Madden is still a good daily dose of authenic Bay Area radio with sports, of course, as the main topic source, but Madden sort of transcends merely sports.
Or does he?
I say that because a good reason why KCBS pays the former coach and broadcaster a greal of money to do a five-minute or so schmooze is that he brings in the so-called "casual fan." A lot of listeners And a whole lot of men and even women too.
But is Madden losing his appeal? I don't think so. He has his good and bad days. I wrote a few weeks back that his annual June BBQ for a few KCBS air people and sponsors too was just too much largesse. I got a significant amount of e-mail that was also critical of an entire segment devoted to the event. An in-house event that completely contradicted the real essense of Madden's appeal: his joe six-pack image and regualr guy aw-shucks.
That's a small blemish in an othwerwise entertaining franchise that Madden has evolved into on KCBS' Monday-Friday morning news block, (and repeated in the afternoon). Madden is best when providing non-sugar-coated answers. Asked by anchor Stan Bunger about the Warriors planned move to SF in the coming years, Madden said that was bull. "Oakland needs to fight for the Warriors." It was refreshing and devoid of the usual rah-rah banter that is so much a part of the current topical arena.
I'm wondering what you think. To those of you, like me, that likes Madden, do you still listen every day? Are there some of you who are not a fan? Give me your thoughts.
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