Team 1260: a good one gone

Robin Brownlee
July 27 2009 08:31PM

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Guys who've been around the media game as long as Bryn Griffiths see moves like what transpired today coming -- Griffiths was fired by Astral Media -- but that doesn't make it easy to swallow.

Griffiths, sports director at TEAM 1260 since the first minute the station hit the airwaves back in June of 2002, is taking his walking papers in stride, but I'd expect nothing less. That doesn't mean I like it.

I can't help but feel that Griffiths, who helped grow TEAM 1260 under boss Marty Forbes and served as co-host of More On Sports with Jake Daniels until Daniels was let go this spring, deserved better.

Whether you laughed at his morning shtick with Daniels or thought it was remarkably lame -- hardcore sports types voted for the latter -- it's never a good day when another veteran sports guy loses his job. Been there. Done that. It's no fun.

SAW IT COMING

"This is probably the most prepared I've ever been for a dismissal," Griffiths said. "There were little things that started to happen over the last year or so... Jake's dismissal, I didn't want to be a part of.

"When you work with somebody closely, that has to be done by higher-ups, not by you or else you've got blood on your hands."

With long-time co-host Daniels gassed by Astral Media in the wake of disappointing numbers in recent ratings periods, what unfolded today at a west end restaurant was of no great shock to Griffiths. Radio, like the newspaper biz, is a numbers game. If they don't add up...

"I was never involved in the process of finding a guy to replace Jake," Griffiths said. "I wasn't consulted, which is a good indicator of the fact you're out of the loop. I'd pretty much figured it out for the most part."

Word is, TEAM 1260 has hired a young broadcaster out of Fort McMurray and will add another voice out to take over the morning slot to complement the rest of its programming.

While some people will say "good riddance" over Griffiths' firing, just as they did with Daniels, he deserves better than that.

THE FIRST FLOOR

As a guy with input as sports director but never the final word or control of the budget, Griffiths deserves credit for trying to make TEAM 1260 a viable alternative to 630 CHED, which is never easy to do when taking on a rights holder with the keys to the big games in town, the Oilers and the Eskimos.

It was Griffiths who pushed to bring in Bob Stauffer in the days when nobody outside of family and friends knew who he was. Griffiths and Stauffer hatched Total Hockey in 2002, which morphed into Total sports and produced the best numbers TEAM 1260 has ever had. Stauffer got his shot because Griffiths was willing to roll the dice on him.

"Anytime somebody in the business gets let go you feel for them," Stauffer said. "I don't think the average sports fan realizes all the challenges Bryn was facing in his role.

"On a personal level, Bryn certainly was a major supporter of mine and I'm indebted to him for providing me with the opportunity he did."

Stauffer, of course, made Griffiths look pretty smart before he left to join 630 CHED as analyst to play-by-play man Rod Phillips.

"Bryn and Marty Forbes were my biggest boosters," Stauffer said. "Bryn helped get my career to the next level. For that, I'll be forever grateful."

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on Team 1260.

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A sports writer since 1983, including stints at The Edmonton Journal and The Sun 1989-2007, I happily co-host the Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260 twice a week and write when so inclined. Have the best damn lawn on the internet. Most important, I am Sam's dad. Follow me on Twitter at Robin_Brownlee. Or don't.
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#51 Wanye Gretz
July 28 2009, 09:29AM
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Robin Brownlee for Mayor!

*runs away*

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#52 ronaldo
July 28 2009, 10:01AM
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I agree with a couple recent posts (too lazy to quote on BB). Sports talk radio needs to be a mix of sports and comedy. Dead serious sports talk is like listening to paint dry, which is even more boring then watching it. I enjoy Rome as he does a good job mixing these two elements. I feel the morning show had grown stale, kind of like Oiler coaching, and changes probably needed to be made. I wish Bryn all the best in his future endeavours. Still miss Stauffer, nothing beat his Oiler coverage. Gregor is ok as replacement- love his artcles on ON though, IMO this is your true calling JG. Also, Brownlee as mayor would be awesome. I would definitely go to any public meetings to hear RB lay the smackdown anytime someone says something stupid.

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#53 Robin Brownlee
July 28 2009, 10:02AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Robin Brownlee for Mayor! *runs away*

Yes, I play so well with others. I can certainly see myself sitting patiently in council chambers listening to some donkey beef because bylaw officers aren't enforcing the pick-up-your-own-dogshit rule in Glenora.

"Mayor, Rufus the Great Dane defecated on my lawn five times last week and . . ."

"Sit DOWN. Shut UP . . ."

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#54 ronaldo
July 28 2009, 10:08AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

“Mayor, Rufus the Great Dane defecated on my lawn five times last week and . . .” “Sit DOWN. Shut UP . . .”

This is exactly what I would show up to watch. They could charge for admission and use revenue for say a new arena.

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#55 freeze
July 28 2009, 10:20AM
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How do 'they' come up with the ratings for these stations? How can they tell how many ppl are actually tuning in?

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#56 Tull
July 28 2009, 10:22AM
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Can't say I'm too surprised by this. I've been listening to Jake and Bryn for about a year now and it was just getting too mundane and boring. Honestly, I feel bad for anyone getting fired, but with every business, its all about results. They just never really mixed it up on that show.

This morning was particularly dry though, half way through my drive I still hadn't heard anyone on air other than ads and news. I did catch the argument between AJ and Millard though - surprise surprise though about junior hockey. It was spirited and good radio, we need more of that on a daily basis. Get two personalities that can clash a bit to create some good radio.

Gregor/Rishaug and Gregor/Brownlee shows are getting way too cordial and respectful as of late. All these guys do is agree with each other and dump on callers who might have a different opinion. I'd like to see these shows mix it up a bit and have the guests go at it with the host. If anything, to keep Gregors gigantic ego in check.

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#57 Tyler
July 28 2009, 10:30AM
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We need a mayor in Toronto. Your approach intrigues me. Would you be willing to apply it to union negotiations?

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#58 Sandra
July 28 2009, 10:30AM
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If team 1260 boosted thier signal, they would hit more markets, as does CHED. The reason CHED is the rights holder is they reach the whole province and are on SHAW and BELL. Team needs to go in this direction fast if they want to reach out to the Big dogs (Oilers and Esks)They also need to put Brownlee in betwen 1-3 slot (He is as good if not better than Stauffer). Spend money to make money. Trying to pick up 1260 is tuff here on the Res, we listen on line when we can.

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#59 James
July 28 2009, 10:37AM
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yiu got it right Sandar teh only reson i wouls listen to Tensar is becsue i work under ground and 1260 has no singal

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#60 Wanye Gretz
July 28 2009, 11:01AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

“Mayor, Rufus the Great Dane defecated on my lawn five times last week and . . .” “Sit DOWN. Shut UP .

Mayor Brownlee would immediately amend the Civic Bylaws making himself Dictator for Life and would soon put 25% of the population to work in his underground sugar mine.

I for one welcome our Brownleenian overlord and whatever positive changes he sees fit for our great city.

It's time for strong leadership in Edmonton!

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#61 ronaldo
July 28 2009, 11:04AM
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@ Sandra: I believe part of the problem is a 1260 signal is not as strong and does not travel as far as a 630. The numbers actually mean something. This is why you can hear 690 from Calgary but not vice-versa.

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#62 thashiznit
July 28 2009, 11:05AM
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I thought Bryn and Jake were a great combo, and was shocked when Jake was axed. I could see why maybe because of his "FAN" type approach to the Oilers and sports. But I think you need that in a morning show. Bryn complemented Jake well and I loved listening to them in the morning. I can't stand the two that are on there now and although they may not be permanent replacements I can honsestly say that I will probably only listen to the Team 1260 on the drive home so I can hear Gregor's show. The guys on the morning show could at least sound enthused and not sound like they were forced to get out of bed.

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#63 Fish
July 28 2009, 11:09AM
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thashiznit wrote:

The guys on the morning show could at least sound enthused and not sound like they were forced to get out of bed

Agreed. AJJ is a miserable cuss whose knowledge of sports goes no further than junior hockey. Boring as all hell.

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#64 Jason Gregor
July 28 2009, 11:11AM
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I appreciate all the comments regarding the station, and I know Bryn appreciates all the comments. Bryn told me a week ago he thought this was coming and like he told Robin, he was prepared for it. He'll be ok.

As for where the station is going, I sense it is on the right track. Sure there has been lots of changes in the past few months, with Bryn and Jake gone, but also Corey Graham has an evening show now.

Stewart Meyers and Ryan Zimmerman have a solid vision on where they want the station to go, and they will be more aggressive in the future. It won't happen overnight, and change is always hard for a listener to take, but I like where they want the station to go.

There will be more changes in the next year, and all of them should make the station better in the long run. Bryn did a hell of a job getting the station where it is, and it will be weird not having him around, but don't be surprised if you see him back in the game very soon.

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#65 MattL
July 28 2009, 11:15AM
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1260 needs to go for broke with Esks and/or Oil rights, it's the only way they can survive. It's like the Golf Channel, committed to golf, but doesn't show any of the big tournaments.

In another bit of sad news, Tasting Room Radio with Terry David Mulligan is being discontinued by the Team, probably to be replaced by paid advertising.

I liked Tasting Room Radio! It was about the only piece of programming worth listening to on the weekends... What is happening in the world?!

Oh yeah, and 630 CHED sucks dong. It is a propaganda machine for the Provincial Tories and Edmonton Eskimos (often the same group of people somehow...)

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#66 Ed S.
July 28 2009, 11:37AM
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If the Team wanted to go forward in an agressive manner they should offer Wayne complete creative control over a show. This site came rocketing out of nowhere with no assistance and has become a real pleasure.

With all due respect to the media of this City he is a breath of fresh air and could probably do wonder for the station.

Just the opinion of an old guy who heard about this site on the team 1260 and amazed his kids by being hip and knowing about the OilersNation before they did.

Good luck Bryn,

Ed Semchuk

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#67 Dale
July 28 2009, 11:41AM
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Besides spending more for on-air talent, 1260 has to "sound" like a professional radio station--too many amateurish production mistakes. I wish them well. I continue to listen to the station, especially the local shows.

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#68 DanMan
July 28 2009, 11:48AM
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@ Jason Gregor:

Are you still doint the Rush games this year, Jason? And is AJJ still doing the KIngs?

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#69 Deans
July 28 2009, 11:49AM
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Death Metal Nightmare wrote:

Deans wrote: Lets really be honest, Edmonton’s local radio stations suck. Thank god for Satellite Radio, JAG and Team’s postgame snow youre crazy. move to another “small market” city and youll find out fast how much better the Team is for letting people have actual dialog with the listeners. around my parts, you get about 5-10 seconds maximum before youre cutoff and the Talking Heads start to entertain themselves while youre cut off. the Team is REALLY generous with their callers and it makes the content during hockey season or busy days way better than a huge percentage of sports talk outlets relative to what their main market is. you want to talk football in Wisconsin? get ready to make a 5-10 second complaint before youre cut off completely and never get to respond to what the proto-Fascist Ass Jockey has to say stroking his mic/ego/dong.

You didnt get my point. My point was that Edmontonians dont 'get' quality radio b/c they have never been exposed to it. I was speaking to Edmonton radio as a whole not just The Team. For the most part, The Team has been the exception. Also, just b/c we are a small market d/nt mean we have to always play it safe with our radio. Other then The Team there is nothing innovative, creative or entertaining about Edmonton radio. Even our right wing blowhards are garbage.

The Team does a solid job of providing a voice to ALL fans, I completly agree with you there. The reason I almost never listen to CHED is b/c they shun anyone who has an opinion that differs from the company line. The Team lets you speak, actually listens to what you say and then counters your opinion. Corey Graham is great at this. The Team also lets it's callers be part of the entertainment aspect of the show. Callers like Daily Doug would never be allowed to thrive like they do on The Team.

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#70 Souby
July 28 2009, 11:52AM
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WTF? Lately, whenever I get too busy to listen everyday, someone gets fired. First Jake and now Bryn. I liked Jake and his goofball antics. It kept things fun and supported a fan's perspective. Bryn offered up the knowledge, insights and quick wit that held it all together. I liked that team and I am still not sold on what is being offered as a replacement. Temporary or not. Only time will tell.

I do have to say that changes sometimes are needed and in the end, things usually work out well. Look at when Stauffer left and Gregor took over in the afternoon. I loved listening to Bob, but I have to say that I really enjoy Gregor's show. This change spawned another. Cory Graham now has his show in the evening, and what I have heard so far, I have liked. CG has come a long way from where he started. These are changes for the good.

Changes usually have an element of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Good is that the Team will still be bringing us our daily dose of sports programming, updates and insights like before. The Bad is breaking up the what I thought was a good team in Bryn and Jake. The Ugly is letting go of the guy that helped build the Team 1260 into the great station it is today. Sorry to see you go Bryn. All the best in the future.

Souby

P.S. If their changes include letting Robin Brownlee go, I am going to blow a f*@king gasket!

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#71 Tull
July 28 2009, 11:52AM
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@ GREGOR

I think by default whatever vision the new guys have for The Team 1260 will look successful irregardless of their efforts. THe Spring 2009 book pitted 1260 with a 1.2 share, a drop from 1.5 the year before.

To keep this in perspective - The Team is below not only CBC radio 1, but radio 2 as well! Other stalwarts above the station include CKUA and Magic 99 with iNews880 creeping up. Whats worse is they have the 2nd lowest amount of unique listeners in the City. YES, lower than CKUA, Magic 99, and iNews880! Not only does 1260 not have the market share, they can't even attract new listeners.

The good news is, whatever new operations are implemented can do no harm to 1260. If they falter even more, you can bet this stations format will be re-evaluated and turned into 'All country, All the time'.

Stauffer single-handedly kept 1260 relevant and a first source for actual information - at least for me. His interviews were to the point and informative, and his guests were knowledgeable and funny. He got it. Today this station is on the brink, they need to start recruiting actual talent to keep the listeners engaged especially during the primetime hours.

Everything at 1260 needs to be re-evaluated.

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#72 MattL
July 28 2009, 12:04PM
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@ Tull:

Radio ratings are such garbage. Sports talk stations usually benefit from ratings taken with devices that track automatically. The (mostly men) who listen to 1260 aren't the same people that take time to fill out radio ratings surveys. Has anyone here taken part in something like that? I'm a male, 18-35, my voice is supposed to be important, but no one's ever asked MY opinion. I wonder how ON web hits compare to Tencer's blog? At least you can track that kind of thing accurately.

I'd bet my life on the fact that 1260's numbers are actually much better in real life than in the ratings book.

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#73 Ross B
July 28 2009, 12:07PM
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Robin any chance Team1260 takes a run at the Oilers or Eskimos by chance any time soon? A sports radio station needs to carry one of the big 2 in my mind in this city to get the revenue and ratings etc and take the station to the next level.

Thoughts?

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#74 patty
July 28 2009, 12:09PM
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@ ronaldo: The reason CHED (and 690) goes so far is that they push a much stronger signal than 1260 does. Resonance (630 X 2 = 1260) is why you can sometimes hear the CHED signal on 1260. CHED has a much stronger signal as well, so they can bounce it further to the rural areas. The differnce between 1260 kHz and 630 kHz is negligable, they'll both bounce off the ionoshpere the same and travel roughly the same distance, assuming their transmitted with equal strength.

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#75 ronaldo
July 28 2009, 12:21PM
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@ patty: I'll take your word for it as I do not have any actual expertise in this area, or any area that I can think of really. Never stopped me from acting as if I know something. I had thought I heard Bryn speak on this before. Thanks.

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#76 Halibut
July 28 2009, 12:25PM
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I was ok with getting rid of Jake, he wasnt a sports guy he was a radio personality who could talk a little bit about sports but was more there for his zany personality which was pretty weak imo. Yes Calgary sucks we get it already.

I hate Rome and all the canned shows during the day, couldnt care less about baseball, nfl news which is the only thing he talks about.

Stauffer was great when he was on but wow did he have too many shows where he got talking about nicknames or some bad sports movie from the 80's. Dregor and co. are consistently better but they never quite reach the heights that Stauffer occasionally hit.

What sports radio really needs is opinionated people spouting off about their opinions. They dont necessarily have to be right but they have to be able to defend their opinion. Look at these message boards they keep getting posts on hockey everyday despite it being 3 months until any real hockey starts to happen.

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#77 Gerald R. Ford
July 28 2009, 12:47PM
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I didn't always like Bryn's on-air act (and, it certainly was an "act", fairly consistently and annoyingly, artificially attempting to "stir things up", as he admitted), but I do respect him. He'd always respond to e-mails, and I certainly think he tried his best to make the Team successful. Which is a daunting task, considering that that station, in its many incarnations (wasn't it, like, an all-40s "swing" music format at one time? Good grief.), has been in the crapper for longer than most of us have been alive. At one point, Bryn and Marty's lineup was STAGGERINGLY good, with Rome, Patrick, Short, Keselius (the best, smartest, sportstalk guy EVER) and Stauffer. Aside from Robin's spots (they need to give you your own show—I think that's obvious), what remains now is just sad compared to what it once was. Corey Graham is a really nice guy, and I wish him luck. Gregor, I have no serious complaints about. Just not my cup of tea, for the most part. Worst guy on there, by far, is AJJ. That guy whines way, way too much. He sounds like a 6 year-old girl who just had her EZ Bake oven stolen. Can't listen to him.

Anyway, best of luck to Bryn, and thanks for trying something different. He DID succeed. He just couldn't maintain it. No shame in that.

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#78 shakey
July 28 2009, 12:58PM
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I don't know if I'm going to remain a listener in the morning. I wasn't sure what happened to Jake but now I do and it's happened to Bryn and I am really not a fan of AJJ. He comes across as completely arrogant and sounds like he has better things to do than be on the radio in the morning. Not that I was a huge fan of 'Jake Joke', it was a lot better then this lazy crap of playing sound bites from video clips.

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#79 Colin
July 28 2009, 01:13PM
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I think we need a Robin & Wanye Oilers hour on 1260.

I would pay to listen to Wanye ramble on crazy tangents and then have Robin telling him to shut the F**** up every 5 minutes, interjected with short bits of actual Oilers talk.

I think it would make a nice afternoon show, maybe a lead in to gregor's show.

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#80 Dallas
July 28 2009, 01:27PM
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I think the team should committ to only talk about oilers and esks all day long and night and drop the American rome and fox crap I and I'm sure many others do not give a crap about that NFL and whatever else they talk about

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#81 Bob Loblaw
July 28 2009, 01:38PM
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I think that Bryn & Jake was one of the most entertaining morning shows EVER. Each being extremely funny and groaning at each other. Each knowing their parts to play.

I have listened to many other morning shows and found them quite boring. Heaven help me if I don't hear about the latest murder/rape/theft or the latest top-of-billboard non-singing hip-hop loser.

I do listen to my radio for entertainment, interesting topics and to hear all of our points of view (not Adil's though). Any other way is just having someone tell you how to think and react.

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#82 Fish
July 28 2009, 01:42PM
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The morning show will blow for quite some time until they figure out what type of format is working. I can tell you that this mornings show was lamer than usual, so those two are not working.

As for Rome, I think he's great. He always has top notch guests on and in my opinion is a funny motherf**er.

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#83 Chaz
July 28 2009, 02:03PM
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Rome rules. Granted, I'm not overly intersted in the sports he focuses on, but as far as entertainment value goes, his is the best sports show on radio IMO. The locals who call into 1260 could definitly learn about "having a take and not sucking" from the Clones. I just wish Gregor would cut off the bad call-ins like Rome does.

I personally thought the morning show on the Team lost all its steam with Jake's departure. I'll give Bryn credit for trying to keep things interesting, but it just didn't hold my attention at all lately, and his veiled attempts at creating discussion / arguments came off as phoney.

Not trying to offend, just giving my honest opinion. All that said, I really like the team and I hope it keeps going strong. Anything to not have to listen to Hallsy rant about ribs!

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#84 Librarian Mike
July 28 2009, 02:04PM
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Fish wrote:

As for Rome, I think he’s great. He always has top notch guests on and in my opinion is a funny motherf**er.

I find Rome to be occasionally funny, but mostly he just annoys me. With him and all his 'clones', I kind of liken him to that guy that talks tough when all his friends are around to back him up.

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#85 Doug
July 28 2009, 02:06PM
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To those of you who are saying you would prefer ONLY Oilers and Esks talk ALL day long, can I ask you a question?

WHY?

I am a die-hard sports fan. I love the Oilers as much as anybody, and I've had Eskies season seats since I was small. But honestly guys, these are not two teams that make a ton of news. What is there to talk about?

Do we really need a two hour long afternoon show consisting of two local guys arguing over whether the Esks need a new QB or reciever or whether or not the Oilers should still be after Heatley?

I think we get LOADS of Oilers/Eskimo coverage on the station as it is. Apparently people who enjoy "other" sports like the NBA or the NFL are the minority here but coverage of those sports does not by any means dominate the airwaves on 1260.

To the people with the Oil/Esks bliders on, I suggest you open up your mind and eyes to the wide wonderful world of sports. Lots of great plays are getting made out there that you are completely missing.

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#86 Fish
July 28 2009, 02:10PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Fish wrote: As for Rome, I think he’s great. He always has top notch guests on and in my opinion is a funny motherf**er. I find Rome to be occasionally funny, but mostly he just annoys me. With him and all his ‘clones’, I kind of liken him to that guy that talks tough when all his friends are around to back him up.

I agree. When the 'clones' start calling in with their 'takes', I have to turn down the volume. Most of the regulars are self important blowhards.

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#87 Mike76
July 28 2009, 02:28PM
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I'm going to have to digest this before I decide if I continue to listen. Bob leaving was a HUGE blow (Gregor is a good replacement, but Bob is the man). Jake getting turfed didn't hurt my feelings any, but with Bryn gone the mornings are going to suck.

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#88 roadrunner
July 28 2009, 02:29PM
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I had sent a casual "what happened to Jake email" on the Tuesday after listening to the morning show on Monday. I didn't get a response back at all. I actually didn't know Jake had been fired until I was carousing through this site not more than a few days ago.

Fast forward a few weeks, I'm listening to the AM show today and no Bryn and no AJ so I'm thinking they had days off. Now I find out out about the firing AGAIN by coming to this site.

I do understand the need for a station to be competitve in a monopolyzed market place, so the firings are a fact of business. But you'd think The Team 1260 would release a statement on their website politely informing the listeners, "Jake has found another opportunity elsewhere and Bryn and the station have decided to part ways in order to compete in an ever expanding market".

A little bit of PR on the stations behalf might prevent the potential of an even bigger drop in ratings immediately.

I've followed Bryn for years and sent an email to him a year or so ago saying he was a great for the local media and in my opinion was overlooked for alot of media positions. Love him or hate him, he's always had a consistancy in his style which was done with great integrity.

Jake was the fan turned broadcaster. His antics may have not been made for radio but most of the listeners related to Jake because he was the proverbial "homer". And he didn't hide it which could be annoyingly brash at times but he meant well.

Both will be missed. They gave CHED something to think about on the local sports scene. Competition makes for better radio so we all benefit!

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#89 Kung Pow
July 28 2009, 02:30PM
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MattL wrote:

Has anyone here taken part in something like that?

I was asked once. I was considering not even bothering filling it out, but I thought I'd do my service to the station that I listen to from 7:30-1 and 3-4:30, so I did it. It was easy because It was the same station everyday.

As far as Rome goes, I think he's hilarious. It's the only radio show that I laugh out loud every once in a while. Although I've never spewed coffee out my nose and ruined a keyboard.

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#90 dendew
July 28 2009, 02:33PM
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Man the morning show is going to suck as long as AJJ is on.... how many times can a guy say "yah know" in 4 hours? my guess is 142087 times...i lost count a 102483 so I may be off.

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#91 Tull
July 28 2009, 02:34PM
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Am I the only one here who thinks Brownlee would be a heinous radio host??

The persistent "Ums, Ahs, and You knows" would have me tuned out faster than Gregor with a 110% confirmed Oil trade.

I don't know who the new guys will be - but they better be boisterous, self-deprecating, and knowledgeable. Monotone will not cut it. 1260 has to make a splash, and unfortunately the only splash you'll get out of Brownlee is when he drops a load.

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#92 Kung Pow
July 28 2009, 02:36PM
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I thought AJJ was doing a pretty good job. Even if he sounds like he just crawled out of bed and that's the last place he wants to be at that time in the morning.

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#93 Fish
July 28 2009, 02:51PM
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I think that Brownlee somehow "wronged" Tull. He's got a real hate on for the guy.

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#94 Deans
July 28 2009, 02:52PM
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The Team needs to discuss more MMA. MMA and the UFC are huge in Edmonton and there are only two tv channels (The Score and Sportsnet) that even cover MMA. The current market is in desperate need of some good MMA coverage. I know one thing, the demand is there, people in Edmonton love this sport

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#95 OILER86
July 28 2009, 03:02PM
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Best of luck Bryn! As a person i think Bryn was a tremendous guy. Down to earth, knowledgable, and held 1260 together despite many obstacles along the way. On the other hand however, I had grown increasingly weary of the morning show in the past few months and that includes while Jake was still on. Bryn,in my humble opinion, is perfect for that saying in entertainment "love me or hate me...just don't LIKE me". I didn't feel strong enough one way or the other about what Bryn had to say everyday. I sometimes found him bland, almost in a 'mailing it in' sort of way. Onward and upward for The TEAM! The morning show will be fine.

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#96 Kung Pow
July 28 2009, 03:11PM
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Deans wrote:

The Team needs to discuss more MMA. MMA and the UFC are huge in Edmonton and there are only two tv channels (The Score and Sportsnet) that even cover MMA. The current market is in desperate need of some good MMA coverage. I know one thing, the demand is there, people in Edmonton love this sport

Not I. I have about as much interest in MMA as I do in soccer. Pretty much zero. I can deal with a segment talking about MMA, but anymore than that is too much.

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#97 OvenChicken8
July 28 2009, 03:22PM
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@ Kung Pow: Agreed 100%. I don't mind when Gregor talks about it here and there but I wouldn't listen to a show dedicated to it.

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#98 Librarian Mike
July 28 2009, 03:23PM
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Kung Pow wrote:

I have about as much interest in MMA as I do in soccer. Pretty much zero. I can deal with a segment talking about MMA, but anymore than that is too much.

Agreed. I'd rather watch the mouth-breathers fight outside Oil City, because after they're done dry-humping on the sidewalk they get tazed by the cops.

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#99 Deans
July 28 2009, 03:47PM
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Ah you guys are missing out! MMA is one of the sports that is simultanously methodical and explosive. It's kind of similar to hockey in that way. There is nothing more exciting than watching a great boxing or mma match with a few drinks and some good friends. But to each their own I suppose.

All I'm saying is that I'm 100% sure that there is a huge mma fanbase in Edmonton that doesnt get a chance to breakdown the sport they love. I dont think a combat sports only show would work in primetime, but it would be great to hear boxing or mma talk sprinkled in with the NHL, CFL and NFL talk.

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#100 ronaldo
July 28 2009, 03:48PM
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@ Tull: While maybe he doesn't have the on-air presence to carry a show, he would probably agree, he's great as a correspondent and I look forward to his segment each week. I would also be careful with those comments of yours, if you haven't heard he's running for mayor.

As for MMA coverage. A segment here and there is plenty, thank you very much. Could there be a more homoerotic sport? Two sweaty guys wrestling around on a mat watched, almost exclusively, by rooms full of other guys drooling at the man-on-top-of-man action. On top of it, their core audience is the type that fill in the breaks of "action" with stereotypical gay jokes, failing to grasp the irony. Now lumberjack competitions on the other hand- that is where the real men are.

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