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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#52 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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#54 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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#55 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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#56 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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#58 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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#59 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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#61 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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#62 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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#64 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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#65 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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#66 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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#67 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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#68 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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#69 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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#70 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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#71 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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#72 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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#73 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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#74 rubbertrout
July 30 2013, 07:50AM
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It is unfortunate that Gregor is on the radio because he would certainly win for style points. LOOK AT THAT LID DAMNIT!

I agree with the "you know" comments.

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#75 Gerald R. Ford
July 30 2013, 08:33AM
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@Steve

Except, of course, I did not say that. I stated, "He is nowhere near as connected as the other two." In terms of the Oil management and ownership, he simply isn't. Tencer and Stauffer are always going to have that insider advantage. Conversely, Gregor doesn't have his lips permanently arc-welded to DKatz's ass.

Not a bad thing.

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#77 Fox
July 30 2013, 08:53AM
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Interesting results.... For my money it's Mark Spector all the way. Talks and interviews on everything we want to hear about in an intelligent non condescending manner. Bob S wastes too much interview time of his guests trying to tell the world how much he knows. Gregor is improving every week, but looses it with most audience on his love affair of guys trying to kill each other known as MMA.

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#78 borisnikov
July 30 2013, 09:14AM
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Brownlee,

Where did you gather the CKUA tidbit from? Just a thought or have you actually heard something? I'm for sure in the minority here but if SN tries to gobble up CKUA it would be an absolute crime. There are a million other numbers on the AM dial SN could get a license for, no?

It's obviously not everyone's cup of tea but eclectic radio is rare and refreshing. I hope they leave it alone.

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#79 K-UGER Industrial Smoothing
July 30 2013, 09:21AM
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Strudwick sounds like hes got peanut butter in his mouth all the time

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#80 Woogie
July 30 2013, 09:21AM
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1) Stauf - > Best in the business by a mile!

2) Gregor is good. I love it when he gets fired up. Gregor and Struds are pure comedy!

3) Tencer. He can get carried away but I agree with most of his points.

Spector drives me CRAZY!!!! I have to listen to him on the way home everyday on the Gregor show. Half the time he isn't even paying attention and just sounds like an idiot. Gregor must bang his head on his desk when they talk.

Struds is ok... as mentioned earlier with gregor he is gold.

Neilsen and Fraser are brutal. it doesn't seem like they really know much about the oilers.

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#81 Rama Lama
July 30 2013, 09:37AM
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Stauffer may be the best based on delivery and the quality of guests he has on the show, but everyone knows that he is not critical of anything Oilers, especially management.

When we had bumbling, stumbling, Mr. Dithers running the show, he did nothing to even mildly criticize this fool of a GM. He lost a lot of credibility with his listeners during this time. Cue Gregor, he was at least not afraid to call out Mr. Dithers.

As far as Strudwick goes, he is void of anything cerebral or interesting.

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#82 mayorblaine
July 30 2013, 09:59AM
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the only show i don't turn from is Lowetide's. i feel he listens more and talks less.

if i could isten to a national broadcast all day i would as well. i like McGowan, aside from the Leafs talk, the variation of sports and guests is great.

anything with more Elliote Friedman is a good thing. how long till he no longer works for CBC, not long i predict.

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#84 LinkfromHyrule
July 30 2013, 10:16AM
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Steve wrote:

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.

When did Lowetide ask for people to vote for him? I know other people on his blog mentioned it, but I never saw him say anything about it.

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#85 oilers2k10
July 30 2013, 10:35AM
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I agree Gregor does the best interviews.

I actually really like Dan Tencer, not sure why all the hate.

Allan Mitchell is awesome.

Nelson and Fraser are cool.

Strudwick laughs annoyingly funny..but he's ok, tries to be to much like Gregor it seems.

Stauffer is the best.

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#86 oilers2k10
July 30 2013, 10:38AM
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Oh yeah and my favorite Edmonton Radio Show is Lowetide followed by the Pipeline show.

However, nothing comes close to Hustler and Lawless and Rona Roundtable on Winnipegs TSN 1290.

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#87 Bleak Winter
July 30 2013, 10:47AM
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Reading some of the comments, the way some of you guys hate voices, pauses, attitudes, treatment of callers, catch-phrases, blatant corporate mouth-piecing or outright shilling, fart-catching or conversely the beating of certain issues to death, it's amazing you even listen to talk radio at all!!! Turn the dial up to some easy listening and unwind a bit.

Personal favorite is Gregor's show, because everyone makes an appearance. I only get to listen to half though. I catch up with podcasts but those haven't been as regular lately?

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#88 Bleak Winter
July 30 2013, 10:54AM
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@Scott in Grande Prairie

I don't listen much to Tencer because I find his stuff a little forced. He seems to swing between conciliatory and abrasive on an issue depending on what the need is at any given time.

My favorite Tencer moment was after this last late season gong-show loss to Minnesota (I think), he says to Rob Brown in the post-game something to the effect of "You know what it's like on a team when the season is going badly, you just reach the point where you collectively give up..." and Rob Brown says almost angrily, "No. I have no idea what that's like. I have never played on a team with that little pride or effort". Tencer stammered pretty good at that! Kudos to Brown for not playing along.

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#89 rickithebear
July 30 2013, 11:03AM
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Stauffer and Spector are both mega phones. They loudly get a larger audience for the people doing the real speaking.

Stauffer - oilers Spector - Sportsnet TOR MSM.

Give me thinkers! You included!

Sometimes your statements anger me!

but they are the voice of a sgae.

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#90 rickithebear
July 30 2013, 11:07AM
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You need to differntiate point of view and opinion.

Opinion is a point of view not based on facts or Knowledge.

most of the stuff on here is a point of view!

Gregor saying Petry had a bad year would be Opinion!

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#91 Archaeologuy
July 30 2013, 11:34AM
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@book¡e

But now kids will grow up with no faith in the Poll Heros they used to worship! Will we ever trust Polls to be clean again?

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#93 I tried it at home
July 30 2013, 11:42AM
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I'm somewhat bored, so here's my 2 cents. Lowetide is well informed and has a great way of involving the listener. I listen to Gregor and Brownlee when I can, Wednesdays and Thursdays, not because I think they're the best, but simply I enjoy their banter. Ive also disagreed with them from time to time, but had to acknowledge they have informed opinions. Ive also learned quite a bit listening in. Im starting to like Strudwick on late, his show is like sitting down to share beers and stories with a buddy. Stauffer used to be my favorite, not so much now. Tencer... no opinion really. Nonfactor to me. As for Neilson, ugh. We lost Jake Roberts for this clown? Ugh. I hear his voice filling in for someone else, I change the channel. Life's too short to listen to that crap. That's my opinion, obviously, yours could vary.

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#94 Smokey
July 30 2013, 12:00PM
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@Mike

And its awesome his resume is so great so he can move to the morning slot and piss off the older generation like he pissed off Oiler fans for 5 years.

I don't understand the credence anyone would give to a guy who never played hockey. I can't take the guy's opinion seriously. Guy was given the voice for radio, but the brains was lacking. I don't know how he will do at news, neither will I will ever find out.

He's the new Bryan Hall, and I haven't listened to that guy since I moved to Alberta. I imagine their will be those who get suckered in by a smooth voice, and ignore the lack of substance. Seriously at 27 he impresses me for getting so far with just a voice, but as someone pointed out voice and pizaz can only make up for lack of knowledge and life experience so long. Guys a kid and trust me I got no issue with that.

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#95 Dave
July 30 2013, 12:30PM
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@RMS

I love that Gregor challenges his callers, when they bring up inaccurate or idiotic points.

I don't want a host to let the guys talk about stupid trade rumours about Omark. It is dumb radio. I usually can't believe Gregor is so patient with his callers.

I like his show more when he doesn't go to callers. I find he uses texts more, which means his producer can weed out the dumb ones. Much better radio IMO.

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#96 ed in mada
July 30 2013, 12:33PM
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borisnikov wrote:

Brownlee,

Where did you gather the CKUA tidbit from? Just a thought or have you actually heard something? I'm for sure in the minority here but if SN tries to gobble up CKUA it would be an absolute crime. There are a million other numbers on the AM dial SN could get a license for, no?

It's obviously not everyone's cup of tea but eclectic radio is rare and refreshing. I hope they leave it alone.

I also hope the UA rumor is no more than that. I thought UA was a not for profit venture so why would they sell to SN? Unless they have a plan to take the cash and re-invent themselves. Maybe just be a FM station.

I would put Spector on the top of my list. He tends to be the most thoughtful of the lot and is generally logical in his approach. If SN gets a station I expect he would move into the drive home slot. Gregor is okay, but his arguments are not so well thought out (at times) and he fall into the Jim Rome trap of thinking if he repeats his argument enough times it will have more credence. Stauffer has become too much of a mouthpiece for the organization and can't talk critically of it.

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#98 Walter Sobchak
July 30 2013, 01:37PM
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I like both (Stauffer & Gregor) .

During the 06 playoff run Gregor hooked me as a life long fan, he had amazing energy that transcended into the radio.

I know he's said he has no loyalty to any team, but I was convinced he still had a little Oiler fan in there some where during that run.

I still like listening to Stauffer but the edge is gone, it's a softer Bob, which I don't have a problem with, I just wish we could have really heard (1260 Bob) opinion on the Oilers, the Oilers management and what he really thinks the Oilers should do.

Brownlee your not to shabby yourself.

Great time to be a listener in Edmonton though.

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#99 rubbertrout
July 30 2013, 02:27PM
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I would happily listen to Lowetide's show more often if I could but it conflicts with work. Great radio voice, awesome blog, great variety of guests and perspectives.

You're just saying that because he had you on once Arch ;)

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#100 Rocket
July 30 2013, 02:50PM
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I wonder what new sports personality will take over Tencer's job?

I like them all but especially Lowetide. I also really like it when Stauffer has Tyler Dellow from MC79 hockey on. Gregor is great when he's fired up; like lately when he ripped on The Eskimoes.

Strudwick is entertaining but has a HORRIBLE taste in movies.

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