Quote: "He doesn't want you to act mad; he wants you to be mad." Howard Stern's producer, Gary Dell'Abate, quoted in New York Magazine.
Figure of Speech: antithesis (an TIH the sis), the figure of contrasting ideas.
Howard Stern is heading to satellite radio. Is he worth the $100 million Sirius will pay him? Sure he is. This man keeps it real. His adenoidal, hormonally challenged audience -- a high proportion of emotionally retarded American males -- wants it real. His producer uses an antithesis to reveal what Howard wants in his guests: really real anger.
But not the strippers he has on his show. They don't have to be all real.
Snappy Answer: "I don't want Howard off the airwaves; I want him off the planet."