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October 24, 2005

End of An Era: Stern Beginning Departure From Radio

Some Infinity Stations will be dropping Stern in favor of the "Jack FM" format, whatever the hell that is.

And in a little while he'll be on satellite radio anyway.

I used to be a big fan. He stopped being a must-listen to me after his divorce (it just wasn't as funny to hear him scoring with hot chicks as it was to hear him fantasizing about scoring with hot chicks), the firing of Jackie Martling (not really the funniest guy, but like Sulu on Star Trek, you noticed his absence) and, worst of all, his E! Television show.

It was his need to put on stuff with "great visuals" (supposedly) for the E! Show that changed the focus of the show from Howard and his miserable, pathetic life to guys throwing balogna at girls' asses every. other. fucking. show.

I liked the beginning of the show -- him whining about his weekend or his futile attempts to masturbate without being interrupted by his wife or daughters -- and the end, where he'd just riff on the news, always annoyed by everyone. The prepared bits they did I could have lived without.

Especailly throwing balogna slices at stripper's asses. Sounds funnier than it is, especially after the six billionth time.

What is going to do with absolutely no censorship at all? I think it might actually result in a lamer show, with more balogna tossing. Also, it's a funny thing, but a lot of times on TV and radio, the fact that you're not allowed to curse or say anything too sexual makes your attempts to push the envelope a lot funnier -- it's the sense of getting away with something that adds to the giggles. Without any real restraint, that feeling of "man, how does he get away with that crap?" will be wholly absent.

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posted by Ace at 09:20 PM

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