Howard Stern Biography
Howard Stern full name Howard Allan Stern, is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He was born on January 12, 1954 to Ben and Ray Stern as the second child.
As a youngster Stern took five years of piano lessons and took an interest in marionettes, using them to entertain his friends with explicit shows. He formed a band with two school friends, the Electric Comicbook, on vocals and keyboards. From the age of nine to his second year at university, Stern spent his summers at Camp Wel-Met, a youth camp in Narrowsburg, New York where he worked camper, kitchen, and counselor duties.
Stern attended Washington-Rose Elementary School followed by Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School. Stern also attended Hebrew school where he was given the name Tzvi. In 1972, Stern declined a place at Elmira College to instead pursue a Communications degree at Boston University, but his average high school grades caused him to spend the first two years in its College of Basic Studies. In his second year he started work at the campus radio station WTBU, where he played records, read the news, and hosted interview programs.
He later co-hosted a weekly comedy show with three fellow students named The King Schmaltz Bagel Hour which was initially cancelled during its first broadcast for a racial sketch named “Godzilla Goes to Harlem”. Stern took cannabis, Quaaludes, and LSD during his studies, but quit after he experienced a difficult trip on too much LSD. In 1974, he gained admission to the university’s School of Public Communications. He then studied for a diploma at the Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics in Fredericksburg, Virginia in July 1975 which earned him a first class radio-telephone operator license, a required certificate for all radio broadcasters at the time which was issued by the Federal Communications Commission. With the license, Stern landed his first professional radio job at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts from August to December 1975 doing air shifts, news casting, and production work. For the next five months, he taught students basic electronics in preparation for their own FCC exams. In May 1976, Stern graduated magna cum laude with a 3.8 grade point average. His major was broadcasting and film and his minor English and speech.
He landed his first radio jobs while at Boston University. 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. Stern worked afternoons at WNBC in New York City from 1982 until his firing in 1985. In 1985, Stern 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.
Stern 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. He became the most fined radio host when the Federal Communications Commission issued fines totaling $2.5 million to station owners for content it deemed indecent. Stern became one of the highest paid radio figures after signing a five-year deal with Sirius in 2004 worth $500 million.
Stern has described himself as “King of All Media” since 1992 for his successes outside radio. In 2006, Stern filed a trademark for the name “King of All Media”. He hosted and produced numerous late night television shows, pay-per-view events and home videos.
His two books, Private Parts (1993) and Miss America (1995), entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number one and sold over one million copies. The former was made into a biographical comedy film in 1997 that had Stern and his radio show staff star as themselves. It topped the US box office in its opening week and grossed $41.2 million domestically. Stern performs on its soundtrack which charted the Billboard 200 at number one and was certified platinum for one million copies sold. In 2012, Stern was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Howard Stern Age
He was born on January 12, 1954.
Howard Stern Height
Howard is 6ft 5 (1.96 m) tall.
Howard Stern Parents
His parents are Jewish, and their families are from Poland and Austria-Hungary. Ray was an office clerk in New York City before she became a homemaker and later took up work as an inhalation therapist. Ben served in the U.S. army in Long Island and California during the war, and later worked 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.
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Howard Stern Wife
Stern met his first wife, Alison Berns, while at Boston University through a mutual friend. They married at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts, on June 4, 1978; both were 24 years old. They have three daughters: Emily Beth, Debra Jennifer, and Ashley Jade. In October 1999, they decided to separate. The marriage ended in 2001 with an amicable divorce and settlement.
In 2000, he started to date model and television host Beth Ostrosky. He announced their engagement on his radio show on February 14, 2007. They married at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City on October 3, 2008. The ceremony was officiated by Mark Consuelos.
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Together with his first wife, Alison Berns, they have three daughters: Emily Beth, Debra Jennifer, and Ashley Jade.
Howard Stern Salary
He receives an annual salary of $95 million.
Howard Stern Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $600 million.
Howard Stern Movie
Howard acted Ryder, P.I. in 1986 and Private Parts in 1997 which was nominated for Golden Raspberry Award for “Worst New Star” (1998) and Golden Satellite Award for “Best Male Actor Performance in a Comedy or Musical” (1998).
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Howard Stern Fumes About Edits to Bon Jovi Rock Hall Speech
If there’s one thing Howard Stern has made crystal clear during his 40 year career in radio, it’s this: he does not like to be edited. Not by the FCC, not by his program directors and certainly not by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The SiriusXM radio host opened Monday morning’s (May 7) show with a 20-plus minute rant about how irritated he was with the way his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech for Bon Jovi was edited for broadcast on HBO.
“I really crafted my words, I wanted to make people laugh. I wanted to have a good time,” Stern said at the top of Monday morning’s Howard 100 show, adding that he he was careful not to say anything unkind about any of the band members in what was an otherwise very irreverent, heartfelt speech. “I really crafted the thing…so some editor could determine if I was funny in places? They were probably like, ‘Hey, that’s a funny joke, but we gotta cut somewhere.’ No you don’t have to cut somewhere!”
Stern said that Rock Hall Foundation co-founder Jann Wenner and Azoff MSG Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff wanted him there so much that they flew him to Cleveland on a private jet so the travel-wary radio veteran could attend the event. “They wanted me there…ya got me there, now fucking air my fucking speech ya fucking kooks!” he shouted in mock anger.
Stern has devoted a number of segments in recent months to the process of Bon Jovi co-founder Jon Bon Jovi, asking him to induct the New Jersey band, as well as his crippling angst about writing a perfect speech, traveling to Cleveland and the general agita he’s suffered over the push and pull of doing a favor for his old friends and just wanting to stay home on the weekends and not be bothered with anything.
When Stern show producer Gary Dell’Abate chimed in that producers had cut about three minutes from Stern’s speech to fit the nearly three-hour broadcast for air, the host agreed that there were plenty of other speeches that could have been snipped. “Oh yeah, trust me there was another 15 minutes…I understand they have to edit it down,” he said, joking that a heavy-handed “intern” probably did the deed. (Spokespeople for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and HBO could not be reached for comment at press time.)
“Who is the fucking genius who decided to cut me talking about the women [guitarist] Richie Sambora banged?” he asked, likening the Hall of Fame speech edits to his early days in radio when program directors insisted on having a heavy hand in slicing up his shows to his eternal consternation. “I want to know the comedy genius…I’ve sat in on these sessions. It’s kind of like, ‘Yeah, cut that!’ It’s like a butcher shop. ‘Cut the fat off!’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, well we gotta cut something.’ No, you don’t! If something’s good, you don’t cut it!” Stern said that he would have been okay with the edits, had producers come to him beforehand with an agreement that he would have approval on cuts.
“You can’t fly me to fucking Cleveland and ask me to make a speech and then edit the shit out of me,” he said, pointing out how some bits came off confusingly due to set-ups that were trimmed. “I wasn’t there talking about my career. I spent a lot of time on that and they spent three minutes deciding what should be in and out…They completely…gutted me. Like a rotting fish, which I am. That’s how I feel inside.” After the April 14 taping at the Public Auditorium Stern returned to air excited about what he said was a fun, sometimes R-rated roast/appreciation of his old friends. But following the HBO airing, he said he was bummed out all weekend over the end result, detailing a call to his longtime agent Don Buchwald, who agreed that his star client had every reason to be upset about the results.
Even though he said he understood the process and had come to peace with the HBO edit, promising not to dwell on his irritation, Stern mentioned it several more times during the Monday broadcast.
Bottom line: don’t call Stern anymore, for any reason, to give any speech. “I did that for Jon and Richie and David [Bryan] because I’ve known them for so long and I couldn’t say no,” Stern said. “And I’m glad I went…but watching it back was painful because I didn’t like being edited. And they might have been right…I just don’t want to be edited.”