Most of you know that I am a huge, huge, radio fan. Some of you may wonder why I never chose that as a career path. If you ever heard me talk, you would no longer wonder.
In the course of a given work day, I listen to several radio stations. Most of them are ones in town. KOOL FM, Q104, CBC, News 95.7, and others, and that's just driving to work in the morning. I have been checking out another radio station lately, and when you see who my next interview subject is, you'll know what that station is.
But I try to carve out a few minutes each morning around 5:55ET to tune into WCBS 880AM to listen to Joe Connolly and his morning business report. He is smart and engaging and irreverent enough to capture my interest each morning that I get a chance to hear him.
During the height, if we have reached it yet, of the news stories about Wall Street executives crying hard times at one moment and pissing away millions of dollars on corporate retreats or parties the next, Connolly was all over it, displaying just the right degree of outrage and sarcasm to satisfy most anybody.
One typically thinks of radio business reports of being dry, superficial affairs. Joe Connolly's few minutes each work day mornin' fly by, are informative, and often times funny, albeit in a biting way.
You know that radio in your car? I'll bet you a donut that there is a band button on it allowing you to tune into something called AM. Don't ask me how I know this; I just do. Switch to AM for me. Do it! Once you're there, at 5:55 in the morning ET switch away from 780 KIXX for a moment (even if my friend Ian Robinson is filling in) and listen to Joe Connolly. You'll be glad you did.
There are plenty of radio stations on the AM band that I listen to all the time. There will very soon not be any AM stations left in this market, and that will be a little sad. But the American ones come in very well at night and early in the morning and there are crappier ways to spend your time than by checking them out from time to time.
What is your favourite AM station?