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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Howard Stern, Billy Joel: Best interview ever. Period.




I couldn't sleep the other night, and I aroused myself early and turned on my Sirius XM receiver. Howard Stern was on... and he interviewed the great Billy Joel.

It was by far the best - and I mean - best radio interview I've ever heard.

You can see the whole thing here. 

It was so amazing I listened at least three more times, and watched the interview on Howard on-demand. 

I know there are people who have issues with Howard's content. I know some people don't agree that he plays on the cheap and easy, the sexual and the shocking, but his thing is his thing... and it's, as he says, always real. 

But the other day, when he talked to Billy Joel, it was just magical. A pioneer in his field talking to a master of music. 

I listen to my colleagues from around the industry do interviews and they're all, well, with all due respect and without trying to be insulting, you just can't compare them to Howard's selfless, disarming manor. He's never hokey. He's never cheesy. He doesn't do "Howard Stern Radio Exclusives..." Instead, Howard has conversations. With heart. With emotion. That connect and which cut through the noise to make a difference in the mind and emotion of the listener. 

It was magic. Radio magic. 

I've interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life and I can only pray that I interview as well as Howard did with Billy. 

It was that good. 

He's the King of all Media... and he might just be the greatest of all time. 

Thank you for the graduate lesson in interviewing, Howard. It was just effing brilliant. 

If you work in radio, and interview anyone, you should find his interview, watch it, and learn. It was just effing brilliant. 

Okay, I'm done now.