Being Tommy Mischke
The latest edition of the local monthly The Rake has an article on the most uniquely talented voice on the local airwaves, Tommy Mischke (sorry Atomizer, but that "Can you say that?" bit is played). Once you get past the snide asides about talk radio that you would expect to find in such a story, you discover some fascinating facts about the reclusive radio host. When you listen to Mischke's show, it all seems so off the cuff that I was surprised to learn about the amount of prep he does in a section of the story discussing the differences he had with Don Vogel:
At issue was the fact that Vogel liked to wing it with little or no preparation, while Mischke believed (and still believes) in gathering and fine-tuning a full load of material each day. For every show, he typically spends about six hours combing through newspapers and writing tunes on the upright piano in his home office (he's painted the black keys red and replaced the front panel with glass, so he can see the hammers as he plays).
If you're interested in learning more about a true talk radio original, the piece is well worth a read.