Local sports talk radio is an interesting animal, especially in markets outside of the biggest few cities in the country. Some local talk show hosts are true professionals grinding their way through smaller markets in search of climbing the ladder to national recognition. Some local talk show hosts are complete buffoons who have no business being in front of a live microphone. The vast majority though fall somewhere between the two. All of that makes the following story so surprising and strange.
The local drive time hosts on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Columbus OH, Mike Ricordati and Scott Torgerson, are your prototypical hosts described above. At times the "Common Man" and "Torg" (as if there were ever more fitting nicknames for medium sized market radio hosts) are entertaining and informative. Then there are the natural patches of blatant homerism, sophomoric humor, and loud opinions. I can imagine the show is quite similar to your own local drive time show, just with different teams and topics.
All of the above was reason for me to nearly drive off the road in Columbus yesterday when the program announced that President Barack Obama, the leader of the free world, would join the pair for an exclusive interview!no comments