Stern Under Siege: Day 2
February 27, 2004

Howard Stern

Howard Stern signed on sounding defiant Friday morning, railing against Clear Channel's decision to suspend him from six stations and mocking Clear Channel Radio CEO John Hogan's apology before a House subcommittee on Thursday. Stern said he has yet to speak to anyone at Clear Channel and that his lawyers have told him the radio giant is in breach of contract for pulling him from the airwaves of WXDX/Pittsburgh, KIOZ/San Diego, WNVE/Rochester, WTFX/Louisville, WTKS/Orlando and WBGG/Miami.

"Apologize for what? This is stuff we do everyday," Stern said, after Robin Quivers read Hogan's opening remarks from Thursday's indecency hearing.

Stern alleged that the only reason CC suspended him was so Hogan could look good in front of lawmakers. He also ripped into the media's coverage, calling it biased and saying little was done by the media to understand exactly what happened. "They set me up," Stern said. "I'm too exhausted to explain what is going on. The FCC didn't fine me."

"Clear Channel has tons of Rap stations, and I'm sure the word nigger is used on those," he said in reference to the content CC cited in dumping him. "And that's not even a word considered objectionable by the FCC, but I still hung up on the dude because he said the N word."

Stern also mockingly read a letter he said WTKS sent to clients, explaining his absence from their airwaves. "Howard Stern very well may be back on the air tomorrow if he agrees to the Clear Chancel zero tolerance policy, or he may not if he doesn't agree," Stern said, quoting the letter. "If Howard agrees to the policy, we will be able to offer a Howard Stern product that will no longer be controversial to our advertisers. And if he does not agree to the policy, we will offer a new morning show that will be true to what 'Real Radio' is all about -- an edgy, in-your-face entertainment Talk radio station that pushes the limits without crossing the line." 

Later, playing back Hogan's comment that Bubba The Love Sponge and Stern "will no longer have a platform on our station," Stern said: "It doesn't sound like I'm going to be asked back."


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