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(VIDEO) Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC

Howard Stern was a personality that radio would not soon forget. But in 1982, listeners in the New York City area could only imagine what the hype was about.

And then August 30 happened.

Thirty years ago, Stern arrived in New York at WNBC Radio (clip below), complete with sidekick Robin Quivers, who first worked with Stern in Washington a year earlier. Of course, with his roots in rough and tumble Roosevelt, Long Island, this was Howard’s homecoming.

As characterized in his book and film, Private Parts, Stern dealt with internal clashes from day one at WNBC. Specifically, his verbal barrages with program director Kevin Metheny, not-so-affectionately called “Pig Vomit” in the film (“Pig Virus” in real life). Stern slightly altered the immortalized version of Metheny, changing his name to “Kenny Rushton,” played exquisitely by Paul Giamatti.

“The book and the script are fascinating, engaging, and entertaining,” Metheny tells FishbowlNY. “I think [there's] a fair and appropriate amount of artists’ liberties taken with factual elasticity in order to make a more interesting project.”

In one memorable scene, Giamatti’s Rushton attempts to teach Stern the key to success, announcing the call letters properly (W-N-N-N-N-B-C). (See clip after the jump)

“I’m certain that I was a pain in the tush with respect to putting the emphasis on the “N” in WNBC,” Metheny says.

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Howard Stern Finally Gets His Radio Hall of Fame Induction

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The Hall is calling for Howard Stern.

Stern, the self-proclaimed King of All Media, is the highlight honoree of the Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2012, according to Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder.

Stern, whose annual omission from the Hall housed at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, led to trashing the organization on his Sirius XM show.

In 2004, Stern signed a mega, five-year deal to take his ”shock jock” radio from terrestial to the uncensored satellite.

Stern, who grew up in Roosevelt, New York, had a hugely successful, if not controversial time at 66 WNBC.

After a tumultous three years, Stern arrived at WXRK/K Rock in November 1985.  Just three months later, Stern had the coveted mornings at K Rock. In short order, Stern became a syndication star. In 1992, he was the first person to host a number one morning show in New York and Los Angeles simultaneously.

These days, those who don’t get to hear him on Sirius XM, can see Stern as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

The Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held November 10.

NOW FM Hires L.A. Jock Ty Bentli for Mornings

CBS Radio is handing the keys to morning drive at 92.3 NOW FM to Ty Bentli. Not a familiar name in these parts, Bentli previously did afternoons at a Clear Channel station in Los Angeles. Bentli’s first day at NOW is expected to be next Thursday.

“Ty’s talent and passion are unquestionable, but what only those who have worked with him know is his herculean work ethic,” program director Rick Gillette tells All Access.

Bentli succeeds Nick Cannon, who quit the show in February due to health concerns.

WLTW Takes April PPM; KISS Closes Shop in Fifth

As the adage goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That could have been written about WLTW/Lite FM and its ratings prowess.

Once again, the Clear Channel heavyweight was tops on the overall PPM Arbitron ratings for April by maintaining a 7.5 rating for the second straight month.

WCBS-FM, which last week announced programmer Brian Thomas is leaving to run the CBS Radio cluster in Tampa, kept its number two position by posting a slight gain to 6.4.

The number three and four stations are familiar dwellers as well. Clear Channel sister stations WHTZ/Z100 was third with a .4 boost to 5.6. WKTU marked time at fourth by again registering a 4.7.

It was a strong finish for KISS FM/WRKS, jumping to fifth place with a 4.0. Last month, ESPN/Disney took over the Emmis’ 98.7 FM frequency.

More from the monthly radio ratings after the jump.

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Remembering Progressive Rock Pioneer, Pete Fornatale Dead at 66

Pete Fornatale, the man at the forefront of the progressive radio movement on FM in the late 1960s died yesterday after complications from a stroke at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center. He was 66.

Fornatale was an institution in New York radio, and at Fordham University’s WFUV. The Bronx native graduated in 1967 with a B.A. in Communication Arts. Fornatale remained on the school’s station until 1969. His future would soon be tied to WNEW-FM, with two decades at the station that long billed itself as the place “where rock lives!”

Another legendary air personality, Dennis Elsas worked with Fornatale at both stations. He was at the microphone yesterday informing listeners of Fornatale’s passing. Their friendship started 45 years ago. Still a student at Queens College, and working for the school’s radio station, Elsas found Fornatale by mistake on his alarm clock.

“I really enjoyed the show,” Elsas tells FishbowlNY. “…That accidentally hearing of his show, and liking what I heard, was the formation of a relationship, and we quickly saw that we had a lot in common.”

Fornatale had a misstep when he attempted to join WNEW in 1967, as he recalled to me in 2009.

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Citing Health Concerns, Nick Cannon Walks Away from NOW FM Morning Show

Nick Cannon gave his NOW FM/WXRK listeners a surprise this morning. It was the versatile performer’s final day hosting his radio show.

Cannon,  suffering from various health concerns in recent months, plus a hospital stay necessitated by a mild kidney failure, told his audience that he needs time to get better. Reports say Cannon, who at night hosts America’s Got Talent on NBC, was rushed back to the hospital last week for blood clots on his lungs.

The 31-year old will spend more time with his nine-month old twins, and his wife, Mariah Carey.

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Despite Dom Theodore’s Departure, WXRK Flip to AM Simulcast Appears Unlikely

Updating a story we reported yesterday, Dom Theodore stepped down as program director of WXRK/92.3 Now. With his departure, Internet rumors have surfaced. The online chatter involved the FM frequency flipping to simulcast one of the CBS Radio AM stations: WCBS 880, WINS, or WFAN.

However, a CBS Radio spokeswoman squelched that rumor, in saying “We will be hiring a program director to replace Dom Theodore at 92.3 Now.”

Along with running the day-to-day operation at the former K Rock, Theodore was VP of Top 40 Programming at CBS Radio. He decided to spend more time with his consulting firm and family radio business.

Dom Theodore Exits as CBS Radio VP; WXRK/NOW FM Program Director

Dom Theodore and CBS Radio have ended their association. Theodore was initally hired by CBS Radio as the VP of Top 40 Programming. But ultimately the talented radio exec would add program director at WXRK/92.3 NOW to his resume.

He also held down P.D. duties at WDZH/Amp Radio in Detroit.

Reports say Theodore wants to focus on his consulting company and family radio business, Up North Radio.

Earlier in his career, Theodore had stops in Tampa, and Houston, along with another stint in Detroit at the Clear Channel-run station.

CBS Brings All-News to FM in D.C., Could NYC Be Next?

CBS Radio announces it’s launching an all-news FM station in Washington, D.C. after the new year, and it will have some New York blood. The station’s program director is Rob Sanchez, the longtime WCBS 880 Assistant Director of News and Programming.

But the question begs to be asked–would CBS consider programming an FM news station in New York, and waging a direct battle with Merlin’s FM newser 101.9/WEMP?

“We have no further announcements in regards to our all news stations at this time,” Karen Mateo, CBS Radio, SVP of Communications, tells FishbowlNY.  

Her statement could be cryptic, so FishbowlNY dug deeper.

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NOW FM Midday DJ Leaves for Dallas as Eutopia Joins Station

Did you hear the one about the DJ who went on maternity leave–and never returned? That’s what Lisa Paige decided to do. Paige was a charter member of NOW FM as their midday jock.

All Access reports Paige chose to return to radio after giving birth, but not in New York. Instead, she is headed for Dallas, although details of the exact job weren’t known.

WXRK flipped to NOW FM in March 2009.

Paige’s decision comes as CBS Radio hired Eutopia a.k.a. Eunice Franklin for part-time work at NOW.  Franklin has had stops at the Internet version of Pulse 87 and Long Island’s Party 105/WPTY.

But assistant program director/music director Rob Wagman tells All Access that the station is still searching for its next midday host.

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