Former WQHT/New York morning host and current WPHH/Hartford morning personality Star is stirring it up again in the Big Apple. But this time, it's off the air and in print in the New York Daily News. Star's target: Howard Stern. Star tells the Daily News that Stern should stop "whining and crying like a little baby" in his battle with the FCC. The former Hot 97 morning man says he's lost respect for the indecency posterchild. "I'd rather see him take two in the back of the head and go out like a man," Star said. "When John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison, he didn't even flinch. This guy asks people he's made fun of to help him. I call him Coward Stern."
Star's comments come amid speculation he'll soon return to New York on Hot 97 competitor (and WPHH Clear Channel sister) WWPR (Power 105.1). The controversial Star hosted Hot 97's morning show until last April and has often cited Stern as an influence. That was before the FCC stepped up indecency enforcement and before Clear Channel instituted its "zero tolerance" policy. But Star says that content has never been as issue, telling the News, "I can do mainstream business without a hitch."
Lending credence to the theory that Star will return to the Big Apple, Rick Cummings, president of Hot 97 owner Emmis, tells the Daily News he thinks Clear Channel plans to bring Star back to the market. Cummings also says Hot 97's morning show opening is its "top priority." How would Star feel about coming back to his old stomping grounds? "Hot 97 would not be competing with me. It would be surrendering."