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LGB Interview with Tom Calhoun

Postby cprice12 » Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:21 pm

Tom Calhoun was recently honored for his 20 years of excellent work behind the PA microphone of the St. Louis Blues.
LGB contaced Mr. Calhoun to congratulate him on this achievement. He was kind enough to agree to do an interview and discuss a few things.
We didn't want to ask him the "same old" questions everyone else was asking...so we threw in few that we hoped would be rather unique.

Anyway, here is our interview.

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LGB: Has any player's name ever given you trouble?

Calhoun: I can’t think of an incident like that. There were a few times when guys came over to the penalty box and asked me to pronounce their name a bit differently, but I wouldn’t call that giving me trouble. Even my famous Bob Probert incident where I tried to stop him from going into the stands during a brawl was a very lighthearted exchange. He wasn’t happy with me grabbing him by the trunks…but we both laughed about it afterward.

LGB Have any players (Blues or not) given you grief for how you pronounced their name?

Calhoun: Not really…I think one of the Niedermayer brothers, not sure which, told me that the name was prounced Needer-meyer…not mayer….but it was very politetly handled.

LGB: What is the most memorable call you have ever made at a Blues game?

Calhoun: I believe the one that stands out the most to me is the introduction of Wayne Gretzky as the starting center at his first home game as a member of the Blues. The place was going nuts..and I’m sure few people could hear me…but it was a very memorable moment and one of the few that I actually have a recording of.

LGB: Some of the members of letsgoblues.com have noticed that you seem to get phone calls while you are broadcasting on the PA system. Who is calling you?

Calhoun: Occasionally, the guys in the press box need to speak with me about some issue. There is a special phone line set up for them to do that. However, over the past few years, that practice has been very infrequent because they can also get on a clear-com headset in the press box and speak to me that way. I think they will probably eliminate the phone at some point soon due to non-use.

LGB: A lot of people really like story between you and Bob Probert. Are there any other run-ins you have had with non-Blues players on or off the ice?

Calhoun: The only one I can think of is one time at the old Arena I was hit in the head with a water bottle thrown by Doug Gilmour which was actually intended for Lee Norwood when he played for Detroit. They had been in a bit of a scrap on the ice and when they go into the penalty box they kept jawing at one another until Gilmour tossed the bottle. It glanced off my head for which Doug apologized later.

LGB: Have you ever been hit by a puck? Any cuts or bruises?

Calhoun: There have been a number of close calls, but only once have I been struck by a puck. That happened at the Arena in the late 80’s. Someone popped the puck up in the air and it looped over the glass and caught me on the back of the noggin. Just a little swelling and it was gone in a few days.

LGB: How has the equipment you use/used changed over the years?

Calhoun: The major change came when we moved into the Kiel Center…now Scottrade. When we made that move, we had to incorporate video into the game night presentation because of the large video display. At that point I was required to wear a clear-com headset and take cues from the gamenight director. Before that the only coordination was between myself and the organist at the Arena. I would push a button that signaled the organist that I had an announcement to make so he wouldn’t play at the same time. Other than that, the microphone set up is essentially the same.

LGB: Any interesting equipment malfunctions?

Calhoun: There have been a few times when the microphone failed, but usually they are able to switch out the bad one for a new one in short order.

LGB: What is the most interesting thing you have ever heard a fan yell during a game?

Calhoun: Most of the ones I remember, you wouldn’t want to print.

LGB: What is the most interesting thing you have ever heard a player say during a game?

Calhoun: I think that would have to be the only time I heard one player threaten to kill another. During a pre-season game several years back, Pierre Turgeon accidentally high-sticked Chris Chelios. Chelios didn’t think it was so accidental though and, after both players were sent to the box with penalties on the play, Chelios was so mad that he threatened to find Turgeon after the game and kill him. He calmed down pretty quickly though. Turgeon leaned over to a couple of us in the penalty box area and dead-panned, “I think he’s a little upset.” That was pretty funny.

LGB: What is your opinion of Mike Keenan?

Calhoun: I, like a lot of people, think Mr. Kennan had an obsession with the power of his job and wasn’t nearly as good at it as he thought. He seemed to have a “my way or the highway” mentality that, in the long run, didn’t do the St. Louis Blues much good. I don’t wish him any ill, but I just wish he hadn’t come through town.

LGB: If Tkachuk ever scored a hat trick, would you have to stop on your way home for some throat spray?

Calhoun: Probably so. Doing the announcement on Tkachuk scoring plays has become sort of a signature call for me, and I enjoy bringing that bit of fun to the fans. But, it does take a little toll on the old pipes.

LGB: If you could travel with the Blues to any NHL city, which one would it be and why?

Calhoun: Hmmm…I guess I’d like to visit Vancouver because I’ve never been there and continuously hear how beautiful a city it is.

LGB: You do a lot of voice work besides your work for the St. Louis Blues. What has been the best non-hockey voice gig you have ever done?

Calhoun: I think that would have to be any that provide long-term income. So that would be one that I continue to do now. I have been the voice of Argosy Casino for the past few years. My friend Bob Kochan has an ad agency (Kochan and Company) that handles all of Argosy’s advertising in this market. I have been the announcer for their radio spots and am grateful for that association.

LGB: What is your favorite all-time style of Blues jersey?

Calhoun: I think the current home jersey is the best they’ve had. Jim Woodcock worked long and hard in his position as Director of Marketing and Communications to find a way to eliminate the old “clown suit” that featured the diagonal red at the bottom…and come up with the design for, and implement, the current sweater. He did a great job.

LGB: Boxers or briefs?

Calhoun: Hmmm…that’s for my wife to know. But, thanks for asking.

LGB: Can you go another 20 years?

Calhoun: I’d sure like to think I’ll be that healthy…and the Blues would want me to. Given both of those elements, I will try.

LGB: Should the Blues be buyers or sellers at the deadline?

Calhoun: Speaking strictly as a fan… as much as I’ve enjoyed the resurgence of the team since Andy Murray came aboard, I think we would be better off acquiring some draft picks and prospects at the deadline. I have a hard time seeing us being a Cup contender this year, even if we manage to squeak into the playoffs. So, if we can get some real value in return, I’d have to let some of our free-agents-to-be play out the season somewhere else. JD and Larry will make that decision though, and I’m confident they’ll make the right call.


If you'd like to read more about what Mr. Calhoun has to say, he has his own blog:
http://tcalhoun.blogspot.com
He is also President of Calhoun Advertising

You can also check out Tom Calhoun Studios to hear some other voice work he has done. (maybe we can take up a collection and have him do a "Get ready to MAKE SOME NOISE at Let's Go Blues.com!" :lol: )

Anyway, thanks to Tom Calhoun for being a good sport and doing this interview. And congratulations once again for 20 great years with the Blues. Our in-game experience is better because he was/is behind the mic.
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Postby SteveO » Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:56 pm

Awesome!
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Postby FloPoErich » Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:04 am

Such a classy guy! I love hearing him at the game!
Heres to 20 more great years!!!!
Let's Go Tom!!! :letsgoblues:
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Postby Tezmyster » Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:20 am

Top stuff Curt :letsgoblues:
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Postby stlbluz » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:13 am

LGB: Boxers or briefs?

Calhoun: Hmmm…that’s for my wife to know. But, thanks for asking.


OK - who thought of that one? :lol:
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Postby Willie the Pimp » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:04 am

I want to know if he hates the Wings as much as we do.
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Postby TC » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:20 am

lol @ turgeon.

and since he's friends with the ad agency, any chance we can get those damn casino commercials changed once every millennium??

and as for being sellers, at least somebody gets it.
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Re: LGB Interview with Tom Calhoun

Postby OS » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:20 am

I figure I'll just get it out of the way....


Hollywood wrote:
Tom Calhoun wrote:Speaking strictly as a fan… as much as I’ve enjoyed the resurgence of the team since Andy Murray came aboard, I think we would be better off acquiring some draft picks and prospects at the deadline. I have a hard time seeing us being a Cup contender this year, even if we manage to squeak into the playoffs. So, if we can get some real value in return, I’d have to let some of our free-agents-to-be play out the season somewhere else. JD and Larry will make that decision though, and I’m confident they’ll make the right call.


Tom Calhoun gets it. Why don't all you hosers get it?
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Re: LGB Interview with Tom Calhoun

Postby BF44 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:53 am

OS wrote:I figure I'll just get it out of the way....


Hollywood wrote:
Tom Calhoun wrote:Speaking strictly as a fan… as much as I’ve enjoyed the resurgence of the team since Andy Murray came aboard, I think we would be better off acquiring some draft picks and prospects at the deadline. I have a hard time seeing us being a Cup contender this year, even if we manage to squeak into the playoffs. So, if we can get some real value in return, I’d have to let some of our free-agents-to-be play out the season somewhere else. JD and Larry will make that decision though, and I’m confident they’ll make the right call.


Tom Calhoun gets it. Why don't all you hosers get it?
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Postby stlbluz » Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:05 pm

TC wrote:lol @ turgeon.

and since he's friends with the ad agency, any chance we can get those damn casino commercials changed once every millennium??

and as for being sellers, at least somebody gets it.


you guys that keep making your snide f*cking comments, show me one post, one person here that's ever said, "Duh, gee guys, we should really let our UFAs walk away for nothing, duuuuuuuuuuh."

take your holier-than-thou condescending attitude and shove it up your collective asses.

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Postby TC » Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:33 pm

stlbluz wrote:
TC wrote:lol @ turgeon.

and since he's friends with the ad agency, any chance we can get those damn casino commercials changed once every millennium??

and as for being sellers, at least somebody gets it.


you guys that keep making your snide f*cking comments, show me one post, one person here that's ever said, "Duh, gee guys, we should really let our UFAs walk away for nothing, duuuuuuuuuuh."

take your holier-than-thou condescending attitude and shove it up your collective asses.

EDIT: I HATE THE PROFANITY (#$@%!) EVERYTHING.

at least somebody gets it.
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Postby Steve Levy Sucks » Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:24 pm

You should have asked him if he thinks Steve Levy Sucks.
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Postby Nyghtewynd » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:15 pm

TC wrote:
stlbluz wrote:
TC wrote:lol @ turgeon.

and since he's friends with the ad agency, any chance we can get those damn casino commercials changed once every millennium??

and as for being sellers, at least somebody gets it.


you guys that keep making your snide f*cking comments, show me one post, one person here that's ever said, "Duh, gee guys, we should really let our UFAs walk away for nothing, duuuuuuuuuuh."

take your holier-than-thou condescending attitude and shove it up your collective asses.

EDIT: I HATE THE PROFANITY (#$@%!) EVERYTHING.

at least somebody gets it.


I don't get it.
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Re: LGB Interview with Tom Calhoun

Postby Hollywood » Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:17 am

OS wrote:I figure I'll just get it out of the way....


Hollywood wrote:
Tom Calhoun wrote:Speaking strictly as a fan… as much as I’ve enjoyed the resurgence of the team since Andy Murray came aboard, I think we would be better off acquiring some draft picks and prospects at the deadline. I have a hard time seeing us being a Cup contender this year, even if we manage to squeak into the playoffs. So, if we can get some real value in return, I’d have to let some of our free-agents-to-be play out the season somewhere else. JD and Larry will make that decision though, and I’m confident they’ll make the right call.


Tom Calhoun gets it. Why don't all you hosers get it?



Good question Chris.
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Postby Guppy » Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:24 am

forgot to ask his favorite color :roll:
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Postby the knob » Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:28 am

Steve Levy Sucks wrote:You should have asked him if he thinks Steve Levy Sucks.


Curt should have asked him if Steve Levy Sucks sucks.
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Postby ViPeRx007 » Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:09 pm

the knob wrote:
Steve Levy Sucks wrote:You should have asked him if he thinks Steve Levy Sucks.


Curt should have asked him if Steve Levy Sucks sucks.


The answer to that one is way too obvious though.
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Postby Rocketpop » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:53 pm

That was actually a good interview... Better than most the crap you see "the pros" doing.

Good job Mr. Price.
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Postby TC » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:56 pm

Rocketpop wrote:Good job Mr. Price.

ah, so that's what your avatar is saying.
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Postby cprice12 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:05 pm

TC wrote:
Rocketpop wrote:Good job Mr. Price.

ah, so that's what your avatar is saying.


Busted. 8)
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