NEW HAVEN, CT, May 2, 2014 – Radio legend Howard Stern this week spoke out during his Sirius XM show on being named to CRN International’s radio industry Mount Rushmore.
The only living honoree on CRN’s mountain, Stern said in a three-minute on-air segment that his naming was “a huge compliment,’’ adding in his familiar tone, “Very few people ever get complimented by CRN.”
CRN, the 40-year-old radio marketing company, began the process by seeking nominees on social media. The topic drew many names and much heated discussion.
The company finally chose Stern, inventor Guglielmo Marconi, business executive William S. Paley, and conservative broadcaster Paul Harvey. There was no indication that the radio industry had ever named its own Mount Rushmore before.
“They thought it through….they kind of narrowed it down….they had a lot of names they were throwing out,” said Stern.
In the end, said Stern, CRN chose “Howard Stern and those other guys.”
Stern’s longtime sidekick Robin Quivers asked Stern whether he was familiar with CRN, and he responded, “If you do not know, you are one of the few people who do not know CRN….So why would I waste my time telling you.”
Stern mentioned CRN’s website and said, “Everyone worships it and loves it.”
Quivers lightheartedly suggested that maybe CRN would “actually make a physical Mount Rushmore.”
Stern replied, “You know, Robin, normally I wouldn’t get excited, but when I heard it was CRN, I said that’s it….They are going to build a radio Mount Rushmore, I’m not kidding.” Or is he – after all, this is Howard Stern.
A who’s who of the winners:
Guglielmo Marconi: The Italian electrical engineer known as the inventor of radio.
William S. Paley: The former CEO of CBS who recognized the business potential of radio and acted upon it.
Paul Harvey: The conservative American broadcaster who became a friendly and familiar voice to American listeners for generations.
Howard Stern: The controversial “shock jock” who helped steer our communications system to a greater open-mindedness by pushing the boundaries of freedom of speech.
Click here for the full story on the four radio trailblazers and their contributions.
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