I listen to CKNW a lot. I also have listened to Dan Russell’s Sportstalk for years and years and years. I’m not here to blast Dan but I’m here to mention my personal frustration. I’m curious to know what radio listeners in Vancouver and the province think about talk radio and interaction.
There is Twitter, Facebook, email and the trusty old telephone. A talk radio show can exist without audience participation? I question that. In terms of Sportstalk on CKNW I haven’t heard Dan take many if any calls. You are getting the roundtable which is great, but you aren’t getting any other interaction. I honestly have listened during the Canucks short playoff run and certainly felt there wasn’t even a need for Dan to do the show live. I think that goes against talk radio no? Doesn’t some type of interaction make for more compelling radio? I could see audience interaction as being challenging. Right? Taking calls or opening yourself up to being wrong on air happens with more interaction. The safest talk radio show is the one that doesn’t give a voice to the audience. In other words, no interaction is safe and easy. It’s like Raif Maire on CKNW 980. The guy drove me nuts. His idea of taking calls? You get to make your initial statement then you are off the air. Is that interaction? The host can’t be challenged. You can’t make a counter point!
I hear the TEAM 1040 and they have all the interaction from the audience. Calls, Twitter, email and Facebook. Dan Russell used to be king of Vancouver sport talk radio but at this point he is showing his age. No Twitter, no social media, no calls, no emails on air. That’s lame radio in my opinion. Hate to say it. I’ve been an avid and loyal listener of his program from almost the beginning. They say the “longest running sport talk radio show in Canada” at the start of his show. Yep. You can say that again. Longest running and by the energy level and interaction, it certainly is getting old and tired.