Commercial talk radio is where listeners go to react, often in a visceral, "ready, fire, aim" manner. Frankly, the verdict being as anticipated as it was, I was surprised (and disappointed) that WBFO didn't (immediately) offer in-depth discussion and analysis, which is why I scanned from 88.7 to 107.7 when WBFO returned to Terry Gross.
Tom Bauerle, he brings passion, logic (even if I may not agree with it) and opinion to the game, even injecting a dark humor when a caller wanted to talk "closed circuit" to which TB properly responded, "it's a call-in talk show... that means we talk on
the air." Click. "Justifiable Phonercide." Phil makes a legitimate point about TB shouting at and hanging up on the attorney who was explaining legal nuance. Rude. But later in the hour ample time was accorded attorney Paul Cambria (I'm told an associate of the attorney on whom Bauerle hung-up.) "Make-good." Cambria is unperturbed in the line of fire and like Senator Chuck Schumer, has a well-honed sense of "camera, microphone and talk radio radar." His take on the trial and verdict was speculative, yet articulate and informative, especially when compared to callers that sound like bar room barristers. It's these types that have driven me almost exclusively to NPR for news and talk.
Of genuine concern is the report of death threats made against the defendant, defense attorneys and jurors in this trial. Although I believe the jury got the verdict wrong, there's absolutely no place in our society for the type of lunacy that would inflict violence on anyone involved in this trial. One hopes that talk radio doesn't fan the passions of numbskulls who might harm those who were properly fulfilling their responsibilities and defending the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
The Buffalo News offers an analysis of the trial and a juror's though process here: http://www.buffalonews.com/topics/dr-james-corasanti-trial/article884833.ece