So now for a quick response to Jeff Cohen’s column from yesterday, since what I need to be thinking about as I go in for the most solemn evening of the year for the Jews is sports talk radio and traffic on the Gowanus. But sometimes you have a calling…(which reminds me—how ‘bout the traffic planned in NYC for the Papal visit—should be huge fun!).
Back when I was running the Staten Island Yankees, I drove to work every day, On the way out to SI I listened to Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, and after a couple of years I would know whether I was running late based on what street I was on when different commercials would come on. They were fun, had good guests (particularly during football season), and they were the alternative to Imus, Stern, and the Z Morning Zoo.
In the afternoon, when I’d go home over the Verrazano Bridge and through the Belt Parkway, I’d listen to the Michael Kay Show on the local part of the ESPN Radio day. And Jeff, while I think he has gotten a little stale, and obvious, I consistently found him to be smart, intelligent, snarky but not obnoxious, and much, much calmer and less condescending than Mike and the Mad Dog, his competition. Plus, he had a theme song by (JOEY SAL-VI-A!) that you could hum.
So while I prepare to ask for Forgiveness and forsake coffee (and only incidentally food), I suspect that while I’m hearing “Who By Fire” I’ll be humming “And every 20 minutes you get SportCenter with Don LaGreca, he's a heck of an anchor…”