shock jock


Definition of shock jock

: a radio personality noted for provocative or inflammatory commentary

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Recent Examples on the Web The controversial shock jock died this past week at 79. Robert Forster, CBS News, "​Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 Imus engaged in a long-running feud with shock jock Howard Stern, who usurped Imus' position as the No. Arkansas Online, "Former radio host Don Imus dies at 79," 28 Dec. 2019 Imus frequently sparred with fellow shock jock Howard Stern, who usurped Imus' position as the No. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Legendary shock jock Don Imus: 5 incendiary moments heard 'round the world," 28 Dec. 2019 Imus, once named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine, was an outspoken and polarizing shock jock, take it or leave it. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Legendary shock jock Don Imus: 5 incendiary moments heard 'round the world," 28 Dec. 2019 The shock jock announced his retirement from radio less than two years ago, with his last day on the radio on March 29, 2018. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Don Imus, controversial radio personality, dies at 79," 27 Dec. 2019 Corona also got into an on-air argument with Howard Stern after the shock jock made disparaging comments about the death of Selena. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Puro Tejano Fierro and Bo Corona kick off in Houston," 18 Nov. 2019 Charlamagne, the show’s most recognizable personality, got his start in South Carolina and later became a protege of shock jock Wendy Williams. Washington Post, "How ‘The Breakfast Club,’ home to brash hosts and irate rappers, became a one-of-a-kind campaign stop," 17 July 2019 Cox also connected with an acquaintance named Ross Reback, who had acted as an agent for shock jocks and helped produce radio programs starring Hooters waitresses and the psychic Gary Spivey. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The True-Crime Writer in Cellblock B4," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of shock jock

1986, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2020

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“Shock jock.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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