Interview with the Fan 590's Mike Hogan
Continuing with Road Kill Sports Interviews (The past two have been Oakland Athletics Prospect James Heuser and Choosemyname.com's Scotty MacDonald, now he is Tyranastoreusrex or something like that:P) we have a new one today to post, and it is with the Fan 590 in Toronto's Mike Hogan.
Hogan hosts "The Bullpen" on the Fan 590, and has such guests as Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons (In baseball season), Tsn's Chris Schultz and the crew at Sportsnet.
Road Kill Sports: You've been the Voice of the Toronto Argonauts, Vanier Cup Radio Analyst, Political Correspondant in Ottawa and now you're a host with the Fan 590, what has been your greatest accomplishment with all the variety of things you have covered?
Mike Hogan: The most excitement I've ever had in broadcasting was calling Laurier's Vanier Cup win in 2005. It was the culmination of a ride that started when I was asked to broadcast their games in 2003. They entered the season as an underdog because of the lack of success the OUA had in the national semi finals for the previous decade. To see them beat the heavily-favoured Saskatchewan Huskies in one of the most exciting football games I ever saw was a real thrill.
RKS: Don Cherry isn't the most popular guy in hockey talk, but what's your take on his "wacky" analysis, without the Kingston bias?
MH: Love him or hate him Don Cherry is good for hockey. Everyone involved in the game notes what he says on Saturday nights and reacts to it. The fact that his comments lead to so much discussion puts him in a position nobody else has. The fact that he's not in the Hall of Fame as a broadcaster is simply incredible. Besides, Kingstonians stick together!
RKS: Next year the Grey Cup and Vanier Cup will be played the same weekend in the same city, and being the football fanatic that you are, how exciting is that going to be?
MH: Ever see a three year-old kid opening Christmas presents? That will be me for the entire week.
RKS: What got you into Broadcasting in the first place, was it a Childhood ambition or one day you thought that, it's what you wanted to do?
MH: I was the kid who went to bed every night and put the radio under the pillow so I could listen to sporting events and talk shows without letting my folks know I was still awake. The fact that I can combine radio and sports and get paid to do it is still hard to believe.
RKS: This year for the first time in NCAA History a College Bowl Football game was held in Canada, the International Bowl, now is this good or bad for the CFL?
MH: The more people are exposed to football the more (hopefully) they get to like it. I can't see any football being played in the area as a bad thing.
RKS: During the baseball season Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons called into your show weekly, what do you think is the next step for Toronto to win the World Series?
MH: The ownership is good, I like the GM and the manager, the offence should be great, the defence should be very good, the bullpen will be above average. Can they get ANY results from the 3, 4 and 5 spots in the rotation? If they can, they have a legitimate shot of getting to the playoffs. If they do Halliday and Burnett could take them a LONG way. If they don't get production from the bottom of the rotation they'll be out of it by August.
RKS: Thanks so much!