Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show, which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005. Stern has been exclusive to Sirius XM Radio since 2006. Stern wished to pursue a radio career since the age of five. While at Boston University, he worked at the campus station WTBU before a brief stint at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts. He developed his on-air personality when he landed positions at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut, and WWWW in Detroit, Michigan. In 1981, he paired with his current newscaster and co-host Robin Quivers at WWDC in Washington, D.C., before a stint at WNBC in New York City until his firing in 1985. In 1985, Stern moved to WXRK in New York City and became one of the most popular radio personalities in America. He became the first to have the number one morning radio show in New York and Los Angeles simultaneously and won numerous awards, including winning Billboard’s Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year award eight times. Stern became the most-fined radio host after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued fines totaling $2.5 million to station licensees for content that it deemed indecent. In 2004, Stern signed a deal with Sirius worth $500 million, making him one of the highest-paid figures in radio history. Stern was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2012. Stern describes himself as the “King of All Media” for his successes outside radio. He has hosted and produced numerous late night television shows, pay-per-view events, and home videos. He embarked on a five-month political campaign for Governor of New York in 1994. His two books, Private Parts (1993) and Miss America (1995), entered the The New York Times Best Seller list at number one. The former was made into a biographical comedy film in 1997, in which Stern and his radio show staff play themselves. It topped the US box office chart and grossed $41.2 million domestically. Stern performs on its soundtrack, which charted at number one on the Billboard 200. Stern’s photography has been featured in numerous magazines including Hamptons and WHIRL. He has served as a judge on America’s Got Talent since 2012.
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