J Raddy wasn't very good at hosting a radio show, imhe. Nothing against him personally, he seemed like a good guy, I'm just not sure he was cut out to be on the air.
Ann Arbor's Big Show on WTKA
That guy always rubbed me the wrong way. One problem, was too much blabbing on and on combined with not enough other people talking.
I think J Raddie was still in college. I remember a couple days when he said he was pretty young.
High School with him, he's not in his 20's, young, but not that young. He's a good guy, probably would have been better with another host on a bigger station.
J Raddy's biggest problem is that he argues both sides of an argument. It makes the show terribly uninteresting and kind of defeats the purpose of having a "Call-in" show. The whole afternoon staff is pretty terrible though. Not to mention the Beatniks on Thursdays with DeFran. The high school coach on there that acts like he's a super bowl winner is ridiculous.
Goes back to the old Sports Reporters on PASS with the guys from Chicago, but you make a funny point. Didn't the coach on there coach at Belleville? Not exactly a storied program or legendary coaching. Al Fracassa he was not. And I don't mind that he gives MSU some props because he had players go there, but him slobbering over Alabama while ignoring when they don't "do things the right way" is a bit hypocritical.
He was very unsure of himself and sometimes he rolled on to the show not sure of sport results from the night before. If you're asking your audience if a team won a game the night before you shouldn't be live on the radio.
I don't get how you get paid to talk about sports and you don't know some of the most basic things. Look, I know they were part time, and didn't have the time or pay commitment that the morning guys do, but I think 90% of the people on here are more in touch with sports, and definitely more in touch with Michigan sports, than those guys. Basic rules, things that have happened, situations....whether it someone you agree with or not, they're usually pretty informed. You don't have to know every sport, but on a Michigan station you'd think you'd know what's going on with Michigan. You don't have to be "me" to spend 5 minutes a day on here checking the front page and posts to see what news is going on with Michigan and what the real facts are. Heck, I think that's how Ira gets all his positions. Do it right before you go on the air in case there's any breaking news, and BAM, you sound informed.
There's an internet bias, where all these mean people are saying bad things about me and trying to get me fired whhhaaaaaaa aspect to it. It's not the intellectual, honest, use your name up front bastion that sports talk radio is. When we all know that's a crock. Sports Talk is the lowest common denominator, that has probably formed the way most posting boards speak about things. It's not anymore upfront, because I have no idea if "JJ from Lincoln Park" is really JJ (what kind of identification is "JJ" anyway?), or from Lincoln Park (as Phil shows). I'm not sure how that's any less of a username than M-Wolverine. Like I have to use my home phone to call a radio station. And at least around here, it seems to take a lot less to get banned than it does on the radio. Phl would be long gone around here.
Like I said, it all comes down to people saying someone sucks and should lose their job. But they have no problem saying the same thing about coaches "because it's their job" and most never sit in a coach's office or even a press conference and have to face the guy they're saying should be canned.
Media as a whole is pretty low, but sports talk radio isn't even high up on that scale. So no high horses either, please.
He did fine, sports talk radio in Ann Arbor where you get the same 4 callers everyday can't be the easiest job. Between JJ, Caller Linda, the guy who stutters so bad, and the other guy who calls up everyday to basically tell everyone how he "predicted" whatever just occurred in the sports world...that's pretty much your daily callers on the ride home...he wasn't great but a helluva lot better than Valenti.
very much anymore, who seemed to know more about recruiting than sam webb.
He got fed up one day and vanished. He used to be a giant RR supporter and then one day he just snapped. Turned on RR and got super pissed when they didn't hire miles for the second time.
Was fricken hilarious...the RR years brought a ton of funny radio rants/moments, all unfortunately.
But I can find it. Though the search functions for a member are always screwy around here.
refuting Phil from Saline shouldn't be that hard. He is the most delusional Beilein hater of all time.
I love Linda from Grand Blanc. She used to call into 97.1 until Valenti and Foster were complete jagooffs to her.
Next to the definition of "hater" in the dictionary it says "see Phil"....assuming you can find what city he's from this week. I like to think he keeps getting chased out of towns.
No kidding. Last week Phil was Saline. Then the morning after the Ohio State game he was from Dexter. Somone in this thread said he is from Scio Township. What freaking city is he from.
Is Linda the lady with the heavy accent?
Her 5 minute call-ins are hilarious at times, she just never stops talking.
isn't it? It cracks me up when Sam gets Beilein talking about Phil. Ira has a pretty short leash on him nowadays although the afternoon crew tends to be more forgiving (going back to the RR days I think.)
On the subject of Phil, only one word can be used to describe Sam and Ira: OBSESSED.
The more they talk about him, the more undeserved credibility they lend to his idiotic opinions.
Who give a flying f*ck what the guy thinks anyway?
Coach B called him a "Hater" last year, that was fairly funny.
Coach B called him a "Hater" last year, that was fairly funny.
A guy who should just be banned, but the minute they put him on the air they get 10 more calls about what he said. It's easy, lazy radio.
You forgot Gary, Ron, High Octane Mike, and Dennis from the OC.
Ariel got himself banned. The stutterer. Poor fool.
I felt bad for him, he was one of the 4 consistent callers on the Big Show...it was painful at times, I give him credit to call up and speak the way he did. You have to admit, between JJ, who can talk for hours about all kinds of shit, Ariel, who doesn't say much, but takes forever to make his point, caller Linda who goes on for minutes upon minutes rotating between topics, players, years, coaches, teams, and speaks like they all belong together, and Phil who is never wrong and claims to make every doomful prediction after the fact, it didn't really matter who the DJ was, there was enough entertainment between the callers.
He's been up and down, and had really been losing it lately, but I didn't hear the final outburst.
Like the poster above, I gave him credit for being will to go on with his speech impediment, but felt bad that he was probably painting stutterers as idiots, because WHAT he said (not how he said it) usually wasn't very bright.
I didn't know "The Giant" Paul Wight (or Captain Insano) was from Ann Arbor
To go with his Friday slot too.
I have no idea how a radio station figures these things out.
If they can only get Jeff Defran off permanently that would be great. Has to be the least informed and most ignorant guy on that station.
That guy is terrible.
How can you say he is terrible?
He is and has always been TERRIBLE.
Dear WTKA: please dump Defran.
this is kind of fun.
I especially liked a couple of weeks ago when Sam said something about "whistling dixie" and Ira responded that he could never imagine Sam whistling dixie. There's a certain wit to the morning crew that you rarely get on the afternoon show.
with the caller Doug from Dearborn was broadcasting aluminum. Doug had this rather distinctive way of talking that made him sound like he was sitting in a dark room watching porn and eating Cheetos. Karsch treated him accordingly.
Fithian wasn't perfect but he's way better than anything else that station has had on since Fithian left.
Rescue him from his nights & weekends hell in Detroit with Caputo.
Defran is a huge doucher. He showed his true colors when he went on before the 2010 season talking about how he had it on good authority that the University would offer up firing RR to the NCAA in order to get out of practice gate sanctions, prompting Bruce Madej to call in (twice) and debunk the whole thing. Defran quickly tucked his tail between his legs and tried joking around with Madej on the air to down play the whole thing. Much like a child resorts to the "I was only joking" explanation.
MVictors did a good job chronicling the whole thing:
With Fithian, and more Karsch before him, when the afternoon show really WAS the big show of the day on WTKA. Then the rotating management got rid of Fithian and it pretty much became a syndicated station for a while.
I'm guessing there are more posts on this topic than listeners to TKA's afternoon show. I can't even remember the last time I tuned in -- pre-Defran, that's for sure.
To listen to Defran and then want to turn him off?