Stern Warning


After cutting ties with risqé radioman Howard Stern, Clear Channel stations appear to be learning that while tempting the FCC's wrath can be risky, denying the public their smut can be downright catastrophic. According to a Reuters story:

In San Diego, one of the markets where his show was removed by Clear Channel, radio station KIOZ-FM's drive-time ratings dropped from an 8.9 share in February to 0.7 in March, the first month without Stern. Stern's show remains syndicated on a total of 36 stations nationwide.

Stern's ratings, on the other hand, seem to have gotten a healthy boost from all the attention. In the words of the immortal Nelson Muntz: "Ha-Ha!"