If you still think talking is cheap, you probably haven’t heard Howard Stern. The millionaire American radio presenter owes his celebrity status and great fortune mainly to his job at the microphone. Stern is also an actor, producer, TV personality, and author. His autobiography Private Parts from 1993 topped the New York Times bestseller list 20 weeks in a row. Stern achieved his first national popularity through his self-proclaimed nationally syndicated radio show The Howard Stern Show, which took a long hiatus between 1986 and 2005. The self-proclaimed “King of the Media” is known for his brutally honest and always ready to deal with very controversial topics.
While this brought him a larger audience and more fans, it also led to friction between him and the management of the radio stations he worked for. Today we zoom in on Howard Stern behind the camera – the husband and father.
Who is Howard Stern?
The billionaire radio host was born Howard Allen Stern on January 12, 1954, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, the son of Jewish parents Ben and Ray Stern. His father, Ben Stern, is a war veteran who later took a job as a sound engineer at a radio station in Manhattan. Ben Stern was also co-owner of Aura Recording Inc. a Manhattan-based animation and commercial production studio. His mother, Ray Stern, was an office worker in her hometown of New York. Eventually, however, she became a full-time housewife, and much later she took a job as a breathing therapist. The younger of two children, Stern moved with his family to Roosevelt in 1955. There he attended Washington-Rose Elementary School before attending Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School. As a young Jew, Stern also attended a Hebrew school and was given the Hebrew name Tzvi.
His family moved to Rockville Centre, NY, in 1969 and he transferred to South Side High School, where he finally completed his high school education in 1972. After graduating high school, he earned a degree in Communications at Boston University, where he volunteered as a radio host, news anchor, and DJ for college radio station WTBU. Stern then received a diploma from the Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1975, which earned him a first-class radio operator’s license. Armed with a radio license, he secured his first job with WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts.
Before his eponymous show The Howard Stern Show on WXRK, Stern achieved cult status as a radio personality while working at various radio stations, including morning shows at WRNW in New York, WCCC in Connecticut, WWWW in Detroit, and WWDC in Washington, D.C. While at WXRK, Stern also worked afternoons at WNBC in New York City until he was fired in 1985. At the height of his 20 years with WXRK, his morning show had an audience of over 20 million listeners. Stern received several awards, including Billboard’s National Syndicated Air Personality Award, which he won eight consecutive years. He was also announced as a judge for the 7th season of America’s Got Talent, replacing Piers Morgan, and served in that capacity until the 10th season. The show had to be moved to New York City to accommodate Stern’s work schedule.
Although this is Ostrosky’s first marriage, the same cannot be said of Stern. The radio host was married to the psychoanalyst Alison Berns in 1978. The two had met through a mutual friend during their studies. In 2001, however, their twenty-three-year relationship was dissolved by mutual agreement. The reasons for the separation are still unknown today. However, sources assume that Stern’s workaholic lifestyle and Bern’s desire to return to work must have been the trigger. Together they had three daughters, Emily, Debra, and Ashley.
What We Know About Howard Stern Daughters
Howard Stern has three daughters from his first marriage to Alison Berns: Emily Beth, Debra Jennifer, and Ashley Jade. His first daughter, Emily Beth Stern, was born on May 7, 1983. She attended the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is an actress, poet, and casting director. From the beginning, Emily was not in a perfect relationship with her father. It began when she decided against her parents’ wish to practice Judaism. Then came the shocking divorce from her mother. And just when she was starting to worry about it, Stern married a model. The second marriage caused family tensions, especially among the daughters, who at that time still believed that their parents could get together again. Nevertheless, Howard Stern claimed that he had a warm relationship with his daughters.
His second daughter, Debra Jennifer, was born on May 9, 1986. She married Colin Christy in 2016. The youngest of the three daughters, Ashley Jade, was born on 24 January 1993 in Old Westbury, Long Island, New York. So far, the Stern girls are anything but close to their stepmother. They have never been seen together at public events or appeared at the same camera angle.