More often than not, his favorite topic is Mr. Tony. There was a long segment about how he lost his credit card and driver’s license at Union Station and how they were eventually returned by a Good Samaritan (together with some conjecture about the derivation of Samaritan). There was a lengthy digression on the importance he attaches to a prime parking space both at the station and at public events. “Take the Shuttle? Mr. Tony?” There are all the old stories: Peter Yarrow’s invasion of his house, Mr. Tony’s fear of flying, his son’s golf game. If you’re a fan, these are like visits from old friends you haven’t seen for awhile and are glad to see are still alive and well. If not, you may be asking yourself, "who cares?"
For those that do care, think about what we have to look forward to. Think about the weekly discussions of American Idol without Paula. Think about Tony’s foray into the mysteries of fantasy football. Think about the dirt listeners are going to pick up about Tony’s erstwhile employer, The Washington Post. The mind boggles at the possibilities.
It was a sad day when ESPN dropped the national broadcast of The Tony Kornheiser Show. It was a sadder day when the Washington, DC show went off the air. September 8, 2009, on the other hand, was a happy day. Mr. Tony is back.