The artistry of Mike Hosking

He’s still singing that song. “I’d be perfectly happy if I could broadcast to nobody.” It’s a classic Hosking pronouncement, somewhere between a Zen koan and complete gibberish. No time to dwell on such riddles. With Hosking, it’s like conversing in Morse code. On his early departure from school: “16. Left. Gone.” Then there’s the rhythm section: a clap or tap-tap-taps for emphasis. “Bang!” he’ll say. “Ding-ding-ding.” On getting his first radio job as a copywriter: “Sat a test.” Clap! “Bang! Just like that!”