The History of Howard Stern

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The History of Howard Stern
History of howard stern title crop.jpg
Genre Documentary
Running time 4-6 hours per episode
Country United States
Home station Howard 100 and Howard 101
Starring Howard Stern
Robin Quivers
Fred Norris
Gary Dell'Abate
Announcer Jim Forbes
Air dates December 17, 2007 to December 31, 2010
No. of episodes 35 (as of January 2011)
Opening theme "Rebel Rebel" by David Bowie
Website Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV

The History of Howard Stern is a radio documentary series about the life, career and achievements of American radio personality Howard Stern broadcast on Howard 100 and Howard 101 on Sirius XM Radio. The ongoing series has featured 35 episodes across four "Acts" as of January 2011. Each episode includes segments from past broadcasts of The Howard Stern Show, interviews with Stern's staff and celebrity guests, his family and news reports. Narrated by Jim Forbes of VH1's Behind the Music, the series is produced by "The Tapes Team", a group at Sirius who put together other special programming such as Mammary Lane and Stern Spotlight.

In 2008, the series won a Communicator Award.[1] Act III was given a Silver World Medal award at the 2010 International Radio Programming and Promotion Awards in the History category.[2]

Background[edit]

On June 7, 2006, Stern announced on his show that the lawsuit settlement with CBS Radio (formerly Infinity Broadcasting) finally gave Sirius exclusive rights to his entire back catalogue of radio shows from his time at terrestrial radio station WXRK, which spanned over twenty years from November 1985 to December 2005, totalling almost 23,000 hours.[3] It was reported that Sirius agreed to pay CBS $2 million for the rights, approximately $87 per-hour of tape.[4][5] Sirius holds the rights to the tapes until the end of Stern's current contract with the satellite company on December 31, 2010, when all rights will return to Stern. On December 2, 2009, it was announced that every tape had been digitized on a server taking up multiple terabytes of data. The process took close to five years to complete.[6] This has allowed all specials broadcast on Howard 100 and Howard 101 to be produced.

Episodes[edit]

Act I (1954–1985)[edit]

Promotional poster for Act I
# Total Title Year(s) covering Original airdate
1 1 "The Early Years" 1954–1977 December 17, 2007
2 2 "Howard's Radio Journey Begins" 1977–1981 December 18, 2007
3 3 "Mr. Stern Goes to Washington" 1981–1982 December 19, 2007
4 4 "Welcome to the Big Apple" 1982–1984 December 20, 2007
5 5 "End of the WNBC Era" 1984–1985 December 21, 2007

Act II (1985–1990)[edit]

Promotional poster for Act II
# Total Title Year(s) covering Original airdate
1 6 "K-Rock: A New Beginning" 1985–1986 December 22, 2008
2 7 "Morning Glory" 1986 December 23, 2008
3 8 "Philadelphia Freedom" 1986–1987 December 24, 2008
4 9 "Video Thrilled the Radio Star" 1987 December 25, 2008
5 10 "Radio Wars" 1988 December 26, 2008
6 11 "New Faces, New Places" 1988 December 29, 2008
7 12 "Fight the Good Fight" 1989 December 30, 2008
8 13 "Unforced Errors" 1989 December 31, 2008
9 14 "The Radio King" 1990 January 1, 2009
10 15 "Television Triumph, Radio Tragedy" 1990 January 2, 2009

Act III (1991–1996)[edit]

Promotional poster for Act III
# Total Title Year(s) covering Original airdate
1 16 "West Coast Story" 1991 December 21, 2009
2 17 "Hello Goodbye" 1992 December 22, 2009
3 18 "It's a Gas, Gas, Gas" 1992 December 23, 2009
4 19 "Bury 'Em" 1992–1993 December 24, 2009
5 20 "Howard Stern's Private Parts" 1993 December 25, 2009
6 21 "A Political Party" 1993–1994 December 28, 2009
7 22 "Radio D-Day" 1994 December 29, 2009
8 23 "The Kingmaker" 1994 December 30, 2009
9 24 "It's Not Fun" 1995 December 31, 2009
10 25 "Author, Author!" 1995–1996 January 1, 2010

Act IV (1996–2001)[edit]

# Total Title Year(s) covering Original airdate
1 26 A Star is Born 1996 December 20, 2010
2 27 Cast of Characters 1996 December 21, 2010
3 28 King of All Media Blitz 1997 December 22, 2010
4 29 Private Parts The Movie 1997 December 23, 2010
5 30 Pushin' Limits 1997–1998 December 24, 2010
6 31 Here's to The Losers 1998 December 27, 2010
7 32 My Personal Life Is At Like a 2 1999 December 28, 2010
8 33 Life's a Beach 2000 December 29, 2010
9 34 Should I Stay or Should I Go? 2000–2001 December 30, 2010
10 35 In Memoriam 2001 December 31, 2010

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Communicator Awards - Winners". Communicator Awards. 
  2. ^ "2010 Silver World Medal "The History of Howard Stern - Act III"". New York Festivals. 
  3. ^ "Coming Soon...Classic Howard Stern Show Tapes 1985-2005. 06/07/06. 7:05am". MarksFriggin. 
  4. ^ "Stern Gets Old Tapes, CBS Gets $2M". CBSNews.com. May 25, 2006. 
  5. ^ Ahrens, Frank (May 27, 2006). "Stern Gets Rights To Tapes In Settlement With CBS". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Mercer, Mark. "Howard 100 News And Wrap Up Show Previews. 12/02/09. 9:55am". MarksFriggin. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 

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