Howard Stern is back on the air from his home bunker after his SiriusXM show went dark last week.
The coronavirus outbreak closed SiriusXM offices, bringing down the radio host with it. His wife, Beth Stern, teased the shock jock’s return to the airwaves over the weekend. “We should be back on the air on Monday, or planning for it,” she told followers. In another post, Howard can be seen petting a pair of cats the couple rescued.
“This is so messed up – I mean, the world,” he told his followers. “But more on that Monday, if we’re up and running,” the shock jock said.
The Howard Stern Show went offline last week amid the coronavirus outbreak fallout.
Stern is a noted germaphobe and has, in the past, described himself as “super paranoid about diseases and germs.” It’s no surprise he was one of the first to voluntarily self-quarantine to keep himself safe.
TV hosts and radio shows are adapting at-home broadcasts for much of their on-air talent. The CDC recommends washing hands and practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Last week, Conan O’Brien announced he would use an iPhone to film his late-night show on TBS. Late-night TV hosts like Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and James Corden have performed their monologues from home. Savannah Guthrie also co-hosted NBC’s “The Today Show” from her home.
Stern jokingly called his at-home performance his “bunker” for “apocalypse broadcasts.”
His team Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, and Gary Dell’Abate, joined the morning show on Zoom. Stern called the new shows his “apocalypse broadcasts,” which will continue this way for the foreseeable future.
While SiriusXM offices in New York are closed, Stern had studio equipment installed in his home. The equipment allows for call-ins. The show will be live from the ‘bunker’ starting at 7 am ET on Tuesday on Howard 100. Rebroadcasts will be available throughout the day for fans to enjoy.