Sunday, August 21, 2011

Paddy Daly New Open Line Host How Do You Like Him?

I don't know how many of you listen to Open Line, Back Talk or Night Line but I suspect that is it a good few people. I have been listening to those shows for years now and one thing always struck me as annoying is how wish washy the host have always been.

They never seem to take a stand one way or the other on an issue or ever call it like it is when it comes to the callers calling in. I don't know why they feel they need to be neutral, these are not news shows after all and are entirely based on opinions of the host and the callers calling in.

That is why I am beginning to like Mr Paddy Daly more and more each time I hear him. He is not afraid to take a stand on an issue and will point out when a caller states something that is so obviously false or ridiculous and call them on it. 

I have heard on other shows people calling in and saying stuff that is so utterly stupid and foolish and the host just says something like "that is very interesting caller, certainly a different point of view, lets see if someone else has a similar opinion, Bye Bye"

Come on, nobody is going to have a similar view unless they are as crazy and paranoid at that last person and I must admit just when I think it couldn't get any worse someone else calls in and basically blows the last person out of the water for weirdness, I guess it is entertaining.

The impression I get from Paddy and certainly I could be wrong but I find he has some integrity when it comes to responding to callers and issues. He is not simply going to let ridiculous, foolish and unfounded statements go unchallenged. Seems to me he is willing to dig a little deeper to a certain degree and put his own opinion into the conversation which is something I think is sadly lacking in Newfoundland Talk Radio.

I am hoping for a more enlightened and truthful talk radio experience from Paddy than we have seen in the past from other hosts. Hopefully the wish washy execs down at VOCM don't try and reign him in and shut him up before he really reaches his potential. The truthfulness of his commentary is refreshing to me and I am hoping he can become even more hard edged. I have fond memories of listening to Lowell Green on talk radio in Ottawa for years and I would love for someone to deliver his style of radio to the listeners of Newfoundland and Labrador. I don't think we are quite ready down here for a personality like Lowell Green because he is a bit too extreme for the masses here.

It is going to be interesting over the next little while to see how Paddy does but I am hoping that he will be successful and change the landscape of talk radio for years to come. Good Luck Paddy


  1. Can you explain what you mean by we are not quite ready down here? thanks.... Tina

  2. I'm not a talk radio fan, and have not heard Paddy Daly on the radio before. However, there have been times in the past when I've gotten in the car and it was on the radio. Some of the people that call into those shows are way out there on the topics they bring up, which is why I end up changing the channel.
    I do have family living in Ottawa who do listen to Lowell Green, so I have heard him on their radio many times. I agree that he wouldn't last too long on the radio around here. Lowell tells it like it as, and will tell you where to go if he feels like it. He calls people on their facts, so you better know what you're talking about when you call him. You either love him or you hate him, but the fact remains that he does great stuff for the community and has great ratings.
    Some people around here can't even handle reading a blog without going off the handle, let alone having a radio personality like that on our air waves. Some folks are just way too sensitive. For God's sake, it's one person's opinion....RELAX!!! John

  3. I don't understand where all the negativity is coming from. First of all are people that insecure that they are looking for some hidden meaning in my comments and that they absolutly need to try and stir up something.

    I thought I was quite clear when I said that Lowell Green was to extreme for Newfoundlanders. The reason has nothing to do with who we are as a people but the nature of our politics. In Newfoundland we are not a polarized as they are in Ontario and some other provinces. We are generally more middle of the road and easier to sway one way or the other.

    We don't have a massive extreme right wing or extreme left wing like they do in Ontario and talk radio in other provinces and Ontario in particular reflects that.

    The radio station that Lowell Green is on is considered a conservative station and there are left leaning stations as well.

    That is what I was talking about when I said we are not ready for him down here, we may never be because that is the nature of our politics and that is fine with me. I like having options when I go to the polls and not drastic differences in political parties. It makes it easier to switch parties and give the other guys a try when you know that there won't be any radical changes.

    So I don't know why people continue to try and read some hidden meaning from my post when it plainly states what is there. Did any of you even check out to see who Lowell Green was before you criticized me and accused me of somehow putting down Newfoundlanders?

  4. See now that is better Craig you made it clear good job Mr Scott..... you are learning to pick your words..

  5. Anonymous said...
    Sorry John what are we thinking..WE should never question anything Mr Ottawa says..Ottawa the reason there are no more boats in our bays.The reason our fishing villages are dead the Great Ottawa, where Craig got all his vast life learning. Give me a break ,ok john just one persons opinion...


    You know I don't know where you get your information but I agree with you that Ottawa is the reason our fishery collapsed. As for all of my life learning....a good portion of youth was spent out in those very boats that you mentioned.

    Why criticize someone for living somewhere else? Some of us and I am speaking for an awful lot of people when I say had no choice but to move away to make a living. How dare you belittle someone for making that kind of decision with their family, if you ever had to make that decision then you would know what I am talking about and wouldn't be so crass.

    As for having life experience from Ottawa of course I do. It certainly gives a person an appreciation for different people and different ways of doing things. Obviously there are people reading my blog who are closed minded and hateful which I find really disturbing.

    But you continue to spew your hate and I continue to allow you to post in on MY BLOG just so that everyone can see how petty and childish you are. I really con't blame you for not wanting to be a person of integrity and attach your name to your comments so that everyone will know who it is, I would be embarrassed too.

  6. Anonymous said...
    See now that is better Craig you made it clear good job Mr Scott..... you are learning to pick your words..


    There was nothing ambiguous about my original post. The problem is that it doesn't matter what you write for some people they are only going to attack me anyway. It is really quite pathetic when you think about it :)

    Have a good day!

  7. see we are the same sticks and stones lol

  8. I have one last thing to say yes that is life some people will attack you to bad you cant take it...when you grow a set i will post again until then, bash who you like but readers dont say anything about MR Ottawa .....thats all from me .....S.M

  9. I follow a few different blogs, and every now and again you get a few haters who all they want to do is critize what you have to say.
    To Shawn M or SM, can't you even come up with one worthwhile thing to say. Why do you have to resort to name calling when someone is just expressing their opinion. Do you talk to and treat people like that normally?
    And as for getting a set, I think Mr. Scott has stood up quite well to all the bashing and has responded to each and every comment, instead of just deleting them.
    Now, back to the topic at hand, I like Paddy Daly and think he's doing a pretty good job. I agree that it's refreshing to see him put out his opinion on the different topics, instead of those who remain neutral all the time. Makes for more interesting conversation. Richard

  10. Craig your politics differs completely from my own but on many issues I couldn't agree more with you. Not sure why people are so negative about your opinions, as they are just that opinions, they are neither right or wrong.
    I do have worries when I see comments like "go back where you came from" as to me this is very offensive and makes me worry about the kind of people that are living around me.
    As for Paddy Daily when he went on hiatus from Nightline this summer, I was worried we would not hear from him again, but fortunately he is back at 2 every weekday and I love his attitude.
    As for Ottawa, it's a nice place to live but it's got nothing on Newfoundland, why else would I be here. When I left I never looked back but I do miss a good shawarma now and again.


  11. I also like Paddy Dally,I have been reading the posts and think it is uncalled for name calling and such.But some times Mr Scott also get negative with the people he replys to calling them names as well.I think he could do better explaining his point with out being so blunt.I have been living in Torbay for only 3 years and love it deeply.The men and women running the town must do a lot of good as well because people love it here and are happy with the town. I understand it is Mr Scotts blog but a little pat on the back goes a long way as well Iam sure if Mr Scotts looks hard he can post good things happening here as well... thanks for reading Roma V

  12. MF, I miss the shawarma too, I actually had a pretty good one at that place down on water street where Big Bite Pizza used to be. They didn't have it on the menu but I asked the guy and he made me one. It was pretty good. As for the negative Nellies they really don't bother me that much. I am just shocked sometimes that people choose to attack me personally and not what I am saying. I guess that just validates what I am saying :)

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