Howard Stern

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Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) has been an American radio personality for 35 years. He is best known for hosting The Howard Stern Show, which until 2005 aired on terrestrial radio stations. He gained national recognition in the 1990s while being labelled as a "shock jock" for his outspoken and controversial shows. Since 2006, Stern has broadcast on Sirius XM, a subscription satellite radio service.

Stern wished for a career in radio at the age of five. While studying at Boston University he worked at the campus station before his professional debut in 1975 at WNTN. Stern then carried out on-air, production and managerial duties in 1977 for two years at WRNW. He developed a more open personality from 1979 to 1981 in morning shifts at WCCC, WWWW and WWDC, where he paired with his current newscaster and co-presenter Robin Quivers. Stern moved to New York City in 1982 to work at WNBC in afternoons until his firing in 1985. Soon after, WXRK hired Stern for the following 20 years until his departure for Sirius in 2005. In this time, The Howard Stern Show reached a peak audience of 20 million to as many as 60 markets through syndication. It was the highest-rated morning radio show in New York from 1994 to 2001. Stern is the highest-paid radio figure,[1] including the most fined, after a history with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over indecency led to $2.5 million in fines being issued to station owners that carried his show.[2]

Stern describes himself as the "King of All Media" for his successes outside radio. His television career includes several late night shows, pay-per-views and home video releases. He is the author of Private Parts (1993) and Miss America (1995) that spent 20 and 16 weeks respectively on The New York Times Best Seller list.[3] The former was adapted into Private Parts (1997), a biographical comedy film starring Stern and his radio show staff as themselves. The film made a domestic gross of $41.2 million.


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