further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
I didn't see anything posted about this yet, but today at 3 PM, 105.1 officially became a sports news radio station. They become the second FM sports radio in metro detroit and seem to be pretty good from what I can tell. They just had Lloyd Carr on for about 20-30 minutes talking about Michigan, the day Bo hired him, and several other topics. I just thought I'd pass this along to the MGoFaithful.
Edit: Here is a video about it and they will be Detroit's ESPN affliiate so there will be a ton of live sports game they brodcast and the daily schedule is:
6-10 AM Mike and Mike
10 AM-noon Colin Cowherd
Noon-3 PM Ryan Ermanni and Rico Beard
3-7 PM Drew Lane and Marc Fellhauer
Local Sports updates 3 times an hour,
OK, so this has been discussed on here before some in terms of how terrible the sports talk radio shows are in the Detroit area. My question is this: Are there ANY good options for me to listen to on my drive home? I cannot stand the hacks on 97.1 and 1130 with Sharp makes me want to put a gun in my mouth. I can't get 1050 for some reason (I get better reception of 1050 in the Lansing area than I do in Royal Oak, go figure). Do I just have to stick to music? Or is there a decent sports talk show on somewhere?
FYI He's on WTKA big show from 4pm-6pm; you should be able to listen online from the WTKA website.
Pat's inner Spartan was trolling last night on The Ticket. He was pulling out all the stops trying to antagonize irate Michigan fans into calling in so he could FoxNews them down.
I wrote a nice letter that I thought I'd share with the board. Enjoy or ignore.
- Pat --
I heard an interesting phrase for the first time while talking with a Cleveland fan:
That's their (his?) word for Ohioans who root for Detroit teams instead of the Indians, Cavs, Browns, and whatnot. It's derogatory. The funny thing is, he thought we use it too -- when I explained no Tiger fan makes any distinction over whether the guy next to him is from Ohio, Downriver, Oakland County or Timbuktu, he flat-out refused to believe me.
Nobody says "Windsor Wings Fan" either. Or "Yukon Yankee."
I graduated from Michigan. I am a big Michigan football fan. I associate with a lot of other big-time Michigan football partisans. And not a single person I know has ever cared whether the guy crammed in next to him in the Big House used to be a student here. If you root for the Wolverines, and you uphold the standards of good sportsmanship, then you are my brother, and I promise you, the Michigan fan-base feels this same way.
This one is entirely in your head, that is, your and every other Spartan fans'. Nobody else -- not even Ohio State fans -- use the phrase "Walmart Wolverines," at least nowhere near the extent that Spartan fans do.
I understand why: it's the same reason partisans of the losing political party (either side) call those who voted against them "sheeple" or "brainwashed." It's hard to admit someone who chose differently than you could have a valid reason.
Unless their parents are Spartans, kids in this state naturally become Michigan fans. The Wolverines are a bigger deal, and have been for a very long time, and kids respond to that (Desmond Howard did it for me when I was a kid). If it were the other way around, this would irritate the hell out of me.
I still would have enough respect for other people, though, to respect their choice of team to root for. Or at least, if some Michigan-born man chose the Buckeyes, I wouldn't treat him any different than any other Ohio State fan.
You went on to make what could be the dumbest statement I've ever heard on radio: (paraphrasing) "The Spartans are the team of the working man."
What is your basis for this? Because Michigan students had a 3.65 GPA in high school, and MSU students had a 3.61 GPA, this now means the latter is the populist choice? Again, you're taking Spartan rhetoric about Michigan arrogance and treating it like fact. These are both incredibly good universities, and getting better (the academic performance that got me into UofM in 1998 would have put me in the middle of State's freshman class today). Choosing one to be the "working man's" team is as silly as saying Cambridge is more "blue-collar" than Oxford.
I normally like your broadcasts, but last night's was just awful. You said during the show that your Sparty fandom is gone. Yeah, right. Last night's show was pure rivalry-fueled antagonism, which you thinly cloaked as "getting a rise out of Michigan fans." Word to the wise: pushing buttons to get a rise out of people is antagonism, not good journalism. You weren't teaching your listeners anything about your callers who "rose to the bait;" you were teaching us that you are the kind of sports fan who tries to bait the other team's fans. Another word for that: "trolling."
Thank you for your time.
"The Rich Rodriguez plot at Michigan keeps getting thicker by the day. New reports are he is delinquent on a loan payment for a condo project in Virginia. It just keeps adding up. What are the odds of Rich Rod coaching U-M past this season? My best guess is they were really good before the past few days. Now, I’d put them about 50-50. They'll go down much further if the Wolverines lose to Western Michigan Saturday."
What is your opinion on the crew of 97.1? Are the likes of Terry Foster and the aforementioned Caputo as terrible as Synder and Rosenberg? Am I a bad person for listening to that station?
The Freep (no link for obvious reasons) is reporting that WDFN will be re-instituting local personalities on their airwaves. No Stoney and Wojo however--the afternoon drive time slot will be filled by DREW SHARP and Matt Shepard. Mornings are Sean Baligian and Tom Kowalski. The also replaced Rome at noon is with Colin fucking Cowherd. They begin Tuesday.