About as predictable as … something really predictable … Terry DiMonte and Ted Bird are back together again. At least in the short term.
After a summer vacation following his departure from his position as CHOM’s morning man, Terry DiMonte launched a new podcast this month with his old friend Ted Bird, called Standing By. Its episodes, available on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Podcasts, feature the two radio veterans reminiscing about the old days, their health, how they met, random anecdotes. Episode 2 focuses on the Canadiens, and Episode 3 on their time at Mix 96 (mainly going up against Howard Stern).
The podcast already has sponsors, namely those with long-standing relationships to Terry and Ted, including Matelas Bonheur, Jaguar Land Rover Laval and Merson Automotive.
If you’re a fan of this pair, you may have heard some of these stories before, and if you’re not a fan, you probably won’t be that interested in the podcast.
If you’re like me and more interested in the radio industry, I would recommend this episode of the Pantelis Podcast (which also produces the Terry and Ted podcast) in which Terry and Ted are interviewed. It goes into some detail about their careers and what happened when each of them left CHOM. They talk about their disagreements with managers (those managers generally aren’t named, but they’re generally referring to people like former CHOM program director Daniel Tremblay and former Bell Media regional VP Martin Spalding). And they discuss their views on the industry in general, how radio suffered by the transition from family-owned networks to corporate conglomerates, and how a return to smaller ownership groups and competition wit podcasts may be bringing some quality and human connection back.
DiMonte and Bird promise that they won’t just be two old guys talking about the olden days, and they’ll have stories about their interactions with music stars and others that you may have never heard before, as well as content that’s “contemporary.”
But even if their target audience is just Generation Xers who listened to CHOM growing up, that’s ok. In the podcast world, you don’t need to please everybody.