Howard Allan Stern, born on January 12, 1954, knew his dream to host his own radio show one day would come true. Famously known for his radio show “The Howard Stern Show,” he gained his first experience as a radio presenter at Boston University’s radio station during his university years. After earning his first-class radio license in 1975, he dove into his first professional radio job at W.N.T.N. radio station. Throughout his years as a radio host, Stern has gained millions of listeners worldwide and continues to entertain his listeners today. Let’s celebrate his birthday here.
Howard Allan Stern
January 12, 1954
Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954, in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City to Jewish parents. Stern’s father, Ben Stern, worked as a radio engineer at WHOM radio station and was the co-owner and operator at Aura Recording Inc., producing commercials and cartoons. Stern is America’s most prominent radio and television personality, comedian, and best-selling author is best known for his radio show “The Howard Stern Show.” Stern has had an interest in radio since the young age of five years old.
As a child, he frequently visited his father’s recording studio, where his desire to be on the radio grew. Down in the basement of their home, Stern’s father set up a microphone, tape machine, and turntable where Stern would host his make-believe radio shows. He attended Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School and later transferred to South Side High School, where he graduated in 1972. After graduating from high school, Stern enrolled in Boston University’s two-year College of Basic Studies course to improve his high school grades. During this time, he worked for the campus’s radio station, W.T.B.U., where he played records, read the news, and hosted interviews. He also hosted a weekly comedy show with two fellow students called “The King Schmaltz Bagel Hour.”
In 1974, after completing his Basic Studies course, he finally gained admission to Boston University’s School of Public Communications. In 1975, he studied for a diploma at the Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Within the same year, he earned a first-class radio-telephone operator license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
After earning his license, he got his first professional radio job at the W.N.T.N. radio station doing air shifts, news casting, and production work. Stern started working evening shifts at the W.R.N.W. radio station in New York the following year, in 1976, and later that year, he covered shifts over the Christmas break. His talent, dependability, and professionalism delighted the radio station, which employed him as a full-time host. He got hired as the radio station’s production director in 1977.
In 1979, he began working for W.C.C.C. radio rock station in Connecticut until 1980, when he started working as a morning host for The W.W.W.W. rock station in Michigan, which was also known as a struggling radio station that had low ratings at the time. His efforts to improve its ratings didn’t go unnoticed, as it won him his first award in the industry, a Billboard Award for ‘Album-Oriented Rock Personality of the Year For a Major Market.’
In 1982, Stern signed a five-year deal worth one million for afternoon shows at New York City’s W.N.B.C. adult contemporary radio station. Although Stern increased the afternoon show ratings, he got fired due to conceptual differences, which Stern believed to be a personal issue authority had about him. He did continue to advance professionally and earned a second five-year deal with Infinity Broadcasting to anchor afternoons on the rock station W.X.R.K. Stern began doing their morning show the following year, and by 1994, had the highest-rated morning radio show until 2001. During his 20 years working at W.X.R.X., Stern gained an audience of 20 million listeners. In 1990, he started hosting his own show, “The Howard Stern Show,” for two years, gaining much-deserved popularity. By 1992, he became the first radio host to have a number-one morning radio show in the New York and Los Angeles markets.
Stern achieved “New York Times” best-selling author status with the publication of his two books, “Private Parts” in 1993 and “Miss America” in 1995. Over a million copies of each book were sold, with great success. Stern was enshrined in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. “Howard Stern Comes Again,” Stern’s third book, was published in 2019. Stern wed Beth Ostrosky Stern in 2008, and they are still married. Stern began his first agreement in 2009 and is still a radio personality for Sirius Satellite Radio.
At Boston University, Stern works for the campus’s radio station, W.T.B.U., and plays records, reads the news, and hosts interviews and his own weekly comedy show with two fellow students called “The King Schmaltz Bagel Hour.”
While studying for a diploma at the Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Stern earns a first-class radio-telephone operator license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
Stern gets employed at his first professional radio job at W.N.T.N. radio station, conducting air shifts, news casting, and production work.
Stern wins his first industry award, the Billboard Award, for ‘Album-Oriented Rock Personality of the Year For a Major Market.’
Stern starts his own show called “The Howard Stern Show, “ which grows in popularity.
Stern releases his first book, “Private Parts,” which becomes a number one “New York Times” Best-Seller book.
Stern gets inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Stern gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Why We Love Howard Stern
He’s funny and entertaining
Whether as a radio host or on television, Stern certainly knows how to get the audience going and keep them entertained. His personality is the number one reason for his fame and millions of listeners.
He is unstoppable
Stern knew he wanted a career in radio since childhood. The moment he found his first opportunity to be on real radio, for the Boston University radio station, he went for it and has been unstoppable since. Despite his career ups and downs, he continued to look ahead and work towards making his dream come true.
He is a huge cat lover
Stern fosters over 200 cats yearly in his home. Cats have a unique kind of cuteness that we love.
5 Surprising Facts
He had a cancer scare
A growth was found on one of Stern’s kidneys, but it turned out to be a benign cyst.
He fosters cats with his wife
Stern and Beth have been fostering cats in their Long Island home, and it’s reported that they take in approximately 200 cats yearly.
The Billboard Personality of the Year
Stern has broken the record and won Billboard’s Personality of the Year eight years in a row.
He nearly played a superhero
Stern landed the role of Fartman, a fictional character for the film “The Adventures of Fartman;” however, the film got canceled.
He doesn’t live an extravagant life
Stern and his wife Beth live a peaceful and quiet life.
Howard Stern FAQs
How long have Howard and Beth Stern been married?
The two have been married for 13 years.
What did Howard Stern say about Depp?
Stern called Depp a narcissist and claimed he was overreacting during his testimony during the discussion of the trial on “The Howard Stern Show.”
Why is Howard Stern off the air?
Stern told listeners that his new contract allows him to take the summer off.
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