shock jock


Definition of shock jock

: a radio personality noted for provocative or inflammatory commentary

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, Stern found himself in a bit of controversy, breaking his silence on a 1993 sketch showing the radio shock jock repeatedly using the N-word in blackface resurfaced online. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Howard Stern extends SiriusXM contract, signs on for 5 more years," 9 Dec. 2020 Why would a nonpartisan group tap a right-wing shock jock to deliver predictably caustic remarks that echo the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 talking points?, "Letter: Politics at play in New Trier rally," 23 Nov. 2020 Howard Stern is breaking his silence after a 1993 sketch showing the radio shock jock repeatedly using the N-word in blackface has resurfaced online. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Howard Stern addresses blackface skit that uses N-word after Donald Trump Jr. calls him out," 16 June 2020 Much of the time, Mr. Savage still sounds like any other right-wing shock jock — making fun of Nancy Pelosi and doubting the validity of the #MeToo movement. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Why Michael Savage Is Blasting Hannity and the Right-Wing Media on the Virus," 16 Apr. 2020 There were never any shock jock antics, no anger, indignation, or sarcasm. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit radio legend, 'Bowling for Dollars' host Bob Allison dies," 26 Mar. 2020 Legendary radio shock jock Don Imus is generating controversy even in death. NBC News, "Don Imus' legacy: Pioneering broadcaster's death highlights his history of racial insults," 6 Jan. 2020 Radio shock jock Howard Stern claimed President Trump has a soft spot for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and doesn’t want to run against the former New York City mayor. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "'He knows how strong the guy is': Howard Stern says Trump secretly 'loves' Bloomberg," 24 Feb. 2020 The pranksters — Russian shock jocks — got Graham back on the phone a few days later, and the South Carolina Republican told them he'd spoken to Trump about their call. NBC News, "Lindsey Graham duped by Russian pranksters," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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