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Andrew Krystal Dismissed From Sportsnet Fan 590

June 22nd, 2011 | by torontosportsmedia

The Andrew Krystal experiment at Sportsnet’s the Fan 590 has ended less than a year after it started. “Andrew is moving on to pursue other opportunities within Rogers and we wish him the very best” said Program Director Don Kollins. “A job posting will go up tomorrow for Andrew’s replacement” added Kollins. Although he didn’t say, I expect a summer of the Rog and co to fill in.

Krystal’s run in Toronto, his second, has been rocky from the get go. He is in his 3rd time slot since coming last July. Originally Krystal was slated in the old Bullpen slot, currently held by Jeff Blair. A few months after failing to find an audience in post morning drive and the Fan’s inability to lure a morning alternative, Krystal moved to mornings. Krystal struggled in that morning slot as well, first acting solo and then a failed attempt at co-hosted show with Jeremy Roenick and then later Greg Brady.

The morning gig only lasted 5 months and Krystal was pulled off of mornings in February. He returned to take the old Greg Brady slot (which became vaccant after Brady moved to mornings with Jim Lang), after hockey central to lead in to his buddy Bob McCown’s Prime Time Sports. Krystal was head to head with the only syndicated out of town day time show over at TSN Radio, The Dan Patrick show, the only show that showed a ratings competition with the Fan. It spoke volumes about Krystal’s inability to maintain an audience, given that Patrick is based in the USA and speaks 99% of the time about sports not played on ice.

I said this from the beginning, I don’t blame Andrew Krystal for this failure at the Fan 590. Krystal is a really bright guy, who knows talk radio. He never should have been put on an all sports radio station. He was set up to fail. Right from the beginning you could tell that he was a proverbial fish out of water. His questions and comments to those “in the game” only went so deep and it made for poor sports radio. He was at his best when he talked public issues, politics etc that crossed into the sports realm.

I can’t see Krystal on another currently owned Rogers station in Toronto. I can’t see him doing sports TV either. Where that lands him I have no idea. Personally, if I were running 640 Toronto I would grab him and put him up against McCown and Tory. I think he would do well there.

So, a little less than a year after Andrew Krystal returned to Toronto, the plug has been pulled. Let’s hope he resurfaces in a format more suitable to his immense talents.

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136 Comments

  1. Jays4ever says:

    Mike Richards is a boring self-promoter, TSN 1050 will crash and burn sooner than later, won’t be able to compete with Rogers Sportsnet FAN 590 which got Raptors,TFC and Blue Jays games.

  2. DanTheMan says:

    @ Steve, Thanks…Greg Millen does color commentary on both Rogers & Leafs TV…for fans who want a change…

    leafstv@mapleleafsports.com
    keith.pelley@rci.rogers.com
    scott.moore@rci.rogers.com

  3. Kenneth R Trew says:

    Don Kollnis has made more mistakes than any PD in radio history and his product now is unlistenable except for MC Cown. Kn

  4. ShaneBond says:

    Most appealing show on TSN 1050 is Brian Hayes show, both Mike Richards and Dan Patrick shows STINK, Cybulski & Company even BORING, Mike Hogan should be retired, TSN 1050 is getting rotten leftovers from FAN590.

  5. Hugh says:

    Hello everyone,

    As for Andrew Krystal, some big news is coming out next week, mid next week that is. He has a new job and it’s bigger than the Fan! Stay tuned and I will post the link to his news via this site here.

  6. Don Mandrie says:

    The notion that TSN radio will “bury” Sportsnet Radio anytime soon is laughable. TSN needs to go out of market. Why they didn’t bring Melnick in from Montreal is puzzling.

    Keith Pelley & Scott Moore are too sharp to allow Sportsnet Radio to become stagnant. But the work they have ahead of them to improve the TV side is almost staggering.

  7. torontosportsmedia says:

    Dantheman said “Are the June ratings out yet i would really like to know which shows on the FAN are actually doing better than the old ones?

    If you want an upgraded color man on Leafs Sportsnet broadcasts than the atrociously awful Greg Millen here’s the contacts @ ROBBERS to email. Like in the case of getting rid of Krystal they obviously listen and Greg Millen needs to go…

    keith.pelley@rci.rogers.com

    scott.moore@rci.rogers.com

    Ratings aren’t out yet.

  8. torontosportsmedia says:

    Jonathan said “I thought he was let go because he was such an a**hole on air! (I still remember the caller who phoned and managed to call him that over the air, before it could be bleeped! Made me laugh.) I’ve thought so ever since he ticked off Mary Ormsby in an interview last fall. Or maybe it was because he was such an a**hole on air that he couldn’t get an audience. Toma-to, to-mato… And yes, Dan Patrick was much better to listen to (plus giving us a break from the 24/7 hockey chatter.) It’s nice to hear Gord Stellick back on in his place for the afternoons.”

    He just never found an audience here.

  9. torontosportsmedia says:

    Steve said “@ DanTheMan. Greg “and I mean” Millen is employed by MLSE, not Rogers.”

    Forget who he writes for, do you like him or not?

  10. torontosportsmedia says:

    Dwayne R said “I enjoyed Krystal more than any of the other mundane, borimgly impartial, afraid to be interesting, sane old same old pablum that most of you seem to thrive on. I was disappointed when I heard Stellick back on afternoons. Nice guy (Gord), but not particularly interesting. You wanted lame radio Toronto..now you got it…YAWN”

    I enjoyed Krystal when he talked about non sports issues.

  11. torontosportsmedia says:

    Hugh said “Hello everyone,

    As for Andrew Krystal, some big news is coming out next week, mid next week that is. He has a new job and it’s bigger than the Fan! Stay tuned and I will post the link to his news via this site here.”

    Can’t wait

  12. Tweedinator says:

    The Fan will lose whatever national prominence it has to TSN Radio. The Fan and Sportsnet can simply not compete with the TSN personalities of Dreger, Mackenzie, Maquire etc.

    Nick Kypreos is a dimbulb and he’s their biggest star.

    Brady is an annoying, politically correct host that can rarely talk about topics that do not involve his “time in Detroit.”

    Even Richards is better.

  13. DanTheMan says:

    Pierre Maguire has left TSN and i won’t miss him.

    Hopefully Greg Millen and Greg Brady will be the next ones to get the hell off Toronto media.

    All 3 of these clowns gave a whole new meaning to the mute button.

  14. Hobbsnation says:

    well writen article. Andrew Crystal always turned me off something about his style didn;t make sense with all sports. But just to clarify, 640 is also owned by Rogers. TSN radio is really one of the only channels on the AM band not owned by Rogers. I think he will be good on 640. But he has beef with Charles Adler and he is on that station. It would piss of Adler because he said to Adler that he would vote for HITLER if he were conservative. Like to see how that plays out.

  15. torontosportsmedia says:

    Tweedinator said “The Fan will lose whatever national prominence it has to TSN Radio. The Fan and Sportsnet can simply not compete with the TSN personalities of Dreger, Mackenzie, Maquire etc.

    Nick Kypreos is a dimbulb and he’s their biggest star.

    Brady is an annoying, politically correct host that can rarely talk about topics that do not involve his “time in Detroit.”

    Even Richards is better.”

    How do you really feel?

    I think TSN has a decent shot at success if they stick it out during the lean times

  16. torontosportsmedia says:

    DanTheMan said “Pierre Maguire has left TSN and i won’t miss him.

    Hopefully Greg Millen and Greg Brady will be the next ones to get the hell off Toronto media.

    All 3 of these clowns gave a whole new meaning to the mute button.”

    Not happening.

  17. torontosportsmedia says:

    Hobbsnation said “well writen article. Andrew Crystal always turned me off something about his style didn;t make sense with all sports. But just to clarify, 640 is also owned by Rogers. TSN radio is really one of the only channels on the AM band not owned by Rogers. I think he will be good on 640. But he has beef with Charles Adler and he is on that station. It would piss of Adler because he said to Adler that he would vote for HITLER if he were conservative. Like to see how that plays out.”

    640 isn’t owned by Rogers.

  18. johns says:

    The Fan is nothing but a recycled depot for washed up radio personal. Norm Rumack is back, Stellick is back….who’s next? Hogan?. Eric Smith and Gord Stellick are not the answer. It’s the same old same old at the fan..BORING

  19. richie says:

    Glad its over! It was painful to listen to.

  20. Jarvis says:

    I never loved Krystal but I did just read this column on Huffington Post that mentions him a few times…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mike-gallay/national-anthem-sports_b_873564.html

    Pretty funny article. I don’t have a problem with the anthem but I see the author’s point. Krystal probably wouldn’t love the portrayal, or maybe he would, I dunno.

  21. DanTheMan says:

    Jeff Marek has left HNIC!

    Hope he goes back to the Watters show or 590.

    TSN radio blows as does their signal outside Toronto.

  22. Kenneth R Trew says:

    tsn radio doesn’t blow….just u do

  23. redheadfromtoronto says:

    I just got back from vacation and find that The FAN590 has, once again, made changes. Andrew Krystal is gone? Good. As a long-time female listener of the FAN590, I found him obnoxious, rude, vain, and extremely demeaning to women.
    It’s sad that he lost his job and that he’s been pushed around by the FAN590. That’s not his fault; that has to do with Don Kollins. I keep shaking my head with what he’s doing over there. It’s like he has no vision. And he keeps playing with the personalities and time slots like chess-pieces. I won’t even mention the use of the song “Fat Bottom Girls” as an intro and the number of times I have been vocal on the surveys.
    Well, let’s see what happens now. I like Gord Stellick; but, I would hate to see him bounced around now – again.

  24. Jonathan says:

    I heard Jack Armstrong being interviewed about the NBA on the Team 1050 yesterday! Does that mean he’s done doing commentary for the FAN? – Because if you are affiliated with TSN/ESPN you don’t go on the FAN these days. That’s why we don’t hear Pierre Maguire or Dan Shulman coming on there anymore. The FAN is becoming all Sportsnet personalities, all the time. I was regretting this when they started in 2003, when suddenly there was no more Vic Rauter co-hosting with Mike Hogan. But now, it’s really polarized between the networks.

  25. Bryan says:

    I hope they bring in Vendetta fulltime… I also miss Hogie so much it’s stupid. Will add that I loved Krystal, he was too smart for the sports talk radio…. I say he goes to the CBC

  26. joe e says:

    Never did like him. He was crude and always tried to provoke a fight with people. That is so lame.

  27. joe e says:

    yes as much as the fan changes it all goes back to years ago. Stellick is back on the same gig. How boring. I am sick of the fan. Looking for an alternative.

  28. krystal hater says:

    still waiting for the news on krystals new job!!!!!

  29. Biff Courtice says:

    it is a good thing AK is GONE!!!!! I stopped listening in the morning as he was the most rude person i have ever came across….Good for the FAN 590 and hope we NEVER hear from him again…He was NOT a sports guy to begin with….

  30. Kevin says:

    TSN 1050 Can’t compete with FAN590 as Rogers Media owns over 100 Radio and Television channels across the country and also owns the rights to broadcast Raptors and Bluejays games if TSN 1050 does not generate enough revenue then it will be taken off the air, simple as that.

  31. Darrell says:

    I was never a fan of Krystal; but I do remember when he was on the 9-12 PM slot & blasting men for watching Battle of the Blades and asking men to “turn in their man cards”. A short while later – he turns his thoughts the other direction talking about what a great show it was and then he had Jeremy Roenick on like everyday and would talk about how J.R. romances his wife.. Where the heck is this sports related – I don’t know? The FAN still has tons of mistakes to fix up; but this is a definite positive move.

  32. Mike LeBlanc says:

    Andrew Krystal is welcome to return to Atlantic Canada, Today Tom Young (Afternoon News, NS, NB, PEI) retired after 50 years on the air. With this there is an opening in Saint John move him down, we will listen to him.

  33. Stud_Dookie says:

    Well I was actually just starting to warm up to this guy. However annoying Krystal might be, he’s infinitely better than the guy who replaced him. Can’t remember his name and rightly so because his show is so bland it puts me to sleep. At least Krystal had charisma, something that this other guy completely lacks.

  34. Ace says:

    to @Mike LeBlanc….you are more than welcome to have him back! Krystal was a nightmare from day 1, no matter what slot he was in.

    I had no idea that “intelligent” and “rude loudmouth” were synonyms? Therefore, I am going to go with “rude loudmouth”, since that was the only fact we have any proof of with regards to AK!

  35. champ says:

    Krystal was a goof and didn’t appeal to many sports fans I guess. I slammed him in every poll the fan put out. I couldn’t even listen to him but I did try on many occasons. The biggest fan 590 problem is the PD Kollins he tried to re invent the wheel with all the changes and he has fallen flat on his face. They had a good share of the radio market but Kollins figured he new more. He set the station back miles in the last year. Cannot handle most of the people they hired to replace the past regime.
    Iam happy to have sirius satalite radio to listen to instead of Grady and Lang G. Blair (what a loser)he tries hard
    and Iam sorry but Eric Smith. If it wasn’t for Bob Mcown (listen every day)the fan wouldn’t be on my radio very much

  36. Nobody in particular says:

    Andrew Krystal has been on CityNews and City News Channel for a while now.

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