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.

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January 27, 2009 10:30 pm

Agree that the Fan morning show desperately needs a shake-up. It’s what I wake up to every morning and I used to keep it on for the insider and other reports but the guests have become stale and I’m really tired of all the bad jokes.

But I couldn’t disagree more about Damien. The more he talks, the more I realize just how limited and shallow his knowledge is. His attempt at banter with Mike Epel this morning was just painful. Cox also said some hockey stuff that was just plain wrong…

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January 28, 2009 7:28 am

I always loved Gord and Damien when they hosted the early afternoon (Big Show) slot back in the early days of the FAN. For some reason Gord seems to bring out the lighthearted side of Damien and their banter is much more enjoyable than that of Landry. I like Landry but I would love Cox and Stellick in the morning.

You know what would also be cool? 640 stealing Gord away to work with Brady and go up against McCown.

January 28, 2009 10:05 am

You’re hardly going out on a limb here. Ever since they moved Stellick onto the morning show Landry started bringing a lot more “schtick” to the show (e.g. “vito from woodbridge”, “mike and mike”, “Ken Dryden”). I switched over to the Edge morning show long ago.

It’s honestly the most un-listenable thing ever produced on radio. Whenever I accidentally tune it in, I want to rip off my ears. The only thing worth listening to were Smitch’s weekly interviews. Now that he is gone, there is no reason to ever listen to this show.

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