Born as Howard Allan Stern on 12 January 1954 in Long Island, New York, he is known as a “shock jock” for his outspoken and sometimes, outrageous behavior on his shows aired on terrestial airwaves and later on, “The Howard Stern Show,” an uncensored satellite radio service aired on Sirius XM. He holds the record of being the highest paid radio personality and ironically, also the most fined for indecency by the Federal Communications Commission during the period 1986 to 2005.
Howard Stern attended Roosevelt Junior High School and later transferred to South Side High School where he graduated in 1972. Because of his early interest in radio, he enrolled at Boston University because of its reputation in broadcast communications. While there, he worked at the campus radio station, WTBU, but later got fired. Earning his first class FCC license in 1975, Stern gained professional experience as a newscaster and radio personality that same year at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts. The following year, he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
Howard Stern worked as a disc jockey after graduation and became a program director for WRNW, a progressive rock station in Westchester County, New York. In 1978, he started his first morning show format on WCCC-FM in Hartford, Connecticut. From there, his work would take him to Detroit, Washington D.C. then back to New York City. His appearance in 1984 on “Late Night with David Letterman” launched him into the national spotlight and marked his transition from radio host to media personality. In 2006, Stern entered into a 5-year deal with Sirius Satellite Radio for a no-holds-barred program that allows expletives.
Aside from hosting his radio shows, Howard Stern has authored and published two best-selling semi-auto-biographical books, “Miss America” and “Private Parts.” He announced his candidacy for Governor of New York on March 22, 1994 under the Libertarian Party against re-electionist Mario Cuomo. Stern promised changes in highway toll collection and allowing only nighttime road construction to improve, traffic flow and the return of the death penalty as a deterrent to heinous crimes.
At the Party’s nomination convention held on 23 April 1994 in Albany, New York, he won the required two-thirds majority on the first balloting. Because of his disagreement with the disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act, Stern withdrew his candidacy and supported George Pataki who went on to defeat Cuomo. In tribute to Stern, Governor Pataki signed into law the so-called “Howard Stern Bill” which limited only to night hours the construction of state roads in New York and Long Island. In 2004, Stern criticized George W. Bush for his handling of the war in Iraq and campaigned for the presidential candidacy of Democratic Senator John Kerry.