Well, I have zero evidence to back this up other than reading rock magazines in my younger years, but I always heard that Zakk just sent a demo tape to Ozzy's management (basically Sharon). Sharon never liked Jake Lee (of Badlands and Ratt) who was playing with Ozzy after Randy Rhoades died, and supposedly it was just kismet that she heard his demo at the same time that she was looking to fire Jake. I'd never heard of that Howard connection before, but you never know.
EDIT: After thinking about the timeline a bit, it's probably unlikely. From wikipedia,
By early 1987, Stern had almost completely stopped playing music during the show and was reaching almost 800,000 listeners each week in the New York area. Between September 1986 and February 1987, Stern hosted a three-hour Saturday morning program with a live audience which was syndicated to 45 markets across the country by DIR Broadcasting
Now, Ozzy was based out of LA by then, a market Howard definitely wasn't in. On top of that, he was only syndicated on weekends (apparently, I didn't start listening until the 90's so I don't know). So unless Ozzy/Sharon heard it when they happened to be in New York, it's pretty unlikely. Maybe someone who listened in those days could say for sure, but unfortunately it predates Marksfriggin.com
Last edited by TelegramSam; 03-18-2013 at 12:52 AM.