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“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

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400069556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400069552
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Evan S. Shikora on November 18, 2010
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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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41 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Kay on November 26, 2010
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Brandano on December 30, 2010
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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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Star on November 18, 2010
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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 By J. R. Siskind on November 24, 2010
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on November 18, 2010
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Radio star Howard Stern can make any topic and anyone interesting, even an unassuming music fanatic from Uniondale, New York, named Gary Dell'Abate. With his autobiography THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY, Stern producer Dell'Abate seems to absorb Stern's ability to fascinate, at least long enough to tell his story in this engrossing book.

Someone who attended a mid-1980s live appearance by the HOWARD STERN SHOW staff told me many in the audience booed Dell'Abate when Stern introduced him. The reason? They thought Gary had no talent and thus did not deserve respect.

Perhaps THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY will make those who jeered Dell'Abate that day finally understand what Howard Stern sees: Gary Dell'Abate's talent is hard work. What he has in drive and backbone matches what Howard Stern has in wit and imagination. Because of all the THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY stories that widened my eyes, Dell'Abate's tales of working nonstop impressed me the most. No wonder he is one of only three on-air performers still with Howard Stern since 1984. I've always rooted for Gary because I identified with his regular guy ways and admired his unlimited capacity to take it for the team. THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY fills in the blanks, explaining what makes Gary Dell'Abate endure.

One must give credit to the one-two punch of the title, THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY, and that cover photo, Dell'Abate as an uber-awkward teen-ager. There are funnier phrases he could have used to name the book, as the "Rejected Titles" section shows. But the words and image adorning the book cover work as an entity, not separate ideas, the sight of self-conscious teen Gary looking as though he knows he will someday bear the perpetually funny nickname the title bears.
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