99 Facts About Howard Stern


Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12,1954 and is an American radio and television personality, comedian, and author.


Howard Stern is best known for his radio show, The Howard Stern Show, which gained popularity when it was nationally syndicated on terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005.


Howard Stern has broadcast on Sirius XM Radio since 2006.


In recent years, Howard Stern's photography has been featured in Hamptons and WHIRL magazines.


Howard Stern has won numerous industry awards, including Billboards Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year eight consecutive times, and he is the first to have the number one morning show in New York City and Los Angeles simultaneously.


Howard Stern became the most fined radio host when the Federal Communications Commission issued fines totaling $2.5 million to station owners for content it deemed indecent.


Howard Stern became one of the highest-paid radio figures after signing a five-year deal with Sirius in 2004 worth $500 million.


Howard Stern has described himself as the "King of All Media" since 1992 for his successes outside radio.


Howard Stern hosted and produced numerous late-night television shows, pay-per-view events, and home videos.


Stern's third book, Howard Stern Comes Again, was released in 2019.


Howard Stern's parents are Jewish, and their families are from Poland and Austria-Hungary.


Howard Stern later worked as a radio engineer at WHOM in Manhattan and as a co-owner and operator at Aura Recording Inc.


Howard Stern described his older sister Ellen as the "complete opposite" of himself and "very quiet".


In 1955, the family moved to Roosevelt, New York, on Long Island, where Howard Stern attended Washington-Rose Elementary School followed by Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School.


Howard Stern attended Hebrew school where he was given the name Tzvi.


Howard Stern formed a band with two school friends, the Electric Comicbook, on vocals and keyboards.


Howard Stern recalled his time there as "the greatest experience".


Howard Stern was an infrequent listener in his youth, but names talk personalities Bob Grant and Brad Crandall as early influences.


Howard Stern's father set up a microphone, tape machine and turntable in the basement of his home which Stern used to record his make-believe radio shows, incorporating different characters and pre-recorded prank calls, sketches, and commercials.


Howard Stern made several visits to his father's recording studio and witnessed "some of the great voice guys" work with him, including Don Adams and Larry Storch voice Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, which began his desire to be on the air and "do a show", rather than play records.


Howard Stern graduated from the school in 1972; his yearbook lists Stern's sole student activity, a membership of Key Club.


In 1972, Howard Stern declined a place at Elmira College to instead pursue a Communications degree at Boston University, but his average high school grades caused him to spend the first two years in its College of Basic Studies.


Howard Stern took cannabis, Quaaludes, and LSD during his studies, but he quit after he experienced a difficult trip on too much LSD.


Howard Stern then studied for a diploma at the Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in July 1975, which earned him a first-class radio-telephone operator license, a required certificate for all radio broadcasters at the time, which was issued by the Federal Communications Commission.


Howard Stern's major was broadcasting and film and his minor English and speech.


Howard Stern lasted three hours before he was fired "because their personnel department realized that I was the guy who just quit".


Howard Stern then worked in Queens as a radio salesman selling advertising time without considerable success.


Howard Stern used some morning air time to assemble an aircheck with more outrageous bits, including Robert Klein and Cheech and Chong records with added flatulence routines and one-liners.


Howard Stern was hired for the same salary but worked a more intense schedule.


Howard Stern's aircheck was well received by management who made an offer, but Douglas advised Stern against the move and suggested he wait for an offer from a better station.


Howard Stern went ahead regardless and accepted a deal, starting on April 21,1980.


Howard Stern's efforts paid off with his first industry recognition, winning a Billboard Award for Album-Oriented Rock Personality of the Year For a Major Market and the debut Top Five Talent Search contest in the album-oriented rock category from radio syndication firm Drake-Chenault, which then distributed the winning radio segments to stations across the country.


Howard Stern declined offers to work at WXRT in Chicago and CHUM in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Howard Stern sought a co-host with a sense of humor to riff with on news and current events.


Quivers was sent a tape of Howard Stern interviewing a prostitute on the air, and she accepted the job without meeting him.


In one incident, Howard Stern revealed his wife's miscarriage on the air.


In January 1982, Howard Stern had the second-highest-rated morning show in the city.


Howard Stern signed with WNBC in March 1982, four months before his contract with WWDC was to expire.


The situation culminated on June 25,1982, when Howard Stern was terminated from the station.


Towards the end of his stay, Howard Stern had more than tripled his ratings since he began, and The Washingtonian named him the city's best disc jockey.


The station then hired an attorney to operate a seven-second delay if Howard Stern said something potentially offensive.


In 1984, Howard Stern acquired Don Buchwald as his agent, who supervised Howard Stern's new three-year contract with WNBC in early 1985.


Howard Stern declined offers to work in Los Angeles, including NBC's offer of $50,000 if he accepted the move, but chose to stay in New York to "kick NBC's ass".


In July 1990, Stern became the host of the Saturday night variety television show The Howard Stern Show on WWOR-TV, starring himself and his radio show staff.


Howard 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".


In October 1992, Howard Stern became the first to have the number one morning radio show in the New York and Los Angeles markets simultaneously.


Howard Stern appeared at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards as Fartman, a fictional superhero originating from the humor magazine National Lampoon.


Development for The Adventures of Fartman, a feature film based around the character, began in late 1992 with Howard Stern reaching a verbal agreement with New Line Cinema to release it.


In November 1993, Howard Stern was again in talks with Fox to host a late-night talk show, this time replacing Chevy Chase, whose show had been cancelled in October of that year.


Howard Stern spent the summer writing it with collaborator Larry "Ratso" Sloman and editor Judith Regan, calling the experience "the most challenging thing I have ever done in my career".


Howard Stern held book signings across the country, with sessions lasting as long as seven hours.


In February 1994, Howard Stern was featured in Rolling Stone magazine for his first of three cover stories.


That year, Billboard magazine added the Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year category to its annual awards, based on "entertainment value, creativity, and ratings success"; Howard Stern was awarded the title each year from 1994 to 2002.


In late 1993, Howard Stern urged his listeners to elect Christine Todd Whitman as Governor of New Jersey after Howard Stern promised to support the first candidate to phone in his radio show.


Howard Stern planned to reinstate the death penalty, remove highway tolls to improve traffic flow and limit road work to graveyard shifts hours.


Howard Stern announced that once those three goals were accomplished, he would resign and pass the governorship to his lieutenant.


Howard Stern has since felt "firmly opposed" to the death penalty.


Howard Stern intended to assist in a feature film adaptation of Brother Sam, the biography of comedian Sam Kinison written by his brother.


Howard Stern ran for eleven years; the last original episode aired on July 8,2005.


In 1995, Howard Stern signed an advance deal with ReganBooks worth around $3 million to write his second book, Miss America.


Howard Stern embarked on an extensive publicity tour to promote the film which included numerous television appearances and magazine interviews in his attempt to appeal to people who were not listeners of his radio show.


In 1998, Howard Stern received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Male Newcomer.


Howard Stern provides vocals on "Tortured Man", a track he recorded with The Dust Brothers.


Howard Stern, who remained unpaid when production ceased, accused the studio of breach of contract, fraud, and negligent representation.


Howard Stern was to produce the series and voice Orinthal, the family's dog, but the show never made it to air.


Howard Stern spoke at The Concert for New York City in October 2001 in a hazmat suit with his buttocks exposed similarly to his 1992 MTV Music Video Awards appearance.


In November 2001, Stern's production company had begun development on a weekly television sitcom titled Kane for CBS, originally intended to replace The Howard Stern Radio Show following its cancellation, with Ron Zimmerman as the writer of its pilot episode.


In late 2002, Howard Stern acquired the rights to the comedy films Rock 'n' Roll High School and Porky's with Arclight Films.


Howard Stern expressed a wish to use a remake of the former as a launchpad for an unknown band.


Howard Stern claimed its premise was copied from a radio show segment of his known as The Evaluators, whereby its staff and guests evaluate the bodies of contestants.


In early 2004, Howard Stern spoke of talks with ABC to host an hour television interview special as part of its Primetime series, but the project never came to fruition.


Howard Stern worked on a pilot with Robert Schimmel for The WB, based around the comedian's real-life experience of falling in love with his daughter's best friend following his battle with cancer, but was not picked up.


The situation prompted tighter control over content by station managers which made Howard Stern feel "dead" creatively.


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


Howard Stern held a press conference hours before the suit was filed; he stressed to the media that the suit was nothing more than a "personal vendetta" against him by CBS president Leslie Moonves, and a distraction to the failure of the company's radio division in the aftermath of his departure from terrestrial radio as it struggled to attain ratings as strong as Howard Stern's.


In December 2010, Howard Stern renewed his contract with SiriusXM to continue his radio show for a further five years.


Howard Stern continued to shoot throughout the year, including WHIRL magazine and the North Shore Animal League, and established his photography company Conlon Road Photography, a reference to the name of the road he lived on while growing up in Roosevelt.


Later in 2011, Howard Stern announced his return to network television as a replacement for Piers Morgan as a judge on America's Got Talent for its seventh season.


Howard Stern had the show relocate to Radio City Music Hall in New York City to cater to his radio show schedule.


Howard Stern subsequently reappeared on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list at No 26.


Howard Stern continued as a judge on the show for the eighth ninth and tenth seasons.


Howard Stern left at the end of the show's tenth season in September 2015 to devote more time to his radio show.


Howard Stern was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.


In February 2015, Whalerock Industries announced its partnership with Howard Stern to set up a future direct-to-consumer digital "media hub" service, with a potential mix of free and subscription-based programming.


In October 2015, Howard Stern gained fame with his rants against Palestinian minorities in the Middle East denouncing them as a people that "do not exist" or "did not live there [Palestine]".


Howard Stern's comments, calling Arabs "dogs", were denounced as "racist" by the international press.


In May 2020, Howard Stern admonished Trump supporters that listen to his SiriusXM show, saying President Trump despised his own supporters.


In December 2020, Howard Stern renewed his contract with SiriusXM, agreeing to produce his show for five more years.


In June 2022, Howard Stern stated his interest in running for President in 2024, if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee.


Howard Stern met his first wife, Alison Berns, while at Boston University through a mutual friend.


Howard Stern featured Berns in a student film he made about Transcendental Meditation.


Howard Stern wrote, "Within a week after our relationship began, I knew I was going to marry her".


Howard Stern has since bought a home in Southampton, New York on Long Island.


Howard Stern announced their engagement on his radio show on February 14,2007.


Howard Stern has interviewed Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the technique, and thanked him for relieving his mother's depression.


Howard Stern's condition originated while at university and continued into his radio career.


In 2012, Howard Stern said he had adopted a pescetarian diet.


In 2019, Howard Stern revealed that he had a cancer scare two years prior, after a growth was found on one of his kidneys.


Howard Stern is a longtime supporter and fund raiser for North Shore Animal League America.