Howard Stern Rails On NY Post Claim Of Sirius Censorship
January 23, 2006

Last week Howard Stern revealed that he has power over his own dump button on his new Sirius Satellite Radio show. Now comes a report that there may be another level of standards over his show other than his own. Quoting a source from within Sirius, the New York Post has reported an internal standards-and-practices document is being crafted that will set the rules for how far the satcaster's jocks can go. "Itís something thatís being taken very seriously," the source told the paper.

Stern denied the paper's allegations on his program this morning and spent a good portion of it railing on the absurdity of the report. "There's been no discussion about any of this, nor will there be, because I won't be in on the discussion," he told Howard 100 News after his program was finished. The King Of All Media also said that his contract contains "no limits whatsoever. I have my own limits, which I have discussed here openly."

There is some speculation that if the New York Post report is true, then the actions taken by Sirius could be a pre-emptive strike against government regulation of satellite radio content. "I believe this is just an attempt to put things in place if and when [the government] turns up the heat on satellite radio, much like it has with cable from time to time," director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University Robert Thompson told the Post. "In the end, it won't mean much to the average listener or advertiser."

Stern called that logic "an absurd argument" and added, "Everybody wants to silence me. It's amazing how satellite radio wasn't even an issue for terrestrial radio until I signed my deal. Now all of a sudden it's on the front page. If I quit my radio show and became a florist, flowers would be under investigation right now."

Could there be some truth to the New York Post report? And if there is, could it have more to do with the physical actions taking place in the studio rather than what is being said on-air? Case in point, there was some question among Stern staffers about the legal ramifications when Sirius employee Madison exposed her breasts during the program.

Also, last week during his program, Bubba The Love Sponge put the brakes on an in-studio segment that would have featured the physical act of Bubba teaching listeners how to please a woman so that she ejaculates during orgasm. The bit never made it to air as Bubba cited "standards and practices" as the reason for reconsidering the stunt. He is now seeking to put the bit on his Web site in a members only section.

A call to Sirius for comment and clarification regarding the New York Post article elicited this reply: "If people wonder what Howard says or doesn't say on his show, they should listen to his show on Sirius." Meaning, as FMQB has already reported, Stern has control of his content.

In other Stern news, the legacy of The King Of All Media at Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio) is finding its way to his Sirius program. This morning, re-recorded versions of parody songs "Every Homo" and "I Went The Gay Way" made their way to the airwaves and Stern promised more recreated content from his Infinity days would follow.

"If we think something is funny and can bring it up to date, that's great," explained Stern Show producer Gary Dell'Abate during the daily Wrap-Up Show. "We're not going to try to recreate everything we've ever done. We're just going to recreate the stuff we think is funny. Every time we recreate one of these bits, it's sort of a f**k you to Viacom."

Meanwhile, Stern was the subject of this past Sunday's Doonesbury comic, which you can read here.




 
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