Via UPI Wire
Talkers magazine chosen New York shock jock Howard Stern to receive its 2006 Freedom of Speech Award, it was announced Thursday.
"No one on air in America has inspired as much discussion of the First Amendment (as Stern)," Talkers Editor Michael Harrison told the New York Daily News.
"Stern proved you do not have to be a political-news talker to significantly challenge the president of the United States as well as the Federal Communications Commission," he said. "If the government can regulate art, it can regulate political expression as well."
Stern -- a frequent recipient of FCC indecency fines -- left the public airways in January for Sirius Satellite Radio.
Stern is to receive the award June 10 during the annual New Media Seminar in New York.