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‘History of Howard Stern’ spends 90 minutes on Westchester days12.18.07

howard.jpgThirty years ago, Howard Stern launched his career as a professional deejay in Briarcliff Manor. The radio world would never be the same.

With Stern and his crew off for holiday break, Sirius satellite radio has been broadcasting the premiere of “The History of Howard Stern� in lieu of his live morning radio show this week. Featuring first-person interviews and narration by Jim Forbes of “Behind the Music� fame, the first 90 minutes of Tuesday’s broadcast alone were dedicated to Stern’s days spinning vinyl in Briarcliff and plugging various businesses and events throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.

“My first radio job really was WRNW in Westchester and that was a very difficult situation for me,� Stern said during the special. “I was not a good broadcaster; I was not a good straight broadcaster, and I wasn’t thought of much.�

Recently completing his second year of a five-year, $500 million contract at Sirius satellite radio, Stern said he launched his full-time career with a $5,000 annual salary on Jan. 1, 1977 at 107.1 FM. He was 11 days shy of his 23rd birthday.

“My first shift, when I got on the air, I was so nervous my hands were shaking,� he said. “The station was empty, thank God, because it was New Year’s morning. I hit the button to play the record, the whole board jams up. I must’ve hit it too hard.�

Reflecting on the incident with sidekicks Robin Quivers and Artie Lange, Stern said he woke up the program director when calling him in the ensuing panic.

“The engineer came in and started yelling at me – this big fat guy – and he fixed it at some point, I guess,� he said. “And all the other jocks heard me and they think I was horrible. I was the laughing stock of the station. The program director was going to fire me, I heard, because I woke him up. And again, I had to beg for his mercy. I said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ He goes, ‘You’re terrible; you’re horrible.’ It’s a miracle I sit here today.�

In addition to Briarcliff, check out the “King of All Media’s” direct connections to Armonk, Elmsford, Tarrytown, Bronxville, Scarsdale, White Plains and Yorktown after the break.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: LoHud Halloween costumes, Charles Grodin’s book and Al Roker’s reports from the ‘Office’ convention10.31.07

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This week’s quiz: When Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins took the Webster Hall stage at an Oct. 17 tribute concert, he sang songs originally performed by the artist being honored that night. Who was this man of honor?

A. Bob Dylan
B. Woodie Guthrie
C. Pete Seeger

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.

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Charles Grodin to talk at Armonk library without getting shooshed10.29.07

grodin.jpgActor, author and former talk-show host Charles Grodin will be heading to the North Castle Public Library in Armonk at 8 p.m., Nov. 10 for a free event to discuss his new book, “If I Only Knew Then.”

Grodin, who had prominent roles in “Midnight Run” and the “Beethoven” franchise, will chat in Whippoorwill Hall about his new book, which includes autobiographical essays about lessons learned by South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell, Walter Cronkite, Shirley Maclaine, Paul Newman, Carol Burnett, Regis Philbin and Robert Redford. Grodin, who appeared as a commentator on “60 Minutes II” a few years ago and as a CNBC talk show host in the late ’90s, also wrote an off-Broadway play called “The Right Kind of People” in 2004.

The western Connecticut resident’s no stranger to Westchester County libraries. On April 28, 2002, he appeared at the New Rochelle Public Library as part of an annual CelebriTea event to raise money for that facility.

I’ll be chatting with Grodin this Wednesday afternoon and posting some highlights on Suburbarazzi soon thereafter. So stay tuned!

(Photo by Andrew McKoy/The Journal News)

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Action! Westchester shoots attract A-listers, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close09.24.07

The public relations reps for Westchester County became unofficial Suburbarazzi late last week, informing the public about county-based TV and film projects featuring high-profile stars, including Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney (pre-motorcycle crash).

george.jpgClooney was quietly wrapping up a New Rochelle shoot at a “private home and inside CostCo” for the Coen brothers movie “Burn After Reading,” according to a Sept. 21 county press release. The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, is about a former CIA agent who writes memoirs after being fired. Perhaps Clooney forgot this weekend that he wasn’t playing Evil Knievel.

meryl.jpgAlso according to the release, Westchester “soon” will host Oscar winners Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the big-screen adaptation of “Doubt,” the Tony Award-winning play. Streep plays a Catholic school principal who accuses Hoffman’s character, a priest, of pedophilia in 1964. “Numerous locations will be used,” but the county does not specify which.

glenn-close.jpgBedford resident Glenn Close, a five-time Academy Award nominee, didn’t have to travel far to film parts of her new TV series, “Damages,” in a featured Harrison house and, earlier this month, in the Rye Town Hilton.

quinn-margulies.jpgSuburbarazzi already gave you the scoop about Spring Valley native Julianna Margulies and Sneden’s Landing resident Aidan Quinn teaming up for “Canterbury’s Law,” but what you might not know is that the courtroom drama was shooting scenes at Larkin Plaza in Yonkers last week.

After the break, check out news about more Westchester shoots involving Tim Allen at Westchester County Airport, Julie Taymor in Somers and New Rochelle, and “Law & Order: SVU” in Yonkers.

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