I am an avid Sports Radio listener. In the past year, the city of Nashville has seen the demise of the Thom Abraham show on 106.7 The Fan (ESPN Radio) and eventually the loss of ESPN Radio as a whole.
What are we left with? 104.5 The Zone – the ratings leader in the Nashville market. They have mostly local programming, starting with The Wake Up Zone with Mark Howard (arrogant/sometimes funny), Kevin Ingram (mostly boring unless he is doing his impressions), and Frank Wycheck (decent – former Titans Tight End). These guys put on a decent show. It is usually informative and keeps me entertained when I listen. Mark does tend to ignore other’s opinions, but that can lead to some pretty good debates and heated exchanges – which is probably the point.
The Zone also has Overtime – which comes on most weeknights in the evening. I love this show. It’s random, insane, funny, and very casual. These guys don’t take themselves seriously and that is refreshing. The show is hosted by Brent Dougherty with support from Andrew Braverman and Mickey Ryan. The only one that can get on my nerves is Andrew, but he is fine as long as he doesn’t try to take over the show. Mickey is the man! Period. Don’t argue. You’ll just embarrass yourself.
That brings me to the cornerstone of the station – The Sports Zone with George Plaster, Willie Doanic, and Darren McFarland. I’ll give Willie a pass because he is intelligent, well spoken, and does not take extreme positions on different topics. But George and Darren don’t really have any of those things going for them. Pick just about any topic, and I will vehemently disagree with them. Especially Darren. Recent example of Darren’s erudite mastery of the English language: In trying to describe Titan’s running back, Chris Henry, he used the word fatigue instead of the word he was trying to use: physique. Yes, he confused physique with fatigue. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. George hates football. Perhaps that is too strong, but it is very clear to anyone listening that he does not enjoy talking about the NFL. He cannot discuss the NFL or the Titans without finding something to complain about or bemoan. He is a baseball guy, which is fine, but his is the only sports talk show that is on the FM dial during the afternoon in a city that has a professional NFL team so he might need to reconsider his stance. The guys on the show will talk about baseball, or hockey – Predators – at the drop of the hat at any time of the year, but it’s like pulling teeth to get them to talk about Football unless it’s football season, and even then it’s comes across as perfunctory.
So, here is what I am going to do about it: I am going to blog every time I hear them say something that gets under my skin. I will make it my goal in life to point out their ignorance and bias. (Well, it won’t actually be my goal in life, but it will be fairly important…right after deciding what I will wear in the morning…)