You are 100% correct Bob. I don't enjoy listening to Mr. Mackey. I also wonder what ESPN 1500 will do in 5 years when Pat and Souchy retire, no local morning programing, those stupid paid programing shows all weekend and no real talent behind the mic. They may have caught KFAN a little off guard and were able to steal some talent last year, but I don't think that is going to happen again.
Best Sports Talk Radio Host - 2011
Phil Mackey, ESPN-AM 1500
Since KSTP-AM 1500 made the splash of going to its ESPN all-sports format last spring, the biggest voice at the station has been Mackey's. A former side-charge at rival KFAN, the twentysomething Mackey has played a major role in jockeying 1500 neck-and-neck with "the Fan." When the station first announced that the stat-heavy Mackey would team with 40-plus-year media vet Patrick Reusse, many wondered if the kid had the chops to duel with the gravel-voiced curmudgeon. But in less than a year, Mackey has proven that he wields more than just a Sabermetric sword. Combining a distinct voice with a sensible wit and adroit Twins coverage, Mackey has wasted little time showing that he can bark with the big dogs while orchestrating a seeming impossibility: proving Reusse has a sunny side. With 1500 stalwart Joe Soucheray recently opting for reduced airtime, Mackey and Reusse found their noon-to-2 slot extended another hour. The added time showed that Mackey is far more than just a "BABIP" or "WAR" stat geek.
When Phil Mackey made the change over, my boyfriend and I were both happy to be able to listen to a younger voice during the day. Congrats on a well deserved acknowledgement.
Glad to hear not only that Phil's doing so well--his hard work, persistence, and knowledge are certainly paying off--but that he's receiving due recognition for his talent.