Discussion in 'Fugu's Business of Hockey Forum' started by AllByDesign, Feb 17, 2011.
Mike Richards will host their morning show. He was working for The Fan 960 (Sportsnet Radio) before.
The sports broadcasting war between CTV and Rogers are going to be very interesting.
it's bell vs rogers now.
bell is in the process of buying CTVGlobeMedia (though thompson will keep the globe).
My guess is that TSN radio will source content from the TEAM network as well (CHUM, owned by CTVGlobeMedia), which includes sports radio stations in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver.
edit: yeah, it seems i'm right. The plan is launch a new flagship in toronto, and rebrand the existing chum sports radio stations.
The TSN name will do well in toronto, but the TEAM brand is strong in Ottawa (the flagship), Vancouver, and Montreal. I dont know if i'd be happy with the name change in Ottawa or Montreal.
One thing to consider is content. Yeah, sports talk is good for the morning hours, but most of the live content is locked up in toronto. 20 argos games isnt going to cut it. It will take time before TSN can bid on those contracts, and until then the station will be irrelevant in the evenings.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes them to get the needed content.
this is a good sign though. Not sure if ESPN had any programs on other toronto stations, but exclusivity for some of their flagship programs, especially rome, will help this new station. I also wonder whether this will mean no more ESPN radio MLB broadcasts for the FAN.
Fantastic, I just hope they talk hockey at different times, so I can change the dial when one blinks and starts talking BBall or Baseball.
FAN does broadcast ESPN overnight, but I don't see a Richards + ESPN Radio simulcast translating well for TSN.
With tsn inking a deal with major league soccer and tour de france and they broadcasts every cfl game i don't think content will be much of a issue.
I doubt its just Richards and ESPN simulcast will be all they have. They have too many insiders and personalities to not have original afternoon and evening shows.
i was under the impression that TFC will stay with the FAN on the radio, and really how big of a draw is the tour de france on the radio.
on the other hand, the leafs may be available soon, which would be huge and pretty much guarantee the success of the station:
Globe and Mail - 2008
which would mean next year is the final year of the contract with AM640.
and then this:
my guess is that TSN and FAN would then be left to bid against each other for the new leafs contract, as early as this summer if AM640 forgo`s its final season.
I beleave tsn owns the national rights for toronto fc and vancouver so with that i would assume they could air the 24 games on tsn radio.
They own TV rights. not radio rights.
I hope it doesn't suck like the National radio station they tried back around 2001?
Here's the TSN Radio lineup per TSM:
Starting April 13:
Mike Richards in the am
Drive Home Show
Theyâ€™ve also added Argo football.
Lots of "meh" for a Toronto audience IMO. Patrick is the best American sports talk show, while Rome brings much-needed name recognition but outside of Richards making a run at TBD, FAN 590 has them owned. American sports talk doesn't talk hockey unless it's something earthshattering (i.e. Leimieux's comments or SC) and Toronto first and foremost is a hockey town; y'all live and die with the Leafs. About the only card they play semi-right is the Argos rights, but even that is an iffy asset.
I am looking forward to it ... let's hope it works well.
Are you sure i thought they did own tv /web and radio in short all platforms.
Dowbiggen says TSN are mulling putting Landsberg up against McCown in the afternoon.
I don't know about a dude from Calgary, I hope he doesn't talk about the Calgary flames all day or something because no one will care about the flames.
He is actually from Toronto but came to Calgary for 5 years. But now he is moving back to TO. Mike Richards is an ex-comedian from Toronto area.
OMG, the thought of soccer play-by-play on the radio boggles the mind. For some reason an aural image of radio commentary of paint drying comes to mind....
I understand essentially anyone against PTS is going to fail but having Michael Landsberg against Bobcat really isn't putting your best foot forward, very unlikeable personality who does bland interviews.
I'm trying to get hired. TSN is a tough cookie to crack.
Whichever is talking hockey, I'm there. It's great to have two choices. If MCown is talking about something besides hockey and the other station is talking hockey. I'd bet MCown loses the ratings race for that particular instance.
Simulcasting ESPN american sports programming? I don't know how well that would go over in Toronto. They will literally never, EVER talk about hockey.
Well that'll suck. Someone should open a just hockey station in Toronto.
I think a nhl station would do real well would a hockey station do well i am not sure toronto as a rule does not have a big appeal for anything but nhl.
Does anyone like Lansberg? The guy is pathetic and a terrible interviewer. PTS right now with McCown, Cox, Brunt etc. is very strong. I just wish they'd go back to 4-7.
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