been listening to npr lately? they've been recruiting members of the public, yes, the public, to compete in a "next-great-radio-host" contest.
i've been following the contest, since your friend and mine, jonathan h. (married to monica), submitted an entry. it was a really great entry, too! alas, jonathan didn't make it to the final 10. BUT.
the final 10 are sort of fun and interesting, if you're into that sort of thing...the radio...and this american life and whatnot...so, here's a link to the top 10 finalists to be the next great radio host, complete with their pictures and the audio spots they submitted.
the midwest is well represented here, with three of the ten finalists hailing from caron's back yard, the great state of illinois. my favorites: rebecca watson, anne glickman, carrie kaufman. and i want bee jellyfish's hair.