Memo to Radio Shack stores in Coral Gables, Florida: Stock up on blank tape. For Howard Stern, July 19 represents the opportunity to reclaim at least some of his lost South Florida audience via WPBZ (The Buzz)/West Palm Beach -- one of nine Infinity stations that begin airing his syndicated show that day. But to attorney Jack Thompson, the date means time to fire up his tape recorder. It was Thompson who, after hearing an April '03 Stern show, filed the complaint that netted a $495,000 fine against Clear Channel and sparked his permanent dismissal from the company.
A self-described "all purpose crusader" against adult entertainment affecting children, Thompson is salivating at the prospect of nailing Stern again. "I love it because now I can record this maniac again and get him whacked again," Thompson told the Palm Beach Post. "They are throwing down the gauntlet with the FCC by putting Stern on more stations."
Whether indecency lightning will strike twice for Thompson remains to be seen. Although Stern admitted to wanting to send the Commission a message by adding nine new affiliates, his show is the subject of much more stringent editing now than last year -- both by flagship WXRK/New York and local affiliate stations.