Glad the first Canadian Gold Medal went to someone that the media wasn’t expecting. 4th time the charm for Alexandre Bilodeau. Didn’t qualify for 1998, broken neck in 2002 and battling mono in 2006. 13 years on the team and his first Olympics.
As for the reaction I saw where I am in Kingston, one word “quiet”. Mainly because of timing. Here in Ontario, Monday is a holiday. Family Day. It was really quiet due to the holiday. Myself, I woke up after it had happened. I stayed up to watch some afternoon events but I work at 11pm so I did have to catch some shuteye. Men’s Nordic Combined had a great finish. Top 4 raced to the line and all finished within a second of each other and collapsed.
As for the Gold in the moguls a couple of people came by during work and asked about it. Both were from Quebec and had my reaction. Glad but more relieved that we I don’t have to hear all that talk.
Woman I spoke to said “I’m happy I don’t have to hear Canada has never won a gold medal at home anymore.” Not the reaction I think a Gold Medal is supposed to have. Thanks CTV/Rogers for running the ads so much you made us sick of the Gold Medal talk. Bravo. Relief is a strange emotion to have after someone winning something.
I bet if Canada gets a second Gold people will be more excited and happy around here. They’re going nuts in Vancouver but with the holiday it’s been subdued. Saturday night a lot people coming by asking about what medals were won. Sunday I spoke to two people.
Walking downtown after work and the majority of places are closed downtown. Even a convenience store and Indigo Books. Only thing I saw open was the fast food joints.
Wonder if the other sports today had anything to do with it. TSN wasn’t “Canada’s Sports Leader” Sunday. Olympic coverage? Not Sunday afternoon. TSN showed Daytona 500 which you could get on FOX. I change it to TSN2 and get the Pebble Beach Pro-Am which was on CBS. Huh? If I have TSN I have CBS and FOX.
Sunday Night TSN continued with non-Olympic programming with the NBA All Star Game. At least with the NBA case TNT is not available in Canada. But showing all that on Sunday during the Olympics seemed a bit much. I have TSN2 so the NBA could have been put there. I know not a lot of people have TSN2. Basketball fans should since Raptors get bumped to TSN2 a lot.
Some blogs about the weekend coverage. Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star, once a guest on CFRC Offsides with Tyler King. Julie Stewart-Binks who worked on our CFRC broadcasts. She’s currently in England. Finally William Houston with the same thoughts I had about the “choking” comment during the moguls on Saturday. See yesterday’s blog for that. I’m not the only one who used the “if NBC had done that Canadians would’ve went nuts” line. 🙂
Bad luck so far for these games. Weather causing headaches and they’ve canceled 4000 tickets for events at Cypress. Too bad if you had standing room general admission. Because you will get a refund but no chance to watch. Heavy rains have washed away so much snow they had to cancel tickets. That’s $400,000 in sales that will have to be paid back.
Not the only problems at Cypress. Buses running late and drivers getting lost. Not a shock because Kingston Whig-Standard had a story about Kingston Transit drivers going to Vancouver to drive buses. Drivers from across the country came there to be part of it. Great for those guys. However if you are not from an area and get their shortly before an event that is not a recipe for smooth transportation. You take a wrong turn you might not know how to get back.
Some quotes from Renee Smith-Valade of Vanoc about what’s been going on.
“Cypress is like your special child. Your special child that’s bright and talented and good-looking and causes you all kinds of worries, but they’re still your special child. So that’s what Cypress is.”
That’s strange enough I don’t need to make another comment.
Sounds like they might smarten up about one really silly thing. Having a fence around the Olympic Cauldron keeping people from getting to it. This is where I can blame that ugly design for part of it. Clearly someone who might be intoxicated might attempt to climb it. The way the logs [or whatever you want to call them] are at an angle makes it easy or at least inviting for troublemakers.
Fencing it off though has been bad P.R. The point of the cauldron outside is for the public. The IOC mandates it has to be outdoors. Which has never been an issue till this time. Decision to hold it indoors at a stadium that sucks like BC Place is still mind boggling. See Jody’s article I put up on Day 1. I thought too that Vancouver getting the games meant a new stadium. Wrong.
If you don’t know they are putting $200 Million worth of renovation into BC Place. After the Olympics. Don’t bother trying to figure that out. Call me crazy but I would want to put money into something before the world comes to visit. Not afterwards.
Leave to Atlantic Canada to bring a tonne of talent to the Olympics. Anyone in BC should visit Atlantic Canada house.
Amount of music there is huge. Tonne of people I’ve played on the show since I started. This is the list of ones that have been played on ‘Salt Water Music’ that are playing vancouver over the next 2 weeks. I must have a good memory.
Grand Theft Bus
Tim Chiasson and Morning Fold
In Flight Safety
The Irish Descendants
The Olympic Symphonium
Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne
Whew. And there are even more artists. That is a big list.
Luckily I have 3 days off from work so I can watch more of the events live. Saw many things but just replayed on overnights at work. Not quite the same but at least I get to see them.
Just an hour this week but lots of music. Had a new guy doing the pregame and intermission reports for the hockey game. So I was showing him the ropes, which explains why you don’t hear me much during the hour. 🙂
Start off with The Dardanelles who I hadn’t played before. Group from St. John’s. Then some brand new music from Shanneyganock, who have a new CD coming out soon. Then back to 1996 with The Irish Descendants. End the hour with some of Ryan’s Fancy ‘Sea People’ Album. I’ll be interviewing Fergus for a future show so look out for that.
An hour or so tonight due to Queen’s Hockey. Last regular season game of the year. Possibly the last broadcast of the season. Might be a playoff game but they need a win and help to get in.
Tonight brand new music from Shanneyganock and the Dardanelles.
Next week I’ll air the interview I did with Sora and some of her music. New CD is coming out soon. She lives in the Calgary area and has some upcoming shows I’ll mention for the western listeners.
Sunday I’m doing double duty with interviews. Taping the first one with Andrea Wittgens. She’s a singer/songwriter from Antigonish and is a Queen’s grad. Currently living in Seattle.
And a couple of hours later I’m interviewing Fergus O’Byrne of Ryan’s Fancy. If you read the Herald piece you saw me talking about it would be a great honour to interview him or Denis Ryan from the group. By the way, Toni Marie personally made that happen. Other than the print interview she was the one who landed him as a guest on my show. 🙂
Toni and I did the interview by email between Christmas and New Years. So it was a bit of a wait for it to make print. 2 weeks before it was printed Fergus was on NTV News during the weather with Toni Marie. Of course you see her do 3 or 4 live hits during the hour. Which means the rest of the time they sit and wait.
So she was talking to Fergus between the live hits and mentioned the Herald piece. Fergus said he’d love to do an interview and passed along his email to Toni Marie who got it to me. Voila!
So I have to thank Toni Marie, twice. 🙂
Busy first hour of music. 5 songs from Andrea Wittgens’ brand new CD. Also first time playing music by Colette Cheverie and at the end of the hour Abby Pond. Other songs by Great Big Sea, Natalie MacMaster, Shanneyganock, The Fables and Ron Hynes
End of the first hour as I made some NFL picks. Was eating up some time till the top of the hour. Listen as I talk about my sister beating me in Week 1. 🙂
Then back to music with Sherry Ryan, Trish Kerr, Holly Larocque, Drumlin, Grand Theft Bus, Air Traffic Control and The Angelshakes.