: On the Radio:
Official Sports Radio Thread Part 4
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09-24-2011, 07:38 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
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All of this is irrelevant to the point - WEEI treated hockey, the Bruins, and callers who wanted to talk about hockey with ridicule and utter comtempt. And now they're paying for it. Your attempts to rationalize all that away with such comments as "they raised millions for cancer research" and that hockey isn't interesting to discuss (on a HOCKEY board?
), not to mention calling a station with ZERO competition "the gold standard of an industry" are simply laughable.
WEEI is getting absolutely hammered in the ratings. Personally, I think they would have gotten hammered by a couple of intelligent teenagers talking sports, as long as those teens had a strong enough radio signal. As anyone who pays attention to this thread can tell you, I'm not a fan of Felger, nor of The Sports Hub. But WEEI was so ripe for the picking - lazy, cocky, fat and self-satisfied - that it didn't take much to knock them off their self-appointed pedestal. And it's been hilarious to watch.
I'll simplify into bullet form;
1. While WEEI was alone in this market for a good amount of time, they were not the only sports radio staion in the country and they were the best there was for much of that time. There is a world beyond hockey and outside of Boston. If you fail to acknowledge that they were top of the heap nationally for a very long time, and deservedly so, then you're simply choosing to ignore the facts. Also, if you fully believe that lack of competition made WEEI fat, lazy and cocky, why would you want them to fail? Wouldn't that just be bad for the other guys since the chance that they'd fall into the same trap would increase?
2. Again, if you are hockey fan and only a hockey fan and you don't care about any of the other sports, I understand why you may not like WEEI. I tend to like several other sports equally and find that WEEI does an excellent job presenting them.
3. As I corrected a few posts back. I never meant to say discussing hockey wasn't interesting. I meant that the quality of hockey discussion on radio call in shows (especially when compared to what most of us are used to here) is low quality because the majority of the callers are relatively uninformed and most of the hosts are equally inept. I dare anyone who has any credibility here to dispute that. I'm kind of glad WEEI doesn't talk about it much because I tend to get frustrated by the stupidity of most of the comments, even when the person isn't trying to be a clown. Again and for the last time. I don't need hockey talk so badly on the radio that I'll settle for the garbage that is provided by either station here. If I want good, solid, hockey information and opinion, I come here or read the papers.
4. The money raising issue; To me there is something to be said for a company giving back to the community that has made them successful. It's really that simple. In the end what is the worth of a company? While I can't stand listening to most of the talent on the other station right now, if WEEI went off the air, I'd probably find myself tuning in to them from time to time. (Although not as much as I listen to WEEI now because I can't listen to Felger and Mazz for more than a minute or two at a time) And I almost guarantee that just about everyone bashing WEEI would do the same if 98.5 went off the air. So in the end how different are the two? If given the choice between two relatively equal products, I'd just choose the one that has proven to be more community orientated and has done more for charities that mean something to me. I'm not saying that anyone who doesn't listen to WEEI isn't charitable but when people here are chomping at the bit to see Ordway lose his job, after all the good he has done in the community, while pumping the tires of an equally obnoxious tool like Felger, I start to wonder about people's character. With that being said, while I obviously can't stand Felger's act, I know he has kids and he's probably a decent person, so why would I want to see him lose his job? (maybe that's just the mean conservative attitude that I have getting the best of me though)
5. The politics; I thought I made this point earlier. I don't care what your politics are or what the on air talent believes politically. The reason I brought it up is that several people who are anti WEEI throw in political jabs and insults, without anyone other than me calling them on it. As a conservative and a fan of WEEI, I take exception on both fronts, especially because I choose put the politics aside when it comes to choosing who I get my sports information from. Lastly on this, I always find it interesting that those who "champion diversity and inclusion", seem to make some of the meanest and most hurtful comments. Calling someone a racist, homophobe or sexist is really an awful thing to do, but sadly it has become accepted practice in this country, regardless of how inaccurate it may be.
I guess that's about all I can say about this issue and if some people can start being civil about it and avoid stalking with insults and jabs, I'll just leave it at that. But, then again if I'm forced to explain something again or stick up for my opinions and beliefs because of childish comments and attempts to bait me, I'll probably chime back in.
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