New Blood On Blue Jays Broadcasts

January 9th, 2013 | by torontosportsmedia
New Blood On Blue Jays Broadcasts
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Multiple sources are telling me that neither Gregg Zaun nor Mike Wilner are candidates to fill the role recently vacated by Alan Ashby on the Blue Jays radio telecasts. I am lead to believe that you will hear a new voice on the games and the targets include some “big names”. Let the guessing begin.

Speaking of the Blue Jays, if you want to hear a great interview, RA Dickey was a guest on PTS tonight with McCown and Cox. McCown doesn’t always interview players and this exception was a really good one. Dickey is clearly a good subject and both McCown and Cox had done their homework. Good sports radio at their best.

As I’ve written before the only certainties in life are death, taxes and Larry Brooks siding with the NHLPA and against Brian Burke. Wondering why the hate for Burke? Perhaps a previous lawsuit Burke filed against the New York Post for an article written by Brooks is the reason:

“The lawsuit stems from an article that appeared in the newspaper on Feb. 27, 2005. The alleged defamation is an item Brooks wrote on Burke’s involvement in the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident.

Brooks wrote Burke “personally challenged” the Canucks between periods of the March 8 game to “get” Moore. Brooks further wrote that Burke, then the Canucks GM, was a participant “in the plot to retaliate” against Moore.

Burke told The Sun that he wasn’t seeking financial retribution, but that he wanted to clear his name.

“I have said all along all I asked for was a retraction,” Burke told the newspaper. “If this action is successful, any proceeds from it after attorneys’ fees will go directly to Canuck Place.”

That from this article.

What happened to the case?

It “disappeared”.

What does that mean?

Ask your friendly litigator what it generally means when a lawsuit disappears AND neither party will discuss it.

I guess Brooks hold a grudge.

The big winner in the NHL lockout?

TSN radio.

The station that so many of you claim to never listen to ( it’s a shame you are missing good stuff) will be home to 1/2 of the Maple Leafs games down the road. Me thinks that this will put the station on many people’s presets where it has not been before.

It will be interesting when the Leafs go on a multi game road trip. Each While the stations will share the play by play crew, each station has it’s own radio beat guy, Alter and Siegel (wrong spelling, no relation). 2 radio beat guys on the team plane? That should be interesting.

Speaking of TSN radio…..

Have you seen the image on the tsn radio website?

Montreal Canadiens players to promote the Montreal station
Winnipeg Jets players to promote the Winnipeg station
“Insiders” to promote the Toronto station.


What’s interesting about that is that the insiders don’t appear to be allowed to break anything from the inside on the radio for fear of taking away from the TV network.

In case it’s not clear, and judging by the emails I get, it’s not, I am not a member of Toronto Sports Media. I am not affiliated with any media outlets. So the emails I get complaining about coverage on the Fan, for example is being sent to the wrong person.

Happy Hump day


  1. Mike S says:

    If anyone is wondering who will be the radio broadcast crew for Leafs games, I heard someone say that it will be the same as it was on 640 the last few years (ie: Bowen & Ralph when Bowen is not on TV; Dunleavy & Ralph when Bowen is on TV)………………… will be interesting to see which games 590 gets and which games 1050 gets………………..I assume the Raptors games on 590 will mean 1050 gets any Leafs game that is on the same night

    • Daniel says:

      Who will be the Leafs’ Mike Wilner? Will Andy Frost work on both stations? Or is each one going to have its own host/post game host?

  2. Daniel says:

    DrunkJaysFans speculated that Jack Morris might be in the running for Ashbys spot:

    Will be interesting to see how much the Leafs help TSN Radio. I personally don’t think they’ll improve that much until they overhaul the daily lineup. They’ve had a year and a half of Richards/Patrick/Hayes/Cybulski, and they’re still last in the city. In addition to some Leaf games, I think they’ve got to totally change the lineup, legitimately cover the Jays and tone down the CFL talk (no offense to CFL fans out there).

    • Mario says:

      Totally agree, changes must be made before they can gain any ground on the Fan. Just because of the leafs game on radio they must make changes to there line up. Always the same old TSN faces, time for some new blood.

      • mike in boston says:

        … well Cybulski was new blood and he’s terrible.

        Test this drinking game out … Cybulski will ask a question (“who do you think is going to win this weekend?”) and then as soon as the guest begins to answer he’ll either shout “REALLY????????” or “WHY?????????” over the guest’s answer. Drink while you puzzle over how TSN thought this was the right person to challenge McCown.

        it’s almost like he has no training in how to conduct an interview.

      • Mario says:

        Good example..this is why I almost never listen to 1050. I do flip over occasionally and listen for short periods of time though out the day but end up quickly going back to 590

      • Itchy Butt says:

        Bob had the dreaded “Leggo” on yesterday, so I had it on 1050 for a moment. I cannot handle C-Balls whining. I salute those of you that enjoy him but I cannot fathom how this is possible. And does Maco start every frikking sentence with “James….”

      • Kamlesh says:

        Yesterday’s 4pm hour of Cybulski was quite good I thought. Cybul and Macko were joined by James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel for a Leaf roundtable. It was a fluent and informative discussion, with all four showing a non-facile knowledge of all 4 Leaf lines. This is the Cybul I’ve been waiting for – he knows hockey and so does Macko and when he talks Leafs the show doesn’t have the longueurs it sometimes has had in the last year. McCown and Brunt won’t be able to match Cybul and Macko on Leaf talk or other hockey talk. This Leaf roundtable should be a recurring feature. When PTS goes national during the 6pm hour 1050 should go local with all Leaf talk, that might build the ratings. I’d listen.

        James Mirtle has some good columns in the Globe on the ramifications of the new CBA. And Cathal Kelly’s article on RA Dickey once again shows why he is the pre-eminent sports writer in the city.

      • Daniel says:

        640 did the all Leaf talk/hockey talk thing. Personally I found it hard to listen to (when they ignored big/interesting stories in other sports to talk Leafs 4 liners) but, different strokes for different folks. I think part of McCown’s success is that he doesn’t just focus on hockey.

  3. mike in boston says:

    thanks for the write-up TSM.

    Dickey is clearly a good subject and both McCown and Cox had done their homework.

    an example would have been helpful. McCown is known for not preparing for interviews, so i’d be curious to know what seemed like evidence of him having done homework.

    Burke told The Sun that he wasn’t seeking financial retribution, but that he wanted to clear his name.

    we’re being asked to believe that a guy who made news for wanting to rent a barn in which to fight another person would never come down to the locker room and instruct players to seek out retribution against Moore?

  4. mike in boston says:

    here’s some pretty good analysis of the coverage of the end of the lockout:

  5. Steve in Waterloo says:

    I like Zuan just fine, but he is a bit like Don Cherry / Kevin Oleary – short bursts are great – but too much time and I sort of get sick of the routine.

  6. Adam says:

    McCown likes to *say* he doesn’t have athletes on his show, but he frequently does and they’re often his worst interviews because he so obviously doesn’t give a damn. I imagine they’re being pushed on him by management (cross promotion for Bills In Toronto, for example). That being said, his two with R.A. have been interesting, because McCown seems actually interested in talking to him.

  7. Itchy Butt says:

    “Wondering why the hate for Burke?”

    I need to ask you, wondering why the love? Is there not enough evidence that “Burkie” is one of the biggest A-holes in sports?

  8. Alex says:

    Cybulski asked on monday what else were they supposed to talk about during the lockoyt.

    I’d say “given how bad your ratings are vs mccown, thinking outside the boxwould not make your numbers much worse.”

  9. griffin says:

    Too bad Wilner isn’t a candidate for Ashby’s job. Great insight, great broadcaster and someone who has faired quite well when forced to sit in on short notice. It’s a shame that Rogers is after someone of stature when they have a perfectly capable home-grown announcer.

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