Caller on Line 3

From Holden:

Do you want to take this call, Mr. Powell?

Shock jock Howard Stern made a surprise call to a radio station during an interview of the Federal Communications Commission head, claiming the chairman only got his job because his father is Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Stern called in to KGO-AM radio in San Francisco during a live interview Tuesday with FCC Chairman Michael Powell. After claiming Powell consistently avoids him, Stern began to question his credentials.

“How did you get your job? It is apparent to most of us in broadcasting that your father got you your job, and you kind of sit there and you’re the judge, you’re the arbiter, you’re the one who tells us what we can and can’t say on the air,” Stern said. “And yet I really don’t even think you’re qualified to be the head of the commission.”

Powell, a Republican, was appointed to the commission by President Clinton in 1997 and became chairman when President Bush took office in 2001. Powell denied Stern’s charge and listed his qualifications, saying he is an attorney and was chief of staff of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

“I think it’s a cheap shot to say just because my father is famous, I don’t belong in my position,” Powell said.