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Old 01-19-2007, 07:50 AM   #1
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I have a moral dilemma here. I am 17. I got Sirius as a birthday present when I turned 16. My parents thought (and still think) that Howard's channels required an extra fee. I started listening to Howard on 1-9-06 and have been hooked since. I think since I can legally go see R and NC-17 rated movies now, I am mature enough to handle Howard. I want to get this off my chest and tell my parents, but I'm worried they won't understand and cancel the subscription. I'm debating whether to tell them now or wait until I have a job and am paying for Sirius out of my own pocket. What do you guys think?
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:56 AM   #2
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I say button your lip. What they don't know won't hurt you.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:58 AM   #3
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I have a moral dilemma here. I am 17. I got Sirius as a birthday present when I turned 16. My parents thought (and still think) that Howard's channels required an extra fee. I started listening to Howard on 1-9-06 and have been hooked since. I think since I can legally go see R and NC-17 rated movies now, I am mature enough to handle Howard. I want to get this off my chest and tell my parents, but I'm worried they won't understand and cancel the subscription. I'm debating whether to tell them now or wait until I have a job and am paying for Sirius out of my own pocket. What do you guys think?
How ticked off would your parents be if they found out that the Stern show is already included in your subscription?
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Geesh, you must be kidding. It's only radio. If you've been listening all this time, it is too late, you are already corrupted. On the other hand, your parents are missing some very entertaining radio, and might enjoy it themselves. How would they know any way? I hope they don't monitor your radio listening at your age. Maybe invest in some headphones?
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In this case, what they Don't know, won't hurt them. When you do brake the news to them, sit down and listen to Howard with them and maybe they'll understand what they've been missing.....just make sure it's NOT a sybian day.
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If listening to "dirty words" is the worst thing you're doing at 17, things have changed a LOT since I was 17!! When I was that age I was listening to Howard while dropping acid, smoking weed, drinking beer and trying to have sex with every girl I met.
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I have a moral dilemma here. I am 17. I got Sirius as a birthday present when I turned 16. My parents thought (and still think) that Howard's channels required an extra fee. I started listening to Howard on 1-9-06 and have been hooked since. I think since I can legally go see R and NC-17 rated movies now, I am mature enough to handle Howard. I want to get this off my chest and tell my parents, but I'm worried they won't understand and cancel the subscription. I'm debating whether to tell them now or wait until I have a job and am paying for Sirius out of my own pocket. What do you guys think?
I don't get what you're talking about, honestly. Don't tell your parents, I guess. Who cares!

I know that Howard came to Detroit when I was the same age and I made no secret I was going ot listen. In fact, I only found out he was on the air while watching the early morning news with my dad. When I heard that, I ran to my room to put the radio on! My parents weren't happy I was listening to Howard mostly because he is not there cup of tea, but unless they are uber conservative, they can handle it. In fact, I remember listening to the show with my mother once or twice. When it got dirty, I would change it of course. The one bit I remember listening to with my mom was when Steve Grillo gave away a key secret from "Alein 4". It was a good laugh. That being said, that's when the show was a lot safter. Just don't tell them! Who cares!
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Enjoy the show without feeling like you are obligated to tell your parents that you've been listening in for over a year. I'm sure that they probably wouldn't have an issue with it if you did tell them, but they don't need to know everything that you do in your spare time. This is one small step towards asserting your independence from them. As long as you are a fairly grounded and intelligent individual, you should be able to realize that Howard is all about heavy social and political satire. That being said, and assuming that you do in fact understand that, you are doing no damage to yourself at all.

Now, Bubba the Love Sponge, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. He caters to the lowest two percent of Howard's audience. If I were you, I would avoid his show at all costs.
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> Now, Bubba the Love Sponge, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. He caters to the lowest two percent of Howard's audience. If I were you, I would avoid his show at all costs.

Good point ! My wife enjoys Howard from time to time, but she gets annoyed with Bubba. "Shock the balls/puss" is a lot for a kid to digest. Keep quiet about Howard. If they find out, tell 'em he's not that bad from the couple of times you "accidently" heard him...
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Now, Bubba the Love Sponge, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. He caters to the lowest two percent of Howard's audience. If I were you, I would avoid his show at all costs.
Actually, it's the lowest 1%... thus, the "1%'s" on SFN.
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the fact that you're even milling this over says you're a good enough kid; maybe too good. stern uses bad language and occasionally gets ridiculous, but there's good comedy and a solid ethics baseline there, at least from howard. i started listening when i was 14-15 and while it's a little looser now the core format is still the same; just now they can use the f word.

so yeah tell them if you want to but it's not really a big deal
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it all depends IMO how strict your parents are. If you believe that by telling them, they will go ahead and cancel the sub then don't say anything. If that's the case, i would avoid talking to them about anything related to Sirius (to avoid any chance that they bring up the Howard Stern discussion). And when u do get a job, take over the monthly fees so you'll have nothing to worry about then.
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Play dumb. If they find out, just play it off. Now The Riley Martin show on the other hand...
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If listening to "dirty words" is the worst thing you're doing at 17, things have changed a LOT since I was 17!! When I was that age I was listening to Howard while dropping acid, smoking weed, drinking beer and trying to have sex with every girl I met.
You've never had sex.

And dude, don't tell your parents. You should have no guilt for listening to something you love. AT your age, you could be doing a lot worse. Just look at BMF. And nice how you gave him ideas. I'm sure he never heard of weed, until you brought it up. This kid will be dead in a week.
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You've never had sex.

And dude, don't tell your parents. You should have no guilt for listening to something you love. AT your age, you could be doing a lot worse. Just look at BMF. And nice how you gave him ideas. I'm sure he never heard of weed, until you brought it up. This kid will be dead in a week.
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