Well that's opened up my drive to and from work - my regular listen and still really enjoy the morning guys + Darcy in the late arvo. Goran went from frying pan (radio sport) to fire (Sky!). Super stink but not unexpected given the circumstances.
Still held out hope that NZC would sign with them for cricket and normal(ish) service would have resumed.
Hmmm I wonder how many sporting entities are in negotiations with broadcasters currently... about a product that is on an indefinite hiatus...
Market research - What did you like about Radio Sport and what didn't you like about Radio Sport?
What would you want to see from an online streaming station if it were to setup to fill the void???
I liked the morning show and Daniel McHardy in the early PM slot. I always found Jason Pyne to be desperate not to offend and extremely averse to expressing a strong opinion. Weak sauce as an interviewer especially. And don't start me on Devlin FFS. I also enjoyed the 2GB league banter with Piggy etc on the weekends. And of course cricket comms.
I'm actually quite sad. Dedicated sports stations were excellent.
In response to @DrivingMaul about what was good, it was decent analysis and insight you didn't get otherwise. That, to me, was often through informed callers.
However, the quality of the broadcasters dropped off with time. Graeme Hill was probably their GOAT, and I found early Devlin to be outstanding. Telfer was annoying but actually knew about a bunch of sports, and Nathan Rarere more recently had life experience.
D'Arcy was quality.
However, the number of announcers only interested in people agreeing with their opinion and cutting off differnet opinions kind of rose. Willie Lose, Doug Golightly, that evening bloke (Mark?) ... I stopped listening as much as I used to.
Starting tomorrow morning we'll be producing a morning Sports News Show. Initially it will be broadcast on Facebook and the recording put out as a podcast.
For tomorrow we'll host it on my DrivingMaul channel but this show won't be rugby centric and we'll be setting up new pages etc... for the channel.
The idea is that over time we will add in other shows to grow the content out to be an online NZ focused Sports Radio Channel. We have a number of ideas how this will look and I'm sure that vision will evolve over time.
Any suggestions or thoughts would be much appreciated.
I'm super disappointed.
My thoughts on the good and bad.
Firstly, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Already on this thread I've seen some suggest an announcer I quite liked, they hated with a passion. You'll get that.
Anyway, I still tuned in over on the left side of the deetch when I could (their Week on Demand recordings got me through many morning exercise sessions, and weekend gardening efforts). It gave me a direct connection to the sport I was still connected with over there. More so than over here.
So random thoughts that I may add to or amend.
- I generally enjoyed their breakfast shows. Devlin in particular.
Devlin's rants could piss me off when I disagreed with him but I generally enjoyed him.
I know many of you disliked Veitch. I coukd park the reputation, and again generally (not always) enjoyed the show. His weekend afternoon's got a bit formulaic but meh (tried too hard to repeat and repeat and repeat his points).
Mulligan was was quite good and was the highlight of the brekkie shows featuring him, Richardson and Doull.
Nate Rarere ( @Gibbit ) was fun, and KJ and Peers played good straight guys to him recently.
- I miss the longer interviews.
Telfer did this really well and I think they suffered through getting rid of him. He'd spend a whole hour (less ads and news) interviewing a sportsman or author. They haven't done this recently and I think that's been to their detriment.
Veitch could and did the longer interviews well.
- Announcers I didn't like:
Lose. Thought he was dumb. Would try and take a contrary position to try and generate controversy but really couldn't sustain a logical argument.
Watson. Hated rugby particularly and team ball sports generally. Was a hard listen because of that anger. Would yell over the top of anyone who had a vaguely different opinion.
Golightly, similar. Kind of seemed to hate sport and would not buy into any disagreement.
- Guys who were okish, somewhere between "I kinda liked" and "I didn't really dislike":
Graham Hill. He was at least entertaining.
Phil Gifford. Knew his sport, if at times I found that he struggled to articulate his message.
Waldegrave. Wasn't someone I went out of my way to listen to. No offence to Darcy. Just usually by the time I had listened to the preceding broadcasts in a day it was time to pack it in.
Dewhurst. Ok. Too much soccer.
Larmer. Never warmed to his delivery.
Pine. Ok but found him a bit bland.
McCardy. See Pine.
- The upshot for me on reflection and reading my own opinions above is enjoyment.
The guys who really enjoyed sport, revelled in it's history and it's fun, and we're able to convey that to the audience were the guys I liked.
Do hope they come back.
But good luck to @DrivingMaul if he can make a go of something.