Mark your calendar kids because Howard Stern Jumped The Shark in my eyes today. This is coming from a long time devoted fan, ever since I first saw the channel 9 show back in middle school and was taping shows on cassette from his first night on air back in 1992-93.
The actions of Sirius Satellite Radio corporate in conjunction with Stern himself regarding the resigning of Bubba The love Sponge to a deal that essentially replays Bubba's censored morning syndicated terrestrial radio show in the afternoon to paying Sirius subscribers is a slap on the face on so many levels.
For two stations that have a battle cry of "No More Bullshit" this deal and Howard's absolute silence reek of a shit sandwich served up hot to the customers. Hampton's Howie has been castrated by Beth O. and no longer has any balls to talk freely and openly with his listeners. When Bubba resigned on December 19th it was heralded with much fanfare, phone calls from Howard, Tim Sabean and Scott Greenstein calling Bubba on air and telling him how happy they were to have him on board for another two years. No mention was made of the fact that Bubba would no longer be doing an uncensored show exclusively for Sirius, but that Sirius would be airing a censored FM morning drive show!! On Howard 101!!! Is that something that Howard Stern would allow if he gave two shits about his paying fans? I highly doubt it.
Sirius offices were flooded with calls and emails from the Bubba Army in December showing support and love for a show that many including me knew nothing about 3 years ago, but has in fact been funnier than Howard over the past three years. On December 19th they announced a deal had been made and Bubba had signed on for another year. This stopped subscribers from canceling en masse and protected SIRI year end numbers.
This morning Howard goes on air and does a full 5 hour show, complete with a missing Artie Lange due to a stint at a rehab/wellness center and nary a word is spoken from Howard giving the fans a heads up that Bubba's show would now be a rebroadcast Monday thru thursday with only a live show on Friday. No More Bullshit my ass Mr. Stern, this move is total and utter bullshit! As a fan for almost half my life the actions of Howard and Sirius in general are really beyond belief. I can not believe that a company would treat their paying customers in such a manner.
I travel 100 miles round trip a day to work and without Sirius the only thing to listen to would be WEEI, but being treated in such a way makes me want to cancel just out of spite.
People are ripping Bubba, Stern and SIRI on all their respective message boards, Bubba even had the courtesy to post on his message board and effectively blame Sirius corporate. He stated he did not want to make this deal, he wanted to do a live SIRI exclusive show from 10am-2pm but SIRI wanted to keep him in the 3-7 slot and the replay was the only answer. He knew the fans would take a shot on the deal, but he had been disrespected by SIRI corporate long enough, which is the truth.
Bubba should have kept his dignity and told SIRI thanks but no thanks and SIRI should have found a replacement in order to give the fans the live show that they pay for.... This shitstorm is far from over and more details will be coming.