I never liked Howard Stern when he was on terrestrial radio. He was too crude for me. I guess I just didn’t get his sense of humor; I am not a fan of fart jokes and interviews with porn stars. I never stayed on the station long enough to hear him out. That all changed after I got Sirius satellite radio in my car. Not sure how it came about, maybe he was interviewing an interesting guest, but I gave him a listen and that is when I realized why he is the most popular radio personality, and probably the only person who can jump to a paid subscription model and bring millions with him.
It has been said that the Howard Stern show was really the first reality show. They say this because on a reality show you get to experience each person’s flaws, successes, failures and triumphs. There is a ton of honesty on reality shows, most of the time there is too much, which leads to drama and people love to watch drama. On reality shows, you get to know all of the characters really well, as if you are right there alongside of them. After a while you feel like you know everybody and you start relating to different people. The Howard Stern show is a success because of one major factor that most people probably don’t realize, and that is “complete transparency”. The show is brutally honest, often times getting so personal people lose it, cry or say things they probably regret. Howard really has a no holds barred style. If he is pissed at someone and wants to fire them, he talks about it on the show in front of the person he is thinking about firing. Imagine that happening in a normal work setting? Howard also is very critical of himself and is the first person to point out his flaws, making them publicly available for millions to hear, over and over again (they say Tivo is coming to satellite soon). Howard says what is on his mind, and doesn’t hold back no matter what type of trouble it could get him into.