George Lerner writes for CNN.com:
"Radio host Howard Stern took aim at the Bush administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and media giant Clear Channel as he announced Wednesday that his program will soon be broadcast on nine new stations across the country.
In a news conference held during his morning show, Stern said some of those stations — in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; San Diego, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Rochester, New York; and Orlando, Florida — will replace Clear Channel stations that once carried the Howard Stern program.
In February, Clear Channel pulled Stern from six of the stations it owns after the FCC fined the company $495,000 for Stern comments that were deemed indecent.
"When I was thrown off the six stations I was devastated. I really thought Clear Channel had 'thrown me under the bus,'" Stern said.
"I'm not taking it sitting down. ... I'm going to kick their asses. ... I'm thrilled to be back on in these markets."
Stern accused Clear Channel of taking him off the air not for reasons of obscenity but because he had spoken out against President Bush.
"Clear Channel is very tied to the Bush administration" Stern said. "Clear Channel for years has been defending me...I criticize Bush and then I'm fired...They acted out of politics."