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Howard Stern To Challenge ‘SNL’

March 31, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Is Howard Stern reason enough to stay home Saturday nights?

The ribald radio personality will star in a late night show on CBS that will challenge NBC’s ``Saturday Night Live,″ the Daily News reported Tuesday.

The show will begin this summer to get a jump on ``SNL,″ which usually doesn’t begin its season until October.

Because of concerns about Stern’s raunchy humor, CBS affiliates can reportedly opt out of broadcasting the show.

In 1990, Stern was host of a syndicated show that often beat ``Saturday Night Live″ in major markets, but its risque content scared off stations in smaller markets. The show ended in 1992.

The main competitor to ``SNL,″ Fox’s ``Mad TV,″ draws about 4.5 million viewers a week, compared with 9.2 million for the NBC show.

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