Stern Makes Early Sirius Debut
January 3, 2006 at 2:16 PM (PT)
HOWARD STERN took to the air this afternoon (1/3) on SIRIUS, commencing what amounted to an on-air sound check on HOWARD 100. Joined by ROBIN QUIVERS, GARY DELL'ABATE, FRED NORRIS, ARTIE LANGE, and other staffers, he said "There's a ton of things that don't work," and stressed that the technical glitches would need to be ironed out if the show is to officially debut next week.
"I'm hearing a metallic sound right now... we can't hear that kind of sound," said STERN. He did acknowledge that he could hear FRED better than he could at INFINITY, and FRED commented that he loves the SIRIUS music system, allowing him to find virtually any song instantly. HOWARD then played DJ, calling off songs for FRED to find and play, while HOWARD attempted to hit the posts, using the old WNBC call letters.
As of 5p ET, the impromptu show was continuing to air on SIRIUS channel 100, with STERN testing his harmonizer "Bob and Ray" and "Ham and Slam" voices and taking phone calls ("this is a test," he told one caller, "this is not the show"). STERN said that he will be doing another final run-through on THURSDAY but has not decided whether it will be put on the air.