Report — David Lee Roth to Replace Howard Stern

Report – David Lee Roth to replace Howard Stern (Reuters)

Photo: Infinity Broadcasting isn't commenting on an online report penned by a former Howard Stern Show regular that suggests David Lee Roth will be one of the personalities that ultimately replaces the ribald DJ on the airwaves. Chaunce Hayden, a gossip and celebrity writer for New York/New Jersey entertainment guide SteppinOutMagazine.com, writes that 'an Infinity source has confirmed the signing.' David Lee Roth arrives for a press conference to announce his tour with Sammy Hagar, in this April 16, 2002 file photo. (Adrees Latif/Reuters) Infinity Broadcasting isn’t commenting on an online report penned by a former Howard Stern Show regular that suggests David Lee Roth will be one of the personalities that ultimately replaces the ribald DJ on the airwaves. Chaunce Hayden, a gossip and celebrity writer for New York/New Jersey entertainment guide SteppinOutMagazine.com, writes that “an Infinity source has confirmed the signing.”

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What is certain is that Roth is among many entertainers that Infinity has auditioned on-air since Stern’s bombshell announcement last year. Infinity executives have repeatedly made it clear that they are not looking for a singular personality to succeed Stern.

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The Diamond Dave-as-morning-man idea actually sprung from an Infinity station 3,000 miles away. VP of FM talk Jack Silver put Roth on the air for three hours earlier this year at KLSX Los Angeles, which Silver programs. “We were so taken by that performance that we created a stunt here in Boston to give classic rock listeners the opportunity to hear him all week long,” Barnett said in April.

I had two initial reactions to this story. First, that it’s rather amusing to see David Lee Roth come in as a replacement for anybody. He would, in effect, be Stern’s Sammy Hagar. Second, damn Roth is getting old (and that’s a three-year-old file photo, to boot).

My third, somewhat delayed reaction, is a self-referencing corrolary to the second.

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Comments

  1. hln says:

    Are you sure that picture’s not for a caption contest? I about spit out a bing cherry in laughter when I saw it.

    And you’re right, wow, old.

    hln

  2. Mark Hasty says:

    Both David Lee Roth and Billy Idol will turn 50 this fall.

  3. McGehee says:

    Both David Lee Roth and Billy Idol will turn 50 this fall.

    [covers ears] Lalalalalalala! I can’t heeeaaarrr you!!!

  4. PIP says:

    I never thought I would say it, but this guy is actually uglier than Howard Stern!!

  5. mike says:

    they should use his picture to show what drugs can do to you – makes me never want to do drugs…