Howard Allan Stern (January 12, 1954) is an American radio personality, television host, and author who has hosted The Howard Stern Show since 1979. From 1986 until 2005, the show was nationally syndicated on terrestrial radio.
In 2006, Stern moved his show exclusively to Sirius XM Radio. Since 1994, The Howard Stern Show has been broadcast on television, and remains one of the most popular radio shows in the U.S. To celebrate his birthday, we bring you a list of interesting facts about the King of All Media, below.
Howard Stern was born into a Jewish family who lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, and later moved to Roosevelt, Long Island. Howard's father Ben co-owned Aura Recording, Inc. where the young Stern saw actors like Wally Cox and Larry Storch voice his favorite cartoon characters.
Stern's penchant for stirring controversy on air started quite early: In the beginning of his career, Stern and three fellow students at Boston University hosted a show on the campus radio station called The King Schmaltz Bagel Hour, which was cancelled during its first show for a sketch called "Godzilla goes to Harlem".
In 1979, Stern sent his audition tape to WCCC, a rock station based in Connecticut. His tape consisted of comedian Robert Klein and Cheech and Chong records, mixed with one–liners and farting routines. During his time at WCCC, Stern met Fred Norris, who later joined Stern's show as a writer and producer in 1981.
For his love of "indecent material," stations carrying his show have been fined a total of $2.5 million by the FCC.
Stern's first comedy album, a collection of his best radio bits, 50 Ways to Rank Your Mother, was released in 1982. The record was re-released as Unclean Beaver in November, 1994.
During his time at NBC, Stern was closely watched by management and warned to avoid sexual or religious material on his show. NBC hired an attorney to man a "dump button" to cut off Stern's microphone if he discussed inappropriate material. The task fell to program director Kevin Metheny, whom Stern nicknamed "Pig Virus".
In 1994, Billboard magazine added the "Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year" category to its annual radio awards based on entertainment value, creativity and ratings success. Stern was awarded the title from 1994 to 2002.
Stern appeared at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards as Fartman, a fictional superhero that first appeared in the National Lampoon humor magazine series.
In 1994, Stern ran for Governor of New York under the Libertarian Party, challenging Mario Cuomo. Stern ultimately withdrew from consideration after declining to disclose his financial information and backed George Pataki, who defeated Cuomo.
Stern's book Private Parts was adapted for film in 1996, and premiered at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, where Stern and Rob Zombie performed "The Great American Nightmare" which became his show's opening theme. The film grossed over $41 million. His second book, Miss America, spent 16 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List.
Stern credits Transcendental Meditation, with helping him quit smoking as well as achieve his success in radio and media.
At its peak, The Howard Stern Show had 20 million listeners.
Stern has been a judge on America's Got Talent since May 2012, replacing Piers Morgan. Stern has agreed to judge the show's eighth season is 2013.
- Birthday Date: Sunday, 12 January 2014