In case you missed it on Friday between 11am-1pm, the TEAM 1040’s “Presidents Week” wrapped up with the man responsible for bringing WHL hockey to Vancouver — Ron Toigo.
Unlike the 4 previous presidents (Canucks’ Mike Gillis, Lions’ Dennis Skulsky, Whitecaps’ Bob Lenarduzzi and Canadians’ Andy Dunn), Ron Toigo brought some star power with him. Joining him and Sekeres on the show were Michael Buble, Buble’s Manager and Radio Personality Bruce Allen, Pat Quinn and even the personal trainer of actor Clint Eastwood.
It was 2 very entertaining hours of radio, and you can hear it all on the TEAM 1040 Podcasts here:
Hour 1 with Matt Sekeres & Ron Toigo
Hour 2 with Matt Sekeres & Ron Toigo
*The other podcasts from this week are all available HERE
Here’s a great article posted today by Greg Douglas of the Vancouver Sun on the success of President’s Week as a whole:
Parade of presidents to studio made for exceptional talk radio
Saturday, July 28, 2012
By Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
SCENE & HEARD: Team 1040 program director Mike Whit-tingham came up with the idea, and on-air host Matt Sekeres ran with it. Between the two of them, they pulled off a remarkable weeklong series of shows that exposed the presidents of Vancouver’s five professional sports franchises for what they really are: Down-to-earth, decent people.
These were not 10-or 15-minute segments. Each of them sat with Sekeres for two hours as co-hosts, fielding questions from listeners via email, text messages, tweets and good old-fashioned phone calls.
The lineup for what Whittingham tagged President’s Week included Canucks’ Mike Gillis on Monday, Lions’ Dennis Skulsky Tuesday, Whitecaps’ Bob Lenarduzzi Wednesday, Canadians’ Andy Dunn Thursday and the Giants’ Ron Toigo Friday.
“With everybody’s schedule being so hectic, the challenge was to find a week when all five were available to go live in studio for two hours,” Sekeres says. “The exception was Andy Dunn. We did him live in his studio … up in the stands at Nat Bailey Stadium before Thursday’s matinee baseball game.
“For each of them to go a full two-hour shift (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) was amazing. They certainly saw the inside of our business.”
Sekeres quickly loosened up the normally stoic Gillis by having him talk about golfing with Ernie Els at Capilano last year before the 2011 Canadian Open at Shaughnessy. “It was a natural,” Sekeres says, “with Els coming off last weekend’s British Open victory.”
Skulsky willingly took on challenging questions about television blackouts, why and when the decision is made to open the roof at BC Place, and whether or not Leos’ owner David Braley is still looking to sell the franchise to local interests. Skulsky’s answer to that one: “Probably.”
Lenarduzzi let it be known the same 21,000-seat configuration at BC Place will apply should the Whitecaps make the playoffs and admitted the club is stuck at 13,000 season ticket sales, something he wants to see consider-ably increased by this time next year.
Dunn made it clear he is not an advocate of having the triple-A product return to Vancouver because of the rainouts that would most assuredly frequent the months of April and May. “We have the best ballpark in the Northwest League and best attendance numbers, year after year,” Dunn said. “We must be doing something right.”
Toigo might have had the most fun of all five presidents with Michael Bublé phoning from Rome and Pat Quinn from his sun-drenched Penticton hotel balcony overlooking Okanagan Lake.
Always entertaining Bruce Allen wasn’t in any exotic location (his down-town office), but seized the opportunity to get involved in the Toigo discussions, as well.
“I had to do a little different kind of show prep to deal with these guys one-on-one for two hours,” Sekeres says. “But when it was all said and done, I think it was good radio.”
It was better than good. It was exceptional.
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