I have to preface this by saying I'm an out-of-market fan (Minnesota), so I'm not a regular 97.1 listener and I'm not exposed to media coverage as a whole of the Red Wings. But I do stream in 97.1 or listen to podcasts from Valenti & Foster in particular, and their attitude towards Red Wings coverage really irritates me. Basically, their logic is as follows:
- Red Wings fans are "bandwagon" fans (which they don't find particularly shameful, since it's true of every market)
- The fans "know" this isn't a Cup team
- Any time they try to bring up a Red Wings topic, the phone lines more or less go dead...
- Therefore: 97.1's talk radio shows aren't going to spend significant time covering a product that most Detroiters aren't interested in.
This logic is appalling to me for several reasons. First, isn't 97.1 the broadcast partner of the Detroit Red Wings? Don't they feel a professional responsibility to push the narrative in the direction of teams they actually put on their airwaves, particularly if it's a team on a playoff run, as opposed to more talk about Titus Young getting arrested?
Second, even if I assume that this podcast (05/17/13) came on the heels of a pretty bad Game 1 loss to Chicago, is that even true that the fans all "know" this team isn't going to succeed in the Playoffs? They talk about the Wings like they're total dog crap - this team went 10-5-3 (IIRC) in their last 18 and stole a 7th spot when most national media were writing the obituary for their playoff streak. Does anyone actually think a low seed is a death sentence in the NHL Playoffs? (See 2010 Flyers; 2012 Kings)
Third, if you're a radio station that tells listeners that their listeners don't care about their product, should you be surprised if your listeners don't just take their energy to other radio stations, LGW, or other forums for discussion?
I guess I don't get it - here in Minnesota, the Vikings get year-round coverage even at the expense of the Wild, but the Wild are also a recent expansion team that's won all of two Playoff series EVER. I'd like to think the Red Wings have a bit more equity built up with their fanbase. Do you agree with Valenti & Foster that Hockeytown is "dead", or are they creating their own problem for their show and network?
(How do I edit a thread title to fix the typo in "Hockeytown"? Whoops )
Edited by StormJH1, 22 May 2013 - 12:19 PM.