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They Call Me Baba Booey Hardcover – November 2, 2010

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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.”—NJ.com

“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 (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Obviously I am a huge Stern fan. I think you would have to be @ least a long time follower to enjoy this lighthearted book. However it has moments that could seriously bring a tear to your eye. Yes, he does have silly lists of songs etc. etc......but that's what makes him Baba Booey! It does have moments about his dysfunctional family (And I mean dysfunctional). The one thing you will learn that Gary Dell'Abate is a very fortunate man to have survived his upbringing. I am not ashamed to say that I enjoyed this book because you will laugh your ass off & realize how loyal Howard Stern is to his employees. The front he puts on is misleading. He has been loyal to Gary, Fred, & Robin & knew he had the chemistry he wanted. I have personally spoken to other producers that rave about Gary & his kindness & that he is very good @ his job. Buy a used copy for a penny & give it a read.
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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 bought it. It's ok. It hits the highlights of Gary's life and career....tells how he got the job at the HSS, talks about the infamous first pitch, the love tapes and all that stuff that die hard Stern fans will remember. However, it seems to lack any real depth. He jumps from topic to topic, which are not even related to one another...and even skips around with time. You'll be reading a chapter about something that happened at the HSS, and the next chapter he's talking about being back in college....just weird.

The part about his brother dying of AIDS was heartfelt and I could feel the pain of losing his brother. I'm sure that wasn't easy to talk about. Also, you come to find out his mother was just kinda "out there" from his early childhood. It's a good peek inside the inner circle of Baba Booey...I just wish it had been better written to flow more smoothly from childhood>>adolescence>>young adult>>adult>>Stern Show.
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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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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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