Radio listeners expecting their regular dose of business news on KIKK-AM (650) Wednesday morning got a jolt when shock jock Howard Stern temporarily took over the airwaves.
The controversial disc jockey, whose sexually explicit talk show was yanked from several stations for indecency, announced that he soon will be heard in Houston and eight other new markets.
Beginning July 19, Stern's polarizing show will be carried from sunup until 11 a.m. weekdays on the Houston station, which is switching to a "hot talk" format.
"You either really love him or are on the other end of the spectrum," said Bill Van Rysdam, director of programming for KIKK and KILT-AM (610), both owned by Infinity Broadcasting.
The switchboard at KIKK lit up during the hour and a half that Stern was on the air and most callers were not happy, Van Rysdam said.
Some Houstonians strongly disagree that Stern will draw a large number of listeners in the Bayou City.
"Certainly there's a niche for his lewd and raunchy behavior, but whether it's large enough to succeed in our staunchly conservative city remains to be seen," said conservative activist Richard Hotze.
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Stern's talk show is like no other program in the Houston market, although it could affect the ratings of the Walton & Johnson morning show on KLOL-FM (101.1), which also attracts a large adult male following.
Damn. This is going to be more fun than I thought.Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 01, 2004 to Music | TrackBack