Back on air Friday with the first show of 2010. Plan to do a bit of a year in review for 2009 but not completely sure. Worked over Christmas so this is my 4 day stretch of not working. So trying to relax and do as little as possible. I said on Christmas that I thought I had too many interviews to cram into 2 hours and that’s true. I’ll write a long blog post later in the week with links to the interviews from 2009. Lot of them.
Christmas went well when I had some time off. Working Christmas Night a bit longer than usual from 10pm-7am. Which messed up the holiday more than I thought. You have to get some sleep on the 25th and then on Boxing Day you’re too tired to go out and do anything. Oh well. But I have New Year’s Eve off. Whew.
Just got the revised 2010 CFRC Queen’s Hockey/Basketball schedule. Going to have a couple of busy weeks ahead of me in the new year.
Queen’s Vs. RMC. Wednesday January 6th, Kingston Memorial Centre @ 7:30pm
Queen’s Vs. U of T. Friday January 8th, Kingston Memorial Centre @ 7:30pm
Queen’s Vs. Nipissing. Friday January 15th, Kingston Memorial Centre @ 7:30pm
Queen’s Vs. RMC. Wednesday January 20th, Constantine Arena @ 7:30pm
Queen’s Vs. RMC. Thursday February 4th, Kingston Memorial Centre @ 7:30pm
Queen’s Vs. Ryerson. Wednesday February 10th, Kingston Memorial Centre @ 7:30pm
Queen’s Vs. Ryerson. Saturday January 9th, Kingston PEC @ 8:00 PM
Queen’s Vs. Carleton. Friday January 22nd, Ottawa @ 8:00 PM
Queen’s Vs. Ottawa. Saturday January 23rd, Ottawa @ 8:00 PM
Queen’s Vs. York. Saturday January 30th, Kingston PEC @ 8:00 PM
With the hockey and basketball broadcasts this Friday will be the last full 2 hour episode till January 29th.
Both hours from Friday night are now online.
Hour 1 with brand new music from Teresa Ennis’ CD Stars. Then Amelia Curran’s album which is up for some ECMA awards. Including a song called The Mistress, which made for an obvious Tiger Woods reference. End the hour with some songs from Jenn Grant’s recent concert in Kingston.
Hour 2 we move to pop/rock side of things with In Flight Safety and Hey Rosetta!. End the hour with a chat with Neate Sager about the Queen’s Golden Gaels Vanier Cup winning season.
The return to doing the show live is on Friday night. Back to regular schedule for me for the first time since…. August! Did have one live show between then during a playoff bye. But it was only an hour leading up to a Queen’s hockey game. That 10-1 loss to McGill.
Wrap up the Golden Gaels’ football season on Friday as I air an interview I did with Neate Sager. About 30 minutes or so. Might divide it up into parts during the show.
Then new music that I’ve gotten over the last few weeks. Got a lot of artists to find through the internet as well with MusicNL handing out their awards and the ECMA nominations coming out. So next few weeks will be easy to program.
The scheduled CFRC hockey broadcast for Saturday is not happening. Game will be added in the new year. It was a road game in Ottawa and after the long football season I think another road trip would a bit much. Need to give the guys a bit of a break.
Here are couple of links for University sports fans to visit.
Only caught the end of the Grey Cup, but that was the only part that mattered. I will copy my Facebook status.
“As a Bruins fan I’d like to welcome the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the “too many men penalty against Montreal in a big playoff game” club. After 30 years we have company.”
Got to sleep later than usual so when I got up Montreal had won and I heard about how they won. Luckily had TSN on the PVR and rewound it. Damn. Talk about a game where the losing team really did give away the victory.
I forgot earlier to mention Mike Giffin is on the Montreal roster. He didn’t play last week with an injury and was questionable for the Grey Cup. So either was Queen’s was going to have an alumni on the winning side.
TSN’s technical problems continued. As I watched TSN The Reporters Sunday morning I saw a graphic for the TV schedule that afternoon.
“2009 Grey Cup : Blue Jays vs Tigers”
Wow. And to make sure I didn’t imagine that with my lack of sleep Chris Zelkovich saw it as well.
Another columnist at The Toronto Star mentioned missed plays by the cameramen and announcers as well during the Vanier Cup.
TSN pushed the blame for the Vanier Cup errors. So it was fitting that graphic thing happened to show the last 2 weekends of errors were not just someone else’s fault.
If you are “Canada’s Sports Leader” then stop making excuses. They had too much coverage on the weekend for their resources it came back to bit them. Queen’s/Calgary suffered as I heard the halftime show was spent on the Grey Cup. How about talking about the game at hand?
Let’s hope these problems don’t come up at the Olympics. If they can’t handle Queen’s/Calgary properly I’m not hopeful for all the sports they have to help cover.
The Score had much better coverage this season when they were handling CIS Football. They are 3rd place among the sport stations and games on The Score didn’t have all those technical issues.
Other blogs about the Vanier Cup.
By the way, it is still stupid the Grey Cup is only available on cable TV now. Should be TSN doing the game for CTV so more Canadians can watch. Last year I found out the contract between TSN and the CFL does not allow that. Not everyone has cable/satellite. I still read about many fans who can’t watch the game across the country.
Now we’re in the situation where the SuperBowl is on CTV but you have to have pay to watch the Grey Cup. Slightly backwards.
The Golden Gaels are the 2009 Vanier Cup champions after erasing a 25-7 deficit at halftime to beat Calgary 33-31. First win since 1992 and Queen’s fans on Twitter exploded at the end of the game. Searched “GAELS” and there was a tonne of messages.
CFRC hit the maximum amount of online listeners within a few minutes of kickoff. If we could have had more listeners we would have since TSN’s technical difficulties caused a lot of headaches. Their feed wasn’t working at the start of the game and it went out 2 more times in the 1st quarter. Little embarrassing for “Canada’s Sports Leader”.
Glad the refs didn’t decide the ending because that was a bad officiating crew. At halftime on CFRC we had someone from the Calgary broadcast drop by and he also agreed about the blown calls by the refs.
But back to the positives, congratulations to the team on the victory. It looked a little bleak at halftime. I did say to someone at the station “holding Calgary to some field goals in the first half is a good thing”. Queen’s took over the second half and holding Calgary to less points in the 1st half was a big difference in the game. Made the deficit a manageable one.
In my 4th season of working on the Queen’s broadcasts they win the entire thing. That means I can’t put the win in in perspective as Alumni or fans can. But you can search on Google for those who have been fans for a long time. They can put the victory in words better than I can.
I’m glad the season is over since I can get a regular amount of sleep on Saturdays before work again. Whew.
Another post coming up, thought I’d separate them.
With 3 Thursday games in honour of American Thanksgiving I better do an early post this week. So happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, and family members living in the U.S.
First up this afternoon Green Bay vs Detroit. Lions with a great win last Sunday, especially after you see the NFL films footage of Stafford since he had a microphone on during the game. After he got hit you can really hear how much in pain he was in. Told the coach couple of minutes later he could throw the ball and went in and got the winning TD.
Best part was him on the bench awaiting the extra point. Still in pain but able to get out this about the kicker “Come on Jason Hanson, do what they pay you for baby” Couldn’t have written that, especially that he said the kicker’s first and last name. In case we weren’t sure who he was talking about. 🙂
4 minutes in is after the hit.
After all of that, Stafford isn’t playing today. Damn. So I’ll go with Green Bay, but they better not take Detroit for granted.
4:15pm game is Oakland at Dallas. Cowboys should win this but after that terrible performance against the Redskins I’m not positive. A 7-6 win? Stars-Capitals could have a 7-6 game.
Night game Giants vs Broncos. NY with the win here. Last year Denver fell apart but had a different QB and coach. Must something in the Colorado water lately. I wasn’t sold on the Broncos and when I finally picked them they started their losing streak. Go figure.
Sunday games I’ll go through quickly.
Dolphins over Bills, Seahawks over Rams, Eagles over Redskins, Falcons over Bucs, Texans over Colts [one of these times Houston will beat them], Bengals over Browns, Panthers over Jets, Chargers over Chiefs, Jags over 49ers, Titans over Cards, Vikings over Bears and Ravens over Steelers.
Monday night Patriots vs Saints in New Orleans. Hmmm. If it was a Sunday game I’d barely pick the Pats. But Saints at home on a Monday night is going to ramp them up even further. New Orleans by 3.
I won’t be watching much of the Grey Cup. But easy pick of the Roughriders over the Als. Montreal chokes in this game on a frequent basis. 1-6 record the last 7 times! That’s insane.
Kingston’s Rob Bagg is with Saskatchewan. He was with Queen’s when I started at CFRC so be nice for him to win.
As for Saturday’s Vanier Cup I’ll pick Queen’s over Calgary. Wild guess of a score of 35-28. But honestly I don’t know much about Calgary’s team.
Kick off at 12pm with a pregame starting around 11am on CFRC. It’s getting a lot of attention in town. The Ale House downtown is opening at 11am on Saturday for the game. Wow, for a Queen’s football game.
It’s on TSN for those who want to watch the game. But who wrote the TSN promos for the Vanier Cup? It keeps saying Canada’s COLLEGE football championship.
No. The U.S. has College Football we have University Football. Why The Score calls their coverage “University Rush”. Very sloppy mistake from TSN. And I’ve seen different ads in which say ‘college’.
Friday’s show I think I’m going to play a lot of songs from The Band’s The Last Waltz. Bring out the hour I played on Canadian Thanksgiving. Then some bonus songs I have. With one of the boxsets they had songs from the rehearsal of the concert. Very rare to hear those.
Next Friday finally back LIVE on the show. First week in December by the time that rolls around. Will have Neate Sager on to talk about the Queen’s Football season, win or lose.
Now offline for a while. Watch some NFL football this afternoon.
Queen’s won the Mitchell Bowl on Saturday, in case you didn’t hear somehow. Beat Laval 33-30 so my streak of playoff predictions came to an end. Oh well. LOL.
Calgary vs Queen’s in the Vanier Cup on Saturday. First time in that game for the Golden Gaels since 1992. For those who will be listening or watching it is a 12pm EST kickoff so an hour earlier than usual. Keep that in mind.
Wasn’t a post on Sunday since I was tired from a long day/night with football and work. So here are the links to Friday night’s show.
Kyra and Tully before their CD release party and the music of Jenn Grant who also played at that concert.
Second hour with live music from Bruce Cockburn who played a few songs at the Kyra and Tully CD release concert that weekend.