though, it didn't take any provocation at all. The phones just came alive, and
the air seemed charged with something more than electricity. There was a kind
of feverish urgency to the things the callers had to say, something that went
beyond loneliness and a mania for sports, beyond the passions of ordinary fans.
Arnold Dean, who had a call-in show on WTIC in Hartford, Conn., for 13 years,
had those nights from his first months on the air, and he began to recognize
them. On those nights, when Dean drove home, the other drivers seemed more
reckless and aggressive—just the way they seemed to Howard Eskin in
Philadelphia. On those nights, the moon was full.