According to a report on omahacityweekly.com, KXSP-590 AM sports talk show host Matt Perrault will be leaving his post at the end of the month.
It’s never a joyous occasion when someone loses their job. Trust me, I’ve been there. However, to Perrault, I say good riddance.
Given that his show had reportedly dipped near the bottom of Omaha radio station ratings with the exception of during Creighton basketball season, I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that he is gone. Of course, I have not heard the “how” part (dismissal or resignation) of Perrault’s departure.
As a 1997 University of Nebraska alum in Northern California, I frequently keep up on Husker news via the internet whether it is the newspaper’s internet site, fan blogs and podcasts.
I even decided to start my own fan blog for recreational purposes to go along with my full-time job as a sports reporter and photographer for two weekly newspapers (St. Helena Star and Weekly Calistogan) in Northern California. The blog is primarily about Husker football but I will touch on other topics when the spirit moves.
Anyhow, just a little more than a year ago, my wife and I got a computer that was compatible with the podcasts of Perrault’s show along with Unsportsmanlike Conduct (hosted by Kevin Kugler and Mike’L Severe) and Sports Nightly (hosted by Lane Grindle). Well, since I know Kugler personally having worked with him when I lived in Nebraska, I knew I would likely gravitate toward his show but wanted to keep an open mind.
I generally enjoy listening to Grindle but after a week of listening to Perrault, I personally wanted to stick my head in an oven. In a nutshell, I stopped listening to Perrault entirely and have primarily listened to Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Sports Nightly.
Based on reading some message boards, Perrault was often criticized for being a “Creighton homer/anti-Husker” in a state that is Husker dominated. Granted, Nebraska and Creighton fans have some condescension for each other but let’s be honest – we’re not talking North Carolina-Duke or Auburn-Alabama here.
Personally, I didn’t have a huge problem with his promoting Creighton. After all, one key to having a good product is offering someone something that cannot get anywhere else. Plus, sports 590 AM airs Creighton broadcasts.
My biggest issues with Perrault were that he came off as an arrogant pipsqueak who belongs in a fraternity. Perrault, who is from the Boston area, also shoved his love for Boston teams (i.e. the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots) down our unwanting throats. OK, we all have our favorite pro sports teams. I get that. We often refer to them as “we.” Again, I get that. However, this is not Boston. People in Nebraska do not tune in to your show to hear about the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots.
In the meantime, I’ll keep listening to Kugler. Keep up the good work, Kevin.