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08-16-2011, 10:38 PM
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That's plain STUPID. The guy was the voice of the team for thirteen friggin' years. A classy organization doesn't treat a long time employee like that. Sorry. And I say that as someone who is not a fan of Kolbe's work.
Agreed. They should never have led him to believe he had *any* chance of getting the job in the first place. If they wanted to get a new PBP guy, fine. Tell the old one you're fired and hire a new one. Dont jerk the guy around telling him he can "apply for the job", that is really classless, if true.

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08-17-2011, 10:25 AM
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Talk about an ironic post.................
Please enlighten me, oh wise drama queen.

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08-17-2011, 04:04 PM
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I just saw this thread and remembered that Walton was in and Kolbe was out. I smiled inside. And outside.

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08-22-2011, 02:24 PM
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Agreed. They should never have led him to believe he had *any* chance of getting the job in the first place. If they wanted to get a new PBP guy, fine. Tell the old one you're fired and hire a new one. Dont jerk the guy around telling him he can "apply for the job", that is really classless, if true.
Late on this, but I should point out something: Kolbe was on a year-to-year contract. He was told in-house that the Capitals were changing his part-time play-by-play job to a full-time Director of Broadcasting position, which meant his current job no longer existed and that he was essentially out of a job. It simply wasn't a matter of "getting a new play-by-play guy." The Capitals were open from the beginning that they would consider all candidates, which only makes sense because of the change in position. If Kolbe felt "jerked around," then he's incredibly naive, because it was obvious that he wouldn't be simply handed the new position because of his play-by-play service, which was now only one part of the new job, and because he didn't have all of the qualifications for the new position.

Suppose they told Kolbe that he wasn't allowed to apply for the new position? Would that be classy?

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08-24-2011, 09:52 AM
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Late on this, but I should point out something: Kolbe was on a year-to-year contract. He was told in-house that the Capitals were changing his part-time play-by-play job to a full-time Director of Broadcasting position, which meant his current job no longer existed and that he was essentially out of a job. It simply wasn't a matter of "getting a new play-by-play guy." The Capitals were open from the beginning that they would consider all candidates, which only makes sense because of the change in position. If Kolbe felt "jerked around," then he's incredibly naive, because it was obvious that he wouldn't be simply handed the new position because of his play-by-play service, which was now only one part of the new job, and because he didn't have all of the qualifications for the new position.

Suppose they told Kolbe that he wasn't allowed to apply for the new position? Would that be classy?
Oh, come on. What if they were in love with his PBP style? Would they still not consider him because he lacked "qualifications for the new position"? (Which are what exactly?) Clearly the most important part of that job (by far) is the PBP, they aren't going to hire a hack PBP guy that has some other nebulous "qualifications", right?

The point is, if they liked him, they would have kept him. And since they obviously didn't like him, they should have just told him as much. And perhaps they did, what do I know?

I honestly wasnt a huge Kolbe fan either but I think teams are treading on thin PR ice whenever they make this kind of change and it pays to err on the side of complete fairness, honesty, and generosity when it comes to a 13 year employee who is the public voice of the team.

And again, I am only basing this on what I have read here. They could have given they guy a fat severance package for all I know.

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08-25-2011, 11:29 AM
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i am a radio station program director by trade. i have more than 20 years in that business. Ive mentioned that Kolbe sucked but was working what amounted to a part time job. That has been backed up in this change.

The team decided that it was time to create a fulltime budget line in order to get a major league quality broadcaster to continue to build their image. It was clear last season that Kolbe was being exposed as inferior as the multimedia usage of his work on NHL.com and the NHL Network expanded to a critical point. Anyone that heard him interviewed during an NHL Live show could see he was not up the same quality of his peers.

In order to justify a fulltime budget line the Capitals have added multimedia/online duties to the broadcasting, but make no mistake about it. This was the Washington Capitals moving from a part time broadcaster that they hired when they had to buy all their air time on secondary radio stations just to keep their games on the air, to a time where Caps radio casts are capable of drawing competition for the rights and actual ratings on the radio. Steve Kolbe had no chance to keep that job once it went from a part time job held by a hobbyist to a fulltime job held by a major league quality professional.

Kolbe would be wise to be grateful that he got the chance to do what he has been doing for as long as he had the chance.

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08-25-2011, 12:01 PM
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Oh, come on. What if they were in love with his PBP style? Would they still not consider him because he lacked "qualifications for the new position"? (Which are what exactly?) Clearly the most important part of that job (by far) is the PBP, they aren't going to hire a hack PBP guy that has some other nebulous "qualifications", right?

The point is, if they liked him, they would have kept him. And since they obviously didn't like him, they should have just told him as much. And perhaps they did, what do I know?
No, they're going to hire somebody who has *all* of the qualifications and experience to handle the new job, which Walton has with his work with Hershey (where he did more than just the PBP). What you suggest--that they wouldn't hire a hack play-by-play guy who has some of the other qualifications for the job--doesn't even apply in this case. The Capitals want somebody who could fulfill all of the requirements of the new position, not just one part of it, no matter how important. That meant opening up the hiring process to outside candidates rather than simply giving Kolbe a new contract.

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the truth is that if they caps had a chance to hire, say....kenny albert, they would have done it even with the fact that he could not have done the website/multimedia work that they have walton in for. make no mistake that this position was designed with walton in mind.

if the guy they wanted had a different set of prime skills, the job descript might well have been significantly different.

the bottom line here was that the capitals were moving away from a radio product that was of secondary value with a part time outside contractor handling the work to an in house full time position.

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Actually just catching up on the caps report from yesterday. Walton sounds great even in that format.

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Wow..do you guys really listen to the radio for Caps games that often???

Maybe if I'm driving I will tune in for updates here and there but thats it. With the internet and NHL center ice/CSN showing everygame...I don't see the need for radio but then again I don't know everyones situation.

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Wow..do you guys really listen to the radio for Caps games that often???

Maybe if I'm driving I will tune in for updates here and there but thats it. With the internet and NHL center ice/CSN showing everygame...I don't see the need for radio but then again I don't know everyones situation.
I listen traveling to, from and during Bears games. Good ol' hockey overload!

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Wow..do you guys really listen to the radio for Caps games that often???

Maybe if I'm driving I will tune in for updates here and there but thats it. With the internet and NHL center ice/CSN showing everygame...I don't see the need for radio but then again I don't know everyones situation.
It's also the website stuff, the post game show on the drive home from games, the Caps report, all of that.

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08-26-2011, 08:59 AM
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This much fuss being made over the Caps hiring Walton and Kolbe leaving is amusing, frankly. I'm surprised it didn't happen much earlier. The organization upgraded. Big-time. Of couse, people complained when the team didn't re-sign Brian Willsie, too. The first time.

Oh, and there's only been one "Voice of the Capitals".


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Wow..do you guys really listen to the radio for Caps games that often???

Maybe if I'm driving I will tune in for updates here and there but thats it. With the internet and NHL center ice/CSN showing everygame...I don't see the need for radio but then again I don't know everyones situation.
My reaction as well. I agree with this wholeheartedly. Radio... it's like we're in the 1930s.

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08-26-2011, 09:33 AM
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Yeah, most Caps fans talk about Joe B and watch the game on CSN. For me, there's no cable here, so I pretty much have no choice but to listen to radio. It's all online now, since the AM signal for the Caps goes to **** at night.

Looking forward to the new era.

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Every single Caps game ends on free video streaming services within about five minutes of the drop of the puck, though. Every time they shut down a US node, they open up again in Montenegro or some other spot.

If you have the Internet, you have Beninati and Laughlin.

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Anyway, Walton tweeted back at me after I told him I was looking forward to listening to his calls this year. "Thanks"


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Actually just catching up on the caps report from yesterday. Walton sounds great even in that format.
Actually, this brings up an interesting point about the potential dynamic - Walton's new energy, excited, fresh from being basically the mdeia face/voice of the most storied AHL franchise ever, vice Vogel's somewhat weary jaded views.

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i could be wrong, but i think there are some that are so against the people running this team that even releasing a generally disliked radio broadcaster would stir up criticism.

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Heh. I see that tool Jonathan Warner is gone. The turnover is complete.

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