Howard acknowledged he that he never thought anything positive would've come from his CBS lawsuit, but added he had an announcement that suggested otherwise: through his settlement in the case, SIRIUS has obtained the exclusive rights to his entire 20-year catalogue of shows from KROCK.
Howard noted the uncensored tapes, which he said total 23,000 hours of broadcasting, will usher in the second phase of his satellite revolution, explaining the entire history of his show can now be played. Howard mentioned he attended a meeting yesterday to discuss how the material will be presented and a number of ideas were offered. However, Howard also said the content is so "staggering" that he wants fans to give their recommendations on how to use it as well.
Artie added that he liked the idea of having a third Howard channel on SIRIUS dedicated to nothing but old shows, starting from the first KROCK broadcast in 1985, because he thought it'd be "mind boggling" to hear the show's history straight through. Howard responded he could've packaged his tapes and had them played on terrestrial radio, but instead decided to make them exclusive to SIRIUS, especially because they'll be heard uncensored for the first time ever. After discussing some of the segments they're looking forward to hearing again – including interviews with Ol' Dirty Bastard, Sam Kinison and Joey Ramone, as well as the bits Tom Chiusano wouldn't let them play on "Best of Stern Shows" because of the content – Howard acknowledged the job of deciding how the broadcasts will be presented will be a time-consuming one, but worth it in the end.