Howard Stern is taking his Sirius Satellite Radio pitch to Viacom's Late Show with David Letterman. Stern said this morning that he has confirmed an appearance for Thursday, November 18.
As for Stern's simmering relationship with Infinity, the NY Post says Stern wants out of his job now and it is looking more and more like those who picked an early date in the office pool for the end of Stern's morning show on terrestrial radio are going to be winners.
Stern's outright disgust for his Infinity superiors and the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that surrounds his waning tenure at Viacom's radio division is becoming more contemptuous. Stern started his show this morning by railing on Infinity President/COO Joel Hollander, calling him a "maggot" before WXRK/New York GM Tom Chiusano entered the studio to curb the conversation, telling Stern "this isn't the place to personalize it." The GM only made matters worse, as Stern said Hollander "screwed me yesterday" and was "no Mel Karmazin and is never going to be. He's not fit to fill his shoes. One thing about Mel, when he shook my hand, that was the deal." He later lamented, "My Mel is gone. It's time for me to leave."
Stern spent 30+ minutes on read-between-the-lines conversation with Chiusano, Robin Quivers and Artie Lange over the future of the show. "I put a lot of hours into this company," said Stern at one point. "Every one of my deals here has been pleasant and everyone here has been above board and honest with me. When a guy calls up my agent and says 'I don't care if we agreed to something, I'm going back on it.' That's ridiculous. Don't be a dishonest person with me. That's all I ask. I got screwed over my whole career by dishonest business men."
"I'm asking for two things," Stern pleaded. "Honor your agreements and, two, let's keep the show running. Keep it strong so that our advertisers have lots of listeners and everybody flourishes. If that's unreasonable, take me to the radio police."
Stern promised that what he couldn't talk about directly on his radio show, he would take to Letterman's show and discuss there. When Chiusano pointed out the appearance would still be on a Viacom property, Stern countered with "Letterman's no fan of Viacom, trust me. I've had private conversations with this guy." He wouldn't reveal the details of those talks but said Letterman's not a "happy camper for a bunch of different reasons."