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Howard Stern's
new show adds George Takei to lineup

Howard Stern's
new show adds George Takei to lineup

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Howard Stern has introduced George Takei as his new on-air personality. Takei, who played Sulu on Star Trek and who last year publicly came out as gay, will serve as announcer on Stern's new show.

Howard Stern began his new satellite radio show on Monday by putting to rest rumors that he gotten married to his longtime girlfriend, model Beth Ostrosky--in a comment complete with a federally banned expletive. "I am not married. It's a nice feeling that we get along great. We're very happy, and I don't want to fuck it up," said Stern, who is finally free of government decency laws on Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. Stern also introduced George Takei as his new on-air personality. Takei, who played Sulu on Star Trek and who last year publicly came out as gay, will serve as announcer. After the first week he will record segments for the show but will not be in the studio. "The revolution has begun" in radio, Takei said Monday. Stern has promised such features as stripper poles and live sex on his new show. At the time his October 2004 deal with Sirius was announced, the company said it could be worth up to $500 million over five years to headline two Sirius channels. Even before his first day on the job, the shock jock recruited listeners for the $13-per-month service: Its audience expanded from 600,000 to 2.2 million subscribers after Stern announced his switch last year. That's hardly a surprise. Stern's wildly popular syndicated show proved a cash cow for Infinity Broadcasting, now the CBS Radio unit of CBS Corp., raking in about $100 million in annual advertising revenues and capturing 12 million listeners with raunchy, boundary-pushing programming. Stern had frequently tested and sparred with the regulatory Federal Communications Commission during his 25-year run on the public airwaves, often having his morning show interrupted by censors. (AP)

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