Howard Stern Suspended

Howard Stern Suspended
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11/08/2005 AT 08:00 AM EST

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.

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