There are many reasons why I cherish my subscription to Sirius XM Canada, but having access to the Howard Stern Show tops my list bar none. When I found out only recently that Chris Wilding, one of the program’s true rising stars, grew up in Laval I knew I had to interview him.
A longtime fan of the king of all media, Chris, 30, first scored a freelance gig and by 2016 full-time work on the Stern Show. He is a true talent. Since his debut on the show he has voiced close to 200 different characters, many of which have become recurring staples on the show. His specialty remains prank phone calls and let me tell you these are such masterpieces, and so rip roaringly hilarious, that they serve as testimony for why a talented Canadian like Chris was needed for the job. The reality that Chris is part of show listened to by millions of people around the world still has not sunk in. “I know how hard a job this is to get,” he says. “Howard only hires the best of the best. Everything he does is so well thought out and measured. The fact that he chose me for this job is an incredible endorsement. I get emotional thinking about it.”
Given the fact this is satellite radio, nothing is prohibited on the air. With that in mind the dialogue used by Chris can get pretty raw- like the rest of the cast. “We do get graphic and I know my mom and friends are listening,” he says. “But when you are in that studio there is only one person you have to impress and that is Howard. I love that he can call on me to talk about issues unique to my life that resonate with millions of people. Adding my own unique perspective to his show has been extremely gratifying.”
You can hear the Stern Show on channels 100 and 101 on Sirius XM. And get exclusive Howard Stern videos on the Sirius XM app.