Four years ago, Stern opened a new chapter in the show’s history by moving it to Sirius Satellite Radio, its current home. Since satellite radio is not subject to the same restrictions as regular radio by the Federal Communications Commission, Stern, Quivers and company have been able to push the envelope farther than ever before. Earlier this particular morning, Stern’s guest had been Herschel Walker, the former college football and NFL star. Stern, however, was more interested in asking Walker about his sex life.
When Walker revealed that he was a Christian and had only slept with two women in his entire life, Stern — as usual — found a way to get Quivers involved in the conversation.
“Robin, admit that you are way turned on. Would you marry him today?” Stern teased Quivers.
“No, I’m not marrying anybody today!” Quivers replied, with a cackle. “But who wouldn’t be attracted to him?”
“Believe me, she’s plenty turned on,” Stern told Walker. Quivers is used to this whole routine. Her life, to a large degree, has been an open book since she joined forces with Stern almost 30 years ago, since so much of Stern’s shtick revolves around discussing the personal lives of himself and his supporting cast. Quivers has discussed on the air everything from being sexually molested as a young child by her father to her various romantic relationships over the years to her attempts to lose weight to her decision to have breast-reduction surgery 20 years ago. Why does Quivers submit to this? “What I would say about this show is that it liberated me,” Quivers says. “I get to work through stuff that a lot of people walk around saddled with all the time. I just love the way you get to express yourself.”
Despite being very attractive and personable, Quivers hasn’t married, nor does she have any children. She did have a long-term relationship from the mid-1990s until 2007 with a man referred to on the radio show simply as Mr. X. She says she’s dating right now, but she won’t reveal anything beyond that.
“When I was younger, I was so career oriented, I didn’t think I’d be a good partner,” Quivers says. “I wasn’t planning to raise children on my own. I always say to people that if I, by some wonderful accident, had met somebody incredible and fallen in love, yes, my choices would have been completely different. But that didn’t happen. So I don’t have any regrets about anything that’s happened up till now.”
Quivers has plenty of people in her life. Her father is deceased, but she travels back to Baltimore to see her mother, brother and other family members a few times a year. She has a nephew whom she sees often and who means a great deal to her. And she has a little sister from a Big Brothers Big Sisters program with whom she has remained close for many years. She also is very active in her 15 Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support effective, project driven charities that are focused on education programs of children and adolescents.
And then, of course, there’s her on-air family — the people to whom Quivers is probably the closest. After all, she sees them far more often than anyone else in her life. She’s been working with Stern, as well as fellow show member Fred Norris, practically nonstop for 30 years.
“This would be hard to give up,” Quivers says. “Aside from the hours, I love all these people: We’ve been together for years. I still love doing this show. I still love the camaraderie, I still love the surprise, I still love the dynamic.”
Stern’s contract with Sirius expires at the end of 2015, and he has made it clear on the air that he is at least contemplating retirement. Quivers has made plenty of money and could probably call it a career as well if she wanted to. But that is not her plan. She said she could even see herself continuing on in radio without Stern.
“I love working,” Quivers says. “I think I smell the roses just fine. … [But] not every working environment is this cohesive; not every working environment is this fun. “You hate to see it end.”
But let’s put all that talk of the future away for now. Quivers still has a bunch of news stories to get through before the show ends. Then she has a lunch meeting, followed by a trip to the gym. And then, before she knows it, it’ll be bedtime: 8 p.m.
Tomorrow, before dawn, she’ll be back in her glass booth, surrounded by some of her dearest friends, ready for another morning full of fun and surprises. Home sweet home, indeed.