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Live Audio Wrestling

Live Audio Wrestling
Other names Fight Network Radio
Genre Sports talk
Running time 60 minutes (until Fall 2000)
120 minutes (Fall 2000-present)
180 minutes (special post-WrestleMania editions)
Country Canada
Language(s) English
Home station
  1. Virtually Canadian(May 23, 1997[1] - Fall 1998)
  2. CJCL (Fall 1998 - Fall 2000)[2]
  3. CFMJ (Fall 2000 - January 2005)
  4. CFRB (January 2005 - January 2009)
  5. Hardcore Sports Radio/The Score Satellite Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio (January 2009 - August 2011)
  6. Fight Network online (September 2011 - October 2011)
  7. CHUM (October 2011 - present) [3]
Syndicates See #Fight Network Radio (July 2006 - January 2009)
Starring Notorious T.I.D. Chris Tidwell(1997-1999)
Big Daddy Donnie Abreu (1997-2000)
Gentleman Jeff Marek (1997-2003)
Trish Stratus (1999)
Dan Lovranski
Creator(s) Jeff Marek
Editor(s) John Pollock (2003-2005)
Producer(s) Dan Lovranski (1998-2000)
Jason Agnew (1999-2003)
John Pollock (2005-present)
Recording studio Toronto, Ontario
Air dates since May 13, 1997
Audio format Monaural sound (May 1997 - January 2009, October 2011-present)
Stereophonic sound (January 2009 - October 2011)
Ending theme I Fought the Law by Green Day
Website http://www.liveaudiowrestling.com
Podcast http://fightnetwork.com/static/xml/itunes_law.rss

Live Audio Wrestling (also known as The LAW) is a Canadian sports radio talk show hosted by "The Mouth" Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew. The program primarily covers news and events surrounding professional wrestling (such as WWE) and mixed martial arts. First premiering in May 1997 as an internet radio show, The LAW later shifted to conventional radio on several stations in the Toronto area, and moving to its current flagship station CHUM in 2011, where it currently airs live at 11:00 PM ET on Sunday nights.

History

Original logo used until July 31, 2005

Live Audio Wrestling started in May 23, 1997 as an internet radio show through Virtually Canadian. The first guest of The LAW was Faarooq. The show aired online for a year and a half before moving to CJCL, The Fan 590—however, it was still only broadcast online, since the show was broadcast as replacement programming due to NBA policies prohibiting the station's online feed from airing Toronto Raptors games. In an effort to obtain studio time, the show would be taped early in the morning. Due to popular demand and viewer support, The LAW soon became part of The Fan's normal lineup, airing in the early afternoon on Saturdays.[4] The show later expanded to include a two hour late-night program on Sunday nights from 1:00 to 3:00 a.m., later moved to Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. in late 1999, while the afternoon edition moved to 5:00 p.m.[5] In February 1999, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter began a weekly segment during the program.[6]

Move to CFYI

The LAW aired on The Fan 590 until September 2000 when it moved to rival station CFYI Talk 640 as a companion to the station's recently acquired radio broadcasts of Toronto Maple Leafs games. The evening broadcast was moved from Saturdays to Sundays. In April 2001, the afternoon edition of The LAW was dropped during the station's re-launch under the Mojo Radio format, while The LAW remained on the station through 2006

In January 2005, Fight Network purchased a majority stake in The LAW and in February of that same year they announced that they had secured an agreement with Broadcast News for national distribution the program, via Fight Network Radio.

Move to CFRB

In July 2006, The LAW moved to CFRB and retained its 11pm time-slot. In the fall of 2006, Live Audio Wrestling announced that in the future, the show would begin to air a simulcast of the show on Fight Network, however the announcement never came to fruition.

Live Audio Xtra

Starting in the winter of 2007, John Pollock began to host an extended, online edition of The LAW called Live Audio Xtra. The segment is available to those who listen to the archived edition of the show on The LAW website, as an add-on to the original radio production. Shortly after its launch, Dan Lovranski began to co-host the segment, answering e-mail questions. Starting with the January 20th 2008 edition, Live Audio Xtra began to take call-in questions from listeners who were unable to get on the air during the radio portion of the program. This segment of the show was discontinued for a brief period of time, but returned to The LAW in 2011.

Move to satellite radio, interim podcast

The LAW aired its final edition on CFRB on January 11, 2009, moving to the Sirius Satellite Radio channel Hardcore Sports Radio (later known as The Score Satellite Radio), maintaining its Sunday night timeslot, and still being produced from CFRB's studios. Despite no longer being aired on conventional radio, the program was still billed as being a part of Fight Network Radio. After the closure of The Score Satellite Radio in August 2011, The LAW briefly became a podcast on the Fight Network website, using the same format as the radio versions (but without call-in segments).

Move to CHUM

On October 9, 2011, The LAW moved to CHUM; while the program maintained its traditional 11:00 p.m. timeslot, it is preempted by Sunday Night Football during the NFL season.[7]

Though The LAW does not currently air on any other TSN Radio station, it began airing on CHUM's sister station CFTE in Vancouver on September 9, 2012.

Fight Network Radio

During the CFYI and CFRB era, The LAW was also syndicated to several other radio stations in Canada through a network known as Fight Network Radio. Former affiliates of the group (aside from its flagship Toronto stations) included:

Former Hosts

Former co-hosts of the show include:

  • Trish Stratus - 1999
  • Notorious T.I.D. Chris Tidwell - 1997-1999
  • Big Daddy Donnie Abreu - 1997-2000
  • Gentleman Jeff Marek - 1997-2003

Popularity

The show is ranked #1 in the demographic of male, on talk radio in the Toronto market, in its time slot. In April 2006, The Bureau of Broadcast Measurement released their spring ratings with The LAW ranking #1 among Males 25 - 49 on Sunday nights with an 18.7 share and also scoring a 17.8 share among Males 18 – 34.

Trivia

Due to the popularity of the show, TSN's Off the Record has had all past and current co-hosts of the radio program, excluding John Pollock, as guest panelists on the program, over the years.

End of Year Awards

Awards are given over the course of two episodes: the Best of episode, typically the last episode of the year under consideration or the first episode of the following year, and the Worst of episode, awarded the first week without a pay-per-view event after the Best of episode. Each host of the show nominates a pick in each category, and may also name ties and "honourable mentions" in each category.

Unofficial picks are also given by Wai Ting and Nate Milton in the LAW's associated podcasts (Review-a-Raw, Review-a-Wai, and Review-an-Impact). Picks from these restricted in scope to the wrestling, but are otherwise identical in scope.

Spinoff Series

Over the years, there have been several radio shows and podcasts that have complimented the LAW.

Ask-A-Wai / Bite Network Radio

Ask-A-Wai was an add-on to the end of each LAW broadcast starting in September 2008, and starred John Pollock and Wai Ting, then call screener on the LAW. It was taped immediately following Live Audio Xtra, and was a general discussion podcast and generally unrelated to wrestling. In late 2009, Jason Agnew joined Ask-A-Wai as a co-host, though retaining the same format as before.

Ask-A-Wai ended with the move of the LAW from CFRB to Hardcore Sports Radio, though the Ask-A-Wai format would be succeeded with the Bite Network Radio podcast. Bite Network Radio itself would be hosted by Jason Agnew and John Pollock, retaining the format of Ask-A-Wai, and occasionally featuring Wai Ting and other members from their circle of friends. Like Ask-A-Wai, Bite Network Radio was taped immediately following the LAW.

Bite Network Radio ended with the move of the LAW to TSN Radio, as the studios at TSN could no longer accommodate all of the regular hosts. Though The Late Shift, a radio show hosted by Jason Agnew on CFRB, is touted as the spiritual successor of Bite Network Radio, it follows a different format and has no formal association to the LAW.

Review-A-Wai

Review-A-Wai is a weekly review podcast starring John Pollock and Wai Ting, which was originally presented immediately following the archived episode of the LAW and was later made available separately. The first episode was posted on September 13, 2009.

The two primarily review older wrestling pay-per-view events from the mid to late 1990s, but have since branched out to other media relating to wrestling and mixed martial arts. Notably, in a homage to an early Ask-a-Wai episode where John and Wai reviewed a wrestling-related pornographic film, the second and third anniversary shows had John and Wai review a wrestling-related pornographic film; the visible discomfort of Wai reviewing the film has led them to discontinue reviewing wrestling-related pornographic films. Reviews of classic events often contain audio clips from the show(s) they are reviewing; at the end of the show, John and Wai also respond to listener feedback after the review. On occasion, they air relevant clips from previous interviews conducted with various wrestling personalities and/or interview people involved with the event being reviewed, including clips from past Live Audio Wrestling shows. Each episode also ends with a piece of music specifically selected by one of the co-hosts, often relating to the show being reviewed.

On occasion, when either co-host is unavailable, a substitute co-host has joined the other co-host; most notably, Arda Ocal has been a guest reviewer on Review-A-Wai on several occasions during the years that the LAW and Aftermath (The Score Television Network's wrestling analysis show, co-hosted by Arda Ocal) were promoted together. Damian Abraham has also been a frequent guest reviewer, especially if the review contains a punk rock element.

The show ceased to be an add-on to the archived episode of the LAW in 2010 when the Review-A-Wai portion became as long as the archived episode of the LAW itself. Review-A-Wai was moved to a Wednesday release schedule following its second anniversary show.

The show has been known for the hosts, John Pollock and Wai Ting, to go off on tangents on events in their lives and in the media.

Review-A-Raw

As a spinoff of Review-A-Wai, John Pollock and Wai Ting also review each week's edition of WWE Raw in a separate podcast series. As with Review-A-Wai, each episode John Pollock and Wai Ting run down the previous episode of WWE Raw and end by reading listener feedback. The first episode of Review-A-Raw was posted on July 6, 2010.

For a time in 2011, Review-A-Raw was available as a live podcast, airing over the internet via Stickam immediately following WWE Raw, but it has since reverted to a taped format over technical issues resulting in one or both hosts being knocked off of the air.

Review-An-Impact

Each Friday (though some episodes are released late Thursday night), John Pollock and Wai Ting review the previous edition of Impact Wrestling, ending each show with listener feedback. The first episode of Review-An-Impact was posted on November 5, 2010.

Since September 2011, frequent LAW caller Nate Milton (nicknamed "The Godfather, TNAte") has been featured in a recurring segment on Review-An-Impact. In the event that either John or Wai is unavailable, Nate takes on the role of co-host for the entire podcast.

Review-A-SmackDown

On selected weeks with a live episode of WWE SmackDown, a third LAW podcast starring John Pollock and Wai Ting is also available for download on Wednesdays. Like Review-A-Raw and Review-An-Impact, Review-A-SmackDown reviews the previous episode of WWE SmackDown, ending with listener feedback. The first episode of Review-A-SmackDown was posted on August 31, 2011, with Jason Agnew filling in for Wai Ting; the first episode with Wai Ting was posted on December 1, 2011.

Unlike Review-A-Raw and Review-An-Impact, not every live episode of WWE SmackDown will be reviewed; the decision to have a Review-A-Smackdown show is decided on a show-by-show basis.

Ask-A-Wai Video Podcast

The Ask-A-Wai name would later be reused for a video podcast series featuring John Pollock and Wai Ting in late 2011, as a complement to Review-A-Wai, where John Pollock and Wai Ting answered questions submitted by Review-A-Wai fans regarding pro wrestling and mixed martial arts. Though originally filmed in the "Review-A-Wai studios" at Fight Network, later entries were filmed in various locations in and around downtown Toronto.

UFC Post Fight Show on TSN Radio

UFC Post Fight Show on TSN Radio
Genre Sports talk
Running time 60, 90 or 120 minutes (dependent on host stations other programming commitments)
Country Canada
Language(s) English
Home station CHUM (December 2011 - present)
Starring John Pollock (2011-present)
Jason Agnew (2011-present)
Creator(s) Jason Agnew , John Pollock
Producer(s) John Pollock (2011-present)
Recording studio Toronto, Ontario
Air dates since December 10, 2011
No. of episodes 10 (as of June 24, 2012)
Audio format Monaural sound (December 2011-present)
Sponsor(s) Live Audio Wrestling
Website http://www.liveaudiowrestling.com
Podcast http://lawradio.podbean.com

Starting in 2011 with UFC 140, The LAW started to present a UFC post fight show on TSN Radio 1050. The show airs after the conclusion of the most recent Ultimate Fighting Championship event and provides results and opinions from callers and MMA journalists. Though originally branded as a LAW show, since the launch of The MMA Report the show has used the latter show's branding.

The MMA Report with John Pollock

The MMA Report with John Pollock is a radio show hosted by John Pollock on TSN Radio, first airing on July 5, 2012. It airs Friday at midnight on TSN Radio (though the show itself is available as a podcast on the LAW podcast feed one day before), and is touted as "the third hour" of the LAW as repeats of the show air immediately after the LAW on weeks without a Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view (when The UFC Post Fight Show airs in its place instead). As with the LAW, it is also broadcast in the Vancouver market (formerly CFTE and presently CKST) since 2013.

The show is also considered to be a spiritual successor to Fight Network Radio, due to John Pollock's past and present connections.

Japanese Audio Wrestling

Japanese Audio Wrestling is a monthly podcast hosted by Chris Charlton and WH Park, both having previously contributed to various LAW-related shows and podcasts, focusing in on Japanese wrestling. The first episode was posted on August 1, 2012.

Bauer & Pollock

Bauer & Pollock is a co-production between Live Audio Wrestling and Major League Wrestling, where John Pollock and Court Bauer discuss the business of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. The idea first spawned from wanting to record private conversations between the two on general news topics, following Bauer's appearance on Review-a-Wai, as was referred to a "secret project" for some weeks prior to its first episode on May 31, 2013. Although initially designed to be a biweekly series, it was moved to a weekly format soon after, available on Fridays (unless major news breaks mid-week) on both the MLW and LAW podcast feeds; it and Review-an-Impact is often taped in succession. Since the debut of whtsNXT, the show has moved to late Wednesdays, so to avoid having multiple LAW podcasts being posted on the same day.

whtsNXT

whtsNXT (pronounced as "what's next") is a podcast hosted by Jason Agnew and technical producer Braden Herrington, focusing on WWE NXT, while incorporating elements from Bite Network Radio. The name was chosen to not only reflect the product being reviewed (a show based on developmental wrestling), but also the fact that this was Braden's first foray into radio broadcasting (having joined shortly after the LAW debuted on TSN Radio as one of his first industry jobs), and a turning point in Agnew's television career (having left Bite TV since the LAW debuted on TSN Radio, leaving him with no permanent work in television aside from Splatalot). It is seen as continuing in the "rite of passage" of LAW hosts moving up the ranks (Dan Lovranski, Jason Agnew, John Pollock, and Wai Ting were all, at one point, technical producers on The LAW), with the veteran Agnew guiding the rookie Braden, akin to NXT itself. The first episode was posted on October 7, 2013 as an addition to the LAW's podcast, but thereafter was separately posted on Thursdays thereafter.

External links

  • Official Facebook Page of Review-a-Wai

References

  1. ^ "Twitter". Live Audio Wrestling. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "The LAW moves to Talk640". Canoe. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "LIVE AUDIO WRESTLING TO DEBUT ON TSN RADIO 1050". TSN. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Laying down The LAW on radio". Canoe. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jeff Marek chat". Canoe. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "The LAW unbroken after 15 years". Canoe. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "LAW May 13 Update - Dick 'The Destroyer' Beyer on The LAW". Fight Network. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
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