A shock jock
is a term used to describe a type of radio broadcaster (disk jockey
) who uses crude, lowest-common-denominator humor to attract radio listeners. Shock jocks became popular in American radio during the 1980s
. Their popularity apparently reached its peak in the mid-1990s
when Howard Stern
, the most popular of the shock jocks, was at his most popular level. Shock jocks continue to be a staple of many mainstream commercial radio stations, with their crude antics attracting younger audiences (especially teenage males).