When it happens, I've found a very simple solution. I turn off the radio.
The unfortunate part, for him and WSCR, is that the rest of the time, he's very good.
The text of Mariotti's article and a link to it are below...
About 10 years ago, I urged WSCR-AM talk host Dan Bernstein to leave Chicago and become the next Bob Costas. He is that intelligent, that versatile, that fearless. Instead, he stayed in Chicago and became the first Dan Bernstein.
Which is fine, except for one recurring problem: The guy is so needlessly rude to callers, I'd rather hear a cacophony of police sirens blaring over jackhammers as Hawk Harrelson tried to blab above it all.
If you can't tolerate audience participation -- the very dynamic that drives sports-talk radio, I thought -- then don't take phone calls.
Disclosure: While I draw paychecks from ESPN, I work for the four-initialed behemoth as a daily panelist on a national TV program, not as a local radio competitor. Additional disclosure: When I did work for ESPN 1000 three years ago, I competed against Boers and Bernstein and, interestingly enough, won a decisive victory in the key demographic in our last ratings book.
Was it because even a guy like me, who is described as abrasive on his best day, knew not to treat callers like idiots?