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  • concerned
    May 24, 2014 - 11:10

    it,s been aawaile sinch randy left theirs only man equil bill rowe daley and sooly what a joke VOCM got to be going down hill man ho man/......

  • TP
    April 18, 2013 - 15:39

    Good riddance, irresponsible, immature right wing loudmouth. The airwaves are cleaner already.

    • scott
      May 15, 2013 - 19:51

      Pretty sad when a competent host has to step down just because he spoke the truth.VOCM should be ashamed.

  • Ingemar J. Dean
    April 04, 2013 - 22:04

    Sorry to hear Randy has left on this note. To error is human and to forgive is devine. But you can't keep a good man down, i'm sure we will see him pop up some where very soon. Randy is a force to be reckoned with. All the best in the future, VOCM should be smart and fix this, and become a world class leader in radio and stand behind what is right. IJD.

    • Clar Harding
      April 08, 2013 - 20:41

      I think that this situation is shameful. VOCM has lost one of Newfoundland's most respected radio personalites,an individual who has always respected his callers. Does anybody out there disagree that somebody who publically declares that they are going to intensionally break the law is not Stupid and an asshole. Too bad this organization did not have the fortitude to stand behind this very honurable employee. I wish Randy All THE BEST in his future indevours. PS: NO MORE OPEN LINE FOR ME

  • Dave
    March 11, 2013 - 16:44

    I agree that everything to do with Vocm and its owner 's should be bycotted.It's not OPEN LINE to me anymore with Randy gone.Randy was fair to all caller's and I respected him for that and I think we as the Newfoundland and Labrador people should stand up for him and against Vocm.No more OPEN LINE for me.

    • Dianne
      March 18, 2013 - 19:15

      I think it is a great shame that Randy Simms is gone. He was one of the best Hosts VOCM has ever had. I believe he reflected the opinion of the majority of Newfoundlanders. It doesn't make good sence for this group of people to kill off their future food supply due to lack of responsiblity.

  • Steve Walsh
    March 08, 2013 - 08:39

    This is Ridiculous. I am 1000% Behind Randy Simms. He says its like it is. If your going to kill something you know is endangered. You ARE Stupid ! Doesn't matter if your white, black, yellow, red or blue.

  • Murphy
    March 07, 2013 - 20:45

    Randy Simms should be retiring on a good note over this. For listeners we understood that words came out the wrong way as he was clearly calling the fact that this "so-called chief who should know better" was going to hunt the caribou regardless of the ban. He was clearly stating that he was going to break the law...who are any of these native NEWFOUNDLANDERS that feel they are above the rest of the Newfoundlanders. They are not entitled to do what they want. Enjoy your retirement Randy unfortunately it should not have happened this way.

  • Hank
    March 07, 2013 - 08:35

    I think the host of an open line show should take the calls and when an opinion or comment is given or made, The host is not there to judge a callers comment, they could ask the caller why they made this comment, Then it's up to the viewers of the open line show to call in with their opinions, Its the viewers or callers that are the judges on an open line show, NOT THE Host .

  • Peter
    March 06, 2013 - 18:49

    Will not listen to vocm anymore I only listen for randy he was great on the air shame on vocm

  • RB
    March 05, 2013 - 09:42

    Good job Randy, class act ... got it right on the day of, got it right the next day ... and then management let the wheels fall off ... good luck in future endeavors

  • Watchdog
    March 04, 2013 - 09:24

    This is now a black mark on VOCM. 1.The station did not need to apologize as it was not their opinion. 2.The Vocm article had the comment section removed. 3. A 10 year host announces at the end of his show he's done? Come on - he was unceremoniously sacked. Mr. Simms was a knowledgeable and engaging moderator who made a mistake - thank you Randy for many years of sevice to a thankless job.

    • Bill
      March 06, 2013 - 20:49

      Its sad that after such a rewarding career with open line for so many years of holding back his anger and frustations Mr.Simms finally looses his sense of direction concerning such an inportant topic for our provance future caribou herd or lack for their future Mr.Simms has to retire early so sad enjoy your new beginnings Mr.Simms your comments and input will certinally be missed. Thanks for giving me so many enjoyable hours listening to your show.

  • Peggi Girvan
    March 04, 2013 - 05:56

    We lost one of the *BEST * , I loved listening to Randy Simms . Wishing you ALL the best Sir in what ever you do Peggi Sue

  • D
    March 03, 2013 - 23:41

    I am glad Randy is gone no one should be spoken to like randy spoke peter on vocm open line. I listen to the message that Randy made . He should have said that he was sorry to Peter and his listeners for what he said. I guess he is not sorry he must feel that what he said was ok. I was hoping that Randy would have mention about the instead in his good message

  • Renee
    March 03, 2013 - 18:10

    I didn't often listen to VOCM, but when I did, it was only to listen to Randy Simm's show. I won't listen again. Very spineless reaction on their part. I have no respect for Simeon Tshakapesh. His manner of leading is to try to unite his people by pointing a finger elsewhere for all their problems. That doesn't help anybody.

  • Clyde
    March 03, 2013 - 13:04

    VOCM and Steele Commincations should see a total bycott of all their efforts until they formally apologize to Randy Simms. They have allowed themselves to be bullied by one of the aboriginal groups and don't think that will be the last of this. These people intimidate groups, organizations, governments and the likes and no one seem sot have the guts to stand up to their tactics. If the general public don't stand up and be counted look for an overwhelming bunch of these situations to occur. But heh Innu members, you can't force VOCM to fire me. VOCM you have lost a listener.

  • leo quilty
    March 03, 2013 - 09:56

    if steel coumunitions or whoever owns that gutles instution havent got the balls to back up their employes then theese openline shows should not be paryisipated in and any products advertised by the station should be bycoted

    • William
      March 03, 2013 - 17:25

      The solution is simple - What should happen, Coast 101.1 ratings should go through the roof. Boycott all VOCM sponsors and those advertising through them. ie Pipers, Atlantic Home Furnishings, etc........ Let our Voices Be Heard. If VOCM doesn't have what it takes, We most certainly do.

  • Brian
    March 03, 2013 - 06:52

    Dwayne, you obviously haven't met and dealt with Chief Tshakapesh. Nothing good to say about the Chief.

  • Brian
    March 03, 2013 - 06:47

    Dwayne, you obviously haven't met and dealt with Chief Tshakapesh. Nothing good to say about the Chief.

  • Mary
    March 03, 2013 - 02:01

    A good man gone. Let the Innu kill the caribou, because when they are all gone the Innu will blame us for it, then we will have to pay them millions. They will do what they want anyway, and if you go against them you will be fired, that is why even the courts will not touch them. No more open line for me.

  • trudy roul
    March 02, 2013 - 15:55

    WILL NOT LISTEN TO VOCM EVER AGAIN. YOU ARE LETTING THE BEST OPEN LINE HOST YOU EVER HAD GO BECAUSE HE DARED TO SPEAK THE TRUTH. SHAME ON YOU. ALL THE BEST TO YOU RANDY SIMMS.

  • tally
    March 02, 2013 - 15:53

    if he actually did have to resign over that incident over the caribou, then that is crazy, so i am hoping this was not the case. yes, he may have gotten a bit heated, but he was also saying to this guy that he cannot just go and break the law. If someone told me they planned on breaking a law, such as hunting animals that have been deemed unhuntable, i would also say that is a stupid idea, and one that should lead to them being arrested/charged. So i think seeing as this guy is admitting to planning to hunt, then the police should be monitoring him closely then catch him when he does. I will miss randy on open line, and cant imagine someone with the experince and personality filling his shoes.

  • Peter
    March 02, 2013 - 15:20

    Only reson I listen to 590 was randy not any more good luck randy

  • Please become our Ombudsman
    March 02, 2013 - 14:01

    Randy, Newfoundland and Labrador would really like to see you take on the position of ombudsman. We think you would be excellent for this type of position and you are capable of doing excellent work for the people of this province in this type of position. Please consider this Randy.

  • mysay
    March 02, 2013 - 13:09

    Randy, you are the best host by far to hit the airways. You will be missed terribly.In this case, you are by far the winner and VOCM loses.

  • Turry from town
    March 02, 2013 - 11:40

    This man for years has wrapped himself in his own importance via the openline show.Always putting forth his views,never lettiing the average Joe completely have their say without cutting them off or overtalking them.However,if you are a politition,especially one from MtPearl,you have all kinds of airtime and can speak freely unchallenged by Simms.All that networking will benifit the mayor of Mt.Pearl when Simms goes looking for funding because of the sucking up he has done on the airwaves. I'm glad we are finally rid of him and his biased opinions.

  • Glenn
    March 02, 2013 - 08:36

    Vocm has lost the Best open line host they ever had. Big shoes to fill. Sad day. Too bad Vocm never had what it took to back one of their own who had done such a great job for them for many years. Randy, I wish you the very best of what the future has to offer. Your a Good Man.

    • D,
      March 02, 2013 - 12:41

      Randy Sorry your gone, you did a great job and I sure you will be re-elected as the mayor of mount pearl. If you retirement is related to the open line exchange about the george river caribou heard, then shame on you VOCM. If I killed a moose out of season I would be charged and end up in court. How come everyone is afraid of these people? Both levels of government and even VOCM. Best wishes Randy

    • maggie
      April 17, 2013 - 12:41

      Randy, I miss you. You should return on another station...

  • cj
    March 02, 2013 - 08:19

    Will never tune into vocm open line again .Shame on Pat Murphy.

  • gerard
    March 02, 2013 - 07:29

    The one who loss here was us . The next to lose will be the owners of vocm.

  • Elizabeth
    March 02, 2013 - 07:17

    Vocm is no longer on my list of stations. I'm finished with it. I've been a faithful listener for years. Not any more. Good luck Randy.

  • Titan
    March 02, 2013 - 06:25

    Randy for Premier.

  • da bejer
    March 02, 2013 - 01:02

    why would these people want to hunt a species into extinction.....they had a moratorium on cod....well let the same apply to caribou....dont just hunt because its a ritual....and really....randy simms was just telling it is ......thumbs up for you old pal.....

  • Peggy
    March 02, 2013 - 00:08

    This is a sad day for VOCM Listeners. Randy Simms is a wonderful person with a lot of compassion and empathy, well loved and respected by most of the people in Mount Pearl and St. John's. He said what most people were thinking, and I can't blame him for losing his cool under the circumstances. I really looked forward to VOCM each morning, as this was the best talk show of the day, but I won't be listening from now on. I'm really disappointed, now I can sleep a little longer and won't worry about missing anything. Good Luck Randy, I wish you lots of luck in your future endeavours.

  • The Real Issue
    March 01, 2013 - 23:18

    Did anyone actually listen to the preamble that morning... the one where he said: "and you people expect to govern yourselves, really? REALLY?" the statement that kicked off hours of hate on public airwaves. Get the transcript and see what was said, try to find a recording and hear what and how it was said. The exchange with Tshakapesh and the hunt issue is a distraction, don't fall for it, he got retired before VO got into real and justified trouble with the CRTC

  • Alice
    March 01, 2013 - 23:06

    Wanted to wish Randy Simms farewell! He will be missed and provided great commentary and a provocative morning show.

  • Very Sad
    March 01, 2013 - 22:59

    What a sad day for NL. We are sooooo sorry to hear that we are losing the best Radio Host we've had. Randy will be greatly missed. Vocm you are making a big big mistake. I for one will not listen to your program again. It was Randy I listened to not and looked forward to hearing. Shame on you Vocm for letting a good man go.

  • listener
    March 01, 2013 - 22:38

    bring in linda swain, miss her on nightline

  • Warrick Swyers
    March 01, 2013 - 21:15

    Without Randy Simms Vocm Open Line will cease to exist. He is a natural. He was the best and we are the losers. VOCM will be a long time replacing him, and It will be interesting to see what their ratings show. Everyone must realize how difficult it is not to call it like it is in the heat of discussion when confronted with the essence of ignorance and stupidity. My hat is off to Randy I'm very sorry to see him go and I wish him well.

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 01, 2013 - 20:34

    He deserves a medal just for having to deal with Marjorie.

  • Jessica
    March 01, 2013 - 19:34

    Without taking an opinion on the caribou issue, I'm not sure that this was handled in the best way by Steele. On the one hand, we have Randy "disrespecting" an individual for stating his opinion, and that man should be entitled to his opinion and freedom of speech, but on the other hand, isn't Randy entitled to his opinion as well? I think that Randy's reaction to the Chief was a bit heated, and I'm sure that he regretted it and knew that he had gone over the line as soon as he said it, but don't we all do that at times? Our society has become so politically charged with respecting minorities, that we are, in fact, creating a discrimination against the common man. It's something to think about whether or not you are applying this issue to this particular issue. For instance, in NB for most jobs, you need to be bilingual, but doesn't this create a bias against those who are unilingually English AND those who are unilingually French. I think Canada is starting to regress in terms of human rights. I really feel like equality was what we were always striving toward, but somehow we have completely bypassed equality and become almost unbalanced in an opposing direction. Just some food for thought...

  • Jimmy
    March 01, 2013 - 18:43

    And I am but another if I can't have my cup of tea with Randy in the mornings VOCM will not be tuned in on my radio either!!!! VOCM will not even allow comments concerning the article on Randy's "retirement" does that not speak foul right there.

  • Bonnie
    March 01, 2013 - 18:29

    Good news... there is no room for that kind of unacceptable behavior and especially in his position. When I heard the exchange that day it made me ill. 21st century....have some respect.

  • Jessica
    March 01, 2013 - 18:16

    VOCM has lost a great broadcaster. Randy is a very intelligent man who did a great job on the open line. It is their loss and I'm sure they will lose a lot of long time listeners. Randy has also done a great job for the City of Mount Pearl & Mount Pearl Sports Alliance shouldn't judge Randy based in whether he is a hockey fan or not but should take a look at themselves and the lack of support they provide to their own players in their programs. Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

  • Agnes
    March 01, 2013 - 18:13

    I liked Randy Simm's format of Open Line very much and I think he contributed a lot in evolving our province into a more informed place, I will miss him dearly but I think Randy was 100 per cent out of line to have called Mr. Tshakapesh stupid. I heard Randy's talk with Mr. Tshakapesh that fateful morning and I was shocked to my core and hid my head in shame for what was said, for I knew full well that First Nations people had endured too much racism over the years since the Europeans arrived . I was hoping that Randy would have regained his composure immediately and would have made an apology , but he didn't. I know Randy made the apology the next morning, but for Mr. Tshakapesh the wound, I think, had penetrated too deeply. I am not native but I have been sick to my stomach forever over how governments and people in general had been treating our kind and generous First Nations people and I think everyone owes them an apology for how they were treated. I also have heard Mr. Tshakapesh tell Randy on a couple of shows that his show was the one he liked to call, maybe Mr. Tshakapesh will find it in his kind heart to forgive Randy. In the meantime I know the Caribou herd is near extinction and controls have to be put in place to avoid the loss of the Caribou to the First Nations people forever. The DNA of the Caribou, I know, is firmly embedded in the First Nations people of Labrador, since they have utilized that animal not only for food, but for housing, bedding and clothing since the beginning of time. I feel so sorry that they are suffering greatly because of the low herd count. As I previously said, maybe Mr. Tshakapesh will find it in his heart to forgive Randy, I have heard Mr. Tshakapesh offer an invitation on a couple of occasions to Randy to be a guest of his in Labrador, maybe that invitaion still stands. I wish both Randy and Mr. Tshakapesh all the best in life and I wish the Caribou will appear in great numbers immediately.

  • Agnes
    March 01, 2013 - 18:11

    I liked Randy Simm's format of Open Line very much and I think he contributed a lot in evolving our province into a more informed place, I will miss him dearly but I think Randy was 100 per cent out of line to have called Mr. Tshakapesh stupid. I heard Randy's talk with Mr. Tshakapesh that fateful morning and I was shocked to my core and hid my head in shame for what was said, for I knew full well that First Nations people had endured too much racism over the years since the Europeans arrived . I was hoping that Randy would have regained his composure immediately and would have made an apology , but he didn't. I know Randy made the apology the next morning, but for Mr. Tshakapesh the wound, I think, had penetrated too deeply. I am not native but I have been sick to my stomach forever over how governments and people in general had been treating our kind and generous First Nations people and I think everyone owes them an apology for how they were treated. I also have heard Mr. Tshakapesh tell Randy on a couple of shows that his show was the one he liked to call, maybe Mr. Tshakapesh will find it in his kind heart to forgive Randy. In the meantime I know the Caribou herd is near extinction and controls have to be put in place to avoid the loss of the Caribou to the First Nations people forever. The DNA of the Caribou, I know, is firmly embedded in the First Nations people of Labrador, since they have utilized that animal not only for food, but for housing, bedding and clothing since the beginning of time. I feel so sorry that they are suffering greatly because of the low herd count. As I previously said, maybe Mr. Tshakapesh will find it in his heart to forgive Randy, I have heard Mr. Tshakapesh offer an invitation on a couple of occasions to Randy to be a guest of his in Labrador, maybe that invitaion still stands. I wish both Randy and Mr. Tshakapesh all the best in life and I wish the Caribou will appear in great numbers immediately.

  • Jessica
    March 01, 2013 - 18:08

    VOCM has lost a great broadcaster. Randy is a very intelligent person and he brought life to the open line program. I'm sure they have lost a lot of long time listeners. Randy has done well in the City of Mount Pearl and his like or dislike of hockey is irrelevant. Mount Pearl Sport Alliance shouldn't be so quick to blame and point fingers at someone else when they don't even always support their own players and back them up.

  • pauline
    March 01, 2013 - 18:04

    i,m 60 years old i,ve been listening to open line every chance i got since i was 20,RANDY SIMMS IS THE BEST AND MOST ENTERTAINING HOST EVER

  • LYNN
    March 01, 2013 - 17:51

    Sad day for the province. Randy Simms only said what other gutless wonders are afraid to say. Shame on you VOCM!!!! I guess VOCM is OFF THE AIR for me! As for Tshakapesh, get off your A@% and get a real job. Well, i guess my dial will be on 101.1 from now on.

    • mary
      March 04, 2013 - 14:20

      In modern day society we can no longer call a spade a spade......Randy's problem was that he cared about the issue and trying to argue with someone who was as obviously uneducated and impractical as his guest, stretched his patience. Unfortunately I will never be as caring.....its unfortunate for the caribou of course who will be hunted to extinction but when the hunters have no more game I could care less.....when you constantly pander to and appease people they can never be reasoned with. Here is where Randy Simms made his mistake. He started out trying to use common sense and reason with a person who has none. Most of us listening with no chip on the shoulder and a bit of sense could understand Randy's point of view and his frustration. I am sick of people cozying up to squeaky wheels, and VOCM's actions have saddened me. I have taken 590 off of my settings and will never listen to it again. My parents and sister have done the same. If the guest had any class the apology would have been accepted.But its obvious he had no class as well as little foresight. No doubt he will be complaining in a few years about government mismanagement when the herd is gone......maybe looking for compensation yet again. Very disappointing.

  • Edmund
    March 01, 2013 - 17:39

    GOOD. It's about time we don't have to listen to his annoying voice and slanted opinions any more. Now if The Telegram would cut him out of his weekend paper diarade, which space could be put to some better use for more intelligent opinions or commentary and the good people of Mt. Pearl would vote him out of office, what a wonderful world it would be!!!!

  • Henry Brown
    March 01, 2013 - 17:14

    It was rapidly down hill for Vocm's Open Line after Bill Rowe left the scene. Simms didn't have any of Rowe's credentials....academically, professionally or any other standard of measurement you might like to apply. Would be delighted to have Rowe return. Good riddance !

  • Fox
    March 01, 2013 - 16:00

    time for an outspoken radical fiscal and social conservative. hw might be controversial, but just think of the ratings and the entertainment.

  • Unfortunate Son
    March 01, 2013 - 15:58

    This is a sad day for caribou.

  • jeremiah
    March 01, 2013 - 15:49

    Amalgamation! Then Randy can be the mayor of a "real" city.

  • Wally
    March 01, 2013 - 15:12

    Everyone knows this is a result of the dispute with Tshakapesh. Randy was correct in his comment; it was a stupid decision to hunt the last few caribou. Most level headed people are of the same opinion, it was stupid. Our own government made it unlawful to hunt the caribou, but they were a little less insensitive; they only purposed possible jail time. Shame on VOCM for bowing under pressure and not supporting Randy Simms through this ordeal.

  • Gail
    March 01, 2013 - 15:04

    Randy will be well missed on the morning show. He has big shoes to fill.he probably should have chosen better word to say what everybody else was thinking.Good luck in your future endeavors.

  • David Wilson
    March 01, 2013 - 14:48

    Now if Steele Communications would only block the politicians from calling into Open Line to pat themselves on the back.

  • The Moonman
    March 01, 2013 - 14:41

    Who will Marjorie and me rant at now? Yabba dabba Do - How's yer bubble!!

  • Fred D
    March 01, 2013 - 14:39

    It would seem that this is the 2nd person to be let go from VOCM for creating a "firestorm". The first is Gerry Phelan a couple of years ago. All I can say is....interesting, very interesting

  • Murphy
    March 01, 2013 - 14:25

    Randy Simms,one of the best in the business!! SHAME on VOCM for not standing up for him........... Would be nice to see NTV doing a morning show with guests and call in from viewers....Tshakapesh as his first guest,if he got the guts to face Randy! Good Luck Randy.............

  • Alma
    March 01, 2013 - 14:16

    VOCM did the right thing! No one deserves to be called stupid or asshole. Everyone has a right to an opinion and Randy never gave Him a chance to speak. Now I might just listen to Open line!

    • Jay
      March 03, 2013 - 22:34

      Stupid and asshole are rough things to be called. At least in this case, accurate. However, for one to be called racist for having a differing point of view than the Chief's is ridiculous. That would drive anyone to a breaking point. Regardless, it was a heated discussion on both sides. An apology was given by Randy and the station (derserved or not). That this man would push for Randy's dismissal/forced retirement is gutless. People acting like this are promoting racism, not discouraging it...

  • Ben
    March 01, 2013 - 13:56

    Sad day for talk radio in this province, I sure hope Pete Soucy don't get the job he is to painful to listen to.

    • george
      March 01, 2013 - 23:35

      I have absolutely no time for Pete Soucy both on NTV and on VOCM Nightline. He is just so boring to listen to. I usually switch to another NL radio station.

  • david
    March 01, 2013 - 13:42

    Congratualtions, Randy Simms......this was by far the best course of action for the sake of your own mental health. As for the rest of us......the asylum will get a new warden, and it'll be back to the corrosive business of squawking and bitching soon enough.

    • whiny dave
      March 01, 2013 - 14:28

      So says the main contributor of squawking and bitching in the Telegram.

  • randell porter
    March 01, 2013 - 13:16

    If this was forced as a result of the above mentioned incident than shame on Tshakapesh for not accepting Randy's heartfelt apology . Let he who is without sin cast the first stone - judge not lest you be judged Absolutely nothing was gained by Randy's leaving . Shame shame shame .

  • Toon
    March 01, 2013 - 13:09

    Now Randy can team up with Producers of Stoner FM for the next project.

  • Margaret
    March 01, 2013 - 13:09

    Good riddins to him. Take Paddy Daley with you. He's more outspoken than you are. Most times I have to turn him off.

    • jt
      March 01, 2013 - 13:47

      I agree, I am glad that Simms is gone from vocm, paddy daley should be the next one to get his wings clipped, he is starting to become very rude as well. When he started as host at Vocm, he was very good, very respectful to callers. No so any more. Vocm has got to get its reputation back. Until something is done with these rude hosts, I will not be tuning in to Vocm.

    • FREE SPEECH
      March 02, 2013 - 09:33

      So your attitude is....if the moderators don't agree with my point of view...get rid of them. The last time I checked, we lived in a democracy where our forefathers fought for the right of freedom which incldes the freedom of speech. I guess the left wing types will be happy as pigs in dung now. I didn't agree with everything Simms said, but I liked his moxy, which was a breath of fresh air over Bill Rowe. I hope Paddy Daley hangs around for a while. We need a voice on radio that does not cowtow to organized labour and lefty bum kissers for a change. If Vocm decides to muzzle Paddy next, VOCM will permanently be off my radio.

    • Chris
      March 03, 2013 - 07:56

      Hey FREE SPEECH, just because someone has political views on the left, doesn't mean they don't oppose freedom of speech. To the contrary actually. I just hate how the racism card is always played these days. If two different ethnic groups disagree on a topic, it becomes "racist".

  • Patricia Warford
    March 01, 2013 - 13:08

    I think Steele Communications and VOCM has lost one of their most valuable employees through this unfortunate exchange. Voice Of the Common Man has been stifled here, and I applaud Randy Simms for having the guts to voice what was probably being muttered from the lips of 90% of his listeners during that exchange. Personally, if that is the way it has to be, Randy, I, for one, am glad you will have more time to do what you already do a fantastic job doing, being our most respected Mayor in Mount Pearl.

  • Mark
    March 01, 2013 - 13:07

    I checked VOCM online, and it is reporting this story completely differently. It only mentions that he retired, but no mention of the fiasco with Tshakapesh. I wrote in that VOCM was being biased, and my comment was the only one shown on VOCM's website. A few minutes later, the article was re-posted, but this time, the comments section and option to enter comments were completely removed! How's that for fair practice? That isn't VOCM reporting the news. That is VOCM in damage control.

  • Shelia
    March 01, 2013 - 13:05

    Hip Hip.......

  • Jack
    March 01, 2013 - 12:48

    In the public media market, since announcers usually have to give advanced notice for retirements and departures, and not an abrupt notice like Randy Simms did this morning, I'm starting to suspect that VOCM and their Halifax based owners, Steele Communications and Newcap Radio, sacked him as punishment for doing the right thing, speaking the truth against the Innu Nation and Mushuau Innu First Nation (Natuashish) Chief, Simeon Tshakapesh. What's even more insulting was that Mike Murphy, Steele Communications General Manager, issued an apology to Tshakapesh and the Innu Nation though they don't deserve it for trying to destroy Labrador's Caribou herds. In my opinion, Randy Simms should have got a medal for taking a stand with the Innu Chief, and highlight the importance of protecting the caribou herd for future generations in Labrador, not be sacked and left on the streets. As for Steele Communcations, VOCM stands for "Voice of the Common Man", not "Voice of the Nova Scotian based Owners". In my opinion, its Tshakapesh, the Innu Nation, and Mushuau Innu First Nation who should issue an apology for calling Simms a racist, not Randy Simms.

    • Just Saying
      March 01, 2013 - 13:58

      If this was a forced resignation over the Tshakpesh situation , I wonder on the other sign of the coin... if he called Chief Tshakapesh and the INNU First Nation smart and law abiding people , would he have gotten a raise instead. Calling someone smart or stupid... has nothing to do with race unless one chooses to make it an issue . Sooooooo

    • Larry.
      March 01, 2013 - 23:04

      Jack. Well said. Since when do we say sorry to people who do not respect the law!

  • John
    March 01, 2013 - 12:36

    No doubt it was given the golden boot, in my opinion, however VOCM was good enough to allow him to leave with his chin up.

  • Political Watcher
    March 01, 2013 - 12:32

    Makes you wonder who was the stupid one afterall........

  • jim noseworthy
    March 01, 2013 - 12:28

    randy simms could have called any white male in canada stupid with no issue but because he said this about a minority group,it becomes an issue that costed him his job the employer shows its true back bone in this they should have backed him 100% because how could any court look at it when someone says he will disobey the law plus risk forcing a herd into extinction

  • Elizabeth
    March 01, 2013 - 12:24

    Open line will not be the same without Randy Simms. A great guy who wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in. Sad day for VOCM listeners.

  • Derek
    March 01, 2013 - 12:23

    Time for Tshakapesh to retire now too. He uses the 'R' word a little too liberally. In the industry I work in I have had to deal with native peoples, generally in an intoxicated state and they all have a propensity to fall back on the 'R' word when confronted for unacceptable behavior. Personally I don't care what the colour of your skin is nor your creed, if you are acting like an ignorant idiot, a drunken idiot or just generally unacceptable behaviour by any standard, I am going to call you out for it. Randy stated a fact...... people like this chief are 'stupid' if they in any way think they are helping the decimated caribou herd by continuing to hunt in any way, native rights be damned. If they hunted these animals in the past they are part of what contributed to the decline, and to continue to do so is indeed 'stupid'. Chief, I hope you are pleased with yourself. And while your at it chief, it's time for the natives of Labrador to start solving many of the problems they have had a hand in creating..... or are you looking for someone else to blame here too??

    • A
      March 01, 2013 - 15:00

      What problems are you referring to that the Native people of Labrador had a hand in creating? Making the generalization and saying "time for the Natives of Labrador to start solving many of the problems..." is grouping a number of individuals together (in an ignorant statement anyway). This is probably the sort of statements that get the word racist tacked on to you. And also the kind of statement that got Randy tacked with it using the words "you people".

    • KIm
      March 01, 2013 - 15:53

      I'm another one who have stopped lictening to VOCM,as of today..But be assured Randy you will be missed.It was great listening to you stand up for the people of NL......Hope u excel at whatever life brings your way ...best wishes to you and your family.....

  • Denice
    March 01, 2013 - 12:15

    Stand strong my Innu People! Make them accountable now just continue the fight and dont take the bs anymore!!!

    • Chelsea
      March 03, 2013 - 12:58

      And who will be the first group of people to whine when the George River Herd of caribou are extinct? Just because they feel entitled to completely disobey the LAW and continue to hunt while theres a ban on?

    • Chelsea
      March 03, 2013 - 13:05

      Couldn't agree more. He said what everyone else in Newfoundland and Labrador couldn't phone in to say.

  • Pat
    March 01, 2013 - 12:12

    Well, VOCM buckled under pressure from someone. Randy Simms - your loss! I will no longer listen to 590 ! I would like to suggest that others who believe in Randy Simms do the same! It's another feather in the native's cap!

  • Wilbur Bennett
    March 01, 2013 - 12:12

    My hat goes off to Randy . At least he had the common sense and decency to say what needed to be said regarding the decision not to stop hunting a species which is declining rapidly . Aren't we the stewards of our envirinment? While I throw a bouquet to Randy I feel that VOCM has shown no backbone whatsoever . Randy did offer a timely apology being the credible man he is . However I guess that was not good enough to circumvent the liability from a law suit that VOCM thought it could face .I wonder if this issue had involved a common Newfoundlander such as a municipal leader would so many apologies have been issued. Best of luck to Randy in his future he will be sadly missed.

  • T
    March 01, 2013 - 12:07

    Was he wrong with his statement? What gives them the right to poach a protected animal? Beacause it was their land first? There is no justification for trying to eradicate a species because you feel its your personal right.

  • Controversy Can Destroy
    March 01, 2013 - 12:07

    I know what it's like to be in Randy Simms' shoes. I had my share of behavior issues in a workplace many years ago, and I felt so ashamed, I felt like quitting, and with a self-serving sendoff as well. In either event, I wish him all the best on his future endeavours.

  • keith c
    March 01, 2013 - 12:04

    I Think Mike Murphy should resign. Randy called it as he should. Anyone, native or otherwise, who publicly announces they are going to break the law is "STUPID" and it is our duty to tell them so. Management is wrong .> I am not a big follower of open line shows BUT> Randy said what had to be said, and all of you open line followers out there should speak up and defend his rights as he has yours in the past

  • keith c
    March 01, 2013 - 12:01

    I Think Mike Murphy should resign. Randy called it as he should. Anyone, native or otherwise, who publicly announces they are going to break the law is "STUPID" and it is our duty to tell them so. Management is wrong .> I am not a big follower of open line shows BUT> Randy said what had to be said, and all of you open line followers out there should speak up and defend his rights as he has yours in the past

  • Leslie Smallwood
    March 01, 2013 - 11:56

    That's too bad ! People will miss him.

  • hockeyfan
    March 01, 2013 - 11:52

    Tired of seeing the Innu run the show so to speak... I say give them back their land and let them fend for themselves. Lets see how long they last.

  • Jay Person
    March 01, 2013 - 11:49

    good riddance...

  • Eli
    March 01, 2013 - 11:35

    Politidal correctness, it's gone over the top. Nobody can call a spade a space anymore. My opinion does'nt matter to Randy Simms but I'm glad someone had the gonads to call TshakPEST the nuisance he is. Dumbass!

  • Robert
    March 01, 2013 - 11:33

    Now that is good news for a Friday afternoon! I wonder what political appointment has suddenly come open; perhaps a senator (no not the NHL silly the other crowd!).

  • John Evoy
    March 01, 2013 - 11:29

    My opinion, having heard the show on the day in question, is that Randy did not call the chief or the Innu Band stupid, but was addressing the fact that the government of the day, PC Party, put forward in law, a ban on the Caribou hunt for everyone because of the massive decline over the past number of years in the small numbers of the remaining herd, which will possibly lead to the extinguish of the herd. Randy said, it would be stupid of anyone, who wished to preserve the herd, to kill the remaining ones, or to something of that nature. This statement did not put blame on anyone, nor did it insult anyone, but was put out there for meaningful suggestions, and rules for everyone involved, to follow, in an attempt to save this Caribou herd, for the good of not only the herd itself, but in particular the Innu, as they have the most to gain, and rightly so. Arrows were first fired by Simeon Tshakapesh, when he said he would still hunt the herd, paying no attention to the law. Randy replied as this was stupid, the situation, not the people of the band. If anything, Randy Simms, was actually fighting for the Innu Band, as all he was interested in was trying to perserve the herd, which would mostly go to the band anyway. Words were said in the heat of the moment by both people, and as far as I am concerned, everyone has the right to their opinion, as well as their right to defend their arguments. Randy has already apologized to the Innu People, if he had offended them, good for him, but not Simeon for name calling the host. All this will be put to rest, but will the Caribou Herd come back, when the main isssue is NO HUNTING, and the leaders of the people concerned KEEP ON HUNTING, I think not. John

  • Jeremiah
    March 01, 2013 - 11:29

    Randy, do the right thing. Work toward the amalgamation of the NE Avalon and then run for mayor of a real city. Think about it. You would win and your place in history would be assured. Carpe diem!

  • Joe
    March 01, 2013 - 11:24

    I hope that Simeon Tshakapesh, chief of the Mushuau Innu band council in Natuashish take the same action and announce his retirement for stating that he will not abide by the laws of the province about hunting moose out of season. This would be a criminal offence and if he does so he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

  • KayBee
    March 01, 2013 - 11:01

    There's a song on utube " pigs and cows, you're an a*seole" with his words.

  • Gerald George
    March 01, 2013 - 10:59

    Congradulations to Randy Simms,for voicing ,what most Newfoundlanders feel about the destuction of Newfoundland caribou .Geers to the whimps at Sterling communications for not standing behind their employee.

  • GFS
    March 01, 2013 - 10:58

    Not good timing. It looks like the result of the call with the chief. Just a boost to the chief's ego. Nobody will want to talk to him again. Simms should have waited. Will Daly now get a full time job??

  • John
    March 01, 2013 - 10:55

    The one question I have to ask is, What happen to free speech? My guess Randy Simms was put in a position that it was either pull back or resign and he chose to resign. The Chief got his apology and never accepted it so he is less of a man then Mr. Simms. I hope that Randy has a very successful life with what ever is ahead. and he continues to speak out. VOCM open line will never be the same, I will turn it off.

  • tony strong
    March 01, 2013 - 10:54

    Once again we see..Telling it like it is,,or telling the truth will get you in trouble..While it could have been handled better, it was the truth..I guess the medicating factor was that they call the chief...When are enough of us going to get the guts to stand up to those people who play the race card every time someone points out that they are going down the wrong road..( I would love to be told that if I was about to - or - doing something stupid....

  • Dave
    March 01, 2013 - 10:52

    Unfortunate - I thought Randy was one of the best hosts they ever had.

  • Heather George
    March 01, 2013 - 10:51

    I hope no one listens to VOCM open line again,I won't.Too bad about chief whats his face.He had not gotten an apology from me.In the third world country they would send the Army out ,to enforce a good law.Shame on Sterling communications,never get anyone else to replace such a find individual ,and I have never met Mr Simms.I hope there is such an outcry over this ,that VOCM has to beg on bended knee to have Mr.Simms return,come listeners you know I am right.Turn your dial to CBC or Country rock any staion but VOCM

  • Earl
    March 01, 2013 - 10:51

    Why would The Telegram take an angle like this on Simms' retirement from radio? While the incident with Mr. Tshakapesh is in the back of everyone's mind, and while it may indeed have played a role in Randy's decision, the way this article is written implies his resignation was a result of that incident. Randy has put in dozens of years of service in the media in many different roles. He's well-respected in the community. Might have been nice to include these facts as well.

  • bayman
    March 01, 2013 - 10:51

    So now we have to apologise to those who break the law !. What next. ?. Congrats to Randy, have a great retirement.

  • Barney
    March 01, 2013 - 10:50

    Retired or forced? That's too bad.....

  • PHMC
    March 01, 2013 - 10:48

    I 100% agree with most of what Randy said that morning. Too bad he had to lose his cool. By doing so, his true comments were over shawdowed by his actions.

  • not a fan
    March 01, 2013 - 10:48

    about time he stepped down. found it hard listening to him and his one sided arguement. If you didnt agree with him he usually ended the cal and was only looking for arguements. about time he went back to being mayor of a wanna be town.

  • Dwayne Cull
    March 01, 2013 - 10:37

    Tshakapesh 1 - Randy Simms 0

    • elizabeth
      March 01, 2013 - 12:59

      Tshakapesh is still a LOSER!!!! No matter what the score!