Howard Stern made the news today in the same way he’s been making news all year—in a stupid gossip item. He missed the funeral of Babba Booey’s father because his girlfriend Beth broke an ankle.
In other words, Howard Stern has become irrelevant, showing up on the public radar with as much significance as Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling.
Every day, the memory of the Howard Stern radio era gets more dim and Stern becomes more removed from the public consciousness, no longer an influence in politics or pop culture. He’s yesterday’s news, doing radio that’s the equivalent of Katie Couric’s CBS “listening tour” before selected, screened audiences.
Meanwhile, here in L.A., his replacement is on vacation again, arrogant enough to be replaying shows that ran about two weeks ago, still wasting valuable airtime on phony “characters” like the “Deaf Frat Guy” instead of real guests who might add some interest to the program.
It’s inevitable that Stern will begin to syndicate cleaned-up portions of his show on regular radio. Whether it’s a couple of hours of programming or just his news-with-Robin-Quivers segment, he will be back.
But he oughta do it sooner than later. Because nobody cares about Howard Stern anymore.