David Lee Roth Was Far From The First Choice As Howard Stern Replacement

(Rock Radio) Celebrated shock-jock Howard Stern says he knew the moment he met David Lee Roth that the Van Halen frontman wouldn't be able to take over his radio slot.

And the executive who hired him says he was "seventy-eighth choice" to take over when Stern moved from terrestrial to satellite radio in 2006. Former CBS boss Rob Barnett explains as a guest on Stern's show that the only reason he chose Roth was because his ego was big enough to believe he could do it.

Barnett says: "Replacing Howard was a ridiculous impossibility. The only name that advertisers would hear and think, 'maybe we'll but one-twentieth of Howard's dollars on that' was TV presenter Jon Stewart. But Jon was not going to host a radio show." The exec explains: "David was seventy-eighth choice all the money in the world couldn't get those other guys to do five hours of live radio. They're already rich." - more on this story

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