October 25, 2005
Infinity replacing Stern with ex-rock star, comedian
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc.'s Infinity Broadcasting
will call on David Lee Roth, the former lead singer of Van
Halen, as well as comedians Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel to
replace departing radio shock jock Howard Stern, it said on
The announcement comes less than two months before Stern's
final broadcast on Infinity, which broadcasts the popular and
controversial radio program on 27 of its radio stations across
the country. Stern is set to join Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.
In its bid to replace Stern, Infinity said Roth, who
launched a solo music career after starring as the frontman for
Van Halen, has been hired as the morning talk-show host in New
York and other markets.
"When we set out to find a replacement for Howard Stern we
took the opportunity to cultivate a wide array of talent, from
both in and out of the radio industry," Infinity Chief
Executive Joel Hollander said in a statement. "With Roth, we've
found someone who continues to evolve his career and deliver
for his legion of fans."
Carolla, who currently hosts a television program on Comedy
Central, will take the morning duties for Infinity in Los
Angeles and other markets, mostly in the West. Late night
talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel will serve as creative consultant
for the show and make guest appearances.
Another entertainer, Penn Jillette, one-half of the duo
Penn & Teller, has also been named as host of a one-hour live
radio program on Infinity stations.