Long-time Vancouver-based broadcaster Dave Pratt.
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Dave Pratt’s absence from the Vancouver sports conversation has been noted, but it won’t last much longerAs far as we can tell, no one has ever called Darth Vader “big daddy.”But to make talk radio work, you have to understand the importance of Darth Vader, Dave Pratt argues.“You lose Darth Vader … so then we’ve just got a bunch of space guys flying around for two hours,” the veteran radio personality asks rhetorically in a visit to The Province/Vancouver Sun newsroom.Capital-B boring, is his implication.“You’ve got to have the bad guy.”In other words, Pratt still sees a role for himself to play in the local media landscape and leave no doubt, he still has lots left to say.Next Wednesday, just over three months out from the end of his time at TSN 1040, Pratt will launch a podcast, titled the Prattcast and will live in your favourite podcast players and at prattcast.ca.June 13 was his last day as a Bell Media employee. When station management dropped him on March 13, after almost six years in his latest incarnation at 1040 — a shock, “a what?! moment,” he says — he knew he was still hungry to work.
Back in 2011, sports talk radio host Dave Pratt was enthusiastic about paying off on a losing bet, riding a bicycle around Vancouver City Hall while wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan ‘I love Gregor,’ in reference to then-mayor Gregor Robertson.
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LISTEN: Paul Chapman is joined by longtime Vancouver broadcaster Dave Pratt in this special edition of the White Towel. Dave talks about his new podcast, The Prattcast, weighs in on the current plight of the Canucks, the NHL draft, and even bike lanes.
Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:via Apple podcasts | via TuneIn | via Spotify | via StitcherIs the player not working? Click here.And so a podcast, launched on the eve of the NHL Entry Draft, hoping to grab on to the buzz that comes along with that spectacle.“An entertainment podcast with a sports backdrop,” he puts forward as his driving ethos. “More of what I’ve been doing as a radio show host for the last 20 years.”“The key to sports-talk radio is to understand it’s an entertainment format, it’s not an information format, it’s not an ‘I’m smarter than you format.’ That dies. We’ve seen it,” he says. “Of your sports fan base, five per cent are hardcore, 95 per cent are casual: they don’t care who’s on the fourth line, they don’t care who the third-string quarterback is. They want to be entertained. It’s why the Super Bowl does 120 million people.”That’s what his radio shows have always been about, he insists.Kerry Marshall, a colleague of his from his days as the morning show host at CFOX, will be in the co-host’s chair.“The good cop-bad cop stuff that we’ve had success with, if Don Taylor is the good cop, it works, because I’m the bad guy. I’ll stir the shit and he’ll take the higher ground,” he goes on, citing his former colleague at TSN 1040, with whom he was known to spar on air on more than one occasion.For now, Pratt and Marshall will push out two or three episodes per week, roughly about half an hour each, but longer if necessary.By the time Canucks training camp launches in mid-September, Pratt says they’ll be a daily proposition.“This is not going to sound like anything that’s available.”email@example.com/risingaction CLICK HERE to report a typo. Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.