Howard Stern

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Howard Stern

Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American talk radio presenter and media personality. His uncensored talk show, The Howard Stern Show, currently airs on channels Howard 100 and Howard 101 on the subscription-based SIRIUS XM Radio, and is adapted for television for Howard TV (formerly "Howard Stern On-Demand"), an on-demand cable network service. 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 named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine" and was ranked as the world's 7th most powerful celebrity by Forbes. His first marriage ended in divorce in 2001; he married fashion model Beth Ostrosky on October 3, 2008.

Stern was born into a Jewish American family in the Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights, New York, though his family soon moved to the Long Island town of Roosevelt. His father, Ben Stern, owned a Manhattan recording studio. Stern's father encouraged his son's interest in radio from an early age. His mother, Rae, was a homemaker for most of Howard's childhood. Stern has one sibling, a sister named Ellen, who is four years his senior. Stern describes his sister as being his "complete opposite;" she is rarely mentioned on the show, though he maintains that they have a good relationship as their personalities perfectly complement each other.

Although both his parents are Jewish, Stern's on-air banter is that he is only "half Jewish", with the other half being Italian, because "it's very hard to be Jewish in this country. My half Jewish side has been beaten with chains." Stern's Hebrew name is Tzvi (IPA: ); his paternal grandparents, Froim and Anna (Gallar) Stern and maternal grandparents, Sol and Esther (Reich) Schiffman, were Austro-Hungarian Jews who immigrated to America at about the same time.

Stern has long claimed on his show that he has a small penis. He uses this assertion to comedic effect in a scene in his bio pic where he is shown showering with his African-American peers at Roosevelt Junior High School. He has long asserted that he was one of the few white students in a predominantly African-American school. When Stern's family moved in 1969 to Rockville Centre, he transferred to South Side High School, from which he graduated in 1972. Stern attended Boston University, graduating in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in communications, carrying a 3.8 Grade Point Average. During his time at Boston University Stern also worked (before being fired) as a volunteer at the campus radio station WTBU. Stern now funds a scholarship at Boston University.

Stern grew to be tall, standing 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m). On June 4, 1978, Stern married college sweetheart Alison Berns at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts. They have three daughters: Emily Beth (b. 1983), Deborah Jennifer (b. 1986) and Ashley Jade (b. 1993). A hallmark of Stern's humor was his claiming to be tempted by the strippers, porn stars and lesbians appearing on his show, but always insisted that he had to be faithful to his wife. In 1994, Stern ran for Governor of New York as a Libertarian. The campaign was generally seen as a political stunt and Stern dropped out before the election after refusing to disclose his finances, a requirement by the State of New York. In October 1999, Stern announced that he and wife Alison decided to separate. They amicably divorced in 2001, ending in a settlement.

Stern began a period of single living on New York City's Upper West Side, dating dozens of women including Angie Everhart and Robin Givens. Despite reportedly spending time with Carmen Electra "five times", the two have denied there was anything more intimate than an outdoor shower in bathing suits.

Stern has been the target of stalkers and death threats. On January 15, 1998, Lance Carvin was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for stalking and threatening to kill Stern and his family.

Although he identifies his ethnicity as Jewish and raised his daughters in that religion, he has indicated that he does not believe in God or organized religion. However, he says he is "afraid" to say he is an atheist, so instead identifies as an agnostic.

In 2000, Stern began dating model Beth Ostrosky, who is 18 years his junior. Ostrosky co-hosted Casino Cinema on Spike TV from 2004 to 2007. She had also frequently appeared in the American edition of men's magazine FHM until it ceased publication in 2007. The pair have lived together in Manhattan with their Bulldog named Bianca Romijn-Stamos-O'Connell. Stern also owns a weekend house in the Hamptons on Long Island. After seven years, at last, on February 14, 2007, Stern announced that he and Ostrosky became engaged. They were married on October 3, 2008 at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City.

Stern has said that he plays chess every day, frequenting the Internet Chess Club. He has taken online lessons from Dan Heisman, a chess master from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a huge fan of comic books and science fiction, stating several times in 2008 that the only movies or television he watches are about superheroes, such as Heroes, Smallville, Iron Man, The Dark Knight, and others. His favorite superhero is Superman, followed by Spider-Man, Batman and Daredevil, though he was disappointed by the latter's film adaptation; his two favorite movies of the genre are Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2.

Stern's prank phone calls use deception at the expense of the recipient intending to humiliate at the financial gain of Stern show.

After graduating from Boston University, Stern worked briefly as a DJ at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts. Stern then worked as a disc jockey and program director for WRNW in Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, New York, playing rock music. In 1978, Stern landed his first morning show job in Hartford, Connecticut at WCCC-FM and WCCC-AM, whose progressive rock format promoted Howard's development as a "free form" personality. It was at the Hartford radio station that Howard met his future show writer and producer, Fred Norris, who was working as an overnight deejay at the time. Stern moved to FM radio station WWWW (usually referred to as "W4") in Detroit, Michigan, further developing his show until the station adopted a country music format, and then went to WWDC-FM "DC 101," in Washington, D.C. for a year, making it the #1 station in town. After Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th St. Bridge, Stern called the airline to see if the bridge would be a regular stop. Outrage over the incident would eventually lead to Stern being fired. In 1982, he returned to New York City to work at NBC's flagship AM radio station, WNBC Radio. Also working at NBC at that time was David Letterman, who became a fan of Stern's radio show. Stern's guest appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on June 19, 1984, launched Stern into the national spotlight and gave his radio show unprecedented exposure. Stern would appear on Letterman's show many times thereafter.

Stern and his crew were fired from NBC in 1985, ostensibly in response to a particularly outrageous sketch — "Bestiality Dial-A-Date" — although relations between station management and Stern had been strained from the beginning (as well documented in his book Private Parts). He quickly returned to FM radio by joining local rival station WXRK, premiering November 18, 1985, moving permanently to the morning drive time slot in February 1986. By year's end, his show was simulcast on WYSP in Philadelphia. Before long it was also heard in Washington, D.C., and was then syndicated nationwide by Infinity Broadcasting. The program made great sport out of feuding with other cities' top-rated deejays, and soon Stern's broadcast was number one in several major markets, including Philadelphia and Los Angeles. His Arbitron ratings were strongest in the country's number one radio market, New York City, where his morning ratings more than tripled his station's average numbers the rest of the day. He remained at WXRK until his move to satellite radio in 2006.

On October 6, 2004, Stern announced on his show that he had signed a five year contract with Sirius, a satellite radio service. Sirius provided a budget of $500 million USD to pay Howard, his staff and general production costs. His personal salary has not been revealed. Other media sources have claimed that Stern netted a $225 million one-time stock bonus for meeting subscriber quotas, with the latter being true in January 2006.

Stern stated that he was growing increasingly unhappy doing his show on terrestrial radio. The combined stresses of heavy censorship and editing by management as well as lengthy commercial breaks weighed into his decision to start anew on Sirius. Stern admitted to feeling "dead inside, creatively" in December, 2005 while still on terrestrial radio.

The Sirius deal, which took effect on January 1, 2006, enabled Stern to broadcast his show without the content restrictions imposed by the FCC. Moreover, the deal also enabled Stern to program an additional Sirius channel.

Leslie Moonves, the President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation, appeared on one of Stern's final shows to compliment him on his move to Sirius and thank him for the record advertising revenue the network sold. Moonves told Stern that he bought Sirius stock. Stern reminded him that CBS always had the option to "push the button" on his program, taking him off the air, if they did not agree with what he was presenting to the public.

On May 11, 2006, CBS said it was near settling the lawsuit with Stern. "We have an agreement, but there are details that have to be worked out," said CBS lawyer Irvin Nathan. Some details of the agreement were officially announced May 26.

As a result of the CBS lawsuit settlement, Stern announced on June 7, 2006 that Sirius gained exclusive rights to his entire back catalog of radio shows from his days at CBS (about 23,000 hours). The shows cost Sirius approximately $2 million, which equates to approximately $87 per hour of tape. Sirius has the rights to the tapes until the end of Stern's current contract with Sirius, and then all ownership rights will return to Stern.

In 1988 when Fox was looking for a late night talk show host to replace Joan Rivers, they gave Howard the opportunity to record five pilot episodes of a late night show. Stern claims that he and the network did not see eye to eye with censorship of the episodes, and a show never materialized.

In 1990, Stern aired a sketch comedy show on WWOR-TV, which was also called The Howard Stern Show, colloquially referred to as "The Channel Nine Show." The show lasted 65 episodes before ending in 1993 when Stern felt its production began to interfere with his radio show.

In 1993, Stern released his autobiography, Private Parts. The book was a New York Times #1 bestseller and became the fastest selling book in Simon & Schuster's history.

In 1994, Stern embarked on a political campaign for Governor of New York, formally announcing his candidacy under the Libertarian Party ticket. His platform included restoring the death penalty, limiting road construction work to nighttime hours, and abolishing tolls. However, he subsequently withdrew his candidacy because he did not wish to comply with the financial disclosure requirements for candidates.

In 1996, Stern released his second book, Miss America, which focused more on his radio career. He has also written forewards for the books Steal This Dream (a biography of Abbie Hoffman, an occasional guest on his show, written by his friend and collaborator, Larry "Ratso" Sloman), Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling's Disgustingly Dirty Joke Book and staff-member Artie Lange's memoir, Too Fat To Fish.

In 1997, he starred in Private Parts, a biographical film chronicling his rise to success. The film is based on his 1993 autobiography Private Parts. The film premiered at the top of the box office in its opening weekend with a gross of $14.6 million. It grossed slightly more than $41 million in total.

The movie received mostly positive reviews from critics, including Siskel and Ebert, who were frequent guests of Stern's radio show. Some critics claimed the film glossed over his use of sexual and racial humor.

For his performance, Stern won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Male Newcomer. The awards are given based on write-in votes from fans, and Stern won by a wide margin. Stern was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy). He was also nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst New Star. Though he would like to continue an acting career, his commitment to a daily radio show has made it difficult for him to do so, joking that he is "the world's laziest movie star." He also says that most of the parts offered to him are walk-on cameos, similar to Stan Lee's appearances in Marvel films (Spider-man, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, etc.) which he finds uninteresting.

In 2002, Stern's production company Howard Stern Productions acquired the rights to the 1982 movie Porky's and the 1979 movie Rock 'n' Roll High School. Stern was also a producer of the TV series Son of the Beach, which ran for three seasons.

He informed listeners early in 2004 that the ABC television network was in talks with him to produce an interview special.

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The Howard Stern Show staff

Artie Lange

The Howard Stern Show has gone through a number of staff members, each with his or her own special quirks.

Howard Stern is the host. The self-proclaimed "King of All Media," he has been labeled a shock jock for his highly controversial use of subjective, intellectual, sexual and racial humor. In essence, Howard's show is a discussion of topics that include popular world affairs, celebrity gossip, self deprecation, bodily functions, conflicts among his staff, and the antics of an odd-ball collection of troubled humanity known to fans as the "wack pack." He is considered controversial by many due to his willingness to speak frankly on the sexual nature of humanity and his lack of restraint in commenting openly on politically sensitive issues.

Robin Quivers grew up in Baltimore and had a rough childhood in which she was sexually abused by her father (a fact that the cast frequently teases her about). She first met Howard when she was assigned to be his newswoman at DC101. When Howard left Washington, DC for New York, Robin came with him. She was briefly fired from the show when it was on WNBC but was eventually brought back on Howard's demand. Robin's role has evolved from just reading the news headlines to being Howard's main sidekick. Howard once stated that Robin was the only person on the show that he would allow to talk freely during the broadcast (though subsequently he has let Artie Lange also do this).

Artie Lange is a comedian who joined the show in 2001, when he was chosen to fill the spot formerly occupied by Jackie Martling, who left the show over a salary disagreement. Artie's job consisted of being Howard's main sidekick along with Robin, and he frequently talked about personal information such as his addictions with gambling, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, overeating, and frequenting brothels and prostitutes. In 2005, Artie started missing large amounts of work, a time during which he later revealed he was regularly snorting heroin, and subsequently detoxing.

Artie resigned from the show on April 10, 2008, in the wake of an infamous on-air physical attack on his assistant, Teddy, in which several show staff members had to physically restrain him and drag him from the studio. Lange returned to the show on April 21, 2008, after discussing his meltdown with Howard Stern and other staffers . Artie was never off the show as the show didn't air in the week of Apr 14th - Apr 18th. He therefore didn't miss a single day of work as a result of his infamous meltdown.

In the late 70's, Fred Norris became friends with Howard when they were both working as DJs at WCCC-FM in Hartford, Connecticut. After leaving WCCC-FM to work with Howard, at WWDC-FM 101, Washington, DC, Howard was hired at WNBC in New York and gave Fred a job on as a writer and personality on the show. Over time Fred's main role developed into being in charge of the soundboards, playing sound clips that comically coincide with the shows current discussion and playing various characters in skits; Fred now rarely talks on air.

Benjy Bronk is currently head writer on the show. Bronk started working on the show as a pre-interviewer for Howard's guests. In 2001 when Jackie Martling left the show Bronk took over Martling's role as head writer (Artie Lange took over Martling's speaking role as Stern's sidekick). Bronk's job consisting of writing many of the shows bits, as well as writing one-liners that he will send to Stern to say on the air. Like Lange, Bronk was frequently ridiculed about his weight, however he recently lost 64 lb (29 kg) during a show weight loss competition. According to a New York Post article written 12/30/01, Bronk was born in 1970 or 1971 contrary to the popular belief that Bronk was only 36-44 years old. Bronk had previously been identified as being 30 in a 2001 article in The New York Post. For unknown reasons, Bronk refuses to disclose his true age on the air. Dated Anna Nicole Smith during her rotund years.

While playing as a drummer in a number of Heavy metal bands, including Iced Earth, Richard Christy began calling into the show to submit song parodies. In 2004 when Stuttering John Melendez left the show, Howard announced a "Win John’s Job Contest" which pitted a group of 10 Stern super-fan/contributors against each other for the right to John's old job. Richard won the job as voted by Stern show fans over the internet. Since joining the show, Richard has become most famous for the prank phone calls and gay stunts that he does with Sal the Stockbroker. Unlike most of the cast who comes from the Tri-State Region, Richard comes from Kansas and is made fun of for being a perceived redneck. It is suspected that Christy has an alcohol addiction.

Sal Governale better known as Sal the Stockbroker started calling into the show while working as a stockbroker in New York City. Sal became a popular caller due to his frequent calling in to make fun of Gary Dell'Abate. Despite coming in second in the "Win John's Job" contest, Sal was hired anyway to be Richard Christy's writing partner. In addition to the stunts and prank calls he does with Richard, Sal is known on the show for what fellow employees see as an unhealthy obsession with Howard. He once said he would save Howard over his wife and kids if they were both drowning. Sal is also often considered racist, frequently saying offensive things in his comedy act and on the show, although he always denies this accusation.

Jon Hein is the co-host of the The Wrap-Up Show. Prior to joining the Stern Show, Hein had become famous for popularizing the term "jumping the shark" and creator of the website Due to the popularity of, Hein became a recurring guest on the Stern show. Hein is a lifelong fan of Stern's, and partially for that reason was chosen as the first host of the Superfan Roundtable in late 2005. The Stern Show staff thought Hein was a good host on Roundtable and chose him to be the host of The Wrap-Up Show with producer Gary Dell'Abate as co-host.

Will Murray is a segment producer on the show. He pre-interviews all guests, and compiles pages of notes for Howard to use during interviews. Another one of his duties is answering the phone and screening callers. When a member of the show is being ridiculed on-air, Will sends Howard information about that person using a computer, with other back-office staff usually joining in. He and fellow producer Jason Kaplan host the Howard 100 News segment "Page 69." Will is now married as of September 5th 2008 to his long time girlfriend. Will is from the Philadelphia area and is a huge Philadelphia sports fan. He first appeared on the Howard Stern show while battling cancer as a child.

Jason Kaplan is another show producer and massive land manatee. He has many duties, including writing the daily show rundown that appears on the show's website, and taking photos that appear alongside the daily rundown. Jason has battled depression and weight gain, and has been teased for throwing birthday parties for his cats, and for his underwhelming sports knowledge. In September 2007, Jason and HowardTV director Scott Depace engaged in an intense feud stemming from their political differences; Jason is a liberal Democrat, Depace is a conservative George W. Bush supporter. Jason got married on November 8th, 2008. He hosts "Page 69" along with Will Murray. He has also been known to have a Facebook description of being a, "Big Dude, with a Cool Tude'". As of December 2, 2008 Kaplan's weight is up to 296 pounds.

Jamie "JD" Harmeyer joined the show as an intern in 2003. He is the show's Media Producer whose main duty is to pull audio and video clips from television and the Internet for Howard to use on the show. JD has four TiVos simultaneously recording in his office. Harmeyer often arrives much earlier than other show staff to record. Harmeyer's "nerdy" personality, awkward speaking style (frequently compared to Napoleon Dynamite) and amusing personal life (his parents, sex life and hobbies) are common points of discussion when he is on the air. Currently, show comedian Artie Lange, writer Benjy Bronk and Harmeyer are the only remaining bachelors on the show. In 2006 Harmeyer was given a techno theme when he enters the studio to speak, as staff member Richard Christy caught him listening to it in his office. His current theme is "Battle Royale" by Does It Offend You, Yeah?. It was previously "Everytime You Leave (Age Pee Short Mix)" by Karma.

Scott DePace is the television director for the daily broadcast of The Howard Stern Show for Howard TV. He is known on-air for his staunch support of George W. Bush and the Republican Party. He also claimed to invent "The VideoCaddy", a clamping system to attach a video camera to a golf cart, in the early 1990s. He delayed marketing the product until 2007, after several variants of his invention were already released to the market. His wife, Pamela, won an Emmy for her work on "The Daily Show". He is originally from Delaware. His hobbies include playing the video game "Halo 3" on Xbox 360. He has played against Howard Stern Show Producer Gary Dell Abate's children Jackson and Lucas online. His employment at former Chuck E. Cheese's competitor Showbiz Pizza Place is frequently referenced on the show; his on-air appearances are often accompanied by the Showbiz Pizza Place jingle.

On the February 3rd, 2009 show, a Facebook group entitled "The Howard Stern Show's Scott DePace is a Douchebag" was mentioned. DePace noted that the group had only a few members, yet by the end of the following day nearly 1,000 people had joined.

Mike Gange started at the show as an intern, and is now a producer for Howard TV. Gange once had sex with porn star Kendra Jade. He is also famous for being the object of Scott the Engineer's rage during Scott's push-ups competition. Gange's feeble segment producing is often the subject of ridicule, such as announcing himself ("Hi, this is Mike Gange") during HowardTV commercials and ruining the 2007 holiday gift wood chipper segment by not testing the faulty equipment beforehand.

George Takei currently serves as the show's announcer. Before joining the show Takei became popular among the cast after soundbites of his audiobook about his career on Star Trek were played on the show. The clips stood out due to his deep baritone voice, and were frequently played. In 2006 when the show moved to Sirius, it was announced that Takei would be the show's official announcer. Once every quarter Takei will sit in the studio (often for a week at a time), most of Takei's job as announcer is done through pre-recordings.

Gary Garver is a West Coast based correspondent for The Howard Stern Show. He is sent to awards shows, movie premieres and television conventions to ask "Stuttering John"-type questions to celebrities and has-beens.

Gary Garver currently hosts "Almost Live with Gary Garver", which is an online web broadcast, at where he interviews various adult entertainment and off beat celebrities.

Ronald Mund commonly referred to as Ronnie the Limo Driver or Jew Hefner, is Howard's limousine driver and bodyguard. He was for years known as "Scoresman" due to his frequenting and immense fondness of Scores strip club, but now refers to himself as "Ricky Man" due to show loyalties shifting to Ricks Cabaret. He is often ridiculed for his short stature, inappropriate comments and behaviors, and causing unnecessary tension between Howard and the cast. It was revealed on October 30, 2008 that Ronnie wears Mambo by Liz Claiborne.

In early 2005, it was announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission was probing Mund to determine if he purchased Sirius stock based on insider information shortly before Stern announced his move to satellite radio.

On April 10, 2008; Ronnie was praised by many of his co-workers (notably Gary Dell'Abate) for his "taking charge of the situation" once Artie Lange attempted to physically assault his personal assistant.

During the week of Sept. 8, 2008, Ronnie was voted "the angriest" person related with the show. He is in complete denial of the fact but voids out his argument when he yells at the staff and ridicules J.D. on the Wrap Up Show. J.D. is Ronnie's easiest target, therefore he feels it necessary to constantly lash out against him, as if the people around him will be impressed. It is noted throughout the Stern fan world how sad and pathetic Ronnie sounds while he ridicules J.D. because his arguments are so "5th gradish".

Shuli Egar, known as Shuli, (born October 8, 1974) works on Sirius Satellite Radio on Howard 100 and Howard 101. He is a reporter for Howard 100 News, member of the Killers of Comedy tour, and often is invited to perform on show-related roasts.

Ralph Cirella serves as stylist to Stern and briefly co-hosted Howard 100's The Friday Show (now cancelled) with Gary Dell'Abate and Jon Hein. He has also appeared on Stern's television show, for which he designs the sets.

Cirella was a caller and avid listener of Stern's show in the early to mid-1980s. He has claimed that he was a regular caller when Stern was still on WNBC in New York City. Cirella's friendship with Stern apparently began when he worked as a makeup artist/set designer on Stern's early 90s Channel 9 television show.

Though he is a personal friend of Howard and calls in numerous times a day, he may very well be the least popular member of the Stern Show; Howard has maintained that he receives more hate mail about Cirella than he does of Ku Klux Klansman, Daniel Carver. He is known for his collection of movie memorabilia, particularly science fiction films such as Star Wars. In 2008 he asked Gary Dell'Abate for a life sized cardboard cutout of Iron Man, he has a similar decoration of Pamela Anderson from the show Baywatch. Robin Quivers has described Cirella's home as "like Tom Hanks' apartment in Big." Since the move to Sirius, several accusations have been lauded towards Ralph as a thief. On the December 5, 2006 morning show, Stern cohost Artie Lange recounted a story that took place in the Las Vegas restaurant Nobu, in which Ralph took $100 (part of the tip for the service) off the table, and another story wherein Ralph swiped $100 from a card game on a flight to Las Vegas with the Stern crew. That same day, friend of the show Wayne Seagal called in to confirm Artie's account of the Nobu story. On January 16, 2007, following the trip to Florida for Bubba the Love Sponge's Tampa wedding, members of the Stern show recounted rumors of Ralph stealing singles from the stripclub Dollhouse.

Many have speculated that Ralph has homosexual feelings about Howard, his lisp (similar to Sylvester the cat) contributes to these theories; although he has been known to occasionally make strongly homophobic and racist statements. Howard however, paints the picture of Ralph as a lovable mooch or freeloader who he takes care of as Ralph would be unable to support himself in the real world; he has similar (though less close) relationships with actor John Stamos and comedy writer Sam Simon.

While touring as a national headliner, Jackie Martling recorded several joke LPs that became the resume he submitted to Howard Stern and which led to his being hired as a cast member on the show. After three years, he rose to head writer, a position he held for 15 years. He is famous for pioneering joke writing "on the fly," a technique of instant scripting where he wrote jokes and funny lines for Howard Stern while the show was in progress. Jackie also wrote dialog for the infamous "Jackie Puppet," voiced by Billy West. West has remarked how surreal it was to sit behind Jackie, viciously attacking him as the puppet, with lines Jackie had just written himself.

After several earlier disagreements over compensation, Martling left the Stern Show in March 2001, over a salary disagreement with the show's employer WXRK. He has since admitted that the amount of money under dispute was fairly small, but still caused him to refuse to sign a new contract.

Martling's chair on the Howard Stern Show was eventually filled by former MADtv cast member Artie Lange; however, Lange did not take over Martling's job as head writer. That position was filled instead by Benjy Bronk. Martling appears with his successor Artie Lange in the 2003 film Mail Order Bride. After leaving the show, Martling pursued his other interests including acting and music and toured extensively doing standup. He also expanded his very successful line of electronic joke products. On September 25, 2006, Howard Stern announced that Martling would be returning to radio by joining the Howard 100/101 Sirius Radio channels. Stern elaborated further on the September 26, 2006 broadcast, saying that Martling's new show on Howard 101 would be called "Jackie's Joke Hunt". The show, co-hosted by fellow friar Ian Karr, premiered on October 3, 2006 at 7pm EST. It continues to air, live, every Tuesday at 7pm EST on Sirius Howard 101, with re-airings scheduled for Thursday mornings at 12AM EST and Saturday afternoons at 2pm EST. Martling can also be heard on Howard 100 on Fridays when Sirius airs "Master Tape Theatre", selected, "best-of" recordings from Howard's shows from the WXRK days.

Martling has since returned to the Stern show to roast producer Gary Dell'Abate and on March 13, 2007, Martling made a long-awaited guest appearance on the show. In May, 2007, the Stern show aired a two day salute to Jackie Martling on Stern 100. The show contained dozens of classic Jackie moments intercut with new interviews with Jackie and others.

Kyle Casey "KC" Armstrong was an associate producer on the show from 1999 until 2005. Armstrong (born July 17, 1975) is an actor, amateur bodybuilder, model, and comedian. He grew up in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, where his father was the head wrestling coach at Port Jefferson High School. Armstrong was formerly a quarterback for the Western Kentucky University football team.

Armstrong's mysterious departure from the Stern show in 2005 was explained by Armstrong himself during a phone interview with Stern on July 1, 2005. He was fired by the station because of problems related to substance abuse, despite various attempts by his employers to help Armstrong get clean. He told Stern during the interview that he had daily thoughts of suicide and eventually suffered a mental breakdown. It was revealed years later that Armstrong was found defecating on a Bible after concerned staffers called police to his apartment, worried that Armstrong was suicidal after leaving work early one morning.

Armstrong now lives in Newport Beach, California, where he is trying to start a career in acting and has released his own comedy DVD Die Laughing through his web site. Armstrong started accepting orders and payment for the disc in May 2005, but he did not actually send any DVDs until March 2007. Armstrong has acted in three movies: Death4Told, Grace and the Storm and Secret War. He has also appeared in the comedy DVD Meet the Creeps. KC is very good with computer technology but is inept at everything else.

From 1989 through 1995, Billy West provided the show with character voices such as Marge Schott, Jim Backus, George Takei, Larry Fine, Jackie Martling, Louis "Red" Deutsch, Ben Stern (Howard Stern's father), Leona Helmsley, Al Michaels, The Greaseman, Frank Gifford, Kathy Lee Gifford, Rudolph Giuliani, David Dinkins, Nelson Mandela, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Elton John and Connie Chung until eventually leaving the show over money. West has also been an occasional contributor to The Adam Carolla Show, a syndicated morning radio show that replaced Howard Stern's show along West Coast American cities, generally sitting in for an extended portion of the show every other Thursday. On February 19 and 20, 2007, The Howard Stern Show ran a special two-part retrospective of West's work with the show.

In 1988, John Melendez better known as Stuttering John to Stern fans was attending New York University's film school, and belonged to a band called "Rock Slide". His college roommate, Mitch Fatel, was on the verge of quitting his internship with The Howard Stern Show, when Melendez begged him for a recommendation for an internship there for himself. The show's producer, Gary Dell'Abate, interviewed Melendez and mentioned his stuttering problem to Howard Stern, who decided to hire him as a field reporter.

On Stern's show, Melendez conducted outrageous street interviews and appeared at press conferences, asking off-the-wall questions to various celebrities, including Gennifer Flowers, Ringo Starr, and the Dalai Lama. He also provided comic interest on the show itself with his misadventures, poor grammar, and sloppy pronunciation. For example, he mispronounced "Nicolas Cage" as "Niggaless Cage" and "Suzanna" (his wife's first name) as "Suzanner". Melendez left the show after being offered a half-million dollar contract as the announcer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Al Rosenberg was a writer/performer for Howard on WNBC, and also worked for Imus in the Morning during that period. He did numerous voice impressions including Sue Simmons and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. In "The History of Howard Stern", Howard stated that he hired Al after Imus fired him so that he (Imus) could hire his girlfriend to replace Rosenberg. He stayed on at WNBC after Howard was fired because he was still under contract to the station. He would later work again for Howard on the "Channel 9 Show" as a writer. Al called in to Howard's show in 2007 (during a Paul Mooney interview) to discuss Imus' racism. He currently works doing speaking engagements and voice-over work.He also recently started appearing on Howard 101's "Miserable Men" program.

Penny Crone was an original staff member of Howard 100 News. Her career in journalism began as a federal court reporter for the Hearst Newspaper in Baltimore. Penny next moved to WJZ-TV as a writer/producer. Then, she worked for WNYW/Fox 5 and WCBS/2 in New York City as a TV reporter. She also co-hosted a morning talk show for WABC Radio, and appeared in a TV movie and theatrical films. Penny and her son, Travis, were featured in a Howard TV day-in-the-life-of special. She left the news staff in January 2007, due to budget cuts. Currently, Penny is a real-estate agent for Prudential Douglas Elliman..

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The Howard Stern Show


The Howard Stern Show is an American talk radio show hosted by Howard Stern on Howard 100, one of two uncensored channels on SIRIUS XM Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service. Before coming to SIRIUS, the show was broadcast on terrestrial radio and was syndicated for almost twenty years since 1986 on FM (and a few AM) radio stations across the United States until the last broadcast on December 16, 2005. By the end of his terrestrial run, Stern was tied with Laura Schlesinger as the fifth most listened to radio show.

Since January 9, 2006 the show began broadcasting on SIRIUS, and to Canada later on via SIRIUS Canada by February 6. By June 19, the show was made available worldwide via SIRIUS Internet Radio. The show is currently broadcast from Studio 69 on the 36th floor at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York City.

Since June 20, 1994 the radio show was filmed and adapted into Howard Stern, a television show broadcast each weekday on E! until July 8, 2005, although E! continued to rerun episodes until December 31. Stern set up an uncensored In Demand service named Howard Stern on Demand on November 18, 2005 which launched as Howard TV on March 16, 2006.

The Howard Stern Show is a free-form comedy show consisting of banter, spin-off games, stunts, clips from television shows, interviews, the Internet or the cast, and prank phone calls. Common themes include current events, Hollywood gossip, politics, and ridiculing staff members for their personality, mistakes, incompetence and behaviour. Traditionally, no person or topic is considered sacred (particularly now that the show is uncensored on SIRIUS) and every cast member, including Stern himself, has taken ridicule on the show.

Two years after WRNW, Stern's first professional radio job, he worked at WCCC, an FM station in Hartford, Connecticut in the spring of 1979. Stern decided to apply after reading an advertisement in Radio & Records that wanted a "wild, fun, morning guy." Stern was hired for $12,000 a year.

It was at WCCC that Stern met Fred Norris, the longest tenured staff member of the Stern Show. At the time Norris was working the overnight slot under the pseudonym "Earth Dog". In the film Private Parts, Norris is seen helping Stern out with his show by providing voices and sound effects.

This is perhaps the start of what grew to become The Howard Stern Show as it is known today. It was not until 1981 at WWDC where Norris joined the Stern Show permanently.

When his ratings increased but his pay remained the same, Stern found an advertisement, again in Radio & Records, for a new morning man at WWWW, or "W4" in short, in Detroit, Michigan which he began on April 21, 1980. Stern signed a contract for $30,000, replacing Steve Dahl, who was seen controversial at the time, and left for WDAI in Chicago.

Suddenly however, W4 changed station format from rock to country, which was highly disliked by Stern. As a result, Stern quickly resigned and left to Washington.

Stern's success at W4 led to a job offer at WWDC, branded as "DC101", in Washington, D.C on March 2, 1981. This marked the first time Stern met then-news reader Robin Quivers, who has been with Stern ever since.

Perhaps the most known incident that happened at DC101 was when Stern did a bit pretending to call Air Florida to ask if the 14th Street Bridge would be a "permanent stop", in reference to the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 on January 13, 1982 that killed 78 people. Stern later stated that he was ridiculing the airline for allowing such an error to occur.

On June 29, 1982 Stern's contract was terminated by DC101 after criticizing his station management and two other radio stations. Stern's lawyer alleged "It's our view that the real reason they've is they would like to get new DC101 deejays GreaseMan and Adam Smasher on the air as soon as possible, and hope the audience forgets about Howard, and that's a perfectly rational business judgement." Two weeks later, Stern presented a special "farewell show" on rival station WAVA.

Although Stern made a deal with WNBC-AM in New York, Stern mentioned in the The History of Howard Stern special on SIRIUS that he was very naive back then, and didn't realize WNBC refused to hire Quivers. As a result, Quivers left the show on June 17 and went back to her home in Baltimore. Quivers returned to the show on October 18, 1982 at WNBC after Stern informing NBC management that he would be more "under control" should Quivers be part of the show.

On August 4, 1982, Stern (along with Norris and a month later with Quivers) made it to New York City to work afternoons at NBC's flagship AM radio station WNBC, also known as 66 WNBC. By February 1983, comedian Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling joined the show.

Working at NBC at that time was David Letterman, who made Stern a guest on Late Night with David Letterman on June 19, 1984 for the first time. This first appearance launched Stern into the national spotlight and gave his radio show unprecedented exposure. Stern would appear on the Late Show thereafter, increasing Stern's national image and station ratings.

In September 1984, Gary Dell'Abate was hired as the show's producer.

Stern and Quivers were fired from WNBC on September 30, 1985 in response to a bit known as "Beastiality Dial-a-Date", although relations between station management and Stern had been strained from the beginning which was well-documented in Stern's 1993 book Private Parts. The last show broadcast was on September 27. Norris and Dell'Abate however, continued to stay at WNBC for a short while until they were brought along to WXRK.

Stern quickly returned to FM radio by joining local rival station WXRK (branded as "92.3 K-Rock") on November 18, 1985. For the first three months, Stern worked the afternoon slot from 2-6pm before moving permanently to mornings, replacing Jay Thomas on February 18, 1986 from 6am. At the same time, show engineer Scott "The Engineer" Salem was hired on February 10, 1986 and has been with the show ever since.

Stern's effect on the station's morning ratings was almost instantaneous, with increased ratings by Stern's third week on the air.

By August 18, 1986 the Stern Show was syndicated in Philadelphia on WYSP. The local media initially doubted that Stern would be a success in the Philadelphia market, yet in a move that would repeat itself many times over in his career, Stern was successful in knocking off the number one morning show in Philadelphia, John DeBella, and became number one in the ratings. In celebration, Stern held a mock "funeral" for DeBella on May 10, 1990. The show would then be heard in Washington, D.C. on WJFK-FM by September 29, 1988. Stern's Arbitron numbers were the strongest in New York City, the country's number one radio market, where his morning ratings more than tripled his station's average numbers for the rest of the day.

1988 saw the introduction of two new staff members on the show. On August 29 John Melendez, who became known as "Stuttering John", joined the show. An intern, who was leaving the show, informed that his friend (Melendez) was a fan and also stutters in his speech. Almost instantly, Stern told show producer Gary Dell'Abate to hire Melendez. Once hired, Melendez would become known for his stuttering and asking celebrities awkward and uncomfortable questions that normal interviewers would not ask. As well as Stuttering John, Billy West joined the show on November 7 and provided many vocal impressions for bits on the show including calling in as various people, bringing the show to new creative heights.

The show on December 16, 1988 resulted in the first FCC fine for the Stern Show for a total of three incidents, costing $6,000. The fine followed a segment where a man came in the studio and played a piano with his penis. Stern even stresses to this day that he is shocked by people who thought this was outrageous, pointing out that no one listening could actually see the act.

On July 25, 1991 the Stern Show was syndicated to its fourth radio market on KLSX in Los Angeles, a move that was considered risky at the time. Predictions about the success of the show, like the one of a local Los Angeles radio listener, "Vulgarity has reached a new low. I think he's going to bomb beautifully out here. At least I hope he does. I'm sure he'll find the Los Angeles market is more sophisticated" proved in the end to be untrue. By October 1, the show was syndicated in Baltimore, Maryland on WJFK-AM.

Stern made national news in 1994 by preventing a suicidal man from leaping to his death off the George Washington Bridge.

Stern was again in the national news on June 10, when a live broadcast in Cleveland, Ohio was sabotaged when Bill Alford, an engineer from rival radio station WMMS cut the wires, temporarily stopping Stern's "Cleveland Funeral", similar to the one held for John DeBella in 1990.

In April 1995, after Tejano singer Selena was shot to death in March, and one day before the singer was to be buried, Stern parodied her by playing gunshots over Selena's music. He also mocked Selena's fans in a fake Hispanic accent and said "Spanish people have the worst taste in music...they have no depth." This episode ignited a fire-storm of controversy and protests. As a result of Stern's comments, a disorderly arrest warrant was issued against Stern by the justice of the peace in Harlingen, Texas. Stern was never arrested, but he ended up making a rare on-air apology, in Spanish, a week after the episode.

That November saw Billy West leaving the show due to the stations' refusal to pay him what he viewed as a fair salary. West has never returned as a guest, although he provided commentary for a West edition of Stern Spotlight, a special that aired on Howard 100 in February 2007 as well as a guest appearance on The Greg Fitzsimmons Show on Howard 101 in November 2007.

In 1997, the show aired for the first time in Canada, appearing on CILQ in Toronto, Ontario and CHOM in Montreal, Quebec. CHOM cancelled Stern's show in 2000, after frequent listener complaints to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. For most of the time that the stations did air the Stern Show they were required to monitor the show for offensive content through the use of broadcast delays. CILQ cancelled the Stern Show after John Hayes, who Stern referred to as "The Incubus" back at WNBC AM, became program director of Corus Radio. This was a personal vendetta against Stern by Hayes as Stern was the most highly rated radio morning show in Toronto in November 2001 when the show was pulled from the air. Stern's Toronto fans were able to hear the uncensored show on a station in Buffalo, New York until the move to SIRIUS in 2006. Stern has claimed on-air that the Canadian government disapproved of his use of the ethnic slur "polack", and that this was one of the reasons why his show was not broadcast in Canada until 2006.

On March 5, 2001 it was officially announced that show writer Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling had left the show after failed contract negotiations. Over the next several months, various comedians auditioned to get Martling's seat on the show. On October 29, comedian and actor Artie Lange took Martling's place on the show.

Stern was on the air in New York City during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and stayed on the air with the show cast and crew, while many other broadcasters fled the city. Prior to the attacks Stern was in the middle of a story about a rendezvous with Pamela Anderson, when he first mentioned the World Trade Center was on fire. His coverage of the attacks increased as the whole situation became clearer. Stern's live reporting was one of the first news of the incident for many listeners on the East Coast. The show had a somewhat subdued tone, with many listeners calling in to share their own stories of survival, loss and witness of the attacks. As other comedy performers like David Letterman and Jon Stewart later returned to the air, many with emotionally-charged monologues, Stern was furious at the glowing response they received in the press, as he had been on the air the whole time without any positive reaction. This reinforced his long-held belief that there is a bias against him in the mainstream media. Stern's September 11, 2001 broadcast was replayed in its entirety on the first and fifth anniversary of the attacks, with the fifth anniversary replay (this time on SIRIUS) being played at the same time of the attacks, around 8:58am.

Stern turned against Bush because neither Clear Channel nor Bush "Got the FCC off my back." Stern perceived Bush's religious beliefs as fanatical and has described Bush as a "Jesus freak", "maniac" and "an arrogant bastard". Stern endorsed John Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign, and urged his listeners to vote for him, the latest in a long string of political endorsements Stern has made. In the past, Stern had also supported former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. In one on-air stunt, Stern promised then-gubernatorial candidate Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey that he would endorse her candidacy if she promised to name a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike after him if she were elected. She won and kept her promise, although one of her successors, Democrat Jim McGreevey, later claimed impropriety by Whitman and revoked the honour. In recent years, Stern has been a staunch opponent of Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman. On July 25, 2006 Stern launched into a tirade against the Senator. He attacked Lieberman's past support of indecency laws and his current support of the War on Terror..

On February 27, 2004, long-time Stern show member "Stuttering John" Melendez left the show to become the on-air announcer for The Tonight Show. Stern has consistently claimed the hiring of Melendez was an attempt by Leno to steal ideas from his show, citing Melendez' speech impediment, heavy New York accent, and limited show business resume as questionable qualifications for the announcing job. Prior to this, Stern accused Leno's "Jaywalking" segment of being an appropriation of the radio show's "Homeless Game". After Melendez' hiring, Stern accused Leno of stealing additional bits such as goofy red carpet interviews (with Ross the Intern) and booking Stern Show regular Kenneth Keith Kallenbach as a guest (albeit Leno intentionally mispronounced his name). On July 1, after a search and auditioning process, Richard Christy, drummer of various death and heavy metal bands including Iced Earth and Death, became the winner of the show's "Get John's Job" contest with 30% of the listener's vote and was hired as Melendez' replacement. Sal "The Stockbroker" Governale, who was runner-up in the contest with 24%, was later hired by September.

On October 6, Stern announced on his show that he had signed a five year, $500 million deal with the subscription-based SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The deal also contained an additional $225 million one-time stock bonus which he would receive if the show attracted a certain amount of listeners in a given time, which it did. The $500 million contract and $225 million stock deal placed Stern at the second richest celebrity of 2004 at $302 million, ahead of George Lucas, Oprah Winfrey, The Rolling Stones and Tom Cruise. The deal, which took effect on January 1, 2006 (when Stern's terrestrial radio contract ended) enabled Stern to broadcast his show without the content restrictions imposed by the FCC. The move to satellite radio met with controversy, as Stern talked about his move to SIRIUS on his terrestrial show, including telling listeners how to purchase SIRIUS equipment and subscriptions. To promote his move, Stern held a rally in New York City where he gave out coupons for free or discounted SIRIUS equipment. Stern's touting of his move to satellite 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 billed Stern $200,000 for the advertising plugs he gave SIRIUS on his show. Stern responded publicly on his show by saying "Keep sending me bills. Like I'm going to pay 'em." Citadel eventually pulled Stern off four stations in Grand Rapids, Providence, Syracuse, lower Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York during the show's Christmas vacation. On November 7, 2005 Infinity Broadcasting suspended Stern from going live on air on November 8, because Stern was excessively promoting his move to SIRIUS. The December 12, 2005 issue of New York Magazine revealed that rival XM Satellite Radio had been prepared to offer Stern a $30 million per year contract in 2004, but its executives were slow to close the deal, giving SIRIUS the chance it needed. When asked why he picked SIRIUS over their competitor XM, Stern replied that he "Always liked the underdog. Every radio station I ever went to was a toilet bowl." Stern 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 SIRUS, including all operating costs, is $500 million for the five-year contract.

On April 6, Stern pleaded on-air for Infinity Broadcasting to let him out of his contract, citing the reason of possible prosecution, per House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner's recommendation. quoted Stern as saying "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 him and his production company $20 million.

In early June, Artie Lange began missing work, prompting concerns of a possible relapse into the substance abuse which had affected him in previous years. The situation climaxed in Lange behaving incoherently and belligerently while on the air. On July 27, he infamously sneered at Stern and the crew that "Artie's going to do what Artie's going to do." Stern later commented that this statement had scared him. Lange subsequently missed the next two days of work. At the time, Lange's absence from the show went largely unmentioned and was written off as stress from doing the radio show and beginning production of his film Artie Lange's Beer League. The real reason for Lange's absence was made public in a spontaneous revelation on September 21, 2006 where Lange acknowledged that he was regularly snorting heroin from February to June 2005. Lange discussed prior episodes of heroin use, beginning when he was a stand-up comedian and continuing until Beer League was set to begin shooting. Lange detailed his painful withdrawal, which included common side effects such as cold sweats, shaking, and vomiting. Lange recalled disconnecting the telephone to avoid speaking with his mother, who ultimately intervened and helped Artie recover. Lange was threatened with legal action by producers of Beer League (whom he later described as having "mafia connections") if he failed to show up for the first day of shooting in June 2005, which led Lange to secure a home visit from a doctor who prescribed Lange with buprenorphine (also known as Subutex) to alleviate his heroin dependency. Since starting the medicine, Lange claimed to be free of any illegal substances, but on May 24, 2007 Lange stated that he has abused Subutex. He stated that taking more than his recommended dose gave him a small high.

Stern's last live broadcast on conventional FM and AM radio stations was on December 16, 2005. The show ended when each Stern staffer gave a final farewell on a stage constructed on the street below the WXRK studio, which was available for video streaming on the Internet through Yahoo!. Before the final speeches, many members of the show's Wack Pack gave speeches, with a performance by Staind. Speeches were given by 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 New York City Police Department and dedicated the show to Sergeant Keith Manning, a friend of the show who at the time was serving in Iraq. When the show was off the air, Stern went to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square where Martha Stewart, who also has her own SIRIUS channel, was on hand to induct Stern into the SIRIUS family. True to the last broadcast, many of Stern's final statements were edited out over 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 terrestrial radio, many of the radio stations under ownership of CBS Radio, including WXRK, changed their format from music to a talk format. Select stations were rebranded to Free FM. WXRK itself changed from "92.3 K-Rock" to "92.3 Free FM". Stern himself was a harsh critic of the Free FM format on his last days on terrestrial radio, arguing that the name was a joke due to continued FCC and industry censorship. CBS Radio revenue fell eight percent after Stern's departure.

Eight months following the changeover to satellite radio, Advertising Age reported that advertising revenue from Stern's show is a third of what his terrestrial radio show commanded for a live read spot. Analysts partially attributed this to the lack of measurable listener data SIRIUS makes available for its individual channels, but also due to the smaller satellite audience when compared with Stern's previous terrestrial broadcasts. What Advertising Age failed to mention was that SIRIUS is a subscription service and airs approximately 8 minutes of commercials per hour (0 minutes music channels), compared to Stern's show on terrestrial radio, which aired approximately 22 minutes of commercials per hour.

At 5:55am on January 9 on Howard 100, the heartbeat sound effect (that was played on a loop since January 6 and progressively got faster and faster) broke away to "Also sprach Zarathustra" with added flatulence sound effects. The show's opening theme, "The Great American Nightmare", played a few bars before George Takei introduced himself as the show's new announcer. Listeners were soon invited to call into the show using the new toll-free line 1-888-9-ASSHOLE. The first show had no commercials (the first being on January 10) with music being played instead whilst various technical problems were sorted. 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 rumours that appeared during the Christmas period. One of the first radio bits on the show included the playing the uncensored sex tapes from Pat O'Brien and uncensored versions of parody songs using the sex tape. Later, Stern announced the list of revelations for the long-awaited Revelations Game, where staff members of the show revealed dark secrets about themselves. The revelations took place on the following week on January 16 and 17.

Initially, SIRIUS Canada chose not to carry Stern because of the possibility of a future issue with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Josef Radomski, a Canadian writer, announced on the Stern Show on January 11, 2006 that he has started an on-line petition to bring Stern to Canada. By February 1, SIRIUS Canada announced that they would start airing Howard 100 starting February 6. On Stern's first day on SIRIUS Canada a caller, claiming to be Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister-designate who was sworn in as Prime Minister that same day, welcomed Stern back to Canadian airwaves.

On June 7, 2006 Stern announced on his show that the lawsuit settlement with CBS Radio (formerly Infinity Broadcasting) finally gave SIRIUS exclusive rights to Stern's entire back catalogue of radio shows from his time at WXRK which spanned for over twenty years from November 1985 to December 2005, totalling almost 23,000 hours. It was reported that SIRIUS agreed to pay CBS $2 million for the rights, which equates to approximately $87 per hour of tape. SIRIUS holds the rights to the tapes until the end of Stern's current contract with SIRIUS (finishing in January, 2011) when all rights will return to Stern. This has allowed various special shows such as Mammary Lane, Stern Spotlight and The History of Howard Stern to be produced and aired whilst the show is on vacation.

On April 10, Artie Lange attempted to physically attack Teddy, his personal assistant, while on the air. An off-air argument between the two regarding the photocopying of Lange's passport escalated on the air as Stern asked Lange to explain the situation. The argument quickly turned to issues regarding money that Lange had loaned Teddy, and several staff members had to restrain Lange who lunged at Teddy, following the throwing of drinks at him. During the argument, Teddy referred to Bloomingdale's as "Bloomie's", in which Lange thought was "gay". When Lange calmed down and returned to the studio, he blamed Stern for the fight, saying that he had "pushed" him to breaking point, and mentioned that he couldn't guarantee he wouldn't snap again in the future. Lange then informed Stern he loved him and "resigned". Following a week's vacation, Lange returned to the show on April 21.

Stern is a polarizing figure in the entertainment industry. While beloved amongst his fans, he is loathed by his critics. In 2005 aides to former FCC Commissioner Michael Powell admitted that Stern is a lightning rod (for FCC action), while entertainers like Oprah who also discuss issues like sexuality are "untouchable".

Over Stern's career, the Stern Show has drawn FCC complaints for indecency. These complaints are paid by the broadcast station against which the complaints were filed, not by Stern or the Stern Show. Stern routinely corrects callers and journalists about this misconception that Stern himself had to pay the various FCC fines. The first complaint was filed in 1986 when Stern asked a caller "Have you ever had sex with an animal?" to which the caller answered no. Stern continued, "Well, don't knock it. I was sodomized by Lamb Chop, you know, that puppet Shari Lewis holds?" Stern was not fined for this complaint, but after his first fines in 1988 they continued until he left terrestrial radio in 2005.

The FCC has fined WXRK for content on The Howard Stern Show upwards of $5 million since 1990.

Stern feels that he has been selectively targeted by the FCC. Though this defense has never been used against the agency, some legal scholars believe that Stern's case passes the selective prosecution test and that the FCC's regulation of indecency is not proper. However, in a 2004 interview the FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein stated that the FCC was not out to drive Stern off the air and was just enforcing the law. "I don't think it's a necessary outcome that good content is driven away from the radio," Adelstein told Billboard Radio Monitor.

Media watchdog groups have been especially aggressive in attacking The Howard Stern Show, and Stern personally. Jack Thompson, a disbarred Florida attorney, has stated he thinks Stern should be in jail. The Parents Television Council headed by Brent Bozell has been one of Stern's chief critics, organizing write-in campaigns to the FCC and frequently appearing on television to speak against Stern.

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Fartman (Howard Stern)

Fartman is a fictional superhero, popularized and acted by American radio "shock jock", Howard Stern. The character first appeared in an issue of the National Lampoon humor magazine in the mid-1970s. A recorded version of the character also appeared on National Lampoon's White Album in 1979. Stern began using the character on The Howard Stern Show in the early 1980s. According to the trademark that Howard Stern filed for the character on October 16, 1992, he first used Fartman in July 1981.

Fartman generally attacks evil using his super powered flatulence, which also allows him to fly through the air.

On March 7, 1989, Stern, as Fartman, called the Iranian Embassy. This routine was later animated for The Howard Stern Radio Show, a late night syndicated television show. This animation aired on Episode #80 on March 17, 2001.

On August 1st, 1989, Howard Stern as Fartman called Beirut, Lebanon.

In the early 1990s, at the beginning of Desert Storm, Stern had Fartman call the Iraqi Embassy about the takeover of Kuwait.

Other Fartman bits from this era include the Fartman Theme Song and Fartman calls Mrs. Fartman.

On September 9, 1992, Stern famously appeared as Fartman on the MTV Video Music Awards, in a costume that showed his buttocks. Actor Luke Perry introduced him. Howard came down to the stage when Metallica band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett were making their acceptance speech. Ulrich then kicked Howard in the rear end. Howard later apologized on the radio to Lars Ulrich for this incident on August 20, 1996. He apologized to James Hetfield on the radio on July 30, 2004.

On April 29, 2000, there was a Fartman animation on episode #59 of The Howard Stern Radio Show, a late night syndicated television show.

On March 7, 2003, Stern interviewed Adam West, and together they called Iraq as Fartman and Batman.

On October 31, 2005, Stern said that he had an Adventures of Fartman cartoon in the works for his new Sirius Satellite Radio Channel, and it may go over to his On Demand cable show as well.

On February 9, 2006, Stern, as Fartman, called Beirut, Lebanon, announcing that he was very upset about what was happening there and instructed the respondent to not hate Americans. The respondent surprised Stern by identifying him as Howard Stern.

In the early 1990s, Stern considered producing a movie based on this successful and well-received character from the show. Stern first revealed his intentions to make a Fartman movie in 1992.

On November 25, 1992, Variety reported that J. F. Lawton, writer of Pretty Woman and Under Siege, was planning to write and direct New Line Cinema's Stern's film project, titled The Adventures of Fartman. The film, which would be budgeted at $8 million-to-$11 million, was expected to go into production the following May in New York. David Permut would produce the film under his Permut Presentations Banner, which has a first-look deal at New Line. According to Lawton, The Adventures of Fartman would revolve around the superhero and his alter ego, a magazine publisher in the mold of Screw magazine's Al Goldstein. Lawton also explained that the character becomes Fartman after mistakenly taking a high colonic filled with gasoline. also interviewed Lawton, who said, "It's a good script with a story of unrequited love, like Casablanca. Fartman is hot for a lesbian, who Lawton thinks should be played by television babe Pamela Anderson.

The Fartman movie was not put into production. Instead, Stern made a movie out of his bestselling book, Private Parts. Private Parts hit theaters on March 7, 1997, with the opening scene being a reenactment of Stern’s Fartman appearance at the 1992 MTV Music Awards.

In 1999, Stern hoped to follow up the modest success of Private Parts with a movie about the Fartman character.

Early in the year, Howard revealed he was in talks with movie studios to finally produce his movie Fartman. He said that it would go into production in the summer of 1999, and that there were studios prepared to finance it. Private Parts producer Ivan Reitman discouraged Stern from doing Fartman for his next movie. In December, Stern stated that the movie was on hold. Though he had a script, and two studios were willing to produce it, he was unsure that it was the right time to do it.

In 2002, Stern considered shooting the Fartman movie on video for his fans, but to date no official productions have been greenlit.

Fartman was considered by Vince McMahon to be brought in as a one time character for WrestleMania, but he and Howard Stern had different views on how to show him. Stern wanted to have his character knock out a wrestler with flatulence, but McMahon wanted Stern to get pummeled by a wrestler.

In April 2006, the Howard Stern Film Festival took place at the Hudson Theatre in New York City, NY. While announcing the competition, Stern encouraged fans to make short films about not only the show and its cast, but popular bits and characters such as Fartman. Many films included Fartman, but while none of those were chosen as finalists, one submission did find a degree of success.

Director Tammy Caplan's Fartman: Caught in a Tight Ass stars Fartman and introduces the evil villain, Tight Ass, who has the ability to squeeze weapons from his ass. It also features a love interest for Fartman, the beautiful Labia Lips. The film was first chosen as a potential finalist in the festival, but later disqualified for using professional actors from the Screen Actors Guild.

Following the festival, Fartman: Caught in a Tight Ass began airing on Howard TV, Howard Stern’s iN Demand Cable Channel as part of the their “Best of the Film Festival” series. This is the first live action Fartman movie ever to be shown on television. In 2007, Fartman: Caught in a Tight Ass first appeared on Atom Films.

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