WFMU is proud to present another addition to our growing podcast roster: please welcome to the digital era, freeform radio's controversial un-mascot and preeminent grumpy old man, the Old Codger (right). Fond of old-timey music, the Codger spins classic 78s, with effusive mic-breaks that burst with elderly rage and contempt, accented by the charming tone that only a severe underbite could render. The Codger wants you to think he's the Father of Old-Time Radio -- but he's just a sperm donor.
Here's what an anonymous WFMU staffer had to say about the OC:
The Old Codger (Courtney T. Edison) is more than just a piece of ubiquitous Drew Friedman clip art who pops up with disturbing frequency on WFMU's web pages. He's REAL ... or so he claims... the second-oldest living radio personality (after 163-year-old Paul Harvey). The Codger proudly plays 78 rpm discs "like they're going outta style." Fond of Ukulele Ike, Louis Jordan, and the Brox Sisters, he's cantankerous, crude, and known for his colorfully faulty memory. He refuses to divulge his age, but insists he knew H.L. Mencken when the legendary writer was a wee lad, and he habitually taunts WFMU listeners by jeering, "I've got shoes older than you." The Codger is notorious for on-air come-ons to female admirers, often crooning that he loves "younger women -- age 45 or 50." Although never married, Edison has been linked romantically to actress/comedienne Sophie Tucker, vaudevillian Effie Cherry, R&B siren Nellie Lutcher, and TV sitcom vixen Betty Rubble. His collection of 78 rpm discs numbers 48,000, and his "bunker" also boasts 16 functional crank-wound Victrolas and nine overflowing spittoons.