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In Topic: Why the hell wont 97.1 ever discuss hockey?

16 October 2010 - 08:54 AM

Howard is right. Hockey talk doesn't really make their phones ring. If all of the die hards called in during the segments where they talk radio than the topics would last for more than one segment and would be brought up more frequently. The only reason that you hear more hockey talk during the playoffs is because more of the fringe fans call in. This is particularly evident after a playoff loss when people freak out. Nome of this is a conspiracy theory. The stations want more caller participation and higher ratings. That's why you always can expect lion talk no matter how mundane the topic. The lions and football are more popular. Pistons fans feel the same way. Everyone is injured, they are still in training camp and no one will talk about them unless it is discussing their sale. If you don't like it than call in and don't just listen for every hockey topic.

There are only a few shows worth calling in if you want a real hockey discussion.
97.1's morning show is worthless. It isn't a sports show. Stoney is a hockey fan but the other two pull him down and kill any sports cred.
Karsch and Anderson can do a good job. They actually can hold good conversations, especially during the playoffs. I wouldn't mind hearing more from them because they actually watch the regular season games.
Valenti and Foster... What can you say about them? I just can't stand Valenti. He talks down to everyone and has a superiority complex. I would love to punch him in the face. It kills me because that's what he wants. I also hate that he knows what he's talking about with football and mostly baseball. I can't respect his opinion on hockey. Though he may have watched the Islanders as a kid, he could care less about the Wings. When forced to talk about playoff hockey, he does whatever he can to reference other sports to carry the conversation. Foster is simply a moron. He can't carry an intelligent conversation to save his life which is apparent when he has to host the show on his own. I honestly can't understand how he is employed in any genre of journalism.
Caputo and Fithian do talk hockey a lot but it is just conversation. Hockey may be Caputo's favorite sport but he is not strong at leading the conversation and is far from an authority. He does a decent job with Ken Kal on inside hockeytown (which should be available as a podcast, by the way) Fithian is obviously a fan but really shouldn't be a radio host.
In August, McCarty was hired as a sub for 97.1. He has a lot to learn (on radio and on vs). Let's hope someone can teach him how to form and convey his thoughts for radio. I'd love to see him succeed based on his talent.
Sean Baligian does a great job and is the foremost hockey expert in Detroit radio. He would only talk hockey, if the callers would call in. He is also an authority and fan of the sport. There's a reason why he and Ken Daniels did pre/post game on fox 2 during the 09 finals.
Rome is Rome. He'll mention the NHL during an interview once or twice a year. Personally, I can't stand his ego, long pauses and clone references.
Shep and Sharp is just bad no matter the topic. Shepherd may have a few good ideas but is too full of himself (for no real reason). He can't conduct an interview or talk with callers without clumsily injecting his opinion and tries to pass himself off as a media insider. Just awful. I have respect for Sharp because I think he is a smart person though he isn't particularly strong in sports. He also isn't commanding enough to drive a show on his own. Shep can talk hockey better than Valenti and Foster, if you are desperate for hockey while driving home. Good luck stomaching Sharp.
Armani is not radio quality and just has an annoying voice. I haven't been able to listen to him long enough to gauge his hockey talk frequency and expertise.

In Topic: 1000 posts for Game1 Victory!

14 April 2010 - 11:53 AM

I don't like Doan very much. GO WINGS!

In Topic: Telling Stat About Datsyuk's Goal Scoring

09 December 2009 - 10:36 PM

QUOTE (GMRwings1983 @ December 9, 2009 - 11:14PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh and don't blame the linemates. Draper has only one less goal and look who his linemates are.

I agree with you that Datsyuk needs to "earn his paycheck" and bring more of an offensive presence. That is his role on the team. Right now, he is not an offensive threat to other teams. He is trying to play too pretty and needs to get a bit grittier. I would go so far as to say the same with Zetterberg. (If Zetterberg takes the puck to the net and then drives it behind the net, only to get pushed off the puck when he tries to wrap around in front of the goal mouth once more, I am going to hit the TV)

Now, I do not agree with your arguement above. Datsyuk plays against other team's top lines and top D pairing. Draper plays against the opponents lesser players.