Howard Allan Stern is an American radio personality, television show host, author, actor, and photographer, whose radio show was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005. He gained wide recognition in the 1990s and is labeled a "shock jock" for his outspoken and sometimes controversial style. Stern has been exclusive to SiriusXM, a subscription-based satellite radio service, since January 2006. He was a judge on the television show America's Got Talent for its seventh and eighth seasons.
Stern wished to pursue a radio career at 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 working afternoons at WNBC in New York City in 1982 until his sudden firing in 1985. He reemerged on WXRK that year, and became one of the country's most popular radio personalities during his 20-year tenure at the station. He became the most-fined host after the Federal Communications Commission issued fines to station licensees for allegedly indecent material that totaled $2.5 million. Stern won Billboard’s "Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year" award eight times, and became one of the highest-paid figures in radio after signing a deal with Sirius worth $500 million in 2004. Though critical of the organization, Stern was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.