As of tomorrow, I am told, "Ireland in America," the venerable Irish trad. show on KDHX FM 88.1, will have a new host: your man Tommy Martin, a piper from Dublin and frequent understudy for retiting host Bernie McDonald.
Bernie has done the show for God knows how long, though I still was thinking of him as "the new guy," having grown up to the absolutely unbelievable experience of Irish musical legends Michael Cooney and Joe Burke hosting the show, the likes of which we're not likely to see nor hear 'round these parts again - at least not once a week for free on the radio.
Tommy is not a legend, but he is an earnest man and a hard worker. He also gives good radio. Each time I heard him do Bernie's show, I thought how very good at it he was, and seem to remember having once attempted to start a whisper campaign that Tommy should inherit the show when Bernie sits down.
Unenviably, Tommy starts out as full-fledged host during a pledge drive, though lovers of the Irish music should tune in or listen online tomorrow (Sunday) at 1:30 p.m. U.S. central time (see Time Zone Converter to find that time where you live).
The rude sketch of Tommy sitting in with Pat Egan at McGurk's last Wednesday (when I heard this crack) is mine, signed by Tommy himself.