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My Favourite Berger

June 1, 2011 @ 16:38

It's been a bad month for Howard's on Toronto radio. First of all my bud and former colleague Humble Howard got the bag, and today it happened to Howard Berger at the Fan 590.

Berger had been on the Fan as a hockey reporter since 1988 but today they decided he was no longer useful.

I'm not going to beat around the bush, Howard Berger was one of those love him or hate him type of guys. It seems for every fan he had, there were as many or more detractors. I don't know why, I liked the guy, and I still do.

Who knows, maybe part of the problem was jealousy. I mean really, the guy's job was to go to every Leaf game, home and away, for the past 23 years. (insert joke here)

But you know what I mean, while the average Joe had to pull on his boots and sweat out a long day, Howard's job was to watch hockey games and talk about them... and oh yea, he got the summers off.

Now tell me that isn't every man's dream job.

I don't know if it was Howard's style, his delivery or what he said, but he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and that's being played out today on twitter as a pack of weasel goofballs piss all over the guy on what has to be a tough day.

I don't understand it because I liked what Howard did, and whenever I listened to the Fan (which I do rarely now) I liked it when Howard did his thing. I liked what he had to say, I liked his perspective.

I liked how he treated me when I did the sports beat and our paths crossed.

But now he's gone. After 23 years what seemed like a good idea all of a sudden turned into a bad idea.

I would have thought with Rogers hot on the trail of Maple Leaf rights; Howard's job would have been solidified. Instead he becomes expendable.

Hang in there Howie. Who knows, maybe somebody else will give you a call? But then again, speaking from experience, maybe they won't.

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10 Responses to "My Favourite Berger"

Chris Mayberry
June 1, 2011 / 18:47

Howie's a long-time friend and a guy who didn't always paint the rosy picture many Leaf fans wanted him to. I liked the job he did and hope he lands on his feet very soon.

June 1, 2011 / 22:46

Howard is an interesting personality. I dont feel he would have been the type of guy I would have hung out with, but for some reason I stopped and listened to when he spoke.

He kind of had that dorky thing going on, but deep down I liked him.

Maybe they are looking to make an upgrade with a higher profile Leaf personality to lure the Leaf broadcast rights.

June 1, 2011 / 22:52

We add another one to the list of FREE AGENTS in radio.

4 x 4 Time
June 2, 2011 / 08:24

Yeah, in the last couple of years Howie got more defensive and was making the stories he reported on more about him. I am not surprised he was let go, but it sucks when people lose their jobs. Howie has a wealth of Leaf history, and he should write another book. Good luck down the road dude.

Howard Stern
June 2, 2011 / 12:38

Radio's a tough game..rougher than football and hockey. Maybe you dudes/dudesses should try to better than a lot of CP24 and City TV's 'personalities'.

June 3, 2011 / 11:26

How come the good ones go and the shit stays. For everyone that gets let go it always amazes me the crap that still keeps their jobs. This goes for radio and TV.

June 3, 2011 / 12:01

It may have been a cut in pay but maybe they should have ran as NDP in Quebec?

Neil O
June 4, 2011 / 21:37

23 years... I would think that was a good run in the industry or am I wrong here?

June 6, 2011 / 14:03

@4 x 4 Time - That's how I also felt listening to him in recent years. We'll probably hear him on TSN Radio in the very near future or on Leafs TV.
September 19, 2011 / 11:58

Thanks for the experience, I'd be browing through a bit more : )

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