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    Melbourne's Sports Talk Radio Boom: Is Anyone Actually Listening?

    It’s 10:13am on Tuesday and a caller has something to say about missing Fremantle Docker Harley Bennell’s latest ankle injury, so SEN radio host Kevin “KB” Bartlett puts him to air. “Connective tissue is a little bit like a ligament strain,” the man starts. We’re not told what, if any, medical qualifications the caller holds and unsure whether the diagnosis that follows is medically sound, but the man certainly sounds sure of himself. On sports radio confidence counts for plenty. Barlett’s co-host on this segment has just claimed he doesn’t want to share his thoughts on Bennell, lest he sound racist, so the sudden appearance of the show’s own Dr Nick Riviera actually counts as welcome relief.

    This is sports talk, SEN style: a strange and verbose mix of old-timey front bar wisdom, sporting group therapy, crowd-sourced medical conjecture and an ever-churning footy rumour mill. Bartlett is a master of the format – a 403-game AFL legend who can muster an emphatic opinion on almost any sport topic thrown at him, at the same time skilfully cutting off nonsense-spouting callers and guests alike. An hour after the Bennell discussion he’ll wonder at length whether footballers who take their mouthguards out before kicking at goal are more accurate at taking set-shots.

    Read On. www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/apr/14/melbournes-sports-talk-radio-boom-is-anyone-actually-listening

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    What’s going to happen at CKNW? SportsTalk with Dan Russell (Does Pratt move up?) Weeknights 9p – Midnight. The David Pratt Show Weeknights 7p – 9p !

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  • Profile picture of Josh Hall Josh Hall

    Who’s everyone’s pick to win the Stanley Cup? I’m sticking with Pittsburgh.

    • And what kinda of features or talk-sets are you doing on-air regarding the Stanley Cup playoffs?