RADIO GA-GA: TWO AT THE TOP

Robin Brownlee
July 29 2013 08:33PM

I usually don't put a lot of stock in the polls that David Staples runs over at the Cult of Hockey at The Edmonton Journal. In fact I sometimes mock them, but the results Staples is getting today for his latest question – Who is Edmonton's top sports radio host? – confirm what I already know.

That is, simply put, when it comes to the gift of gab in this market, Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED and Jason Gregor of TEAM 1260, both of whom I've had the good fortune to share the booth with as a co-host, sit at the top of Edmonton's radio heap. Then, there's everybody else – Allan Mitchell, Jason Strudwick and Mark Spector of 1260 and Dan Tencer of CHED. You can review the latest results of the poll here.

Stauffer, the uber-connected host of Oilers Now on CHED, and Gregor, who somehow fills four hours a day, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with quality yakity-yak despite having a certified windshield technician as one of his co-hosts, will no doubt lead the poll from wire-to-wire. No surprise there, even though Stauffer and Gregor are as different as night and day in terms of style.

Both, however, obviously hit notes that resonate with Edmonton's radio audience. And both, as any good radio host tends to do, have their fair share of critics. Anything in between love and hate, as in the dreaded "like," isn't what drives big numbers in the radio game.

WHAT YOU SAY

Here's a sampling of comments posted along with the poll in The Journal. To see them all, click on the link I provided in the first paragraph.

Randy: Gregor is pretty good too, but for me, he says "you know" every 30 seconds. I've often that would be a fun drinking game. Nah, everyone would be hammered within the hour:)

Todd: Tencer is just ok. Far from good enough to justify the way he treats people. He also lost all favour with the fans when he basically lobbied on air for the downtown arena and anything else on the Katz agenda. Tencer also works for Katz, and this has no credibility as a broadcaster. Tencer also scored his gf, a oilers puck (vicarious much) a high profile gig in radio. The guys too young and too shady.

Peter: Sad that Allen Mitchell had to manipulate poll by begging people to vote for him. On a hockey site Stauffer should win...His show is all hockey. Best host, and most well-rounded is Gregor. He has a sports show that talks every sport, and he can talk them all. I find he is the best interviewer by far. He and Stauffer are the two best, but IMO Gregor is the best sports host. Bob is hockey.

John: I have a real hard time listening to CHED from 6-9 pm. That is a terrible time if you have kids. I wish they would put a show up against 1260 in that 9-12 am evening slot. As far as Jason Strudwick's show, I wish he would spend 90% of his time talking Oiler hockey instead of 90% of his time joking with Majeau. If CHED even aired a repeat of Oiler lunch around that night slot, they would own it. Bob Stauffer is definitely the best in the City. Vancouver does sports talk radio seven days a week, 360 days a year and we have far more interested fans here. I would like to see at least one more nigh time sports show in Edmonton for sure. Staples maybe???

WHAT I SAY

Stauffer, who gave me the chance to co-host his show when he was at TEAM 1260 before he moved over to CHED as the analyst to play-by-play man Rod Phillips on game nights, is easily the most connected media guy in the city – newspapers, radio and TV – and it’s not close.

For those who point out Stauffer should be the most connected, considering he works for the Oilers, that was the case BEFORE he moved from 1260 over to CHED (with a stint on both at the same time when he was doing Oilers Lunch on the TEAM and game nights on CHED).

Stauffer gets the dope because he goes after it by talking to GMs, agents and hockey ops people around the NHL, not because he gets it handed to him by team management, as his critics insist. You don't have to like it or believe it, but that doesn't make it less so.

As for Gregor, I think he's the best interviewer in the city, and by a pretty healthy margin. He's always prepared because he puts the work in, and he's quick on his feet – if an interview takes an unexpected turn, as they often do, he'll shift gears seamlessly.

More times than I can count, often as I'm listening in as I'm driving to the studio or a live location for my 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. segment, Gregor has rattled off an interview that has me locked on the dial. Gregor knows how to tell a story. Just as important, he knows when to let his guests tell their story without feeling the need to jump in and gum it up with what he thinks.

The other thing with Gregor is he's the straight goods. What you hear is what you get. While it’s a rule of thumb that conflict and differing opinions make for good radio, I don't remember Gregor taking a position on an issue he didn't believe in just to generate calls or drive ratings. Integrity, what a concept.

There are plenty of reasons Stauffer and Gregor are top of the heap.

WHILE I'M AT IT . . .

The landscape of Edmonton sports radio has changed a lot over the last decade and more changes are in store.

. . . I fully expect we'll see TEAM 1260 re-branded as TSN 1260 in the not-too-distant future now that Bell Media has bought in.

. . . Don't be surprised if SPORTSNET becomes a player on the local radio airwaves as well. Word is, they're after an AM property (maybe CKUA) to compete with TSN.

. . . 630 CHED is the rights holder for Oiler broadcasts for the upcoming season and then the deal is up for renewal. Both TSN (1260) and SPORTSNET, if they draw in, will contest those rights.

. . . 630 CHED has some work to do to fill the void left by Tencer, who is leaving Inside Sports in the evening for a morning talk/news slot. Say what you want about Tencer – I certainly have from time to time -- he's built an impressive resume in a big hurry.

. . . Strudwick is proof you don’t have to have the slickest delivery or good hair to make waves on the wireless. Like John Short, Strudwick can spin a story, even if he butchers names and the English language. TEAM 1260 got it right giving him the late night slot.

Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show 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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#1 Johe
July 29 2013, 08:47PM
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Gregor understands that the interview is not about him, it's about the person being interviewed. It's that simple.

And I like that you threw in a compliment to Tencer. Classy. Thumbs up.

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#2 Cory mercer
July 29 2013, 09:01PM
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Gregor's charity work is what sets him apart. His love of lacrosse also is a huge plus in my eyes.

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#3 Smokey
July 29 2013, 09:02PM
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Good on Stauf to be close to first. I call him the Oiler propoganda minister. He's slipped since the Team days. He was gold back then in his pre neutered no holds bared Ched dayz. I barely listen to him much anymore.

Gregor is the best interviewer, but I realize he is half what he was after the Fraser divorce. Him and Fraser were simply must listen gold before I went to bed. No one can deny Fras was the best sidekick. Best episode was the drunk one, still laugh about him and Meg tanked on the air. Pure gold.

Favorite for me has always been Corey Graham. Some of the best insights. Loved him when Fras rode shotgun. I remember the odd summer night when their was nothing to talk about and it was an hour about movies, TV, pop culture.

Lowetide is rocking it these days. Huge fan. He might usurp Corey Graham in due time.

Tenser. Everytime I accidently turn on Ched, and hear that voice I just about loose it. Good riddance.

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#4 Oilcruzer
July 29 2013, 09:21PM
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Used to hate Tencer, but that's getting old. He's showing signs of getting it and maturing. Might have potential.

Stauffer, Lowetide, Gregor are the Top 3 in my book. Probably in that order, too much of any is no good.

National airwaves, Dan Patrick is by far and away the benchmark. Can't believe I used to listen to Jim Rome. He's embarrassing now.

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#5 Ray
July 29 2013, 09:27PM
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I'm sorry guys, but I think the most knowledgable, intellectual , and interesting one is Marc Spector!!!!!!...by a country mile!!

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#6 Ted Sheckler
July 29 2013, 09:36PM
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Gregor hands down #1. Gives his honest opinion. Can take sports and subjects that dont interest me in the leadt and make them entertaining. When interviewing someone from a small organization, sport or group adks them stuff specifically about them not generic questions, you can tell hes done research.

Stauffer was ok at 1260 unlistenable since he went to ched. Might as well be the jj hebert show. You have to be able to report honestly if you want me to pay attention. I'll read the oilers press releases and get my propagand from the horses mouth if I want BS.

Only entertainment I got from tencer was listening to him take calls from that east indian guy and try to decide who was less intelligent.

I like Strudwick when he talks about anything other than the oilers. Unfortuanaty hes in a town where 90% of content is oilers. I understand it would be hard to call out flaws in your former organization or team mates but give me a break you have to call a spade a spade at some point.

Alan Mitchel is getting better on the mic. He always has good content.

Neilson and Fraser - cant listen to anyone laugh at their own jokes, over and over

I would like to hear Guy Flaming given more time. Maybe working with lowtide.

I miss John Short

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#7 michael
July 29 2013, 09:39PM
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Die hard sports fan ,radio is tuned to Bob and Gregor when I am home during the day. Tencer occasionaly. Struds is growing on me. His style is unusual. I like Lowetide. He appeals to the stat guy in me.

The radio scene for me is one where a sports fan can dial into everyday and get a dose of almost anything. From Oilers to Oil Kings to Eskimos and Golden Bears. Each radio host is a little different.

Bob Stauffer is the guy. In this market Bob is the guy. He is the gy to look to for anything Oiler. And in Edmonton that makes him the guy. His style. Honesty. Integrity. Clarity. No BS. Makes him the guy.

Gregor is the next guy. He may be number 1A but he is what for me defines class.He continues to clear the decks and pony up his valuable time for this cities many charities. No other host/show shows the kind of altruism that Gregor displays on a regular basis. He would sell himself body and soul if it meant he could raise money for a good cause. The guy has imo the biggest heart. His Mom and Dad should be proud. His show is sports radio at its best. The media wags in Toronto wish they had 2 guys with as much class and integrity as Stauffer and Gregor.

Lastly. Congrats to Tencer. His style was not always to my liking but he has grown on me in the past 7 years. I wish him the best in his new role.

lastly lastly. That 6-9 slot is open Robin? Just you to know.

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#8 Starving Student
July 29 2013, 09:40PM
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If team becomes tsn 1260, what happens to Spector's show? As long as Nielson doesn't come back to the lunch hour, all is good.

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#9 Eddie Shore
July 29 2013, 09:43PM
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I can't stand when Fraser says "in that". He over uses that phrase to the point where I am forced to flip the Ipod on. Other than that, I usually enjoy the morning show as Rishaug is pretty plugged in(or at least appears to be) and Nielson isn't scared to give his opinion. I listen to 1260 all day except for the noon hour - I can't stand Spector. Stauffer gets my ears until 2. I think both stations do a great job as I can usually find something to listen to that appeals to me.

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#10 michael
July 29 2013, 10:01PM
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Radio is relevant because its live and its now. That is why I enjoy shows like Stauffers and Gregors. Its not contrived. Its not product. Its live. Interactive. Its real. At 48 years old some of my best memories are listening to John short back in the day. Cold winter nights tuned into 1260 with Rod Phillips and Jim Matheson. Radio is for me a medium that will always be relevant.

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#11 jonny94
July 29 2013, 10:02PM
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I love Lowetide and I love all the blogs he writes he's always grabbing my attention.

I also pay attention to Gregor daily, and his perspective on the Oilers are always undeniably true, even if you don't agree with him. His show is always great to tune into.

Stauffer is cool to tune into but he seems reserved like he can't speak his mind when it comes to the Oilers but that's just my opinion.

Gregor, Lowetide, Stauffer are the 3 I listen to daily and the 3 I prefer in that order.

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#12 teddydubbs
July 29 2013, 10:05PM
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Nice article, Mr. Brownlee. Gregor's interviews are very, very good. I also really like his passion for all sports, not just hockey. He covers a lot of amateur sport, which is so important for those athletes and organizations that really need the kind of coverage that he can provide. I have learned a lot about all kinds of sports thanks to his show.

On a similar note, Mark Spector had a really good show today, mainly showcasing local baseball, and it conjured up really good memories of my Dad taking me to Trapper games when I was a kid. It's something I plan on doing again with my Dad, and eventually with children of my own. Another good example of why local sports, other than hockey, are important.

Nielson and Fraser interact with their audience better than most. The show is fun, and while I like the overall silliness, they both know their stuff and it's a good way to get my day started.

I'll finish by also saying, without trying to blow sunshine up your backside, not to sell yourself short Robin! I think Oilersnation looks forward to tuning in Wednesdays and Thursdays to hear your take on things, and to keep Gregor in check. Not bad for a certified windshield technician!

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#13 Tim in Kelowna
July 29 2013, 10:10PM
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Stauffer is knowledgable and he makes for good radio, but I prefer Spec so I rarely tune into Bob's show. It's nice having a guy in the know dropping hints about potential upcoming moves, but I can read about those online.

While I respect that Tencer has built up a nice resume for such a young guy, I can't stand him. His petty crusade against the Canucks is embarrassing as an Oilers fan.

Gregor is the man. He has the most entertaining show with the best co-hosts and producers. I'm not sure how he manages to fill 4 hours, but it's good radio from start to finish. Plus, no one gives back more to the community than Gregor.

All in all, there are a ton of good options for listeners in this city.

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#14 toprightcorner
July 29 2013, 10:11PM
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Gregor is the most rounded with his sports, knowledgeable and speaks his mind even if it is against popular opinion or calling out a team if need be. He would rather try to be right then please people.

Gregor's charity work puts him head and shoulders above the rest.

Bob was fine at 1260 but not a fan since he went to CHED, to much of a homer host. I don't listen to CHED at all anymore, I wish 1260 would have a local show on at 6 pm instead of that crap Primetime Sports, Bob McGowan is a moron along with his co-hosts. That is the only reason I change to CHED is if I am in by car between 6pm and 9pm.

CHED is not a sports station just a talk station with some sports 1260 is a true sports station and I will always support that.

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#15 Geoff
July 29 2013, 10:16PM
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I don't think it matters too much who is better then the other because the thing I think makes the radio hosts like Gregs and Stauffer good is that they genuinely give a $%#% about and like talking Oilers and don't come off as some leetist jackass with an attitude in the process.

I mean the leetist jackass's can be funny at times when they make fun of people who deserve the criticism (( aka. Vancouver lol )) but I found it gets old real quick so hats off if either of them or Struds read this comment :)

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#16 Pouzar99
July 29 2013, 10:18PM
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Pretty good assessment Robin. No question Stauffer has the best sources and therefore the newsiest show. When he talks about something being possible or likely regarding the Oilers, I assume he has a concrete reason to say so because he is often right. Unfortunately his comments about the arena and his owner-worshipping during the lockout were embarrassing to listen to. In addition he all but chased MacTavish out of town and was largely wrong about him as a coach IMHO. He is also loath to admit when he gets something wrong. How many years did it take before he finally admitted that the Oilers goofed by not re-signing Glencross? Despite those flaws I still often listen in because he is so well informed. Gregor is very good and more likeable, but not as plugged in. Tencer was fairly good, if a little too full of himself. When it comes to writing about the Oilers, Gregor is again, quite good, but my favourite is Jonathan Willis. He writes about the team with a studied objectivity and, like Lowetide, excels in stats-based analysis. I am not sure I can see JW on talk radio however as one suspects he does not suffer fools gladly.

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#17 Pouzar99
July 29 2013, 10:18PM
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Pretty good assessment Robin. No question Stauffer has the best sources and therefore the newsiest show. When he talks about something being possible or likely regarding the Oilers, I assume he has a concrete reason to say so because he is often right. Unfortunately his comments about the arena and his owner-worshipping during the lockout were embarrassing to listen to. In addition he all but chased MacTavish out of town and was largely wrong about him as a coach IMHO. He is also loath to admit when he gets something wrong. How many years did it take before he finally admitted that the Oilers goofed by not re-signing Glencross? Despite those flaws I still often listen in because he is so well informed. Gregor is very good and more likeable, but not as plugged in. Tencer was fairly good, if a little too full of himself. When it comes to writing about the Oilers, Gregor is again, quite good, but my favourite is Jonathan Willis. He writes about the team with a studied objectivity and, like Lowetide, excels in stats-based analysis. I am not sure I can see JW on talk radio however as one suspects he does not suffer fools gladly.

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#18 Kevrock
July 29 2013, 10:26PM
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Gregor is THE man. Bob is connected like you say and it's hard to not listen to what he say's. In all this we're so much in agreement, My question then is why you block me on twitter when we disagree? Conversation is good right? I never complain about these things but it did (does) bug me as you and Large are the two guys I grew up reading...Hope you reconsider that opinion. Cheers

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#21 Rob...
July 29 2013, 10:39PM
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I'm pro-arena but anti-Stauffer. Having Katz's mouthpiece threaten the city of Edmonton on air for over a month was too much. It will take a major Oilers winning streak to see me head back to 630 for the lunch hour.

With Rome being replaced by Allan Mitchell I have no problems leaving the radio on one station for the full workday.

Speaking of which, Robin, you've come a long way in comfort level on the radio. Even when running solo you seem to be finding the right thing to say quicker and are better able to react to lulls in conversation. Perhaps you're the reason Tencer decided to give up on hosting a sports radio show. ;)

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#22 Pat Hughes' CCM
July 29 2013, 10:46PM
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I enjoy Gregors show, best in town as far as I'm concerned. Mark Spector is like Jonathon Willis for me theres no middle ground I agree fully or strongly disagree, so I listen whenever I can and I read everything I can. One thing I dont like in 1260 is too many paid segments passed off as interviews thats when I change the channel. I know thats what pays the bills but more than once a business is too much. P.S Dont let the door hit you on the way outta sports journalism Dan.

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#23 Fatbob24
July 29 2013, 10:52PM
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Ray wrote:

I'm sorry guys, but I think the most knowledgable, intellectual , and interesting one is Marc Spector!!!!!!...by a country mile!!

You know that sarcasm is lost in translation right?

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#25 Butters
July 29 2013, 11:02PM
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Is it me, or does Gregor look a little like Elvis Costello?

I voted in the poll just for giggles and I picked LoweTide. It was pretty close between him and Jason Gregor. Both are top-shelf in my books. I gave LT the vote because I have yet to hear him talk about MMA.

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#27 naky
July 29 2013, 11:07PM
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Like 'em all except Dan. A brown nosing shill nobody can stand except the bosses who love to have a good, quality Yes Man around who'll do whatever's asked of him. This is a guy who might be able to climb the ranks with the bosses but he's winning no fans across the airwaves and eventually he may pay that bill and find he's short.

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#28 Hoos
July 29 2013, 11:10PM
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Brownlee,

The issue as always with 1260 is their bandwith and range. 630 CHED is heard clear as a bell in downtown Calgary and far up north. The same isn't true for 1260. Moving the rights will limit the Oilers' market, unless the station or the Oilers' radio network makes deals with smaller communities.

I for one welcome some more sports talk radio in the Edmonton market, but count me AGAINST replacing CKUA as the station. There's too much history with that network as well as a valid public service. That said, anyone using CKUA's network would reach the entire province, and that could counteract some of the CHED advantage.

One final note: even though I'm a young(ish) man, I've been listening to both Gregor and Stauffer since the days of "Just a Game" and "Total HOCKEY". For my money, Gregor became a major player when he interviewed Donovan Bailey. Listening to that interview, I hoped he would move on to bigger and better things. It was awesome.

As for Stauffer, nothing and I mean NOTHING has come close to his Monday, "Edmonton Sports Media Roundtable" on the old Total Sports. Stauffer, Spector, Rishaug, sometimes Millar, sometimes you ... that was the best half hour in Edmonton sports radio every week. Sadly, it's seemingly gone forever.

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#29 Butters
July 29 2013, 11:14PM
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I think a shout out is in order for the Team 1260's producers. Meg Storm, L.T. Eric, and the rest, all of them seem to add a little extra to the shows imo.

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#31 Harlie
July 29 2013, 11:21PM
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630 Ched has become unlistenable other than Stauffers show.

Whitey in the morning was smoother and better then Bowie.

Rutherford is 10x better than any of the crap that Primeau and Grose has done.

Tender I give props for his career trajectory at an early age but his humor and condescending bravado bullcrap makes him sound childish and egotistical.

I've adjusted to Jack Michaels but he still is a pale shadow of Rod Philips.

And don't get me started on Esks broadcasts and that delicious monotone delivery that painfully has replaced Brian Halls bubbling energy filled game calling.

Over all 630 Ched has gone nothing but downhill in the past 5 years while 1260 has sharpened things up and seems to be firing on all cylinders right now.

I laugh at the thought of Tencer and Grose trying to fill Rutherfords shoes and placate his predominantly older conservative audience, like my Dad for example. He used to have 630 on lock, all day all night. He even had it rigged up that he could listen for the 6 months him and Ma spend in AZ. But in the past year he has thrown in the towel on 630 and I'm sure he ain't alone.

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#32 Dean Belanger
July 29 2013, 11:22PM
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Nice move pulling that quote Robin. Real class act. I've often heard you're as dickish as you sound and that confirms it for me. Al has done a great job on his show whether you like it or not. He and his "fancy stats" may not be for everyone but he is a nice man who works his ass off. Your a real team player seeing that you share this blog and the Team airwaves with him.

Dean

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#33 Mike
July 29 2013, 11:25PM
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Tencer is the smartest of all. Keep in mind that he is only 27 and already with an impresive resume. When staufford was 27 he was tree planting.

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#34 Bushed
July 29 2013, 11:31PM
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Although he doesn't have his own show, Rob Brown is a guy I can listen to all day about anything hockey. His analysis is objective, measured, even, interesting, and insightful. I think he's better than any of the analysts on CBC or elsewhere on TV.

I drive several hours to get home after Oilers games, so the post-game show is always on my car radio. I listen closely to everything Rob Brown has to say, and am usually interested in most of what Stauffer has to say (although I don't always agree), but Tencer is way out of his league with those two guys. His attitude, arrogance, and lack of maturity don't add a thing to the shows--he just draws attention to his lack of experience and lack of knowledge about the game. He should be forced to do penance by sharing a 3 hour timeslot with Bryan Hall as a co-host.

TSN and Sportsnet radio in Edmonton will be interesting--never hurts to have more coverage and competition.

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#35 Butters
July 29 2013, 11:31PM
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It looks like Jason Gregor is ahead in that poll by a hair.

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#37 Dean Belanger
July 29 2013, 11:40PM
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Where is the example of the positive comment regarding Lowetide? If I missed it them I'm sorry for my over reaction

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#38 Steve
July 30 2013, 12:01AM
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Dean Belanger wrote:

Nice move pulling that quote Robin. Real class act. I've often heard you're as dickish as you sound and that confirms it for me. Al has done a great job on his show whether you like it or not. He and his "fancy stats" may not be for everyone but he is a nice man who works his ass off. Your a real team player seeing that you share this blog and the Team airwaves with him.

Dean

What is your issue?

Lowetide was the only host who asked people to vote for him. It was classless, and showed insecurity in my books.

Stauffer had Staples on his show, and never once said vote for him. Gregor didn't even mention it on his show.

Those two let people decide, rather than try to influence them and get a few extra votes. It was bushleague for Lowetide to ask people to help him win. You complaining about Brownlee is pointing the finger at the wrong person.

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#40 Gerald R. Ford
July 30 2013, 12:09AM
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Pre-bought-and-paid-for Stauffer pwns that poll. By a lot. I really miss that guy. Total Sports was everything Oilers Now isn't—fun, controversial, and unpredictable. By taking the money and silencing that pirate radio voice, he's sort of leveled the playing field by mere attrition. It's basically a sea of "Meh." now.

Tencer is very good at getting noticed, I'll give him that. He's also extremely (and surprisingly) patient with, and polite to, his callers. I just wish he'd grow up and lose the smirking frat boy attitude. Also, a kid out of high school who rockets up the corporate ladder that fast doesn't do so unless Daddy makes a lot of calls to his friends. I'm sure everyone else in that poll knows the story behind this, but, no one's talking, sadly...

Gregor gets high marks for his charity work, and he's very prepared for his interviews. He also tries very hard to add some diversity to his portfolio, actually covering more than one sport. I'd say Gregor's show is more personal sweat, blood and tears than anything else on the Edmonton airwaves. One can tell that he works very hard to make his show succeed. Unfortunately, he's nowhere near as connected as those other two, and I find him a bit abrasive with anyone who even slightly challenges his views. He plays the condescension card rather quickly. Not that some people don't deserve that, I suppose, but he often sounds overly defensive if challenged at all.

Spector was great as Bob's sidekick. Like Hank Kingsley to Larry Sanders.

Lowetide: very nice guy, extremely knowledgeable, and excellent taste in the womenz. I'll always have time for him.

Robin: I will never, ever, walk across your lawn.

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#41 Steve
July 30 2013, 12:36AM
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@Gerald R. Ford

Stauffer is definitely the most connected guy to the Oilers in town, not close.

You are way off-base saying Gregor has no connections though. The difference is he doesn't seem to pump out his connections.

Did you see his article the night before Gagner signed. He said three year deal with them splitting up the NMC. I read it and thought no chance a player would agree to that, but then it happened and a three-year deal.

I've found listening to his show and reading his stuff he subtly hints at stuff, and often many of it happens. He's also more connected to the Eskimos and Rush than anyone.

I know everyone focuses on hockey, and while Stauffer is most connected there, I find Gregor is connected in every sport.

I don't care if my radio host breaks stories, I want a guy who knows how to talk about the key points and find the angle I didn't think about. To me that is Gregor's best strength. He does it in interviews all the time.

I think we are lucky to have Stauffer and Gregor for 6 hours a day. No other city has two hosts that come close. I listen to lots of shows on line and none match those two gents. Bob and Jason thanks for making sports radio so great.

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#42 Crispy
July 30 2013, 12:40AM
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I'd be interested to see a "best blog article writer" poll.

For me it would be Lowetide, and then everyone else. No offence!

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#43 Mr common sense
July 30 2013, 12:58AM
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Tencer is a tool, whiny and arrogant. The type of kid you'd pummel in the playground. On the plus side, he has good tempo to his voice, doesn't speak too fast like Bob or with awkward pauses like Gregor

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#44 ShanePong
July 30 2013, 02:31AM
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Bob is the best, the most connected and has really good guests. I just wish he could "open the kimono" more. He knows way more than he says, so it's fun to listen and try to read between the lines.

I could not stand Tencer for the longest time, but he grew on me. I looked forwad to his 6-9 slot.

Gregor... I listened all the time... But not so much anymore. I enjoy when he has "good" guests on (Brownlee, Rashag, Spec, Brian Lawton etc) but I think he struggles to fill 4 hours. (It must be incredibly hard) I really notice when he asks a question to a guest and they answer in long form, which covers many fasits of the conversation, then Gregor (who obviously wasn't listening) asks the next question on his page that the guest has already discussed. This happens many times. Seems unprofessional. Cut Gregor to 2 maybe 3 hours and his quality would increase. He does work hard.

Love LowTide. More of him!!

Can't listen to the morning guy, Neilson. He doesn't have the swagger he tries to pull off. He seems like a child.

Struds is getting better. Let him hone his craft and we have a morning guy to replace the child Neilson. 9-12 is like the AHL, one more year in the minors plugging away and Struds should be ready for the show!

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#45 Death Metal Nightmare
July 30 2013, 05:43AM
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Stauffer a million percent over Gregor. Gregor's fine but his voice is annoying. use to listen all the time and just can't anymore. i like Stauffer's personality more and the way he thinks about the game / players - and people take his antics way too seriously.

that said, for a hockey market, you guys should be proud of the WEALTH of solid media guys you have there. holding a poll in general is a dumb move. you dont need it. appreciate what you have instead of having a wiener measuring contest.

coming from this neck of the woods where it's all Packers/Brewers, the radio guys are COMPLETE GARBAGE for what they cover (will not even listen to them anymore - EVER). super vanilla and lowest common denominator topics.

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#46 Romulus' Apotheosis
July 30 2013, 06:53AM
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I live in Toronto so I don't as a habit have Edmonton Radio on throughout the day. If the radio is on, it's a Toronto station.

The only time I listen to Edmonton radio is when something "breaking" has happened with the Oil (a trade, an important interview with the GM, etc.). From that small sample, Stauffer is the best of general yakkers. He's made a point of broadening his horizons by having Dellow and others on. His curiousity and ability to stretch beyond bland rehashed sports narratives is appealing.

The exception is Lowetide's show. I listen to it everyday online. It is fantastic, easily the best radio show on earth after Coast to Coast AM.

Al is consistently entertaining, booking interesting guests, challenging his listeners and giving a thoughtful approach to sports.

As far as asking for people to vote for him, I must have missed that as I didn't hear it on the radio and it's not on his blogs. But if he did, I can't imagine anyone but the most petulant child would read it as a statement of good faith.

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#47 K_Mart
July 30 2013, 07:01AM
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Tender has the skills and work ethic, he just has no respect for his audience, or for anyone as far as I can tell. He's come a long way since he started, but he's miles from being even half the host that Gregor is.

He still finds a way to degrade almost every caller, even though I can tell he's no longer doing it intentionally.

He loves the Oil, so I still tune in, but can't often make it through the whole show because the 630ched airwaves ooze with arrogance and self entitlement between the hours of 6-9.

1. Gregor 2. Lowetide(Allan Mitchell) 3. Dusty ( I know he's loud and obnoxious and seems to also dislike the Oil, but he reminds me of Seth Rogan, who is hilarious. Nielson pokes fun at himself and the fans here in a way that isn't so disrespectful. Plus I love hearing Lebron dunk on anyone Dusty dislikes, and the Encarnacion song is also amazing.) 4. Stauffer: I really dont have much time for Stauf personally but I'm such an Oilerholic that I'll tune in every day because he has the best OILERS show on the radio. That's also why I like Lowetide so much. He's not really connected, but he knows his hockey, and he loves him some Oil!! 5. Strudwick: Born with the gift of gab (even if he can't remember his own cohosts name, or pronounce half the words he speaks). He is hilarious none the less and still knows his hockey. He and Gregor run the best show on Edmonton radio every Friday. And (to coin a Brownlee phrase) "it's not close". The Brass Bonanza reminds me every week, no matter how bad it went, that good times can always be had. That song is better than Prozac. 6.Fraser, Tencer, Spector, Guy Flaming... Pick your poison. I, for some reason, really like "The Spec Report" but can't sit through his show during lunch and always just listen to Ched.

Also, in the world of podcasts... I love tuning in to:

The Bill Simmonds show.(BS Report) PTI(my absolute favorite duo) HockeyCentral@noon

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#48 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
July 30 2013, 07:11AM
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@Hoos

The issue as always with 1260 is their bandwith and range. 630 CHED is heard clear as a bell in downtown Calgary and far up north. The same isn't true for 1260. Moving the rights will limit the Oilers' market, unless the station or the Oilers' radio network makes deals with smaller communities.

you can bet this has already been addressed and will be a non-issue once the rights go up for bid... in fact, it was addressed a few years ago already before the most recent agreement with CHED was extended.

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#49 Senhor
July 30 2013, 07:19AM
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1 spector..wit and opinion 2 Gregor...overall knowledge 3 stauffer...hockey connected 4 strides...still very clumsy but give more time 5 low tide...cancel immediately, erase all known recordings.

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#50 Alex
July 30 2013, 07:44AM
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@ShanePong

Gregor is the best overall host by far. Does the best interviews and gets the most of out his guests. I've listened on days where he and Bob will have the same guest, and Gregor's interviews are much better and give way more info. Likely because, unlike Bob, Gregor doesn't spend half the interview telling his guest what he knows.

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