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Title: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on July 28, 2011, 08:44:18 AM
This thread is meant to replace the "Changes at the FAN 590" thread and to add discussion about TSN radio too.

I was listening to the TSN 1050 this morning (I gave Brady a shot for the first time in a couple months, but I didn't last very long after he actually started talking). Dan Shulman weighed in on the Jays trade - I really enjoy listening to him. The Richards show seems to do quite a bit of clowning around, but they get some decent guests.

Enter Steve Simmons. While I cringe at the name, he brought up the one name that I have been thinking about related to meddling parents re: the acquisition of Colby Rasmus - Eric Lindros. What does that say about me? ???

Also, good to hear Gord Stellick back on the FAN. Looks like the Andrew Krystal experiment is over. Not sure what happened to him, haven't bothered to do any looking online to find out. :)

Edit: So after that last statement, I looked and found out Krystal was fired. How about that?
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on July 28, 2011, 09:57:24 AM
Good call on the thread.

I've complained enough about Brady on the last thread, but basically can't listen to him for the very reasons you suggested.  His rants on twitter are equally annoying, although I'm blocked now since I dared to question his BS. :D

Richards is okay, but the clowning around gets odd.  He sounds like a late middle aged guy trying too hard act like he's 25 again.  Still better than the alternative.  One thing that bugs me is what seems to be random co-hosts who are on from time to time, can't tell who they are, and they ramble on about things I don't care about.  Continuity problem.

Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Peter D. on July 28, 2011, 10:16:28 AM
I was thinking about this same topic as well today.

I was excited for TSN 1050 to start, and listened to them the majority of the time for their first month or so, but I find myself now listening way more to the Fan 590 than TSN.

I've really gotten to like Jim Lang.  He was spooky on TV, but I think he is great on the radio.  Brady on the other hand is an over-the-top whiner.  He's tough to stomach most of the time.  The alternative, Mike Richards, is someone I can barely listen to anymore.  He gets all creepy at times and those mock interviews have become ridiculous.

I can't help it -- McCown is way better to listen to than Cybulski.  The latter tries too hard at being a hard-knock; it still doesn't seem like a right fit for him.  I've even found Bob McKenzie to not sound right on radio.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on July 28, 2011, 10:25:10 AM
I listened to Richards once and it reminded me, IIRC, of someone desperately trying to sound like Colin Cowherd off ESPN Radio.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on September 15, 2011, 12:35:58 PM
HockeyCentral at noon has started up again and I got to listen to noted Canucks apologist John Garrett once again complain about the officiating in the Stanley Cup final.... great way to start off my lunch.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: lamajama on September 15, 2011, 12:54:43 PM
Quote from: Derk on September 15, 2011, 12:35:58 PM
HockeyCentral at noon has started up again and I got to listen to noted Canucks apologist John Garrett once again complain about the officiating in the Stanley Cup final.... great way to start off my lunch.

Did you hear them talking about Greg Millen? Dare I hope that means that Millen has jumped ship to Sportsnet and would be off LeafsTV and CBC or is he a Sportsnet guy already due to the Leafs TV deal?
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on September 15, 2011, 12:58:32 PM
Quote from: lamajama on September 15, 2011, 12:54:43 PM
Quote from: Derk on September 15, 2011, 12:35:58 PM
HockeyCentral at noon has started up again and I got to listen to noted Canucks apologist John Garrett once again complain about the officiating in the Stanley Cup final.... great way to start off my lunch.

Did you hear them talking about Greg Millen? Dare I hope that means that Millen has jumped ship to Sportsnet and would be off LeafsTV and CBC or is he a Sportsnet guy already due to the Leafs TV deal?

Only when they asked MacLean which goalie he would rather start (Millen or Garrett) and that he was a fast skater. I didn't hear anything of substance. Then again, it is Millen, after all. :)
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Mike In New York City on September 17, 2011, 06:21:56 AM
Gord Stellick is leaving the Fan to work with CBC and HNIC.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: lamajama on September 17, 2011, 09:03:43 AM
Quote from: Mike In New York City on September 17, 2011, 06:21:56 AM
Gord Stellick is leaving the Fan to work with CBC and HNIC.

Ugh. I listened to his last show on 590 grudgingly (nothing else was more suitable in it's time slot for me). Hopefully it's a minimal role.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on September 17, 2011, 09:43:13 AM
I actually don't mind Stellick. He's one of the few radio/TV guys without a hint of arrogance to him. I find that refreshing.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Deebo on September 24, 2011, 06:53:35 PM
I had the 640 pre game show on, and Watters was asked who he thought had to play better in order to make the team.

He then said (paraphrased) "I don't know if he's playing tonight, but Nazem Kadri, I don't have the line up with me"

What is that, he is co-hosting a pre-game show and he doesn't even know who is in the line-up?

I really hope TSN radio get the Leaf broadcast rights after this season.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on September 25, 2011, 09:36:44 AM
Watters.  >:(  How he still has a job is beyond me. I blame global warming and the shotage of suitable icy drifts.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: You're right on September 25, 2011, 12:01:15 PM
Quote from: Floyd on September 25, 2011, 09:36:44 AM
Watters.  >:(  How he still has a job is beyond me. I blame global warming and the shotage of suitable icy drifts.
I truly believe that the crap that Watters spews directly contributes to local warming.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on October 03, 2011, 11:06:22 AM
Quote from: Mike In New York City on September 17, 2011, 06:21:56 AM
Gord Stellick is leaving the Fan to work with CBC and HNIC.

I was wondering what had happened, but didn't really have time to investigate more closely. Good luck to him.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on October 03, 2011, 12:47:32 PM
What is it with Sportsnet / the FAN? Now they have changed their name to Sportsnet 590 the FAN, and have shortened their logo to SN590 The FAN. Knee-jerk response to TSN? What is with all these changes? Seems to me companies don't do stuff like this unless they are starting to slip (I almost typed "circle the bowl", but I doubt sportsnet is that bad off).
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: seahawk on October 03, 2011, 01:06:55 PM
Quote from: Derk on October 03, 2011, 12:47:32 PM
What is it with Sportsnet / the FAN? Now they have changed their name to Sportsnet 590 the FAN, and have shortened their logo to SN590 The FAN. Knee-jerk response to TSN? What is with all these changes? Seems to me companies don't do stuff like this unless they are starting to slip (I almost typed "circle the bowl", but I doubt sportsnet is that bad off).

They have revamped the branding on all of their platforms as of today. That also included rebranding Setanta as Sportsnet World. Too bad they didn't drop the price on that service to go with the new look.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on October 11, 2011, 12:23:28 PM
The new music for HockeyCentral at Noon is terrible. It vaguely reminds me of the opening music for the Superman movies from the 70s-80s.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on April 02, 2012, 12:39:05 PM
I just had to turn off Hockey Central at noon because Kypreos wouldn't shut up and let Mark Spector talk. Of course, as far as I could tell, Kypper was arguing a different point, but that's just me. I can't often stand that show, much like Brady and Lang, which I seldom have on any more.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on April 02, 2012, 12:47:47 PM
I heard Andy Frost is out next year as the post game guy in the re-org. Now, I know he's the homer of all homers but in a habitual way, I'm going to miss him on my drives home when I'm working nights. Maybe the new guy(s) will be better.   
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Deebo on April 02, 2012, 01:50:28 PM
Quote from: Sarge on April 02, 2012, 12:47:47 PM
I heard Andy Frost is out next year as the post game guy in the re-org. Now, I know he's the homer of all homers but in a habitual way, I'm going to miss him on my drives home when I'm working nights. Maybe the new guy(s) will be better.   

Is that because they are moving the games to TSN and the FAN under the new ownership?
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on April 02, 2012, 01:51:26 PM
Quote from: Deebo on April 02, 2012, 01:50:28 PM
Quote from: Sarge on April 02, 2012, 12:47:47 PM
I heard Andy Frost is out next year as the post game guy in the re-org. Now, I know he's the homer of all homers but in a habitual way, I'm going to miss him on my drives home when I'm working nights. Maybe the new guy(s) will be better.   

Is that because they are moving the games to TSN and the FAN under the new ownership?

I'm assuming.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on April 02, 2012, 02:11:28 PM
Quote from: Derk on April 02, 2012, 12:39:05 PM
I just had to turn off Hockey Central at noon because Kypreos wouldn't shut up and let Mark Spector talk. Of course, as far as I could tell, Kypper was arguing a different point, but that's just me. I can't often stand that show, much like Brady and Lang, which I seldom have on any more.

Almost all of the shows on both stations are totally unbearable.  Brady is a spaz, Cybulski... born and raised in Ottawa (no surprise) just takes really lame pot shots at the Leafs with whichever flunkie he has on at that moment doing the same thing.  You can tell he just loves the state of the team right now.

All gibberish.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on April 02, 2012, 03:08:21 PM
The worst has to be Tim and Sid, or as I like to call their show, "2 guys, 4 chins". I know I should pick on their personal appearance but they annoy me so much with their stupid horns.

I found out Brian Hayes ain't too bad.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Peter D. on April 02, 2012, 03:21:35 PM
I'm just uselessly venting now.

It drives me bonkers when I hear these hosts constantly reiterating who their guest(s) is/are.  I understand every so often for those tuning in who may not recognize the voice.

But Jeff Blair and Bob Mackowycz/James Cybulski are notorious for this.  "We have TSN Insider Bob McKenzie on the line with us.  So Bob..."  *question answered in 10 seconds*  "Bob McKenzie of TSN with us..."

I find the best radio is when the Fan590 has their roundtable on Fridays and Brunt and Friedman are part of the discussion.  They are two of the best in the business.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: mc on April 02, 2012, 03:26:30 PM
The FAN will be doing play-play Leafs games next year?
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on April 02, 2012, 03:26:55 PM
Quote from: Peter D. on April 02, 2012, 03:21:35 PM
I find the best radio is when the Fan590 has their roundtable on Fridays and Brunt and Friedman are part of the discussion.  They are two of the best in the business.

I do like Brunt a lot.  I will listen on my way home when he is on.  Great storyteller and keeps Bob from going off into some ridiculous tangent on some topic he has no business talking to. Friedman is ok too.

Blair is another brutal one.  Just a miserable sod.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on April 02, 2012, 03:28:02 PM
Quote from: mc on April 02, 2012, 03:26:30 PM
The FAN will be doing play-play Leafs games next year?

I don't think they have secured the rights yet. I would imagine with Bell & Rogers co-owning the Leafs they will either split the games right in half, or they will have a fake auction for the rights.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on April 02, 2012, 04:53:56 PM
Quote from: Corn Flake on April 02, 2012, 03:26:55 PM
Quote from: Peter D. on April 02, 2012, 03:21:35 PM
I find the best radio is when the Fan590 has their roundtable on Fridays and Brunt and Friedman are part of the discussion.  They are two of the best in the business.

I do like Brunt a lot.  I will listen on my way home when he is on.  Great storyteller and keeps Bob from going off into some ridiculous tangent on some topic he has no business talking to. Friedman is ok too.

Blair is another brutal one.  Just a miserable sod.

I like Brunt and Friedman too.

I never used to like either McCowan or Blair, but for some reason I find them tolerable now. I have always liked Blair when he talks about baseball, though.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Nik on April 02, 2012, 05:01:02 PM
Quote from: Peter D. on April 02, 2012, 03:21:35 PM
I find the best radio is when the Fan590 has their roundtable on Fridays and Brunt and Friedman are part of the discussion.  They are two of the best in the business.

I agree. That's the only time I've heard sports radio flirt with the idea of having a measured discussion with depth among reasonable people.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on April 27, 2012, 07:06:15 PM
I just heard the new opening theme for Blue Jays baseball on the FAN this evening (the part where Jerry comes on and says "Live from the Rogers Centre, it's time for Blue Jays baseball...). They had the same theme for many years, and I would always get really excited when I heard it.

Now they have changed it to some meaningless monotone orchestral piece that doesn't really add anything to the intro. It almost reminded me of how they switched the HockeyCentral at Noon intro from something light to something they tried way too hard to make sound majestic.

Just one more thing to get used to.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on April 30, 2012, 07:19:03 PM
Was going to listen to live streaming of the Jays game online, but MLB doesn't allow it. Tried atdhe.net, and found out that they have been shut down by Homeland Security in the US! Interesting times....
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on April 30, 2012, 07:23:35 PM
Quote from: Derk on April 30, 2012, 07:19:03 PM
Was going to listen to live streaming of the Jays game online, but MLB doesn't allow it. Tried atdhe.net, and found out that they have been shut down by Homeland Security in the US! Interesting times....

http://www.atdhenet.tv/
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Mike In New York City on June 02, 2012, 11:19:05 AM
Quote from: Sarge on April 02, 2012, 12:47:47 PM
I heard Andy Frost is out next year as the post game guy in the re-org. Now, I know he's the homer of all homers but in a habitual way, I'm going to miss him on my drives home when I'm working nights. Maybe the new guy(s) will be better.

One of the stations that airs the game should pick him up. They would automatically gain his large audience and the ratings from a long-time show like this.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on August 25, 2012, 09:30:34 AM
Couldn't find a more appropriate thread but;

http://www.680news.com/news/national/article/395163--rogers-media-to-acquire-score-media-incorporated

I say good. What a disappointment they turned out to be.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Peter D. on August 25, 2012, 11:11:57 AM
Quote from: Sgt on August 25, 2012, 09:30:34 AM
Couldn't find a more appropriate thread but;

http://www.680news.com/news/national/article/395163--rogers-media-to-acquire-score-media-incorporated

I say good. What a disappointment they turned out to be.

The channel started off well (the all-day ticker is great), and the potential was there, but they lost a lot of good content.

Pretty impressive the talent that has come from there -- Friedman, Consentino, Micallef, Seixeiro, Cybulski, etc.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on August 25, 2012, 11:35:23 AM
Agreed. But in the end of the day, the best talent went to the better outfits as the case usually is. I did find the ticker very handy in the early days but along came twitter and other avenues. 
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on September 18, 2012, 10:40:21 AM
Looks like Watters is back - I heard him on the FAN 590 the other day on McCowan's show. He came across as a clown and the rest of the panel treated him as such. If he is going to be on that station, that will be a second show I don't listen to (haven't listened to the morning show with Brady in ages). I had never listened to him much before, and now consider myself fortunate.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Nik on September 18, 2012, 10:45:35 AM
Quote from: Derk on September 18, 2012, 10:40:21 AM
Looks like Watters is back - I heard him on the FAN 590 the other day on McCowan's show. He came across as a clown and the rest of the panel treated him as such. If he is going to be on that station, that will be a second show I don't listen to (haven't listened to the morning show with Brady in ages). I had never listened to him much before, and now consider myself fortunate.

I think he was just a guest on the friday roundtable they do. Like you say, the other panelists didn't really seem to take him seriously.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on September 18, 2012, 10:58:43 AM
Quote from: Nik³ on September 18, 2012, 10:45:35 AM
Quote from: Derk on September 18, 2012, 10:40:21 AM
Looks like Watters is back - I heard him on the FAN 590 the other day on McCowan's show. He came across as a clown and the rest of the panel treated him as such. If he is going to be on that station, that will be a second show I don't listen to (haven't listened to the morning show with Brady in ages). I had never listened to him much before, and now consider myself fortunate.

I think he was just a guest on the friday roundtable they do. Like you say, the other panelists didn't really seem to take him seriously.

I really hope that is all it was and they don't bring him back too often.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on January 14, 2013, 04:55:55 AM
So now that the Leaf games have moved from 640 to 590, any idea who's hosting what the equivalent to what Andy Frost's post game show was?
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 05:44:22 AM
Quote from: Rob on January 14, 2013, 04:55:55 AM
So now that the Leaf games have moved from 640 to 590, any idea who's hosting what the equivalent to what Andy Frost's post game show was?

wait. What?! Seriously?!

>:-(

that station doesn't come in up here very well :(
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on January 14, 2013, 05:47:15 AM
Quote from: Rob on January 14, 2013, 04:55:55 AM
So now that the Leaf games have moved from 640 to 590, any idea who's hosting what the equivalent to what Andy Frost's post game show was?

Probably one of the 25 or so Ottawa Senators fans that TSN radio employs.  :P
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on January 14, 2013, 05:57:18 AM
Yeah, I'm not a super huge Frost fan but when I work evenings, he's who I listen to on the way home and it's always been comforting (for want of better word.) I'm going to miss him. Anyway, I think it's 590 now. I hope to God it's not 1050 because like LHF, I don't get that station too well either (I'm okay with 590.) - I was just curious who's hosting the post-game now... Anyone know?
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 06:06:02 AM
1050?!!

that doesn't come in at ALL up here :-(

I ain't gonna like this much, I can just see that.....
:-\
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on January 14, 2013, 06:10:10 AM
Quote from: Rob on January 14, 2013, 05:57:18 AM
Yeah, I'm not a super huge Frost fan but when I work evenings, he's who I listen to on the way home and it's always been comforting (for want of better word.) I'm going to miss him. Anyway, I think it's 590 now. I hope to God it's not 1050 because like LHF, I don't get that station too well either (I'm okay with 590.) - I was just curious who's hosting the post-game now... Anyone know?

oh sorry yeah.. 590 not 1050. 

no idea who is hosting. Maybe Segel moves over?
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on January 14, 2013, 06:12:16 AM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 06:06:02 AM
1050?!!

that doesn't come in at ALL up here :-(

I ain't gonna like this much, I can just see that.....
:-\

I exit at Hwy. 9... Just where 1050 becomes just about too faint to hear and starts to pick up another station... So frustrating.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on January 14, 2013, 06:13:05 AM
Quote from: Corn Flake on January 14, 2013, 06:10:10 AM
Quote from: Rob on January 14, 2013, 05:57:18 AM
Yeah, I'm not a super huge Frost fan but when I work evenings, he's who I listen to on the way home and it's always been comforting (for want of better word.) I'm going to miss him. Anyway, I think it's 590 now. I hope to God it's not 1050 because like LHF, I don't get that station too well either (I'm okay with 590.) - I was just curious who's hosting the post-game now... Anyone know?

oh sorry yeah.. 590 not 1050. 

no idea who is hosting. Maybe Segel moves over?

So it is 590 for sure?   
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Deebo on January 14, 2013, 06:14:08 AM
I'm pretty sure the games are going to be split between 590 and 1050:

http://www.tsn.ca/toronto/feature/?id=9528

Quote

Toronto Maple Leafs fans have a new destination to listen to their favourite team, as TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto is home to 24 regular season games this season. Fans can set their dial to official Leafs radio broadcaster AM1050 in the Greater Toronto Area and worldwide at TSN1050.ca for live game broadcasts – including extensive pre- and post-game shows – along with comprehensive coverage of the Original Six franchise.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on January 14, 2013, 06:15:52 AM
Frig.  >:(
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 06:16:44 AM
dammitdammitdammitdammit...

although, tbh, I only listen to the game on the radio when I'm  in the car driving somewhere. But it's the post game analysis etc that used to be all over 640 that I'm gonna miss  :(

sigh
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Deebo on January 14, 2013, 06:18:26 AM
I can just about see the ACC from my balcony, I'll be fine :p.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 07:51:07 AM
well, was just listening to the Stafford show on 640, and they ran an ad for Andy Frost's post game show. They may not be airing the actual game anymore, but it sounds like they're still running Andy's post game 'Leaf talk'.......
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on January 14, 2013, 07:52:34 AM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 07:51:07 AM
well, was just listening to the Stafford show on 640, and they ran an ad for Andy Frost's post game show. They may not be airing the actual game anymore, but it sounds like they're still running Andy's post game 'Leaf talk'.......

FANTASTIC!
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on January 14, 2013, 07:59:26 AM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 07:51:07 AM
well, was just listening to the Stafford show on 640, and they ran an ad for Andy Frost's post game show. They may not be airing the actual game anymore, but it sounds like they're still running Andy's post game 'Leaf talk'.......
This just made my day. Listening to Leaf Talk on the radio has been part of my Leafs game ritual for years. It wouldn't have been the same without Andy Frost's show.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Zee on January 14, 2013, 08:14:14 AM
Quote from: Rob on January 14, 2013, 07:52:34 AM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 07:51:07 AM
well, was just listening to the Stafford show on 640, and they ran an ad for Andy Frost's post game show. They may not be airing the actual game anymore, but it sounds like they're still running Andy's post game 'Leaf talk'.......

FANTASTIC!

When Andy was saying his goodbyes last season, I never understood why they just didn't continue on with a "hockey talk" show with him.  Sure they don't have the games anymore, but it's a talk show that ANYONE can do.  If he was truly as popular as it seems, just do the show and have it start immediately after every Leafs game.  Seems like they figured that out.  ;)
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on January 14, 2013, 08:19:51 AM
Yeah, the FAN has been advertising that they will be broadcasting Leaf games ever since the lockout ended, but only part of the season. I guess that makes sense that 1050 gets the rest.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on January 14, 2013, 08:26:29 AM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 07:51:07 AM
well, was just listening to the Stafford show on 640, and they ran an ad for Andy Frost's post game show. They may not be airing the actual game anymore, but it sounds like they're still running Andy's post game 'Leaf talk'.......

Mike in Buffalo lives on!
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Michael on January 14, 2013, 08:28:36 AM
How Leafs radio broadcasts are non-hockey chatter I do not know.....

I am still unclear about the games being on TSN or Fan. What I do know is that no one seems to be addressing the fact that games on TSN radio will reach far less people than the ones on the FAN. This is, therefore, a step backwards.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Deebo on January 14, 2013, 08:30:33 AM
Quote from: Michael on January 14, 2013, 08:28:36 AM
How Leafs radio broadcasts are non-hockey chatter I do not know.....

Just trying to keep the discussion of the topic in one place.

Please direct questions about moderation directly to a mod.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on January 14, 2013, 04:35:29 PM
Quote from: Corn Flake on January 14, 2013, 08:26:29 AM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on January 14, 2013, 07:51:07 AM
well, was just listening to the Stafford show on 640, and they ran an ad for Andy Frost's post game show. They may not be airing the actual game anymore, but it sounds like they're still running Andy's post game 'Leaf talk'.......

Mike in Buffalo lives on!
Speaking of Mike In Buffalo, he has a very good rundown of the Leafs radio situation for this year:

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Mike-Augello/Leaf-Buzz--9pmThe-Post-Game-Show-WAndy-Frost-Returns-Radio-Schedule/120/48460#.UPS0fW_5is8 (http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Mike-Augello/Leaf-Buzz--9pmThe-Post-Game-Show-WAndy-Frost-Returns-Radio-Schedule/120/48460#.UPS0fW_5is8)
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: leafsjunkie on January 14, 2013, 05:25:45 PM
The post-game show on Fan590 will be Gord Stellick & Rick Natress.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on January 14, 2013, 06:12:52 PM
Quote from: leafsjunkie on January 14, 2013, 05:25:45 PM
The post-game show on Fan590 will be Gord Stellick & Rick Natress.

Okay, thanks.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on January 14, 2013, 06:31:49 PM
Gord Stellick's actually a great hockey guy and a joy to listen to. He was out of place doing that silly morning show with Don Landry.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on January 14, 2013, 07:09:12 PM
Technically this isn't radio, but HNIC is getting a bit of a makeover this year:

http://canadiansportsfan.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/major-changes-at-hockey-night-in-canada/ (http://canadiansportsfan.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/major-changes-at-hockey-night-in-canada/)
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 07:54:15 PM
Greg Millen off to Winnipeg?

Does that mean he won't be an analyst for any Leaf games?

*proceeds to cut a rug with with signature happy dance*

CBC missed a big opportunity while they had Marek. They should have given him a better role than the tv interweb desk and Sirius radio.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on January 14, 2013, 07:57:43 PM
Quote from: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 07:54:15 PM
Greg Millen off to Winnipeg?

Does that mean he won't be an analyst for any Leaf games?

*proceeds to cut a rug with with signature happy dance*
No, I believe he's still the Leafs regional colour guy. Millen's been a minor 3rd/4th string colour guy on HNIC for a few years now. It's just that this year he happens to be calling mostly Jets games for the mother corp.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 08:01:07 PM
Quote from: Justin on January 14, 2013, 07:57:43 PM
Quote from: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 07:54:15 PM
Greg Millen off to Winnipeg?

Does that mean he won't be an analyst for any Leaf games?

*proceeds to cut a rug with with signature happy dance*
No, I believe he's still the Leafs regional colour guy. Millen's been a minor 3rd/4th string colour guy on HNIC for a few years now. It's just that this year he happens to be calling mostly Jets games for the mother corp.

Geez man, you made my day and ruined it in the span of 2 minutes  ;)

Now I have to do my signature sad dance.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on January 15, 2013, 03:40:15 AM
Quote from: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 08:01:07 PM
Quote from: Justin on January 14, 2013, 07:57:43 PM
Quote from: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 07:54:15 PM
Greg Millen off to Winnipeg?

Does that mean he won't be an analyst for any Leaf games?

*proceeds to cut a rug with with signature happy dance*
No, I believe he's still the Leafs regional colour guy. Millen's been a minor 3rd/4th string colour guy on HNIC for a few years now. It's just that this year he happens to be calling mostly Jets games for the mother corp.

Geez man, you made my day and ruined it in the span of 2 minutes  ;)

Now I have to do my signature sad dance.
Millen's not that bad. He's no Harry Neale, but there are MUCH worse colour guys around than Millen.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on January 15, 2013, 05:18:38 AM
You guys glossed over the worst news in that article... Glen Healey and the two Canucks fans will still be part of the Leafs broadcast.  >:(

Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on January 15, 2013, 06:46:02 AM
Quote from: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 07:54:15 PM

CBC missed a big opportunity while they had Marek. They should have given him a better role than the tv interweb desk and Sirius radio.

totally agree.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Deebo on January 15, 2013, 06:52:42 AM
Quote from: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 07:54:15 PM
Greg Millen off to Winnipeg?

Does that mean he won't be an analyst for any Leaf games?

*proceeds to cut a rug with with signature happy dance*

CBC missed a big opportunity while they had Marek. They should have given him a better role than the tv interweb desk and Sirius radio.


I think the probably regret losing Chris Cuthbert too.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on January 15, 2013, 07:45:45 AM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on January 15, 2013, 06:46:02 AM
Quote from: Sudafederov on January 14, 2013, 07:54:15 PM

CBC missed a big opportunity while they had Marek. They should have given him a better role than the tv interweb desk and Sirius radio.

totally agree.
Marek is a host though, there was no real place for him to be in that role except for at the idesk. Maclean probably isn't going anywhere for another decade and Scott Oake is the after-hours guru. Still, Marek's actually really good. Not bad for a guy that never actually went to school for broadcasting (Mccown never did either).
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on January 16, 2013, 01:17:17 PM
Rogers' plans for the Score were released today. Seems as if they're going to make it a pseudo ESPNEWS type channel with some live sports content as well. Here's the Globe and Mail article, pasted in full in case some can't get past the paywall:

Rogers Communications wants Canada's broadcast regulator to make it easier for Canadians to watch live sports on The Score, a channel it acquired last year but is not yet operating as it awaits approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

The Score's current licence requires that it runs a sports ticker around the clock – a nod to its history as an information channel – and that it interrupt live sports broadcasts every 15 minutes for a sports news update. Rogers would like to see those rules eased to one information break an hour if the deal is approved, at least during live broadcasts.

The channel is only allowed to show the equivalent of one game a day under its licence, which is why the scrappy network was built on a foundation of highlight shows and quirky, fan-driven programming such as Basketball Jones. The broadcaster will need to develop its own programming, but could also use the Score as an overflow channel when it has the rights to more sporting events than it can show on its Sportsnet channels.

Rogers-owned Sportsnet is the No. 2 sports network in Canada behind Bell Media's TSN, and operates as four regional stations that share content but break out live broadcasts of events of interest to viewers in specific areas of the country – there is Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. Rogers also has a Sportsnet-branded radio station and a magazine.

The Score started out as a ticker service that provided sports scores, and Rogers said it intends to operate the channel as a headline news service. It also asked that the CRTC extend the channel's licence for another seven years.

"Rogers will invest the resources necessary to improve The Score so that it continues to meet the evolving news and information requirements and quality of service that Canada's sports enthusiasts expect of The Score's unique headline sports news service," its application states.

"We are committed to providing cable, IPTV and satellite customers with a leading source of sports news and information programming on the linear platform. We will thereby ensure that The Score continues to be a viewing destination for Canadians in an increasingly competitive environment where consumers are accessing comparable programming online and on their mobile devices."

In documents released by the CRTC Wednesday, Rogers outlines its plans for the network which it paid $138-million for in August. The public and its competitors will have the chance to respond to the filings. The CRTC could hold public hearings if there is enough feedback, ask that some portions of the deal be modified or simply approve the deal as proposed.

"Rogers is not seeking to change the nature of service of The Score," it said. "[Rogers] is committed to growing and developing The Score's distinct programming voice as a key element of our group of succe ssful sports programming services. Operating a headline sports news service will fit seamlessly into our current mix of sports specialty services."

The television station has been operating under a trustee since the deal was announced in August, although Rogers technically own the channel. If the deal is rejected, the trustee would need to find a new buyer. The 10 per cent of the company that Rogers did not buy is now operating as a standalone company called Score Digital, which will focus on developing mobile apps.

Any broadcasting takeover in Canada requires that the buyer direct 10 per cent of the value of the deal toward initiatives that strengthen the country's broadcast industry. Rogers has proposed spending $10-million over five years to create what it would call the Sportsnet Winter Games, which would be produced by a third-party for the network.

"The Sportsnet Winter Games will bring together the best athletes in Canadian winter action sports each year to compete for medals and top prizes in skiing, snowboarding, skating and snowmobiling among other extreme winter sports. The event is designed to take place in a different region of the country each year in order to showcase and celebrate the distinct regional nature of our national shared experience: winter," the application states.

It also proposes creating digital media production scholarships and spending almost $5-million on the Sportsnet Amateur Sports Initiative devoted to the development and independent production of Canadian amateur sports programs, such as the Tour of Alberta (cycling), Canadian men's and women's basketball and women's hockey, which are not currently broadcast on Canadian sports channels."


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/rogers-wants-crtc-to-ease-score-licence-rules/article7408509/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/rogers-wants-crtc-to-ease-score-licence-rules/article7408509/)
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on February 08, 2013, 05:16:38 PM
Changes at TSN Radio!

Cybulski is out and Dave Naylor is in from 4-7. Radio veteran Bob Mackowycz takes over the late morning slot from 9-12. There will also be some new simulcasting on TSN2.

http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/tsn-radio-changes-offical/16248 (http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/tsn-radio-changes-offical/16248)

Looks like 1050's trying to shake things up with dismal ratings compared to the FAN 590.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Zee on February 08, 2013, 05:23:57 PM
Quote from: Justin on February 08, 2013, 05:16:38 PM
Changes at TSN Radio!

Cybulski is out and Dave Naylor is in from 4-7. Radio veteran Bob Mackowycz takes over the late morning slot from 9-12. There will also be some new simulcasting on TSN2.

http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/tsn-radio-changes-offical/16248 (http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/tsn-radio-changes-offical/16248)

Looks like 1050's trying to shake things up with dismal ratings compared to the FAN 590.

They have dismal ratings?  I find myself listening to TSN1050 far more often than the Fan.  I like the Leafs lunch show with Bryan Hayes and Jamie McLennan.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 08, 2013, 05:29:24 PM
they'd have better ratings if their signal reached further north than Steeles Ave.

>:(
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: louisstamos on February 08, 2013, 05:29:29 PM
Quote from: Zee on February 08, 2013, 05:23:57 PM
Quote from: Justin on February 08, 2013, 05:16:38 PM
Changes at TSN Radio!

Cybulski is out and Dave Naylor is in from 4-7. Radio veteran Bob Mackowycz takes over the late morning slot from 9-12. There will also be some new simulcasting on TSN2.

http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/tsn-radio-changes-offical/16248 (http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/tsn-radio-changes-offical/16248)

Looks like 1050's trying to shake things up with dismal ratings compared to the FAN 590.

They have dismal ratings?  I find myself listening to TSN1050 far more often than the Fan.  I like the Leafs lunch show with Bryan Hayes and Jamie McLennan.

Ditto here...but that being said, Bob Mackowycz was head over heels better than Cybulski, and was really carrying that show.  Upset that he's not part of the drive home anymore, but glad he still has his own show.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: mc on February 08, 2013, 11:48:35 PM
I too find myself listening to 1050. Cybulski needed to be replaced. Thats a prime time spot at 4-7 and when you are competing with Bob McCowan, you need a high profile guy in there. Cybulski can compete with Tim and Sid. Not McCowan.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on February 09, 2013, 12:54:29 AM
Bryan Hayes is the only host I listen to on the station. He's a young guy and knows his stuff. Mccown's more of a baseball-football guy, Brady's a hockey guy and Lang is a football guy, Blair is a baseball guy, etc. etc. But Bryan Hayes? He's an all-around expert on all sports. Good voice and entertaining style too. I think he's a star in the making - he'll be with ESPN one day. Easily my 2nd favourite show behind PTS.

Mike Richards is just awful, Scott MacArthur was meh, and Mccown rules 4-7. I'm not a huge fan of Jeff Blair so I'm very glad they have Mackowycz that time slot.

And yeah, TSN 1050's ratings are awful. Here's the market share comparison in the key 25-54 male demographic for the fall ratings:

Brady/Lang 8.0
Richards 1.0

Blair 7.0
Dan Patrick/Scott MacArthur 1.2

Hockey Central @ Noon 8.4
Blue Lunch 1.7

Tim & Sid 8.3
Hayes 1.4

McCown 11.3
Cybulski 0.9
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on February 09, 2013, 01:25:22 AM
Quote from: Justin on February 09, 2013, 12:54:29 AM
Bryan Hayes is the only host I listen to on the station. He's a young guy and knows his stuff. Mccown's more of a baseball-football guy, Brady's a hockey guy and Lang is a football guy, Blair is a baseball guy, etc. etc. But Bryan Hayes? He's an all-around expert on all sports. Good voice and entertaining style too. I think he's a star in the making - he'll be with ESPN one day. Easily my 2nd favourite show behind PTS.

Mike Richards is just awful, Scott MacArthur was meh, and Mccown rules 4-7. I'm not a huge fan of Jeff Blair so I'm very glad they have Mackowycz that time slot.

And yeah, TSN 1050's ratings are awful. Here's the market share comparison in the key 25-54 male demographic for the fall ratings:

Brady/Lang 8.0
Richards 1.0

Blair 7.0
Dan Patrick/Scott MacArthur 1.2

Hockey Central @ Noon 8.4
Blue Lunch 1.7

Tim & Sid 8.3
Hayes 1.4

McCown 11.3
Cybulski 0.9

Completely agree with you about Hayes. He's also my favourite after Bobcat. He doesn't talk a lot of non-sense or is overly negative like a lot of the other radio personalities in this city.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Peter D. on February 09, 2013, 01:29:50 AM
Geez...I didn't realize the discrepancy in ratings was that huge.

Glad Cybulski is gone. Way too immature and frat boyish to want to stay tuned in. I personally don't see the fascination with Mackowycz and I can't bear listening to him, so I am surprised he got his own show. Thankfully it's at a time I never listen to the radio.

I thoroughly enjoy Jim Tatti and Mike Hogan on TSN1050, but beyond that they have given me no reason to convert over to them (I have only caught Hayes' show for 10 minutes at a time). In fact, TSN radio has even turned me off from Bob McKenzie.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on February 09, 2013, 11:29:20 AM
Quote from: dappleganger on February 09, 2013, 01:25:22 AM

Completely agree with you about Hayes. He's also my favourite after Bobcat. He doesn't talk a lot of non-sense or is overly negative like a lot of the other radio personalities in this city.

Brian Hayes... the guy who wouldn't stop talking about buying out Grabovski? 

Honestly, would be nice if one of these stations would hire a host who has a solid knowledge of hockey, isn't a closet Leafs hater and could have insightful debates about the team with others.  Really haven't heard much of any of that on either station in a very long time. 
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on February 09, 2013, 11:31:40 AM
Quote from: Peter D. on February 09, 2013, 01:29:50 AM
Geez...I didn't realize the discrepancy in ratings was that huge.

Glad Cybulski is gone. Way too immature and frat boyish to want to stay tuned in. I personally don't see the fascination with Mackowycz and I can't bear listening to him, so I am surprised he got his own show. Thankfully it's at a time I never listen to the radio.


Same here.  I like Mackowycz even less than C-BALLS too.  Found him really caustic and just brutally harsh on the Leafs, usually making up facts to sell some bizarre point against them, a la Steve Simmons.  Just a calmer version of that idiot. 
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Zee on February 09, 2013, 05:57:19 PM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on February 08, 2013, 05:29:24 PM
they'd have better ratings if their signal reached further north than Steeles Ave.

>:(

I stream it over the internet. Not sure how they account for those listeners.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Deebo on February 09, 2013, 06:21:18 PM
Cybulski and co. was brutal
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 09, 2013, 06:34:36 PM
Quote from: Zee on February 09, 2013, 05:57:19 PM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on February 08, 2013, 05:29:24 PM
they'd have better ratings if their signal reached further north than Steeles Ave.

>:(

I stream it over the internet. Not sure how they account for those listeners.

I only listen to the radio in the car or when I'm out on  my Internet-less walk though
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Sarge on February 09, 2013, 06:39:26 PM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on February 09, 2013, 06:34:36 PM
Quote from: Zee on February 09, 2013, 05:57:19 PM
Quote from: LittleHockeyFan on February 08, 2013, 05:29:24 PM
they'd have better ratings if their signal reached further north than Steeles Ave.

>:(

I stream it over the internet. Not sure how they account for those listeners.

I only listen to the radio in the car or when I'm out on  my Internet-less walk though

Same, LHF... and I agree. I really don't understand why they chose to keep their signal is so weak.

Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on February 19, 2013, 12:32:42 PM
Has anyone else heard these "songs" that Mike Richards on TSN radio has made up for each of his regular guests?  Up until last week I had only heard the one he did for Pierre McGuire. I just heard the ones he's done for Steve Simmons and a few of the others ... all plays off some famous song where he sings new lyrics.  Oh my god what an incredible pile of cheeseball, horribly done crap they are. They are agonizing to listen to. No wonder this guy has terrible ratings - he was cool in the 80's I guess. 

not only do you have to listen to his horrible songs, you have to listen to Steve Simmons right after... channel: changed.

On another note, James Cybulski has quit TSN, apparently taking some new gig on the west coast. 
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Zee on February 19, 2013, 02:10:41 PM
Quote from: Corn Flake on February 19, 2013, 12:32:42 PM
Has anyone else heard these "songs" that Mike Richards on TSN radio has made up for each of his regular guests?  Up until last week I had only heard the one he did for Pierre McGuire. I just heard the ones he's done for Steve Simmons and a few of the others ... all plays off some famous song where he sings new lyrics.  Oh my god what an incredible pile of cheeseball, horribly done crap they are. They are agonizing to listen to. No wonder this guy has terrible ratings - he was cool in the 80's I guess. 

not only do you have to listen to his horrible songs, you have to listen to Steve Simmons right after... channel: changed.

On another note, James Cybulski has quit TSN, apparently taking some new gig on the west coast.

Steve Simmons song is the Springstreen "Streets of Philadelphia".

I was reading Steve Simmons
Cause I like what he writes
I read his blog by myself at night
I saw his reflection on my tv screen on Sunday morning
It's not enough I need me more Steve Simmons

or something like that...LOL

He also has a Dreger one from the Metallica song "Sad But True"
Don't remember the lyrics for this. :(
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on February 19, 2013, 02:40:43 PM
Quote from: Zee on February 19, 2013, 02:10:41 PM
Don't remember the lyrics for this. :(

Oh. Darn.

:o

they are all just awful.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on February 19, 2013, 03:16:35 PM
I generally drive to work in the morning with the radio off these days (unless I have left in on the night before after listening to Prime Time Sports). On the rare mornings when I want to catch up on scores from the night before I may have missed, Brady quickly reminds me of why I gave up on the FAN in the mornings and off the radio goes.

I didn't realize the disparity in the ratings either. I tried switching over to Richards for a while, but couldn't really stomach him, either.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on February 19, 2013, 03:26:18 PM
Mike Richards is just awful. Easily the worst host on sports radio right now on weekdays. I can't believe TSN plucked this guy out of Calgary and made him the centerpiece of their new sports radio station ::).

He's Andrew Krystal 2.0, only a matter of months until TSN pulls the plug.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Zee on February 19, 2013, 03:32:28 PM
Quote from: Justin on February 19, 2013, 03:26:18 PM
Mike Richards is just awful. Easily the worst host on sports radio right now on weekdays. I can't believe TSN plucked this guy out of Calgary and made him the centerpiece of their new sports radio station ::).

He's Andrew Krystal 2.0, only a matter of months until TSN pulls the plug.

I like the bits he does in the mornings, I think they're funny.  Recently they had that NFL films thing before the Superbowl it was hilarious.  When they bring on Victor Newman to tell him to shut the hell up it makes me laugh too.  I don't mind him at all.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on February 19, 2013, 03:54:19 PM
Quote from: Justin on February 19, 2013, 03:26:18 PM
Mike Richards is just awful. Easily the worst host on sports radio right now on weekdays. I can't believe TSN plucked this guy out of Calgary and made him the centerpiece of their new sports radio station ::).

He's Andrew Krystal 2.0, only a matter of months until TSN pulls the plug.

he had huge ratings in Calgary. That's why they signed him.  Clearly it hasn't translated in Toronto. 

I don't mind his interviews, some of his jokes are ok.. just when he "tries" to be cool, he's the opposite.  Those theme songs are the worst. 

Krystal? Well nobody is that far gone. 

Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on February 19, 2013, 04:01:43 PM
Quote from: Derk on February 19, 2013, 03:16:35 PM
Brady quickly reminds me of why I gave up on the FAN in the mornings and off the radio goes.

he's just so caustic all the time, even though he tries to put it off as being jokingly sarcastic.  Miserable sod.

Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Nik on February 19, 2013, 04:07:08 PM
Quote from: Corn Flake on February 19, 2013, 03:54:19 PM
he had huge ratings in Calgary. That's why they signed him.  Clearly it hasn't translated in Toronto. 

I'm not much of a sports radio person but I was watching TSN this weekend and there were a lot of ads for his show and, I don't know, the thing that really struck me is that there was all this "You ain't never seen a sports talk radio show like this before" and lines that, I assume, were meant to be clever and not once did they actually explain to me what, if anything, this guy said or did with the format that were supposed to be interesting.

They just presented him as a loud-mouthed middle aged guy which, frankly, represents 99% of what sports talk radio is.

The sad thing is that I think that TSN, if they wanted, could actually carve out a niche for themselves by being less stupid than what audiences have come to expect and actually present things in an interesting way. As is it seems they're content just to be The Fan-lite.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on February 19, 2013, 04:31:34 PM
Quote from: Nik Gida on February 19, 2013, 04:07:08 PM
They just presented him as a loud-mouthed middle aged guy which, frankly, represents 99% of what sports talk radio is.

yep and that's all he is, with the exception that he's more borderline homophobic, sexist and generally just a filthy middle aged man than the average host. 

Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Justin on February 19, 2013, 05:21:53 PM
Quote from: Zee on February 19, 2013, 03:32:28 PM
Quote from: Justin on February 19, 2013, 03:26:18 PM
Mike Richards is just awful. Easily the worst host on sports radio right now on weekdays. I can't believe TSN plucked this guy out of Calgary and made him the centerpiece of their new sports radio station ::).

He's Andrew Krystal 2.0, only a matter of months until TSN pulls the plug.

I like the bits he does in the mornings, I think they're funny.  Recently they had that NFL films thing before the Superbowl it was hilarious.  When they bring on Victor Newman to tell him to shut the hell up it makes me laugh too.  I don't mind him at all.
The Victor Newman impression is probably the only thing I've ever enjoyed on that show.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: iwas11in67 on February 19, 2013, 06:28:21 PM
I prefer him to Brady and Lang. I see them as unlistenable.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: KoHo on June 17, 2013, 05:25:44 PM
Wasn't sure where else to post this but this thread seems (slightly) relevant. Popular 102.1 morning show host Dean Blundell made jokes on the air on Friday that playing in Edmonton must be so bad that it lead to Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss jumping into a river.

(Aside - a very sad story. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Family+friends+teammates+mourn+Oilers/8532253/story.html (http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Family+friends+teammates+mourn+Oilers/8532253/story.html))

This lead to Steve Simmons losing his shite at Dean Blundell on twitter:

@simmonssteve
Quote
What a stupid man @deanblundell is.  The death of a young man, Kristians Pelss, is no one's comedy. #idiot.

@simmonssteve
Quote
Sorry it's @ItsDeanBlundell who should be ashamed. Not @deanblundell
Sorry for the error. But rather disgusted by this.

@ItsDeanBlundell
Quote
@simmonssteve I'm the guy Steve.   Always accountable unlike you. Write more self promoting garbage and coach kids hockey you dipstick.

That reply led to this: https://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/346050588770967552 (https://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/346050588770967552)

I'm refraining from posting the actual tweet because of the forum's automatic censors. But yeah...click the link. This is right up there with Simmons getting publicly destroyed by Dana White and getting humiliated by Burke at his final press conference. He gets himself into the best situations.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: oakl0008 on June 17, 2013, 07:50:29 PM
Thanks for posting the Simmons-Blundell exchange KoHo.

As absolutely wrong as Blundell`s words on Kristans Pelss (RIP) and the Oilers were, Simmons managed to make himself look just as bad with his profanity laced tirade in that last bit. Think Simmons think! You`re supposed to be a pro dude! A cautionary tale to not tweet while fuming!  :o

In some dumb way I kind of wish it were Damien Cox that pulled this so people can bring it up every time he insults a fan or player.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on June 18, 2013, 10:55:27 AM
The all great and powerful Bruce Arthur chimed in on the Blundell thing, performing his standard judge, jury and executioner act he does in all things he comments on.  If you search it you will find it.  he tries to help out his little buddy Simmons with his mystical powers. 

I was listening the morning Blundell told that joke and it was far more pointed at Edmonton than it was laughing about the kid killing himself.  I didn't think it was that bad at all, really. 

Some of these sports media guys are incredibly over the top with their reactions, especially on twitter. They act like they are some sort of perfect symbol of humanity and never say anything in error. 
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: KoHo on June 18, 2013, 04:02:03 PM
I sent out a tweet saying "@bruce_arthur It's a shame 102.1 replaced Toronto radio legends @HumbleFredRadio with...err...@ItsDeanBlundell" and got a barrage of hate from Blundell's loyal twitter army.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: KoHo on September 09, 2013, 04:41:06 PM
Jim Lang has been let go by the FAN 590 as their morning show co-host.

I guess the ratings weren't satisfactory to the suits but they cut ties with a good guy in Lang. Thought he did a good job on the morning show after bouncing around Sportsnet doing various things for years. Him and Brady were way better than the old duo of Landy and Stellick, and both of those pairs were miles ahead of the putrid Andrew Krystal experiment.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on September 10, 2013, 01:27:31 PM
Quote from: KoHo on September 09, 2013, 04:41:06 PM
Jim Lang has been let go by the FAN 590 as their morning show co-host.

I guess the ratings weren't satisfactory to the suits but they cut ties with a good guy in Lang. Thought he did a good job on the morning show after bouncing around Sportsnet doing various things for years. Him and Brady were way better than the old duo of Landy and Stellick, and both of those pairs were miles ahead of the putrid Andrew Krystal experiment.

I think they got rid of the wrong guy.  Lang asked interviewees questions in a way that made him sound like the male version of a stereotypical dumb blonde, but Brady is just so over the top with the critical opinions, holier than though opinions and slime level sarcasm... not to mention that the I'I'I'ummmmm I'I'I'I uuuuuhhhhh radio 101 mistakes.  If their ratings did fall (they were quite high last I had heard) then it's not Lang's fault for sure.

I thought Landry and Stellick were great.  Best part was they never took themselves seriously at all, had a lot of fun and were actually able to conduct some great interviews.  Something that is the polar opposite of almost every single sports radio host on air in Toronto right now.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Corn Flake on September 10, 2013, 01:28:04 PM
Quote from: KoHo on June 18, 2013, 04:02:03 PM
I sent out a tweet saying "@bruce_arthur It's a shame 102.1 replaced Toronto radio legends @HumbleFredRadio with...err...@ItsDeanBlundell" and got a barrage of hate from Blundell's loyal twitter army.

Then you deserved what you got for siding with Bruce Arthur.  8) :o
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Darryl on September 10, 2013, 09:47:38 PM
ESPN AM980 Tony Kornheiser show. First thing I listen to each day on my podcast at work. Hello to any fellow littles. Got my TK sticker last June.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Peter D. on January 20, 2015, 01:46:06 PM
Some pretty significant changes coming to the Fan590.

The biggest of all being that they hired Dean Blundell to host the morning show alongside Andrew Walker.  That bumps Greg Brady to Tim and Sid's timeslot, who are slated to transition to TV full time. 

Blundell was an a-hole on the Edge, but I heard him co-host on the Fan one time with Gerry Dee and thought he was very good.  But my guess the idea of Blundell alone will turn listeners away.

Don't get the motive behind Tim and Sid being exclusively on TV.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Deebo on January 20, 2015, 04:50:37 PM
Rogers is making some more changes to their sports broadcasting line ups. Dean Blundell will be taking over in the morning. Brady moves to Tim & Sid's spot who are moving to TV from 5PM - 7PM.

I can't believe they'd put Dean Blundell back on the radio
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Andy on January 20, 2015, 05:16:08 PM
Quote from: Deebo on January 20, 2015, 04:50:37 PM
Rogers is making some more changes to their sports broadcasting line ups. Dean Blundell will be taking over in the morning. Brady moves to Tim & Sid's spot who are moving to TV from 5PM - 7PM.

I can't believe they'd put Dean Blundell back on the radio

Ugh Blundell. Ugh Brady in the afternoon. And the Fan's single decent show, Tim and Sid, only on t.v? Good one Fan.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on January 20, 2015, 05:28:45 PM
I only caught Tim and Sid a few times but I feel that I can safely say that I passionately hated it.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Andy on January 20, 2015, 05:54:40 PM
Quote from: Potvin29 on January 20, 2015, 05:28:45 PM
I only caught Tim and Sid a few times but I feel that I can safely say that I passionately hated it.

Eh well I've always found them pretty entertaining. They are about the only guys on that station who actually talk about different sports and not just Leafs, Leafs, Leafs with a bit of Jays and a dab of Raptors.

McCowan is alright as well but he doesn't seem to have much in the way of basic hockey and baseball knowledge. I miss Fergie Oliver.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on January 20, 2015, 05:58:58 PM
I don't listen to the radio much (It's the 21st century, I read Hope_Smoke's tweets), but I follow both Brady and Walker on twitter and while I don't always agree with them they seem like intelligent hockey folk. They also seem to have really good chemistry. Unfortunate that that's being broken up.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: pmrules on January 20, 2015, 06:07:40 PM
Quote from: Andy007 on January 20, 2015, 05:54:40 PM
Quote from: Potvin29 on January 20, 2015, 05:28:45 PM
I only caught Tim and Sid a few times but I feel that I can safely say that I passionately hated it.

Eh well I've always found them pretty entertaining. They are about the only guys on that station who actually talk about different sports and not just Leafs, Leafs, Leafs with a bit of Jays and a dab of Raptors.

McCowan is alright as well but he doesn't seem to have much in the way of basic hockey and baseball knowledge. I miss Fergie Oliver.

Agreed, they are by far the most entertaining thing on the radio these days.  Also really honest on the current state of the toronto teams regardless of who their bosses are.

Congrats to Tim and Sid on the move on up!
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Potvin29 on January 21, 2015, 09:58:18 AM
Quote from: Andy007 on January 20, 2015, 05:54:40 PM
Quote from: Potvin29 on January 20, 2015, 05:28:45 PM
I only caught Tim and Sid a few times but I feel that I can safely say that I passionately hated it.

Eh well I've always found them pretty entertaining. They are about the only guys on that station who actually talk about different sports and not just Leafs, Leafs, Leafs with a bit of Jays and a dab of Raptors.

McCowan is alright as well but he doesn't seem to have much in the way of basic hockey and baseball knowledge. I miss Fergie Oliver.

Fair enough - we don't all have to like the same stuff!
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on January 21, 2015, 10:01:33 AM
Quote from: Andy007 on January 20, 2015, 05:54:40 PMI miss Fergie Olver.

Words I never imagined I'd read.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Andy on January 21, 2015, 10:17:56 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on January 21, 2015, 10:01:33 AM
Quote from: Andy007 on January 20, 2015, 05:54:40 PMI miss Fergie Olver.

Words I never imagined I'd read.

It was in jest ;)

What was that show he hosted? I remember watching that all the time as a kid.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on January 21, 2015, 10:22:11 AM
Quote from: Andy007 on January 21, 2015, 10:17:56 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on January 21, 2015, 10:01:33 AM
Quote from: Andy007 on January 20, 2015, 05:54:40 PMI miss Fergie Olver.

Words I never imagined I'd read.

It was in jest ;)

What was that show he hosted? I remember watching that all the time as a kid.

The show where he used to creepily try to get little girls to kiss him?  Just Like Mom.

Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Andy on January 21, 2015, 11:48:06 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on January 21, 2015, 10:22:11 AM
Quote from: Andy007 on January 21, 2015, 10:17:56 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on January 21, 2015, 10:01:33 AM
Quote from: Andy007 on January 20, 2015, 05:54:40 PMI miss Fergie Olver.

Words I never imagined I'd read.

It was in jest ;)

What was that show he hosted? I remember watching that all the time as a kid.

The show where he used to creepily try to get little girls to kiss him?  Just Like Mom.



Just like Mom!  Yes!

He was a total creep.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Captain Canuck on January 21, 2015, 08:05:44 PM
Quote from: Peter D. on January 20, 2015, 01:46:06 PM
Some pretty significant changes coming to the Fan590.

The biggest of all being that they hired Dean Blundell to host the morning show alongside Andrew Walker.  That bumps Greg Brady to Tim and Sid's timeslot, who are slated to transition to TV full time. 

Blundell was an a-hole on the Edge, but I heard him co-host on the Fan one time with Gerry Dee and thought he was very good.  But my guess the idea of Blundell alone will turn listeners away.

Don't get the motive behind Tim and Sid being exclusively on TV.

You can count me as one of those who has no interest in listening to Blundell do sports, as I tired of his juvenile humour long ago on the Edge.
In some ways it is like Strombo doing HNIC.
I will say both men are very good at their schtick, but they both have no business in sports media, nor do I care what they have to say on sports-related matters.
Dean go back to poop jokes and George go back to more intellectual matters.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on April 13, 2015, 10:48:31 PM
I can't understand what compelled somebody in charge to give Dean Blundell a sports radio morning show.  He isn't funny and he isn't particularly knowledgeable or insightful about sports.  I really have no idea what talents he's supposed to be bringing to the table.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Peter D. on April 14, 2015, 12:54:00 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on April 13, 2015, 10:48:31 PM
I can't understand what compelled somebody in charge to give Dean Blundell a sports radio morning show.  He isn't funny and he isn't particularly knowledgeable or insightful about sports.  I really have no idea what talents he's supposed to be bringing to the table.

He's "hip" and will bring in the younger crowd. Exactly the type of characteristic Rogers likes when handing out their high profiled sports media positions.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Nik on April 14, 2015, 10:32:22 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on April 13, 2015, 10:48:31 PM
I can't understand what compelled somebody in charge to give Dean Blundell a sports radio morning show.  He isn't funny and he isn't particularly knowledgeable or insightful about sports.  I really have no idea what talents he's supposed to be bringing to the table.

How many hires do you think our local sports radio stations make based on people being especially insightful?
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on April 17, 2015, 07:22:41 AM
I stopped listening to sports talk in the morning for a few weeks. Blundell didn't really do anything for me, but I found "George Who?" to be particularly annoying - what is it with sports talk that requires these contentious loudmouths? Walker was another that I found particularly grating (but have to admit having him paired with Brady worked, because they sort of offset each other). Listening to Brady pick on Lang was just sad.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Nik on September 16, 2015, 01:35:41 PM

McCown looking for new Co-host (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/bob-mccown-looking-for-new-prime-time-co-host/article26376042/)

I thought this article was worth a look to see just how petty grown men can be. It's a little disappointing as Stephen Brunt was one of the genuinely few sports talk guys who was, well, not a moron and I liked hearing him talk about a wider range of stuff than just the Blue Jays.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on September 22, 2015, 08:50:40 AM
Quote from: Nik the Trik on September 16, 2015, 01:35:41 PM

McCown looking for new Co-host (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/bob-mccown-looking-for-new-prime-time-co-host/article26376042/)

I thought this article was worth a look to see just how petty grown men can be. It's a little disappointing as Stephen Brunt was one of the genuinely few sports talk guys who was, well, not a moron and I liked hearing him talk about a wider range of stuff than just the Blue Jays.

Me too.  I'll listen to Steven Brunt talk about any sports, whether I'm otherwise interested in them about them or not.  The good news is you can now catch him daily on 590 from 9-11am as co-host of the Jeff Blair show.  That's in improvement for me, because I'd only intermittently be able to catch him on Prime Time.  Now I can hear him daily.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: L K on September 22, 2015, 11:56:36 AM
Quote from: Nik the Trik on September 16, 2015, 01:35:41 PM

McCown looking for new Co-host (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/bob-mccown-looking-for-new-prime-time-co-host/article26376042/)

I thought this article was worth a look to see just how petty grown men can be. It's a little disappointing as Stephen Brunt was one of the genuinely few sports talk guys who was, well, not a moron and I liked hearing him talk about a wider range of stuff than just the Blue Jays.

Is McCown even relevant anymore.  I mean I know he likes to talk about things other than hockey which was nice but I find that far too often he's condescending about most things unless he's actively interviewing when he becomes a suck-up until they are off the air.  I don't always want to listen to Tim&Sid style broadcasting because I find it's sometimes too loud and feels like I'm listening to a US disc jockey but McCown's show was always valuable to me because of guys like Brunt.  When he has some of his other regulars it seems like a pretty mediocre/bad show.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Nik on September 22, 2015, 02:45:09 PM
Quote from: L K on September 22, 2015, 11:56:36 AM
Is McCown even relevant anymore.  I mean I know he likes to talk about things other than hockey which was nice but I find that far too often he's condescending about most things unless he's actively interviewing when he becomes a suck-up until they are off the air.  I don't always want to listen to Tim&Sid style broadcasting because I find it's sometimes too loud and feels like I'm listening to a US disc jockey but McCown's show was always valuable to me because of guys like Brunt.  When he has some of his other regulars it seems like a pretty mediocre/bad show.

I still think there are some reasonably bright people who are on his show from time to time. Friedman and Grange spring to mind. Also, I think he deserves some credit for taking an active interest in the issues in sports beyond "So who's got the best defense in the league?" but I don't care much for him individually.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Derk on February 22, 2016, 11:41:26 AM
Anyone know why the FAN was playing US sports talk last night while the Raptors game was on? I was driving home and found myself hearing a bunch of american radio ads and was wondering what was going on.

I know Rogers has cut some staff recently (Brady and Sammut among them) and I immediately wondered if this had anything to do with the lack of programming. I can see having this kind of programming on the overnight slot, but at 7pm on a Sunday? Guess not many people listen at that time.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: seahawk on February 09, 2017, 09:02:07 PM
Probably has been posted elsewhere here, but Blundell is out.

http://www.therecord.com/sports-story/7111472-dean-blundell-axed-in-590-the-fan-morning-show-reboot/
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Dappleganger on September 29, 2021, 01:47:35 PM
Changes coming to the Sporstnet 590, 650, 960 Radio stations. To be continued....

590 Changes:

https://twitter.com/SportsnetPR/status/1443266979574452225?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on November 03, 2021, 09:05:09 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on September 29, 2021, 01:47:35 PM
Changes coming to the Sporstnet 590, 650, 960 Radio stations. To be continued....

590 Changes:

https://twitter.com/SportsnetPR/status/1443266979574452225?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
It's astonishing to me that people in charge thought that Kypreos would be an upgrade over literally anybody as the co-host of a radio show.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on November 03, 2021, 09:11:56 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on November 03, 2021, 09:05:09 AM
It's astonishing to me that people in charge thought that Kypreos would be an upgrade over literally anybody as the co-host of a radio show.

Clearly none of these people had watched his youtube show/podcast he did after getting let go.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Guilt Trip on November 03, 2021, 10:28:23 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on November 03, 2021, 09:05:09 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on September 29, 2021, 01:47:35 PM
Changes coming to the Sporstnet 590, 650, 960 Radio stations. To be continued....

590 Changes:

https://twitter.com/SportsnetPR/status/1443266979574452225?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
It's astonishing to me that people in charge thought that Kypreos would be an upgrade over literally anybody as the co-host of a radio show.
Not the biggest fan of Kypreos but I do like Justin Bourne. He can break down plays etc very well.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on November 03, 2021, 11:25:21 AM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on November 03, 2021, 10:28:23 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on November 03, 2021, 09:05:09 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on September 29, 2021, 01:47:35 PM
Changes coming to the Sporstnet 590, 650, 960 Radio stations. To be continued....

590 Changes:

https://twitter.com/SportsnetPR/status/1443266979574452225?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
It's astonishing to me that people in charge thought that Kypreos would be an upgrade over literally anybody as the co-host of a radio show.
Not the biggest fan of Kypreos but I do like Justin Bourne. He can break down plays etc very well.
Oh, I like Bourne, too. It's a shame who he's saddled with.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Bender on November 03, 2021, 12:29:34 PM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on November 03, 2021, 11:25:21 AM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on November 03, 2021, 10:28:23 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on November 03, 2021, 09:05:09 AM
Quote from: Dappleganger on September 29, 2021, 01:47:35 PM
Changes coming to the Sporstnet 590, 650, 960 Radio stations. To be continued....

590 Changes:

https://twitter.com/SportsnetPR/status/1443266979574452225?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
It's astonishing to me that people in charge thought that Kypreos would be an upgrade over literally anybody as the co-host of a radio show.
Not the biggest fan of Kypreos but I do like Justin Bourne. He can break down plays etc very well.
Oh, I like Bourne, too. It's a shame who he's saddled with.

Am I the only one who doesn't hate Nik Kypreos? I listened to a few shows and it really isn't bad. I can think of many people who are worse, and I got super tired of Good Show with JD coming up with whatever annoying theory he had of the day (which changed depending on if the Leafs won or lost) while Ennis just sat there and took it.
Title: Re: Sports Talk Radio Thread
Post by: Joe on November 03, 2021, 08:16:09 PM
Kypreos is fine as a guest on someone's show for a 10-15 min segment, but to carry his own show? No thanks.