Encouraging all of you to go to Eau Claire Regis high school this Wednesday at 5:30p to pick up a copy of Over And Back: Mickey Crowe. You'll get it signed and everything! Plus it's a great way to dive into the history of the state of Wisconsin in basketball. You can go On Demand and find our SSL show from Saturday (hour 2 is all Mickey Crowe), or listen right here to my interview with Brett on The Watercooler today.
Hey guys (and gals),
As you probably have heard on the air or seen somewhere on my social media, this time of year brings a TON of pre-emptions and other things that make me unable to host a show on an everyday basis. On top of that, I was promoted within the company to handle all of our IT work, web ads, and a billion other things too boring to explain here. Basically, they've almost completely removed me from the sports desk and stuck me behind the computer help desk instead!
That being said, I spend a lot of my time working behind the scenes keeping local sports programming diverse and outstanding. Our new Saturday morning show, Sports Saturday Live, has been tremendous this year; I book all of the guests and organize our producer and host lists for the year as well as any commercial or show production that comes along. I also podcast the show on our ON DEMAND page. It does come a bit at the detriment of what I can do during the week; however, that isn't really the issue.
I also still call several games locally and am in charge of our sports production staff, so I am heavily involved in (and, along with Mike Sullivan, co-running) our day-to-day sports department tasks. In short, I'm continuing to work in a position that no longer exists in our company--there is no "sports programmer" or "talk show host" on our books at Clear Channel Radio Eau Claire. It's just stuff I do because I care about our local sports product and do all I can to keep it on the air, while balancing my main role here and a couple of other part-time jobs.
That said, for those of you looking for a daily Watercooler... well, for the most part, I will still do the show. But, I have to run Badger Coaches' Shows during the week on our station, and guess which hour doesn't require me to call up a network and tell them their show isn't running? So I hope you enjoy our expanded Badgers coverage; it's the silver lining in the sense that due to a multitude of factors, I can't do a daily show every week of the year.
I'll never voluntarily give up the show. At worst, it becomes a weekly show. At best, I learn how to fit in the prep time, guest booking, topic researching, and actual hosting time into my schedule and continue to do this on a regular basis. But for now, as frustrated as you might be, I hope that you continue to listen to our station and know that I've spent the last ten years working to make sure we put out the best-quality local sports product not just in our hometowns, but in the country, and it starts with me learning how to do my multiple roles in a way that allows me to make my own product better as well. It's a disservice to jump on the radio with no topics or research done; to just spout off for an hour and not have anything to talk about. It's irresponsible and extremely lazy.
In the meantime, I do encourage you to tune in Saturday mornings from 8-10am and get a weekly look at area sports. In the meantime, I will spend more time writing for the website (when I can do it on my own time) and working again towards having a quality product on weekdays that local sports fans are sure to enjoy. It's not just a work thing or a too busy thing...as most of you have heard, I've also had some interesting life events in the past few months that I'm just beginning to move on from.
Thanks for all of your support over the past few years, and I hope you continue to enjoy the sports products we put out for you on a daily basis. We air over 1,000 sports play-by-play broadcasts per year...we run over 300 hours of local sports talk show content annually...and our staff has decades of experience in covering our market. For me personally, I couldn't be prouder of the fact that I've worked my way in ten short years from a once-a-week sports producer to the person in charge of a good chunk of our sports operations.
If you ever need to reach out to me, I'm all over social media @jimmiekaska, and you can email me any time by clicking here. Thanks again,
It's been a few weeks since the show has been on regularly. It's not permanent! I recently took a new position within the station and it's been an intense training period, one that leaves me with not enough time to plan, produce, and host a good show.
The Watercooler will return to full functionality next Monday (8/12). Some of the guests next week are pretty big, including Fox Sports Radio's JT The Brick on Tuesday.
There is also the matter of planning and promoting/producing our new Saturday morning show, Sports Saturday Live presented by Burger King! That show will debut on 8/24.
Thanks for listening, and stay tuned to our Twitter feeds @jimmiekaska and @sportsradio1400 for more updates on shows, prizes, sports, and more.
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Ray Roberts, Menomonie Thunderhawks coach: (CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO)
Reed Pecha, Eau Claire Bears manager (CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO)
Mark McHorney, Eau Claire Cavaliers manager (CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO)
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Per the WIAA today, varsity basketball will now have a mercy rule. From their release:
"[The WIAA]...will apply a mercy rule for varsity games during the regular season and throughout the Tournament Series beginning in 2013-14. A running clock will be implemented once the point differential reaches 40 points at any time after the conclusion of the third quarter unless a timeout is called. Regardless if the score differential subsequently dips below 40 points, the running clock remains in effect until the conclusion of the game."
Also changing: 3-person officiating crews for the entire WIAA Tournament. Still no shot clock, but a mercy rule is a pretty big step.
From my perspective, a mercy rule is good. Blowouts are completely pointless in terms of teaching anybody anything about the game of basketball; it's mostly reserves earning minutes in "varsity" as a reward for sticking with it. Often times, a blowout that large indicates an under-manned opponent. I did a game between Regis and Stanley-Boyd last year where the flu and numbers had knocked the number of available players for the Orioles down to 6. One of those players had to sit out over half the game in the locker room because he was so sick, and by the end, two players had their fourth fouls with four minutes still to play. That isn't competitive, and it sure as heck isn't teaching anybody anything useful. So good on the WIAA to implement this. It will probably only impact a small percentage of games, but maybe we won't see 98-point blowouts (like what Cadott did to Lake Holcombe last year). If we do, it's even more inexcusable for the winning team to run up the score like that.
The flip side is that kids want to play in games, and this limits how much time they may get in. As the worst player in the history of high school basketball, if Flambeau led by 30-40 points, it was Jimmie time; I was the human victory cigar (or, when we were getting our asses kicked, the human white flag of surrender). So my heart does go out to those of us who just like sports, no matter how bad we are at them, that lose out on some PT in those situations. But again--all I learned in those minutes was that I'm really good at picking up fouls and dribbling awkwardly with my left hand. Oh, and bricking threes.
Some of the other rule changes apply to hockey, gymnastics, and wrestling. For the full release, go here and go to news to find out more.
Wednesday's show featured a number of events going on in the area...
-Jim Gobler of Regis Catholic Schools talked about the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, how it impacts the community, and how it's grown in its 13 years here in Eau Claire. (AUDIO)
-Eric Anderson from the US Kubb National Championship reminds you to sign up before Sunday to be a part of this year's event. All ages and skill levels can compete, and spectators are encouraged to attend. (AUDIO)
Full show podcast with Bob Bradovich of WQOW News 18 (click here).
Today's show as a smiley face :)
Today's show, interview #1 (Craig Monson of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin)
Today's show, interview #2 (Martin Adams, coach of the Chippewa Valley Predators)
Between severe weather updates, I got to interview Bill Davidson, who is the great-grandson of the founder of Harley-Davidson. Here's the audio, just click to listen. Bill talked about the 110th anniversary celebration coming to Milwaukee on Labor Day weekend. If you want tickets or more information, go to [www.h-d.com]. Lots of cool acts, including Aerosmith, Kid Rock, and Toby Keith, plus a number of free events. Bill is also in charge of the Harley-Davidson museum.
Other than that, we're a sponsor for the UCP Harley benefit put on by a number of area sponsors, including Sport Motors Harley Davidson. So we've got motorcycles on the brain today.