It seems that Fenske falls into the very rut she is so elegantly trying to write herself out of. She boasts that it is Howard's fault that she doesn't know about Shiites and Sunnis. When did it become his job to educate the American public? His job each morning is to entertain us.
Matt Boice, via the Internet

Dead air: Great article on Alice Rubio and Howard Stern. When Howard left the air, I wondered how my entertainment in the a.m. was going to be filled. I started listening to Adam Carolla but got bored pretty fast. He's a pretty bland host.

Thankfully, my girlfriend bought me a Sirius Sportster. I gladly pay $12.95 a month for the entertainment I get from Howard, music stations and comedy stations now.

I remember when I first heard of satellite radio, and I pretty much sounded like my father when cable TV and pay-per-view came out. I can still hear him saying, "Who's gonna pay for cable TV when you can get national affiliates for free?"

I changed my mind about satellite when I heard what it offers. I feel fortunate to be living in this day and age. Now if they can only take care of this gas situation -- so fast to rise, so slow to drop.
Mike C. Chavez, via the Internet

Turning a deaf ear: Thanks to Sarah Fenske for such a thoughtful article about her relationship with Howard Stern and NPR. I am a big Howard fan, which also started gradually for me, when I would switch over during uninteresting NPR spots.

Slowly, I found myself listening more and more to Howard, until I finally gave up the pretense and listened to him exclusively during the week. I even wore headphones at work so I wouldn't miss anything.

I still struggle with reconciling how I -- a well-educated, liberal woman -- can love a show that sometimes features fart jokes and making fun of the disabled. However, I keep tuning back in for the show's honesty, excellent interviews, smart commentary on American life and pop culture, and, of course, the fascinating dynamics of the cast, crew, and Wack Pack.

I decided to follow Howard to Sirius, and his show there is even better than before.

I must say, though, that I was disappointed with how Sarah Fenske ended her article. Even though she enjoyed the Stern show (except for the admittedly disgusting High Pitch Eric stool-weighing), she settled for deciding to laugh at NPR's unintentional humor, even though its painful earnestness and focus on tragedy can be hard to take.

I was sorry to see that she made her decision based on what her friends listen to and not what she truly enjoyed.
Lisa Shields, Portland, Oregon

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