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I realize this is akin to saying the Pope is Catholic, but Colin Cowherd is so very, very bad at radio. I happen to flip through ESPN radio on XM during my lunch hour from time to time when he's on.
I cannot believe he has a job in broadcasting. His voice is irritating and he never really says anything intelligent. His show is literally a long string of non-sequiturs. It's amazing how he jumps from one topic to another completely unrelated one, sometimes in mid-sentence!
There are shitty radio hosts that still manage a coherent show. Cowherd is shitty and incoherent at he same time. If anyone here listens to - and likes - this idiot, please tell me why. TIA.
Cowherd, last time I heard, has killer ratings, so you really can't say he's bad at radio. He owns one of the top 3 time slots for what I believe is the largest sports talk show company in ESPN radio.
Radio guys who are even handed, logical, fair, intelligent, and consistent don't always get the ratings, because listening to them would be like reading a quality sports news article, and the radio medium is for people tuning in and out, getting riled up by opinions they don't have, and feeling good when their opinions are validated. ESPN fits Cowherd right between "nice guys" Green and Golic, and non-controversial guys in Van Pelt and whoever he is doing it with now. There will always be a market for the over the top personalities.
What I like about Cowherd is that he points out the difference between thinking like a fan and thinking like a player, coach, manager, owner, etc. Sports fans tend to miss that difference and not get that professional sports are, when all is said and done, a business like any other. He talks about sports from a different perspective, which is refreshing in the mix of sports radio....
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi
I feel like i have seen this thread several times already. I will give it a shot anyways. I dont listen to him, but I have in the past. My take is that he is still miles better than any local show anywhere. I put him a good distance behind DP, Rome, and Ferrell (sp). He is better than mike and mike and much better than van pelt and that other dude (I could not possibly dislike that show any more).
I like that he doesnt shy away from gambling. He also irks boners like ND fans and other delusional fan bases.
cons are that his knowledge of sports is limited and his voice is brutal.
I'd love to see these "killer ratings" you mention. I have a feeling the evidence is largely anecdotal. And I understand how radio likes controversy, but my point is that he's not. Not controversial, not "plugged in" as an insider, and not outwardly intelligent. He often rambles without saying a thing of substance.
I'm not asking why ESPN puts him on - they put a lot of idiots on TV and radio. I'm asking why someone would truly like him.
I will also point out that I would listen to cowherd's worse show in a given week, month, year on a loop for 48 hours straight then listen to 1 hour of mad dog, valenti, or timmie
I like his show.
Dude you just described every post you have ever made!
Oh no you didn't!
Wow, radio in Detroit must suck because Cowturd is brutal...he likely gets ratings because he panders to the lowest common denominator. He acts like he "get's it" while the majority of people do not. His analogies often don't even make sense and he sets up so many phony strawman arguments it is pathetic. Sorry, but in my opinion you have to be either unintelligent or insecure to spend any time listening to that hack.
This post was edited by Richard Head 18 months ago
The point is you don't have like him, or maybe it's even better if you don't. He pokes and prods, he intends to offend, mostly in a subtle way. He jabs at the Big Ten, the midwest in general; he takes shots at ND and MLB; and he talks down about the common fan, or even the common "meatball" who isn't a "get it guy". This riles up listeners and keeps them listening. It's a common radio platform used by lots of sports talk guys, and politic voices.
And ratings are ratings, measured over time. There is nothing anecdotal about it.
This post was edited by COgruff 18 months ago
Not everyone on this board lives in Detroit. I live in Traverse City where there is no local sports radio as people really can't spend hours breaking down the latest Beach Bums rumors......
I'm suggesting that the ratings might not be as "killer" as you think. I realize you're not arguing the point and I I'm not going to tell you to prove high ratings with say, Neilsen-level Research.
However, simply saying he has killer ratings is, in fact, the definition of anecdotal evidence.
Listen to ESPn 96.1 on I heart Radio. The 3pm Local show is great.
Part of the reason he gets those killer ratings is because he happens to be affiliated with ESPN radio.
You're right, I'm just remembering a time where I read an article devoted to sports radio show ratings, and I do remember reading that he did well. But you could also apply some common sense and realize he has had one of the top time slots locked up for 6 plus years or whatever it is. You don't hold that spot if you're bad by any kind of measurable rating.
Michelle Beadle is the real star...NBC lured her away from ESPN to run the show "The Crossover," which is basically the same show as her former ESPN show "Sports Nation."
ESPN likes Cowherd because he gets people talking.
Dick Vitale has made a career in broadcasting by doing that
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
It's the chicken and the egg. He gets a cushy lead-in (from Mike and Mike) and happens to be on one of the top syndicators. If he got fired tomorrow, ESPN could hire hundreds of people and they'd be able to get similar ratings just by breathing.
Not sure there is much evidence for that. Could be. But there is a reason some guys are doing radio for ESPN at midnight on weekdays, early morning on weekends, while others get prime spots. I know, well at least Cowherd has said it himself, that his contract with ESPN has ratings clauses.
Cowerd has 250 teeth.
Billy Bob thornton's ugly brother
I'd be willing to bet there's a ton of evidence out there that just being on ESPN would improve your ratings a bit. One good test case would be what ratings John Kincade (a similar type) is getting on CBS with his new show (exact same time slot btw) vs what he was pulling on ESPN.
Well yeah, comparing ESPN to other companies would be useless for what I'm saying. The point is Kincade ostensibly couldn't supplant Cowherd at ESPN so he took a prime time slot somewhere else. I'm assuming ESPN brass figured Kincade wouldn't do any better than Cowherd, and that's been the case for a long time. I'm not sure there's evidence that just anyone could step into Colin's slot and do well just because it's a good slot.
Fair enough my man....
Cowherd provides pretty good insight when it comes to predicting football games, particularly at the pro level. He's had pretty good winning percentages on his "Blazing 5 picks" the last few years
Oh, and I'll just leave this here. You can thank me later.
I think there's a lot of it. When they replaced Gottlieb with Jonathan Coachman of all people in another cushy slot (afternoon drive time), their ratings didn't move.
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