Well Howie’s bird dog’s are chirping again this hour with changes at both the Score and at 640 Toronto. One is obviously sports related and perhaps the other is too.
At 640, I’m told that John Downs, host of the John Downs Show is longer with the station. In fact when one tries to find the former John Downs Show page on the 640 website it is gone. However the info on the John Downs Show Facebook page still lives on:
“Downs has been part of the Toronto news radio scene since graduating from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television program at the end of the last millenium. He’s covered politicians, performers and popes making their way through the city. Downs’ interview style can be described as “blunt”, and often results with his subjects asking, “Who let this kid past security??”
After pinch hitting for other vacationing AM 640 Toronto hosts, Downs was awarded his own two hour evening slot. Downs’ reporting and commentaries have been three times recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Canada. While he considers his political positioning as centrist, he also answers to, “That Commie” and more recently, “Pinky”. Downs has no official political affiliations and plans to keep it that way. ”
Downs was on 640 from 7-9 on non Maple Leaf game nights. Why a sports story? Well, if 640 is going to remain a sports station then perhaps they would use that slot to put in a potential sports host to talk sports in a slot that is ordinarily hockey games at least 82 nights a year.
Meanwhile, over at the score, Steve Kouleas contract it is said has not been renewed. More than a few folks have whispered that in my ear over the couple of hours. Kouleas who, according to the fine folks at wikkipedia has been at the score for a very long time (13 years?) hadn’t posted on his twitter account in a long time put this up about 20 hours ago : “watch for my movie… Score: A hockey musical due out in theatres Oct 22nd at the TTFF September 9th…” Unless I’m missing something it seems to suggest that which the whispers have been suggesting.
I’m a Kouleas fan. I think he would be a great fit over at 640 with Abe Simpson (Watters). I also wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t now considered as a potential co-host for the morning slot at the fan. Kouleas isn’t just a 1 dimensional hockey guy (as some folks may think) and he has a good mix of pop-culture/news/entertainment knowledge to mix in with real sports (and hockey) facts and opinion.
As I say each time I write on of these stories, interesting times indeed.