Posted May 10 2006 - 03:35 AM
| Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein |
Jeff, though I am in agreement that starting such a rumor would
be dirty pool, I have not heard of such a prank being started by O&A.
If it is true, was this the event that started the war or has been
just another stepping stone in the escalation from both sides?
For instance, I heard that Howard Stern was going to expose dirty
facts about Anthony's divorce on the radio at one point. If this is
true, that's a hit below the belt because it's a personal issue that
doesn't need to be discussed.
From the soundbytes O&A have been playing this past week,
I'd say that Howard has been talking about them more than you
Ron, the "war" was always inside O&A's head. From 'AAF on, their plan was to gain exposure by baiting Howard into talking about them, and it has never worked. The story about the overdose is true, I was listening to them back then and heard it. They even had a fake interview with a security guard at the hospital. They never mentioned Howard by name, but they did hint that the minor's first name was "Emily" (duh). This, coming right after the time they revealed a secret outdoor concert event of Howard's, was the last straw that led to the gag order. I am not "drinking the kool-aid" on this one, because Howard never talked about it. I heard what I heard.
As far as revealing things about the divorce, Howard never did it. He gagged them instead because an escalation was no good for both parties, given they both worked for Viacom and especially given Stern's long time protective attitude towards his daughters. As I said, I listened to both shows back then and like the "Mayor Menino is dead" gag, I felt O&A went a little too far.
Also, O&A were never mentioned in yesterday's discussion of the move back to FM; the "them" in the quote was CBS and Les Moonves, and if O&A had played/read the entire quote, that would be clear. He didn't even take the bait this morning when the reporter mentioned O&A, only saying that he felt they needed to go back to FM in order to get a larger audience.
Honestly, I listen to every minute of every Stern show via recording on my S50. As others who do the same have posted, he simply does not talk about O&A. Even after O&A announced what they consider to be the biggest move in radio since Marconi picked up a soldering iron, all Stern said was "Good luck to them, I hope they do well." This is par for the course because Stern never talked about them because he was/is not willing to give them the airtime they crave. As far as the "jealosy" and other feelings, I tend not to believe what other biased parties assume about an individual's feelings, especially if they contradict what the person himself says.