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Bill Good’s Breakfast Show is Toast.

July 10th, 2014 · 75 Comments

Announced today to CKNW staff:

From: Ian Koenigsfest
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:32 PM To: * CRVAN – Everyone Subject: Bill Good

For nearly 26 years Bill Good has called CKNW home and has interviewed tens of thousands of people including Prime Ministers, CEO’s, sports heroes and a vast array of entertainment superstars. Bill has also spoken to regular people in the community who have overcome tremendous obstacles or have simply made our society a better place.

After careful consideration, Bill has decided to retire from his daily show to pursue other opportunities which don’t require him getting up at 6 am every day and leaving the Sunshine Coast on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

A Webster, ACTRA and RTDNA winner, Bill Good is an icon in our business and we are extremely proud of his contribution to CKNW and to broadcasting in British Columbia.

Please join me in wishing Bill all the best for the future. Bill’s last show will be August 1, 2014.

Ian J.  Koenigsfest | Senior Brand Director AM Programming

 

Tags: British Columbia · Media

75 responses so far ↓

  • 1 e.a.f. // Jul 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    when I saw it earlier today on the ticker tape at the bottom of the 24/7 vancouver news channel, I wondered how long it would take you to get the article up. O.K. now I know.

    It was time for him to go. However, given the nature of these organizations we ought not to expect anything much better. Corporate policy will dictate what is produced and said.

    Hey, here is a nice thought, Christy is going back to her old job and some one else can take over her current position and just maybe the province will get out of the financial hell hole we are in. well one can dream.

    Interesting memo thought. Bill Good got fired. Not enough listeners but that was in part due to the corporate policies. Perhaps Bill could start a blog. Then we could find out what he actually thought through those years while he collected his pay cheque.

    (Response: Believe it or not…I actually do have a life outside blogging … and leave my home to do other things. My fun in retirement is not necessarily to be first, but to get the word out when I can so folks who read this blog know what’s going on … and have a wide public forum for THEIR reaction. Should be interesting…but please keep it clean, respectful …and legally defensible! LOL! :) h.o.

  • 2 angela // Jul 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    As long as he doesn’t get a taxpayer funded job in “communications” this is fantastic news.

    But I fear that the damage done to CKNW is irreparable at this point. Hope I’m wrong.

    (Response: Are there any openings for Senators? h.o.)

  • 3 D. M. Johnston // Jul 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    No surprise, especially if the CORUS Crew read yours and many other blogs.

    But id “Dead Dog 98″ thinks that Bill’s exit will improve ratings, I think a rethink is in order, but this will never happen as the accountants run the show and accountants lack both sense and imagination.

    So who is going for the morning slot? What Liberal friendly voice will soothe the supporters?

    Unfortunately Bill good was not the problem per se, rather he was the result of CORUS mismanagement and owner ennui. What was once “Top dog” is now and “old dog” and maybe too late to teach it new tricks.

    (Response: Depends on who they get to replace him: my personal opinions is they need someone who can get good …forgive the pun … political discussions going, raise a little hell and represent “the people”, not the corporations and the establishment … Michael Smyth (agree or disagree with him) would be a listener magnet; Michael Eckford a boring disaster; Simi Sara a morning ratings loser. How about Allan Garr? Ken Georgetti? Marke Milke? Carole Taylor? Jim Sinclair? Now, people would be talking …and listening. h.o)

  • 4 Dave P // Jul 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Too little too late.

    Bill had his day, but his day has long come and gone.

    The writing has been on the wall for a long time and obviously his ratings have been in the tank as well.

    I wish him well in retirement. He will be free to be paid handsomely and shill for whoever at will now.

    I was speaking with a member of the media a while back and they made an excellent point.

    The problem with Bill Good, Phillip Till, Bruce Allen et al is that;
    1) they are all well past their expiry date
    2) they don’t really have anything to say that YOU HAVE TO HEAR and haven’t for some time……

    When was the last time you heard someone say “Did you listen to Good or Bruce Allen about…??? fact is you don’t anymore and haven’t for a while.

    This is what happens when you offend much of your former audience, lose many due to poor decision making (ie: loss of Canucks and Lions, overload commercials) and bad, boring, uninspired programing that caters to people who have a particular political bent or are elderly or in an increasing minority demographically.

    The same is happening to Global .. mores the pity

    The suits and beancounters in Toronto rule the roost and we pay the price.

    Bottom line, those that make the decisions in the East don’t have to listen to or watch what they destroyed.

    On another note, Corus reported losses of over 30 Million dollars. Gee I wonder why.. perhaps catcha clue, but then maybe not. After all it’s all about share value and dividends, screw the viewer or listener they don’t make us money mentality.

    Well assclowns we are your customers! Maybe it’s time you think about that before making stupid decisions and respect your audience.

    (Response: I think you’re quite perceptive …and reminds me of how they USED TO say about BCTV as well …”Did you see the Newshour story on…” Not heard that for a very long time. I heard about the Corus loss… $30 million …surely can’t blame NW for all of that …but in a capitalistic society, I would think heads should roll with such a dismal performance..unless those responsible are really AT THE TOP and their minions were just “following orders” and doing to NW and other stations what we’ve all witnessed for years. Turning out all my blogging whines are proving correct..but yet, I feel more sad than glad. h.o)

  • 5 Gary T. // Jul 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Ken Georgetti, and Jim Sinclair are too far removed from the Dead Dog philosophy. They occupy a spot that most people do not believe exists. Carole Taylor would be a good fit , people could identify with her. The other two, i know nothing about, so I have no opinion about them.

    (Response: No doubt politically not a great fit for Corus bosses … EXCEPT remember, capitalists like to make MONEY ..and if they can make a lot of it by hiring revolutionaries who ATTRACT listeners, and advertising dollars …they should do it. I personally would love to listen to Sinclair interviewing Clark, Phil Hockstein, Fassbender etc. h.o)

  • 6 Larry Bennett // Jul 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Johnston – You got a problem with “old dogs”? We may smell a bit and our bite is not what it once was, but we did our job over the years, picking up a few fleas along the way, but well, where were you? Listening I’d bet!

    Juvenis qui gaudet canibus!

  • 7 angela // Jul 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    It is sad. I’m only 41 but I remember Webster and Bannerman. Rafe Mair more so. These are men who had no fear and fought for all British Columbians. I was a child and I could feel their passion and I may not have understood everything they were talking about but I knew I should pay attention.

    Bill Good and his progeny squandered what was built by great men over many years for what? Their own vanity. Jessica Gares probably thinks she’s going to step in.

    It is sad indeed. Because at least I remember what it was like. So many people have no idea how integral CKNW used to be political discourse in BC. Now it is pure propaganda. It’s actually dangerous to listen to if you can’t think critically.

    (Response: Interesting review of SUCCESSFUL interrogators! And what do they all have in common? They were on the side of the ordinary working people, championing THEIR causes and sentiments …community rabble-rousers, unionists, not big business (HST), the establishment (entrepreneurs/executives)and the government side in disputes (teachers) etc. And their interviews with politicians were so uncomfortable, so wonderful to listen to and watch. Real plebeian …which made them WELL-LOVED …and very rich too! h.o.)

  • 8 len // Jul 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    If nw were to hire someone legit for the A.M. slot, fore sure no one from government would show up. if little mikey was to take the big chair who would he give thanks to every morning? surely not Koenigsfest. perhaps Alex Tsakumis has been waiting in the wings he does have a flair for the dramatic.

    (Response: Actually government politicians know they have to show up …esp if the host keeps exposing their refusals to do so and therefore listeners hear only from those on the other side … people complaining about government or the opposition. And politicians know their refusals to show up …except around election time …could become a HUGE damaging issue. h.o)

  • 9 D. M. Johnston // Jul 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    @ Larry

    I am an old smelly dead dog as I just turned 59. But, I also played rugby (prop) until I was 57 and had to crawl off the field in the last game I played. As such, this old dead dog still has some bite, something the other dead dog does not have.

    Dead Dog 98 has to go through a metamorphosis of some sort, like Doctor Who, coz if they don’t, the once mighty’98 will face extermination, a la the Dylecs!

    (Response: Have you heard their latest? On weekends around 11 a.m. they run two hours of an AMERICAN program …called TED or something. I listened for a few minutes but get turned off when I tune in a Canadian radio station and the topics are about the BIG holiday …July 4 … or talk about retirement savings rules … 401Ks! What is THAT all about????? Can Corus programming “experts” really be serious? h.o)

  • 10 frosty // Jul 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Bill….politics?? Christy set up old pal Pamela pretty well. Re replacements….they’re trying to get younger (aren’t we all). Even releasing their best older sales types…. so….locally it’s either Drex, Michael and Fiona…or….(ya think) Toronto!!

    No one’s mentioned Shawn Leslie. No hell, but younger and CHEAP.

    (Response: Frosty this is all your fault, Webster’s fault, Rafe’s fault etc Because if you guys had not been so GOOD (yikes!), no one would have noticed the drop after you guys left. And when a station’s all day ratings drop it from Top Dog to Number Nine or Number 12 mutt status. something has clearly gone wrong. h.o)

  • 11 D. M. Johnston // Jul 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    It is sad, but the Canadian 1%, really think they are Americans (too much time spent in Hawaiian, Palm Springs, or New Mexico condos) and I think these people have lost complete touch with Canadian reality. All those well heeled Canadian elites, really haven’t a clue about the current realities we have to face, because their tax cuts means people like me must pay more and more and more.

    The 99% had an advocate once and that was radio 98, Rafe Mair, Garry Bannerman, Jack Webster, David Brenner, and once even Bill Good.

    But the Eastern evil took control of the radio after ‘wee’ Arthur screwed things up so badly that he had to sell the radio station. The Top Dog, became a Dead Dawg and more, it became a Canadian version of Radio Moscow, with its daily chants of propaganda. Those who remained, became infected with this hateful view, until rating have collapsed so far down the drain, recovery will be all but impossible.

    The American influenced 1% have screwed up again, turning a winning formula into defeat as NW’98 ceased to be the “peoples” radio, by turning into “Gordo’s” radio.

    Alas, poor ‘NW, I knew it well, Rafe!

    Now, only if they can get rid of Micheal Campbell and his daily screed of Bilderberg propaganda, then NW may have a chance to renew itself.

  • 12 AndyO // Jul 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I think I what I will miss about Bill Good was his Cutting Edge with Palmer and Baldrey. How I would talk or yell back to the radio when they would misrepresent the truth. How, especially Bill, would gave their holier than thou attitude towards callers. How they “knew” what was going on and we didn’t. Last week, Bill on a couple of occasions justified his opinion as a rebuttal to tweets. But reading your blogs and others, and the “retirement” of Phil Till, it looked like he was hedging towards this. Let the accolades roll.

    (Response: I enjoy the Friday Cutting Edge … although they too sometimes seem to me to be a little too establishment- comfortable and close to the politicians they “cover”; also like the Monday morning quarterbacks with Spector (smart and very frank) and Byers (although too biased to a fault). No reason that whoever takes over the show couldn’t keep those features … unless they get someone whose political knowledge base doesn’t go back beyond that week’s newspapers. h.o)

  • 13 seven // Jul 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I’m with Mike all the way. He listens and emotes, two important skills for a talk show host.

    I always felt Good had an axe to grind, and was insensitive to those who were nervous and inarticulate. Not a man of the people like Rex Murphy who put people at their ease, or Mike, who is that guy you could go for a beer with.

    Champagne Bill doesn’t speak for Joe six pack.

    (Response: Your last line is what I’ve heard, in different ways, from many in the past few years …both inside and outside the business. h.o)

  • 14 seven // Jul 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Most of the commercials are annoying, so small town and grating. An insult to one’s intelligence.
    I’m assuming NW does it ad production in house; they need to engage a hip ad company to refresh the yappy messaging.

    (Response: Judging by the huge drop in their ratings, the public has the same problem with their programming! h.o)

  • 15 Gordon Stewart // Jul 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I vote for Alex Tsakumis; like him or not he would definitely have an opinion and would take no prisoners.

    (Response: I’d sure dial in …but some at Corus may fear he’d also keep their legal department busy as well. :) h.o.

  • 16 Les H. // Jul 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    First, my best wishes to Mr. Bill Good. Long tenure deserves such.

    This said I’ve been listening to CKNW 98 going back to the mid 1980′s. Back then it was, do I listen to CKNW or CJOR for entertaining and informative talk. Many a good radio hosts graced both stations over the years. Oh not that I in total agreement shook my head up and down to all of them all of the time but I learned about topics at hand and heard not only their views, views of guests but also views of the callers.

    NW nailed programming near perfect each day starting with Frosty in the morning and throughout the day other great hosts, Bannerman, Maire, Good (in his younger days) Keefer, Rick Honey, Warren, and Dan Russell on sports talk. I’m missing so many others too. CJOR back then had Dave Barrett, Barry Clark, Pat Burns and other until they went to pot in 1987 with a format change.

    To see CKNW’s downfall over the last oh 5-7 -8 years or so is tragic. Too corporate, too quazi-infomercial, too skating the easy line, not enough callers, not enough edge and dirt digging. Not just the radio hosts and their producers but the decline of the news department as well.

    I fondly recall the halcyon days of talk radio here on the Wet Coast. It is sad to see it fall apart. Not sure if it can be fixed. The station I listened too at night was the great KGO 810 out of S.F. The best talk radio station in the USA for so many years. I enjoyed how it complimented my CKNW and back then CJOR days. Sadly KGO 810 is a shell of itself and probably on death’s door. This was a station that back in the day they said the Soviets had ships off the California coast to listen to its programing to get a pulse on the USA.

    Today I listen to CKNW very little. To many good people now gone there. Killing off it’s sports dept. and Sportstalk really set me going this way. Now I keep rah rah, jingositic Team 1040 on most of the time when radio is on in my home and car. Not that it’s a well run station either. But it’s a safe diversion in life based on the the fact that sports are really just a frivolity and as such can be enjoyed with all the sports talk hosts for simple enjoyment only.

    I miss the days that CKNW 98 WAS THE TOP DOG! I miss the days of the MIGHTY KGO810 in S.F.! I guess they may only remain in my memories. TOO BAD and TOO SAD!

    (Response: One of your sentences sums it up perfectly: “To see CKNW’s downfall over the last oh 5-7 -8 years or so is tragic. Too corporate, too quazi-infomercial, too skating the easy line, not enough callers, not enough edge and dirt digging. Not just the radio hosts and their producers but the decline of the news department as well.” That line should be read, studied and acted upon by EVERY talk show radio programmer who wonders about declining ratings. Anyone who has read this blog knows I have commented and sounded warnings on MANY occasions to my colleagues in the broadcast business: almost none of them listened; many of them shunned me; I got kicked off the Webster volunteer judges panel; certainly no Lifetime Achievement Award or Order of BC (LOL)! But all THEIR dropping ratings and YOUR comment and those of others flowing forth recently are KEEPING IT REAL and validate our critiques more than any of them can deny. h.o)

  • 17 harry lawson // Jul 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Harvey.

    think of corus as the titanic, you can rearrange seats and staff at different post yet she still sank.

    you can clear the decks at nw bring in new personalities.

    unless they also restructure the management team as well give the staff true autonomy , i believe that they are destined for failure.

    (Response: Well, I guess when you drop from Number One in the ratings to Number 12 … some may believe you’ve already arrived at your failure destination. But unlike the Titanic, NW has not yet hit bottom …so they could still be rescued… unless they decide to go “Ted Show” every morning, five days a week! h.o)

  • 18 ISLAND LOOKOUT // Jul 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    GOOD NIGHT…

    Bill.

    It’s been a slice, but for about the last year or so, I’ve been hearing too much sameness in your presentation, not enough volatility. Not enough sparkle and shine.

    THE PICTURE FROM THE PAST

    As Gary Bannerman would tell me, when I worked with him on the Investigators program, so long ago: “We gotta crank up the folks!”

    That line popped up many times, always in a commercial break, after a particularly painful segment when no one was calling in!

    Gary would cook up something to say, literally in a heart beat, then run with it and sure nuff the “folks” would call. Whew!

    That was “real radio” back then devoid of marketing geniuses, PR flunkies and other assorted media pilot fish drooling over our tensed-up shoulders.

    It was by guess and by God in the sure knowledge that we KNEW deep down what was pissing everyone off out there in radio-land.

    And NW had the listeners, lots of ‘em.
    And, for a few years, I was there behind one of those Top Dog microphones, a rare privilege I shall never forget.

    Bill, you look pooped out. The radio station IS pooped out.

    Nobody mentioned in today’s blog-fest will make a worthy successor. That person will show up unless “they” plan a format change to elevator music or white and pink sound.

    This is a significantly sad day in local broadcasting history.

    A lot of good people have been churned through that mill over the decades.

    My goodness.

    Cheers, Bill. Good for you.

  • 19 Paul // Jul 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Great to hear that Bill is going. The most over rated person on radio. He was soft on the Liberals and was really out of touch with the average person. How could he win any awards???
    But my question is this Harvey, did he jump or was he pushed? I heard him say a that he was not going any soon just a a few weeks back. I hardly listen to him anymore as he was boring and pridictable.
    Next to go is that blowheart Mike Campbell, who thinks everyone should be working for minimum wages, except him and his brother who is collecting a big pay chq, and due how many pensions?
    Lets get you on the radio to do the am show. We would get someone who would ask some hard questions with some follow up questions. And please tell me that Sean Leslie will not get the job as he is just as bad if not worst that Billy.
    Thanks

    (Response: No, no! I’m retired …already planning my Fall trip abroad. I thought I also heard him mention he wasn’t going anywhere .. maybe something made him change his mind? Like NW ratings or Corus $30 million loss? Or he’s just had enough of …well, you name it. If he doesn’t take some other kind of work, I hope he enjoys retirement as much as I have! h.o)

  • 20 Larry Bennett // Jul 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Mr. Johnston – I’m older and smellier, and my bark is worse than my bite (always was). Did Les H mention Warren (as in Peter?) The guy gave my address out over the air when I lived in Surrey! We disagreed on something or other. Another time I made a complaint to the Broadcast Standards about him allowing a punk to give the ole F.U. to a Bishop on air. He claimed it was a faulty 10 second delay button. Oh yeah, right! He was given a mild rebuke. However he did pick me to share first prize in a limerick contest he initiated, with someone in Ontario. I sent in dozens, mostly dissing himself. He could take it as well as hand it out, I’ll give him that, and of course he was a boxer in his time, so I never dared to go nose to nose with him!

  • 21 elle // Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    All I can say is “GOOD”. He has been phoning it in for years. The only time he becomes animated is when he is challenged for being biased. Then he will stew about it and keep contradicting everyone that has called in until such time as he feels he has made his point. Then he goes back to being bill boring. Who gets that much vacation time??? I, for one, will be glad to never have to hear “Oh, caller” again as he sneers at someone who he deems to have an opinion that is not quite up to snuff. It is funny that you mention senate because hubby and I have always said that he is aiming for a senate seat with his politically onside leaning. If you rub someone the right way long enough, something is bound to happen. It’ll be good to hear the last of him. He capitalized on his name, made his millions and rode off into the sunset, not having done a darn thing to make this place a better place. I guess for that, you get rewarded.

    (Response: Now why didn’t you tell me that’s how it works 20 years ago? I could made millions? Had TOP politicians and Big Business Execs see me as a friend? Instead, I spent my career making them ALL mad at me for asking tough questions, coming up with reports, facts and figures they didn’t want out, chasing them down hallways and exposing their self indulgences on taxpayers’ expense. You mean I could have gotten a Senate seat if I played nice? Hmmmm! But how would I sleep at night …or be able to look at myself in the mirror…or anyone else walking down the street? h.o.)

  • 22 13 // Jul 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    So this is NWs chance to grab a life ring and save itself. Bye Bye to Bill and Phil. Hello to Mike Smyth. If they dont get Smitty then bring Jon Mcomb in from 6am till noon. Send him to the bar for 3 hrs then bring him in again from 3 to 7pm. Youve got to wonder what Mr Mcomb is thinking. Does he want to go down with the ship? He must feel kinda lonely.

  • 23 13 // Jul 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Larry , I got Peter W so pissed at me that as he cut me off he screamed into the mike ” Same to you buddy”. I just got on with it.

  • 24 Larry Bennett // Jul 11, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Peter loved callers like yourself and he definitely attracted a certain sector of the radio listening public and we kind of liked to accommodate him.
    Unfortunately the internet seems to have a horrible effect on radio and the print media. While I still like my paper in the A.M., there is nothing for me on the radio; I mean, have you given an ear to what passes as music these days?

  • 25 skidder // Jul 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Finally!! One can only hope that whoever is hired to replace Good, has no relatives involved with government or a political party.

    (Response: Well, that exempts a few possibilities right there. But even if he/she has no direct connections, what’s really needed is a healthy skepticism of all of them …and the JOY of going after them when they lie, obfuscate, get caught favoring relatives, friends, party supporters, companies, unions … anyone except the interests of the general public ..you know, the ones who pay for it all. The working class need a CHAMPION … and Good was certainly not that! h.o)

  • 26 Henri // Jul 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Part of response to #21 from Harve ( You mean I could have gotten a Senate seat if I played nice? Hmmmm! But how would I sleep at night …or be able to look at myself in the mirror…or anyone else walking down the street? h.o.)
    For not doing the above you have attained what money cannot buy, loyal friends and most importantly respect.
    I have doubts that Bill has mirrors in home. My thoughts on CKNW, it’s best before due date has long passed. The present generation have no interest what’s so ever in this medium nor newspapers. Myself included.

    (Response: Thanks. I really know that … couldn’t imagine myself being any other way. Can ANYONE picture ME defending ANY party’s official line when I know it’s a load of crud and bad for BC, or being a spokesman for a company that I know is ripping off the taxpayers etc.? I guess it would make for great photo ops …h.o. throwing up in the middle of his own speech or breaking out into hysterical laughter as he pointed out a company’s lower taxes (HST), subsidies, writeoffs and grants would be passed on to consumers in lower prices! LOL! LOL! LOL! Nope ..still can’t do it! h.o)

  • 27 Gene the Bean // Jul 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Smyth would just be another Liberal blow-hard like Good. Simi had promise a few years ago but the rot in management has turned her shine into a rusty pallor.
    They will just re-format the station.
    The house cleaning should have taken place five years ago. But in saying that, they had another election to win…

    (Response: If you see Smyth as a Liberal pusher, you clearly have not listened to him….or wouldn’t be satisfied by anyone who sees anything other than the NDP or Green side of things …which the public have repeatedly say does not sell to most. h.o)

  • 28 e.a.f. // Jul 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

    the question the corporation needs to ask is: is talk radio dead? then if yes, its time to change the format and be done with it or hang up the license. If talk radio still has an audience, as many here have suggested it maybe time to get someone who can actually give listeners something to listen to. That won’t be happening because corporations have a political agenda and sometimes they just can’t see past it to their profit margin. Some have a rather poor view of their listeners.

    Why would I listen to the station? haven’t in over 20 yrs. so what would make me turn on the radio again? would I turn to Ken and Jim, most likely not, heard enough of them at conventions. retired politicians, not so much. what would I listen to perhaps someone younger, with a different view and some outrageous comments and very good investigative reporters.

    the days of just having a “name” guest come in and talk about their agenda is over and done with. A rotating list of hosts from various fields mighty work, with a real story to tell, with facts, figures, etc. so when a politician comes on, they squirm, they have to give an answer, no voiding it. Gee, might give the gig to Mulcair, he knows how to ask the questions. and that may just be the ticket, someone who knows how to ask questions, knows how to not accept answers which aren’t answers and some really good investigations into all sorts of stuff in this province. they could give some bloggers in the neighbourhood a guest shot every couple of weeks, people would tune in. same old, every day, not going to work.

    (Response: We should not forget …radio provides information and ENTERTAINMENT and it’s usually the latter that keeps listeners tuned in beyond the first 10 minutes of the hour, except for the occasional terrifically informative documentary. The entertainment is often music or talk and in the case of talk, it NEEDS someone who has a definitive opinion, but encourages both sides to battle it out…and the most successful in Vancouver have always championed the public … who LISTEN, not government, the establishment or corporations, most of whom are seldom tuned in themselves, but have reps who monitor. h.o)

  • 29 Izzy Stone lives on! // Jul 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Good bye Mr. Bill…..ooooooooooo. Polishing turds like Bush and Blair and the 1% will hold you in good stead in your next reincarnation. As for Michael Smyth….really? He earned his stripes with a clapped out Grapes imitation and exposing a tryst which paved the way for Gordon Campbell to become Liberal leader…you know the rest. I’m not one who believes in coincidences. Dating myself, he’s always reminded me of Gunther Toody from Car 54…. OOOHH…OOOH!

    (Response: Easy to criticize …but you failed to say WHO would you see as fair for the job? h.o)

  • 30 Doug Brown // Jul 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Bill Good’s father must be rolling over in his grave as he watched what his son had become. His exit is long overdue from the broadcast industry.
    My choice would be AGT to become the champion of the people. Although Alex leans to the right I have heard him come down on them as well. He will also give credit where it is due whether left or right.

    (Response: I disagree: while I have not been a great fan of Good’s show in recent years, he certainly had a terrific career of many, many successes …and is probably a multi-millionaire … so I think his dad would be quite proud, and with pretty good reason. h.o)

  • 31 SunWuKong // Jul 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    “Easy to criticize …but you failed to say WHO would you see as fair for the job?”
    Having no connections or experience in the corporate radio world, who do they normally recruit from?
    Is college radio or other local independents fair game or do the candidates normally need to be working in corporate radio somewhere in North America already?
    Given their receding ratings and prominence in Greater Van, what kind of profile could they reasonably expect/demand for a replacement?

    (Response: As I’ve stated in previous responses, they need someone who could champion for ordinary taxpayers …not the Libs or NDP or Tories or Greens … not corporations or unions… and I gave a list of some possibilities. h.o)

  • 32 elle // Jul 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    If you are looking for a champion of the ordinary taxpayer, how about Jordan Bateman? He is not afraid to go after anyone. I sure hope they don’t consider Gord MacDonald who always addresses his audience as “the listener” as if there is only one. If CKNW keeps this up, there will only be one listener. On another note, does it not strike you as strange that Phillip Till has been going on about his retirement for a week or more and now Bill Good gives 20 days notice with CKNW having no replacements for either. I wonder if the ratings were such that contracts were not being negotiated in our celebrities’ favor. Also, in response to your response, good on you for having integrity. It is a rare commodity but very appreciated.

    (Response; Even though I have quoted his writings on occasion, I think many NDP supporters would find him too right wing/conservative for a radio talk show host..although Corus might love him! h.o)

  • 33 Lew // Jul 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Jordan Bateman? Yeah, nobody as unbiased as Rich Coleman’s former riding president.

    As for Tsakumis keeping the legal department busy, if the odd lawsuit emanated from both sides of the political spectrum, it would demonstrate that he was operating close to the edges; exactly where a good investigative journalist should be. And to my knowledge nobody sued him for the very interesting stuff he produced on his blog; stuff for the most part the pro media was afraid to touch. He has warts, but they’re not on his brain or his spine.

    David Baines, former business reporter at the Vancouver Sun was the subject of a few lawsuits, and wore them as a badge of honor. But I can’t remember one issue in his 26 years of on-air blathering that Bill Good ever said anything or delved deep enough into someone’s comfort zone to warrant a lawsuit. My guess is the closest he came was somebody suing him for inducing sleep while they were driving.

  • 34 Elle // Jul 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    There you go. I was unaware of Bateman’s connection to the Liberals. That is the nice thing about this site – people can disagree without being nasty. Talk radio can also be quite enlightening if done properly. Sometimes callers will give a completely different viewpoint than I have and I can see their point. It is a learning tool unless the host tries to manipulate it to his own viewpoint all the time and not allow diverse opinions.

    (Response: I didn’t recall that either … but indeed was president of Coleman’s constituency association. Another example of how the blogosphere can be a great way to exchange info and everyone can learn quite a lot … devoid of ads, insults, patisan attacks or even subscription fees! h.o)

  • 35 Larry Bennett // Jul 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    It seems obvious to me that William Vander Zalm is the man for the job. He’s likeable, verbose and never at a loss for words. Of course he might put a certain slant to today’s view of the world. I recall some of his detractors calling him Willy Woodenshoes. Truth is that the reason a Dutchman wears wooden shoes, is because it keeps the woodpeckers off their heads. Just kiddin’!

    (Response: I like that! He’s certainly a character, quite personable, opinionated, knowledgeable, has business savvy but a people’s view of many things and sure has an insider’s view of the BC government and dealing with Ottawa as well. Let’s hear it: “Bill – V! Bill – V! Bill -V! And of course, WE share the finders’ fee. h.o)

  • 36 e.a.f. // Jul 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Bateman certainly has the youth thing on his side and he does speak well. the problem is, he goes for the low hanging fruit and not the big ticket items. Of course he represents an organization which may not want him to go after specific topics, but when did we hear from Bateman on topics like the ferries being built in Poland some facts and figures old Christy trots out. Justin might do a decent job from time to time, but he is not Norm Farrell.

    the show could use some one Bateman’s age, Farrell’s Yuille, AGT’s, Harvey’s digging and infro and a wicked, wicked sense of humour. Sort of like a Canadian Stephen Corbert, Jon Stewart, etc.

  • 37 CanamC // Jul 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    “And a good evening to all of you Hot-liners as once again we go forward with another three hours of argument, discussion and debate…on any topic under the sun. The Hotline on CJOR is the program with no false gods or sacred cows and the ones that dare you to think, want you to think and having thoughts speak out. …It doesn’t matter to me which or what you want to talk about is of a purely local nature,regional,provincial,state wide,national,international,philosophic,outer space or sports.”

    Those were the days

    (Response:Ahhh Yes… Pat Burns!! I was on his show in Montreal TWICE during my university days …and in Vancouver, we were neighbours …he lived a block away. Some day I should reminisce on the blog about all that. h.o)

  • 38 Larry Bennett // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

    “…of course, WE share the finders’ fee.” Said like a true Dutchman!

    (Response: …or Scot, or Jewish, or Chinese, or Russian, or capitalist or communist …or, in fact…everyone I can think of !!! h.o)

  • 39 John // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

    “Bill Good’s Breakfast Show is Toast”

    My response: Hmmmmm. Interesting.

    Sorry Harvey, but Bill Good’s show is and always has been the auditory equivalent to wallpaper paste.

    (Response: I disagree … I used to quite enjoy it, years ago when I felt he was less establishment, less big business orientated. h.o.)

  • 40 JJantzi // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Wow….I am shocked that NW management actually made something happen. Unfortunately its only a couple years too late. I remember the good old days with Rafe and how he fought what he believed in.

    I honestly don’t think in the new world that we live in we can go back to a local personality too talk about politics etc.

    There are just too many big world issues which are going that are just not being covered by mainstream media. I listen to Alex Jones and although some people may not like his delivery….the information he covers is so eye opening that at first you don’t believe it until you do your own research.

    If they inserted his show into Bill’s old time slot NW would be #1 within 3 months……not too mention the people of the Lower Mainland would awake to what is coming down the road for North America….it’s not good!

    (Response: The trouble with big world issues is that …I know it sounds dumb… they’re too far away! Even those that affect us every day: air and water pollution; global warming. People get more excited/worked up/wanting to talk about things closer to home: picking up dog poop over land mines killing kids somewhere else etc. In fact, citizens are MUCH MORE likely to call their city councillor to complain than their MLA or MP….local is where most folks focus. h.o)

  • 41 Mers // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

    NW should switch to an all “Time” format announcing the current time every minute, on the minute.

    Smyth will likely replace Good.

  • 42 Izzy Stone lives on! // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

    A tag team of the Zalm and Glen Clark on a resurrected 600 AM would be great. Jim Pattison’s probably been wondering what to do to bring it out of hibernation. JB Shayne can still deliver, save por Mike Eckford from doing Young Entrepreneur s on Lap Dog ’98, jeezus, even Allan Garr ,Joy McPhail, etc, etc: politics, music, sports , community, a labour beat….whatever! C’mon, Jimmy, you can do it. How’s that, Harv, enough food for thought? Forget Corus, let’s get local!

    (Response: Yes, Jimmy..do it! I’d listen …and it certainly couldn’t hurt trying: I wasn’t even aware ‘OR is still on the air! h.o.)

  • 43 Bill Good/who dat? // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    600 AM is not on the air,Harv, hasn’t been for a few years, but Jimmy still owns the rights. Remember CBC’s Alan McFee?….The Eclectic Circus? Don Franks? An eclectic station with boat-rockers and s&$t disturbers, no bean counters with programming input and legal beagles with a sense of humour for programming input. That should be a start. Keep on keepin’ on, Harv.

    (Response: Thanks. Was wondering why it didn’t register anymore. Maybe Jimmy could buy out NW from Corus …. before their master Vancouver programming strategists (in Toronto?) drive it down to 18th place! h.o)

  • 44 Barry // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I remember back in the early ’70′s ‘NW had a morning show called “The Investigators.” It had Bannerman, Clarke, and a few others. Always stirred up the brown stuff.

    I’d love to see a new version of that. It could have the likes of Bob MacKin, Norm, Lailia, and since Johal over at Global seems bored, maybe him too. Then we might get some hard hitting stories back on the air instead of pro-establishment puff pieces. But I doubt ‘NW would want to pick up the tab for all the salaries.

    But whatever they do, get rid of Campbell! I’m fed up with his extreme right-wing/libertarian views which more and more are falling into disrepute. I turn off the radio or TV whenever he’s on. Add Levy to that list as well…

  • 45 seven // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    @/who dat?

    Gawd, how I miss Alan McFee, Clive Gilmour, Jurgen Gothe sp, Gabereau and all the others whose voices I can hear, and whose names are on the tip of my tongue…the early morning Scottish gardener on CBC BC radio, the Polish CBC classical music host who survived the Nazis…Barbara Frum….we have lost so much.

    (Response: Referring to Elwy Yost? h.o.)

  • 46 morry // Jul 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I don’t know one person who listens to talk radio. I am post 60> and so are a raft of of fiends and others that i talk to at the coffee shops. It’s over. No one is listening. The Audience has wandered off to other media. Music iTunes Sirius …CORUS is toast too.

    (Response: Well, now you do …I listen …or at least try to, in the a.m. at home or in the car out and about all day. BUT must admit..have listened much LESS in recent years: too often too boring, too comfy; lousy questioning and perceived bias. So off I go to music. Not a recipe for great talk show ratings! h.o)

  • 47 morry // Jul 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    @seven i too miss those folks. but the important part is that it was not TALK radio. It was Great Radio

  • 48 Larry Bennett // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    “And here’s your host, Elwy Yost”! I can remember very little about the guy, except I think he was bald as a cue ball. What show did he host, or just what was it he covered? And lastly, where did he get that name, or rather what nationality is that? Talk about multi-cultural!

    (Response: Here’s everything you asked about Elwy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elwy_Yost )

  • 49 Bill Good/who dat? // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    @seven.

    Otto Lowy. Commercial radio mimicking the CBC with minimal ads would still be profitable. WTF, why doesn’t the mothercorp try that? Jimmy buying ‘NW is not a bad idea. C’mon, Jimmy, think about it. Not a bad legacy on the way out.

  • 50 13 // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    @morry, I listen to talk radio. I also enjoyed the 12 to 3 slot when your heroine CC did the show.
    I like the idea of Jimmy Pattison buying NW and making it number one again. While walking a picket line in 2005 I won a contest , for that matter Ive won three times. I wonder what radio station the teachers listen to while walking the picket line? If someone can find a picketer please ask . Its a hassle going down to NW on Georgia St to pick up the prizes. Ill bet if Jim Pattison owned the station the prizes would be a lot better.
    As far as Zalm doing a radio show isnt he a bit long in the tooth.

  • 51 Les H. // Jul 13, 2014 at 1:42 am

    I lived up in the interior of B.C. in the 90′s. Could not get NW (at night on skip it came in though) so I really got into listening to CBC Radio. I ran my own business and had the radio on as back ground each work day. Weekdays began for me with Peter Gzowski. His show was wide ranging and he was able to juggle well politics, current affairs, media/celebrity stuff. His voice was golden for radio. Most of them old smokers all had great voices. Followed by Cecilia Walters, lunch time news, politics, call in show. Walters was pretty safe but IMO she ran the mid day stuff well enough. Vikki Gabereau came on mid afternoon and she was much more casual, interestng and light. I loved the radio soap operas CBC had on Vikki’s show then esp. Roomers and Borders. Those what 10-15 min shows became must listen too radio for me. Then Mark Forsythe was their drive home show and brought back news, politics and some open lines. The World at 6 and the As it Happens were and still are good show.

    CBC on Saturdays was great too. The House was a good morning show, followed by Arthur Black (Basic Black) entertainment show. Then Ron Robinson & Linda Cullen’s Double Exposure show, late morning. Quirks and Quarks science show too, well CBC became a staple for radio listening back then.

    CBC gets flamed at times but really does put out a good radio product.

    (Response: I was actually listening to something on CBC radio last weekend while driving…it was quite funny and informative at the same time. When in Ottawa I always listened to As it Happens on the way home. And cross Canada checkup …I think Rex Murphy is a true gem. But the radio station also has a reputation for pomposity and has a lot of programming that lacks mass appeal ..but that’s understandable considering their mandate. So I have tuned it ..and/or tune out depending on what’s on …but noticeably have stayed more and more …as my listening to NW has become less and less. h.o)

  • 52 seven // Jul 13, 2014 at 5:13 am

    @ /who dat?

    Yes, it was Otto Lowy, host of CBC radio’s “The Transcontinental”:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Lowy

  • 53 Beth // Jul 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

    It’s no wonder that NW’s rating are in sink, all bad all day, does anyone at NW even talk politics anymore or think about interviewing a politician? do they ever ask where our missing premier is? all the shows seem to be filled with nothing but comments that they read from twitter or face book or emails, I like hearing other peoples opinions but that’s all they do! I too remember the amazing days of Webster, Bannerman, Rafe.. in these times of zero accountability from elected officials it’s all the more missed
    Mike Smyth, not my choice, we can always count on him to re- hash a story about the fast ferries while billions are rifled out the back door of province, or another massive severance payout for someone who it seems has double crossed the public, but 13 years on the Libs can’t do a thing about it… surprised? I’m not but lets talk about coffee cup lids at NW at 930 in the am …what a waste of air time
    Bill Good’s panel of various Liberal supporters through out the week is boring and predictable. Elyse Mills and her crew are too much to take, Vaughn and Keith.. well Libs no matter what they do are good NDP are always bad the continuing bias is a harder and harder to swallow
    My biggest laugh of the week from NW. was when Bill Good was astonished that teachers had been characterized as greedy on his shows.. good one
    I like Simi put her on the morning slot give her a chance at the chair and let her go at it!
    and thank you for the space you provide to your readers.

    (Response: I hope the genius managers at NW and Corus … who brought the station from Number One to Number Nine in ratings … are reading and listening to what people on here are saying. This REAL …not a fancy focus group … and it doesn’t cost them a penny! h.o)

  • 54 Julie // Jul 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I’d like to see Mike Smyth and Jill Bennett be in the a.m. and p.m. slots, if in fact the station continues to be talk radio. What I would really like to see is a return to the Frosty/Rick Honey type shows, light, funny, a little music, etc. Have one talk show, from 8:30 to Noon, put Jill Bennett in the slot. Get rid of Mike Eckford and his fill-in “And..ummm….” Fiona, the most boring air time, aside from the new Ted hour. Bring back Sports and the good sports people. They should have retained Jim Mullin, Stu Walters and Rick Quinton. Dan Russell was the best, but in the last couple of years, he seemed to lack the passion. Bill Good has had tombstones in his eyes for the past decade. If the station would stop tying the hands of the on air personalities and let them truly speak their minds, it would make a difference. Perhaps the content of the shows would be more than fluff. I also do not care for the air time given to the producers and operators, their jobs are to produce and operate, not try to entertain. The new newsreporters are so poor, most of them stumble through each report and cannot pronounce many simple names and places. But all of this doesn’t make any difference if Corus isn’t willing to invest the time and money. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they go to all infomercials and national broadcasts, they are cheaping out on everything. During the Christmas holidays, they kept replaying past shows of Bill and Simi, as they do on the weekend. I listen out of habit, hardly pay any attention now as it is so pitiful. I find I am turning the radio off more and more as there is less and less to listen to. Guess I’m one of the “old” people they know longer want listening to their station. I’m 50, grew up listening to the station, I’ve heard everyone who has been apart of the station. I would love it if they could get back the rights for the Canucks and Lions…but that costs dollars and will never happen.

    (Response: You make it all sound so terrible … but with their ratings in the tank, I’d bet MANY share your views. I keep wondering if the decisions that brought NW to this point were made locally (shame on them if they were!) or back east by Corus types, who clearly have now proven they know NOTHING about what audiences want in BC. It boggles the mind …because stations like NW and BCTV were SO SUCCESSFUL the new owners/managers had it all given to them on platters. Yet they squandered it all away by getting rid of some of their proven draws and hiring inexperienced, knowledge-empty, personality-less replacements ..and lousy questioners/writers to boot. And they wonder WHY their audiences are OFF by thousands upon thousands??? h.o)

  • 55 Julie // Jul 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Well, it IS terrible, isn’t it? Also, I would like to correct my error, typing “know” instead of “no”. I also wonder where the decisions were made. I agree with you.

  • 56 Howard // Jul 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    2 thumbs way up for a previous poster’s suggestion of giving Jill Bennett a whirl in the a.m. slot. She does an awesome job currently on their weekend morning news shows, and her field reporting efforts displayed on Global TV news show a person who is exceptionally communicative and insightful, regardless of the media format. Mr. Koenigsfest is quoted elsewhere regarding the search for a replacement as saying “we have some amazing talent in the building.” He has to be including Jill Bennett in that category.

  • 57 MAD // Jul 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Smythe needs just a bit more toughening up. It shows in Victoria’s Secrets. To weak of an approach to serious stuff sometimes. Maybe I’m to serious. Otherwise he might give hell a boost in the CKNW morning,with a bit more leather in his boot. If he goes to anything else like one side of the fence or sits on it like and let’s it blind the journalistsic instinct then there done. Keep John MaCombe is great anywhere. The real in the trenches journalist there. They should keep Gailus away from the air though. There’s a ratings killer. My god they are not thinking! Just that short time with MaCombe makes me switch off, then back on when he’s gone. Simi i think is there in the trenches but only sometimes. She has it in her though, maybe being stifled.Not sure. To bad though. Bruce Allen should stay with his great boot up the ass editorials though.That is nessecary. Keeps the knot tight out there. Don t have much to say about Bill Good, except maybe he could do work for the angel Christy. Suppose all the best to him anyway.CKNW needs to look back to be great again. Somehow with Main Stream Meatheads and Ccorporate Zzombies at the helm like Globe and Mail, instead of the ones who came from the battlefields, i don’t see that happening, there. I would like to be wrong.

    (Response: The problem with Smyth is I hear he already has a very good, well paid gig at The Province, has good union benefits and job security and has a family with kids well settled in at Victoria schools. That’s a lot to give up …to join a ship wallowing in heavy seas for some tie now …unless they paid him VERY handsomely with a HUGE lifejacket settlement built in should it sink. h.o)

  • 58 SunWuKong // Jul 13, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Anyone willing to write the odds for a Howard Beale rant on his last day?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WINDtlPXmmE

    … or will he “go gentle into that good night”?

  • 59 212 Degrees // Jul 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Hearing Bill Good talk about his BMW, trips to Europe, getaways to the sunshine coast, selecting of fine wines etc., just didn’t cut it with any meaningful discussions on the lives of the average listener. Such a hard life he led but fear not; my guess is there will more in store for him. After all, he made it very clear he is NOT retiring. Just reinventing himself.

    (Response: Maybe he’ll become a partner in a corporate-orientated p.r. firm with Gordon Campbell once his London assignment is completed. Or Campbell’s replacement? h.o)

  • 60 SunWuKong // Jul 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Jill Bennett? If she’s not supported by a strong research team then it’ll be more of the same — she doesn’t seem to know enough to realise when she’s being led (e.g., Campbell and his outdated economics).

    (Response: I agree: maybe I missed it but have never heard her CHALLENGE anything anyone tells her. h.o)

  • 61 morry // Jul 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    (Or Campbell’s replacement? h.o)
    That comment made me gag… I hope there was sarcasm in your tone.

    (Response: NOTHING would surprise me: the corporate world tales care of their friends. h.o)

  • 62 Alex // Jul 14, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Well 2 down, now when is that Michael Campbell going to get the boot.
    My choice for a replacement would have to be Alex Tsakumis.
    To me if your legal department is getting threats, that’s a sign of someone that’s doing what their paid to do, rattle the cages of the elites, and the politicians, that’s entertainment.
    Plus I always enjoyed how Alex T would mop the floor with Larry Bennett

  • 63 RS // Jul 14, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I tend to agree with Lew. If the legal beagles aren’t busy, the newshounds have lost the scent.

    Mike should stick with Duh Province and continue on in his role as reliever at CKNW. His guest appearances filling in for Bill Good et al. are refreshing, but his Cherryesque schtick becomes bromidic with time.

  • 64 marge // Jul 14, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I work in a department and all of us do a lot of traveling thanks to our jobs. At our monthly department meetings years ago we used to joke that we were all experts at fish farming thanks to Rafe Mair at CKNW. Before our meetings would start we’d spend a couple of minutes discussing what we’d all been listening to on talk radio.

    About ten years ago I started coming home and complaining to my husband about how annoying Bill Good was – so one sided and biased. My husband gave me some wise words and I have adhered to them ever since. He asked me why anyone would want to listen to something they found upsetting. Then he told me to play music and forget about Good. Right now I have a MP3 player in my car and I listen to music all day long. I don’t miss Good’s rants and raves and Liberal propaganda one bit.

    I have also changed in my viewing and reading habits as well. I no longer subscribe to any newspaper for the same reason that I dumped Bill Good et al. I also don’t listen to the news at night because it really isn’t “news” any more.

    I read online both Fox and CNN to get the American perspective (both right and left) of what’s going on in the world. I also glance at the headlines at the CBC news site and the Tyee and the Sun and Province. If something interests me I will read it.

    Once in a blue moon I will go to the BBC site as I find them sometimes entertaining.

    I also read your blog and a couple of others as well. Keep up the good work.

    I have also noticed that none of my colleagues are listening to talk radio as we used to in days gone by. They all say the same thing. It’s not interesting. It’s biased. It’s boring.

    Another thing (possibly alarming) that I have noticed is this. While on the road I meet with a lot of people who are forty and under. None of them takes the slightest interest in the news be it local or international. So not sure if that is just the group I see or if that is a growing trend but it is somewhat concerning especially in this day and age.

    (Response: Those are probably the most worrisome words for advertising salespeople: ” It’s not interesting. It’s biased. It’s boring.” I have never seen the actual ratings for Bill Good show (perhaps in the interest of transparency, he would like to provide them?) but clearly MANY people have been tuning OUT CKNW … likely because they too find it not interesting and boring. I must agree …that was often my personal reaction too esp in recent years …but for me it was like going fishing …I’d tune in almost each morning when I was in town and if I felt it was a corporate wanker session or boring book author filler etc… I’d just tune out….which I found myself doing a LOT MORE in recent months. I suspect many others did too. h.o)

  • 65 Larry Bennett // Jul 14, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Alex T. never wiped the floor with Larry, he simply lacked the intellectual dexterity (and perhaps, integrity) to do so. Contrarily, Larry was smithied in the forge of such persecution, because Alex had the know-how of stirring up the riff-raff and the mental midgets and moral castrates that seemed to be attracted to some of the bilge that Alex was wont to throw up, when he needed allies in his sick attacks.
    That said, I’m glad we could please some of the drooling idiots that followed Alex and his namesakes.

  • 66 Johnny // Jul 14, 2014 at 8:53 am

    It’s the commecials that really turn me off. Way too many. You probably get at most 15 minutes of content an hour in the afternoon (McComb) spot. I feel sorry for him as he is good, but must put up with all the long breaks. Good thing he’s not paid by the “content minute.” I just change the channel and come back 8 minutes later and right on cue he’s back. If they can’t make it with less commercials I say “adieu.” It’s time for a complete overhaul …

  • 67 Alex // Jul 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Larry, are you having an out of body experience?
    Why are you referring to yourself in the third person?
    The way Alex T , handled you was amusing and funny , that’s the sign of a good entertainer, you might not always agree with what they say, but they present it in a way that you wonder what their going to say next.
    Many times when you went off on one of your crazy rants, he put you back in your box, wrapped you up and put a bow on top ;-)
    THAT was part of the entertainment .

  • 68 212 Degrees // Jul 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Bill Good replacement? Isn’t it obvious. Four hours every morning of how to cook a turkey and other earth shaking recipes!

  • 69 morry // Jul 14, 2014 at 9:51 am

    @marge – i agree totally. Those could be my words exactly! I have stated some of the same sentiments herein in the past. For the DEMOGRAPHICstha tsalespeopel are targeting TALK RADIO IS DONE! OVER. Music is the winner.

  • 70 Alex // Jul 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    @ Morry, If spoken word radio is dying , then why is CBC radio ones numbers going up ?

  • 71 morry // Jul 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    @Alex simple. Because it’s not BIASED TALK RADIO . CKNW is finished. Get over it

  • 72 Alex // Jul 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Well then what you mean Morry, is that “Corus’s “version of talk radio is dying, spoken word radio is far from dead.

  • 73 13 // Jul 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    @Alex,it seems that morry will only discuss for so long and when he deems the topic is done, you are told to “Get over it”. Sorry for buting in to your conversation but I know morry thinks that it is okay to stick your 2 cents in without an invite.

  • 74 13 // Jul 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

    And if you think about the demographics talk radio will never die. Most people grow into an appreciation of talk radio as it allows them to hear other peoples opinions on topics that they are interested in. Most kids listen to music and as they mature theybecome interested in politics , voting, and current affairs. Everyone laments the youth not being involved . They all grow up and become involved. So the advertisers that want the bubble gum crowd have a audience just as the advertisers that use NW understand that its an older wiser audience. Always has been always will be.

  • 75 Emma Rose // Jul 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Age has no bearing on how relevant or thought-provoking a host may be so I don’t find that useful criteria to dismiss Bill Good.
    What is important is the very topics they introduce, their treatment of guests and callers, and they matter in which they convey their opinions.

    It also doesn’t matter their income tax bracket AS LONG as they can continue to relate to people of all demographics – which I think Bill lost touch with quite a while ago.

    I prefer a host who expresses his opinion OPENLY so the listener can determine his bias honestly and figure out how that may impact his questioning of guests and callers. Bill maintained that he was ‘neutral’ and ‘unbiased’ but all too often his questioning of guests seemed otherwise. ie. the BCTF labor issues or ANY labor/union issue.

    While Michael Smyth can be downright onerous at least he has the guts to tell us how he feels and ask the hard hitting questions. Lots of passion which makes for interesting discussions.

    Jim Sinclair would be interesting but NO WAY would the same air waves that brings us the stodgy-right-wing elitist Michael Campbell every bring us someone with a more ‘working class’ point of view. Pity.

    I also became weary of listening to the latest
    gripe of Jessica Gares – we ALL have bad days or pet peeves but do we really need to have hers highlighted on a talk show where there are so many more things of interest or relevance? Her car battery died and people didn’t stop for her immediately; her unattended purse was stolen in a bar; she’s tired of being a bridesmaid, etc. Really? Really? Water cooler stuff maybe; not prime time morning talk show topics.

    Still love Simi Sara. She’s gutsy, intelligent and quick witted. Would love to see her in the AM slot before topics have been thoroughly discussed.

    Best parts of The Bill Good Show is the Monday Morning Quarterbacks and The Cutting Edge. Informative, interesting and usually topical.

    Hope the new host is not yet another Liberal sympathizer – ‘NW has been-there-done-that too often and needs to mix it up or have someone who can legitimately provide a balanced outlook. Easier said than done.

    Since Jill Bennett and Shane Leslie were mentioned I will comment on them: PABULUM. We’ve had boring and Bill Good is exciting compared to them. I want a host who is informed and engaged in the topics. Sense of humor also a HUGE asset.

    I have three kids ranging from 19 to 31 and they all respect and like George Stroumboulopoulos because he is well-informed, passionate, treats his guests with respect, relevant, and has a sense of humor. Perhaps CKNW should look for someone that fits that profile more than someone who fits a Chris Gailus profile

    (Response: I agree there’s nothing wrong with a host who expresses opinions …can make for a very good show if also invited are people who oppose those views. And I also believe the best hosts are those who champion ordinary working people …people who don’t get a lot of tax writeoffs, people who make UNDER $60,000 a year, people who ride transit … not the business community, the rich entrepreneurs or ANY politicians ….. unless they have been publicly recognized for doing much for the ordinary people I mentioned. h.o)

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