For a little while now, Howard has gotten into the practice of going to commercial with a phony phone call. That means, he intros the call, starts playing it then as soon as its over, nothing, just right into the break. So instead of laughing, commenting and making a bit out of it, they are just relegating many calls to show bumpers now. If you're a regular listener, it sounds really really out of place. Poor Richard and Sal. I hope they have a lot off off air work because they're all but gone from on air.