|GREG KOCH & ND KALU|
|MIKE MELTSER & SETH PAYNE|
IN THE TRENCHES BETTER THAN MAD RADIO
Written By: LM
Currently, I've been actively listening to Sports Talk 790 In The Trenches and Sports Radio 610 Mad Radio. Currently I'm digging both shows.
MAD Radio, I get intellectual well though out takes. Guilty, Mike Meltser has grown on me. There was a time, I thought he was too robotic but once you get pass that, Mike will give you the debate you want. Seth Payne uses his intellect as humor.
In The Trenches is one of the most local interactive shows. I will not front, there was I time I thought the volume of callers was a direct reflection of not preparing a show but then I thought, Talk Radio is about the fans too. Greg Koch and ND Kalu gets it, they realize Sports Talk includes the fans and they go out of their way to be inclusive. Just today, I heard Lance leave an annoying caller on hold for almost two hours. Lance was clearly making an example out of him. The annoying caller bled over to In The Trenches and they allowed him to speak.
That's what talk radio is, good, bad boring calls/takes should all be heard. I am guilty of saying ban certain callers with dumb ass takes but at the end of the day, its more fun to crack jokes on their takes.
Rather you like it or not, In The Trenches promote their fans. They are not reading anonymous texts and they actually take phone calls and dialogue. In the Trenches also allow topics to marinate before moving on. They actually can see a topic with traction and they stick with it.
MAD Radio change topics every damn segment. Good luck if you are a caller to MAD Radio. If you are lucky enough for them to hug a topic for two segments, you may get in on a topic but do not expect dialogue. If you call, they will allow you to make your take then get you off the vine and respond to your take when you are off the phone. Seth and Mike seem more comfy amongst themselves like most of Houston Sports Talk Shows these days.
In The Trenches are more intimate with their audience than MAD Radio. Both shows are solid but In The Trenches is "down home" "down to earth" and loose with their audience.
All in all, In The Trenches value their audience's input.