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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Mark Patrick on XM -- a great listen going away?

Holy Crap.

I just learned that one of our great on-air buddies is getting pushed out at XM Radio.

Seems that Sirius is SERIOUS about axing some of the great voices on the satellite, including those found on the XM Cafe, Deep Tracks (a definite Radio Paradise competitor) and now the MLB Homeplate (XM 175) morning treat.

Mark Patrick, the morning co-host (along w/ Buck Martinez) will not see his contract renewed.

It really shows us how radio -- satellite or not -- continues to shoot itself in the foot. And they wonder why people are forgoing it all and opting for iPods or ripping tunes from the web.

Patrick is the glue that holds the morning offerings together with his quick wit, salient observations and knowledge of the game from youth baseball to the bigs. He's got an outsized ego, but it's not propped up w/ the loud noise, abrasive commentary or puffery you hear on sports talk. It's kinda like he's your really smart friend that you give a hall pass to because he's your really smart friend -- and he always buys his round and his sister's cute. I made that last part up, but in all honesty, he's actually been a friend to my son Avery and me, even sending Ave some cool stuff to help him celebrate a baseball anniversary.

So who's wielding this unwieldy axe?

All informed sources are pointing to XM/Sirius corporate assassins Scott Greenstein, Steve Cohen and Chuck Dickemann. I think the last guy's name is apropos.

We can watch for Mark to land somewhere in the sports broadcast universe (he's done all manner of radio thru the years) but he will be sorely missed on the channel in the morning.You can also find his son, Drew Storen, in the headlines as he's a big up-and-comer pitching prospect currently playing at Stanford.

I'm emailing the boneheads and making some noise on this one, and would encourage you to do the same.
They're screwing w/ the start of my day, making the good life a little less saucy.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely agree. And the rumor is that they're enamored with players and managers and don't see the advantage of having a radio guy with vast knowledge to hold the ship together. It seems that Buck will still be there...but it will not be the same without Mark to get him on the track.

Thu Nov 06, 04:52:00 AM CST  
Blogger Dr. Dave said...

Willing to chime in. Please post email addresses of those who need to hear from us. The XM/Serius merger has potential to put a lot of talent on the sidelines.

Sun Nov 09, 04:34:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is absolutely devastating news. Ed Randall is a nice guy, but when I turned BBTM on this morning and heard him, I got that sneaky feeling that something was very wrong.

Totally frustrating news -- how does Sirius/XM rationalize millions per year for Mad Dog, who I also love, but is willing to break up the amazing pairing of Mark Patrick and Buck Martinez. Somewhere the Big Chair and the Commander in Chief are having their on-air production meetings, but none of us can hear it.

Ugh.

Mon Nov 17, 09:03:00 AM CST  
Blogger SkiSullivan said...

Anon nailed my exact thoughts. Ed seems like a nice guy that got shoved into the booth like the 2nd chair fiddler for the Titanic orchestra.

When I heard Mark Patrick sign off on Friday with "I'll hope to see you when you return" while speaking to the soon-to-be-vacationing Buck Martinez, I thought it an sign of MP being around awhile longer.

Having read that it was Black Friday elsewhere on the satellite w/ 100+ getting their slips, I was pleased to see him weathering the storm.

Evidently not so -- he's off the ship and likely paddling to warmer waters.

Mon Nov 17, 09:51:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mark patrick is an arrogant s.o.b. he has been spotted at wxin 59 in indy looking for a weekend sports gig. He will always step on toes of anyone who disagrees with his godly opinion. It's just another stop along the way of Mr. attitude. I've watched him in live action at numerous live events. He's a loose cannon.
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Sun Nov 23, 10:43:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am upset of the turnover on XM 175, in particular the removal of the BIG Chair. It was fun radio that kept me coming back day after day. Change is inevitable with a merger especially for entities that are not profitable yet. I feel that the BBTM crew was a big draw and held up their end of the listenship of XM. If the start of the MLB TV Network is any indication, BASEBALL is extremely popular and quality on air personalities should be in place to take advantage of this popularity on XM. Big was a quality guy along with Buck. Change isn't always for the good.

Wed Dec 03, 11:09:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Mark in Harrisburg said...

I wish the best for Mark, I thought he and Buck had great chemistry. I have yet to find something on XM for my morning drive, but haven't found something I like as much as BBTM. Now they take off Wall Street Journal mornings, and the Morning Briefing on POTUS is the only show on 130 I like. My subscription is up the end of this month, and I'm only renewing for 1 year, instead of the 3 years like I did before.

Thu Dec 11, 02:04:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, please. Mark Patrick is a self-absored buffoon...the Chris Berman of XM Radio. That clown is all shtick, and obviously in love with the sound of his own "radio-Guy" voice. Yeah, I'm really gonna miss his worn-out catchphrases and non-stop shtick. Gues what we're left with? BASEBALL TALK...just BASEBALL TALK. Another good move was dumping that know-nothing ROnnie "Nightrain" Lane. Pretty lame when the audience knows more than the so-called expert host.

Mon Dec 29, 06:40:00 PM CST  
Blogger SkiSullivan said...

I am posting all comments here because that's how we roll. It's an open forum. But when I see someone posting anonymously, and then throwing around this kind of rancor, it puts the comments into perspective.

Garbage in garbage out.

If you won't own up to your commentary, take it somewhere else.

Mon Dec 29, 07:19:00 PM CST  

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