While we’re on the subject of rumors, there’s another out tonight – former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth could replace Howard Stern when he makes the move to satellite.
The Roth rumor, which has legs, is the latest and was started by a report from Steppin’ Out Magazine’s Chaunce Hayden.
In an online post, Hayden wrote: “Howard Stern’s successor has been found! It’s none other than 80s rocker David Lee Roth. Infinity Broadcasting isn’t commenting and Roth has been asked to keep mum until it’s officially announced. But an inside source at Infinity has confirmed the signing. Roth auditioned for the job both in L.A. and Boston and got very positive feed back from listeners. Roth has been running ads in trade publications looking for a producer “For a HUGE radio show.” Roth is said to be taking over for Stern in early September, 3 months before the shock jocks contract is due to expire.”
When reached last night (7/6) about this report, Infinity VP of Communications Karen Mateo told FMQB the company was “looking at a number of personalities to replace Howard” and added there was not an announcement pending.
The Roth rumor could fit though. Diamond Dave has done a couple stints at Infinity outlets WZLX/Boston and KLSX/Los Angeles. If the rumor comes to fruition, it remains to be seen what stations Roth would pick up, as Infinity chairman and CEO Joel Hollander has stated that numerous personalities would likely replace Stern across his current affiliates.
Personally, I think Dave jumped the shark years ago.
UPDATE: It’s no longer a rumor.