Howard has been working with Fred Norris longer than anybody else at his radio show. Norris and Stern met whey they were both working at a Hartford radio station in 1980. Norris worked nights and he often stayed past his timeslot to do bits with Stern in the morning. They developed a great working relationship that continues to this day, even though Stern designed his studio so he would be unable to even see Norris. "Fred is my biggest distraction," Stern tells Rolling Stone. "He doesn't really react to anything I do. I don't want to see Fred. I can get caught up in watching what he is doing, and I don't want to be aware of it...Truth be told, I don't even hear the sound effects he creates. I only hear it if I'm in the car and I hear the playback, and I go 'ooh that was brilliant! He was playing Baba Booey, I didn't even know that.'"