Howard Allan Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor and photographer. He’s best known for his radio show The Howard Stern Show, which gained popularity when it was nationally syndicated on radio from 1986 to 2005. Stern has broadcast on Sirius XM Radio since 2006. Take a look below for 30 more fascinating and interesting facts about Howard Stern.
1. From 1976 to 1982, Stern developed his on-air personality through morning positions at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, New York, WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut, WWWW in Detroit, Michigan, and WWDC in Washington, D.C.
2. Stern worked afternoons at WNBC in New York City from 1982 until his firing in 1985.
3. in 1985, he began a 20 year run at WXRK in New York City; his morning show entered syndication in 1986 and aired in 60 markets and attracted 20 million listeners at its peak.
4. He won numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year eight consecutive times, and is the first to have the number one morning show in New York City and Los Angeles simultaneously.
5. He became the most fined radio host when the Federal Communications Commission issued fines totaling $2.5 million to station owners for content that’s deemed indecent.
6. Stern became one of the highest paid radio figures after singing a five year deal with Sirius in 2004 worth $500 million.
7. In recent years, his photography has been featured in Hamptons and WHIRL magazines.
8. Stern has described himself as “King of All Media” since 1992 for his successes outside radio.
9. He hosted and produced numerous late night television shows, pay-per-view events and home videos.
10. His two books, Private Parts and Miss America, entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number one and sold over one million copies.
11. His father was a co-owner of Auro Recording Inc., a studio in Manhattan where cartoons and commercials were produced.
12. He has a younger sister, Ellen, who he says is a complete opposite of himself.
13. He cites his visits to his father’s recording studio as the main reason for him being in this field. He witnessed Wally Cox, Don Adams and Larry Storch at work, who were all known for their voice on air.
14. Stern applied for a job in Radio and Records in 1979 which advertised for a “wild, fun morning guy.” He sent an audition tape featuring Robert Klein and Cheese and Chong records with one liner and flatulence routines.
15. During the energy crisis in 1979, Stern urged his listeners to boycott Shell Oil Company for two days. The stunt turned media attention towards him.
16. Stern blamed the Bush administration for increased FCC fines and scrutiny of radio broadcasters in 2004 following the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy that February.
17. Stern met his first wife, Alison Berns, while at Boston University through a mutual friend. He used Berns in a student film he made about Transcendental Meditation.
18. They married at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts, on June 4, 1978; they were both 24 years old. They have three daughters, Emily Beth, Debra Jennifer and Ashley Jade.
19. In October, 1999, they decided to separate. Stern said, “I was totally neurotic and sort of consumed with work. I took work as the most important thing and the only thing.”
20. In the several months when Stern was single, he dated Angie Everhart and Robin Givens.
21. In 2000, he dated model and television host Beth Ostrosky. He announced their engagement on his radio show on February 14, 2007. They married at La Cirque restaurant in New York City on October 3, 2008.
22. In the early 1970s, Stern’s parents began to practice Transcendental Meditation and encouraged him to learn. Stern credits the technique with helping him quit smoking, achieve his goals in radio, beat obsessive compulsive disorder and cure his mother of depression.
23. Stern revealed his suffering with obsessive compulsive disorder in Miss America. His condition originated while at university and continued into his radio career.
24. As part of his radio show’s Staff Revelations Game in January, 2006, Stern revealed that he underwent rhinoplasty and had liposuction under his chin in the 1990s.
25. He’s a supporter and fund raiser for North Shore Animal League America.
26. Stern was to act as Fartman, a superhero originating from a humor magazine. In 1992, he came to an agreement with New Line Cinema to release it. However, it was cancelled in 1993 due to disagreement between Stern and New Line cinema.
27. He started playing chess from an early age and played in Internet Chess Club. He has even taken lessons from the website’s founder Dan Heisman, a chess master. Stern has achieved a rating of 1600.
28. In May, 2013, he bought a 19,000 square foot home in Palm Beach, Florida for $52 million.
29. In August, 2013, Stern, along with Simon Cowell, was named on top of the Forbes’ list of America’s highest paid television personalities. He has earned $95 million between June 2012 and 2013.
30. In 1993, he wrote his first book “Private Parts”, which was co-authored with Larry Sloman. It was released on October 7, 1993, and sold 225,000 copies within the first hour of release. It stayed on top of The New York Times Best Seller list for nearly 20 weeks.