Of Tatti and Hebsy

Hamilton's TSN Radio 1150 has cancelled their afternoon drive show, which means Jim Tatti has been relieved of his duties there. Jim is still contributing to Leafs games on Toronto's TSN Radio 1050, however.

I used to love watching Jim Tatti and Mark Hebscher on Global's Sportsline. That was appointment viewing for me, and now I get to co-host Hebsy's excellent Hebsy on Sports podcast. Hebsy put yesterday's episode on YouTube, so sample this ep and if you like what you hear you should subscribe to the podcast at HebsyOnSports.com.

And yes, I've reached out to Jim and invited him to come on Toronto Mike'd. Last time he said no, but this time he said he may come on later this year. That's progress!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 443: Stephen Fearing

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 443In this 443rd episode, Mike chats with Stephen Fearing about his solo career, years with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Fearing and White before he kicks out the jams. This episode is exactly 2:37:50.

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Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 442: Michael Grange

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 442In this 442nd episode, Mike chats with Sportsnet's Michael Grange about his years writing for the Globe and Mail, his work at Sportsnet covering basketball, RJ Barrett, the Toronto Raptors and more. This episode is exactly 2:05:31.

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Rodecaster Pro Added to TMDS Studio

Last week, I made the most significant upgrade to the TMDS studio since I first set everything up over six years ago. I purchased the new Rodecaster Pro.

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This really is the latest and greatest soundboard on the market. It's got channels for my four Rode Procaster mics, one for USB I use to record on my laptop, one for connecting a cable to a smartphone, one for Bluetooth and one for eight colourful buttons that will play pre-loaded audio.

It's pricey, but it features multistage dynamics, such as compression, limiting, de-essing and noise-gating. Robbie J can finally stop telling me I need to buy a compressor. Truth be told, I'm still getting used to this change. After seven years of getting on that mic, I'm now hearing Stoakley's voice in my head telling me to back off the mic. That's going to take a little time.

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Tonight, I gave the Bluetooth channel a thorough test. We called Bogota and recorded a phone conversation. It worked like a charm.

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I now play the Toronto Mike'd theme and Rosy & Grey from the board itself, and other audio (like Ralph Benmergui's jams) from my laptop. Recording calls is now super easy and if I don't have a laptop with me, recording to a microSD card is simple. And most importantly as far as TMDS is concerned, this new setup is much easier to take on the road for remote recordings.

Podcasting

In podcasting, the only constant is change. The evolution will not be televised... it will be podcast!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 441: Ralph Benmergui Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 441In this 441st episode, Mike catches up with television and radio personality Ralph Benmergui before he kicks out the jams. This episode is exactly 1:57:48.

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Dick Dale, Dead at 81

Dick DaleDick Dale was 81. He was the guitarist nicknamed "King of the Surf Guitar" whose signature single Misirlou was prominently featured over the opening titles of Pulp Fiction.

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Howard Stern and Brian Linehan

I can now honestly say I've interviewed hundreds of people. I have no formal training or education under my belt, just a natural curiosity and interest in extracting compelling stories.

Throughout my life, two interviewers in particular have helped shape my style. In my younger years, I was always impressed by Brian Linehan's research. City Lights would air on Citytv and you could tell Brian had done his homework. I find nothing more frustrating than a longform interview by someone who clearly wasn't prepared for their subject. I decided if I was going to conduct longform interviews, I'd always be prepared.

In 1997, I watched Private Parts, and discovered Howard Stern. I was taken by how Howard was able to withdraw real talk by making guests comfortable. I've been modelling my personal interview style on a blend of Linehan, Stern and instinct.

Toronto Mike'd listener Steve M. discovered this footage of Brian Linehan interviewing Howard Stern and correctly suspected I'd dig it.

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