Disgusting! Chauvinistic! Ugly! These are a few of the many vulgar comments made about Howard Allen Stern. But little do people know he too was an ordinary shy boy with a dream. He grew up in New York, where he attended an all black school. Being part of a white minority, Howard was picked on and tormented especially by the girls. Because he had few friends in school, Stern decided to follow in his father's footsteps by becoming a radio personal. He attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in communications and a 3.8 GPA. After failing at many radio gigs, the 6 ft. 4 inch man was found by being different that everyone else. ""It dawned on me that I would never make it as a straight deejay, so I started to mess around. It was unheard-of to mix talking on the phone with playing music. It was outrageous, It was blasphemy" said Howard Stern in an Interview" (Howard Stern Biography). Although Howard Stern's reputation is controversial, in reality, he just wants to stand out and be appreciated.
Many people, who don't like Howard Stern, stand by their views because they don't know much about him. All they see or hear about are the outrageous things he does on his radio show, or what the reporters say about him. Some of the things he does include: judging naked women for nudie-magazines, making fun of mentally ill people, and the most disturbingly funny game "Its Just Wrong." This is a game that follows the typical game show type, except, if a pair answers a question wrong, the father must remove an article of clothing off his daughter. While many see this as distasteful and moronic, it is just a joke that is intended for those who like that type of humor. The people against Stern, are also the people who came up with the name of "shock jock" for him. "I never intentionally set out to shock anybody. What I intentionally set out to do was to talk just as I talk off the air, to talk the way guys talk sitting around a bar, says Stern about his reputation"(Howard Stern Biography).