by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
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subscribers of “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio (who are
paying $12.95/month for the service) were disappointed when Stern recently
announced his plans to take many Fridays off and instead will air something
called “The Friday Show.”
Though Stern’s daily show is usually five hours, an hour more than the majority of most morning shows, the Friday news upset many listeners.
Observers wondered if listener backlash was the reason Stern returned to do a live show on February 10 after taking February 3 off.
Burke, vice president and managing director of “Friday Morning
Quarterback,” a leading radio trade publication said, “It'll be
interesting to see how the audience responds if the new "Friday
Show" doesn't catch on. Initially it probably shocked some people who
didn't read the specifics of Howard's contract as reported by many media
outlets. Or maybe they just heard about 500 million (over five years) with 10
weeks off and missed the no Fridays clause.
might be a little too soon to take time off when you're trying to build a
brand. Maybe he should have waited three months. But he didn't hide the fact from
the audience and has addressed it on the air when called out on it by
The daily recap section of www.howardstern.com said, “Howard said that he feels a great responsibility to his audience and that the reason he created “The Friday Show” was because he wanted to give his fans new material whenever he takes a day off.”
“Rock Star” gets an encore on CBS this summer. The network announced open casting calls in around a dozen cities starting next month (not Philadelphia). A group has not been announced yet. Last summer’s edition with INXS hiring new lead singer J.D. Fortune spawned the hit single “Pretty Vegas.”
"America's Next Top Model" will hold an open casting call at the "40/40" club in Atlantic City Thursday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Good news for "America's Next Top Model" host Tyra Banks. Her daytime talk show was renewed for a second season.
honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some of Philly’s television
Larry Mendte (CBS3) and Dawn Stensland (Fox29) – Dawn and Larry have been married six years and are the parents of a son, Michael, 2.
Vargus (Fox29) and Sue Serio (Fox29) – Bill and Sue have been married
11-years and are the parents of a daughter, Nia, 8.
Rieger (CBS3) and Tom McGinnis (Sixers radio play-by-play) – Rieger and
McGinnis have been married four and a half years and are the parents of
daughter Kenna, 2 ½, and a son, Luke, born December 31.
Vince DeMentri (NBC10) and Pat James DeMentri (QVC) - Vince and Pat have been married 13-years and are the parents of a daughter, Nicole, 10.
Strug (NBC10) and Sharon Crowley (Fox29) – The reporters have been dating a
couple of years.