Howard Stern's 12 million fans hoping to hear their hero on Tuesday are in for
a rude surprise: the shock jock won't be on the air, except for a rerun.
Stern, 51, received a one-day suspension Monday from Infinity Broadcasting after heavily promoting his move to Sirius satellite radio, reports the Associated Press.
"We expect him back on Wednesday," said Karen Mateo, a spokeswoman for Infinity, which carries Stern's syndicated show in more than 20 markets.
Stern's spokesman Matt Traub, sounding irate, called the slap on the wrist a paid suspension. "This is an act of desperation by men who are losing their once-in-a-lifetime franchise," Traub said.
Last year Stern announced his impending departure to Sirius, where he received a $500 million contract to begin in January 2006. His final live radio show for Infinity is scheduled for Dec. 16.