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Offline Sudafederov

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Re: The End Of The Bill Watters Show?
« Reply #60 on: July 18, 2011, 07:28:49 PM »
I'm surprised that this backlash is happening now, when truth be told, he has been uttering this kind of controversial stuff for YEARS now.

I wish I could dig up the old threads, but I remember his borderline racial rants when it came to Charles Wong and in another apparent running schtick, HSBC arena.  I'm surprised he never got called out on that stuff, because it was equally as bad.




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Re: The End Of The Bill Watters Show?
« Reply #61 on: July 18, 2011, 07:51:50 PM »
Breaking the Jamie Rivers for a 5th round pick trade that never happened and his constant, completely erroneous harping on Kubina are how I will always choose to remember Bill Watters - without any quality connections to GMs around the league and completely out of touch with the game on the ice.

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Jamie Rivers. I didn't forget that thread, but I definitely forgot it was Watters who "broke" it.

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Re: The End Of The Bill Watters Show?
« Reply #62 on: July 19, 2011, 09:05:24 AM »
Should Wilbur and Howard get together?

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They can discuss all Eklunds latest postings.

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Re: The End Of The Bill Watters Show?
« Reply #63 on: July 20, 2011, 01:11:57 PM »
Bill Watters’s show falls victim to AM 640’s format change
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/bruce-dowbiggin/bill-watterss-show-falls-victim-to-am-640s-new-format/article2103582/
One of the worst-kept secrets in sports radio finally came true this week with the cancellation of The Bill Watters Show on AM640 in Toronto.
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It marks the end of seven years with Watters hosting a sports show on the station. Watters will continue to appear on the station on Leafs Breakfast, after the team’s games and he will also joining the pregame show for the coming season.

“A majority of our listeners have wanted a drive show that is more consistent with the other day-parts - where we have seen substantial growth - and we've heard them,” AM 640 senior program director Gord Harris told Usual Suspects in an e-mail. “The Leafs, however, are still a key part of our programming, and we'll be discussing Leaf-related issues, and breaking Leaf-related stories as they happen on all shows - as warranted.

Watters tells Usual Suspects that he’s naturally disappointed, but “I move on. I’m under employment of Corus Radio till my contract runs out. I understood what my employers were doing. We did best we could. When you’ve done it as long as I had, with no professional training, it becomes a part of you. Part of my success was that I was myself. I have no regrets with that.”

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“It’s a juggernaut at the FAN,” says Watters. “And we tried to snip away at Bob’s numbers. Some fans just won’t turn the dial. Turn on FAN you have a rating of at least 3 and then Bob builds on that. Every listener you get has to leave Bob, and he gives no reason to leave him. They have to beat themselves.”

Which begs the question of where the rights will go next if Corus (as expected) decides to get out of the action after this contract. The team did Corus few favours, not getting into the playoffs since the 2004-'05 lockout. But it’s expected that the feud between TSN Radio and The Fan 590 will drive the payments higher. The only question for the Leafs is do they make the sale now or wait until spring and hope that the club is getting a playoff spot? Interesting gamble.


No mention of "3rd of July Parade Guy" having any impact on when they made the change ..

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Re: The End Of The Bill Watters Show?
« Reply #64 on: July 20, 2011, 04:53:41 PM »
Bill Watters’s show falls victim to AM 640’s format change
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/bruce-dowbiggin/bill-watterss-show-falls-victim-to-am-640s-new-format/article2103582/
One of the worst-kept secrets in sports radio finally came true this week with the cancellation of The Bill Watters Show on AM640 in Toronto.
...
It marks the end of seven years with Watters hosting a sports show on the station. Watters will continue to appear on the station on Leafs Breakfast, after the team’s games and he will also joining the pregame show for the coming season.

“A majority of our listeners have wanted a drive show that is more consistent with the other day-parts - where we have seen substantial growth - and we've heard them,” AM 640 senior program director Gord Harris told Usual Suspects in an e-mail. “The Leafs, however, are still a key part of our programming, and we'll be discussing Leaf-related issues, and breaking Leaf-related stories as they happen on all shows - as warranted.

Watters tells Usual Suspects that he’s naturally disappointed, but “I move on. I’m under employment of Corus Radio till my contract runs out. I understood what my employers were doing. We did best we could. When you’ve done it as long as I had, with no professional training, it becomes a part of you. Part of my success was that I was myself. I have no regrets with that.”

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“It’s a juggernaut at the FAN,” says Watters. “And we tried to snip away at Bob’s numbers. Some fans just won’t turn the dial. Turn on FAN you have a rating of at least 3 and then Bob builds on that. Every listener you get has to leave Bob, and he gives no reason to leave him. They have to beat themselves.”

Which begs the question of where the rights will go next if Corus (as expected) decides to get out of the action after this contract. The team did Corus few favours, not getting into the playoffs since the 2004-'05 lockout. But it’s expected that the feud between TSN Radio and The Fan 590 will drive the payments higher. The only question for the Leafs is do they make the sale now or wait until spring and hope that the club is getting a playoff spot? Interesting gamble.


No mention of "3rd of July Parade Guy" having any impact on when they made the change ..

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Re: The End Of The Bill Watters Show?
« Reply #65 on: July 20, 2011, 07:39:24 PM »
I don't think anything Watters said killed the show...It was going regardless. His famous phrase will be kept alive because some people here will make sure of it....
I might be the minority but I liked Watters' show and liked Ralph with him. Can't stand McClown and Cox.

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Re: The End Of The Bill Watters Show?
« Reply #66 on: July 20, 2011, 08:37:31 PM »
We hear Mike Milbury loads of times with his made up "Pansification"word, and he is still employed by the CBC as far as I know.

We hear Don Cherry each week with his anti-European spews and he is still employed.

I think in Bill Watters case, he knew he was getting the ax and he may as well create some kind of controversy. I think his now famous phrase doesn't get said if he is still employed past last Friday.

On one side we have 'gone anyways', on the other we have 'says stupid things', they might not be mutually exclusive.
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Re: The End Of The Bill Watters Show?
« Reply #66 on: July 20, 2011, 08:37:31 PM »