Earlier today, I spent some 20 minutes on the phone with Steve Langford, a reporter for Howard 100 News — a team of journalists that cover stories relating to the Howard Stern show for channels 100 and 101 on Sirius satellite radio.
Quips one tongue-in-cheek promo, they’re “fair and balanced — about Howard.”
This morning, Langford briefed the Stern crew on an exclusive Suburbarazzi interview I conducted with Stern’s sound effects guru Fred Norris. I decided to give the reporter a call later in the day and invite him to discuss that interview and more of my personal experiences covering Stern, his crew and celebrities who know him. Langford took me up on the offer and was pleasant, professional and thorough in his questioning.
We talked about Norris’ gig and interview in Eastchester; Stern’s first professional deejay gig in Briarcliff Manor and other Westchester connections; portions of my exclusive interviews with Chevy Chase, Isaac Mizrahi and Charles Grodin (post pending) in which they reflect upon Stern; a Manhattan encounter I once had with Stern sidekick Robin Quivers; and the origins of my fandom. (My sophomore-year college roommate introduced me to the show in 1997; I’ve been hooked ever since.)
I doubt all of these topics will be incorporated into the Howard 100 News report, whose lengths can range from 30 seconds to about 3 minutes, but you never know.
My segment is slated to air on Sirius channels 100 and 101 sometime tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 3), most likely in the afternoon. As I mentioned earlier, two or three Howard 100 News briefs air before commercial breaks during daily reruns, so it’s tough to pinpoint when the Suburbarazzi-related segment will air. If one should miss it Thursday, the news report might be rebroadcast Friday on channel 100’s “Week in Review” show, which airs from about 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.
As usual, I’ll keep you updated if and when I find out more information.
(Photo by Chris Serico/The Journal News)
At last, we’re finally putting our completely overexposed “People of the Year” package to bed. In the clip, we count down the final five people on our list, and Stacy-Ann Gooden makes her pitch for Mary J. Blige (raised in Yonkers, first discovered doing karaoke at the White Plains Galleria).
While she didn’t make the cut for 2007, she’s already a strong 2008 candidate. In fact, aside from Nyack rapper Lucky Me, she’s the only other hip-hop star on our radar screen thus far.
In this inaugural post of 2008, I figured it would only be fitting to stay on the topic of Hillary Clinton (our No. 1 Person of the Year) and politics for a sec. After all, with the Iowa Caucuses a day away, that’s all anyone is talking about today.
Pretty much everything that can be said about the candidates has been said — except, that is, for an exhaustive rundown of celebrity endorsements. And no, I’m not talking about the Chuck Norrises, Barbara Streisands, and Oprahs of the world — we’re just looking at the who our beloved Lower Hudson Valley stars are campaigning for.
Our full report is after the break.
Since former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern moved from terrestrial radio to Sirius, he and his crew have been closely followed by Howard 100 News, a team of reporters who document all things related to the Stern show.
This morning, Howard 100 News reporter Steve Langford teased an item scheduled to be broadcast in a Howard 100 news brief later today. Langford quoted my exclusive Suburbarazzi interview with Stern’s sound effects guru, Fred Norris, thusly:
The normally mysterious Fred Norris, speaking out in another interview with a blogger. Fred saying he never imagined the Stern show would still be roaring 30 years after meeting Howard in Hartford. Norris saying, “I thought the most the show was going to go was three months and the (general managers) and program directors would get tired of it and say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœYou guys are messed up,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ and kick us out.” Norris also asked about the possibility of a Fred roast. Fred saying, “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.”
Stern sidekick Robin Quivers laughed heartily at the latter quote, then echoed, “That’s how everyone feels.”
“I would keep quiet about that,” Stern replied.
For those who have Sirius, Howard 100 News updates are broadcast just before commercial breaks during that day’s reruns of the Stern show. If I happen to hear the Suburbarazzi-related news update, I’ll let you know.