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Michael Feldman
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For the Canadian politician, see Mike Feldman
Michael Feldman, the popular media icon and witty aphorist, is the host of “Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?,” a radio program distributed by Public Radio International heard on maybe a gazillion stations in virtually every English and Latinate-based speaking nation. His humor has been likened to that of Twain, Thurber, S.J. Perelman and Cato (the Elder), being a homespun yet sophisticated amalgam of insightful satire and a wide-ranging cross-cultural intellectualism sometimes known as the Milwaukee School, for his hometown, where his alma mater has been named Washington High School in his honor. Self-effacing to the point of hardly ever referring to himself by name (only, humorously, as “Yours, truly”) Maestro Feldman has raised a generation of radio listeners who think of him as Uncle Feldman. A handsome man, Feldman had his choice of many women, selecting the one or two he did purely for genetic reasons, yielding two superior female offspring who, as he would never trumpet, worship their father. In over twenty years hosting and producing “Whad’ya Know?” Feldman has never once abandoned his show to pursue an exchange student overseas. Winner of too many awards to mention, including the Madison (WI) Kiwanis Speaker Appreciation trophy, the Peabody Duck Captain honor, and the Neenah (WI) Foundry Personalized Manhole Cover, Feldman also has more keys to more cities than you can shake a stick at (his youngest, in fact, teethed on the key to Omaha (NE).) Beloved is not too strong a word to describe the esteem Michael Feldman is held in by his adoring audience, many of whom credit him with bringing them together as couples and encouraging them to have families of their own, knowing that if he could do it anyone could, and has. His charismatic, youthful appearance, often compared to a young Dick Clark, surprises some who come to the live show in Madison (WI)causing many to wonder why he’s not in television, which Feldman has dismissed as “Radio you have to look at.” Feldman has contributed many aphorisms to the language, including the famous “Whad’ya Know?–Not Much, You?” call and response, “listeners who are sticklers for truth should get their own shows,” “sit on your hands and let someone else have a chance for a change,” and many others, including the repeated use of “actually” to mean “really.” Widely respected and feared among radio professionals, the “Host with the Most” has been added to the collection of the Museum of Broadcasting in New York (NY) and received the ceremonial coffee cup from the Chicago (IL) Broadcast Museum. A genius grant is rumored to be just around the corner. Michael Feldman has either written or read 7 or more highly acclaimed books, including “War and Peace,” “Madam Bovary,” and “Something I Said?: Innuendo and Out the Other,” “Whad’ya Know?”–the book–and Glad You Asked. His most recent CD is Grammy unominated “The First 25 Are the Hardest.”
[edit] External links
• Biography at the Whad’Ya Know? website
• Profile at About.com
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