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Morning Drive...What Happened?

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I haven’t watched too frequently lately, but what used to be a fairly happy, multi-topical show is now a dour mess. Gary Williams tries to pull off this weird serious anchor role with minimal success. Charlie isn’t funny and has become less interesting over time. Paige is ok, but very LPGAcentric. Damon Hack is actually punchable. What the **** happened to this show? Is it just because of NBC’s involvement?
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  • jpt1101jpt1101  270WRX Points: 71Members Posts: 270
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    I haven’t noticed a change. Still beats having no coverage in the mornings. Disappointed that I can’t steam the show in their app any longer. Don’t know why. Does anyone else have this issue? It just shows “Schedule not available” in the Listen Live section. I am logged in through my provider.
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  • worldslasttwfanworldslasttwfan  333WRX Points: 60Members Posts: 333
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    i appreciate their commitment to the show. hard to film show that early everyday.
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  • Pent08Pent08  1204WRX Points: 492Members Posts: 1,204
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    I'll always miss the early, modest days. Gary Williams is the only polished and bearable member of the current operation.
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  • OutBackHackOutBackHack  1003WRX Points: 150Members Posts: 1,003
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    DRRicks wrote:


    I haven’t watched too frequently lately, but what used to be a fairly happy, multi-topical show is now a dour mess. Gary Williams tries to pull off this weird serious anchor role with minimal success. Charlie isn’t funny and has become less interesting over time. Paige is ok, but very LPGAcentric. Damon Hack is actually punchable. What the **** happened to this show? Is it just because of NBC’s involvement?




    That's a pretty solid assessment. It's unwatchable.
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  • Jackhammer993Jackhammer993  886WRX Points: 185Members Posts: 886
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    Bring back Holly!!!
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  • TexsportTexsport  2348WRX Points: 139Members Posts: 2,348
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    I don't think its the personalities as much as who is directing and scripting the content.



    More humor and informality would be recommended.





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  • linkerpanlinkerpan  1461WRX Points: 112ClubWRX Posts: 1,461
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    jpt1101 wrote:


    I haven't noticed a change. Still beats having no coverage in the mornings. Disappointed that I can't steam the show in their app any longer. Don't know why. Does anyone else have this issue? It just shows "Schedule not available" in the Listen Live section. I am logged in through my provider.




    Cut the cord! Move to youtube tv and you'll watch it anywhere
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  • caniac6caniac6  3111WRX Points: 721Members Posts: 3,111
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    It seems as if the entire content on the Golf channel is suffering. Quite a bit of repeat showings of lame golf movies.
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  • DRRicksDRRicks  2444WRX Points: 20Banned Posts: 2,444
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    Yes! Their scheduling is very odd now. Not to mention (whether you liked him or not), the loss of Breed leaves a huge hole to fill. After watching one episode of Spieth’s coach, I can say that it isn’t the answer.
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  • nochct1nochct1  3389WRX Points: 139Members Posts: 3,389
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    Its a very weird show. They're talking about golf, but acting like they're having a serious discussion about something that is actually important. The show would be much better is they had more fun and stopped acting so serious.
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  • dlygrissedlygrisse Kansas 13732WRX Points: 1,193Members Posts: 13,732
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    In the internet age I’m not sure why shows of this nature are even needed any longer.
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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve  2557WRX Points: 406Members Posts: 2,557
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    I watch it for tour coverage and that's it. The rest seems scripted and lame.
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  • AUTIGER07AUTIGER07 Just lost $1K on a putt  1114WRX Points: 124Members Posts: 1,114
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    It's been the same crappy show ever since Comcast / NBC tried to turn it into the Today show. Can't believe I'm saying this but it was better when Erik Kuselias was banging Holly on the side and it was just him and Gary.



    I will say though, the video of watching Damon Hack try to chip playing "Golf Pong" at the PGA Show was the funniest thing I've seen in years. I am dumbfounded how someone can play as much golf as he does and suck so badly.



    http://www.golfchannel.com/video/morning-drive-crew-plays-beer-pong-golf/
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    Not watchable.
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  • hogans71hogans71 Ain't no change in the weather, ain't no changes in me  10704WRX Points: 216Members Posts: 10,704
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    AUTIGER07 wrote:


    It's been the same crappy show ever since Comcast / NBC tried to turn it into the Today show. Can't believe I'm saying this but it was better when Erik Kuselias was banging Holly on the side and it was just him and Gary.



    I will say though, the video of watching Damon Hack try to chip playing "Golf Pong" at the PGA Show was the funniest thing I've seen in years. I am dumbfounded how someone can play as much golf as he does and suck so badly.



    http://www.golfchannel.com/video/morning-drive-crew-plays-beer-pong-golf/




    That was painfully hilarious....
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  • Browns71213Browns71213  583WRX Points: 51Members Posts: 583
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    It was on today when I was at the gym so I got to watch the whole thing. My favorite part was when Trevor Immelman said that amateurs should take more time over their ball. Yeah, that's exactly what golf needs ammy's spending more time over their ball! Sheesh!
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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Iowa 19172WRX Points: 3,183ClubWRX Posts: 19,172
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    Let's see . . . . the first time someone complained with a thread about Morning Drive was . . . the first time it aired, lol.



    Still bad, but our snow is still white (well, except for where the puppy visits). He senses when he is being talked about!
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  • WidespreadPanicWidespreadPanic Wizard in the Corner  4904WRX Points: 217Members Posts: 4,904
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    hogans71 wrote:

    AUTIGER07 wrote:


    It's been the same crappy show ever since Comcast / NBC tried to turn it into the Today show. Can't believe I'm saying this but it was better when Erik Kuselias was banging Holly on the side and it was just him and Gary.



    I will say though, the video of watching Damon Hack try to chip playing "Golf Pong" at the PGA Show was the funniest thing I've seen in years. I am dumbfounded how someone can play as much golf as he does and suck so badly.



    http://www.golfchannel.com/video/morning-drive-crew-plays-beer-pong-golf/




    That was painfully hilarious....


    "This wedge is terrible!"....no Damon, you are teeeible. And yeah, he is very punchable on Morning Drive. They pretty much all are.
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    hogans71 wrote:

    AUTIGER07 wrote:


    It's been the same crappy show ever since Comcast / NBC tried to turn it into the Today show. Can't believe I'm saying this but it was better when Erik Kuselias was banging Holly on the side and it was just him and Gary.



    I will say though, the video of watching Damon Hack try to chip playing "Golf Pong" at the PGA Show was the funniest thing I've seen in years. I am dumbfounded how someone can play as much golf as he does and suck so badly.



    http://www.golfchann...beer-pong-golf/




    That was painfully hilarious....


    "This wedge is terrible!"....no Damon, you are teeeible. And yeah, he is very punchable on Morning Drive. They pretty much all are.




    Except for the only tolerable one on the network.



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  • caniac6caniac6  3111WRX Points: 721Members Posts: 3,111
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    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    Let's see . . . . the first time someone complained with a thread about Morning Drive was . . . the first time it aired, lol.



    Still bad, but our snow is still white (well, except for where the puppy visits). He senses when he is being talked about!
    What a beautiful Setter. I'd watch him instead of Morning Drive any day.
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  • Holy MosesHoly Moses  10698WRX Points: 567Members Posts: 10,698
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    Any of the good shows on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio are better than Morning Drive. They need to scrap it and start over. It’s not bad, but it’s just meh.
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  • dbleagdbleag  2909WRX Points: 167Members Posts: 2,909
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    Too much social media crap.



    Too much non-golf segments like the NBC Business Report.



    Too much Matt Gaynella.



    Too much non-player talent.
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  • DRRicksDRRicks  2444WRX Points: 20Banned Posts: 2,444
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    So...what happened? How’d it get to be this bad?
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  • BC33BC33 Divot taker  458WRX Points: 85Members Posts: 458
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    Paige McKenzie needs to go away. She struggles putting a coherent thought together, doesn't have good insight or thoughts and is really just terrible.



    Ginella is ok, can occasionally talk down to the viewer but he should realize how incredibly lucky and fortunate he is given his job. Hack is god awful, probably the worst on there.



    I like Rymer and Williams, they make it worth tuning in. Damron has gotten better and isn't too bad. Immelmann has not gotten better. Wish he'd resume playing full time so he's not on tv anymore.



    Cara Robinson occasionally lets her accent get a little too thick and is hard to understand.



    Mrs Chamblee makes Paige look like a professional broadcaster. If something isn't written down for her on cue cards, like it wasn't when they were at the PGA show last week, she is not good at all.



    All in all though, it's not horrible, just wish they'd revise the on air talent.
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  • Holy MosesHoly Moses  10698WRX Points: 567Members Posts: 10,698
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    DRRicks wrote:


    So...what happened? How’d it get to be this bad?




    Holly leaving didn’t help. Paige and Cara aren’t as good.



    From what John Feinstein has said, they have a new person in charge at the Golf Channel. I think they are limping along and using cheap programming until the PGA Tour takes them over.



    The best programming that the Golf Channel has is live golf. Then anything with Brandel and the guys he’s with. You can disagree with Brandel, but he is so good at prepping and making engaging, forceful points. Morning Drive has no star power. For the show to improve, they need that. But I can’t see them paying for it. I would really love for the Golf Channel to pick up a podcast like No Laying Up and give them their own show, kind of like what ESPN tried to do with Barstool.
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  • MidMOGolferMidMOGolfer  216WRX Points: 28Members Posts: 216
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    I'll stick with Golic & Wingo.
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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank  14805WRX Points: 730ClubWRX Posts: 14,805
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    I watch. It’s golf in the morning.



    Charlie is OK. Seems like the big, harmless, likeable neighborhood kid.



    Like Paige and Kara (not sure on her spelling).



    Lauren Thompson is solid (but cut the LT crap, call her Lauren) as is Gary Williams.



    Damon Hack? I just don’t get why he is even on there. He doesn’t add anything to the show (excep volume).





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    But it’s still the best golf show that’s on in the morning.
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    I'll stick with Golic & Wingo.


    Curious to see how long that show last , I think golic is the same rehashed garbage .
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  • howellhandmadehowellhandmade  864WRX Points: 257Members Posts: 864
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    I'm an addict. Any show about golf is better than any other show that's not about golf.



    Except for the movies. When "The Squeeze" comes on for the 479,823rd time I hit the remote control like the morphine button at the hospital. It's a cynical substitute for a test pattern.



    And I agree about Spieth's coach. It's better to hit in the center of the clubface than off the toe or heel? Holy revelations, Batman! But I'm an addict, so if that's what's on when I have time, I'll watch.
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  • soap1984soap1984  729WRX Points: 93Members Posts: 729
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    I love golf but I cannot watch this show; Charlie and Damon are honestly so horrible I can't imagine the decision-maker at NBC watches that show and doesn't want to get rid of them. It's unwatchable.
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