Toronto Mike'd Critically Reviewed by Media Students: Part Two

Last month, I made the trek to Oshawa to speak with media students at Durham College. This class was given an assignment to critically review an episode of Toronto Mike'd. They were allowed to choose any episode they pleased.

I was given the opportunity to read these critiques, which I found fascinating. There was much praise, but I naturally focused on the negative. In a tweet storm yesterday afternoon, I shared some of what I read. That was part one. Today I received the rest of the assignments, so I present to you part two.

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Rob J

Shame on the students for not selecting a YBS episode. Hearing Elvis rant about phone batteries sucking would be very appropriate now that the temperature's around freezing.

December 5, 2018 @ 4:29 PM


Slightly off-topic but related: thought to myself yesterday that Pinball Clemons would be an outstanding guest for the podcast (after hearing his spot on PTS). There's just so much to talk about there, far beyond merely his playing days. I'd be even more interested in hearing about his community and charity work, coaching and leadership, motivational speaking, his current role with the Argos, and the state of the CFL in the city and country-wide.

December 5, 2018 @ 8:06 PM


I guess grammar is no longer being enforced in college.

December 6, 2018 @ 7:24 AM


" It's suggested I develop an on-air persona"

I'd like to see you develop an off-air one. :)

December 6, 2018 @ 8:01 AM

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Boooo!!!! Hisssss!!!

December 6, 2018 @ 8:38 AM


Mike, They're not all home runs. Sometimes I settle for an RBI

December 6, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

Mike from Lakefield

Considering they are students -- and from that their ages, life experiences to date, etc -- the reviews don't surprise me. Do you have to have an interest in a topic/podcast to stay with it?

December 6, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

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@Mike from Lakefield

None of it is surprising, per se, but it's interesting to hear what young people think of a podcast that's clearly not targeting them.

I was mostly interested in what episodes they cherry picked until I realized half of them were picking one of the most recent 10 episodes, as if hey went to and grabbed one.

I wish one had chosen an Elvis ep because I'm curious what they would have thought about that.

December 6, 2018 @ 12:20 PM


I think they're equating a podcast with a traditional on-air broadcast which is completely the point of a podcast. It's not supposed to be "on-air" caliber and most people will listen to it because it ISN'T on air and doesn't follow the norms.

December 6, 2018 @ 3:28 PM


"I wish one had chosen an Elvis ep because I'm curious what they would have thought about that."

I think they would have related to Elvis alot. They, just like Elvis, don't want to listen to the podcast either :)

December 7, 2018 @ 8:17 AM

Open Mike Fan

I love the podcast. Mike has a great on air style. He's authentic and a real guy. He has a natural curiosity and he is interested in media. His low-key dorkyness is what makes the show. It also allows the larger than life media personalities to open up and give honest answers about some very sensitive topics (such as media layoffs/firings and substance abuse). If Mike was more flashy it wouldn't work. P.S. Durham College should teach its students the difference between effective and affective)

December 7, 2018 @ 11:21 AM


I also enjoy Mike's dorkyness

December 7, 2018 @ 1:29 PM


@Open Mike Fan

When you read their critiques, it is riddled with grammar issues that should not have made it to this level.

December 8, 2018 @ 11:25 AM

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