It ran about five minutes later than expected, but Sirius satellite radio tonight broadcast a 90-second news report of reporter Steve Langford asking me about the exclusive Suburbarazzi interview I conducted last month with Howard Stern sidekick Fred Norris.
While I await permission to post the audio from the interview, here’s a transcript of what aired about an hour ago on Sirius channel 100:
Ralph Howard (Howard 100 News anchor): I’m Ralph Howard. Fred Norris, exposed! Fred doesn’t say much on the Stern show, but this time it was friendly Fred, the guy with the band. It’s Howard 100 News: Spotlight!
Voice-over: Howard 100 News: Spotlight!
Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): Every now and then, I actually do listen to the plugs at the end of the show. And Fred was talking about King Norris appearing at Mickey Spillane’s in Eastchester.
Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Reporter Chris Serico, a big Stern fan, who jumped at the chance to interview Fred Norris when he heard the man of mystery would be appearing in his area.
Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): Fred could not have been more accommodating. He was outstanding, well-spoken and extremely courteous with all of the fans who came up to him and said hello.
Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Serico’s impromptu interview for his blog, called Suburbarazzi, yielding some great quotes from Fred, including who he’d most want to see appear on the Stern show.
Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): He said, “You know what? Brad Pitt. Because he so doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to do the show and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a big fan. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to know what itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like to be going to bed with one of the sexiest women on the planet Ã¢â‚¬â€ even though she might be crazy and has too many tattoos for my liking.”
Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): And will they ever dare to do a Fred roast on the show?
Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): He said, “ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in the hands of the gods. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up to them. If theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re feeling lucky and want to take their lives (in) their own hands, be my guest.”
Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): That said, reporter Chris Serico observing something that even long-time listeners to the Stern show might not necessarily pick up.
Chris Serico (Suburbarazzi): There’s a kindness about him. And I think that’s sort of the lost of the talk of his being a Martian or Earth Dog or whatever. There’s a genuine kindness that, you know, he sort of exudes and that’s sort of lost in the nuances of the show.
Steve Langford (Howard 100 News reporter): Fred Norris, class act. For Howard 100 News, I’m Steve Langford.
My thanks to Langford for the opportunity to discuss the interview, his professional approach and for latching onto the story in the first place. Although, in fairness, it warrants clarifying that Suburbarazzi these days is very much Ted Mann’s blog, too.
(Logo and Howard 100 News photos courtesy of Sirius; Pictures of Norris and me courtesy of … me.)