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Many Will Fill Stern's Shoes

To fill the void left by radio host Howard Stern, Infinity Broadcasting Corp. will turn to a cast of assorted personalities including former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth and comedian Adam Carolla.

Rather than turning to a single replacement for its 27 soon-to-be former Stern stations, the U.S. broadcaster revealed plans Tuesday to offer a variety of names for different markets.

The biggest belonged to Roth and Carolla. Roth, who appeared Tuesday morning on Stern's nationally syndicated show to announced the move, will start in January in markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

Carolla, known for his comedy work on "The Man Show" and "Loveline," takes over on the Infinity stations in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix.

"When we set out to find a replacement for Howard Stern, we took the opportunity to cultivate a wide array of talent, from both in and out of the radio industry," said Joel Hollander, Infinity's chairman and CEO.

Stern is on the air through the end of this year, before he makes the leap from terrestrial radio to Sirius Satellite Radio.

Infinity stations in Sacramento, Buffalo, New York, and Fresno, California, will replace Stern by switching to the "Jack" format, which features expanded play lists of hundreds of songs — but includes no disc jockeys.

A dozen other Infinity stations will replace Stern with anything from talk radio to Time Warner Inc.'s CNN Radio News. Rover, a disc jockey heard in Ohio, will expand his show into Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Memphis and Rochester, New York.

Infinity and are part of Viacom Inc.