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Howard_stern_2Life just not the same without Howard Stern? Sign up for two free days of the King of all Extra-Terrestrial media on Sirius Radio's site. It's a promo for the launch of the satellite provider's Internet Radio, a $12.95-a-month CD-quality, Web-only service that includes the now-orbital raunch jock and 75 or so channels. Stern's freed this Wednesday and Thursday morning. Red Herring quotes an analyst who sees Sirius using its biggest draw to lure to the Web those uninterested in jumping to satellite radio players. Rival XM Radio has had Internet Radio since Oct. '04. Sirius has has non-CD-quality Web radio since January, 2005, observes reader Tim Leithead.

An homage to Helen Leicht on the occasion of her 30th anniversary on the radio in Philadelphia. From Kiko's House, where Shaun Mullen fondly remembers her support for local artists. She's having a party tonight.

Do Philadelphia music audiences have a reputation for being loudmouths? Grizzly Bear thinks so.

A collection of Hitchcock sightings. (Alfred, not the recently-dismissed coach Ken) via Phillyist.

How to be a Tv Pundit, from the Wall Street Journal. With a special appearance by Michael Smerconish.

"When (a leader) takes political action directly from prayer, in other words from a dialog with God, it can be problematic for a democracy." -- former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, talking to Bild Am Sonntag about President Bush.

Flav Someone else can't help watching "The Flavor of Love." But Badminton Stamps sees a conspiracy.

Why do politicians go on The Stephen Colbert Show? An LA Times article weighs the risks.

Five years ago Apple announced this new, portable music player. "With iPod, listening to music will never be the same," said Steve Jobs, the company's CEO.

Collegeville woman wins $100,000 from AOL's Gold Rush for knowing pop cult trivia.  Runs in the family. Colleen Denmark's married to an earlier finalist, Tony Denmark. Next up: Los Angeles and a change to win a mil.

Yahoo! gets in the Star Search business. It kicks off an eight-week talent contest for the best user-generated videos.

The first four minutes of the new Borat movie. On YouTube. Nice. From the first comments, the printable ones -- "Gotta love BORAT!!!" and "wow, just wow, i cannot wait to see this" -- I'm guessing this is an authorized placement for Sasha Baron Cohen's ersatz Kazakh journalist.

Jeff Dowder
Posted 10/24/2006 06:29:29 AM

Does anyone actually listen to Howard Stern anymore? Talk about irrelevant...

daniel rubin
Posted 10/24/2006 07:21:03 AM

The guy painting my house told me yesterday that he believes Stern more than he believes our government.

daniel rubin
Posted 10/24/2006 07:21:04 AM

The guy painting my house told me yesterday that he believes Stern more than he believes our government.

Posted 10/24/2006 07:57:32 AM

I listen to Stern on a daily basis. He is terribly funny and entertaining and now that he is on satellite he holds nothing back. As for the painter - Does anyone actually believe our government?

Posted 10/24/2006 09:22:35 AM

I've been listening to Stern for a long, long time now and this is the best he's ever been. The only thing irrelevant about this article is Daniel Rubin.

Posted 10/24/2006 09:27:29 AM

I've been listening to Stern since I was in high school back in the 80s and he remains as relevant, entertaining and insightful as ever. And what does he's "freed for four hours" mean? The show typically runs anywhere from 5-6 hours each morning, followed by a wrap-up show, replays and more, as well as another entire channel filled with hand selected personalities. Highlights of the free preview will include the debut of a half-hour radio sitcom written by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, an appearance and performance by Who guitarist Pete Townsend, and a roast of Stern show producer Gary Dell'Abate. Forget Howard for a minute, though. Sirius provides a litany of commercial free music channels offering everything from world music and broadway shows to garage rock, pop hits, and more. It's the best $20 a month I spend (we have 2 receivers)...

daniel rubin
Posted 10/24/2006 10:14:06 AM

did you get confused, matthew? i didn't say he was irrelevant.

The Mad Hatter
Posted 10/24/2006 12:49:17 PM

Listen to the preview for 2 days and then try listening to the shit that's on terrestrial radio. You'll be hard pressed to stomach the endless commercials and forced laughs using the most vanilla versions of "poopy" jokes you can come up with.

Posted 10/24/2006 01:05:51 PM

Hardly confused Mr. Rubin, but I do see the picture your trying to paint here about Howard. The media has always referred to him as a "shock jock". To label him as a "shock jock" is naive and glib. My questions to you Mr. Rubin are who gave you the authority to now classify him as a "raunch jock"? Do you also now think less of "the guy" you hired to paint your house? Again to reiterate what was stated before but who really can trust an organization that came up with the ideas of Indian reservations and anthrax.

Posted 10/24/2006 01:27:33 PM

Matthew... I believe you mean to use you're...not your. Also "raunch jock" is a more fitting title. Since his move to Satellite, Stern has become more and more raunchy...with the Sybian and his current contest (funniest porn sound clip) I would say the raunch factor has skyrocketed. I believe a German scientist discovered anthrax as well. I just pwned you. Marty

Daniel Rubin
Posted 10/24/2006 02:31:33 PM

Dear Marty. Next beer's on me.

the plant doctor
Posted 10/24/2006 04:14:29 PM

wow. you guys sure like that sirius radio. but i have a question before i run out and sign up for howard. do you guys like chlorophyl? do you have an extensive root system. cause your posts read like plants for some ad agency.

Anthony Preziosi
Posted 10/24/2006 06:55:08 PM

How ironic, Dan. I believe most politicians would be better off being house painters. And we'd be better off, too. Wow ... 30 years for Helen Leicht. I've been there for all of them. I don't feel old - just lucky.

Posted 10/24/2006 08:04:12 PM

Terrestrial radio is dead...and I feel bad for all the Philly DJs like Pierre, the WOGL crew. The future is moving to satellite. I still hate Eskin.

Posted 10/25/2006 04:05:39 AM

"I believe most politicians would be better off being house painters. And we'd be better off, too." (Posted by: Anthony Preziosi) No idea what this means. Care to elaborate?

Posted 10/25/2006 09:50:49 AM

Just to clarify, the United States, the former Soviet Union and Iraq are the only three nations known to have developed the kind of additives that enable anthrax spores to remain suspended in the air, making them more easily inhaled and therefore more deadly. As for Howard, he's an entertainer that works in many different mediums and colors. To categorize him strictly as a "raunch jock" is just like saying Daniel Rubin is just some schmuck that sits around all day long responding to these dumb comments. Mr. Rubin, I'm sure there is more to you than this blog.

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