They Call Me Baba Booey

They Call Me Baba Booey
By Gary Dell’Abate
(Spiegel & Grau)

The best thing I can say about Gary Dell’Abate is that he is well-adjusted.

Here is a man who spent his formative years with a mother who had mental issues so severe that a person any weaker would have crumbled under the pressure. He’s spent pretty much his entire career as the man behind the man, or, in this case the man behind the “King of All Media,” running the “Howard Stern Radio Program.” Dell’Abate is Stern’s Executive Producer and has been controlling the behind the scenes happenings for nearly 30 years.

“They Call Me Baba Booey” is an endearing look in the life of man who faced multiple challenges from his earliest days. Looking past his mother’s issues, we find an easy-going kid who grew up with a decorated war hero of a father and two much older brothers; one a radical hippie and the other a vaguely closeted homosexual. Both situations, especially when dealt with in the early/mid 1970s, added a level of stress to the household as everyone learned to embrace the various lifestyle choices made.

At the end of the day, Dell’Abate came out a winner. Long-married, the doting father of two used the experiences of his youth to develop coping mechanisms which ultimately helped him rise above any situation and allowed him to take a key leadership role in assisting to craft and shape the greatest radio show in the history of the medium.