Yes, Ernie can be pretty tough to interact with, but it’s largely enthusiasm, and juggling a lot of different stuff in his head, and requirements of doing live radio.
If you listen to him for a while, those incomplete sentences start to make a lot more sense than you’d believe, as they’re chock full of references and combinations of references that are pretty inciteful and sometimes down hillariously so, and probably couldn’t be communicated in any other way. He’s got 25 years of experience in “uncovering the secrets and exposing the lies,” as one of his bylines says, and he has deeper insight than you’d think.
An acquired taste, though frustrating to new listeners. And hard on interviewees, I can tell you. I know of at least a couple people I respect highly who probably won’t do repeat appearances after going through the mill. A shame, but oh, well. Ernie is an asset, nonetheless.