Is Howard Stern ready to blow under the pressure, be more angelic or just be Beth's knight in shining white armor?
This week's Entertainment Weekly cover boy is dressed in all white, looking like he's ready to interview St. Peter. No bad boy image in that picture. Inside, he talks about how re-energized he is with his new satellite radio freedom after more than 10 years of legal battles with the FCC while on traditional radio. And how excited he is about his new Howard TV On Demand pay-per-view cable channels now available throughout most of the country, showing his uncensored new shows as well as newly-unpixelated old E! TV shows.
But then shows his old self agita when he talks about the CBS Radio $218 million breech of contract lawsuit filed in February. And how disappointed he is with most of his supposed long-time fans who haven't come with him to Sirius, where Stern says, "It's
insulting to me" that more of his terrestrial radio fans haven't followed him to Sirius Satellite Radio. While he's impressed with the increase of 3.5 million new Sirius subscribers since he announced his move back in October 2004, he says he's "angry. It should be 20 million", scolding fans who did not sign up to pay to hear his show as "cheap bastards."
Meanwhile, this just in from the New York Daily News: looks like Stern stands up for his woman Beth O. This incident happened over the weekend. Apparently, Howard Sern helped track down an assailant who spit in his girlfriend's face on Saturday evening. The New York Daily News reports that Stern and girlfriend Beth Ostrosky were allegedly accosted by a fan while walking on Columbus Avenue in Manhattan, and when they jumped into a cab, the fan allegedly spit into the cab's open window, hitting Beth O. in the face.
Stern called the police, who initially could not find the "fan" until a pissed-off Stern -- doing his best Dog The Bounty Hunter -- rode in a cruiser to help search for the man, eventually spotting and identifying him. The fan was arraigned Sunday night on charges of menacing and harassment.
Good to see an example of Stern as Mr. Chivalry (he really is a stand-up guy). However, the pressure Stern is putting himself through to make this new gig succeed must be huge and he's been looking a little raggedy and very testy lately...perhaps for good reason. Expect more fireworks throughout the spring...
Entertainment Weekly article here
Daily News article here
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Monday, April 03, 2006,