2011 Recipients – Howard Stern & Robin Quivers
The Howard Stern Show developed on “terrestrial” radio in 1979 when Stern hosted the morning show at WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut, two years into his professional career. He continued to break out as a morning personality throughout 1980 at WWWW in Detroit, Michigan. In 1981, Stern was paired with his news anchor Robin Quivers at WWDC in Washington, D.C., with whom he continues to broadcast to this day.
A rapid rise to success in Washington led to Stern’s move to afternoons in 1982 at WNBC in New York City. In September 1985, Stern was fired for “conceptual differences” with management. He returned to the air in November on WXRK, where he remained for 20 years. During this time, The Howard Stern Show would be syndicated to 60 markets across the United States and Canada, while gaining a peak audience of around 20 million. In October 2004, Stern announced that he would move the show to Sirius satellite radio in January 2006. Stern aired his final broadcast on terrestrial (AM/FM) radio on December 16, 2005.
Howard and Robin have together created one of the most pioneering and exciting on-air partnerships in radio history.
Howard and Robin were awarded the 2011 ‘Bravery In Radio’ Award for their outstanding contribution to the medium of radio, and for their extraordinary and pioneering on-air achievements in a truly remarkable career story. Their entire careers have exemplified the commitment to be on the cutting edge of radio broadcasting. The award committee recognizes the many times when they have been brave both on the air, and off it, including the courageous move to take their show to satellite radio.
The award was presented to Howard and Robin, live on the Howard Stern Show on March 16, 2011. Howard has previously stated that he believes “this award describes me”. Hear the moment of the award presentation: