"They dropped a bomb on us. I don't think I'm going to last a month," declared Howard Stern this morning while talking about Clear Channel's suspension of his show from six of its radio stations.
Stern said he was informed last night of the decision by "Fear Channel" and was initially told that the suspension was only for two days in San Diego, but later learned that all six Clear Channel affiliates dropped his show.
"It makes it seem like I did something wrong Tuesday," said Stern, who then added that he thought the only reason the suspension happened is because Clear Channel was getting "hauled in front of Congress." He also said he believes that presidential election year politics are the driving force behind the indecency crackdown.
"I told you it would come down to me," Stern said. "This regime has gotten absolutely bizarre between Ashcroft, Cheney, Bush, Powell and his son. This is the most unbelievable thing when people can be thrown off air without a trial. The fascist, right wing a-holes are taking over the country."
"[The FCC] has been after me since 1992 and they are having their way with me now," Stern said later, replying to a listener phone call. "It started when all these guys started cloning my show and then going berserk. Janet Jackson whipped out her boob and that's all they needed."
Stern sounded sentimental at times. "This show is a big family," he said. "We reach people all over the country and at least a tenth of our family is gone today."