Howard Stern: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Rich Mintzer

By Rich Mintzer

First modification rights, fairly freedom of speech, play an essential component in all sleek technique of communique. Howard Stern has established the boundaries and driven the limits of freedom of speech to the satisfaction of a few and the disgust of others. Howard Stern: A Biography explores this long-debated subject and sheds mild on how one media superstar has made an important difference.Offering a fascinating and insightful examine the lifestyles and occupation of radio's top surprise Jock, the publication explores Stern's adolescence, his first forays into radio, and his wish to flow up in a aggressive medium. in fact, it additionally covers his battles with the Federal Communications fee, how he was once ultimately in a position to circumvent the censors, and the numerous alterations the conflict led to in what's deemed appropriate on radio.

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He knew he wanted freedom to talk, play fewer songs, and become the number one radio show in the city. He did not mention that his plan was to use Washington as a stepping stone back to his hometown, New York City, the number one market in the country. While working out the details of his contract, Stern had a couple of requests. First, he wanted to bring in Fred Norris, whom he hadn’t worked with since his days in Hartford. The two had remained friends and Stern knew Norris was a good producer.

No matter how many copies the book sold, the anti-Stern rabble-rousers had their usual complaints: too vulgar, full of juvenile humor, tasteless, and so on. CRITICS ARE DIVIDED In one review, from the Washington Monthly, Scott Shuger said of Simon & Schuster’s editing of the book: ‘‘There’s utterly no evidence of shaping or guidance . . The result is that Private Parts isn’t about 34 HOWARD STERN anything. ’’2 The book did garner some positive reviews. ’’ ‘‘What his fans cherish is his blessedly untamed hilarity, the rollicking freedom of his voice,’’ Gleiberman writes.

The paperback also had two versions of the cover, each featuring half of Stern’s face. This meant that truly devoted Stern fans had to buy two copies to get the whole photo, and some hardcore Stern fans did just that. The book also stirred up some controversy in Westlaco, Texas, a small city of less than 30,000 people, where librarian Pam Antonelli was fired for putting the book in the library. Antonelli later appeared on the television talk show Donahue with Howard Stern and a lawyer representing Westlaco.

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