Monthly Archives: May 2011

They Call Me Baba Booey paperback has new Artie chapter

Howard Stern Show producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate has released a paperback version of his autiobiography featuring a new chapter about his trip to Afghanistan with Artie Lange.

The additional chapter in Dell’Abate’s bestselling memoir ‘They Call Me Baba Booey,’ details his 2009 trip to entertain the troops along with Dave Attell, Nick DiPaolo, Jim Florentine and Lange, who was co-host of the Howard Stern Show at the time.

While the new chapter features some discussion of Dell’Abate’s pre-trip anxieties and how cool it felt to shoot a machine gun, what Howard Stern Show fans will likely be drawn to most are the details of Artie Lange’s airport breakdown and how it changed his relationship with Dell’Abate forever.

After the gang of comics missed their flight home after four days roughing it downwind from a literal pond of feces, and learned they would have to wait more than 24 hours for their next flight, Lange went ballistic. Dell’Abate recounts how Lange, who was struggling with heroin addiction, had somehow scored and ingested a handful of Valium at the airport, and then set off on a “mean addict” rant, accusing Dell’Abate of exploiting him by taking video of the trip.

“You piece-of-s**t c**ksucker!” he screamed. “You know what you are doing! I know what you are about! I don’t trust you! I should kick the s**t out of you right now!” (‘They Call Me Baba Booey, paperback, p. 289)

Lange and Dell’Abate spoke about the fight to some extent on the Howard Stern Show when they returned from the USO tour in 2009, but Booey never spoke on air about the way Lange’s behavior made him feel the way that he does in this new chapter.

“I looked at him a different way after that,” says Dell’Abate. “It was a turning point for me in how I thought he felt about me.”

Video of Artie vs Gary and some truth about the USO Trip:

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Joey Boots hit with summons for photographing National Guard at Penn Station

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Update: Joeys popular youtube channel has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations. You can still catch his videos at

A Howard Stern regular who photographed National Guardsman on duty at Penn Station now has a date in court.

MTA cops slapped him with a criminal summons Wednesday for interfering with traffic.

Joseph Bassolino-known as Joey Boots-likes to jump in front of TV reporters doing live street broadcasts and yell “Bababooey!”

In this case, he said he was perfectly within his legal rights to photograph the soldiers near the LIRR entrance on Seventh Ave.

“I was keeping my distance to not interfere,” said Bassolino, who goes around the city photographing and documenting “all the interesting things I see about the city.”

MTA spokesman Salvatore Arena said photography is allowed in the station, “but you are not allowed to pursue your subject in an harassing manner.”

“However, based on a video posted on YouTube, we will be looking into the conduct of the police officers,” he said.

Bassolino, 44, who said he’s on 100% service-related disability, claimed “thousands of followers” at his on-line website

“I felt that this was an interesting thing to photograph – the fact that we have armed soldiers with M16s on the sidewalks of New York City.”

Bassolino said when the soldiers turned their backs on him, he walked around to the front and kept clicking away.

“A soldier approached me and said ‘You can’t photograph us.’ I turned on my videocam and he walked away.”

A short time later, he said MTA cops approached him – “one called me a creep” – and charged me with interfering with traffic.”

He said he initially videotaped the cops before he was ordered to put the pocket video camera away.

Bassolino said he now has an Aug. 3 date court date.

Mel Karmazin driving force behind Sirius XM’s position that Howard is owed no additional compensation

Deadline Hollywood has a great story this morning about the deteriorating relationship between Howard Stern and Sirius XM head Mel Karmazin.

The two have always been close, as any Stern listener knows. Throughout Stern’s career, Karmazin has backed the talk-show host’s often lewd chatter even when it hurt his own career. When Viacom had to pay $3.5 million to the FCC over obscenity charges related to Stern, Viacom head Sumner Redstone used it as an excuse to fire Karmazin.

Stern followed Karmazin to Sirius in 2004. The deal was mutually beneficial. Stern got a platform where he could say anything he wanted to and Karmazin got a high-profile star to help boost sales. At the time Sirius only had 675,000 listeners.

As my colleague Joan Lappin has written, after recent contract renegotiations, Stern sued SiriusXM claiming he had been cheated out of subscriber-related bonuses. Subscribership at the satellite radio company grew to 3.3 million one year after Stern signed on. Today the combined Sirius XM has 20.5 million subscribers. According to our estimates, Stern earned $76 million over the last 12 month which helped him rank 26th on our annual Celebrity 100 list.

Now Deadline is reporting that the suit reflect Stern’s falling out with Karmazin.

But the real surprise, several of my sources with knowledge of the dispute tell me, is that Mel is the driving force behind Sirius XM’s position that Howard is owed no additional compensation. Even more of a shocker, they claim Karmazin was never happy with the original Stern/Sirius- $80 million a year in cash and $20 million in stock to program two channels starting in 2006 as well as bounties if Sirius’ subscriptions passed certain milestones — negotiated before Mel arrived. And, here’s the real stunner from my sources: allegations that Mel didn’t take care of Howard financially as well as the world believes: “Mel Karmazin does a much better job of taking care of Mel Karmazin than most other Sirius shareholders,” accuses one of my sources.

The bad blood won’t likely chase Stern away from satellite radio and with Sirius and XM merged, he doesn’t have many options aside from terrestrial radio (where he would once again be under the thumb of the FCC) or an Internet-only program which would have trouble attracting the drive-time listeners his show depends on.

Karmazin told investors that the company would ask for a summary judgement in the Stern lawsuit but that he didn’t expect it would be dismissed. If the case goes to trial, a lot of details about problems between the two men could be aired in public.

Whats going on at Sirius?

Howard Stern brought his legal battle with Sirius XM to the airwaves Tuesday morning, trashing the satellite radio company’s executives during the Howard Stern Show for what he believes is a breach of his 2006 contract.

News that Howard Stern’s production company and agent Don Buchwald were suing Sirius XM broke in March 2011, just three months after Stern renewed his contract through 2015.

Stern’s lawyers claim he was bilked out of millions in performance related stock options. The battle comes down to whether or not Stern should receive any credit for the 10 million subscribers Sirus picked up when they acquired their rival XM in 2008.

“Everybody forgets what the f**k was going on around here when I signed on,” seethed Stern Tuesday. “Sirius Radio, by the way, was just about going out of business. I sat down with these guys and I said to them: ‘Look—if I leave terrestrial radio and come to Sirius, I’m gonna bust my balls for you. I’m gonna make s**t happen…I guarantee you guys acquire XM radio. Forget merge—that’s a horses**t f***ing term—ACQUIRE XM radio….But people have a short memory. Everybody’s got a short memory about what went on here…And now that times are good and they’ve reached ‘it,’ everybody wants to f***ing forget what they owe—and WHO they owe…There wouldn’t be a Sirius if I wasn’t here. It wouldn’t be here. This way a Hail Mary pass, hiring me.”

“The war is coming,” warned Stern. “It isn’t over yet. The internet is coming to the car! There’s one thing that separates this company from these other companies that offer music for free—ME!”