Howard Stern

Radio Personality
Born Jan 12, 1954

Howard Allan Stern is an American radio personality, television host, author, actor, and photographer best known for his radio show which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005. He gained wide recognition in the 1990s and is labeled a "shock jock" for his outspoken and sometimes controversial style. Stern has been exclusive to Sirius XM Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service, since 2006. Stern wished to pursue a career in radio at the age of five.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Howard Stern.


1954 Birth Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954, the second child of Ben and Ray (née Schiffman) Stern who lived in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City. … Read More
1955 1 Year Old In 1955, the family moved to Roosevelt, New York on Long Island where Stern attended Washington-Rose Elementary School followed by Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School. … Read More


1969 15 Years Old In June 1969, the family moved to nearby Rockville Centre, and Stern, at age fifteen, transferred to South Side High School where he became "a total introvert".
1972 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He graduated from the school in 1972; his year book lists Stern's sole student activity, a membership in Key Club.


1974 - 1978 6 More Events
1979 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, Stern spotted an advertisement in Radio & Records for a "wild, fun morning guy" at rock station WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut. … Read More
1980 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Stern left WCCC in early 1980 after he was denied a "lousy, stinking twenty-five-dollar-a-week raise". … Read More
1981 27 Years Old Douglas found Stern's next job, hosting mornings at album-oriented rock station WWDC in Washington, D.C. Stern was cautious about the offer at first as the general manager "was not really aware of what I did", but accepted the offer and started on March 2, 1981. … Read More
In January 1982, Stern had the second highest rated morning show in the city. … Read More


1984 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Stern acquired Don Buchwald as his agent who supervised Stern's new three-year contract with WNBC in early 1985.
In May 1985, Stern claimed the highest ratings at WNBC in four years with a 5.7% market share of the afternoon audience.
1986 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Determined to beat Imus and WNBC in the ratings, Stern moved to the prime time morning slot in February 1986. … Read More
1988 - 1989 2 More Events
1990 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In its 1990 feature on Stern, Rolling Stone predicted he was "on the fast track to multimedia stardom". … Read More
1991 37 Years Old As part of his rally against the FCC's actions, Stern released a compilation album of censored radio segments titled Crucified by the FCC in early 1991.
Stern's rise as a popular radio and television figure in 1992 led to the first instance of his self-proclaimed title, "King of All Media". … Read More
In 1993, the project was abandoned due to disagreements between Stern and New Line regarding the film's content, rating, and merchandising rights. … Read More


The show was released for home video in early 1994 entitled Howard Stern's New Year's Rotten Eve 1994.
On April 3, 1995, three days after the shooting of singer Selena, Stern's comments regarding her death and Mexican Americans caused controversy among his listeners in Texas and some Hispanic communities. … Read More
1996 - 2000 8 More Events
Stern spoke at The Concert for New York City in October 2001 in a hazmat suit with his buttocks exposed in a similar fashion to his 1992 MTV Music Video Awards appearance.


The controversy surrounding the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, aired live on February 1, 2004, led to the government's crackdown on indecency in radio and television following a surge in audience complaints. … Read More
2005 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Stern's final live show on terrestrial airwaves aired on December 16, 2005. … Read More
On January 9, 2006, the day of his first broadcast on Sirius, Stern and Buchwald received a total of 34.3 million shares of Sirius stock worth $218 million for exceeding agreed subscriber number targets set when the contract was signed. … Read More
2007 - 2010 2 More Events
On March 22, 2011, Stern and Buchwald filed a lawsuit against Sirius for $300 million, claiming further annual bonuses were not paid despite Stern meeting subscriber growth targets.


In 2015, Forbes placed Stern as the world's highest paid media personality and the fifth highest earning celebrity worldwide, at $95 million.
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