I enjoy good radio and always have. I can’t get enough of it, be it a scintillating live call by a play-by-play man, insight from an analyst, a breaking story by a connected reporter, a commentary that bites or pulls at the heartstrings or simply a story well-told.
Great radio informs. It entertains and infuriates. If it’s real enough and hits close to home, it makes you laugh and makes you mad. It makes you think. At least it should. Most of all, it makes you tune in and listen.
As somebody who has dabbled in the wireless for almost 30 years — a newspaper guy by trade with a mug for radio but not the voice or pace to match — I’ve long envied those who are really good at delivering the goods with flair and insight and passion.
Good at it, I’m not. Informed? Yes? Opinionated? Yes. Gold for the radio vaults? Uh, no. Put it this way, I’m grateful Jason Gregor lets me co-host on his show on TEAM 1260 twice a week.
I know what I think of the sports talk shows and on-air personalities in Edmonton, where the first, second and third best programming options involve coverage of the Oilers and NHL, but it’s your take I want. Humour me or click through. As always, it’s up to you.
THE OLD RADIOLA
What show do you listen to most and why?
— Edmonton Sports Night (Corey Graham)
— Inside Sports (Dan Tencer)
— Nielson and Chase (Dustin Nielson and Kyle Chase)
— Oilers Lunch (Bob Stauffer)
— Nation Radio (Allan Mitchell)
— The Jason Gregor Show (Jason Gregor)
— The Pipeline Show (Guy Flaming and Dean Millard)
Who is your favourite radio personality and why?
— Kyle Chase
— Guy Flaming
— Corey Graham
— Jason Gregor
— Bryan Hall
— Dean Millard
— Allan Mitchell
— Dustin Nielson
— Bob Stauffer
— Dan Tencer
Who is the best interviewer?
Who is the best story-teller?
Who is the most connected show host?
Love him or hate him, who is your "must listen to" guy?
If you could make one change to sports radio programming in Edmonton, what would it be?
Now that you’ve had a season to get used to Jack Michaels, who assumed play-by-play duties from Rod Phillips on 630 CHED at the start of the 2010-11 season, what’s your take on him?
What’s your overall impression of the tandem of Michaels and Stauffer?
What do you like most about game night broadcasts?
What do you like least about game night broadcasts?
Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260.