Oh hi Marc! I’m the new guy at Oilersnation! Nice to meet you. Some of you know me, but I’m assuming most of you don’t. I worked at TSN 1260 from 2011 until January 2018. I produced “The Jason Gregor Show” for the last three-and-a-half years.
I went to my first ever Oilers game when I was seven years old (a 3-2 OTL to the Canucks), I caught a Ryan Smyth warm up puck when I was 10, and Dallas Eakins once told me that my hair was “so distracting.”
I’m here to share some thoughts, post some memes, and most importantly I’m here to listen. I’m not here to say “I told you so”.
Question: why did you switch jobs? Seems like you had a prime gig at 1260.— Matt Orlando (@mattjco) February 15, 2018
There are many reasons, but the biggest one was that I’m just looking for a change and a new challenge. I was incredibly lucky to work where I did for as long as I did. The gang at 1260 is great, and I miss the people there a lot more than I miss the job. This also seems like the perfect time to say thanks to all the hosts I worked with at my time at TSN 1260. That includes Jason Gregor, Jason Strudwick, and Corey Graham. I learned a lot from all three.
Whah will you be doing at ON?— FatDad69 (@fat_dad69) February 13, 2018
Being slightly above the average height, I’m mostly here to get things off the high shelves. Also, I’m the manager of podcast properties.
Can you please describe, in detail, your interaction with Taylor Swift? And then compare it to your first encounter with Wanye? Compare-contrast, that sort of thing.— Lowetide (@Lowetide) February 13, 2018
I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a June of 2013. A friend of mine had acquired “Meet and Greet” tickets, so we arrived to the venue about two hours before the show. After clearing security, 15-20 of us were crammed into a small hallway in the bowels of Rexall Place. After standing in line for what felt like forever, it was finally our turn. We chitchatted for fifteen seconds, “the picture” was taken, and that was that.
And the time I met Taylor Swift was just before a concert.
Do you like stuff?— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) February 13, 2018
Yes. I do. I like movies (Last two movies I saw in theatres were “Lady Bird” and “Black Panther” — two movies that have absolutely nothing to do with each other), music, and you, Reid Wilkins. Even though we worked at rival radio stations, Reid and the rest of the CHED crew were always very nice to me.
Did you ever think #SpiderMan spent to much time at the Fortress of Solitude?— Jason Strudwick (@Jason_Strudwick) February 14, 2018
I see what you did there.
How many times in your life have people said you've got the perfect face for radio?— Todd Van Berkel (@toadvb) February 13, 2018
Many, many, many times.
Which Oiler would you trust to pick your entree at dinner?— blueheadfan (@blueheadfan) February 13, 2018
This is an excellent question. I was leaning towards Mike Cammalleri, until Cam showed me Yohann Auvitu’s Instagram page. Yohann might be the most interesting man on the planet. Yohann if you’re reading this, you’re more than welcome to come on over to Nation HQ. We’ll go for Oodle Noodle.
The Oilers make the playoffs (next year), but their starting lineup and goalie mysteriously go missing. Replace them in the lineup with the 6 best WWE Wrestlers to take their spots. (LW, C, RW, D, D, G).— Tim Stephenson (@TA_Stephenson) February 13, 2018
The top line would have a mix of speed, skill and size.
LW – The Miz (An A-list level pest with some skill)
C – John Cena (The Franchise)
RW – Kevin Owens (Canadian!)
LD – Braun Stroman (Size!)
RD – AJ Styles (Sneaky puck moving defensemen)
G – Roman Reigns (Was a toss up between he and Brock Lesnar, but I don’t think a goalie should be a part timer)
Did you ever have a guest in studio that you interacted with that feels surreal looking back?— Cory (@Parksy1867) February 13, 2018
It wasn’t in studio, but one time I answered the phone, and on the other end I heard “Hi Marc, it’s Wayne Gretzky. I’m ready for the interview.” That was a little nuts.
What will you miss the most about radio? (Besides working with me of course) and what will you not miss?— Jess Jackson (@thewrongjess) February 14, 2018
I said it earlier in this piece, and it’s incredibly cliche, but I’ll miss the people the most. What I won’t miss? Some of the egos in the industry.
Who was your favorite character on "Everybody Loves Raymond"?— Chevy 🍕🍺 (@ThatTommyCkid) February 14, 2018
Raymond’s dad had some great moments.
Why didn’t you play Set Your Goals and Comeback Kid more often?— Ryan (@Vegan_RyRy) February 14, 2018
I know this website is “Oilersnation”, but I really wish I still had my Comeback Kid t-shirt that looked like the vintage Winnipeg Jets logo.
Do the oilers have a bigger issue with amateur scouting, player development or both?— Jordan Woods (@Orimbooze) February 14, 2018
I think it’s a little of both. The Oilers have struggled at the draft for the better part of this millennium, and they’ve struggled developing anyone (with a few exceptions) outside of the first round.
What do the Oilers need to do to fix their lack of skill on the wing, as well as when would it be best to consider moving Lucic and how would they move him.— Woz (@itsWoz96) February 13, 2018
As I type this, the Oilers currently have four wingers under contract for the 2018-19 season (Lucic, Puljujarvi, Kassian, Khaira – Strome, Slepyshev, Caggiula and Pakarinen are all RFAs while Maroon and Cammalleri are UFA), and there’s nobody currently in Bakersfield that I think can make an impact next season.
So… how do you fix this? Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but there’s a ton of pressure on Peter Chiarelli thisoffseasonn. There are a couple potentially interesting UFA targets (James Van Riemsdyk, Josh Bailey, James Neal), but would you want the Oilers to have ANOTHER immovable contract? Chiarelli is going to have to get create this summer if he wants to fix the mess at wing.
Keep the questions coming! I’ll do this once every couple weeks. Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome at Oilersnation, and I’m looking forward to this adventure!