shock jock


Definition of shock jock

: a radio personality noted for provocative or inflammatory commentary

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That same morning Howard Stern interviewed Buress on his radio show, and the shock jock made the most of the controversy to promote Hannibal’s appearance. Longreads, "How the Cosby Story Finally Went Viral — And Why It Took So Long," 7 June 2019 Radio shock jock Alex Jones permanently banned from Twitter. Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two presidents," 8 Sep. 2018 The shock jock might be less forthcoming about his personal wealth. Fox News, "Howard Stern planning tell-all book," 9 Aug. 2018 Prank calls have long been the domain of of radio shock jocks and bored juveniles. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "'Stuttering John' Prank Call to Trump May Be Funny, but the White House's Lax Communications Security Is Not," 29 June 2018 Some American cognoscenti have since treated Wolfe as somehow suspect: a shock jock with a poet’s command of the language. Janan Ganesh, Town & Country, "The Bonfire of the Vanities," 8 Dec. 2017 Howard Stern has been known for his often-times offensive irreverence throughout his expansive career and in one such instance Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson felt particularly victimized by the shock jock's style. Chris Malone, Billboard, "Carnie Wilson Says Howard Stern Fat-Shamed Her: 'It Was One Of The Worst Experiences I've Ever Had'," 8 Nov. 2017 Driscoll was the shock jock of American evangelicalism, never far from a controversy. Kirsten Powers, Washington Post, "Why is a popular interfaith website giving a disgraced misogynistic pastor a platform?," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of shock jock

1986, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shock jock

chiefly US : a person who talks on the radio and says things that are offensive to many people : a radio disc jockey who says shocking things

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