The Dawg Pack has been asked by Dave “Softy” Mahler of 950 KJR Sports fame to show up in force for the weekly Coach’s Show with Lorenzo Romar this Monday at 5:45 p.m. The show will be recorded at Anthony’s at Shilshole Bay. Coach Romar will speak for an hour with Bob Rondeau and Mike “The Gas Man” Gastineau and they will take questions from the audience and people that call by phone. KJR really want us to have about 25-30 Dawg Pack members to show up and be loud so if you can go you really should. If you are interested in attending, make sure to wear your purple. This is definitely a great way to show how devoted we are to our first place Dawgs and a way to surprise Romar who is usually only used to a small crowd being there.
If you plan on attending, please send an email to email@example.com saying how many will be going with you so we can let KJR know how many people to plan for.
Click HERE for the address to Anthony’s at Shilshole Bay.
Jayda Evans of The Seattle Times is reporting that KIRO 710 AM radio will become an all-sports station beginning April 1, 2009.
If you’re a Seattle sports fan, this is fantastic news. For as long as I can remember, there has really been only one sports station in the area, 950 KJR AM. KJR does a decent job with their local sports talk, but really provides no national perspective on issues until around 10:00 PM each night when they switch to an ESPN feed. If anything, this development should breed competition between the two outlets and force both the old (KJR) and the new (KIRO) to step up their on-air game on a daily basis.
My only advice to KIRO is to leave the objectivity at the door. I can understand trying to appease the Hawks and M’s (and Sounders, I guess) by toning down the on-air criticism, but fans are entitled to voice their opinions and hear those of the on-air personalities, as well. In the Mariners first go-round with KIRO (which ended a few years ago), the station would always have New York Vinnie host a post-postgame show where the conversation could get a little salty at times. I say bring back Vinnie and have another go at that, he’s not doing anything these days.
And on a side note, I can’t tell you how happy I am that the Mariners are leaving KOMO Radio. There’s no reason why anyone should listen to KOMO unless they’re stuck in traffic. KOMO spent the last couple years butchering Mariners broadcasts to death and seemingly attempting to take down the career of Dave Niehaus with all their ridiculous BS. The pre- and post-game show hosts they had were straight garbage and offered nothing more than an elementary school opinion on the quality of play; honestly, if you listened just to those broadcasts you wouldn’t be able to tell if the Mariners were in last place or first place, it was that bad.
In addition, almost all the postgame calls they received came direct from retirement homes, with old guys demanding more playing time for Willie Bloomquist. “What about that Bloomquist fellow, why don’t we play him more? Put him at first base in place of that Sexton, see what he can do there. I don’t understand why they’re not playing, don’t they want to win….” Yeah.