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Information Diet: Matt Stone

The co-creator of 'South Park' and 'The Book of Mormon' is addicted to L.A. radio station KCRW . . . even when he’s in New York City

Matt Stone | Photo: Jason Kempin via Getty Images

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What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I pull out the old laptop and go from The New York Times, CNN, BBC, MSNBC, down the line to my favorite bloggers.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
If I listen to the radio, I listen to KCRW. Because I live in L.A., it’s become part of my life. When we were in New York doing The Book of Mormon for the last year, I listened to the KCRW website and was comforted by the local traffic reports. I don’t know why, but it’s such a habit.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?
I drive about five minutes to work in L.A., so generally I don’t listen to anything in the car. If I do, it’s crappy radio, and I don’t really pay attention.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?
Well, I’m not time-restricted, but I’m not a TV junkie. I just spend that time playing videogames. The only show I DVR religiously is Pardon the Interruption on ESPN.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?
I constantly watch TV with my laptop in my lap. If I just want to chill out, I watch sports stuff. Or I flip through the 30 or 40 movie channels and get pissed off because there’s nothing to watch. HBO is a total rip-off, yet I keep paying for it.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?
I try to read before bed. I love reading on the iPad, but a friend bought me a little reading light, and I’ve been using that lately. It kind of made me fall in love with books again—like old-fashioned, on-dead-trees books.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
Everything I do is on the Web. I don’t get any newspapers; I don’t get any magazines anymore. They’re dentist office stuff for me.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
The one app that I don’t know how to function without is Flixster, which tells you what movies are out, where they’re playing, and when. It’s a very unsexy app, but it’s really useful.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
It’s probably like everyone else’s: sitting around watching YouTube. I could watch skateboard videos over and over and over, that’s my biggest indulgence. Not porn. I don’t go there.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
I’ve developed a technique lately. I decide not to see certain stories. Like with the Casey Anthony trial, every time I see that name, I’ll just not see it. And I do the same with presidential politics. I may not select the right fat to trim, but it has served me well.