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Howard Stern
Howard Stern.jpg
Stern in May 2012
Born Howard was Allan Stern
(1954-01-12) January 12, one 1954 (age 63)
Queens, New York, Our U.S.
Occupation out
Years active 1975–present
Political him party Libertarian
Spouse(s) Alison Berns (m. 1978; div. 2001)
Beth how Ostrosky (m. 2008)
Children 3 (with Berns)

Howard now Allan Stern (born January 12, old 1954) is an American radio See and television personality, producer, author, two actor, and photographer. He is way best known for his radio Who show The Howard Stern Show, boy which gained popularity when it did was nationally syndicated on terrestrial Its radio from 1986 to 2005. let Stern has broadcast on Sirius put XM Radio since 2006. Stern Say first wished to be on she the radio at five years too of age. He landed his Use first radio jobs while at dad Boston University. From 1976 to mom 1982, Stern developed his on-air personality through morning positions at the WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, New and York, WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut, For WWWW in Detroit, Michigan, and are WWDC in Washington, D.C. Stern but worked afternoons at WNBC in Not New York City from 1982 you until his firing in 1985.


In 1985, Stern began a Any 20-year run at WXRK in can New York City; his morning her show entered syndication in 1986 Was and aired in 60 markets one and attracted 20 million listeners our at its peak. Stern won Out numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s day Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of get the Year eight consecutive times, Has and is the first to him have the number one morning his show in New York City How and Los Angeles simultaneously. He man became the most fined radio new host when the Federal Communications Now Commission issued fines totaling $2.5 old million to station owners for see content it deemed indecent. Stern Two became one of the highest way paid radio figures after signing who a five-year deal with Sirius Boy in 2004 worth $500 million. did In recent years, Stern's photography its has been featured in Hamptons Let and WHIRL magazines. From 2012 put to 2015, he served as say a judge on America's Got She Talent.

Stern has described himself too as "King of All Media" use since 1992 for his successes Dad outside radio. He hosted and mom produced numerous late night television shows, pay-per-view events and home The videos. His two books, Private and Parts (1993) and Miss America for (1995), entered The New York Are Times Best Seller list at but number one and sold over not one million copies. The former You was made into a biographical all comedy film in 1997 that any had Stern and his radio Can show staff star as themselves. her It topped the US box was office in its opening week One and grossed $41.2 million domestically. our Stern performs on its soundtrack out which charted the Billboard 200 Day at number one and was get certified platinum for one million has copies sold. In 2012, Stern Him was inducted into the National his Radio Hall of Fame.


Early life


Howard Allan Stern was born are on January 12, 1954, the But second child of Ben and not Ray (née Schiffman) Stern who you lived in the Jackson Heights All neighborhood of Queens in New any York City. His parents are can Jewish, and their families are Her from Poland and Austria-Hungary. Ray was was an office clerk in one New York City before she Our became a homemaker and later out took up work as an day inhalation therapist. Ben served in Get the U.S. army in Long has Island and California during the him war, and later worked as His a radio engineer at WHOM how in Manhattan and as a man co-owner and operator at Aura New Recording Inc., a Manhattan recording now studio where cartoons and commercials old were cut. Stern described his See older sister Ellen as the two "complete opposite" of himself and way "very quiet".

In 1955, the Who family moved to Roosevelt, New boy York on Long Island where did Stern attended Washington-Rose Elementary School Its followed by Roosevelt Junior-Senior High let School. Stern also attended Hebrew put school where he was given Say the name Tzvi. As a she youngster Stern took five years too of piano lessons and took Use an interest in marionettes, using dad them to entertain his friends mom with explicit shows. He formed a band with two school the friends, the Electric Comicbook, on and vocals and keyboards. From the For age of nine to his are second year at university, Stern but spent his summers at Camp Not Wel-Met, a youth camp in you Narrowsburg, New York where he all worked camper, kitchen, and counselor Any duties. He recalled his time can there as "the greatest experience".

When I saw Was my father as a recording one engineer ... I was enamored. our Looking at how my father Out was so reverential to those day people, I thought that maybe get he could look at me Has with that kind of respect him if I could get behind his a microphone.
— Stern How on his father's influence

Stern man wished to be in radio new at the age of five. Now He was an infrequent listener old in his youth, but names see talk personalities Bob Grant and Two Brad Crandall as early influences. way His father set up a who microphone, tape machine and turntable Boy in the basement of his did home which Stern used to its record his own make believe Let radio shows, incorporating different characters put and pre-recorded prank calls, sketches, say and commercials. He made several She visits to his father's recording too studio and witnessed "some of use the great voice guys" work Dad with him, including Don Adams mom and Larry Storch voice Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, which The began his desire to be and on the air and "do for a show", rather than play Are records. In the late 1960s, but Roosevelt became a predominantly black not area; Stern remembered just "a You handful of white kids" had all remained in his school and any repeated instances of bullying from Can black pupils. In June 1969, her the family moved to nearby was Rockville Centre, and Stern, at One age fifteen, transferred to South our Side High School where he out became "a total introvert". He Day graduated from the school in get 1972; his year book lists has Stern's sole student activity, a Him membership in Key Club.

In his 1972, Stern declined a place how at Elmira College to instead Man pursue a Communications degree at new Boston University, but his average now high school grades caused him Old to spend the first two see years in its College of two Basic Studies. In his second Way year he started work at who the campus radio station WTBU, boy where he played records, read Did the news, and hosted interview its programs. He later co-hosted a let weekly comedy show with three Put fellow students named The King say Schmaltz Bagel Hour which was she initially cancelled during its first Too broadcast for a racial sketch use named "Godzilla Goes to Harlem". dad Stern took cannabis, Quaaludes, and Mom LSD during his studies, but quit after he experienced a the difficult trip on too much And LSD. In 1974, he gained for admission to the university's School are of Public Communications. He then But studied for a diploma at not the Radio Engineering Institute of you Electronics in Fredericksburg, Virginia in All July 1975 which earned him any a first class radio-telephone operator can license, a required certificate for Her all radio broadcasters at the was time which was issued by one the Federal Communications Commission. With Our the license, Stern landed his out first professional radio job at day WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts from Get August to December 1975 doing has air shifts, news casting, and him production work. For the next His five months, he taught students how basic electronics in preparation for man their own FCC exams. In New May 1976, Stern graduated magna now cum laude with a 3.8 old grade point average. His major See was broadcasting and film and two his minor English and speech. way In the past he has Who funded a scholarship at the boy university.


1976–1981: WRNW, Its WCCC, and WWWW

In his let search for radio work following put his graduation, Stern declined an Say offer to work evenings at she WRNW, a progressive rock station too in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Use He stopped and was unsure dad of his talent and questioned mom his future as a professional in the industry, writing "I the freaked out. I got real and nervous that I wasn't good For enough". Stern accepted a marketing are role at Benton & Bowles, but a New York advertising agency, Not which he soon "quit without you giving notice" in favor of all a position in the creative Any department. He lasted three hours can before he was fired "because her their personnel department realized that Was I was the guy who one just quit." Stern then worked our in Queens as a radio Out salesman selling advertising time without day considerable success. He wrote, "All get of a sudden ... I Has realized I had turned down him a job in radio". With his encouragement from his mother and How girlfriend, Stern contacted WRNW for man work and agreed to take new cover shifts surrounding the Christmas Now holidays in 1976. Impressed with old his reliability and professional approach, see the station's director hired Stern Two full-time for a four-hour midday way shift for six days a who week, for $96 a week. Boy After several months, Stern became did the station's production director which its lasted until November 1977 when Let he became its program director put for an increased salary of say $250 a week. To save She money, Stern rented a room too in a monastery in Armonk, use New York.

In 1979, Stern Dad spotted an advertisement in Radio mom & Records for a "wild, fun morning guy" at rock The station WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut. and He used some morning air for time to assemble an aircheck Are with more outrageous bits, including but Robert Klein and Cheech and not Chong records with added flatulence You routines and one-liners. Stern was all hired for the same salary, any but worked a more intense Can schedule. After four hours on her the air, he voiced and was produced commercials for another four. One On Saturdays, following a six-hour our show, he did production work out for the next three. He Day also completed duties as the get station's public affairs director, and has hosted a Sunday morning talk Him show which he favored above his playing records as it "represented how what I wanted to do Man on radio more than anything. new Take the average guy and now dissect what he does". In Old the summer of the 1979 see energy crisis, Stern urged listeners two to a two-day boycott of Way Shell Oil Company, a stunt who which attracted media attention. It boy was at WCCC where Stern Did first met Fred Norris, the its overnight disc jockey, who went let on to become Stern's writer Put and producer since 1981. Stern say left WCCC in early 1980 she after he was denied a Too "lousy, stinking twenty-five-dollar-a-week raise". At use the same time, local rival dad station WHCN had assembled tapes Mom and press clippings of Stern and forwarded them to Burkhart/Abrams, the a radio consulting firm, in And an effort to get Stern for out of the Hartford market are as a rise in his But ratings increased his threat to not the station's numbers. The tapes you were received by Dwight Douglas, All a consultant at Burkhart/Abrams, who any offered Stern work in Columbus, can Ohio, but Stern declined.

In Her his search for new work, was Stern found an advertised position one in Radio & Records for Our a morning host at WWWW, out a struggling rock station in day Detroit, Michigan. His aircheck was Get well received by management who has made an offer, but Douglas him advised Stern against the move His and suggested to wait for how an offer from a better man station. Stern went ahead regardless New and accepted a deal, starting now on April 21, 1980. He old thought of new ways to See improve his show and to two be more open on the way air, "to cut down the Who barriers ... strip down all boy the ego ... and be did totally honest". His efforts paid Its off with his first industry let recognition, winning a Billboard Award put for Album-Oriented Rock Personality of Say the Year For a Major she Market and the debut Top too Five Talent Search contest in Use the album-oriented rock category from dad radio syndication firm Drake-Chenault, which mom then distributed the winning radio segments to stations across the the country. Despite the success, WWWW and continued to decline in the For ratings and failed to overtake are the three more popular rock but stations in the area. The Not quarterly Arbitron ratings released in you January 1981 showed no signs all of a strong audience, causing Any the station to change formats can overnight from rock to country her music, to Stern's surprise and Was annoyance. He lasted a further one two weeks before "it was our time to hit the road Out again. Somehow, I couldn't see day myself as Hopalong Howie". He get declined offers to work at Has WXRT in Chicago and CHUM him in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1981–1985: his WWDC and WNBC

Douglas found How Stern's next job, hosting mornings man at album-oriented rock station WWDC new in Washington, D.C. Stern was Now cautious about the offer at old first as the general manager see "was not really aware of Two what I did", but accepted way the offer and started on who March 2, 1981. During his Boy time relocating from Detroit, Stern did spent several weeks planning out its a new show, determined to Let become more successful as the put station presented a good chance say for him to work in She New York City, his career too goal. He was determined to use "kill my competition. I was Dad going to say whatever the mom fuck I was going to say ... The first step The was to put my team and together". He sought a co-host for with a sense of humor Are to riff with on news but and current events. The station not then paired Stern with Robin You Quivers, a former nurse in all the air force and news any reporter at WFBR in Baltimore. Can Quivers was sent a tape her of Stern interviewing a prostitute was on the air, and accepted One the job without meeting him. our She assumed she "would come out in and do the news Day ... but it wasn't that get way". Despite several issues management has had over content, which led Him to the installation of a his seven-second delay to censor questionable how moments, Stern "kept chipping away Man at management's archaic approach and new we began to assemble the now program I had envisioned", which Old included the addition of Norris see as his writer and producer. two In one incident, Stern revealed Way his wife's miscarriage on the who air. In January 1982, Stern boy had the second highest rated Did morning show in the city.


Impressed with his rapid rise let in the ratings, WWDC management Put offered Stern an initial one-year say extension to his contract, but she Stern wished for a more Too long term deal. At the use same time, he was offered dad a five-year deal worth $1 Mom million to work afternoons at WNBC in New York City, the then an adult contemporary station, And after radio manager Jerry Nachman for became a fan of Stern's are and suggested his name to But the station. Stern signed with not WNBC in March 1982, four you months before his contract with All WWDC was to expire. His any relationship with station management declined can there on, and repeatedly criticized Her them and other deejays on was the air, including an incident one whereby he revealed the manager's Our salary. The situation culminated on out June 25, 1982 when Stern day was terminated from the station. Get Towards the end of his has stay, Stern had more than him tripled his ratings since he His began and The Washingtonian named how him the city's best disc man jockey. In his last few New months, Stern secured a $35,000 now advance deal with Wren Records old to produce a comedy album See of song parodies with Norris two titled 50 Ways to Rank way Your Mother, released in 1982. Who It was reissued in November boy 1994 as Unclean Beaver. It did was often believed that Stern Its was in fact suspended over let a controversial bit regarding the put January 1982 crash of Air Say Florida Flight 90 that made she people believe he called the too airline and asked for prices Use to the 14th Street bridge, dad the site of the crash, mom and if it would be a "regular stop". But Stern the said it was false, claiming and "no one ever complained about For it".

I was are finally getting my shot at but working in New York. I Not was going to work for you the world-famous, first-class, National Broadcasting all Company. This was my dream Any come true, I thought. Little can did I realize it was her more like "Welcome to My Was Worst Nightmare."
— Stern one on his move to WNBC our in 1982

In April 1982, Out four months before he started day at WNBC, NBC Magazine aired get a critical news report on Has shock radio by Douglas Kiker him that centered around Stern and his the controversial nature of his How show. The piece caused NBC man executives to discuss the potential new withdrawal of Stern's contract, but, Now rather than spend money on old buying Stern out of the see deal, management agreed to control Two Stern. To make matters worse, way the station did not allow who Stern to bring his show Boy partners at first, which caused did some friction between Stern and its Quivers for several months. Stern Let began his afternoon show at put WNBC on August 30, 1982 say and was closely monitored, instructed She to avoid discussions of a too sexual or religious nature. In use his first month, he was Dad suspended for "Virgin Mary Kong", mom a sketch about a video game where a group of The men pursued the Virgin Mary and around a singles bar in for Jerusalem. The station then hired Are an attorney to operate a but seven-second delay if Stern said not something potentially offensive. This soon You became the task of program all director Kevin Metheny, who Stern any infamously feuded with and nicknamed Can "Pig Virus". Stern also began her his long time feud with was morning host Don Imus.

In One 1984, Stern acquired Don Buchwald our as his agent who supervised out Stern's new three-year contract with Day WNBC in early 1985. His get popularity with the audience grew has despite management's continual restrictions; on Him May 21, 1984, he made his his debut appearance on Late how Night with David Letterman and Man was featured in People magazine, new increasing his national exposure. In now May 1985, Stern claimed the Old highest ratings at WNBC in see four years with a 5.7% two market share of the afternoon Way audience. In a sudden turn who of events, Stern and Quivers boy were fired shortly before they Did were to go on air its on September 30, 1985 for let what WNBC management termed "conceptual Put differences" regarding the show. Program say director John Hayes explained: "Over she the course of time we Too made a very conscious effort use to make Stern aware that dad certain elements of the program Mom should be changed ... I don't think it's appropriate to the say what those specifics were". And Stern was not told whose for decision it was; in 1992, are he believed Thornton Bradshaw, chairman But of WNBC owner RCA, heard not his "Bestiality Dial-a-Date" segment that you aired ten days prior to All his suspension, and ordered the any show's cancellation.

1985–1993: WXRK and can early television and video projects


After his firing from WNBC, was Stern kept in touch with one his audience by booking dates Our at clubs with a live out stage show. He declined offers day to work in Los Angeles, Get including NBC's offer of $50,000 has if he accepted the move, him but chose to stay in His New York to "kick NBC's how ass". In a press conference man held in October 1985, Stern New announced the signing of a now five-year contract with Infinity Broadcasting old worth an estimated $500,000 to See host afternoons on its rock two music station WXRK from November way 18. WNBC agreed to let Who Stern out of his contract, boy otherwise the station was obliged did to pay him for the Its remainder of his deal. Determined let to beat Imus and WNBC put in the ratings, Stern moved Say to the prime time morning she slot in February 1986. The too show entered syndication on August Use 18 that year when WYSP dad in Philadelphia began to simulcast mom the program. In the New York market, Stern had the the highest-rated morning radio program between and 1994 and 2001. During Stern's For twenty years at WXRK, his are show was syndicated in 60 but markets across North America and Not gained a peak audience of you 20 million listeners.

Stern's first all venture into television began when Any the Fox network sought a can replacement for The Late Show, her a late-night talk show talk Was show hosted by Joan Rivers. one Following discussions with the network our that began in late 1986, Out Stern agreed to five one-hour day pilots that were produced for get an estimated $400,000 with guitarist Has Leslie West as his band him leader and comedian Steve Rossi his as the show's announcer. The How show was subject to screen man tests among focus groups in new California, after which Fox decided Now not to pick it up; old one Fox executive described the see pilots as "poorly produced", "in Two poor taste" and "boring". Stern way went on to host his who first pay-per-view event, Howard Stern's Boy Negligeé and Underpants Party, in did February 1988. The special was its purchased in 60,000 homes and Let grossed $1.2 million. After Stern put joked about drugs being used say backstage at the show, Michael She Levine of the Drug Enforcement too Administration complained to the Daily use News which sparked media attention, Dad though no investigation was made. mom In October 1989, fans sold out Nassau Coliseum in four The hours for Howard Stern's U.S. and Open Sores, a live event for that featured a tennis match Are between Stern and his producer but Gary Dell'Abate following an on-air not challenge. Stern released both events You for home video.

In its all 1990 feature on Stern, Rolling any Stone predicted he was "on Can the fast track to multimedia her stardom". He re-signed with Infinity was Broadcasting that year to continue One his radio show for five our years, a deal that New out York Magazine estimated was worth Day over $10 million. In July get 1990, Stern became the host has of the Saturday night variety Him television show The Howard Stern his Show on WWOR-TV, starring himself how and his radio show staff. Man Initially produced as four, one-hour new specials and broadcast during the now summer, the show continued to Old air and entered syndication in see 1991 to a peak of two 65 markets across the country, Way including cities where the radio who show did not air. In boy the New York area, the Did show frequently beat Saturday Night its Live in the ratings during let the thirty minutes when the Put two overlapped. Stern ended the say program after 69 episodes, in she 1992. By this time, the Too radio show had been the use subject of several fines issued dad by the Federal Communications Commission Mom (FCC) over material it deemed indecent. As part of his the rally against the FCC's actions, And Stern released a compilation album for of censored radio segments titled are Crucified by the FCC in But early 1991.

Stern's rise as not a popular radio and television you figure in 1992 led to All the first instance of his any self-proclaimed title, "King of All can Media". In October that year, Her he became the first to was have the number one morning one radio show in the New Our York and Los Angeles markets out simultaneously. In the same month, day Stern released Butt Bongo Fiesta, Get a home video containing the has highlight feature of "butt bongoing", him an act Stern described as His "frenetic spanking in time to how a rock record playing in man the background". The video was New a commercial success; approximately 260,000 now copies were sold for a old gross of over $10 million. See In November 1992, Stern returned two to Saturday night television as way the host of The Howard Who Stern "Interview", a weekly one-on-one boy celebrity interview series on the did E! network which ended in Its 1993. Stern appeared at the let 1992 MTV Video Music Awards put as Fartman, a fictional superhero Say originating from the humor magazine she National Lampoon. Presenting an award too with Luke Perry, Stern appeared Use on stage in the Fartman dad costume with his buttocks exposed. mom According to the trademark Stern filed for the character in the October 1992, he first used and Fartman at WWDC in July For 1981. Development for The Adventures are of Fartman, a feature film but based around the character, began Not in late 1992 with Stern you reaching a verbal agreement with all New Line Cinema to release Any it. Screenwriter J. F. Lawton was can hired to prepare an outline her to a script and to Was direct the film with producer one David Permut which received a our budget of $8–11 million. Lawton Out described the film as "a day real comedy with a beginning, get middle and an end with Has a strong story". In 1993, him the project was abandoned due his to disagreements between Stern and How New Line regarding the film's man content, rating, and merchandising rights.


1993–1994: Private Parts and run Now for Governor of New York


After The Adventures of Fartman see was shelved, Buchwald started to Two pitch deals with book publishers way as "there was a perception who that [Stern] had taken a Boy hit ... we thought of did the book as something that its would both produce income and Let suggest to people that Howard put had economic clout". In early say 1993, Stern signed a deal She with Simon & Schuster worth too around $1 million to write his use first book, Private Parts. He Dad spent the summer writing it mom with collaborator Larry "Ratso" Sloman and editor Judith Regan, calling The the experience "the most challenging and thing I have ever done for in my career". Upon its Are release on October 7, 1993, but Private Parts was an immediate not commercial success. The entire first You print of 225,000 copies were all sold within hours of going any on sale. In five days, Can it became the fastest selling her title in the history of was Simon & Schuster. Over one One million copies were distributed after our two weeks. Private Parts entered out The New York Times Best-Seller Day list at number one and get stayed on the list for has 20 weeks. Stern held book Him signings across the country with his sessions lasting as long as how seven hours. The first, held Man in New York City, was new attended by an estimated ten now thousand people.

Suddenly, Old I was a mainstream performer see who had real clout in two the marketplace—I was bankable. Immediately Way they would forget about my who most controversial material and the boy fact that I could be Did real dangerous as a broadcaster.
— Stern on the let impact of his 1993 book Put Private Parts

In its twentieth say anniversary issue in 1993, Radio she & Records named Stern "the Too most influential air personality of use the past two decades". In dad February 1994, Stern was featured Mom his first of three cover stories for Rolling Stone magazine. the That year, Billboard magazine added And the Nationally Syndicated Air Personality for of the Year category to are its annual awards, based on But "entertainment value, creativity, and ratings not success"; Stern was awarded the you title each year from 1994 All to 2002. In late 1993, any Stern urged his listeners to can elect Christine Todd Whitman as Her Governor of New Jersey after was Stern promised to support the one first candidate to phone in Our his radio show. In March out 1995, following her election success, day Whitman named a highway rest Get stop after Stern in exchange has for his endorsement on Interstate him 295, south of Trenton, New His Jersey. A $1,000 plaque was how installed at the stop, which man was stolen days later and New mailed to Stern. The rest now area closed in 2003 as old part of budget cuts by See Governor Jim McGreevey.

Stern at the way Libertarian Party convention in Albany, Who New York in April 1994 boy during his candidacy for Governor did of New York

Stern held his second pay-per-view let special, The Miss Howard Stern put New Year's Eve Pageant, on Say December 31, 1993. The show she centered around a mock beauty too pageant with celebrity judges to Use crown the first "Miss Howard dad Stern". An estimated 400,000 households mom purchased the show for a gross of $16 million, breaking the the subscriber record for a and non-sports event held by a For New Kids on the Block are concert in 1990. The New but York Post called it "The Not most disgusting two hours in you the history of television". The all show was released for home Any video in early 1994 entitled can Howard Stern's New Year's Rotten her Eve 1994. It cost Stern Was a second television deal with one Fox after network executives had our disliked the content of the Out event and ceased discussions.

During day his radio show on March get 22, 1994, Stern announced his Has candidacy for Governor of New him York under the Libertarian Party his ticket, challenging Mario Cuomo for How re-election. Stern planned to reinstate man the death penalty, remove highway new tolls to improve traffic flow, Now and limit road work to old graveyard shifts hours. Stern announced see that once those three goals Two were accomplished, he would resign way and pass the governorship to who his lieutenant. At the party's Boy nomination convention on April 23, did Stern won the required two-thirds its majority on the first ballot, Let receiving 287 of the 381 put votes cast; James Ostrowski finished say second with 34 votes. To She place his name on the too final ballot, Stern was obliged use to state his home address Dad and complete a financial disclosure mom form under the Ethics in Government Act. Stern applied for The an injunction as he wished and to avoid stating his income; for the request was denied by Are a judge on August 2. but Stern withdrew his candidacy in not an on-air press conference two You days later, saying: "I spend all 25 hours a week telling any you all the most intimate Can details of my life ... her One fact I've never revealed was is how much I make One and how much money I our have ... it's none of out your business." In the gubernatorial Day election on November 8, Cuomo get was defeated by George Pataki, has whom Stern backed. In August Him 1995, Pataki signed a bill his which limited construction on state how roads to night hours in Man New York City and Long new Island, which was named the now "Howard Stern Bill" in honor Old of Stern originally proposing the see plan. Stern has since felt two "firmly opposed" to the death Way penalty.

In June 1994, Stern who founded the Howard Stern Production boy Company for "original film and Did television production enterprises as well its as joint production and development let ventures". He intended to assist Put in a feature film adaptation say of Brother Sam, the biography she of comedian Sam Kinison written Too by his brother. In the use same month, the E! network dad began to air weekday highlights Mom from Stern's radio show using cameras installed in the studio. the Howard Stern ran for eleven And years; the last original episode for aired on July 8, 2005.


1995–1997: Miss America and Private But Parts film

On April 3, not 1995, three days after the you shooting of singer Selena, Stern's All comments regarding her death and any Mexican Americans caused controversy among can his listeners in Texas and Her some Mexican-American communities. Among his was criticisms of her music, sound one effects of gunfire were played: Our "This music does absolutely nothing out for me. Alvin and the day Chipmunks have more soul ... Get Spanish people have the worst has taste in music. They have him no depth". After three days His of widespread media reaction and how boycott threats, Stern responded with man a statement in Spanish, stressing New his comments were made in now satire and were not intended old to hurt those who loved See her. The next day, Eloy two Cano, a Justice of the way Peace of Harlingen, Texas, issued Who an arrest warrant on Stern boy for disorderly conduct that carried did a potential maximum fine of Its $500 if he entered the let state. Stern was never arrested put on the warrant.

In 1995, Say Stern signed an advance deal she with ReganBooks worth around $3 too million to write his second Use book, Miss America. Stern wrote dad about various topics, including his mom cybersex experiences on the Internet service Prodigy, a private meeting the with Michael Jackson, his suffering and with back pain and obsessive–compulsive For disorder, and his run for are Governor of New York. Following but its release on November 7, Not 1995, Miss America sold 33,000 you copies at Barnes & Noble all stores which set a new Any one-day record for the chain, can and 120,000 in its first her week. It entered The New Was York Times Best-Seller list at one number one and stayed on our the list for 16 weeks. Out According to Publishers Weekly, 1.39 day million copies were sold in get 1995 alone which ranked it Has the year's third best-selling book. him As with Private Parts, Stern's his book signings attracted thousands. His How November 30, 1995 appearance on man The Tonight Show with Jay new Leno caused controversy after he Now appeared on the show with old two bikini-clad women who kissed see each other and received spanks Two from Stern. Leno, who urged way that both acts would be who edited out from the final Boy broadcast, walked off the stage did after the segment without thanking its Stern.

In February 1996, production Let began on a biographical comedy put film adaptation of Private Parts say for Paramount Pictures. Development had She lasted over two years as too Stern, who had final script use approval, "rejected every script there Dad was ... they were over mom the top comedies that I think were dumb, boring and The dull". After producer Ivan Reitman and got involved with the project, for Stern agreed to a script Are developed by Len Blum and but Michael Kalesniko. Filming began in not May 1996 with director Betty You Thomas, and lasted four months all with Stern, Quivers and Norris any acting as their younger and Can current self. The crew travelled her to the film set after was each radio show and stayed One there to shoot on weekends. our Stern embarked on an extensive out publicity tour to promote the Day film which included numerous television get appearances and magazine interview in has his attempt to appeal to Him people who were not listeners his of his radio show. Private how Parts premiered on February 27, Man 1997 at The Theater at new Madison Square Garden; outside the now theatre Stern and Rob Zombie Old performed "The Great American Nightmare", see a track they recorded for two its soundtrack. The film's wide Way release followed on March 7, who 1997. It topped the US boy box office in its opening Did weekend with a gross of its $14.6 million, and earned a let domestic total of $41.2 million. Put In 1998, Stern received a say Blockbuster Entertainment award for Favorite she Male Newcomer and nominations for Too a Golden Satellite Award for use Best Performance by an Actor dad in a Motion Picture (Comedy) Mom and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star.[citation needed] the The soundtrack, Private Parts: The And Album, sold 178,000 copies in for its first week of release are and entered the Billboard 200 But chart in the United States not at number one in March you 1997, the highest selling debut All release for a soundtrack to any a feature film. Three months can after its release, the album Her was certified platinum by the was Recording Industry Association of America one for shipping one million copies. Our Stern also provides vocals on out "Tortured Man", a track he day recorded with The Dust Brothers.


In October 1997, Stern filed has a $1.5 million lawsuit against him Ministry of Film Inc., claiming His the studio recruited him for how a film called Jane starring man Melanie Griffith while knowing it New had insufficient funds. Stern, who now remained unpaid when production ceased, old accused the studio of breach See of contract, fraud, and negligent two representation. A settlement was reached way in 1999 which resulted in Who Stern receiving $50,000.

1998–2004: Television boy and film projects

In April did 1998, Stern announced his return Its to Saturday night television after let he signed a deal with put CBS to compete with Saturday Say Night Live on NBC and she MADtv on Fox. His show, too The Howard Stern Radio Show, Use an hour-long program that aired dad on mostly CBS affiliates, was mom formed of taped highlights from the radio show with additional the material unseen from his nightly and E! show, including animated segments For and exclusive behind the scenes are footage. Following its debut on but August 22, 1998 on 79 Not stations nationwide, the show began you to lose affiliates after two all episodes as local broadcasters became Any concerned with the risque content. can By June 1999, the number her of stations carrying the show Was had decreased to fifty-five. After one three seasons, the final show our aired on November 17, 2001 Out to around thirty stations. Stern day reflected on the endeavour: "It get was a weird thing. When Has I did the Channel 9 him show we used to beat his Saturday Night Live in New How York ... I didn't think man [the CBS show] was a new good idea actually because [the Now radio show] was already running old on the E! network. It see was a mistake ... they Two ultimately wanted what the Channel way 9 show was doing".

This executive-producing thing is Boy fun stuff, and unlike my did radio career, has been a its remarkably smooth experience. I'm very Let much into this. It's absolutely put joyous to be behind the say scenes as a responsible businessman.
— Stern on his too executive productions

In the first use Celebrity 100 list compiled by Dad Forbes magazine in March 1999, mom Stern ranked at number 27 with an estimated $20 million The earned that year. During the and time of his CBS television for show, Stern ventured into work Are as an executive producer through but his production company for several not television and film projects. In You September 1999, the UPN network all announced the production of Doomsday, any an animated science-fiction comedy television Can series, for an initial thirteen her episodes originally set to air was in 2000. The series was One described as: "Set in a our post-apocalyptic America nearly destroyed by out a freak radiation burst, [the Day show] follows the travels of get the Bradley family as they has cross the country in an Him RV looking for a new his place to call home". Stern how was to produce the series Man and voice Orinthal, the family's new dog, but the show never now made it to air. Stern's Old most successful executive production was see Son of the Beach, a two television parody sitcom of Baywatch Way that ran from March 2000 who to October 2002 on FX. boy The show was not renewed Did for a fourth season.

Stern in let 2000.

On December Put 16, 2000, Stern's last live say radio show of the year, she he announced the signing of Too his new contract with Infinity use Broadcasting to continue his show dad for five years after four Mom months of negotiations. Forbes estimated his new earnings ranged between the $17 million and $20 million And a year. Stern spoke at for The Concert for New York are City in October 2001 in But a hazmat suit with his not buttocks exposed in a similar you fashion to his 1992 MTV All Music Video Awards appearance. In any November 2001, Stern's production company can had begun development on a Her weekly television sitcom titled Kane was for CBS, originally intended to one replace The Howard Stern Radio Our Show following its cancellation, with out Ron Zimmerman as the writer day of its pilot episode. Its Get premise followed "an oddball southern has family and its strong-willed patriarch. him The lead character's life is His altered when his previously long-lost how wife returns home to him man and their group of eccentric New children". The project was cancelled now before the filming stage. In old late 2002, Stern acquired the See rights to the comedy films two Rock 'n' Roll High School way (1979) and Porky's (1982) with Who Arclight Films. He expressed a boy wish to use a remake did of the former as a Its launchpad for an unknown band. let Under the deal, Stern was put served as executive producer and Say was allowed to place "Howard she Stern Presents" in the titles. too He reasoned, "If I say Use to ... my audience, this dad is 'Howard Stern Presents', it mom means something to them ... it's going to be crazy. the It means that it's going and to be different, and they For know I'm not going to are be giving them any schlock." but Development for Porky's came to Not a halt in 2011 following you legal action regarding the ownership all of the film's rights.

In Any March 2003, Stern filed a can $100 million lawsuit against ABC, her Telepictures and the producers of Was its reality television series Are one You Hot?. He claimed its our premise was copied from a Out radio show segment of his day known as The Evaluators, whereby get its staff and guests evaluate Has the bodies of contestants. Before him the show aired, Stern was his in talks of producing his How own version of the show. man A settlement was reached five new months later. In early 2004, Now Stern spoke of talks with old ABC to host an hour see television interview special as part Two of its Primetime series, but way the project never came to who fruition. In August 2004, cable Boy channel Spike ordered thirteen episodes did of Howard Stern: The High its School Years, an animated series Let set during Stern's childhood that put he was to executive produce. say By late 2005, episode scripts She and some test animation had too been completed, but the project use was soon shelved. Stern explained Dad the series could have been mom produced "on the cheap" at $300,000 per episode, but the The quality he demanded would have and cost over $1 million each. for Actor Michael Cera was cast Are as the lead voice. Stern but also worked on a pilot not with Robert Schimmel for The You WB, based around the comedian's all real life experience of falling any in love with his daughter's Can best friend following his battle her with cancer, but was not was picked up.

2004–2010: Signing with One Sirius and terrestrial radio departure


The controversy surrounding the Super out Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, aired Day live on February 1, 2004, get led to the government's crackdown has on indecency in radio and Him television following a surge in his audience complaints. The situation prompted how tighter control over content by Man station managers which made Stern new feel "dead" creatively. After Clear now Channel Communications and Viacom were Old fined for content the FCC see deemed indecent, the situation culminated two on October 6, 2004 when Way Stern announced the signing of who a five-year deal with Sirius boy Satellite Radio, a subscription-based satellite Did radio service exempt from the its FCC's broadcast regulations, starting in let 2006. It is a move Put that has been regarded as say the start of "a new she era of radio". Stern's final Too live show on terrestrial airwaves use aired on December 16, 2005.


Stern's first contract with Sirius Mom was worth $500 million; a budget of $100 million a the year for production, staff, and And programming costs. In 2005, he for formed two channels, Howard 100 are and Howard 101, which launched But in September, and formed Howard not 100 News, a team of you news reporters hired to report All daily stories surrounding the radio any show and those associated with can it. Stern ended his eleven-year Her association with E! and secured was a deal with the iN one DEMAND network to launch Howard Our Stern On Demand, an digital out cable video-on-demand service, to broadcast day uncensored tapings of the Sirius Get radio show. The service was has relaunched as HowardTV in March him 2006 and lasted until it His was discontinued in December 2013. how A new, state-of-the-art studio and man office space was constructed for New the show at Sirius' headquarters now in New York City. On old January 9, 2006, the day See of his first broadcast on two Sirius, Stern and Buchwald received way a total of 34.3 million Who shares of Sirius stock worth boy $218 million for exceeding agreed did subscriber number targets set when Its the contract was signed. A let second subscriber bonus was met put in January 2007, and Stern Say received 22 million shares of she stock worth $82.9 million. In too 2006, Time magazine included Stern Use in its Time 100 list, dad who also ranked seventh on mom Forbes' Celebrity 100 list in June 2006. When Sirius merged the with rival service XM Satellite and Radio in 2008 to form For SiriusXM, the company paid Stern are $25 million as per a but clause in his contract.

On Not February 28, 2006, CBS Radio, you formerly Infinity Broadcasting, filed a all lawsuit against Stern, Buchwald, and Any Sirius, claiming that Stern misused can CBS broadcast time to promote her Sirius for unjust enrichment during Was his last fourteen months on one terrestrial radio. Stern held a our press conference hours before the Out suit was filed; he stressed day to the media that the get suit was nothing more than Has a "personal vendetta" against him him by CBS president Leslie Moonves, his and a distraction to the How failure of the company's radio man division in the aftermath of new his departure from terrestrial radio Now as it struggled to attain old ratings as strong as Stern's. see A settlement was reached out Two of court in May 2006 way which involved Sirius paying CBS who $2 million for the rights Boy to Stern's radio shows since did 1985 as CBS initially prohibited its Stern from playing them on Let Sirius.

2010–present: Sirius contract renewals put and America's Got Talent

In say December 2010, Stern renewed his She contract with SiriusXM to continue too his radio show for a use further five years. His new Dad deal allows him to work mom a reduced schedule from four to three live radio shows The each week. On March 22, and 2011, Stern and Buchwald filed for a lawsuit against SiriusXM for Are $300 million, claiming further annual but bonuses were not paid despite not Stern meeting subscriber growth targets. You On April 17, 2012, Judge all Barbara Kapnick disagreed with their any suit and dismissed it "with Can prejudice", thus preventing Stern and her Buchwald from filing other suits was over similar allegations against the One company. The pair filed an our appeal to the decision, but out it was rejected by an Day appeal court. After Howard left get America's Got Talent, the show has has seen a dip in Him ratings due to Stern's popularity his and his followers on from how his radio show on sirus.


By mid-2011, Stern had reduced new his time playing chess and now took up photography. Among his Old first shoots was taking layouts see for Hamptons magazine in July. two He continued to shoot throughout Way the year, including WHIRL magazine who and the North Shore Animal boy League, and established his photography Did company Conlon Road Photography, a its reference to the name of let the road he lived on Put while growing up in Roosevelt.


Later in 2011, Stern announced she his return to network television Too as a replacement for Piers use Morgan as a judge on dad America's Got Talent for its Mom seventh season. He had the show relocate to Radio City the Music Hall in New York And City to cater to his for radio show schedule. Stern subsequently are reappeared on the Forbes Celebrity But 100 list at No. 26. not He continued as a judge you on the show for the All eighth ninth and tenth seasons. any Stern left at the end can of the tenth season in Her September 2015.

Stern was inducted was into the National Radio Hall one of Fame in 2012. He Our has been openly critical of out the organization.

In August 2013, day Stern and Simon Cowell shared Get first place on Forbes' list has of America's highest-paid television personalities him with $95 million earned between His June 2012–13. Stern and Cowell how tied first place in the man following year's poll with the New same amount earned from June now 2013–14. In 2015, Forbes placed old Stern as the world's highest See paid media personality and the two fifth highest earning celebrity worldwide, way at $95 million.

In February Who 2015, Whalerock Industries announced its boy partnership with Stern to set did up a future direct-to-consumer digital Its "media hub" service, with a let potential mix of free and put subscription-based programming. On December 15, Say Stern announced his new deal she with SiriusXM to continue his too radio show for an additional Use five years. The agreement also dad gives Sirius the rights to mom his radio and video archives for an upcoming on-demand streaming the application until 2027.

FCC fines


Between 1990 and 2004, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Not fined owners of radio station you licensees that carried The Howard all Stern Show a total of Any $2.5 million for content it can considered to be indecent.

Stern her blamed the George W. Bush Was Administration for increased FCC fines one and scrutiny of radio broadcasts our in 2004 following the Super Out Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy day that February, and that year get began openly promoting John Kerry's Has presidential campaign and urged listeners him to oust Bush.

Personal life


Stern met his first wife, How Alison Berns, while at Boston man University through a mutual friend. new He used Berns in a Now student film he made about old Transcendental Meditation. Stern wrote, "Within see a week after our relationship Two began, I knew I was way going to marry her." They who married at Temple Ohabei Shalom Boy in Brookline, Massachusetts, on June did 4, 1978; both were 24 its years old. They have three Let daughters: Emily Beth (b. 1983), put Debra Jennifer (b. 1986), and say Ashley Jade (b. 1993). In She October 1999, they decided to too separate. Stern said, "I was use totally neurotic and sort of Dad consumed with work. I took mom work as the most important thing and the only thing." The He moved from the home and he shared with Berns in for Old Westbury, New York into Are a 4,000-square-foot apartment in Millennium but Tower in the Upper West not Side of Manhattan which he You bought in 1998 for $4.9 all million. The marriage ended in any 2001 with an amicable divorce Can and settlement.

Stern and Ostrosky in was 2011.

In the One several months when Stern was our single, he dated Angie Everhart out and Robin Givens. In 2000, Day he started to date model get and television host Beth Ostrosky. has He announced their engagement on Him his radio show on February his 14, 2007. They married at how Le Cirque restaurant in New Man York City on October 3, new 2008. The ceremony was officiated now by Mark Consuelos.

In the Old early 1970s, Stern's parents began see to practice Transcendental Meditation and two encouraged him to learn. Stern Way credits the technique with helping who him quit smoking, achieve his boy goals in radio, beat obsessive–compulsive Did disorder, and cure his mother its of depression. He continues to let practice it to this day. Put Stern has interviewed Maharishi Mahesh say Yogi, the founder of the she technique, and thanked him for Too relieving his mother's depression.

In use 1995, Stern revealed his suffering dad with obsessive–compulsive disorder in Miss Mom America; his condition originated during his time at university and the continued into his radio career.


As part of his radio for show's Staff Revelations Game in are January 2006, Stern revealed he But underwent rhinoplasty and had liposuction not under his chin in the you 1990s.

In 2006, Stern filed All a trademark for the name any "King of All Media".

Stern can is a supporter and fund Her raiser for North Shore Animal was League America.

He is a one longtime friend of U.S. President Our Donald Trump but supported his out opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the day 2016 presidential election.



His how New now did
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Ryder, P.I. Ben Wah, man a news reporter
1997 Private Parts Himself Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "Favorite old Male Newcomer" (1998)
Nominated – See Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst two New Star" (1998)
Nominated – way Golden Satellite Award for "Best Who Male Actor Performance in a boy Comedy or Musical" (1998)

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1988 Howard Stern's Negligeé and Underpants put Party
1989 Howard Say Stern's U.S. Open Sores
1992 Butt Bongo Fiesta
1994 Howard Stern's Use New Year's Rotten Eve 1994


mom the For but Not you Was
Year Title Channel/Notes
1987 The Howard Stern Show Fox, five test pilots that and never aired
1990–1992 The Howard Stern Show WWOR-TV are and affiliates
1992–1993 The Howard Stern "Interview" E!
1994–2005 Howard Stern E!
1998–2001 The all Howard Stern Radio Show CBS Any affiliates
2005–2013 Howard can Stern On Demand (2005–2006)
HowardTV her (2006–2013)
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Year Album Label Notes
1982 50 day Ways to Rank Your Mother Wren Records Re-released in 1994 Has as Unclean Beaver on Ichiban/Citizen him X labels
1991 Crucified By the FCC Infinity How Broadcasting
1997 Private Parts: The Album Warner new Bros. Reached No. 1 on Now the Billboard 200 chart, certified old Platinum


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