shock jock


Definition of shock jock

: a radio personality noted for provocative or inflammatory commentary

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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 That gave new freedom to veteran shock jocks such as Howard Stern to drop F-bombs at will, and allowed comedy, hip-hop and rock music channels to play material including profanity without fear of invoking FCC fines. Randy Lewis,, "SiriusXM unveils new L.A. headquarters, as competition with streamers heats up," 1 July 2019 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

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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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