A plug for Mike Parry and Mike Graham

There has been an overwhelming response on this blog to the article I wrote a few weeks back about why Mike Parry had left Talksport, it seems that the demise of the Parry and Graham show has upset a lot of Talksport listeners.

It appears that the two Mike’s are now trying to cash in on their popularity by hiring themselves out for after dinner speaking and public appearances, and afterall, who can blame them.

Here is the link to their website.

From what I can gather, their replacements, Richard Keys and Andy Gray are finishing their 10-1 slot at the end of the football season and as they keep making jokes about contract negotiations not being sorted out, it would appear that nothing is set in stone about them coming back.

I would have to say that given the calibre of their guests, I’d be amazed if Keys and Gray aren’t retained when the football season returns.

This still leaves a space to be filled over the summer for around 10-12 weeks though, what chance a return for the crazy twosome?

The Mike Parry and Robbie Savage Double Act

I finally got to listen to Mike Parry and Robbie Savage doing the 606 phone in on 5 Live tonight. I think it would be fair to say it was typical barmy Parry with him provoking the listeners with his usual brand of chaos.

He started the show telling a woman to not bother getting married and did his best to ensure he can never go to another Millwall game again by continually saying they ruined the FA cup the year they made the final.

His stance that the FA cup should be seeded was probably just Parry using his tried and tested technique of winding the listeners up and provoking a reaction.

At times I don’t think Robbie Savage knew what to make of it all. Savage spent his whole career winding fans and opposing players up, tonight he got a taste of his own medicine with Mike Parry managing to wind him and everyone else up in a way only Parry could.

Parry’s legendary contradictions were highlighted in the row about seedings when he was asked who should be seeded higher if West Brom where 7th and Liverpool 3rd bottom. Savage didn’t know what Parry was talking about, I couldn’t work it out and I’m sure Parry wasn’t sure either.

I also heard 2 callers calling Mike, Alan. I’m assuming they thought Alan Parry, rather than Alan Green. It just summed up the confusion and chaos that Parry brought to proceedings.

The most remarkable thing was that at times Savage was the man bringing sanity to the show, he continually had to be the peacemaker and get involved in rows between Parry and the listeners.

It was typical Parry and in it’s own way was an entertaing show, the two of them clicked and made a good combination. One thing it certainly proved to be – was far more entertaining than Keys and Gray’s show on Talksport.

Mike ‘Porky’ Parry on 5 Live 606 Phone In

How did he do folks? I totally forgot it was on and missed it.

Mike Parry and Robbie Savage sounds like a combination with plenty of potential for some funny incidents. I can imagine Parry wouldn’t be coming out with his infamous lines like ‘wing mirrors on horses’ and ‘man eventually running the 100 meters in less than a second,’ but I’m sure a man of his talents would adapt to the situation and still present a humorous show.

At the moment the BBC rather helpfully doesn’t have it currently available on it’s iPlayer service, I will keep an eye out and see if it changes and hopefully have a listen later.

Where and why has Mike Parry gone?

For a couple of days now I’ve been wondering what has happened to Mike Parry on Talksport. He just suddenly disappeared with no explanation, the station has a history of getting shot of presenters and just airbrushing them from any sort of existence, and it started to look like the same thing was happening with Mike Parry.

Today the story started to unravel itself. I first heard of the stations hiring of Richard Keys and Andy Gray on 5 Live, it seemed to me that it was only after that, that Talksport announced the news.

I have to say it was no surprise to me, too see the two of them rock up on this station. It was only a matter of time.

There’s a bit too much of a coincidence here. The programme director, a chap call Moz Dee, who I can say I’ve never heard of, later went on the evening show with Adrian Durham and Darren Gough and gave a stage managed iterview in which he didn’t shed any light on Parry’s departure, just thanking him for his service and saying Parry had decided to move on.

He wasn’t asked, and he didn’t volunteer any information as to why Parry had suddenly left.

But why did Parry move on? He and Mike Graham have made a massive success of their mid-morning show, the slot that Keys and Gray are now going to fill. I get the feeling that Parry would have been raging at having his slot taken from him, just because a couple of Sky Sports outcasts became available on the market, and quite frankly I don’t blame him if that is what happened.

Mike Parry dosen’t strike me as the kind of chap to take things lieing down. My instinct on this, is that Parry has told them to stick their job as he is not having a couple of so-called bigger names coming in and taking his place.

I’d be amazed if Keys and Gray can produce a more entertaining show that Parry did. I’d say that Parry knows they can’t do better as well, and I bet thats why he’s walked.