Howard Stern really has earned his “King of All Media” title lately. There were Stern shoutouts at the DNC and the Emmys last year, and Stern was a regular feature of Donald Trump’s campaign as old interviews Stern did with Trump became daily gossip fodder. The whole Trump thing was a reminder that, back before Twitter, Howard Stern sort of was Twitter. Like Twitter now, the Howard Stern Show was the place where you could say whatever you wanted and get a bunch of attention for it — whether you were a wack packer or a celebrity.
Trump is probably the most famous user of both the Twitter and the Howard Stern platforms, though he’s used Twitter a lot more than Stern in recent years. This week came another tell that Stern thinks Twitter shouldn’t be the preferred platform. Stern let his media producer JD Harmeyer have it after Harmeyer announced his engagement on Twitter, calling Harmeyer “Judas” for failing to make such a momentous announcement on the Stern Show.
“Why would you announce it on Twitter? You work on the Howard Stern Show…How much money do you make from Twitter?”
The sheepish Harmeyer answered that Stern/SiriusXM was the only platform that paid him for his content. Donald Trump’s moving on is one thing by his old pal, but treachery this close to home? King Stern is not ready to cede ground to this Twitter business. You want to make noise and get attention you see Howard Stern, you don’t bang out 140 characters.
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— JD Harmeyer (@jdharm) February 27, 2017