The Howard Stern Show
is a syndicated radio show that has run from 1982 till present day. Broadcast out of New York by Howard Stern
and running from 6:00 am till 10 sometimes as late as 12 noon. Howard's show was instrumental in breaking down many barriers in radio from deviating from regular talk and corny morning routines and focusing on gross out jokes, strippers and sideshow style characters mixed with some political and pop culture commentary and news segments. Howard's show has been fined by the FCC several times in his career in the process of developing his shows material.
By 2005, Howard's show was broadcast in several major markets, until Clear Channel has his show cancelled in many of those markets, prompting Howard's move to Sirius Satellite Radio so his un-PC jokes and material can flourish, profanity can't censored and the FCC is off his back.
The show largely begins with Howard Stern and sidekick / newswoman Robin Quivers discussing the previous days show, upcoming events in the day among other topics. Celebrity interviews are normally in the middle of the show and finally Robin's news report which often ends the day-is considered the best parts of the show. Phone calls from fans / protesters and other games the cast plays are usually interspersed in between.
Howard Stern has been doing this show now for almost 30 years. Most of the cast and show members have been with him at that time.
- Howard Stern - host
- Fred Norris - cohort, handles a little of everything on show. Does voices, plays sound effects and writes segments. Oddest member of the show.
- Robin Quivers - news anchor and co host
- Gary Dell'Abate - Producer and Gofer (baba booey!)
- Jackie Martling - Head writer - left show in 2001 over contract dispute. Returned to Sirius for his own separate show.
- "Stuttering" John Melendez - intern. Worked taking calls from listeners and known more for asking celebrities embarrassing questions at press functions or movie premieres (to Chevy Chase "Did you think you'd live to see the day that Garret Morris matters more then you?") Left in 2004.
- Billy West - Voice talent on the show who appeared intermittently in the early 90's before becoming a full part of the show before leaving again. Famous for his Marge Schott impression and operating Jackie Puppet.
- Ralph Cirella - Howard's stylist.
- Arite Lange - Sidekick for Howard and replacement for Jackie Martling in Fall of 2001. Does jokes and still tours and acts. Often absent from the show following drug and rehab incidents.
- Richard Christy - intern and often prank caller for the show, despite his ability to disguise his effeminate southern voice. Began in 2004
- Sal the Stockbroker - intern and often co-conspirator at prank calls with Richard Christy. Began in 2004
- Berserk Button: Howard can be set off by many things, usually when it comes to his competitors who copied his act.
- Catch Phrase: Baba Booey is the most infamous but there are other lesser known ones.
- Celebrity Star: Howard can have a wide range of celebrities on his show. Kathy Griffin, William Shatner, Hugh Jackman and Carly Simon among others. Celebrities who are a big deal are often kept a mystery to Stern and staff by wearing blindfolds and guessing such as Ringo Starr, Robert Duvall and Pete Rose.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Fred to an extent.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The Sirius years can often have scattered profanity to Howard Cluster F Bombing his staff or callers.
- Evil Laugh: Many people's opinions of Robins laugh which is constant throughout the show.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: A LOT in his terrestrial radio days, even though the FCC would still fine the show for what was done. In a bit of irony, Howard would often report of similar radio shows doing similar acts and would never hear of them being fined. See Berserk Button.
- Jerk Ass: Howard can be one at times. Eric the Midget is often one.
- Mistaken for Special Guest: George Takei often sits in as an announcer a couple times a year in the Sirius years.
- Only Sane Employee: Howard as he would point out to Gary MANY TIMES.
- Proud to Be a Geek: Howard admits to being a Star Trek fan and reading Superman and Batman comics. Ralph to an even bigger extent.
- Rogues Gallery: The Wack Pack, a collection of frequent guests who are afflicted, odd or otherwise interesting to say the least. Crackhead Bob, Hank The Angry Drunken Dwarf, Fred the Elephant Boy, Eric The Midget, John The Stutterer, Evil David Letterman, Crazy Alice, Yukko the Clown, Underdog Lady among many others.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite having plenty of toilet humor and naked women on his show, Stern is a graduate from Boston University and is well versed in current events.
- The Chewtoy: Gary, though not as much as he once was.
- The Quiet One: Fred. When he talks, take notice, if you make fun of him, run-he does bite back.
- The Unintelligible: Crackhead Bob and Fred the Elephant Boy have severe speech impediments. John The Stutterer.
- Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Gary in the satellite years toughened up to be more competent at his job.
- Very Special Episode: Joanie "Chyna" Laurer's guest appearance in January 2005 unwittingly turned into this. Having already been having serious personal problems since her departure from the WWE, she underwent an on-air meltdown that saw her drop a Cluster F-Bomb or twenty in a phone call to former boyfriend Sean Waltman, before stripping naked in the studio. Howard called an end to the interview after that and actually told her on-air that for as much as he appreciates bad behavior from his guests, even he could see that she was in serious need of help.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: George Takei and Artie are a mild version of this trope. Artie has a tendency of telling gay jokes, and George good-naturedly calls him on it.