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Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and television comedian and entrepreneur.
He is best known for his radio show The Howard Stern Show, which gained a following on terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005.
Since 2006, Stern has been broadcasting on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Stern earned his first radio jobs while attending Boston University.
Stern spent his on-air personality in Hartford, Connecticut, WWW in Detroit, Michigan, and WWDC in Washington, D.C., from 1976 to 1985.
He began his 20-year career at WXRK in New York City in 1985; his morning show, which aired in 60 markets and attracted 20 million viewers at its peak, in 1986.
Stern has received numerous industry awards, including Billboard's Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year eight times, and is the first to have the number one morning show in New York City and Los Angeles simultaneously.
When the Federal Communications Commission issued fines totaling $2.5 million to station owners for conduct it had deemed indecent, he became the most coveted radio host.
Stern became one of the highest-paid radio personalities after signing a five-year deal with Sirius in 2004 worth $500 million.
Stern's photography has been published in Hamptons and WHIRL magazines in recent years.
He served as a judge on America's Got Talent from 2012 to 2015. Since 1992, Stern has been known as the "King of All Media" for his radio successes.
Several late night television shows, pay-per-view shows, and home videos were hosted and produced by him.
Private Parts (1993) and Miss America (1995), both of his books, have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and have sold more than 100,000 copies.
In 1997, Stern and his radio show staff appeared as themselves in a biographical comedy film.
In its first week, it dominated the US box office and grossed $41.2 million domestically.
Stern appears on its own soundtrack, which charted the Billboard 200 at number one and was awarded platinum for one million copies sold.
Howard Stern Comes Again, Stern's third book, was published in 2019.
Early life and education
Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954, the second child of Ben (1923–2022) and Ray (née Schiffman) Stern (b. In 1927, the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City, George Washington, was born. Stern's parents are Jewish, and their families are from Poland and Austria-Hungary. Before becoming a homemaker and later taking up in-house as an inhalation specialist, Ray was an office clerk in New York City. During the war, Ben served on Long Island and California. He spent time as a radio engineer at WHOM in Manhattan and as a co-owner and operator at Aura Recording Inc., a Manhattan recording studio where cartoons and commercials were cut. Ellen, Stern's older sister, was dubbed the "complete opposite" of himself and "very quiet."
The family lived on Long Island, New York, where Stern attended Washington-Rose Elementary School and Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School. Stern was also a student at Hebrew school, where he was given the name Tzvi. Stern spent five years of piano lessons as a youth and became interested in marionettes, eagerly entertaining his neighbors with explicit performances. He formed the Electric Comicbook, a group of two schoolmates, who played on vocals and keyboards. Stern spent his summers at Camp Wel-Met, a youth camp in Narrowsburg, New York, where he served as a cook, grill, and counselor from the age of nine to his second year at university. "The best time" he recalled was in Amsterdam.
Stern aspired to be in radio at the age of five. He was an infrequent listener in his youth, but names like Bob Grant and Brad Crandall were among the early influences. In the basement of his house, Stern used to record his make-believe radio shows, including different characters and pre-recorded prank calls, sketches, and commercials. His father invented a microphone, tape machine, and turntable. He made several trips to his father's recording studio and saw "some of the best voice guys" work with him, including Don Adams and Larry Storch, who introduced him to television and "do a show" rather than playing music.
Roosevelt became largely black neighborhood in the late 1960s; Stern recalls that just "a handful of white kids" remained in his class and numerous incidents of bullying from black students. The family moved to Rockville Centre in June 1969, where Stern, at age 15, was a student at South Side High School, where he became "a complete introvert." Stern graduated from the school in 1972; his yearbook records Stern's sole student involvement, as well as a member of the Key Club.
Stern dropped a spot at Elmira College in 1972 in favour of a Boston University Communications degree, but his high school grades led him to enroll for the first two years in the College of Basic Studies. He began working at WTBU's campus radio station, where he performed, read the news, and hosted interview sessions in his second year. He later hosted The King Schmaltz Bagel Hour, which was first broadcast for a racial sketch titled "Godzilla Goes to Harlem" with three fellow students. During his studies, Stern used cannabis, Quaaludes, and LSD, but he had to leave because of a difficult ride on too much LSD. He was accepted to the School of Public Communications at the University in 1974. He then studied for a diploma at the Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in July 1975, which gave him his first-class radio operator license, a mandatory license for all radio broadcasters at the time, which was not issued by the Federal Communications Commission at the time. Stern began working with a license in Newton, Massachusetts, from August to December 1975, doing air shifts, news casting, and production. He coached students basic electronics in preparation for their own FCC exams for the next five months. Stern graduated magna cum lauded with a 3.8-grade point average in May 1976. His main focus was broadcasting and film, as well as his minor English and speaking. In the past, he sponsored a scholarship at the university.
Alison Berns, Stern's first wife, met him at Boston University through a mutual friend. Berns appeared in a student film he made about Transcendental Meditation. "I knew I was going to marry her a week after our relationship began." On June 4, 1978, the two married at Temple Ohabe Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts; they were 24 years old. Emily Beth (b) has three children. Debra Jennifer (b. 1983) Debra Debra Lopez (b. Ashley Jade (b. 1986) and Ashley Jade (b. 1993: The first domestic invasion in the United States. They decided to separate in October 1999. "I was totally neurotic and kind of obsessed with work," Stern said. "I went to work as the most important thing and the only thing." He converted from the home he shared with Berns in Old Westbury, New York, to a 4,000-square-foot Millennium Tower in Manhattan's Upper West Side of Manhattan, which he bought in 1998 for $4.9 million. With an amicable divorce and a settlement, the marriage ended in 2001. Stern has since bought a home on Long Island in Southampton, New York.
Stern dated Angie Everhart and Robin Givens during the several months he was single. He started seeing a psychotherapist. He began to date model and television host Beth Ostrosky in 2000. On February 14, 2007, he revealed that they would be attending his radio show. On October 3, 2008, they married at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City. Mark Consuelos officiated the service. In 2017, Stern bought a home in Palm Beach, Florida, for $52 million.
Stern's parents began to practice Transcendental Meditation and encouraged him to learn in the early 1970s. Stern attributes the technology with helping him quit smoking, achieve his radio goals, beat obsessive compulsive disorder, and cure his mother of depression. He continued to practice it as of 1997. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the technique's developer, has been interviewed by Stern and thanked for relieving his mother's anxiety.
In Miss America, Stern revealed that he suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder. His illness began while at university and he went into radio work.
Stern revealed in January 2006 that he had undergone rhinoplasty and had liposuction under his chin in the 1990s as part of his Staff Revelations Game on his radio show.
Stern is a fund raiser and fundraiser for North Shore Animal League America. Stern said he had started a pescetarian diet in 2012.
Stern revealed in 2019 that he had a cancer scare two years ago, after a growth was discovered on one of his kidneys. It turned out to be a benign cyst.
Since 2014, Stern and Ostrosky have been raising cats in their Long Island home. Every year, approximately 200 cats come into their household.
Stern accepted an invitation to work evenings at WRNW, a progressive rock station in Briarcliff Manor, New York, following his graduation. He was uncertain of his abilities and wondered about his future as a consultant in the industry, writing "I freaked out." I was so worried that I wasn't strong enough." Stern, a New York media firm, hired Benton & Bowles, a New York advertising firm, but the agency announced him "with out giving notice" in favour of a creative position. He lasted three hours before being fired "because their support staff knew that I was the one who had just resigned." Stern began working in Queens as a radio salesman, gaining little success. "All of a sudden... "All of a sudden." He wrote, "I realized that I had left a career in radio." Stern contacted WRNW for work and decided to cover shifts related to the Christmas holidays in 1976, with encouragement from his mother and grandmother. Stern's director, who was impressed with his reliability and professional approach, joined him full-time for a six-day midday shift this week for $96 a week. Stern became the station's production director after several months, but the station's production director survived until 1977, when he became its program director for an increased salary of $250 a week. Stern rented a bedroom in a monastery in Armonk, New York, to save money.
Stern discovered an advertisement in Radio & Records for a "wild, fun morning guy" at Hartford, Connecticut, Connecticut's rock station WCCC. With more bizarre bits, such as Robert Klein and Cheech and Chong's records, he assembled an aircheck with more unusual features, including new flatulence routines and one-liners. Stern was hired for the same salary but had a more hectic schedule. He appeared and produced commercials for another four hours on the air for the fourth hour. Following a six-hour preview, he did development work for the next three days on Saturdays. He volunteered as the station's public affairs director and hosted a Sunday morning talk show that preferred playing music more than anything because it "represented what I wanted to do on the radio more than anything." Take the average guy and dissect what he does. Stern encouraged listeners to boycott Shell Oil Company for two days in the summer of 1979, a move that attracted media interest. Stern first encountered Fred Norris, the overnight disc jockey who went on to become Stern's writer and producer since 1981, at WCCC. Stern left WCCC in early 1980 after being refused a "lousy, stinking twenty-dollar-a-week raise." Stern's local rival station WHCN had assembled tapes and newspaper clippings of Stern and sent them to Burkhart/Abrams, a radio consultancy company, to have Stern leave the Hartford market as a rise in his ratings increased his station's numbers. The tapes were received by Dwight Douglas, a Burkhart/Abrams consultant who did Stern work in Columbus, Ohio, but Stern declined.
Stern discovered an advertised job in Radio & Records for a morning host at WWW-B, a struggling rock station in Detroit, Michigan, in his hunt for new work. Stern was applauded by management, who made an offer, but Douglas advised Stern not to move forward and suggested that he wait for a better station. Stern went ahead and signed a contract beginning on April 21, 1980. "To cut the barriers... strip down all the ego... and be completely honest," he suggested. His efforts paid off with his first industry accolade, winning the inaugural Top Five Talent Search Award in the album-oriented rock category from radio syndication company Drake-Chenault, which later sold the winning radio segments to radio stations around the country. Despite the success, WWWW continued to decline in the rankings and struggled to surpass the three most popular rock stations in the region. The quarterly Arbitron ratings, which were released in January 1981, showed no signs of a large audience, causing the station to change formats overnight from rock to country music to Stern's surprise and annoyance. He lasted another two weeks before "it was time to hit the road again." Fortunately, I couldn't imagine myself as Hopalong Howie." He declined to work with WXRT in Chicago and CHUM in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Douglas was curious about his next job, hosting mornings at the album-oriented rock station WWDC in Washington, D.C., but he accepted the challenge and began on March 2, 1981. Stern spent several weeks planning out a new show, determined to be more profitable as the station gave him a great opportunity to work in New York City, his career goal. He was determined to "kill my opponents." I was going to say whatever the fuck I was going to say... "It's first step was to bring my team together." He wanted a co-host with a sense of humor to riff on current affairs and current affairs. Stern was paired with Robin Quivers, a former nurse in the air force and a news reporter at WFBR in Baltimore, who was then paired with him. Quivers was sent a tape of Stern interviewing a prostitute on television, but she declined to work without meeting him. She hoped that "would come in and do the news," but it wasn't that way." Despite several problems with content, which culminated in the introduction of a seven-second delay to censor troubling moments, Stern "kept chipping away at management's archaic strategy" and "together with the addition of Norris as his writer and producer," which involved several issues. Stern revealed his wife's miscarriage on the air in one incident. Stern held the second-best-rated morning show in the city in January 1982.
Stern was offered a one-year extension to his deal, but Stern wanted a longer-term contract due to his rapid rise in the ratings. He was given a five-year contract at WNBC in New York City, and then an adult contemporary station, after radio manager Jerry Nachman became a Stern fan and suggested his name to the station. Stern joined WNBC in March 1982, four months before his WWDC deal came to an end. His relationship with station management began from then on, and he has consistently sluggishly deejays and others on the radio, including an incident where the manager's salary was revealed. Stern was fired from the station on June 25, 1982, when the situation came to an end. Stern's ratings increased more than tripled his numbers since he began, and the Washingtonian named him the city's best disc jockey. Stern was often believed to have been suspended over a contentious segment regarding the 1982 crash of Air Florida Flight 90, which made people believe he had called the airline and asked for flights to the 14th Street bridge, the accident site, and if it would be a "regular stop." Stern, on the other hand, said it was false, saying "no one ever complained about it." Stern has won a $35,000 advance contract with Wren Records to produce a comedy parodies of Norris titled 50 Ways to Rank Your Mother. In 1994, Unclean Beaver was reissued.
NBC Magazine published a critical news story on shock radio by Douglas Kiker in April 1982, four months before he joined WNBC, that centered around Stern and the unpopular nature of his show. The piece prompted NBC executives to address Stern's resignation, but management decided not to worry about it rather than invest money on buying Stern out of the deal. To make matters worse, Stern did not allow his show partners at first, which caused some tensions between Stern and Quivers for several months. Stern's afternoon show at WNBC began on August 30, 1982, but he was closely monitored, and he was warned not to discuss issues of a sexual or religious nature. In his first month, he was banned from "Virgin Mary Kong," a summary of a video game in which a group of men hunted the Virgin Mary in a singles bar in Jerusalem. If Stern said something potentially offensive, the station then hired an advocate to run a seven-second delay. Kevin Metheny, the program manager who Stern infamously feuded with and the word "Pig Virus," took over shortly. Stern began his long-running rivalry with its morning host Don Imus while working at WNBC.
Don Buchwald, Stern's former WNBC employee who supervised Stern's new three-year deal in 1984, was hired as his agent in 1984. Despite the manager's continuing measures, his following with the audience soared. He made his debut on Late Night with David Letterman on May 21, 1984, and was included in People magazine, raising his national profile. Stern received the highest ratings on WNBC in four years in May 1985, with a 5.7% market share of the afternoon audience. Stern and Quivers were fired within minutes before the show's management announced "conceptual inconsistencies" that had been on air on September 30, 1985. "We made an effort to make Stern aware that certain aspects of the program should be changed over time," program manager John Hayes explained. I don't think it's appropriate to ask what those particulars were." Stern was not told what it was. Thornton Bradshaw, chairman of WNBC, was a witness who aired ten days before his suspension and ordered the show to be cancelled in 1992.
Stern stayed in touch with his fans after his firing from WNBC by booking dates at clubs with a live stage show. He turned down offers to work in Los Angeles, including NBC's $50,000 if he accepted the change, but rather stayed in New York to "kick NBC's ass." Stern revealed the signing of a five-year contract with Infinity Broadcasting worth an estimated $500,000 to host afternoons on its rock music station WXRK, which starts on October 18. Stern was fired from his position as a producer of WNBC, and the network eventually agreed to it. In the event that he was obligated to pay him for the remainder of his contract, the station was bound to pay him. Stern climbed to the prime time morning slot in February 1986, with a determination to overthrowrown Imus and WNBC in the ratings. On August 18th, the show debuted in syndication as WYSP in Philadelphia began to simulcast the program. Stern had the best-rated morning radio program in the New York market between 1994 and 2001. During Stern's 20 years at WXRK, his show was syndicated in 60 markets throughout North America and attracted a large audience of 20 million viewers.
When the Fox network needed a replacement for The Late Show, a late-night talk show hosted by Joan Rivers, Stern's first venture into television began. Stern agreed to five one-hour pilots who were produced for an estimated $400,000, with guitarist Leslie West as his band leader and comedian Steve Rossi as the show's announcer following his early broadcasting of the network in late 1986. After Fox decided not to pick it up, the show was subjected to screen tests in California among focus groups. One Fox executive characterized the pilots as "poorly produced," "in poor taste," and "boring." In February 1988, Stern hosted Howard Stern's Negligeé and Underpants Party, his first pay-per-view function. The special was sold in 60,000 houses and grossed $1.2 million. Michael Levine of the Drug Enforcement Administration blasted Stern's joke about heroin being used backstage at the performance, sparking media notice, but no probe was launched. Following an on-air competition, fans sold out Nassau Coliseum in four hours for Howard Stern's U.S. Open Sores, a live event that featured a tennis match between Stern and his producer Gary Dell'Abate in October 1989. Both events were broadcast on home video by Stern.
Rolling Stone predicted he was "on the fast track to multimedia superstardom" in its 1990 feature on Stern. He re-signed with Infinity Broadcasting last year to continue his radio show for five years, a deal that New York Magazine estimated was worth more than $100 million. Stern became the host of the Saturday night variety television show The Howard Stern Show on WWOR-TV in July 1990, starring himself and his radio staff. The show first appeared as four, one-hour specials, and broadcast during the summer, and it grew to a peak of 65 markets around the country, including cities where the radio show did not air. During the thirty minutes when the two programs overlapped in the New York area, the show often topped Saturday Night Live in the ratings. After 69 episodes in 1992, Stern ended the program.
By this time, the radio show had been fined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for indecent content. Stern released Crucified by the FCC in early 1991 as part of his resistance to the FCC's activities.
Stern's ascension as a well-known radio and television figure in 1992 culminated in the first use of his self-proclaimed name "King of All Media." Michael Jackson, who had been dubbed "King of Pop," had been the subject of a tongue-in-cheek jab. Stern became the first to have the number one morning radio show in both New York and Los Angeles markets simultaneously in October 1992. Stern launched Butt Bongo Fiesta, a home video featuring the highlight feature of "butt bongoing," which Stern characterized as "frenzking in time to a rock song playing in the background" in the same month. The video was a commercial success, with over 260,000 copies selling for over $80 million. Stern returned to television in November 1992 as the host of The Howard Stern "Interview," a weekly one-on-one celebrity interview show on the E. The network, which came from 1993, has been a success. Fartman, a fictional superhero originating from the humor magazine National Lampoon, appeared at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards as Fartman. Stern, who was presenting an award with Luke Perry, was on stage in the Fartman costume, with his buttocks exposed. Stern first used Fartman at WWDC in October 1992, according to the trademark. The Adventures of Fartman, a comedy film based on the character, began in late 1992 with Stern and New Line Cinema arranging a verbal deal to be released. J. F. Lawton, a screenwriter, was hired to write an outline and then direct the film with producer David Permut, and it was worth $8–11 million. The film, according to lawton, is "a true comedy with a beginning, middle, and an end with a good plot." The initiative was shelved in 1993 due to differences between Stern and New Line over the film's content, classification, and merchandising rights.
Stern appeared in November 1993 on Fox to host a late-night talk show, this time replacing Chevy Chase, whose show had been cancelled in October of that year.
Buchwald started to pitch book publishers after "Stern]'s adventures were shelved; "we had a suspicion [Stern] had taken a hit," they wrote about the book as "something that would both produce income and suggest that Howard had economic clout." Stern signed a $1 million contract with Simon & Schuster in early 1993 to write his first book, Private Parts. Larry "Ratso" Sloman and editor Judith Regan spent the summer writing it, making it "the most difficult thing I have ever done in my career." Private Parts, which appeared on October 7, 1993, was a huge commercial success. The entire first run of 225,000 copies sold in just hours. It became Simon & Schuster's fastest-selling title in five days in five days. After two weeks, over one million copies were printed. Private Parts debuted on the New York Times Best-Seller list at number one, and they stayed on the list for 20 weeks. Stern held book signings around the country, with sessions spanning up to seven hours. An estimated ten thousand people attended the first, which was held in New York City.
Stern "the most influential air personality of the past two decades" was named in Radio & Records' twentieth anniversary issue in 1993. Stern was first featured in Rolling Stone magazine in February 1994 for his first of three cover stories. Every year, Billboard introduced the Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year category to its annual awards, based on "entertainment value, ingenuity, and ratings success; Stern was honoured with the award every year from 1994 to 2002. After Stern pledged to help the first candidate to phone in his radio show in late 1993, Stern encouraged his followers to vote for Christine Todd Whitman as Governor of New Jersey. Whitman introduced a highway rest stop in March 1995, south of Trenton, New Jersey, following her election triumph, after Stern's endorsement on Interstate 295. At the stop, a $1,000 plaque was installed, but it was stolen days later and sent to Stern. Governor Jim McGreevey's budget cuts in 2003 ended the rest area.
On December 31, 1993, Stern's Miss Howard Stern New Year's Eve Pageant hosted his second pay-per-view special. The show revolved around a mock beauty pageant with celebrity judges to crown the first "Miss Howard Stern." An estimated 400,000 households attended the show for a total of $16 million, breaking the attendance record for a non-sports event held by a New Kids on the Block concert in 1990. "The most disgusting two hours in the history of television," the New York Post called it. The film, titled Howard Stern's New Year's Rotten Eve 1994, was released in early 1994 on home video. After network executives complained about the event's content and called off discussions, Stern signed a second television deal with Fox.
Stern declared his candidacy for Governor of New York under the Libertarian Party ticket on March 22, 1994, defeating Mario Cuomo for re-election. Stern intends to reinstate the death penalty, toll-free highways to improve traffic flow, and limit road traffic to graveyard shifts hours. Stern announced that if those three objectives were achieved, he would resign and hand over the governorship to his lieutenant. Stern gained the required two-thirds majority on the first ballot at the party's convention on April 23, earning 287 of the 381 votes cast; James Ostrowski finished second with 34 votes. Stern was required to state his home address and complete a financial disclosure form under the Ethics in Government Act in order to place his name on the final ballot. Stern applied for an injunction to avoid disclosing his income; a judge denied the request on August 2. Stern announced his candidacy in an on-air media interview two days later, saying, "I spend 25 hours a week telling you all the most intimate details of my life." Cuomo was defeated by George Pataki, who Stern backed, in the gubernatorial election on November 8. Pataki signed the "Howard Stern Bill" in honor of Stern's first presenting the bill in August 1995. Stern has since been "adamantly opposed" to the death penalty.Stern formed the Howard Stern Production Company in June 1994 for "original film and television production companies, as well as joint production and development ventures." He intended to be involved in the film adaptation of Brother Sam, Sam Kinison's biography that was written by his brother.
In the same month, the E!Highlights from Stern's radio show were the first to air this week, with cameras attached in the studio. Howard Stern starred for ten years; the last original episode aired on July 8, 2005.
On April 3, 1995, three days after singer Selena's death, Stern's words about her death and Mexican Americans sparked controversy among her listeners in Texas and some Mexican-American groups. "This music does absolutely nothing for me," she wrote in her music. The Chipmunks have the most soul — Spanish people have the worst taste in music. They have no depth." Stern reacted in Spanish after three days of heightened media reactions and boycotts, emphasizing that his remarks were not meant to offend those who adored her. Eloy Cano, a Justice of Harlingen, Texas, issued an arrest warrant on Stern for disorderly conduct, carrying a maximum fine of $500 if he entered the state. Stern was never arrested on the warrant.
Stern signed a three-year contract with ReganBooks worth about $3 million to write his second book, Miss America. Stern wrote about a variety of topics, including his cybersex experiences with Prosex on the Internet, a private consultation with Michael Jackson, his bout with back pain and obsessive compulsive disorder, and his bid for Governor of New York. Miss America's first week, after being announced on November 7, 1995, the chain's first week, sold 33,000 copies at Barnes & Noble stores, a new one-day record for the chain, and 120,000 in its first week. It debuted on the New York Times Best-Seller list at number one and stayed on the list for 16 weeks. According to Publishers Weekly, 1.39 million copies were sold in 1995 alone, making it the year's third best-selling book. Stern's book signings attracted thousands, as with Private Parts. After being on the show with two bikini-clad women who kissed each other and received spanks from Stern on November 30, 1995, he caused controversies. After the segment without thanking Stern, Leno, who begged that both acts be cut out from the final broadcast, walked off stage.
Production of Private Parts for Paramount Pictures began in February 1996 on a biographical comedy film version of Private Parts. Stern, the final script editor, "rejected every script there was," according to the writer. "They were over the top comedies that I thought were stupid, boring, and dull." Stern decided to a script created by Len Blum and Michael Kalesniko after producer Ivan Reitman was involved with the project. With director Betty Thomas and others, filming began in May 1996 and lasted for four months with Stern, Quivers, and Norris as their younger and current selves. After every radio show, the crew returned to the film set and remained there to shoot on weekends. Stern embarked on a lengthy publicity tour to market the film, which included numerous television appearances and magazine interviews in an effort to reach people who were not familiar with his radio show. Private Parts premiered at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 1997; outside the theatre, Stern and Rob Zombie performed "The Great American Nightmare," a track they mastered for its soundtrack. The film's wide release came on March 7, 1997. In the first weekend, it dominated the US box office with a gross of $14.6 million and a domestic total of $41.2 million. Stern was given a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in 1998 for Best Female Newcomer. Private Parts: The Album's soundtrack debuted 178,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at number one in the United States in March 1997, the highest-selling debut for a soundtrack to a film. The album was named platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million copies three months after its debut. Stern also performed "Tortured Man," a track he performed with The Dust Brothers.
Stern filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Ministry of Film Inc., alleging that the studio hired him for a film starring Melanie Griffith despite knowing that it had insufficient funds. Stern, who was unpaid when production halted, pleaded guilty to a breach of employment, theft, and negligent representation. In 1999, a deal was reached that resulted in Stern receiving $50,000.
Stern announced his return to Saturday night television after signing a deal with CBS to compete with Saturday Night Live on NBC and MADtv on Fox in April 1998. The Howard Stern Radio Show, an hour-long program that aired on mainly CBS affiliates, was made up of taped highlights from the radio show with additional content unseen from his nightly E! Animated segments and exclusive behind the scenes video are included in this exhibition. Following its debut on August 22, 1998 on 79 stations around the country, the show began to lose affiliates after two episodes as local broadcasters became concerned with the raunchy content. By June 1999, the number of stations carrying the show had fallen to fifty-five. The last show, which was three seasons, aired on November 17, 2001, to around thirty stations. "It was a strange thing" Stern reflected on the project: We used to win Saturday Night Live in New York when I attended the Channel 9 show. Actually, [the CBS show] was a good idea, because [the radio show] was already running on the E! network.com It was a mistake, really, they wanted what the Channel 9 show was doing.
Stern ranked No. 27 on the first Celebrity 100 list compiled by Forbes magazine in March 1999, earning $20 million that year. Stern began working as an executive producer with his production company on several television and film projects during his CBS television show. The United Nations television network announced the production of Doomsday, an animated science-fiction comedy television series, in September 1999 for the first thirteen episodes, which had been intended to air in 2000. "Set in a post-apocalyptic America almost destroyed by a freak radiation blast," the Bradley family's journey as they traveled around the country in an RV looking for a new place to call home." Stern was supposed to produce the series and voice Orinthal, the family's dog, but the show never made it to air. Son of the Beach, a television parody sitcom of Baywatch that ran from March 2000 to October 2002, was Stern's most profitable executive venture. This season was not renewed for a fourth season.
Stern's last live radio show of the year, on December 16, 2000, the show's last live radio broadcasting contract of the year, and he announced the signing of his new deal with Infinity Broadcasting to continue his show for five years. Forbes estimated that his new income would be between $17 million and $20 million per year. Stern wore his buttocks exposed in a hazmat suit at The Concert for New York City in October 2001, a nodal tribute to his 1992 MTV Music Video Awards appearance. Stern's production company had begun work on Kane for CBS in November 2001, with Ron Zimmerman as the script. Its premise was based on "an oddball southern family and its strong-willed patriarch." When his long-lost wife returns home to him and their group of eccentric children," the lead character's life is changed. The project was cancelled before the filming was complete. Stern obtained the rights to the comedy films Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) and Porky's (1982) with Arclight Films in late 2002. He expressed an intention to use a replica of the former as a launchpad for an unidentified band. Stern was hired as an executive producer and was allowed to include "Howard Stern Presents" in the titles under the contract. "If I say to...my viewers, this is...Howard Stern Presents," he said, it's going to be a lot. It means that it's going to be different, and that they will not be getting any schlock from me. Following court intervention over the film's rights, development for Porky's came to a halt in 2011.
Stern filed a $100-million lawsuit against ABC, Telepictures, and the makers of its reality television show Are You Hot? Its premise was copied from a radio show segment of his own, The Evaluators, whereby its workers and visitors examine the bodies of contestants. Stern was in talks to produce his own version of the program ahead of the program airs. Five months later, a deal was reached. Stern recalled in early 2004 that he considered working with ABC to host an hour television interview special as part of the company's Primetime series, but the initiative never came to fruition. Howard Stern: The High School Years, an animated series set during Stern's childhood, was ordered to executive produce in August 2004 by cable television company Spike. Episode scripts and some test animations had been completed by late 2005, but the project was soon shelved. Stern said the series could have been produced "on the cheap" at $300,000 per episode, but the quality he wanted would have cost more than $200,000 each. Michael Cera, an actor, was cast as the lead voice. Stern also worked on a pilot with Robert Schimmel for The WB, based on the comedian's real-life story of falling in love with his daughter's best friend after his battle with cancer, but the actor was not recognized.
Following a rise in viewer calls, the controversy surrounding the Super Bowl XXVIII halftime show, which aired live on February 1, 2004, led to the government cracking down on indecency in radio and television. Stern was "dead" creatively because of tighter reinforcing control over material by station managers. Following Clear Channel Communications and Viacom's content that FCC considered indecent, the situation came to a conclusion on October 6, 2004, when Stern announced the signing of a five-year agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service that was exempt from the FCC's broadcasting regulations, which went into operation in 2006. It was a step that was regarded as the start of "a new era of radio" in the United States. Stern's last live show on terrestrial airwaves aired on December 16, 2005.
Stern's first deal with Sirius was worth $500 million; a $100 million a year for production, service, and programming costs. He founded Howard 100 and Howard 101, which opened in September, and Howard 100 News, a staff of journalists recruited to cover daily news surrounding the radio show and those associated with it. Stern left E! after an 11-year association. Howard Stern On Demand, a subscription video-on-demand network that is owned by the iN DEMAND network, has been commissioned by the iN DEMAND network to broadcast uncensored tapings of the Sirius radio show. HowardTV was revived in March 2006 and ran until it was ended in December 2013. For the show at Sirius' headquarters in New York City, a new, state-of-the-art studio and office space were installed. Sirius, Stern, Buchwald's first broadcast on January 9, 2006, received a total of 34.3 million shares of the Sirius stock worth $218 million on January 9, 2006, the day of his first broadcast on Sirius, Stern, and Buchwald. In January 2007, Stern received 22 million shares of stock worth $82.9 million, the second subscriber bonus. Stern was also ranked seventh on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list in 2006, who also ranked seventh on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list in June 2006. SiriusXM was born in 2008 as the company spun out XM Satellite Radio, which rival service XM Satellite Radio, became SiriusXM. The company paid Stern $25 million as a result of a clause in his deal. Stern registered a trademark for the name "King of All Media" in 2006.
During his last fourteen months on terrestrial radio, CBS Radio, formerly Infinity Broadcasting, filed a lawsuit against Stern, Buchwald, and Sirius, alleging that Stern misused CBS radio time to advertise Sirius for unfair compensation. Stern held a press conference just hours before the case was filed; he assured the public that the accusation was nothing more than a "personal vendetta" against him by CBS president Leslie Moonves, as well as a contributing factor to the company's radio division's demise after it failed to attract ratings as good as Stern's. In May 2006, a deal was struck out of court, with Sirius paying CBS $2 million for the rights to Stern's radio shows since 1985, as CBS initially refused to air Stern's radio shows on Sirius.
Stern's radio show will continue in five years after he renewed his deal with SiriusXM in December 2010. His new contract allows him to work a reduced schedule, ranging from four to three live radio shows each week. Stern and Buchwald filed a lawsuit against SiriusXM on March 22, 2011, claiming that no annual compensation was paid despite Stern's subscriber growth goals. Judge Barbara Kapnick dismissed their suit "with prejudice," preventing Stern and Buchwald from bringing other lawsuits based on similar charges against the firm. The pair appealed the decision, but it was dismissed by an appeal court.
Stern had cut back his time playing chess and taken up photography by mid-2011. In July, one of his first shootings was taking layouts for Hamptons magazine. He continued to shoot throughout the year, including WHIRL magazine and the North Shore Animal League, as well as Conlon Road Photography, a reference to the road he rode on when growing up in Roosevelt.
Stern announced his return to television as a judge on America's Got Talent for its seventh season in 2011. To accommodate his radio show schedule, he had the show moved to Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Stern appeared on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list at No. 94. 26. For the eighth ninth and tenth seasons, he served as a judge. Stern resigned at the end of the show's tenth season in September 2015 to devote more time to his radio show.
In 2012, Stern was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He has been openly critical of the company.
Stern and Simon Cowell finished first on Forbes' list of America's top-paid television stars in August 2013, with $95 million earned between June 2012 and 2013. In the following year's poll, Stern and Cowell finished in second place, earning the same amount from June 2013-2014. Stern was named as the world's highest paid media celebrity and fifth top earning celebrity worldwide in 2015, earning $95 million.
Whalerock Industries revealed in February 2015 that it will partner with Stern to develop a future direct-to-consumer digital "media hub" service, with a mix of free and subscription-based applications. Stern revealed on December 15, that he will continue his radio broadcasting duties with SiriusXM. Sirius' radio and video archives will also be available for a new on-demand subscription service until 2027, according to the deal.
Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2018.
Howard Stern Comes Again, Stern's third book for Simon and Schuster. It was announced on May 14, 2019.
In May 2020, Stern warned Trump supporters who listen to his SiriusXM program that he depised his own supporters. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted video from the Miss Howard Stern New Year's Eve Pageant, in response to Stern's critiques of Trump, in which Stern parodied Ted Danson's appearance at Friars Club by wearing blackface and often using the N-word and other racial insults. Stern said, "The shit I did was fucking insane" and that he has since toned down his performance, citing years of psychotherapy for his growth.
Stern renewed his deal with SiriusXM in December 2020, promising to produce his show for five years.
After the Golden Globes, Howard Stern ROASTS Grammys host Trevor Noah for being "too optimistic" on stage, and mourns fans' 'killing' Jo Koy
As he will have a film career and be bigger than the Rock, Travis Kelce says he'should marry Taylor Swift'
Stephen A. Smith wants to discuss Donald Trump. ESPN host blames ex-POTUS for making 'incivility popular' and tells Howard Stern he'd go low by ripping his appearance: 'Look at him'
Aren’t Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. so cute?!
In a town where couples struggle to even get to the wood anniversary (that’s 5 years btw), the I Know What You Did Last Summer co-stars have been going strong for 22 years! In fact, they just celebrated their 20th year of being married! Can you believe it??
Here's How Liam Hemsworth Really Feels About Miley Cyrus' Marriage Statements From Infamous Howard Stern Interview
Miley Cyrus isn’t afraid to open up about, well, everything.
And now, the spotlight is swinging back to notoriously low-key and private Liam Hemsworth after his ex-wife shared a look into their marriage and life together in a jaw-dropping interview with Howard Stern earlier this week.
No one gets celebs to spill like Howard Stern. And when you pair him with a star like Miley Cyrus, who is all too ready to give TMI anyway, you get some real gold!
This time the hottest tea was all about Miley’s love life, past and present. She spoke about her love for Liam Hemsworth — and what went wrong — then addressed her current love life, how she’s having sex and with whom.