Howard Stern. biography
Howard Allen Stern was born on January 12, 1954, in New York City, with an attraction for radio that was further ignited by his father Ben, a part owner of Aura Recording, Inc.
Spending most of his childhood hanging out at his dad's recording studio, Stern watched actors Larry Storch, Don Adams and Wally Cox voice some of his beloved carton characters, which ultimately triggered Stern's idea to become the voice of radio.
Following his graduation from Boston University in 1976, Stern started working evenings at the New York rock station WRNW. He went on to work for the Connecticut rock station WCCC before landing at the Detroit rock outlet WWWW in 1980. While there, Stern earned the title of Drake-Chenault's Top Five Talent Search and a Billboard Award for Album-Oriented Rock Personality of the Year prior to leaving the station in 1981.
That same year, the Washington, D.C. rock station WWDC hired Stern as a radio host, and despite feeling restricted, his show became the second highest rated morning program by 1982. His ratings triumph resulted in a five-year, $1 million contract with NBC to host the afternoon shows at WNBC in New York City. As he left a rule-binding environment at WWDC, however, Stern found a similar setting at his new home. Upon his arrival, Stern was closely watched by WNBC management and constantly warned about using inappropriate language, which Stern took lightly. He was ultimately fired in 1985, despite earning the highest ratings at WNBC the previous year.
Stern was first throw into the national spotlight when he appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1984, but found true stardom when he began working for the New York rock station WXRK in November 1985. After the show entered national syndication, Stern became the first radio host with a simultaneously number one show in Los Angeles and New York. From 1994 and 2001, his program was the highest-rated morning show.
On February 27, 1988, Stern made his pay-per-view debut as the host of Howard Stern's Negligee and Underpants Party, which grossed over $1.2 million. He then premiered Howard Stern's U.S. Open Sores to more than 16,000 fans at Nassau Coliseum in 1988.
Between 1990 and 1992, Stern hosted The Howard Stern Show on WWOR-TV before singing a $1 million book deal with Simon & Schuster and releasing The New York Times Best-seller Private Parts in 1993. Following a failed attempt to run for Governor in the 1944 New York election, Stern and the E! Network joined forces to produce a half-hour program featuring The Howard Stern Show, which ran for 11 years.
Tired of being creatively restricted, Stern went on to sign a five-year contract with Sirius Satellite Radio in 2005, where he was free of FCC regulations. While there, Stern launched the Howard 100 and Howard 101 channels and was featured on Forbes' 2006 Celebrity 100 list for his financial success.
In May 2012, Stern replaced Piers Morgan as a judge for America's Got Talent and recently agreed to be a judge for the show's 2013 season.