Date(s): 1981-1982

From Hartford, Stern went to Detroit, until his Detroit rock station became a country music station. He left that job and landed in Washington, D.C., where he met his best friend and co-host, Robin Quivers.

Stern wanted a newscaster to cover current events, but unlike other radio programs, which strictly separated the respective departments from one another, Stern wanted someone to converse  and riff with on the air. Robin and Howard had instant chemistry. She's been the golden key to show's success ever since. She's the voice of reason and moderation, and she adds a much-needed female perspective to some of the show's frat boy antics. And that laugh. Such a loud, joyous laugh.