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They Call Me Baba Booey [Kindle Edition]

Gary Dell'Abate , Chad Millman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Includes all-new ma-ma-material!
Baba Booey’s Afghanistan Journal!
and . . . the Shvoogie Buzzer story!

One of pop culture’s great enduring unsung heroes: Gary Dell’Abate, Howard Stern Show producer, miracle worker, professional good sport, and servant to the King of All Media, tells the story of his early years and reveals how his chaotic childhood and early obsessions prepared him for life at the center of the greatest show on earth.

Baba Booey! Baba Booey!
It was a slip of the tongue—that unfortunately was heard by a few million listeners—but in that split second a nickname, a persona, a rallying cry, and a phenomenon was born. Some would say it was the moment Gary Dell’Abate, the long-suffering heroic producer of The Howard Stern Show, for better or worse, finally came into his own. In They Call Me Baba Booey, Dell’Abate explains how his early life was the perfect training ground for the day-to-day chaos that comes with producing the most popular radio show on earth.

Growing up on Long Island in the 1970s, the youngest of three boys born to a clinically depressed mother, Gary learned how to fend for himself when under attack.  Obsessed with music, he listened with religious intensity to Casey Kasem's Top 40 every Sunday morning, compulsively bought 45s of his favorite songs, and nerdily copied the lyrics into a notebook. Music became an ordering principle to his life, even as the chaos at home got out of hand. Dell’Abate’s memoir sketches the trajectory from the obsessive pop-music trivia buff to the man in the beekeeper’s mask who handily defeats his opponents playing “Stump the Booey.” We learn about the memorable moments in his life that taught him to endure epic bouts of humiliation and get his unique perspective on some of his favorite Stern show episodes—such as the day he nearly killed the Mets mascot while throwing out the first pitch, or the time his mother called Howard’s mother and demanded an apology.

Hilarious, painful, and eye-opening, it’s Gary as you’ve never seen him before, telling a story that even Stern show insiders can’t begin to imagine.

Editorial Reviews


“Hilarious, sincere, and wrenching.”—GQ

“Equal parts amazing and amusing . . . Fans will eat up the mortifying moments of [Dell’Abate’s] twenty-seven-year ride with the wildly popular and influential Stern show. . . . But it is the stories of extreme family dysfunction that give the book surprising heart.”—

“Dell’Abate [has] pulled back the curtain [and his fans] will be pleasantly surprised.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Gary’s chronicle of how he developed the skills to survive a household shaken by both mental illness and the seismic shifts of the sixties, and of how he’s applied those skills to accommodate Howard and the gang, is nothing less than fascinating.”—Dr. Drew Pinsky
“Following the simple plan outlined in this book, I lost fifteen pounds and became a happier wife and better mother.”—Howard Stern
“If you think your family is nuts, wait until you read this story.”—Joan Rivers

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gary Dell’Abate is the producer of The Howard Stern Show and co-hosts The Wrap-Up Show on Sirius XM Radio. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Jackson and Lucas, and live in Connecticut.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9632 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812981898
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WUYP06
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring Booey November 18, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Let me first preface this review by stating that I am a long-term fan of Howard Stern's radio show and a fan of Gary Dell'Abate himself. That being said, I found this book to be quite boring and highly irrelevant. As stated above, I find Gary to be a likable father and husband. His rise from record salesman to producer of the most successful morning radio show in the history of radio is quite commendable. But as the basis for a 280 page text it falls far short in terms of entertainment value. Frankly, if Howard was not promoting this book, and Gary was not calling in favors on Letterman and Kimmel,it would not be selling. As other reviewers have stated, there are absolutely no revealing details or "behind the scenes" information on the Stern show. As a book about a radio producer and his life... it is weak and inconsequential.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice guy, boring book November 26, 2010
By Kay
I'm a lifelong Howard Stern fan and think Gary seems like a nice enough fella. Good father, good husband, good producer. But a book this does not make.

Rather than focus on what is arguably the most interesting part of Gary's life (the show), this book touches on his upbringing on Long Island and his relationship with his family. Without spoiling anything, the stories about his mom in particular should have been interesting...but they weren't. Without Howard's color commentary to help Gary's stories along, this book reads like the world's longest run-on sentence. You know when Gary gets going on the show and tells a story without taking a breath? That is essentially what this book is like.

Gary's a nice guy, but his story isn't particularly interesting. I would pass on this and instead pick up another book they've been talking about on the show - "The Battle for Late Night" by Bill Carter.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for die-hard Stern Fans...others will be very bored December 30, 2010
I borrowed this book from the library. I'm not going to buy a bababooey book I will only read once. The parts about his family life were the most interesting. The parts about his love for music and all his internships were quite boring. I only really laughed once, that was when I pictured Artie laughing his butt off after Gary threw the infamous first pitch.

Like I said you will like it if you are a die hard HSS fan. It is a quick read too, as long as your IQ is higher than Bobos.
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61 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fa Fa Fa Fo Hi November 2, 2010
For hard core Stern fans, if you think you know it all about Gary, you'll be pleased by the fresh material and "reveals" in this book. Without spoiling, I can tell you that Gary explains his aging parents' relationship and his mother's whereabouts, both of which he's only alluded to on the show. You know it's deep, because Howard doesn't even bring it up. (Although now that it's in the book, it's fair play, so that will be interesting for we listeners.) We also get new information about "the tape!" You know what I'm talkin' 'bout!

This may be my favorite Stern-cast-member book so far (Along with Artie's). I noticed a typo, and some sections verge on the mundane. But I'm such a Gary fan and radio geek that even his descriptions of his early internships were interesting to me.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big fan, Bad book November 18, 2010
By C. Star
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've listened to Stern for over 20 years. This books is poorly written and laid out. It's like listening to him talk. Which isn't good. I can only imagine how bad it would be without a co-author. Still trying to figure out what the "real" writer contributed. Happy for Gary that he's getting money from this, but it doesn't really add to anything you need to know about him.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great November 24, 2010
Let me start by saying I am a huge Gary fan. Despite all the jabs he takes from Howard Stern on a daily basis I think he is a fine producer. He is very articulate and concise on the show and always provides interesting feedback. I was hoping to get more insight on the different stations he worked at with Howard, or how he has been able to develop such a thick skin over the years. Unfortunately the book is more on Gary's childhood and upbringing and very little about the Howard Stern show, despite the title. It is 80% about Gary's mom and with little pieces of Howard Stern thrown in. Another reader got it right when they said this is about half a book. In reading the book I can tell Gary had a difficult childhood but I really did not need to know this level of detail about his family life. I'm not sure if out of respect to Howard he did not want to reveal any details regarding behind the scenes tidbits but this was disappointing. I would say 1-2 chapters at the most should have been on his family. The remaining chapters could have talked about his stint at each of Howard's radio stations and what they were like. Some information on the move to Sirius. None of that is included here. Additionally the story awkwardly jumps from his 20's to recent times talking about only a minimal number of Howard events such as the pitch, and how he got the name Baba Boooey. Luckily I know the show so I knew who Artie, John Hein and the rest of his entourage was but I would have loved to hear his first impression of Artie and how they got along, or how he truly felt after the Afghanistan trip. It is clear to me that Gary chose to talk nearly entirely about himself so as to not offend anyone or step on anyone's toes. I can understand that but I wanted to hear more about his life working with Howard Stern and less about growing up in Uniondale. I enjoyed the book, but I kept waiting for it to get good and it never got there for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better - but still full of Baba Booey love.
As a superfan of the Howard Stern Show, I read every book every staff member writes. I moved to a new city and didn't have a library card, saw this book CHEAP on Amazon and just... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Deborah Maxwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Must read for a Stern Show fan!
This book was exactly what I expected. I did not quiet like the end but over all it is definitely an autobiography about Baba Booey, it's a very sad but triumphant story about a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GERARDO
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected great read
As a longtime listener of The Howard Stern Show I thought I knew a lot about Gary's life but realized it was nothing in comparison to what was detailed in this great memoir. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristin Battista-Frazee
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gave as gift, they loved it
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As described and fast delivery
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baba makes good
Very interesting on many fronts: watching a kid survive a tough childhood with a somewhat sick mother as well as seeing that same kid persevere as an adult and follow his dreams to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bob Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It came in great condition and made for a great gift!
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It should've been entitled, "Mein Caps"
That is the hardest I have laughed in quite a while. +1 to you sir!
Jun 6, 2010 by Chris |  See all 4 posts
I agree! Sometimes it was so akward, I would cringe. But he makes me to that on the show too! :)
Nov 16, 2010 by sheljir |  See all 4 posts
Baba Booyes CD Audio
The CD package I have is unabridged and has lots of extras you won't get in the book... like the 'Special Features' on a DVD... far more than 1 hour 20... i'm on disk 3 and think there's 6 in the pack...
Nov 4, 2010 by Shawn Chambers |  See all 6 posts
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Sep 22, 2010 by hebro |  See all 12 posts
Finding Howard Stern by Adam Schwartz is a great book!
Don't think I will be reading the intern's book. You're posts on sternfannetwork are annoying.
Nov 2, 2010 by Les B. Labbauf |  See all 4 posts
great job Gary! Be the first to reply
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