At NBC’s radio station, WNBC-AM, Stern was making $200,000 a year. At 30 years old, that’s an incredible salary — but he was going to have to earn it. Within a month, he was suspended for a skit involving God talking about one of ‘his’ video games, which had to do with having the Virgin Mary run away from men at a singles bar in Jerusalem.
To make matters worse, WNBC bait-and-switched Stern about hiring Robin, and had no plans to do so. But he leveraged this to his advantage and told them Robin would have censored him, and that he needed her on air. It worked.
Supervising Stern at this time was someone called Kevin Metheny, whom Stern lovingly referred to as Pig Vomit (shown portrayed by Paul Giamatti in "Private Parts"). According to Stern, Metheny would throw phones when angry, forced Stern to get every skit approved beforehand and attempted to micromanage his show. He even installed a ‘dump bell,’ which would completely cut off the show whenever he wanted. He left passive-aggressive notes and generally made Stern’s life hell. In turn, Stern would go on the air and ridicule Metheny and other WNBC execs for their constant interference. At one point he even put out a promo on one exec, John Hayes, which included a bit about an art dealer wanting to put him in a gimp suit.
Stern was fired in October 1985. WNBC even offered the crew $50,000 if they left New York City. He refused.