Howard Stern is an American radio personality, television host, actor and an author. He gained his recognition in the 90s with his controversial shows. He worked in the business for over thirty years. He is best known for his show “The Howard Stern Show” airing on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
He was born as Howard Allan Stern on 12th January 1954 to parents Ben and Ray. His father was one of the owners of a sound studio called Aura Recording, Inc., where they produced cartoons and commercials. Stern developed interest in radio at the age of 5 as he visited his father’s work place often. He was influenced by Wally Cox, Don Adams and Larry Storch when he saw them lending voices to his favorite cartoon characters.
His first experience working in the radio came while studying at Boston University where he volunteered to work on the college radio station. He played records, read the news and conducted interviews. Later along with few friends in college he began hosting a comedy show called “King Schmaltz Bagel Hour”, but the show was canceled after its first airing of “Godzilla Goes to Harlem” and they were fired.After getting his first class FCC radiotelephone license he made his professional debut at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts. The experience from 1975-81 improved his confidence and also led him to take a more open approach while airing his show. Later he signed a contract with WWDC in Washington, D.C. He was paired with Robin Quivers. But here Stern felt much restricted as the management enforced a strict format. He entered a contract with WNBC for $1 million, which was publicized by the press and his relationship with the management at WWDC worsened and he was suspended.
While working with NBC he again got into trouble for his open talks and was instructed to avoid talks on sexual and religious matters. He was on national spotlight with his first appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” a comedy talk show hosted by David Letterman on NBC. In 1985 the management on the basis of “conceptual differences” fired Robin Quivers and Stern.Later he went on to became the first to hit the New York and Los Angeles Arbitron ratings simultaneously. Stern won the Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year award from the Billboard magazine for eight consecutive years from 1994-2000. Later in 2006 he entered contract with Sirius.
He also got into a television career that included several late night shows and pay-per views and video releases. He also wrote two books named Private Parts and Miss America. Private Parts was made into a film which grossed over $41 million in the USA.
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