Eight years ago, when Howard Stern jumped from terrestrial to ­satellite radio, Sirius had half a million subscribers. Today it has 25.6 million. As he turns 60, Stern looks back at his career and sees radio on the verge of the next step in its evolution

It doesn't take long to figure out how Howard Stern has risen to his unprecedented level of success.

Having arrived for the day's photo shoot and interview ("It's Howard Stern!" a man says, elbowing his friend as the 6-foot-5-inch radio icon walks past them toward the elevator, a scene similar to random fans praising him in an airport in his 1997 box office No. 1 hit "Private Parts"), Stern's curiosity is instantly noticeable.

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