Howard Stern Show
Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an United States|American radio programming|radio and Television|TV personality, humorist and author. Stern currently hosts The Howard Stern Show four days a week on satellite radio.
The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" (the title was a joking reference to Michael Jackson's self-appelation "The King of Pop") has been dubbed a shock jock for his highly controversy|controversial use of scatology|scatological, sexual, and racial humor, and exploitation of his guests. However, Stern and many of his fans hate the term “Shock Jock.” Stern said himself, “The show is never about shocking people. We are about having fun.” Some of his commentaries are perceived by many to include bigoted, misanthrope|misanthropic and misogyny|misogynistic remarks about various religious and ethnic groups, women, and men - though one of his trademarks is that he makes fun of everyone equally, even himself. He is both the highest-paid radio personality in the United States and the most fined personality in radio broadcast history—facts that he seems to take pride in. In 2002, industry publication Talkers magazine named Stern the second-greatest radio talk show host of all time. 
He is most well known for his national radio show, which for many years was radio syndication|syndicated on FM broadcasting|FM radio stations (and a few AM broadcasting|AM stations) throughout the United States, until his last broadcast via terrestrial radio on December 16, 2005. After a brief hiatus, he began broadcasting via the Sirius Satellite Radio|Sirius subscription-based satellite radio service on January 9, 2006.
His national television shows include The Howard Stern Show on WWOR-TV, which ran in the early 1990s; Howard Stern, which ran from 1994-2005 on E!; and The Howard Stern Radio Show, which ran from 1998-2001 in syndication. The Howard Stern Show was a weekly skit-driven show that was produced in the Secaucus, NJ studios of WWOR-TV and shown in selected markets. The other shows were produced from video footage of his live radio broadcast.
Since November 18, 2005, Howard Stern on Demand has been available on television through the iN DEMAND video on demand service that various cable TV systems offer. Currently, this includes uncensored versions of shows which previously aired on E!; video from his Sirius show will be available starting in April 2006. OnDemand also includes movies (Ex. Supertwink), skits, bits, wack packer videos, behind the scenes videos, and anything else related to the show.
The Move to Satellite Radio
On October 6, 2004, Stern announced on his show that he signed a five-year, $500 million deal with the satellite radio service Sirius Satellite Radio|Sirius. The deal, which took effect on January 1, 2006, enabled Stern to broadcast his show without the content restrictions imposed by the FCC. Stern's move to satellite radio has been compared with Milton Berle's move to television in 1948 - both Stern and Berle are/were the leading radio personalities of their times (Related: Milton Berle was an occasional guest on the Howard Stern Show).
In addition, the Sirius deal gave Stern two channels of his own, "Howard 100" and "Howard 101." Both of these channels launched in October 2005. Although Stern himself was not able to broadcast on Sirius until his Infinity contract expired, he had been producing content to fill the otherwise dead air. Shows have included a live, 24-hour broadcast of Wack Pack member "Wendy the Retard," another 24-hour broadcast of "The Wack Pack|High Pitch Erik" which featured the weighing of his excrement, and auditions of other Wack Packers for their own permanent shows. A legitimate news team of award-winning journalists was put together to launch "Howard 100 News," a nightly broadcast of "all things Howard." Stern also announced fellow shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge would have his own nightly talk show starting in January on one of his stations. Howard himself is only heard four days a week, Monday through Thursday, live.
This move has been met with much controversy, as Stern talked about his move to Sirius on his show, even telling listeners how to purchase Sirius equipment and subscriptions. To promote this latest venture, Stern held a rally in New York City|New York where he gave out coupons for free or discounted Sirius equipment. His impending move to Sirius resulted in some radio stations censoring him every time he mentioned the words "Sirius" or "satellite radio". In one incident, Farid Suleman of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation|Citadel Broadcasting went so far as to have billed Stern $200,000 for the plugs he'd given Sirius on his show. Stern's response was, "Keep sending me bills. Like I'm going to pay 'em," which he publicly stated on his show. Stern and his colleagues, and even callers, began to "censor" themselves by saying "eh-ehhh-eh" instead of "Sirius" or "satellite radio."
On April 6, 2005, Stern pleaded on-air for Infinity Broadcasting to let him out of his contract, citing the reason of possible prosecution, per U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner Jr.'s recommendation. FMQB.com quoted Stern as saying about his current employer, "They're holding me to the contract and I'm afraid to break the contract, because I don't want to ever do anything illegal or wrong. I'm very, very clear on that. I'm a pretty honest guy. I try to live by the laws, but it seems like I'm being set up."  It must also be added that within Stern's contract with Viacom/Infinity, if he were to have been fired or his show cancelled, his employer would have had to pay out a twenty million dollar fee as a result of this early termination to him and his production company.
On June 22, 2005, it was announced that production of the Howard Stern television show on E! would be ending. The last new episode was taped on July 1 and aired on July 8. E! continued to rerun the show until December 31, 2005.
On October 25, 2005, Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio) announced Stern's replacements on every station it owned that broadcasted Stern. These replacements include:
- The David Lee Roth Show broadcasts from Howard Stern's former radio studio at K-Rock to such cities as New York City, Philadelphia and Boston, Massachusetts|Boston
- Adam Carolla broadcasts to such cities as Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon|Portland, San Diego, California|San Diego and Las Vegas, Nevada|Las Vegas
- Penn Jillette broadcasts from Las Vegas.
- Rover's Morning Glory in Chicago, Rochester, New York|Rochester, Detroit, and Cleveland.
- CNN news radio in Houston, Texas|Houston
- Jack FM music in Sacramento, California|Sacramento, Buffalo, New York|Buffalo and Fresno, California|Fresno
- The Sports Junkies in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland|Baltimore.
It was announced on November 7, 2005, that Infinity Broadcasting suspended Stern from going live on air on November 8 2005, because Stern was promoting his move to Sirius radio too much.
It was revealed in the December 12, 2005 issue of New York Magazine that XM Satellite Radio was prepared to offer Howard a $30 million dollar per-year contract in 2004. XM executives were slow to close the deal, giving Sirius the chance it needed.
When asked why he picked Sirius Satellite Radio|Sirius over the competitor, XM, Howard replied that he "always liked the underdog. Every radio station I ever went to was a toilet bowl." He has also stated that during very preliminary negotiations with XM, he found the management to be slow and unresponsive while Sirius was "nimble". Stern's budget with Sirius Satellite Radio|Sirius, including all operating costs, is $500 million for the 5 year contract.
Goodbye to terrestrial radio
Howard's last show on conventional AM/FM "terrestrial" radio was on December 16, 2005. The show was on the streets of New York below WFNY|K-Rock, simulcast live accompanied by video on the Internet through Yahoo!, with several thousand fans in attendance at the scene. The studio segment of the show ended with Stern and company each saying a final farewell, then leaving the studio for the street stage, with Stern being the last to leave. Many members of the show's "Wack Pack" gave speeches and Staind performed. Speeches were given by each member of the show: Gary, Artie, Fred, Robin, and finally Howard, who frequently referred to himself and his fans as "the last of a dying breed." During his speech, Stern thanked the NYPD and dedicated the show to Sgt. Keith Manning, a friend of the show currently serving in Iraq. He concluded with the fan favorite catchphrase "Fuck|F Jackie." Stern was then bussed to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, where Martha Stewart (who also has her own Sirius talk channel) was on hand to induct Howard Stern into the Sirius family. Much of the show took place at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York where Sheryl Crow performed and mentioned on stage the debt America and musicians should pay towards Stern.
True to the last broadcast, much of Stern's final statements were bleeped/edited-out on the radio and even on the Yahoo internet broadcast. These statements largely pertained to Stern's animosity towards Clear Channel and the future at Sirius.
As a response to Stern leaving FM radio, many of the radio stations under ownership of CBS Radio, including K-Rock in New York, changed their format from music to a hot talk format. Select stations were rebranded "Free FM". Stern's flagship station changed its name from 92.3 K-Rock to WFNY-FM|92.3 Free FM. Stern himself was a harsh critic of the "Free FM" format in his last days on terrestrial radio, arguing that the name was a joke due to continued FCC and industry censorship.
Due to his former contract with Infinity Broadcasting, now CBS Radio, neither Stern nor anyone under contract from his show could be heard on Sirius before January 1, 2006. On January 1, 2006, Stern did a commercial free segment on his two stations Howard 100 and Howard 101 playing clips from his days as a child, to working at WTBU (Boston University college radio), WCCC, WWWW|W4, WWDC (FM)|WWDC, WFAN|WNBC, and WFNY-FM|WXRK. On January 3 and January 5, 2006, Stern and other members of his show conducted live test broadcasts, 70-minute and 130-minute respectively, in which he tested, live and on-air, various components of his new studio including audio levels, call-in functions, and studio ease-of-use. Various callers congratulated Stern on his new venture, although he reiterated that the broadcast was nothing more than a test designed to give users a sneak peek, and not an actual show. He made a point to reaffirm the first show, technically clean but completely uncensored, would take place on January 9, 2006.
There has been some controversy among his fans as to the poor availability of the Sirius signal in many buildings, where many of his fans listen from. As of this writing, Sirius has not begun streaming his show online (the company streams all of its music content and some select talk programming), however, they have indicated they will be doing so shortly.
Sirius Canada does not currently carry either of Stern's channels. Sirius Canada chose not to carry Stern because of the possibility of a future issue with the CRTC. Josef Radomski, a Canadian writer, announced on the January 11, 2006 show that he has started an online petition to bring Stern to Sirius Canada.===The Sirius Show=== Image:Year of the Sirius Dog.jpg|right|thumb|300px|
The Howard Stern Show debuted on Sirius, on January 9, 2006. The "Howard 100 Heartbeat" broke away to Also_sprach_Zarathustra_%28Strauss%29|Also Sprach Zarathustra tunefully performed with flatulence. Howard's theme music, "Great American Nightmare," played a few bars before George Takei introduced himself as the show's new announcer. Callers were soon invited to call into the show using their new toll-free line, 1-888-9-ASSHOLE.
During the show, Stern revealed that there were 180,000 Sirius receivers activated the day before his inaugural broadcast. He also revealed that he was not married, squashing rumors which appeared (and he happily fed) during his hiatus. One of his first radio acts on Sirius included the uncensored Pat O'Brien sex tapes and his uncensored version of parody songs using the sex tape.
On January 16, 2006 Stern began his The Howard Stern Show Revelations Game|Revelation Show where staff members of the show revealed dark secrets about themselves.
Howard announced the first revelation of I cheated on my Wife and she caught me. He asked the owner of that revelation to come in and Scott Salem|Scott the Engineer came in. Scott explained that it happened with his current wife about 12 years ago. Scott said that the girl, who he cheated with, kept calling and calling him. Scott, eventually, met up with her on one of his show road trips and had sex with her. The girl, angry that Scott did not leave his wife for her, sent his wife a tape of one of her phone conversations with Scott.
Howard admitted to having plastic surgery on his nose and chin a few days after the filming of Private Parts. Artie said that it was obvious and it looked very good. Robin criticized Howard saying “We already knew that. Big Deal.” Howard said he kept it private for so long because he thought plastic surgery was “very gay.”
other revelations from the show include:
- I once hid in a bathroom closet and pleasured myself as my family members went to the bathroom. – Sal the Stockbroker
- In the last year I got a girl pregnant and had to pay for her abortion. – Richard Christy
- I think I'm addicted to porn; I jerk off twice a day and prefer to masturbate, rather than having real sex. – Jason
- I have spent well over $10,000 on internet porn. – JD Harmeyer
- My buddy and I once ordered massage girls but they ripped us off and left us staring at each other in our underwear. – Gary Dell'Abate
- I have pleasured myself with meat and vegetables. – Robin Quivers
- I have a half sister I have never met and don't want to. – Fred Norris
- The Howard Stern Show (WWOR show): 69 episodes; July 14, 1990–Aug 1, 1992; often called "The Channel 9 Show" because WWOR is Channel 9 in the New York metropolitan area.
- The Howard Stern Interview (E! show): 36 episodes; 1992–1993
- Howard Stern (E! show): 2,278 episodes; 1994–July 8, 2005
- The Howard Stern Radio Show (syndicated): 1998–2001
- Howard Stern on Demand (iN DEMAND): Uncensored E! shows available since November 18, 2005; new shows available April 2006
Cast and crew of the Howard Stern show
- Robin Quivers (1980- ; Does the news segment for the show and is also Howard's co-host and close friend)
- Gary Dell'Abate (1984- ; Stern's producer; also frequently referred to as "Baba Booey" due to an inside joke stemming from his mispronunciation of the name "Baba Louie")
- Fred Norris (1979- ; Stern's sound effects wizard and show timekeeper; aka Eric Norris)
- Artie Lange (2001- ; comedian/co-host)
- Benjy Bronk (writer)
- Mike Gange (1992- )
- Ralph Cirella (Stern's stylist and close friend)
- Richard Christy (2004- ; writer)
- Ronnie Mund (aka Ronnie The Limo Driver, longtime friend and bodyguard)
- Sal the Stockbroker (2004- ; writer and former Wack Pack member)
- JD Harmeyer (media producer and Supertwink star; known as 'Daba' which is short for 'Dabadass')
- George Takei (2006- ; Howard Stern Show Announcer)
- Scott DePace (1994- ; On Demand producer, Former E! show producer)
- Scott Salem (aka Scott the Engineer, Stern's studio engineer; creator of sound effects for show)
- Laura Lackner (Howard's long-time executive assistant)
Regulars on the Howard Stern show
- Beth Ostrosky
- Ben Stern
- Rae Stern
- Ed Torian
- Dr. Sal Calabro
- Adam Carolla
- Ralph Cirella
- Heidi Cortez|Heidi Cortez
- Lee Mroszak|Crazy Cabbie
- Doug Stanhope
- Gary Garver
- Gilbert Gottfried
- Donald Trump
- Jenna Jameson
- Jessica Hahn
- Touch-Tone Terrorists
- Jimmy Kimmel
- Mike Walker
- Pamela Anderson
- Vinny Favale
Former cast and crew
- Dead Dave (mid-80's, succeeded Howard and Gary as show's celebrity interviewer, a job he passed on to Stuttering John in 1988)
- Billy West (1994 - 1995)
- Steve Grillo
- Gay Rich
- Jackie Martling (1982-2001; left in March 2001)
- John Melendez (Stuttering John) (1988-2004; left March 2004 to work on The Tonight Show)
- KC Armstrong (fired September 2004 over drug abuse)
- Tom Chiusano (1985-2005; WXRK Station General Manager, aka Tom Cheap-Ass-ano)
- Steve Freid (audio engineer at WXRK, appeared as Wood-Yi and in Supertwink)
Former Regulars and Celebrity Guests
- Alison Stern (Howard's 1st wife; since their split, she no longer calls in to show)
- Matthew McGrory|Bigfoot (Died Aug 9, 2005)
- Bill Maher (angry at the show staff, refuses to appear anymore)
- Bob Hope (Died July 27, 2003)
- Crackhead Bob (no longer appears)
- Gina Girl (no longer appears)
- Gina Man (no longer appears)
- The Wack Pack|Hank the Angry, Drunken Dwarf (Died Sept 4, 2001)
- Jerry Seinfeld (angry at show staff, refuses to appear anymore)
- Pat Cooper (no longer appears)
- Penn Jillette
- Richard Simmons (angry, refuses to appear)
- Rodney Dangerfield (Died October 5, 2004)
- Sam Kinison (Died Apr 10, 1992)
- Ted the Janitor (deceased)
- Tiny Tim (Died Nov 30, 1996)
- The Ramones (most members deceased)
- The Jesus Twins (no longer appears)
Frequent Show Games and Bits
(Discontinued games and bits are noted as historical. Winning a game usually gives a cash prize, losing usually involves nudity or humiliation.)
- Robin's News (daily ending of the show, Robin reads the news and they discuss or make fun of it)
- Guess Who's The Jew (historical)
- Lesbian Dial-a-Date (historical)
- Lesbian Dating Game (historical)
- The Stupid Bowl
- The Wack Pack#Daniel Carver|Daniel Carver's KKK Movie Review (historical)
- The Homeless Game and many variants, often played with call-in guests
- The Gossip Game with Mike Walker from the National Enquirer
- The F-Emmies
- Stump The Booey (song recognition contest against Gary; getting a question wrong requires removing an article of clothing, Gary usually wins)
- Stump The Perv (guests compete against Richard Christie, Richard usually wins)
- Win Fred's Money (timed trivia contest; losing to Fred involves nudity, Fred usually wins)
- 'Who Wants to be a Turkish Millionaire'
Common Show Sayings and Soundbites
(Only current Soundbites and Sayings listed. Many of the soundbites have been discontinued as Stern was not allowed to bring them over to Howard 100 at Sirius Satellite Radio)
- "Hey Now!" (Stern's greeting, based on Hank from The Larry Sanders Show)
- "Bababooey" (used as everything from a nickname to a drop-in Stern reference during phony telephone calls)
- "Oh my!" (George Takei)
- "I love to / touch / black / wang." (cut-together George Takei)
- "How 'bout a reach-around?" (Mike Walker)
- "Shut up! Sit down!" (Stern's father screaming at him in an old family recording)
- "I told you not to be stupid, you moron." (Stern's father yelling at him in an old family recording)
- "Suck my beep-beep-beep" (Pat_O%27Brien_%28television%29|Pat O'Brien answering machine messages turned into a parody of Buster Poindexter's song "Hot, Hot, Hot" - Stern played an uncensored version of the recording on January 9, 2006 - his first day on Sirius)
- "This is gettin' to be ri-god-damn-diculous!"
- "Sssssssscott!" (Yelled by Mindy Sterling, a character from the Austin Powers movies, and played whenever Stern Show engineer Scott Salem was in the studio)
- "It doesn't matter!" (screamed by Beetlejuice)
- "Ooooooh, Cunty" (Alexis Stewart, Martha Stewart’s daughter.)
- Howard Stern Official Web Site
- Howard Stern Biography - About.com
- Howard Stern - Sirius Radio information site
- Stern Fan Network
- Marks Friggin (daily radio show summaries; extensive archive)
- King Of All Media Website (daily Howard Stern news digest)
- Howard Stern in Space December 2005 New York Magazine article
- Stern Discusses The Murder Of Selena
- The infamous "Bababooey"/ OJ chase call made to Peter Jennings; site requires free registration.
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