Pete Hornberger: Getting fired is better than getting killed by my wife, with those big farm-people hands crushing my windpipe.
Liz Lemon: Everything okay at home, buddy?
—30 Rock, “The Fighting Irish” (3/8/07)
If you’ve been with me for awhile, you’ll remember that I was a fan of The Don and Mike Show, a radio program that ran for over twenty years in one form or another, on one station or another. I first heard it when it aired in New York City in early 2001; when I moved to Baltimore later that year I re-discovered it on local radio stations here.
In July 2005, the “Don” part of “Don and Mike” lost his wife in an auto accident. It happened while the show was on a vacation break, and Mike returned to the air to explain what had happened. When Don returned to the show, it was a solo act for the first day and then things started to return to normal. But for Don there really could be no “normal” anymore and he decided to retire from the program in April 2008. The remaining cast continued as The Mike O’Meara Show until the show’s flagship station, WJFK in Washington, DC, decided last summer to change format. Likewise, Westwood One indicated that it would no longer syndicate the program. Mike O’Meara and crew were out of a job…
…until last month. Rejoice, fans, because The Mike O’Meara Show is now available as a podcast. It runs for about one hour (usually just a few minutes longer), with no commercial interruptions. (If you miss the commercials, AND you happen to live in Iowa City, IA, you can tune in there, I suppose.) The podcast is available every day at 2:00 PM, and you can get it either by going to the show’s website or you can subscribe through iTunes. The podcast is still in relative infancy (as of right now there are only thirty-four episodes), so it will be easy to play catch-up. There are a bunch of in-jokes that will take some time for you to get up to speed on, but it’s a hell of a ride. Try it. And then you can thank me later.