Radio shock jock Howard Stern has received notice as a controversial radio personality. Currently working with Sirius Satellite Radio station, the self-described “King of All Media” has approximately twenty five million listeners and his radio show has become No. 1 in many cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Washington and Philadelphia. Over the years, he has been publicly criticized and the stations in which he airs have been forced to pay large fines to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As a TV personality, Stern is most famous as the star of his eponymous late night E! Entertainment Television show, which ran from 1994 to 2005. He is currently the host of “Howard Stern on Demand” (2006-2010).
One of Time Magazine's “Time 100: The People Who Shape Our World” (2006) and Forbes Magazine's “100 Most Powerful Celebrities” (2000), Stern is also widely popular as the writer of the best selling books “Private Parts” (1993) and “Miss America” (1995). A 1997 film version of “Private Parts,” directed by Betty Thomas and starring Stern, was a commercial success and was handed a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, a Golden Satellite nomination and a Razzie nomination for Stern’s performance.
On a more personal front, Stern has been married twice. He was married to Allison Berns from 1978 to 2001 and they have three daughters. Stern married his present wife, Beth Ostrosky, in 2008.
Childhood and Family:
In Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, New York, Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954. His father is Bern Stern (born 1923), a radio engineer who introduced young Howard to the world of broadcasting, and his mother's name is Ray Stern (born 1928). He grew up in Roosevelt, Long Island, with his older sister Ellen Dunn (born 1950). Howard graduated from South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y. in 1972 and studied communications at Boston University. He graduated magna cum laude in 1976. While in college, he volunteered at the college radio station WTBU.
On June 4, 1978, Howard married Allison Berns, whom he met at Boston University. They have three daughters, Emily (born 1984), Debra (born 1987) and Ashley (born 1993). The couple divorced in 2001. On October 3, 2008, Howard married Beth Ostrosky. Howard goes by the nicknames Howchie, Howeird, How, The Howard and Howie.
After college, Stern worked briefly in marketing and advertising before kicking off his professional radio career with a small radio station in Briarcliff Manor, New York. He went on to work at radio stations in Hartford, Detroit and Washington D.C. It was at the FM radio station WWDC that he began working with news reader Robin Quivers. In 1982, Stern released a comedy album titled “50 Ways to Rank Your Mother.” Originally released under Wren Records, the album was later re-released on audio CD as “Unclean Beaver” in 1994. Also in 1982, Stern returned to New York City to work at NBC's AM radio station WNBC Radio. After a news report that aired on NBC Magazine on April 2, 1982, he almost lost his job, but instead began his afternoon program in September. He was fired by NBC in 1985. In the meantime, Stern's show caught the attention of David Letterman and in 1984 Stern made an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman.” The performance propelled him to the national limelight.
After leaving NBC, Stern worked for local rival station WXRK (K-Rock). It was not long before he scored a hit with his broadcast “The Howard Stern Show.” Premiering in November 1985, the show moved permanently to the morning drive time slot three months after its debut and went on to air in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. before being syndicated nationwide by Infinity Broadcasting in 1986. “The Howard Stern Show” became a top rated show in such cities as New York City, Washington, Los Angles and Philadelphia. Known for creating controversy, Stern caused Infinity Broadcasting to pay fines for his antics and subjects.
Stern began his television endeavors in May 1987 when WNYW, a flagship television station of Fox Broadcasting Company, looked for a new late night talk show to replace “The Late Show” hosted by Joan Rivers. Five hour long pilots were made but no air dates were finalized. Fox eventually canceled the decision to carry the show. In 1990, WWOR-TV aired a TV version of Stern’s radio show “The Howard Stern Show.” The show lasted until August 1992.
From 1992 to 1993, Stern hosted the late night show “The Howard Stern Interview” on the E! Entertainment Television channel. The show featured many guests, including Garry Shandling, Flavor Flav, John Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Willie Nelson, Boy George, Tom Jones, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Joan Rivers, Richard Marx, Don King, Donald Trump and Jimmy Carter. Also in 1993, Howard hosted the pay per view show “Miss Howard Stern New Year's Eve Pageant.” He also released an autobiography called “Private Parts” on October 15, 1993. The book went on to become the fastest selling book in the history of Simon & Schuster. His second book, “Miss America,” followed in 1995. In 1994, Stern began his television show “Howard Stern” (again) on E! Entertainment Television. Premiering on June 20, 1994, the show would end on July 8, 2005.
In 1997, Stern made his film acting debut when he starred in the big screen adaptation of his autobiography “Private Parts,” which chronicled his rise to success. The film, directed by Betty Thomas and scripted by Len Blum and Michael Kalesniko, received generally positive reviews from critics and opened at the box office at No. 1. For his performance, Stern won a Blockbuster Entertainment for Favorite Male Newcomer. He also received a Razzie nomination for Worst New Star and a Golden Satellite nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. In 1998, Stern premiered the weekly late night television show “The Howard Stern Radio Show” on CBS. The show ran until May 19, 2001.
Stern also served as an executive producer for “Son of the Beach,” a parody of the series “Baywatch.” The show, starring Timothy Stack, Jaime Bergman and Leila Arcieri, appeared on the FX cable network from March 15, 2000, to October 1, 2002.
In 2004, Clear Channel Communications dropped Stern’s show from their stations in several markets, especially after his sexually provocative speech with Paris Hilton's ex, Rick Salomon. Later that same year, he secured a five year contract with satellite network Sirius for a show that would free him from FCC regulations. His partnership with Sirius Satellite Radio professionally began with the launch of “Howard Stern On Demand” in January 2006.
Stern will work as a producer of “Rock 'n' Roll High School” (2010) and consulting producer on “Howard Stern's Porky's” (2011).
Adult Video News: Special Achievement, 2000
Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Male Newcomer, “Private Parts,” 1998
Golden Apple: Sour Apple, 1996