shock jock


Definition of shock jock

: a radio personality noted for provocative or inflammatory commentary

Examples of shock jock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Norm established Sorokin as a provocateur, a shock jock of late Soviet letters. Jennifer Wilson, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 The radio shock jock Howard Stern once played a clip of a voicemail message from Gottfried. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2022 Williams began her career in radio and gained renown for her role as a shock jock on New York’s Hot 97 radio station. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 One question triggered a tense exchange between Vice President Kamala Harris and a radio shock jock. Rick Klein, ABC News, 20 Dec. 2021 Hubbard's opponents -- including conservative British shock jock Piers Morgan -- argue that being a transgender woman, or a woman who was assigned male at birth, gives her an unfair physical advantage. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 3 July 2021 At the height of tensions over the theater, Abbate posted a message on the marquee mourning the death of Rush Limbaugh, an early shock jock known for demonizing Democrats, feminists and the gay community. Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2021 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, 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?, 23 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of shock jock

1986, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jun 2022

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“Shock jock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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