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Continued: C.J.: Kinder, gentler Tom Barnard has something special for Howard Stern

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 24, 2013 - 7:18 AM

Q These Minnesota musicians: overrated, underrated, about right … ready? Prince:

A Certainly not overrated. He’s a tremendous talent. I’ll go with about right.

Q Bob Dylan:

A God, I hate to say it, because I adore Bob Dylan, but he’s a bit overrated.

Q The Replacements:

A I’d say they are about right, because they have huge fans and some people just don’t get it.

Q Approximately how many commercials have you voiced over?

A In my career? Tens of thousands for sure. Maybe even 100,000.

Q Which has made you richer, the voice-over work or your radio job?

A Richer? [Laughter] I like that. The radio show, for sure, because it’s been 28 years.

Q Is Howard Stern one of your friends?

A No. I never heard any of it, but when he was in this market, he used to attack my wife and children. I was on at the same time, so I never heard what he said about them. But then I was told by some people what he’d said. I do think if I ever meet Howard Stern, I would probably punch him right in the face. That’s how you have to win? Really? That’s how you win [ratings]?

Q You are devoted to your wife. You’ve been married for 28 years, but you don’t look like you’d be the easy one in the marriage?

A [Laughter] No, you’re right. [Cough] I almost choked on that one. I’ve made the comment many, many times, I don’t know why I got so lucky. I’m not an easy person to deal with. I’m a very private person. I’m even kind of a recluse, actually. So we don’t go to a lot of functions that I think a lot of people would like to attend. But my wife knows that I adore her. She knows that. And I think that’s enough for her. Which is great, because I don’t have a whole lot more to offer. [Laugh.]

I’ll tell you a quick story. I meet a friend for the first time in a long time; we played in a golf tournament together. He’s a very tall, handsome guy, and his wife is just beautiful. He said let’s have dinner after the tournament. I said OK. They had never met my wife, and she was a little bit late arriving. She walked into the room and this man I had just met looks up at her and says, “I didn’t see that coming.” I said, “Yeah, I know what you mean.”

Q You out-punting your coverage?

A By a long shot. No doubt about that. She’s also one of the funniest people I’ve ever known.

Q Do you do any cooking or cleaning around the house?

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