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Jake Fogelnest: Part Two!

Monday, October 11th, 2010
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Without further ado… I give you Part Two if my Jake Fogelnest, Sirius XM DJ and Stern contributor!

What’s the best part of working at XMU/Alt Nation?

The people are great.  It amazes me, I’ve been at Sirius XM for four years and I’ve never had an argument once.  I love who I work with. Rob Cross and Jeff Regan, Gregg Steele, Steve Blatter. It’s like all the guys who GET IT in radio seem to come work at Sirius.

It’s also pretty damn awesome who passes through the halls.  I get to interview all these amazing bands and see them perform a few feet from my face.

And the way we produce stuff it gives me lots of free time to work on other projects.

I am really happy to be at Sirius XM – it’s the best job in radio.  I feel bad for anyone who works somewhere else!

Do you get to choose any of the music you play?

Jeff and Rob are extremely good about that. I’m always asked for my input but I don’t take advantage of it nearly as much as I should. The thing is those dudes are so great at programming there’s not a lot for me to complain about!

What have been your most memorable interviews? The good / The bad?

I got to interview DEVO this year which was a total dream come true.  I’ve been interviewing bands since I was a kid, but no band has meant more to me than Devo.  Just getting to sit down with those guys and get them to sign my energy dome was amazing.

Do you ever get to hang out with Howard?

Howard is amazing.  I’ve been lucky enough to be around the Stern show since I was 17.  The first time I called in to the show I was 13.  I made a phony phone call to a local Bible show in Philadelphia:

“Can you say a prayer for my sick daughter… and have you ordered Howard Stern’s Butt Bongo Fiesta 1-800-52-Stern?”

Howard and Robin loved it.

The whole Stern show crew have been so cool to me over the years.  I got to see a screening of “Private Parts” with them, one of the first times the whole crew had actually seen the film.  I got to go to Scores and have Lonnie take care of me on my 18th birthday.  They just recently replayed me as a guest on the Stern show when I was seventeen years-old.  Howard had me on as a guest because MTV had canceled my show, there were all kinds of rumors about me with drugs and he wanted to hear the story.

I was actually pretty amazed listening back to it a few months ago.  I was seventeen when it aired. My show had just been canceled.  I wasn’t officially hired at K-Rock yet.  That could’ve been the absolute end of my career right there.  And I found myself listening to it, almost fifteen years later… and it wasn’t the end of my career at all, but the start.  I can’t tell you the gratitude that filled me with.

One other cool Stern story: The day after he left for Sirius, I ripped the “MIC 1” button off of his radio console.  I didn’t like the idea of anyone turning on that mic besides Howard. I stole it to ensure it would never be used by anyone but him. Besides, it was easy to replace. David Lee Roth could use a replacement.

One morning I heard Howard was gloating about the demise of K-Rock and CBS Radio and he mentioned feeling a bit nostalgic about his old console. I decided it was time to return this item to Howard.  So I gave it to Tim Sabean.

Tim had the button enclosed in a glass box and gave it to Howard.  He thought it was really great and has it in his office.  I thought that was an insanely cool thing for Tim to do.  I’m glad I was able to return that little piece of history to the Stern Show.

Anything else you can think of that our TSS Contingent would want to know?

I think it’s the job of a disc jockey to be unobtrusive and as non-annoying as possible while playing the music.  There are so many DJ’s that try to force in their agenda instead of just presenting the music and some brief cool stuff with it.  Those DJ’s need to find other outlets to get that sh*t out of their system.  I hope that when people listen to me on Sirius XM I’m doing my job right — just trying to be slightly amusing and not being too much of a pain in the ass in between the songs!

TSS Radio is awesome – all you guys are so cool and such great fans of what Sirius XM does.  And it’s been a pleasure to promote it during my idiotic webcast on Friday night!!  It’s cool to talk radio stuff and Howard!  Not that I don’t love VH1 and comedy and everything, but radio is such a big part of my life.  You guys are like Sirius XM’s biggest supporters and that is AWESOME!!!!

Thanks, Jake… We think you’re alright too!

Follow Jake on Twitter at @jakefogelnest

And follow me on Twitter at @TSSKaren

:-) Karen

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Jake Fogelnest, Sirius XM DJ: Part One!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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In a new feature on my little section of the TSS-Radio blog, I bring you an interview that I did with Jake Fogelnest,Sirius XMU and occasional Sirius XM Alt Nation DJ.

Jake is a regular contributor to VH1’s I Love the 80’s, I Love the 90’s, and I Love the 2000’s, and Best Week Ever. Jake’s work has been seen on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” the film We Hot American Summer, The John Stewart Show, Howard Stern, and Late Night With Conan O’Brian. You may also have caught his stage work with the likes of Sarah Silverman when he served as the assistant director for her one-woman show Jesus is Magic.

For us old-school fans, we remember Jake fondly as the kid that interviewed Liz Phair and Cypress Hill on his bed in the MTV show, Squirt TV:  SQUiRT TV!

Jake was nice enough to let me ask him pretty much whatever I wanted about his new digs at Sirius XM. I bring you, JAKE FOGELNEST: PART ONE: Behind the Scenes


How did you go from SQUiRT TV to VH1 to Sirius but you’re a writer/blogger/tv personality… How did you get into satellite radio?

Jake Fogelnest:

In 1996 K-Rock switched from a classic rock format to “alternative.”.  My show had just ended on MTV and I was seventeen and unemployed.  I  called the request line and a DJ named “Sluggo” picked up the phone.  I said, “Hey, it’s Jake Fogelnest! I wanna be on K-Rock!” He knew who I was and thought it was an awesome idea!  Next thing you know I was having a meeting with legendary KROQ programmer Kevin Weatherly and I was on the air.

I know, I know – I’m a terrible person. I didn’t travel around the country. I got my first job in radio over the request line…

I worked at K-Rock from like seventeen to nineteen.  I hosted a weekly new music show called “The Buzz.” Then I quit for some stupid reason.  Probably because I was angry they wouldn’t let me play a Sleater-Kinney record or something.  I got involved with comedy stuff with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Around 2004 I heard that same DJ Sluggo back on the air in New York so I called him up just to say hello.  Turns out he was being ISDN’d in from LA and that there was an awesome new program director at K-Rock, Rob Cross that Sluggo said I had to meet with.  So I met Rob and he was AWESOME.  I was quickly hired back at K-Rock and it was so much more fun the second time around.  Rob and I have very similar sensibilities so it was a blast.

Then Howard Stern announced he was leaving terrestrial radio for Sirius.

That’s when things got really interesting.

David Lee Roth showed up on Stern and they announced he’d be taking over and they were switching the format to FREE-FM in a few months.

In an act of madness I decided to get in a cab, go up to the station and ask Gary if Howard Stern knew that he’d indirectly just fired a bunch of people with his announcement.  During the cab ride up I left a voicemail for Ross Zapin who was already working at Sirius. I told Ross, “I’m on my way up to Stern… And I want a job.  Call me later”

I ended up on the Stern show that morning for almost an hour.  Howard was amazing.  I have the tape if you’d like to hear it. He thought the way management was handling things was terrible and was beyond unsupportive.

Sometime after that Rob Cross, the awesome program director I was working for decided to leave K-Rock and go work for… You guessed it, Sirius.

I was still on the air at K-Rock, but in a few months I’d be done.  A new program director came in and didn’t like the attitude I had been using on the air so he suspended me.  I had to go meet with him.  I figured he’d either pull me off the air immediately or let me back on for a few weeks after giving me a lecture.  What did it matter, I was out the door anyway?  Instead he didn’t something I wasn’t expecting.  He offered me a job.  I am the only person in the history of EVER to get offered their own talk show by getting fired by the same person who hired me.

Right as I was preparing to start this new talk show on Free FM I got a call from Sirius.   An executive named Walter Sabo called me in for a meeting. He said “You’re amazing, you should be over here with us – how would you like to EXECUTIVE PRODUCE Howard’s new years eve show?” Howard’s contract was going to expire at midnight and it would be the first time he could call in and legally be heard on Sirius.

The thing that sucked was, I had this handshake with Tom Chiusano and CBS to start the new Free FM show in a few DAYS!  So I took the gig for the weekend, but kept my name off the air.  Instantly I knew after producing that show I had to be at Sirius.

I made a deal with the folks at CBS Radio – I would do the talk show, but if I could put something together at Sirius, I’d like to do that too.  At first they were okay with it and then the whole thing with Howard’s lawsuit went down. They went back on their word.

I never signed a contract with CBS which was one of the smartest things I ever did.  David Lee Roth was s***canned and they were bringing in Opie and Anthony.  I knew I was about eleven seconds from being canceled.  So very quickly and quietly, I signed my deal with Sirius XM.  Then when CBS called to give me the bad news… I beat them to it and said “Actually, I just signed a deal with Sirius — but I’ll still take my severance since you technically “fired” me.”

It was one of the rare instances of show business where things worked out PERFECTLY and I did stuff right.

Part Two: Coming Soon!

:-) Karen

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Stern Show Alum Billy West not on Futurama?!?!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
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From 1989 to 1995 Billy West helped launch his career on The Howard Stern show bringing us some amazing voices and also some outstanding impressions, most notably and Howard’s favorite, Larry Fine of the Three Stooges. Well, the talented and funny voice over actor may not have much to speak about in the near future.

Good new everyone!” 20th Century Fox recently announced that they have ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama, the popular cartoon based 1000 years in the future, to be aired beginning in 2010. The success of DVD sales and re-runds on Comedy Central have brought the show back into popularity and prompted Fox to make a move. Billy West was a key role in the shows production, voicing over four of the shows main characters and a countless number of additional voices. Why is this so significant for Mr. West?

Fox has entered production of the show with a certain budget ($75,000) for the voice over talents. The problem is the actors can’t come to a salary agreement with Fox that will make both parties happy. Fox says it will begin going through the process of recasting the voice over talents since an agreement can’t be reached.

We love the ‘Futurama’ voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands,” 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement. “While replacing these talented actors will be difficult, the show must go on.”

Fox has also gone this route before during some tough negotiations with another popular cartoon, “The Simpsons”. The studio had threatened to replace the voice talents on the show when it couldn’t come to an agreement with the actors. Auditions for replacements were about to begin but an agreement was finally made with the actors.

So who will be the voice of Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr John Zoidberg, Captain Zapp Brannigan and many others? Billy West hasn’t made an official statement to the public about the situation but I’m sure the former Stern show personality isn’t happy with the situation. The wouldn’t be the first time Mr. West has had a problem with being compensated for his work. In 1995 Billy West reportedly left the Howard Stern show because WXRK/CBS management refused to give him a sufficient pay raise. Billy is greatly missed by Stern show staff and fans.


It has recently been confirmed that Billy West and the rest of the original cast of Futurama will be joining the show as it returns with new episodes to be aired on Comedy Central next year. Apparently a salary deal has been struck with 20th Century Fox and the cast joined creator Matt Groening at Comic-Con last week to sign autographs and help promote the return of the show. Good news all around for Futurama and Stern show fans of Billy West!

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Satellites and Stern…

Thursday, June 8th, 2006
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So things are looking good for our favorite Satellite radio provider SIRIUS. They have just announced that they have signed up with Loral Space & Communications Ltd. who built the 3 currently orbitting satellites and the 1 backup satellite, to build 1 more satellite that will be unleashed into space in 2008. That means far better reception for all in the SIRIUS universe!

On another note, Howard Stern fans may have heard a conversation today on the show pertaining to the GM SIRIUS connect (SIR-GM1). Stern and the gang mentioned that they had the unit and that a friend had purchased one at a store. We just wanted to set the record straight by saying that SIRIUS GM Connect is still NOT available. After speaking to the Directed Electronics rep today, the release date has been pushed back again to July. We think that it will really be released closer to August due to the fact that it is not even production yet. In the mean time, we have our own fix for those who cannot wait . Check it out here TSS-RADIO. It is more expensive than the GM SIRIUS Connect, but it will work with some models.

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Busy Time

Friday, December 16th, 2005
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I apologize that we have not had a post in some time. We have been so busy with getting these SIRIUS S50s in and out. We’ve shipped out about 460 of them and still have about 160 that have to come in and go out. Unfortunately none of the S50 Home Kits have seen stores yet and we sure hope they do.

As for the title of the Blog. December 16, 2005. Howard Stern fans will know exactly what that date is. Howard Sterns historic last day on FM radio. I started this business because of Stern in the first place. That is why I will be flying to NYC the night of the 15th. December 16 also happens to be my birthday. I have talked to Mariann from Brooklyn and am excited to see her as well as High Pitch Eric and Jeff the Drunk, a few of the wackpackers I stay in touch with. I will be with the many thousands of Stern fans at his final day in FM radio history. My birthday combined with Stern’s last day and excuse to visit my Mom in CT. I will not have time to take off for the Holidays and this will be a subsitition for that time. Surely, it will be a great trip and a great thing to be a part of, their is no doubt that if I didn’t do this I would regret it.

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