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Shock jock Stern’s act to air on satellite radio

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Shock jock Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed "King of All Media," perhaps the most influential radio voice of the past 20 years, is shifting his salacious act to satellite radio and freeing himself from the increasingly harsh glare of federal regulators. His new employer, Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., is gambling its new star can rescue a company that's lost $1 billion over the last five years.

In an announcement Wednesday ripping the FCC and media conglomerate Clear Channel Communications Inc., Stern told his loyal audience of 12 million that he was abandoning traditional broadcasting. His debut on Sirius will come in January 2006, after Stern finishes the rest of his current deal with Infinity Broadcasting Corp., the radio subsidiary of MTV owner Viacom Inc.