Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sirius Trouble if the Merger is depending on Howard (Yawn) Stern
I still check in, but if I were paying for Sirius because of Howard Stern, this would be the time I'd be asking for my money back.
The newness of the swearing is over; he can't round up A-list guests because his numbers have dropped so much from his days on terrestrial radio; and frankly, success is killing the entertainment value of Howard Stern.
Now that he's living the Hamptons lifestyle, tooling between mansions, and happily set to be married, the angst, the danger and the edge are plain gone. The spark has dimmed from the (not so) shock jock's show.
Today the talk was about who Stern would invite to his wedding, and frankly, it was about as boring as hearing any stranger doing his wedding planning. AM talk radio was on fire by comparison.
And then, worse than the show itself, is what they call "The Wrap Up Show," in which producer Garry Dell'Abate (or more accurately, Dell'Aboring ) and John Hinds discuss the most "dramatic" moments of the show. And I thought postgame baseball analysis was dull.
Today the big question, stated breathlessly by Dell'Aboring, was: "Should Howard invite Lisa from his news team to his wedding, because she wishes she was marrying him?"
You couldn't even goof on them for being so serious about the topic. They just didn't have any real material to work with. Maybe this is their way of preparing listeners for his annual endless summer sabbatical of repeats.
And here's the real problem. Stern always had something or someone to be mad at: his program directors, the FCC, the women who never wanted him. But he's got everything he wants these days. He's got the money; he's got the girl; and he can say what he wants on the air.
His contract is running out, and the more I listen, the more I think that this time Stern will stride off into the Hamptons sunset, before he ends up even more boring and irrelevant than Imus.