Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 347: Jim Slotek

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 347In this 347th episode, Mike chats with longtime Toronto Sun entertainment columnist Jim Slotek about working at the paper for over three decades. Jim shares some tremendous stories and updates us on what he's up to now with his latest venture, Original Cin. This episode is exactly 1:37:02.

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Is Jim driving that blue pussy wagon behind you?

June 11, 2018 @ 12:43 PM


Great episode! I'm glad that I wrote in and suggested him after his colleague/friend Bill Brioux
made his appearance a couple of months ago. And now some random thoughts:

Somewhat ironic that Jim chose to attend Ryerson in part due to its very close proximity to Sam
the Record Man's flagship location. That flagship location is now a Ryerson student centre. It will
be 11 years since the store's closure at the end of the month, and I still feel tremendous heart pangs
whenever I walk by its current incarnation. Like the R.O.M., it somewhat resembles some kinda life-sized junk sculpture form the planet Krypton, IMHO!!!

I also enjoyed Jim's story about the party at Larry Hagman's house 'cause Dallas is my favourite
show of all time, well at least the first 7 or 8 seasons!! And as far as Conan O'Brien, his show
was at its peak during its first 5 or 6 years on the air, when it was in constant danger of getting
the axe. Characters such as Pimpbot 5000, the Masturbating Bear, and Andy's Richter's younger
sister Stacy (Amy Poehler) were all refreshing breaths of air during the latter part of the Grunge
Era. And undoubtedly Eric Tunney was the best of Ed the Sock's various co-hosts, so it was
very tragic how his story prematurely ended.

Finally, Jim's jam was aces! The music of the mid to late 1960s featured a lot of interesting sounds and instrumentation, but the melodious tones emitting from the harpsichord on that track might
be amongst my most cherished. Thanks again!!

June 12, 2018 @ 9:40 AM


Nice choice of guest! I'm familiar with Jim's writing and it was nice to hear more about his background and career highlights.

The word Mike tried to pronounce is probably Gesamtkunstwerk. :)

June 12, 2018 @ 8:14 PM


Halfway through this one. I'm really enjoying it.

June 13, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

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