Here is a 911 memory from Superfan Barbara:
I heard about the first plane from someone who worked down there (I’m in midtown) – and my very first reaction was to call Bababooey’s phone # and tell an intern. The intern said to me “yes, we heard about this,” but Howard kept telling his Pam Anderson story for another minute or so. I remember thinking, Howard!!! A plane crashed into the WTC and this is all you can talk about!!! (In retrospect I realized I hadn’t factored in the time delay).
> Before 9/11, I loved Howard Stern. After 9/11, I became an insanely obsessed maniac. First of all, we had the tv on in my office the entire time. Every single newscaster was a stammering, babbling, drooling idiot, but Howard was his usual focused and eloquent self the entire time, no matter how awful the situation became. NOBODY covered the events better than Howard, not one so-called journalist did a better job. It chaps my ass to say it, but even Cabbie was great on 9/11, calling in from downtown Brooklyn. But Howard really carried the day and he gets absolutely no props for it from anyone except us.
> Also, the fact that this man, this brilliant wonderful man, stayed on the air all that extra time when he could have headed for the hills – there are very very few broadcasters (or just people in general) with that much dedication.
> But more important than anything else – does anyone (especially NY’ers) remember how awful the night of 9/11 was? How the whole night, there was just this aura of “what the fuck is going to happen now? what are they going to do to us next??” My apartment has a skyline view of NYC, and I kept staring out my window expecting various high rise buildings to blow up. So even though my office was closed on 9/12, I set my alarm for 6:00 am hoping against hope that Howard would be on. And as usual, he was there for us, like he always is. I (and we all I think) just needed to hear his voice for some normalcy in the world, and there he was. When I heard the show coming on I burst into tears from relief, thinking, ‘thank God one fucking thing on earth is normal.’
> I was always a loyal supporter of Howard, but after 9/11, I don’t know, it’s going to sound very gay, but I feel like I have bond with him because he guided us through this shared horrible experience. 9/11 put him over the top for me from being a comedian I like on the radio to being a total god.
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