBZZ/Pittsburgh takes over as Stern's home in the Steel City, where he replaces the B937 Morning Show of Dave, Bubba, Shelley and Brian. The station will flip format to 93.7 K-Rock - The Rock of Pittsburgh, New & Classic Rock - to coincide with Stern's addition. Stern's former home of CC Modern Rock WXDXjust announced yesterday that highly-rated afternoon driver Alan Cox will be filling the void left by Stern's departure four months ago.
Infinity Modern Rock “O-Rock” WOCL/Orlando lets Stern take over for The O Show with Tony. CC Hot Talk WTKSwas Stern's former home.
Infinity Classic Hits “The Planet” KPLN/San Diego bumps Woody & Wilcox out of morning drive to make room for Stern after he was removed from CC Active Rock KIOZ.
Infinity Modern Rock “The Zone”
WZNE replaces CC Active Rock WNVE as Stern's affiliate in Rochester. The Zone drops Ty out of morning drive to make room for Stern.
The new Infinity stations that will now be carrying The Howard Stern Show will be Business News KIKK-AM/Houston, Sports WQYK-AM/Tampa (soon to flip format and be known as The Buzz), Rhythmic CHR KQBT-FM/Austin and Spanish/Romantica KRNC-FM/Fresno.
Louisville remains Stern-free with no new station picking up for CC Active Rock WTFX.