May 23, 2012
"America's Got Talent" is in New York for a second night. Howard Stern brought his parents along. They look like a sweet old couple, but according to Howard, they've been complaining about waiting in the auditorium for the past two hours. First to audition is a singer/dancer named Ronald Charles. I can already tell his act isn't going to be pretty; his turquoise leggings and weird haircut are dead giveaway. I'm right. He's so awful, Howard gets his dad (who is conveniently equipped with a microphone)
May 14, 2012
I will admit it, I came to the season premiere of "America's Got Talent" to rip Howard Stern. But I walk away after two hours with nothing but admiration for Stern and the producers of this potent franchise. And I'm not simply praising AGT as a slick or skilled production. "America's Got Talent" connects with some of the deepest currents of American life today. For all its sideshow, freakshow silliness and weirdness at times, it also speaks to a huge slice of American life that our politicians don't seem to know or care about one little bit any more as they move from fund raiser to fund raiser and TV studio to soundstage in their cocoons of media and million-dollar isolation from the masses.
March 15, 1997
I DON'T PLAN TO APPLY for a Howard Stern license plate from the Motor Vehicle Administration. But the hype surrounding the shock-jock and his new movie, ''Private Parts,'' afforded me an unsettling appreciation of the emotions felt by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Maryland.The Sons were scorned after someone realized they were driving around with special license plates bearing the Confederate flag. African-American legislators and others were offended by state-sanctioned use of a banner under which slavery was defended.
November 3, 1992
The "indecent" language for which radio personality Howard Stern was cited by the Federal Communications Commission last week may lead to additional fines because it was heard on other stations -- including one in Baltimore.Three stations of the Infinity Broadcasting network, in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, each received an FCC inquiry late last week asking whether they had carried the programs for which Los Angeles station KLSX-FM was fined $105,000.The FCC said the offensive material aired on 12 separate days between Oct. 30 and Dec. 6 of 1990.
September 13, 1991
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Mornings should get a lot more interesting in Baltimore soon, according to my radio sources. The popular bad boy of radio, Howard Stern, is expected to make his Baltimore debut in less than a month on the former WFBR-AM, which is owned by Infinity Broadcasting and is now WLIF 1300. (They also own Stern's contract.)Stern's morning show will be simulcast from WJFK-FM in Washington, the same station that recently hired the "Morning ,, Zoo" boys Don Geronimo (a.k.
December 31, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is raising the stakes in its campaign against Howard Stern, the New York radio personality whose on-air revels in scatological humor and sexual topics have already generated $1.2 million in fines.The agency has decided to delay deals totaling $170 million by Infinity Broadcasting Corp., Mr. Stern's employer, to buy three big radio stations while the FCC ponders a new series of complaints about Mr. Stern's program, which is heard by millions of listeners across the nation each weekday morning.