I didn’t expect much and I wasn’t disappointed, I listened to the Richard Keys and Andy Gray show on Talksport today and I have to say that it hasn’t inspired me to tune in again tomorrow.
First impressions are that this a spectacular own goal by Talksport. It was their first show so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, but it wasn’t great. Compared to the energy and enthusiasm Mike Parry brought to the show, this was more like a funeral procession.
Since my first article about Parry, it has emerged that he apparently left due to contractual problems, which had been going on since the 2010 world cup. Whether the problems only came to a head due to the availability of Keys and Gray is another issue though.
It is now being reported that Parry has landed a shift on 5 Live, he is apparently presenting the 606 phone in this Saturday, it is not clear whether this is a long term role, or if he is just filling in temporarily.
One thing it does show is that Parry won’t be out of work for long, if Talksport decide or realise they have mucked up, this shows they had better act quick to get him back.
A plus point for Keys and Gray is they have an impressive contacts book. If Talksport are after big names to come on the station, then given the names they had on today they have hired the right men.
I don’t know if it was just a coincidence, but after Sunday’s revelations about Richard Keys making racist remarks, I found it ironic that two black men (Dion Dublin and Paul Ince) were the first guests – or buddies as Keys kept on calling them – on the show. Was Max Clifford advising them or what?
I was half expecting Germaine Greer to turn up at one stage.
It was also interesting that they didn’t take calls from members of the public, a fundamental part of Talksport is it being a station based on phone-in’s. I wonder is this just a short term policy while the two find their feet, or maybe the station controllers expected a less than friendly welcome from the listeners.
Another thing that struck me was the sound of Keys having to read out an advert for Wickes tiles, it showed just how far the two men have fallen, if I’m honest, it sounded desperate. Andy Gray didn’t sound over enthusiastic about the whole thing either, he could clearly be heard sighing with frustration and chuntering on in the background when Keys had to read out their new twitter address.
I read somewhere over the weekend that they are signed up for 40 weeks, on Monday’s showing, it may well be closer to 4 weeks.