Picking up the Sunday newspaper and drinking coffee is as good as it gets for me, but today's Star Tribune contained some depressingly bad news. KSTP has fired one of radio's greats - T.D. Mischke. For 8 out of the last 10 years, Mischke has been voted "Best A.M. Radio Show Host" by City Pages, and his firing came only one day after his latest "Best Of" CD release party. If you are unfamiliar with Mischke's genius, follow this link to a great overview in the Atlantic Monthly,
When I complain about the lackluster state of radio in today's world it is because great show hosts like Mischke are few and far between. My Uncle Richard - yes the Uncle who introduced me to Howlin' Wolf and Florence Foster Jenkins - tipped me off to Mischke a number of years ago with his first "Best Of" CD. I was sold on Mischke's genius after hearing the interview he did with an author and expert on the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Mischke suprised the author by singing all of his questions to the Gordon Lightfoot classic The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, and it is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. In a world where commercial radio can only talk about "Dancing With The Stars", this kind of original humor will be sorely missed.