Agitated Stern Rails Against Affiliates Censoring His Show
February 10, 2004
If there's one thing that gets Howard Stern steamed, it's when his company or his local affiliates edit portions of his show. Stern threw a tantrum this morning, after a listener called to complain about some words expunged by WYSP/Philadelphia from a potty-training tape for small children that Stern and his crew were busting on. (The tape originally aired on PBS.) Stern claimed to be unaware that, in addition to New York-based censor "Dead Air Dave," his local affiliates had installed dump buttons of their own. (FMQB notes that many Stern affiliates have used local censors to ensure the program conforms with their own community standards.)
Stern's frustration with censors -- "They're ruining my show"-- dominated the last hour and 45 minutes of his show, which included his now standard threats to quit. "I can't deal with this," he said. "The only way they'll understand is if I walk out." Later, Stern said of 'YSP's local censor: "Until he's gone, I'm not doing the show." But Stern also voiced a larger frustration with Infinity. "I've generated enough money so they could buy the entire CBS," he stammered. "I'm ignored and I'm coming to the point where I'm not going to be ignored any more."