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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Dell’Abate Narrator: Gary Dell’Abate Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, for the first time 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan | 1/29/2014

    " As a former regular listener to the Howard Stern show, I must say this was a very enjoyable read. I always wondered how Gary felt about the constant abuse he receives on the show, and it was interesting to hear how Gary found his way to the show in the first place. Getting the back story on his teeth was worth the read alone. Surprisingly enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric | 1/26/2014

    " How can you not love stories about Baba Booey. Reading a transcript of the Nancy tape was great. I was reading it in the voice of Howard doing his Gary impression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jerry Schlossnagle | 1/25/2014

    " A great read to better understand and appreciate Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'abate from the Stern show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melanie | 1/19/2014

    " I originally got this book for free with an order of cupcakes from Crumbs. Figured the husband would like it so I gave it to him to read. It's one of the (very) rare books that he started AND finished. (He usually quits them halfway through.) So then *I* had to read it too. This is primarily a book about Gary's struggles with his bipolar mother, his gay and ultimately AIDS-stricken brother - when we didn't yet understand anything about AIDS - and coming of age in the 70's and 80's in a particular area of New York. I related to his struggles to cope with his (truly) crazy mother and how heartbreaking her life is now. If you are looking for a lot of inside information on the Howard Stern show you will be very, very disappointed. Personally, I knew almost nothing about the show before it moved to Sirius. Never listened to it before then and had no opinion of it so I'm hardly a die-hard fan. So the lack of "Howard" stuff (the show probably only takes up one chapter out of the whole book) didn't bother me. The only negative I have about the book is the way it jumps around so much re: the timeline of things. "

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About the Author

Gary Dell’Abate, also known as “Baba Booey” 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.