I’ve done a lot of different things in my life. Besides writing and hosting SkyWatchTVSciFriday, and A View from the Bunker, I’ve sold steel (structural and pipe, flanges, and fittings), tuxedos, real estate, and an industrial device called a programmable logic controller.

I was offered a job as one of the original hosts of the QVC cable shopping channel back in 1986, but I turned it down because they wanted me to give up my radio gig.

Radio was my first career, the one I dreamed of when I was a kid growing up in Chicago. But while my normal friends were listening to WLS, Super ‘CFL, and WMET, I stayed up late listening to the talk show hosts: Dave Baum, the late “Chicago Ed” Schwartz, and Dr. Milton Rosenberg.

Somehow, instead of a career behind the mic examining the issues of the day, I wound up a Top 40 jock, playing the hits for Peoria, Little Rock, Saint Louis, and Philadelphia before I gave it up for a stable home life.

In 2006, I suffered my mid-life crisis. After months of sending out demos culled from P.I.D. Radio, the podcast I’ve co-hosted with my wife, Sharon, since March, 2005. Surprisingly, I was offered a job as the Program Director and afternoon host at talk radio station The Eagle 93.9 in Columbia, Missouri.

During my time there, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of fascinating people. Here are a few of my favorite interviews.

And some of my favorite Off-Road Friday guests:

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