The 2-day free sample Internet broadcast of the Howard Stern Show on Sirius satellite radio today brought old friends back into millions of homes across the US.
Howard, Robin, Gary, Fred, Artie, Beth O, Ralph and many of Stern's wack pack. Plus several celebrity guests like train wreck Danny Bonaduce and Roger Daltry and a little controversy where The Who's Pete Townshend backed down from appearing because of show references earlier this week to Townshend's legal problems over online child porn a few years ago.
Amazingly, despite the "millions listening worldwide" online (as Howard kept mentioning throughout the show), the web streaming was clean, robust and had very few bandwidth streaming buffer problems. The webcast stayed connected; whatever pipeline plans made in advance of the broadcast were done well.
In addition, the show debuted around the world a new 30-minute sitcom idea called "The Bitter Half" giving a little twisted comedic insight into Stern's relationship with Beth O. Among the feature voice actors: Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky, John Stamos, Gilbert Gottfried, Andrew Dice Clay and George Takei.
For those who haven't listened to Stern since he left terrestrial radio in December, it gave old fans a chance to hear Howard Stern uncensored and uncut...funny all the way through Robin's news winding up the show as always.
More of the free Howard 100 and 101 channel broadcasts continue through today (10/25). Tomorrow's (10/26) highlight is a roast for producer Gary Dell'Abate.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Wednesday, October 25, 2006,