I enjoyed his style and never felt he thought he was more important than the story. I also got the feeling he got a kick out of interviewing artists. He had a great interview with Miles Davis many years ago.
And he was the voice of "Jazz from Lincoln Center" on public radio.
Around '04 to '06 I watched X-Play religiously. I didn't care about the reviews of games as much as they videogame geek centric comedy they forced their interns into doing. Some classics include Johnny Xtreme, Drunk Link, Patrick "N-Gage!