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"This show is trash! I don't want my children hearing your filth!" Martin Serious:
"Shut up, you shrew! You take it from me and drown your children in the bathtub right now! On the phone!" Announcer:
"The most valuable man in broadcasting. The genius who takes no prisoners is back for another episode of the shock jock show that has changed everything! Including moral standards and what is considered funny."
Lets face it, if you ran out into the street and shouted, at the top of your voice...
...you'd probably get a lot of attention. And in radio, a lot of attention means a lot of listeners. And a lot of revenue.
The Shock Jock is just that; he's out to shock people by behaving in the most offensive manner possible. In some ways, these people are professional, live-action trolls
; by saying what they do, they attract attention and thus get good ratings.
For the moment, Real Life examples are allowed. Keep it civil.
- Livewire of The DCU was a shock jock before she got her actual Shock and Awe powers. She still sometimes shows traces of her former career.
- The Powerpuff Girls #61: "Radio No!" has a radio shock jock that everyone in town (except Blossom) loves listening to. The girls' enemy Him hypnotizes the jock into making the people of Townsville become chaotic and then to destroy the girls.
- Jack (Jeff Bridges) is this at the beginning of The Fisher King. His comments prompt a gunman to open fire in a restaurant, kicking off the plot and driving him out of the business.
- Eric Bogosian in Talk Radio. Play and film. Kindasortamaybelooselybased on Howard Stern. Kinda.
- Grant Mazzy of Pontypool keeps trying to be a shock jock, much to the dismay of producer Sydney Briar. Apparently he was too offensive at his last job, leading to him being fired and ending up in a much smaller station.
- Barry from Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. It's rumored that he was originally going to be played by Howard Stern.
- Law & Order: SVU had a character who would quite literally do anything for ratings, up to and including glorifying a rapist.
- The firm on Ally McBeal sued a Stern-esque jock. Ally was disgusted, not with the man, but the way the firm handled his case, so by way of apology she went on his show and put on a giggling bimbo act.
- In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk is on the Air," radio host Max Hudson and his two sidekicks, a jokester named J.J. and a dwarf named Little Willie, count. Max uses his show and a dog trained to interpret a new catchphrase as a command to indirectly murder his wife Jeanette. Since he was on the air when her death occurred he has a near-perfect alibi.
- Adventures in Odyssey featured Shock Jock Cryin' Brian Dern as a recurring character. In one episode, he starts to lure Edwin Blackguard into following his shock jock ways. Among others, Edwin insults the volunteer fire department by saying they're named "Bubba". Despite this, they put out his theater when it catches on fire later in the episode.
- Howard Stern (depicted as a giant bird) was skewered in an Animaniacs short where the Warners visited his radio show, Hilarity Ensued.
- The Simpsons: To improve his image, Mr. Burns goes on a shock jock's radio show and admits that as a child he enjoyed Having a Gay Old Time.
- Also on the The Simpsons: Birch Barlow is a conservative radio personality of Springfield, and clearly a satire of Rush Limbaugh. (See below.)
- Brian and Stewie as "Dingo and the Baby" on Family Guy.
- Extreme Ghostbusters had a guy who was a hybrid between Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage, whose broadcasts got into peoples' dreams and caused the injuries they sustained in those dreams to manifest in real life as bruises. It turns out that a dream-being called Morpheus was using him to manifest in the real world. He succeeded, but when he became real, the 'Busters easily zapped and trapped him.
- Howard Stern is the Trope Maker. His big break stemmed from a show that he hosted with fellow Shock Jock Don Imus, before being fired from said show and setting up his own show. After over twenty years of hosting one of the biggest (and most fined) radio shows in American history, Stern moved his show from terrestrial radio to Sirius Satellite Radio in 2005, which gave him full reign to say whatever he wanted; but ironically, this freedom to do so has mellowed him out considerably.
- Somewhat subverted as Howard Stern has long rejected the Shock Jock label, claiming that his intention is never to shock people, it's to make people laugh.
- Opie And Anthony fit the mold, though they have not assumed the label. Most famously, they were fired from WNEW in New York after they convinced people to have sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral, a move that was responsible for a great deal of Network Decay at that station.
- Don Imus was considered the first radio shock jock. As mentioned above, he had worked with Howard Stern until they got their own shows after Howard was fired. Don was fired in 2007 for his "nappy-headed hoes" comment about the (mostly black) Rutgers women's basketball team, but was later re-hired with other big names.
- Rush Limbaugh is on the borderline, even though he is a political talk show host. A first time listener may mistake him for this, and he is known for making controversial comments.
- Radio listeners from Oop North will recall the great James Stannage with affection and pleasure. Between the introduction of local commercial radio in 1974 and today he has told it like it is on quite a few stations, been fined and sacked by the regulators several times and displayed the requisite degree of no patience for idiots all that time. He has nearly forty years of loyal fans behind him. All you need to know is that in the fortnight following the death of Princess Diana, his radio station (Manchester Key 103) capitulated straight away, took him off air and sent him on compulsory holiday for fear of the things he might say.
- Bubba the Love Sponge, infamous among TNA wrestling fans during his stint with the company. His onscreen persona was not well liked, backstage he was a bully who would have been snapped in half if not for his friendship Hogan and his comments in the wake of the 2011 Haitian earthquake lead to him getting no sympathy from anyone but Hogan when Awesome Kong pummeled the crap out of him (for real) off screen. Both Bubba and Kong were booted from the company in the aftermath. He would later have a falling out with Hogan too.
- Kyle Sandilands and Jackie "O" Henderson are very much considered this in Australia. Kyle made headlines after stating that Australian model Megan Gale was a "phony" and that he "never liked her", put a 14-year-old girl who had been raped on a lie-detector test on the air and then asked "Right ... is that the only experience you've had?", and asserted that smoking was not as harmful to people as many institutions would lead people to believe and that the statistics presented by these institutions are falsified. And yet, they've been nominated for 36 Australian Commercial Radio Awards, and won 9.
- George Galloway is very vocal for his anti-western stance, and his support for people like Saddam, Ahmadinejad...
- Steve Dahl has also been considered the first shock jock. He is known for his anti disco campaigns after being fired when his stations switched to the disco format including blowing up old disco records during a baseball game causing the game to be cancelled and causing many disco stations to switch their format