- Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio host and television personality. His national talk show, The Howard Stern Show, currently airs on channels Howard 100 and Howard 101 on the subscription-based SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and is adapted for television for Howard TV (formerly "Howard Stern On-Demand"), an on-demand cable network. The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" has been dubbed a shock jock for his controversial use of scatological, sexual, and racial humour. Stern has said that the show was never about shocking people, but primarily intended to offer his honest opinions on a gamut of issues (ranging from world affairs to problems among his own staff). Though controversial, he is the highest-paid radio personality in the United States, and the most fined personality in radio broadcast history. Stern is best known for his national radio show, which for many years was syndicated on FM (and a few AM stations throughout the United States until the last terrestrial broadcast on December 16, 2005. He began broadcasting on SIRIUS on January 9, 2006.
In addition to radio, Stern moved into publishing, television, feature films, and music. He has written two books, Private Parts, which he adapted into a film, and Miss America. Stern's television endeavours include a variety show on New York City's WWOR-TV, a nightly E! show documenting his radio broadcasts, a similar CBS program that competed with Saturday Night Live for a time, "Howard On-Demand" for digital cable subscribers in various markets, and Son of the Beach, a parody of Baywatch, which Stern, as executive producer, broadcast on FX Networks.
In 2006, Stern was elected into Time Magazine's "Time 100: The People who shape our world" and was ranked #7 in Forbes Magazine's 2006 annual Celebrity 100. His first marriage ended in divorce in 2001; he married fashion model Beth Ostrosky on October 3, 2008.