shock jock


: a radio personality noted for provocative or inflammatory commentary

Examples of shock jock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the Line stars Gibson as Elvis Cooney, a veteran overnight radio shock jock whose being urged by management to change his ways since his career is on the downslide. Tim Lammers, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2024 The production crew began to follow the former radio shock jock and host of The Wendy Williams Show in late August 2022, but given her physical and mental state, the focus pivoted to her struggles with addiction and autoimmune disorders. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 For the Asbury Park, N.J., native — who first gained notoriety as a radio shock jock in the ’90s —The Wendy Williams Show had been a source of pride since its 2008 debut. Brianne Tracy, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 On Monday's episode of The Howard Stern Show, the actor and the shock jock discussed their near-collaboration in Cooper's 2018 directorial debut, which famously costarred Lady Gaga and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. Wesley Stenzel,, 27 Nov. 2023 In the crowded field of crypto shock jocks, Mr. Armstrong carved out a niche as the loudest and most aggressive. David Yaffe-Bellany, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Upcoming episodes will touch on the eventual fall of shock jocks, Siegfried & Roy, men’s lifestyle magazines and more. Mike Rose, cleveland, 15 Aug. 2023 Last week’s episode focused on the rise and fall of Howard Stern and other radio shock jocks. Mike Rose, cleveland, 22 Aug. 2023 Akademiks, who previously streamed on Twitch, embodies the conservative shock jock as a reductive, adversarial, patriarchal figure, resolute on amplifying the worst stereotypes of Black people. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shock jock was in 1986

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“Shock jock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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