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Mike

October 19, 2006 @ 17:39

Excellent. This is exactly what satellite radio needed.

It's no secret that satellite radio has struggled in Canada since it's inception last year, but XM radio went a long way in remedying that yesterday.

They announced that Mike Bullard has been hired to launch the first original morning show on Canadian satellite radio. It begins October 26th.

A brilliant move. There's no time to waste, so XM couldn't piddle around with experienced radio personalities - no they went right to the front of the line and hired a well known Canadian TV personality with virtually no radio experience.

But that's OK. In Canada TV means everything. Hell, if Mike can do TV there's no question he can do radio. Who can argue with that?

After all, given the success and loyal following of his smash-hit TV show, how can he miss on radio? He may have been off the air for the past couple of years, but that won't matter either. Without a doubt, the millions of Canadians who tuned into his TV show nightly will rush right out and by XM receivers.

Think about it. Think of all those Canadian 20-somethings who thought it was so cool to watch the Bullard show. They'd go to college and university the next day and talk about what Bullard said. Hell, there's been a void since he's been away.

But now, thanks to a brilliant move by XM radio - the type of move that really is exclusive to Canada, we all have the Miker back.

As the XM press release said on Wednesday. "American shock jocks beware."

Category: Radio

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Cassie

October 18, 2006 @ 17:27

Spinning the radio dial on Tuesday, it seems the topic of the day was Cassie Campbell.

In case you didn't see or hear the hockey game on Saturday night, Cassie was a last minute replacement for Harry Neale on Hockey Night in Canada.

Cassie has had some casual work as a colour person on TSN women's hockey telecasts, but her experience is well short of what you'd think HNIC would demand.

But Harry was snowed-in in Buffalo and somebody within the CBC brain trust came up with the idea of using Cassie. After all, she was going to be in the building anyway doing some rink side reporting.

Cassie filled in and did a credible job under the circumstances - but the issue on a few talk shows yesterday was the post game reaction. Right off the bat she got some rave reviews, but once the dust settled it became the opinion of many that the positive reaction was more because she was a woman, and not because she did a good job.

In fact she was actually weak, and this led to another issue. Why would CBC put her in that position? Why would they take someone with her experience and throw her onto the ultimate Canadian stage.

I didn't see the game on Saturday night because I was at the game. But I look at it this way. First of all, who cares about her experience, it was only a hockey game for cryin' out loud and it was an experiment. Big deal.

However, I will say this. In a twisted example of gender inequity, I can confidently say a man with Cassie's experience would never have even been considered as a fill-in. Not for a second. Cassie got the break simply because she's a she. End of story.

Category: Radio | Television

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Talking Of Sports

October 17, 2006 @ 17:33

My first radio job out of college was at CKFH in Toronto in 1978. I desperately wanted to work at ‘FH because at the time it was Toronto's sports station.

They carried Blue Jays, but had just lost the Maple Leaf rights to upstart FM news station CKO. But to me, what really made CKFH Toronto's sports station was "Talking Of Sports." It was Bob McCowns first all sports talk show.

It was weekday afternoons between 4:30 and 6:00, and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. It was exactly what I wanted to do.

Needless to say once I got within the walls of the radio station I immediately volunteered my time to McCown. At first I just screened calls, but eventually I actually got to push the bottons and turn the knobs - and I got to be close to Bob. It was a fabulous learning experience.

Unfortunately, I couldn't stay at CKFH. I wanted to work on-air and management at the station didn't think I was ready for that, so it was actually at McCown's urging that I got out of there. He told me I had to go to a smaller market and be on the air every day, that's the only way I'd break through.

So that's what I did. I put together a resume and part of that resume was a letter of recommendation from Bob McCown. Let me tell you, at the time it was it was most valuable piece of paper I owned, and it without a doubt was the reason I was hired to do sports at CHIC in Brampton in 1979.

Anyway, yesterday I was going through some old papers and guess what I stumbled upon ?

Thanks Bob.

Category: Radio

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IKEA

October 16, 2006 @ 10:18

It happened on Friday afternoon. My wife talked me into going to IKEA with her to look for a dresser. It was the usual shit.

I like to go to those places and get in and out as fast as I can, but my professional shopper wife likes to stroll and browse and think and compare and analyze and inquire.

Anyway, after about two hours of walking through the IKEA maze we exited to the restaurant area.

I've got to be honest, I've never paid much attention to the restaurant area because usually I'm in such a goddamn hurry to get out there not even food can slow me down.

But this time was different. As we emerged I saw a big poster promoting ten Swedish Meatballs with your choice of soup or salad and a drink. All for $5.49.

The temptation was too much. I was hungry and I love meatballs and they looked good on the poster and I had never eaten at freakin' IKEA before so I asked my darlin' if she wanted something to eat….. half kidding.

How surprised was I when she said yes. It was quite the dining experience.

We entered the restaurant by walking across an Arden Ruda Rug and grabbed an Arda serving tray before placing our order.

The woman behind the counter scooped our meatballs out of a Skanka Pot with a Delikat ladle and placed them on our Dinera Series plates. She then handed us our Parad cutlery and told us to go sit down on an Alfon chair, which was pushed under a Bjorna table which was under a Cesium ceiling spotlight. When I sat down, I almost banged my head on a Bjarnum shelf.

Silly me, no sooner had I sat down I had to get up again. I forget to fill my Rund glass with some diet Coke
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After we ate we scraped our garbage into a Flarke waste bin and headed for the exit.

It was at that point that an otherwise bearable afternoon became stressful. As we were leaving the store that dog with the big pecker from the Ikea Catelogue came out of nowhere and humped my leg - and he left a mess.

Lucky for me, we had purchased some Nackten towels so clean-up was quick and efficient. But not before I chopped the fuckers balls off with a Exklusivt meat cleaver

Category: Stuff

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A New Season Begins May 4, 2007

October 9, 2006 @ 08:01

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Category: The Trailer

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