Dark Day In Toronto Sports Media

Heading home last night was painful, first I had to get north to get close to the highways, then I had to get north on the 400 to get to Barrie. In any event, I was stuck in the car for far too long. The most painful part was the offerings from our 2 local radio programs during the 5-7 shifts. On both the Fan 590 and 640 Toronto the regular hosts, Bob Mccown and Greg Brady/Bill Watters were on holiday respectively. Both stations had subs. Rob Faulds was paired with Jim Kelley on the Fan and Bill Hayes was on 640 flying solo. It was, in my opinion anyway the worst night of radio I have ever heard in this market place. I fully realize that it is the dog days of summer and in this city there just isn’t a ton to talk about. However, if you are going to be on the air, there should be some degree of quality and tonight on both stations it was waning.

On the Fan, the segment with Don Banks on the NFL and Brett Farvre was beyond painful to listen to. I am a huge NFL fan, I love listening to the various guests talking shop and neither Faulds nor Kelley could get Banks to deliver his usually stellar analysis. The rest of the show was downhill from there.

Over at 640 Hayes had Bryan Colangelo on, and it’s hard to believe with all that has gone on with the Raptors that Hayes couldn’t deliver anything worthwhile to listen to. BC is usually a great interview, he sounded awful. Then Hayes had a VERY long monologue around 620 that was simply un-listenable. Then Ken Holland came on (after what seemed like an eternity) and it was easily one of the worst interviews I have ever heard Holland give.

Perhaps the stations should work together to ensure that we never have to suffer double dose vacations at the same time!! Tonight was brutal (And no, I don’t think the stations would or should actually do that!)

I am dreading tomorrow’s drive already!


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August 19, 2009 9:34 am

if the fan’s ratings plummet, i’d place the blame solely on kelley! he is awful to listen to…..even when mccown is on i change the station as soon as i hear kelley’s annoying voice.

Mike S
Mike S
August 19, 2009 2:12 pm

Have we ever found anyone who actually likes Kelley ??

August 19, 2009 4:03 pm

I haven’t

The Fan has really gone downhill ever since Rogers really took over it, the quality of the hosts and the subs have gone so downhill. Before a guy like Elliot Friedman would regularly take over a vacationing McCown and the show wouldn’t miss a beat (heck I personally even like Friedman more, but I admit to McCown talent) but now they just sub with these B-level Sportsnet guys who aren’t even that good on TV and even worse on radio. They stopped having Elliot as sub-host/co-host on PTS because he works with the CBC and they say it’s competition to Sportsnet (which is absurd) So it’s not putting the best quality out there, it’s about trying to either save money by putting lower-tier Sportsnet people or just trying to cross connect the radio with TV personalities.

But it isn’t surprising, Rogers is doing that with everything they touch. The Jays aren’t really a ball team anymore trying to compete, they are just property for radio and TV time spots and I haven’t gone to the Dome anymore because it’s not a ball park but a constant promotion of their multi-media services that takes away from the experience.

Speaking of Friedman, he is doing the morning show (I guess rogers don’t mind that as it’s not on their TV) and it’s amazing how he outshines the regular hosts whenever he is on, it’s not even close. That’s even worse when an outsider does a better job than a regular which happens regularly on that station. Friedman and print guys like Blair and Brunt are better at this than their full time radio guys or there TV guys-turned radio subs.

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