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"It was a small one," Miller says. "About 2� feet. I never even called the cops." But, he says, he did kill the snake.
It is exceedingly rare for a listener to go to that extreme. People in the business say that only 2% of the audience of a sports talk show can be counted on to call in. For the rest, it's catharsis enough just to listen, day after day, night after night, as the host and his callers discuss the big issues and, occasionally, do verbal battle.
I think we're better off without him, Bob. I mean, how many times have you seen him come up late, with men on, watch three go by and sit back down? Who needs him?
Come on, Raymond. You're talking about one of the 10 top power hitters in the game here, even if you don't like him. And if you're going to get rid of him, you've got to get some value. What did they get?
I still say he dogs it, and who needs him?
Sports call-in shows are everywhere these days. Every major city has at least one show, and usually more than one. The programs are also popular in the smaller markets, where there may not be a major league team or an NFL franchise but where college football and basketball are talked about all year long. And whereas the shows were once slotted for the late-night and early-morning hours, when audiences consisted of the insomniac, the lonely and the bored, now they're on around the clock, most conspicuously at "drive time," those hours when the fans—mostly male—are trapped in commuter traffic with only their radios and, increasingly, their cellular phones for company.
Howard Eskin of WIP in Philadelphia was talking to a caller one evening when the man said, "Well, I've got to hang up now and go inside. My wife's got dinner ready."
"What do you mean? Where you been all this time?"
"Well, I couldn't get through to you until right before I got home. I've been sitting here in my driveway, talking to you."