Who Wants To Be A Flames Broadcaster?

Ryan Pike
May 07 2014 01:21PM

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The past few weeks have been a bit melancholy, as it seems retirements of beloved Flames broadcasters has become the norm. Last week, it was Peter Maher. This week, former Flames TV host and play-by-play man Grant Pollock announced he's hanging it up after a long and distinguished career.

But the slight silver lining to these retirement clouds is that a few new faces could be joining Calgary's media landscape as the new broadcast team for Calgary Flames radio broadcasts.

And Rogers has helpfully posted job descriptions in an effort to, most likely, get some competition going for these positions. And if nothing else, these postings can provide some interesting insight into how these positions are framed internally.

PLAY BY PLAY

Filling the shoes of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Maher, this will be a tall order. Understandably, the bar for qualifications is set a bit high.

Responsibilities

  • Perform Play by Play for Every Calgary Flames game, Preseason, Regular Season, and Post Season
  • Participate in all Pre Game, Post Game and intermission programming for Flames radio broadcasts
  • Be available for 2 daily talk show phone in segments on Sportsnet 960-The Fan, Monday to Friday
  • Fill in on Sports Talk Shows for 3 different weeks during the off season
  • Write game day blogs; be active on Twitter and or Facebook under the Sportsnet 960 brand
  • Participate in various station promo and sales events and meeting

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of Play by Play experience with NHL,OHL,WHL,AHL,ECHL,QMJHL or similar leagues on radio or television
  • Able to interview some of the biggest names in hockey, in a conversational style
  • Able to write a daily blog for each Flames game for station website
  • Social media savvy a must
  • Be able to legally travel to United States
  • Have experience participating in many charity events with examples of such
  • Sports talk radio hosting experience
  • Strong historical knowledge of the Calgary Flames and National Hockey League
  • Experience in dealing with Professional Sports Teams as a broadcaster

Outside of the level of social media and radio fill-in work, nothing here is surprising. The five-year minimum experience level probably eliminates a lot of people from consideration right off the hop. (Granted, if the BCHL or similar leagues are included, then some candidates may remain.)

Notable locals that could be considered include long-time Calgary Hitmen voice Brad Curle and the FAN960's Ryan Pinder, who has previous experience calling games for the Abbotsford Heat and the Penticton Vees. Beyond those two, Peter Loubardias could also be considered, given his extensive resume calling junior games throughout Canada.

COLOR COMMENTATOR

The bar for color-man is a bit lower, as the shoes aren't quite as big to fill. It's also noteworthy to consider that there's a posting for this job does not necessarily mean that Peter Loubardias won't return for 2014-15. Granted, we don't have any inside info about this, but many times companies hire people on contracts and then open things up to see what options are available.

Anyhow, there are a few requirements here that probably mean you won't be hearing Kent Wilson or myself on Flames broadcasts...

Responsibilities

  • Be the color commentator for all Calgary Flames Broadcast
  • Prepare for each game, attend morning skates and team practices
  • Participate in all pre game, post-game and intermission shows on Sportsnet 960 for Flames Hockey
  • Be able to write a game day blog for every Flames game
  • Be active on social media with the Sportsnet brand
  • Appear weekdays in season on a selected sports talk show on Sportsnet 960

Qualifications

  • Some experience in the National Hockey League as a player or coach or 5 years min of being on an NHL broadcast in a play by play, color or host position
  • Be able to articulate the technical side of hockey in an easy to understand way
  • Able to travel legally to United States
  • Great presentation skills
  • Able to interview big names in hockey in a confident manner
  • Develop a strong relationship with Flames coaching staff to be able to record insightful interviews for air

Once again, the ideal candidate is framed towards having some NHL experience (we're out of the running, Kent!), which does make a great deal of sense. The requirements listed could mean that we see a return of Loubardias, or Rob Kerr swapping TV play-by-play for radio color. Or perhaps we get somebody brand-new in the chair, an ex-player with little broadcasting experience?

Either way, it's rather interesting that these postings are up, and also interesting that there aren't any postings (as of yet) for the TV jobs - which were vacated earlier in the spring.

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      #1 schevvy
      May 07 2014, 01:28PM
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      Kipper for colour commentator

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      #2 Bean-counting cowboy
      May 07 2014, 01:35PM
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      schevvy wrote:

      Kipper for colour commentator

      "that goalie should just try and stop de puck right der on that one"... *silence*

      "nice hit right der".... *silence*

      "you guys have beer in de hotstove lounge fer after right?"

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      #3 beloch
      May 07 2014, 01:39PM
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      @Bean-counting cowboy

      I bet Kipper would be awesome as a color commentator if he didn't have to wait until after to start drinking.

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      #4 Michael
      May 07 2014, 01:54PM
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      I like the 'Perform Play by Play for Every Calgary Flames game' qualification the best.

      Peter took it to mean that you literally had to do the play by play for every single game bar none. Not sure how you follow that iron broadcaster streak...

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      #5 Kent Wilson
      May 07 2014, 02:18PM
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      I vote for a Domebeers/Ryan Lambert tandem.

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      #6 Parallex
      May 07 2014, 02:37PM
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      I hope it's Pinder.

      Loubardias & Kerr have been to recently removed from the jobs to hand one right back to them and I think Pinder would do a good job (plus it'd get him away from the gawd awful Molberg).

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      #8 Derzie
      May 07 2014, 03:35PM
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      For TV, play by play: Chris Cuthbert, color = Ray Ferarro. For radio, play by play Brad Curle, color Peter Loubardias

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      #9 rubbertrout
      May 07 2014, 03:45PM
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      Kent Wilson wrote:

      I vote for a Domebeers/Ryan Lambert tandem.

      That might make the internet stop.

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      #10 rubbertrout
      May 07 2014, 03:46PM
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      I think Kipper as voiced by Mike Richards (assuming he'd come back into the fold) would be wonderful.

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      #11 ultrathinzigzags
      May 07 2014, 05:18PM
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      Loubardias shouldn't be given either! Don't give him anything..god almighty, who out there actually enjoys listening to his nasal whiny ass? Couldn't stand him on tv, totally infuriated to hear him pipe up again on radio beside the beloved Peter Maher. And having to hear him kiss ass "Mr Maher this and Mr Maher that" give me a break, you could feel Maher cringe over the soundwaves..noone likes a brownnoser! Cut him loose ! Please!

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      #12 Kmp
      May 07 2014, 05:34PM
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      Acevedo! Every time he gets bleeped ya gotta drink. Only the stoutest of men would make it though the first!

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      #13 Subversive
      May 07 2014, 07:29PM
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      Curle would do a good job at PBP. I loved Kerr as a radio host, him as colour man with pretty much anyone else on the TV would be pretty great.

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      #14 Reidja
      May 07 2014, 08:16PM
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      Kent can't do colour?

      I would like him to articulate the technical side of why he can't legally travel to the United States in an easy to understand way.

      I would listen to one season of the Lubo and Theo show... One season...

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      #15 Skuehler
      May 07 2014, 08:53PM
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      Pinder has filled some big shoes before and he's a good PBP guy. He has his own style that would make a fresh start.

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      #16 Kypreos
      May 07 2014, 09:46PM
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      When they said rebuild I did not realize it would go this deep. Pretty big shoes to fill following Peter Maher. Personally I would like to see someone completely new to the area.

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      #17 Itsase Kret
      May 07 2014, 11:23PM
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      Grant was part of the 400 people layed off recently by Global's parent company, Shaw communications. They've pretty much treated him (and most of the employees at Global) like garbage since acquiring Global TV from Canwest and the Asper family a few years back.

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      #18 Robear
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      rubbertrout wrote:

      I think Kipper as voiced by Mike Richards (assuming he'd come back into the fold) would be wonderful.

      just snorted water out my nose at the memory! Trading Molberg for Richards was a serious step down.

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      #19 the-wolf
      May 08 2014, 07:34AM
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      Loubo is one of the most knowledgeable, yet hard to listen to people on the planet. Didn't like him as pbp guy, don't care for his color commentary.

      Color guy works best when it's an ex-player so that he can call it as he sees it rather thanbeing intimidated by fame or kissing butt the whole time.

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      #20 BurningSensation
      May 08 2014, 08:13AM
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      Kent Wilson wrote:

      I vote for a Domebeers/Ryan Lambert tandem.

      Any chance we could get Domebeers and Lambert together in a steel cage match?

      Old school. Thunderdome style. Two men enter, one man leaves.

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      #21 FlamesFan1489
      May 08 2014, 12:01PM
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      Wait, Rob Kerr and Charlie Simmer got let go by Sportsnet? (Sorry I was in Texas for work for 3 weeks so I miss a good chunk of hockey outside of highlights here and there)

      I actually didn't mind Loubardias, more so after I had to listen to Rob Kerr and the 2 second delay on his broadcasting.

      Maybe Chris Cuthbert is looking for a job after TSN lost their hockey coverage, he's still one of my favorites. Although he might stick with TSN for CFL.

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      #22 Back in the Winter of '89
      May 08 2014, 12:10PM
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      I lived in Penticton until last year and agree that Ryan Pinder would be a good add for the Fan960 PBP. He was great with the Vees, always thought he was too talented to be in the BCHL at the time. Glad when he was able to move up to the Heat.

      If Chris Cuthbert is available he is a no brainer for either TV or radio.

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      #23 Chambers
      May 08 2014, 02:50PM
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      Please NOT NOT Brad Curl. This guy is bad!! He don't call a game..he yells a game.

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