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Time For A Change In The Morning

I am going to go out on a limb here folks. It is time Nelson Millman to make a change to his morning show over at the Fan 590. I don’t want to call for someone to lose (not loose) their job, but the morning show is just stale. Why do I bring this up today, well, Don Landry was out ill today and Damien filled in for Landry. It was the best morning show they have had in ages. Let me be clear, I don’t know Don Landry from Adam. To quote Pat Burns, “I wouldn’t know him if I hit him with my car.” I don’t dislike him personally, nor the work he does. However, if ever there was a guy suited for a mid day slot it would be him. He can be funny, he likes to do more shtick then substance and I am sure he has a ton of loyal followers. He just isn’t a sports guy. This is a time slot the Fan has all to their own and to be honest most mornings I punt to 550 or god forbid music. If I am not getting sports at 590, there is no reason to listen. Nelson needs to find a replacement for Landry during that show and move Landry to an hour where his talents will be more appreciated. I can’t see the ratings for this show getting any better then they are right now. The show has peaked and I predict will decline until a change is made.

Damien was fantastic this am with Gord. They have amazing chemistry and man, they spent time actually talking about what their sports guests earlier in the am had to say. Damien was saying how he thought wht Burke was doing with Pogge was the right move, that it was part of a plan. He said he disagreed with Scotty’s take from earlier in the am which was great in that I didn’t get to hear all of it. There was a lot less hijinx then there usually is and a bigger focus on sports. Again, for some reason I think Damien’s column has suffered greatly as a result of the other things he does. He is better in his blog and is better then that on the radio. Watching him faceoff against Simmons on Sunday’s is pretty interesting too. In his column he rarely says why leaf fans should be happy that Cliff is gone. It sounds like a personal vendetta, and more so every time he says it isn’t. This morning he actually put some meat on the bones saying that if Cliff were still in charge we would have seen more deals like the one Cliff made for Lee Stempniak, trading away 2 guys who at the very least should have been given a shot with the Marlies to work our their careers. Damien guaranteed that Cliff was going to do everything in his power to get the team to the playoffs this season and deals like that were evidence of such. Now, I have no clue whether that is true or not. Damien also wrote that Doug Gilmour was paying for his players to be at the ACC this Saturday and we have since learned otherwise. At least it makes for interesting radio. It is certainly better then another bit of Ken Dryden in the house of commons! Good on Damien for mixing it up a bit, making it interesting etc.

I would like to see the Fan 590 think outside the box a bit more. In many major cities I have lived in the morning show and the drive home show feature a radio guy and a print guy as permanent hosts. The radio guy is always there (except for vacations) and the print guy is sometimes a little late, sometimes on the road or sometimes absent. They have good chemistry and create a good product. Now Brunt is a part timer on the Fan, not full time with McCown. While I love Brunt’s work, I think he comes across as being to cerebral for radio in this town. He is certainly better then some of the other guys though. I would love for the Fan to find a way to get Damien or someone like him in there with Stellick. Maclean would be a better fit to be honest. One of the problems I think is that we don’t have a huge bullpen of talent (at least known) in this market. It’s not like there are 5-10 guys on other shows who you say, man they would be awesome on the Fan. With the exception of Brady on 640 (and I think he would be terrific with Stellick, but can’t see that happening anytime soon), I really can’t think of anyone. Now Brady came from Detroit and there are probably a lot of folks in the industry looking for work in other markets. I think Nelson really should make a change, move Landry to the mid-day and bring in someone else to work with Stellick. This morning was a tease.

Sports Radio Tonight- Good Stuff

I am interested in hearing McCown’s take on the All-Star Suspension Gate….

On the roundtable:

John Wells,
James Deacon
Richard Griffin

Meanwhile, on 640:

Bob McKenzie 440
Tomas Kaberle 510
Ken Daniels 540
Darren Dreger 610

The Kaberle interview should be as interesting as paint drying…What’s the guy going to say?

Ken Daniels is a Toronto boy who does play by play for the Red Wings. He is fantastic and I am sure he will be very vocal on the all star suspensions.

Interview of the Day- Bias

Tim Thomas and I both attended the University of Vermont. So I have to admit bias, at least to some degree towards the Boston goalie, we were there at the same time for all of one year. Having said that, if you only listen to one hockey interview this week, make it the one Wilbur and Brady did today with Thomas. He is everything a hockey player should be. He is smart, honest and has almost no ego. He is the prototypical hockey player. When you listen to the folks in the media, especially those in the US say how much easier it is to deal with hockey players as opposed to athletes in other sports, this is a prime example.

You can listen to the clip here, by the way the 640 website is BRUTAL, so click on the Tim Thomas link when you go to the site…

Toronto Sports Radio Tonight

No word from the folks at the fan tonight

On 640, besides all the rock talk:

Lee Stempniak 510
Rob Higgins 540
Scott Morrison 610

Toronto Sports Radio Tonight

On 640 :

440 Brian Duff, NHL Network

510 Nazem Kadri, London Knights, playing in CHL Top Prospects Game in Oshawa

540 Cito Gaston (apparently the only afternoon-drive show he’ll come on..strange)

610 Brian Kilrea, Ottawa 67s coach

620 Jonas Siegel, Leafs reporter

630 Scott Morrison, HNIC

On Fan590:
Nick Kypreos at 5:25
Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal on the NHLPA at 5:45

Radio Tonight- Wilson In Studio!

440 Jesse Palmer, NFL Analyst..

5-6 Ron Wilson in-studio…taking calls between 540-6pm….

610-630 Dreger & Morrison

640 Bob “The Bear” Cowan, NFL Prognosticator

On Fan590

McCown taking calls from 4-5
Jarrett Bell of USA Today on the NFL at 5:25 and Bob Elliott of the Sun on baseball at 5:45.
Not Sure who is on the round table yet

Toronto Sports Radio Tonight

Wanted to get this out early as 640 has a great lineup:

510 Paul Beeston

540 Ron Wilson

440 Bob Mckenzie

610 Dreger/Morrison

Trying to confirm who is on the Friday night round table at the Fan.