Renowned for his famous eponymous radio talk-show “The Howard Stern Show”, the American radio host has made quite a fortune in a career which many has written off as not top-grossing.
He is also a television personality, disk Jockey, author and actor.
Howard Stern Bio
Howard Allen Stern was born in Queens, New York on January 12, 1954. His father, Ben, somehow had a role to play in getting him interested in media. Ben, a war veteran was a radio engineer who was a part owner of a Manhattan recording studio named, Aura Recording Inc. He frequently taped his children during holidays while asking them questions about current events and if the kids didn’t know what to say, he’d get sarcastic.
Thanks to his dad, Howard at the age of 5 knew he wanted a career in radio. Throughout high school, Howard maintained a highly introverted lifestyle belonging only to a Key Club. However, things changed while he attended college at Boston University where in his second year, Howard volunteered at the campus radio where he read the news, hosted interviews and played records.
In July 1975, Stern landed his radio-telephone operator license from Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics, Fredericksburg, Virginia. August of the same year, Howard, at 21, landed his first professional radio job at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts.
His first paid job at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor New York in 1977 paid $96 per week. His hard work at the station soon promoted him to the production director level which came with an income raise. He earned $250 per week.
Stern then worked at WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut and later WWWW in Detroit. In March 1982 after working for another radio station in Washington, Stern was hired by WNBC New York on a $1 million contract. He began gaining national exposure in 1984 when he was featured on People Magazine and also made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. In 1986, his show went into national syndication and by 1995 he was earning $8 million annually.
It took Stern over 10 years to attain success in his radio career. Within this time, he emerged as one of the most successful radio personalities. He was also able to start his own television show in New York while at WXRK and worked there for 20 years before joining Sirius in 2005.
The radio jock’s popularity soared so much that at its highest peak, his show was listened to by almost 20 million people in both USA and Canada.
Books, Film, TV shows
In 1993, Stern signed a $1 million advance contract with Simon & Schuster to publish his very first autobiographical work, “Private Parts”. The book was released on the 7th of October, 1993. It became the fastest-selling title in the history of its publishers. In fact, the first printing of the book sold 225,000 copies within hours after it hit the bookshelves. His second autobiography also appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List at number 1.
Howard Stern’s book, “Private Parts”, was adopted into a film with him playing himself in the title role. The film was released on the 7th of March 1997. It topped the box office with a gross of $14.6 million on its opening weekend. It went on to sell a total of $41.2 million in movie tickets.
Since he started his career in New York, Stern has hosted several late night TV shows. As one of the judges on America’s Got Talent, Stern takes home an annual salary of $15 million.
Howard’s woes emanate from his reckless talk on his radio show. He usually touches on various topics on different fields and is fond of using uncensored language in his interviews and dialogue. This has frequently landed him into problems. Between 1986 and 2006, his outspoken style got him repeatedly fined by the FCC for indecency. His style of presentation in his show has made him loathed by some people while others love him for his lewdness. The fines and interference from the FCC are what led him to opt for satellite radio in 2004. By the time he was leaving, his employers had paid $2.5 million in fines to the FCC.
Earnings, Net Worth and House
Howard Stern is currently enjoying an annual salary of $95 million, making him one of the world’s highest-paid celebrities. Besides, he is currently the highest-paid radio personality in the whole of the United States of America.
According to Forbes, Howard Stern’s annual income has dropped to a certain extent after he joined Sirius. However, he still retains the number one position. The King of all media is a very wealthy man by many standards and his net worth as of 2018 is estimated at $600 Million.
While he owns a lot of homes, Stern’s Hamptons Mansion, a 16,000 Square Feet stands out from the rest. The house which befits a king comes complete with eight bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a great room, a media room, an attached cabana, a bowling alley and a wine cellar with a tasting room.
Howard Stern’s Parents, Wife and Daughters
Stern has been married twice. His first wife, Alison Berns featured in a student film he made about Transcendental Meditation at Boston University. They got married at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts, on June 4, 1978. They have three daughters – Emily Beth, Debra Jennifer, and Ashley Jade. Stern’s commitment to work led to the end of their marriage which ended in 2001 with an amicable divorce and settlement.
He started dating model and television host, Beth Ostrosky. The duo announced their engagement on his radio show on February 14, 2007. They got married at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City on October 3, 2008.
Stern’s parents, Ben Stern (father) and Ray Stern (mother) are Jewish and, their families were respectively from Poland and Austria-Hungary. While his mother was an office clerk in New York City before she became a homemaker and later took up work as an inhalation therapist; his father served in the U.S. Army in Long Island and California. Later, he worked as a radio engineer at WHOM in Manhattan and as a co-owner and operator at Aura Recording Inc. He played an important part in sparking Stern’s interest in radio.