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Lowetide
February 03 2011 05:00PM

Good afternoon, Oilers Nation. We have a very special announcement.
 

The powers that be are always looking for innovative ways to reach out to Oilers nation. Edmonton Oiler fans are not only plentiful but also possess a strong appetite for information on the copper and blue. It is an extremely powerful group of people, with research suggesting the visitors to our site are employed, enjoy a higher than average income and have very little fear of being caught spending countless hours on this site during work hours (we peak just before noon many days).

One day not long ago, Wanye asked the question "where do we go from here?" The response was "pay your tab and get out it's 2AM" but it started Wanye on a journey that would pay off. Eventually, he was struck with an idea: move Oilers Nation to radio! Oiler talk from Oilers Nation every week! Wanye bought a suit and took the #43 bus to the studios of Team 1260 Radio. Once there, he gave brand director Ross MacLeod an overview of his idea: a weekly talk show that married the Oilers, the Oilers Nation web masses and Team 1260 Radio.

Nation Radio was born. Saturdays Noon to 2pm starting February 12th on Team 1260 Radio Edmonton. Oilers, NHL talk and a chance to share your opinion. Every week.

This is Allan Mitchell. He will host the weekly, two-hour show. The show will rely heavily on interviews and give fans a chance to re-live the Oilers glorious past, take a close look at the Oilers now and spend time looking forward to what will be a wonderful hockey club in the future. The major stories in the NHL each week will also be featured in the show's second hour. I sat down with Mr. Mitchell earlier today in order to get more information about the show and its format.

  • Lowetide: What are your qualifications for hosting the show? 
  • Allan Mitchell: I'd prefer an easier question.
  • Lowetide: Okay, what are you going to be talking about each week?
  • Allan Mitchell: The show will be a work in progress, but there are three main areas I'm hoping we can cover each week. First, the Oilers have a rich history and with each passing year there are more fans who don't know the legendary stories surrounding this team. The night Gretzky's plane took off for Winnipeg or Edmonton, or the 4,000 Boris Mironov stories that made the rounds back in the day. Lots of young Oiler fans don't know those stories, we'll make an effort to inform them while reminding old guys like me of the glory days. I bet there aren't 100 Oiler fans under 30 who know the legend of Tony Hand.
  • Lowetide: Plus you'll do stories on the current team?
  • Allan Mitchell: Sure. Actually, if you look at the current headlines on Oilers Nation over the last few days you'd get an excellent idea about the subject matter for the current team. Jason Gregor's Renney interview, or his insight on Dean Lombardi or even the painful Andrew Cogliano story. Or Robin Brownlee's item on the Kings being a possible trade partner for Steve Tambellini, that could be a portion of the show.
  • Lowetide: Will there be a chance for calls and emails?
  • Allan Mitchell: God, yes. Otherwise, you're going to be hearing my wife's apple crisp recipe by the third segment. It's excellent by the way.

  • Lowetide: Will you get into the "math of the blogosphere?" 
  • Allan Mitchell: If you mean will we talk about the issues that come out of Devan Dubnyk's save percentage making Nikolai Khabibulin's look like the Oilers are playing the wrong guy, yes. Yes we will. But you don't have to bring a slide rule to turn on the radio every Saturday at noon.
  • Lowetide: I asked this at the top, let me rephrase it: what makes you a good fit to host the show
  • Allan Mitchell: I believe the powers that be might be thinking that my blog posts (here and at Lowetide) cause people to express their own well thought out opinions. I've always tried to make sure people were respectful and have been rewarded with splendid posts from countless people over the years. Seriously. I view the game of hockey differently than I did before the internet arrived at my house because of the people who post on blogs. Lawyers, guys who own car dealerships, men, women, children. The blogosphere is still horribly misunderstood and I think the MSM remains very cynical about it. There are some very smart people out there who will make intelligent comments if given the opportunity. Maybe this new forum will be that outlet and maybe MSM will take notice about the wealth of quality input coming from the Oilers fanbase. I'll be the host, but the guests, calls and emails will be the star of the show.

  • Lowetide: Is this just an attempt to get a media pass to Oilers games?
  • Allan Mitchell: O God no. I'm an outsider. I don't belong with the main stream media. I'm a fan.

Mr. Mitchell appeared relaxed and composed during the interview but did not offer to pay for his drink.

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Lowetide has been one of the Oilogosphere's shining lights for over a century. You can check him out here at OilersNation and at lowetide.ca. He is also the host of Lowdown with Lowetide weekday mornings 10-noon on TSN 1260.
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#1 Sir Smoka Lottt
February 03 2011, 05:05PM
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Cool I’ll be fist to tune in>

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#2 BUCK75
February 03 2011, 05:07PM
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Congrats Mr Lowtide Mitchell! All those years working in the radio station & now you get to have the "glory" job ;)

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#3 Smytty777
February 03 2011, 05:10PM
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Congrats to both Lowetide and the Nation. Looking forward to the premier episode.

You will still be allowed to eat cheetos in your pajamas while on radio right?

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#5 Dominoiler
February 03 2011, 05:12PM
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Haha, nice.. congrats LT, on the new challenge ahead..

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#6 ubermiguel
February 03 2011, 05:13PM
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Very cool. Looking forward to some intelligent Oilers radio. Put it up as a podcast and I'll actually be able to listen.

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#7 Tha Legion
February 03 2011, 05:25PM
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Sweet Beans I don't know what is on radio on Saturdays normally but I think it's football and that bugs me gratz gang, ever going to have Nationeers on the show? perhaps a stand up comedian cough cough wheeze???

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#8 Dean Belanger
February 03 2011, 05:26PM
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Nicely done.

One question? How old is that picture? :)

Good luck

Dean

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#9 Wax Man Riley
February 03 2011, 05:27PM
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That is great LT! Are you really Allan Mitchell? Can I still call you Lowetide?

This is a great idea and I am looking forward to tuning in. A great compliment to my first 2 hours of work every Saturday.

All the best! And i will be sure to be calling in

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#10 MattL
February 03 2011, 05:37PM
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@Tha Legion

Hey Tha Legion, do I know you?

GREAT NEWS LOWETIDE!

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#11 bam83
February 03 2011, 05:39PM
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Awesome, I'll be tuning in every week! Congrats guys.

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#12 Shapeman
February 03 2011, 05:40PM
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sweet right after the pipeline show I'll have something else to listen on Saturdays! =)

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#13 book¡e
February 03 2011, 05:41PM
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Nice job LT - I am excited for you and for the Nation! Thrilled really!

When is Wayne going to announce his 'big thing' though? I am still hoping that we are going to get a Playable Oilers Nation Pac Man Logo game at the top of the blog!

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#14 Tha Legion
February 03 2011, 05:42PM
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@MattL you should I'm freaking famous!

Disclaimer: I am in no way shape or form famous, someone did ask me for my autograph once but I think they were a collection agency

My name is Steve

Edit: after looking at your profile I see you are Matt Lisac, yes I do know you we are doing a show together in 2 hours.

Edit Edit: If anyone wants to see MattL and myself perform comedy we will be at Yuk Yuks tonight starting at 7:30, you can pick up free tickets under the name Steve Schulte

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#15 Bucknuck
February 03 2011, 05:44PM
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woo hoo!! Good radio on the weekends!? Wonders will never cease. I am very happy to hear this news. Congratulations to a very deserving fellow.

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#16 grantload
February 03 2011, 05:58PM
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Congrats Mr. Mitchell, you deserve this gig and I look forward to tuning in!

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#17 Adam D
February 03 2011, 06:01PM
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Will the radio show be available for download somewhere for those of us either out of reach of 1260's powerful radio waves, or simply unavailable during the timeslot?

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#18 BadSeed
February 03 2011, 06:02PM
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Looking forward to the show. Will you also be speaking the third person there? :)

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#19 Arby
February 03 2011, 06:03PM
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Bwahaha "This is Allan Mitchell." "This is Stan Weir."

Ranks right behind "In the begining....", and "It was the best of times.......", but it's ahead of "Once upon a time"

Your calling card for sure. Great stuff.

Will this 'radio' cast be archived anywhere? Or could you pull some strings with your old Red Deer connections to get it on the skwokbox down here?

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#20 Fred Fox
February 03 2011, 06:05PM
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LT count me among the 100. I do know the legend of Tony Hand. (Yes I am that old)

FF

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#21 book¡e
February 03 2011, 06:06PM
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other shows on 1260 are available by podcast, so I suspect this one will be as well - if not, I would suggest you email 1260 and tell them that the Nation demands this or else we will fill the streets with a million man march and topple the powers that be (I really have to stop reading the international news).

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#22 book¡e
February 03 2011, 06:06PM
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LT - you did some on air Radio stuff previously - correct?

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#23 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 03 2011, 06:07PM
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Sounds a bit like the Sienfeld pilot.

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#24 book¡e
February 03 2011, 06:08PM
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Tha Legion wrote:

@MattL you should I'm freaking famous!

Disclaimer: I am in no way shape or form famous, someone did ask me for my autograph once but I think they were a collection agency

My name is Steve

Edit: after looking at your profile I see you are Matt Lisac, yes I do know you we are doing a show together in 2 hours.

Edit Edit: If anyone wants to see MattL and myself perform comedy we will be at Yuk Yuks tonight starting at 7:30, you can pick up free tickets under the name Steve Schulte

This is hilarious - I wonder how many of us know one another but don't know that we know one another.

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#25 MattL
February 03 2011, 06:12PM
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Bookie, are you my bookie??!!?!?!?!1

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#26 Arby
February 03 2011, 06:13PM
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You mean you have a star on the sidewalk in front of YukYuks with tickets hidden under it? You are famous.

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#29 Lofty
February 03 2011, 06:16PM
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Will the show be on the Teams pod cast list?

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#30 David S
February 03 2011, 06:17PM
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Way to go Low...errr...Alan. Congrats. It's been a long time coming.

It would sure be nice if you could swing an archive of your show here at ON. You know, for those of us who may not get outta bed until some time around 2:00 on any given Saturday.

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#31 jake
February 03 2011, 06:19PM
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Adam D wrote:

Will the radio show be available for download somewhere for those of us either out of reach of 1260's powerful radio waves, or simply unavailable during the timeslot?

Congrats to you Lowetide. I am thinking there may be some pretty good subject matter on these shows, should be fun.

If you have access to a computer, listen online, works great for me and I am some few thousand kms out of reach. Speaking of which, LT, could you please move this program up or back a few hours...will be smack in middle of my Saturdays....kidding :) .

Just to add to your comment on smart hockey people. I personally have learned a ton of hockey knowledge reading the Oiler blogs over the last couple of years. I've realized I knew jack about the game before getting addicted to these damn sites. Good stuff Oil fans out there.

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#32 Wanyes bastard child
February 03 2011, 06:26PM
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Perfect face for radio :P

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#33 DSF
February 03 2011, 06:26PM
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Math on the radio!

Well, I never....

And back to the bowels of Sunwapta Broadcasting. Does Art Canard still walk the halls when the lights are dimmed?

Seriously, though, should be good radio.

All the best.

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#35 pelhem grenville
February 03 2011, 06:33PM
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... my gawd man it's about freaking time ...

many good wishes every success for you sir

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#36 The Real Scuba Steve
February 03 2011, 06:36PM
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Would Oiler management have any part of production or suggestions on topics on your show?

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#37 IceDragoon
February 03 2011, 06:40PM
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It's about time.

I mean...

Great stuff, LT. I'm looking forward to listening.

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#38 book¡e
February 03 2011, 06:45PM
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@MattL

No, but I might be your Prof... or perhaps your gynecologist... or maybe your dealer...

Note - I am definitely not some of those things...

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#41 Jonathan Willis
February 03 2011, 06:50PM
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Congrats, LT.

And give yourself some credit - there must be more than 100 of us that read something you've written on Tony Hand.

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#42 forestscooter
February 03 2011, 06:57PM
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Congrats ! Love team1260 I live almost 3 hours from edmonton but spend countless hours on the highway listening to scratchy sometimes 'unhearable' on the oilers and eskies. The more the merrier.

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#43 Retired Secret Agent
February 03 2011, 06:59PM
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Lowtide, Excellent news. I look forward to hearing your stories and insights to our beloved Oilers. Oh yeah..!!!!

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#44 book¡e
February 03 2011, 07:01PM
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LT's next series of Posts now that he joins the MSM!

"Khabibulin, MVP or Super MVP?"

"Why the Oilers need a New Arena!"

"Tambellini the Decider"

"JFJ, A progressing work in progress that demonstrates the value of a patient GM and President of Hockey Operations"

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#45 @NateInVegas
February 03 2011, 07:02PM
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Will there be discussions about the Oilers 1st overall pick in 2011?( It might generate some debate your welcome)

Anyone watched RNH play live lately?

10 pts in 4 games this week..

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#46 BarryS
February 03 2011, 07:18PM
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Any chance of interviews with some of the guys from the Glory and not so glory years?

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#47 IceDragoon
February 03 2011, 07:35PM
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@Lowetide

Haha.

You may be able to twist my arm during or shortly after TC, while we're still drunk with the anticipation of a new season.

;-D

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#48 I tried it at home
February 03 2011, 07:40PM
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Im fairly new to all this but I do want to ask, why are you wearing a Colorado Avalanche jersey in fron of the Gretzky statue? :P

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#49 Harlie
February 03 2011, 07:51PM
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man, what's with the Katzian empire that Wanye is building? I am beginning to think that the hovel under high level bridge that Wanye currently lives in is actually the secret entrance to his all Oilers all the time bat lair.

I am picturing him to look like Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing but instead of a typewriter around his neck and 20" cigarette sticking out of his mouth, he has a 1982 commodore strapped to his neck and a bag of synthetic hemp with an electronic cigarette sticking out of his mouth.

Movin on up...movin on up!

Hey Wanye, don't forget us little guys when they add you to the Hall in the media wing*!

*refers to the Commercial hotel men's washroom

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#50 Petr's Jofa
February 03 2011, 07:52PM
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Congrats.

I can't wait to hear you broadcasting from the crystal gondola in the palatial main studios of the team 1260.

I'll be tuning in on line from St. John's, so all you need is someone from BC to make your show heard Coast to Coast.

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