I am a big Howard Stern fan. My Fiancée is a big Howard Stern fan. We listen to the show on most days, so long as it is new. As is true of many Stern fans, I hold the belief that Stern is one of the most important and influential pop-culture figures of our generation. His contributions to modern media are as vast as any other broadcaster one could think of.
However, the number of people who hate the man consistently surprises me. The lack of respect for Stern from the Radio Community, as well as society as a whole, is palpable. Stern is not even a member of the Radio Hall of Fame (as inadequate an organization as it may be).
Then it dawned on me. Most Stern haters have likely never listened to “The Howard Stern Show”. Their impressions of Stern are built around his two most transcendent pop moments: 1) His infamous appearance, on the 1992 MTV Video/ Music Awards as “Fart Man”, and 2) his E! Network cable show. Stern’s network cable show, focused on his ability to convince beautiful (or semi-beautiful) women to undress in front of his cameras, creating a soft-core porn environment that was extremely popular among men from the ages of 18-35. However, this show left an obvious impression on the majority of women, and the effect of his bare ass appearance on MTV left the casual viewer feeling anxious.
The Howard Stern show is so much more than the tits and fart humor (for which it is now famous). To people who wrote Stern off from the moment he descended from the sky with his ass-cheeks hanging out I say- give him another listen- you may just find a sensitive, thoughtful, introspective and self-aware man, who is the voice of a generation, like it or not.
Peace and love-
East Coast Gross can be reached at ECG@GDPmagazine.com.