ArtielangeradioArtie Lange fans will be heartened to know that Lange will talk on the radio tonight live, but it’s not on Stern. Nope. Lange and fellow comedian Nick DiPaolo will be filling in for Tony Bruno on the 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift (times Eastern) on Fox Sports Radio.

Let’s hope that this is as an encouraging turn of events as it seems.

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UPDATED: With a photo from inside the FOX Sports Radio studios of Lange and DiPaolo together, quotes, and audio in case you missed it live tonight!

This photo snapped by agent Tony D. Burton shows Artie Lange looking rested, happy and much healthier than he had been before, as he sat in with Nick DiPaolo as guest hosts Wednesday night for three hours on FOX Sports Radio. Burton told Lange’s former assistant Hilary Herbert: “he looks better than ever.”

The Stern Superfans site reported that “Artie sounded like the old Artie that we all loved, he was joking, he was awake and you could hear it in his voice that he loved to be back.”

It was Lange’s first public national speaking engagement or appearance since his attempted suicide in January 2010. Over the course of three hours, Lange and DiPaolo talked sports, the Casey Anthony case, Lange’s stint in rehab in Florida, and of course, his lengthy departure from the airwaves and his slot as comedic sidekick on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM satellite radio.

When a caller asked Lange directly about Stern and a possible return to the show, Lange replied:

“That would be the greatest thing ever but, you know, listen‚ÄìI was on the greatest show of all time for about nine years and I put them in a very awkward situation to say the least. So, what am I gonna do? But, I love them all and they were great to me and I appreciate that.”

Audio of that already is online:

And if you missed the live show, you can listen to the recorded podcast, in which DiPaolo gets Lange to talk about his latest rehab right off the bat before getting to plenty of Yankees and Red Sox talk in the first hour

Audio of hour one, Artie Lange and Nick DiPaolo filling in for Tony Bruno on FOX Sports Radio, July 6, 2011.

Audio of hour two, Artie Lange and Nick DiPaolo, July 6, 2011.

Audio of hour three, Artie Lange and Nick DiPaolo, July 6, 2011.

Expect Stern to respond in some fashion Thursday morning.