Monday was Opening Day for both local baseball squads, and it was also the first day for Damon Bruce and Aubrey Huff as full-time hosts on 95.7 “The Game.” As we head into the weekend, I figured it’d be a good time to throw out some first impressions on the new hosts/shows.
One problem: I haven’t really listened to either show. Since I haven’t listened to a second of KGMZ’s new morning show, the only thing I know about the program comes from the following tweet:
Pat Burrell on dating as a scout as opposed to as a player ‘I can still pluck one from the herd once in a while’ #BTH
— 95.7 The GAME (@957thegame) April 2, 2014
I’ve got to admit, that’s pretty funny. Kind of makes you wonder how entertaining the “Pat the Bat and Huff Daddy Show” might be.
As for Bruce, I listened to Monday’s opening segment and … meh. I was expecting fireworks — Bruce was waving sparklers. He spent over 20 minutes talking about why he took the job and how excited he was to talk about the A’s and Raiders. He also said one of the goals of his show was to get a new stadium built for the A’s, or at least to get the ball rolling in that direction.
Bruce decided against bashing KNBR or any of its current hosts (cough … Gary Radnich). He said he got along great with Lee Hammer, too. Keeping that bridge intact is probably a smart move, in case 95.7 switches formats in a year and Bruce wants his old job back.
I had to take a phone call at the beginning of Bruce’s second segment, and haven’t listened since. I’ve heard from a couple people that Bruce said some things during his first show that weren’t exactly complimentary toward yours truly, but that’s par for the course. Bruce wanted me to stop writing about the “sandbox” rant and the attention it received, and he’s still mad because I didn’t do what he asked.
Since I don’t have anything to add as far a critique, or anything even resembling knowledge about Bruce’s show or what the addition of Huff has meant to 95.7’s morning zoo, I’m going to take the cheap way out and ask you to provide your thoughts. I know Otis Byrd III and A.J. Strong are going to rave about the new drivetime show’s greatness, because they’re both in love with Damon. But what about the rest of you? Is FM Damon a better Damon? Does Huff have a future in this industry? What’s going on with the color of Bruce’s and Huff’s hair in their 95.7 promo photos?