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Not just sport

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25.05.2011

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Some great presenters and interesting guests

Disadvantages:
Other presenters/slots are dull, irritating and not worth listening to

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Sport is something I have no interest in, but even for people like me Talksport still holds some interest, because between 10pm at night and 6am each morning the station is given over to general talk radio. A few years ago the main talk show presenter was the ever-rebellious James Whale, with the excellent Ian Collins following on through the early hours, but after Whale was eventually sacked by the powers that be the show has struggled to find a suitable replacement presenter.

Collins now regularly presents in Whale's own slot, and he is an intelligent, entertaining and wholly professional presenter who normally manages to make even the dullest topics seem interesting, whilst his slot is usally filled with interviews with interesting characters from all walks of life. George Galloway used to do a regular weekend slot, and regarless of how one views him politically his sharp, passionate and hugely intelligent presenting manner always made for enlightening and entertaining radio.

Unfortunately the late night slot fares much worse these days, being presented by hacks such as Adrian Goldberg who endlessly spout bland and predictable opinions in between conducting listener polls on fascinating topics such as "what's the biggest thing you've ever eaten" and "would you have sex with Jordan?".

A decidedly mixed bag overall then, but Talksport is still worth a listen on occasion, and its worth tuning in to Collins. It was definitely worth tuning in to Galloway, but that's sadly no longer possible. As for the majority of the presenters however, steer clear.

Summary: Still worth a look, even for non-sports fans
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