Say hello to Kerry Picket, who writes and edits The Water Cooler blog for TWT. Her work history is complex, sordid and fascinating. Her first media job was writing for MTV. She began at MTV.com and proceeded to MTV Radio. In 2003 she became an intern for The Howard Stern Show. She then moved to Washington, but one day Gary Dell’Abati called, saying, “Robin really wants you to come to work for her.” This would be Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers. So Picket picked up and returned to New York, where she became Quivers’ assistant for a year. She returned to D.C. in 2007, worked for the Media Research Center and ultimately landed at TWT.
But let’s return to the summer of 2006. This is when her then-boss, Howard Stern, interviewed her on air . She had attended a party at Ronnie the Limo Driver‘s house in Queens and had brought her new camera. “What happened was I was sitting down at a table showing it to everyone,” she explained. “He [Ronnie] got very drunk. Sometimes we women wear jeans and the underwear goes above the pants. Ronnie was a little drunk, he begins saying, ‘Look at that Picket over there, she’s got plumber ass!’ So they caught Ronnie doing that. They brought that soundbite back to Howard and Howard begins scolding him. ‘Why are you picking on Robin’s assistant?’” He then called Picket on air and asks, “So Kerry, what kind of underwear were you wearing?” She told him, “It was Jockey Hanes Your Way, that’s why it was probably seeping above my jeans at that point.” Picket, no longer mortified, says she enjoyed working for the Stern show, where duties included helping the guys with prank calls. “I tried to stay away from the weird stuff,” she said, explaining that Stern isn’t what he seems. “On air Howard comes off like a wild guy,” she said. “Off the air, low-key, a gentleman. He was always very nice to me, always very sweet.”