The Common Man Mike Ricordati

When Mike Ricordati was 15 years old, he knocked on the door of an old house in the Chicago suburb where he lived and asked for a job. A small radio station operated out of the old house  — the kind that “people only tuned in to know if school was cancelled if it was snowing,” Ricordati explains. The 15-year-old told the station that he would do anything and he didn’t need to be paid; he just wanted to hang around. And just like that, Ricordati started his career in radio. 
“They just started giving me jobs, and after a while it turned into a paid position where I would work the morning shift.” Ricordati says. “So I would start at five in the morning, and I didn’t have a driver’s license, so my mom had to get up and drive me to the station at 4:30 in the morning. At eight, when my shift was over, I went to high school.” 
Ricordati is one half of the radio show “The Common Man & The Torg” on 97.1 The Fan Sports Radio. He and Scott Torgerson cover pretty much any topic including the latest sports headlines on their show that airs every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. Ricordati is “The Common Man.” 
“That is a nickname that Scott gave me because he claims that I’m the opposite of the common man: I’m not handy, I like watching The Food Network, I hate people and I don’t go out to bars at night. So he makes that joke.” Ricordati says. “I claim that I am secretly the common man because more people are like me than the alternative.” 
Whether Ricordati is the common man or not is up for debate, but what’s not debatable is that he and Scott Torgerson have radio personalities that people like. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We are on when most people are getting off work, and maybe they’ve had a crappy day, and I’m not going to sit here and break down stats.” Ricordati says. “We just want people to get home and have a couple laughs while they’re driving home and think that they’re part of the show. And I think that’s what separates our show from other shows. You listen to us every day because you want to hear stories about our stupid lives … and a laugh. And that’s it.” 
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