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Howard Stern on America’s Got Talent

A desperate yet brilliant move by NBC.  Howard, the self-professed “King of All Media” is just that.  Howard’s appearance on this stupid, yet popular reality show will be revolutionary.  Both for Howard and for NBC. 

I don’t claim to know Howard well, but over time I have worked with him enough to know that he is not the brash, bold, profane jerk you hear on the radio.  Howard is really the greatest communicator of our era.  He is smart, funny and has made a career out of saying what all of us are thinking.

However, I learned early on, when bringing a guest on Stern’s show, never give Howard a list of things not to talk about.  In the 80’s I brought George Michael on the show.  George was not yet public with his sexual preferences.  I asked Gary and Howard to stay away from questions of that nature with George.  They said, “no problem.”  The first question Howard asked George was, so are you a “fag”.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  Oh well.  To his credit, George was not angry.  He also was not truthful. 

When the public gets to actually SEE Howard in another frame of reference, they will realize that he can be very funny without being rude or obscene.  I am sure that this side of his “character” will be very present, but the viewer will also get to see the other side. 

I guess he got some criticism from some “Media Watchdogs” for making a 7-year old cry during his audition. Apparently he wasn’t very good.  Which is probably why he made it to the show.  It was good fodder for the “Judges”. Honestly, what should the parents expect when putting their kid on the hot seat, on national TV, in front of people who are paid to say witty things and worry about ratings?  What were they thinking? Strictly my opinion, but these parents owe their kid an apology and hopefully they didn’t scar him for life. 

This is brilliant for Howard, because I am sure that he has many more things he wants to do than sit behind a microphone every morning at 6am.  This will broaden his already wide-ranging appeal.  Sirius/XM can only be licking their chops.  Now they  have to settle the contract dispute they are having with Howard.  Talk about being in the driver’s seat.  Howard has them by the short hairs.  Another big financial windfall coming Stern’s way. 

Stern said that after succeeding as a judge of this show, he may attempt to be a judge for the Supreme Court.  We should be so lucky.  We are long overdue for straight thinking, realistic people on The Bench.


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As the former Senior Vice President of Promotion at Columbia Records and now founder/helmsman of the artist management company-Jim Del Balzo Entertainment, Jim has managed, consulted, and developed/executed the promotion and marketing plans for some of the planet’s most beloved musicians. He has guided the careers of artists/acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Alice In Chains, James Taylor, George Michael, Soul Asylum, and System of a Down; to name just a few. Jim also does consulting for labels and publishing companies including Columbia Records, Warner Brothers/Reprise Records, Hear Music/Starbucks, EMI Music Publishing and several other entertainment entities. Jim Del Balzo Entertainment clients include,  John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, LL Cool J, Burt Bacharach, City Sleeps, Buddahead and Since October.     Jim’s highly successful career and great service to the music industry has earned him a number of accolades and awards over the years. Namely, he was voted one of the Top 25 Most Important People in Rock Music (2000) and Promotion Executive of the Year (5 times) by Album Network—from which he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. And Clear Channel twice honored Jim with the Executive of the Year Award while Friday Morning Quarterback and Radio & Records named him Top Industry Executive 7 times combined.   Today, Jim Del Balzo takes his talent to the microphone, adding voice work to his remarkable repertoire. His promotional expertise and attuned top executive instincts-combined with his richly unique sound- delivers VO that is truly somethin’ else.   Jim Del Blazo VO.  Like nothin’ you’ve heard. Like nobody’s business.   Jim lives in Saddle River, New Jersey with his wife Mary Beth, daughters Jessica and Julia, and their two golden retrievers.


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