I am an avid listener to talk radio, both live and via podcasts. And, despite the city’s effluence of politicians I distrust, I love Chicago — or at least those portions of it where people aren’t routinely murdered. There is no radio program I have enjoyed more than Milt Rosenberg’s “Extension 720” on Chicago’s WGN. Mr. Rosenberg, a professor emeritus in psychology at the University of Chicago, hosted the show for a remarkable 39 years but, to the sadness of many, was shown the door last month. And to make matters worse, along with Mr. Rosenberg’s disappearance from the Chicago airwaves comes the vanishing of his archived podcasts from WGN’s website. What a loss.
Examining the list of recent episodes of “Extension 720” I have saved on my computer, I find a range of topics from current politics, violent crime in Chicago, World War II, professional football, and Chicago architecture. Among recent guests have been Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson, and Conrad Black. One can scarcely think of a prominent newsmaker who did not at some time over the years appear on the program. I felt smarter every time I listened.
The show was unfailingly entertaining and informative, and Mr. Rosenberg was unfailingly erudite and pleasant with guests and callers alike. I hope this fine gentleman soon finds a new home for his talents – and his audience.