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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 Team 1260.
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#51 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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#52 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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#53 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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#54 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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#55 MoeLemayStays
February 03 2011, 08:00PM
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Congrats Lowetide,

I'm sure you might be doing a few "where are they now" segments.

I'd really like to hear from some of the old Oiler "enemies" as well. I got to thinking of this today while watching Murzyn and Peplinkski doing interviews for the upcoming outdoor classic. Neil Sheehy, Joel Otto, Tim Hunter, Billy Smith, Ron Hextall were all public enemy #1 at one time or another. These guys played when there were rivalries that go beyond anything we see these days.

There's quite a few guys like these. I'd love to hear their perspective on what a battle it was to play against some of the great Oiler teams of the past.

I look forward to the show.

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#56 Jonathan Willis
February 03 2011, 08:02PM
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@Petr's Jofa

I'll be listening from B.C. Fort St. John to your St. John's.

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#57 treblecharger
February 03 2011, 08:07PM
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THIS IS AMAZING! Congrats to you Mr. Mitchell!! THE NATION ON RADIO!!!! This is gonna be epic!! Mmm...apple crisp.

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#58 Quicksilver ballet
February 03 2011, 08:12PM
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With the build up this received i have to say ON delivered on that promise.

Since you're doing the retro thing, will there be any old codgers guest hosting like Jim Matheson or Rod Phillips, more Brownlee perhaps?

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#61 treblecharger
February 03 2011, 08:18PM
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bookje is funny with the sell out gags! all these: - Podcast - Stan Weir doing the welcome bumper - glory stories (so much unknown!) - arguments about validity of statistical minutea! Are great ideas, sir. I am so IN! Knock 'em dead!

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#62 forestscooter
February 03 2011, 08:29PM
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@Jonathan Willis

Ouch... too bad.. Fort St John is not a very nice place. If you like sushi though they have a great sushi place (believe it or not).

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#63 Clay
February 03 2011, 08:41PM
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@forestscooter

I've got family in FSJ, and have eaten the sushi there, and can vouch that is much better than you'd expect.

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#64 Woodguy
February 03 2011, 08:43PM
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Excellent news sir!

I swear on a stack of bibles that I was mentioning to my wife not two days ago that I'd like to hear a LT radio show, and was going to ask about buying time on TEAM1260 and approaching you about doing it and selling the time.

*missed by that much*

/pipedream

Really look forward to listening.

Whereas you don't want a media pass to the games, I think that the TEAM1260 would be very, very well served by having you at the draft.

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#65 ronaldo
February 03 2011, 08:50PM
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Cool. I always enjoyed when Gregor or Stauffer had you on Lowetide/ Allan. I look forward to checking out the show.

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#66 forestscooter
February 03 2011, 09:01PM
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@Clay

In Retrospect I bashed FSJ .. I shouldn't. I've driven there many times because it has a "full sized" theater, lol. Great sushi.

If you have time though and are willing to drive in the daylight. Drive back towards Hudson's Hope. There is a look-out 20 minutes from FSJ it is amazing, the whole drive to HH is spectacular. Wildlife the likes you will never see other than in BC. The lookout in HH is also amazing. Then go back through Chetwynd and Dawson Creek, that drive also is very nice.

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#67 bigrroberto
February 03 2011, 09:06PM
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@NateInVegas wrote:

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..

Yes I have.

I've been plugging him since day 1. I watched him opening night, and a few games here and there. He's unbelievable and my pick for sure if we get the chance.

I don't care what people say about his size, he'll put on weight and when he does, look out.

What's this Red Deer, connection someone mentioned above LT?

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#68 Jonathan Willis
February 03 2011, 09:08PM
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I was born and raised in Fort St. John, and I've got a pretty good idea of the good ($, outdoors) and the bad (remote, small, dirty, though it's getting better).

And not only do they have a pretty good sushi place, but the Vietnamese restaraunt is shockingly good, if a little bit simple.

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#69 Jonathan Willis
February 03 2011, 09:10PM
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@ Lowetide:

I try to make it down a few times a year. If I'm in town, I'd be honoured to participate.

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#71 Team 1260
February 03 2011, 09:21PM
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Love that idea. I was just thinking that weekends on 1260 sucked, with all the Fox guys talking college basketball (just shoot me). Now for a brief window, something interesting will be on the radio in Edmonton Saturday afternoons. I'm on board with that.

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#72 bigrroberto
February 03 2011, 09:23PM
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Lowetide wrote:

I worked in Red Deer in the early 80s. CKGY (the country station) and CKRD (the top 40 station) for a couple of years. Played records at night over at Billy Bob's, met my wife there. Love Red Deer. Saw Ray Podloski play for the Rustlers there too, loved that old barn.

Is Patty's still there? That restaurant fed all the radio people back in the day. Inexpensive and lots, plus open all the time. :-)

Oh right on, I didn't know that. Then again I wasnt born until 85 (sorry if I just mad you feel old). Im sure my parents would recognize the name though.

Billy Bobs is still awesome, although I don't get out to the bar much with my work schedule.

Yes Patty's is still around. If I remember correctly it used to be on the north end in the same building as the bar Branlys. I could be wrong though, either way its not there anymore, but they still have a location open in Gasoline Ally. Still inexpensive good food 24hrs :D.

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#73 goldenhild
February 03 2011, 10:33PM
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LT I've learned a ton from you over the years, you helped raised the level of discourse on each of the messageboards and blogs you participared on, I'm sure u will do the same on sports radio as well. This couldn't happen to a more deserving person. Congrats.

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#74 Hemmertime
February 03 2011, 10:43PM
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Good luck Lowetide, however you're normally too polite on ON to make for an interesting radio personality if its the same. Plus, rebuttal of points with #'s is going to be boring and confusing.

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#75 A Sad Panda
February 03 2011, 10:50PM
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~ Hey LT, on your first show you should interview stan lee so we can learn more about this new guardian project*

*thanks the highest of powers, sir wanye, that there is no negative props

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#76 esa tikkanen
February 03 2011, 11:03PM
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Congratulations Lowetide, been reading your other blog for years while posting very little.

I look forward to the guests you bring in. I hope you won't let the fact JW is in FT. St. John stop you from interviewing him perhaps once a month on the phone for his take on various players and other issues he perhaps wrote about that week.

In addition, it will be interesting to hear if you interview the fine folk from Copper N Blue although I am not sure if they can refrain from swearing long enough to have an entire conversation on the radio.

In addition, I am particulary hopeful that you will give some radio time to Messrs. Staples and MacCurdey who in my opinion have most Oilers issues nailed more accurately than many more full time local sports analysts.

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#77 VicOiler
February 03 2011, 11:08PM
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This is great. Any chance the show will be released as a podcast ?

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#78 Archaeologuy
February 04 2011, 12:59AM
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This is excellent news. The TEAM needed more local content on the weekends and I can't think of a better way to get that.

Congrats to you and the Nation staff*

*by staff I of course mean the magic 8 ball that Wanye consults before every decision

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#79 EasyOil
February 04 2011, 03:21AM
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Great news LT! Do Team1260 broadcast on their website (and will it be available in the UK? I know that 630CHED is but not sure about the team). Being a UK hockey fan I know all about Tony Hand (well, a fair amount), even though I'm only 22 - absolute legend and such a shame he didn't want to stay in NA, could have been Britain's first born and bred hockey star. If the show isn't available in the UK, I agree with other posters that I hope you make podcasts available as I can't wait to listen in. You are the voice of reason on the Oilogosphere and, while every blogger has their detractors, the most respected.

As others have said, it would be fantastic if you could get bring together the likes of C&B, Cult of Hockey (Bruce McCurdy particularly is doing fantastic work for both sites), BDHS (although you might have to persuade him to leave out some of his personal-life stories ;)). I would say Coming Down The Pipe too but they already have their own spot, and OilField Hockey would have been good for the Barons updates but they've packed in at least temporarily. For Baron's updates I'd recommend regular airtime for Neal Livingston at C&B, he's great with his updates.

Once again, congrats LT.

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#80 Sheldon Oilers Fan for Life!!!
February 04 2011, 08:10AM
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Will the Saturday show be available on Podcast I am not available on Saturday?

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#81 freeze
February 04 2011, 08:17AM
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Awesome, Allan!! Congrats!! I can't wait for the podcast!

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#82 Ender
February 04 2011, 09:32AM
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Since Souray no longer rates weekday airtime, maybe we could call him up on a Nation Saturday and ask him what his plans are now that his hockey career is over.

Bwahahahahahahaha

Seriously, good stuff LT. I look forward to hearing you in person.

Hot tip: If anyone calls in and starts referring to themselves in the third person when offering their opinions, you'd be well-served to just hang up right away.

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#83 Quicksilver ballet
February 04 2011, 09:53AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Old codger?

Sounds like somebody needs a display of old man power. How about me tossing you around for fun at the TEAM studios? That's good radio.

Bellow that crusty exterior of yours Robin is a man that cares deeply about the color of the walls in your home. we know how much you love your fung shway...but if you're inviting me to the Palatial 1260 studios, sure, i'll bring the pizza, you bring the pops.

....are you still going to make it for your 10 am mani/pedicure appt tommorow Robin?

LT's still covering the costs, correct?

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#84 Clarkenstein
February 04 2011, 11:16AM
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Hey maybe this lead to a real job someday!! By the way, what do you want to be when you're finished growing out... er.... up?? Seriously, congrats!!

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#85 PerryK
February 04 2011, 12:01PM
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Congratulations, LT! I will be sure to tune in.

Hope you manage to have a little impact on the MSM. Patience and Logic are great weapons.

For any of you that may want to tune in using the interweb, http://cfrn.player.amri.ca/

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#86 Master Lok
February 04 2011, 12:21PM
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Wow great interview Lowetide! Although that Allan Mitchell guy looks like he has a face for radio and print. :)

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#87 RossCreekNation
February 04 2011, 12:35PM
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Congrats LT. Lookin forward. So is this something you were looking for (to take a break from ad sales & jump back on air) or did Wanye have to really twist your arm? I had assumed that if you wanted to be on the air before this, you could have been.

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#88 mikey
February 04 2011, 12:50PM
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"Congrats Mr Lowtide Mitchell! All those years working in the radio station & now you get to have the "glory" job ;)"

aka known as the lowecash side.

Two more hours without fox 'personalities' screeching like they're in a bar everyone would avoid. Cool.

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#89 Quicksilver ballet
February 04 2011, 01:16PM
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This Oilersnation radio program, will it be a regular season/playoff thing or is it intended to be a 50'ish week a year show?

Would be great if it expanded to a 3 hr program in time for next season, be nice to have something to listen to till Hockeycentral starts at 3 on Sportsnet.

Any truth to the rumour swirling that guests appearing on Oilersnation program will receive a 4oz bottle of copper and blue Glitter?

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#90 George B
February 04 2011, 02:04PM
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Congrats LT. Quite an evolution over time...I look forward to it.

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#91 mikey
February 04 2011, 06:21PM
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Can't resist the Costello reference in the title:

"I wanna bite the hand that feeds me I wanna bite that hand so badly I want to make them wish they'd never seen me."

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#92 Doughboy
February 06 2011, 03:43PM
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Make sure Team 1260 throws a podcast up there!

(can never listen Saturdays)

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