Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and media personality most notable for his radio show which since January 9, 2006, has been broadcasting on Sirius XM, an uncensored satellite radio service. Stern has been described by the media as a "shock jock" for his controversial broadcasting style. Stern himself has said it never was his intention to "shock" people, but to offer his honest opinions on issues, ranging from world affairs to the staff he works with. Though controversial, he is the highest-paid radio personality in the United States,[1] including the most-fined,[2] following a long history with the FCC.

Stern began his career in the radio industry in February 1975 at his campus station at Boston University, presenting a one-hour comedy program with college friends. Developing his on-air style for four years at Briarcliff Manor, Hartford and Detroit from 1977–1980, Stern paired up with his on-air news anchor Robin Quivers at Washington, D.C. in 1981. By August 1982, after having the top morning show in Washington, Stern arrived at New York City, the country's biggest radio market. Despite numerous disputes with management, Stern would have the top afternoon show by mid-1985. After being fired that September, he returned to New York airwaves after a two-month absence, broadcasting for over 20 years until leaving for Sirius XM in December 2005, free from content restrictions imposed by the FCC.

Stern describes himself as "The King of All Media" for his successes not only in radio but in print, film and television. His two books, Private Parts (1993) and Miss America (1995), received great media attention and sales. The former was later adapted into a 1997 film of the same name directed by Betty Thomas, which grossed over $40 million in the United States alone. Stern's television endeavours include various late night shows and successful pay-per-view specials, with New Year's Rotten Eve 1994 becoming the highest grossing non-sports pay-per-view ever.[3]

In 2006, Stern was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine,[4] and was ranked #7 in "World's Most Powerful Celebrity" by Forbes.[5]


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  2. Miller, Mark (2004-12-20). "10 Ways Howard Stern Could Stick It To The FCC". Weekly World News. Retrieved on 2009-09-22.
  3. Warminsky, Joe (1995-11-25). "Spotlight On Howard Stern Rude And Crude Radio Jock Turns Analytical Author". Morning Call. Retrieved on 2009-09-22.
  4. Spade, David (May 2006). "Howard Stern New King of Satellite". Time.,9171,1187317,00.html. 
  5. Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities, June 2006

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