What’s Your Clearance Clarence?

A little over 3 years ago, while sitting having beers with my man LT I decided to start Torontosportsmedia.com. Rather than just bitch and moan about the things that drove me nuts, why not start writing it. At least that way I could get it off my chest and maybe perhaps the family dog would stop looking at me like I was nuts.

Trust me, there were no plans of grandeur, LT took on the role of PR and he helped spread the word. Little by little the site grew. If 10 people read an article forget about commenting on it I was ecstatic. Being a life long tech geek and being involved with various websites professionally I knew how hard it is to grow web traffic; harder than raising kids I joke.

In any event, it has come to the point where there is a nice little audience here. I have tried to grow the site in various ways, shapes and forms and at the end of the day, it really comes down to one thing; that which I started writing about- the sports media.

I’ve heard you loud and clear.

I read every comment on the site and appreciate every one (except the spam ones- how do they know I need a penal enlargement???).

I get emails from fellow commoners regularly asking to stick to media and write more of it. It’s now to the point that I am getting emails and calls from MSMers encouraging me to do the same.

So, I get it.

I need your help though.

I think I have the radio side covered. Certainly when I hear about any news as it relates to media I know how to cover it. If someone writes a story that I like, or I don’t- I know how to handle those too. If there’s a great feature or a stale one on TV I can comment there too.

The question is, what do you want?

A reader suggested that I provide a daily roundup of what’s in the papers as it pertains to the Toronto teams. It’s easy to do when there is a big story. Do people want that type of recap?

When it comes to TV and print what kind of coverage do you want (other than this is good, this is bad, look what someone said)?

I am willing to feed the proverbial beast, just give me some ideas.

Side note: I’ve contacted the folks at BBM to try to continue to provide you the ratings for both TV and radio. Here is what I was told:

“Unfortunately BBM Canada does not have memberships that permit the “re-publishing” of our data. Based on your samples below, you would breaching the Ownership of Data/Copyright clause in the BBM Canada Membership agreement.”

The “samples below” were old articles I wrote with the data.

SO- I know you want the ratings, but unless they are sent to me I can’t easily report them. Lots of you email me discretely, if you work somewhere that gets them for some reason send them on.

Once again I thank you all for coming here regularly.

Help me, help you.

Jonah AKA TSM

@yyzsportsmedia

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mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
October 14, 2010 1:16 pm

your work rounding up and commenting on the Phoenix/Moyes story was 1st rate, and i basically stopped visiting other news sources and waited for your recap and analysis. i would hate to lose that sort of thing.

i also enjoy the occasional stories on the toronto teams. i rarely read any of the NFL/CFL stories, and i’m afraid to say that i skip anything written by someone other than TSM (sorry LT).

lastly, i’ll point out that if people don’t want to read things they don’t have to. i find it strange that anyone is telling you to stop posting about non-media issues.

Daniel
Daniel
October 14, 2010 2:01 pm

First of all, I think you do an excellent job. There aren’t many places to discuss sports media – but it’s something many have strong opinions about.

I pretty much solely read this site for sports radio discussion. I don’t know why, but the TV sports media issues don’t seem quite as interesting to me. Sometimes something good comes up, I guess. TV ratings would be interesting (too bad about the ridiculous stance from the BBM there).

Personally, I don’t read your site for articles on the local teams. But I certainly don’t mind it. As Mike said, we can pick and choose whatever we’d like to read.

So yeah… for me, as long as there’s sports radio talk, I’m reading.

Tabber
Tabber
October 14, 2010 2:51 pm

Only discovered your site in the last month or so, not sure if I’m your target audience or not, but I’d love to read more inside media stuff, particularly now the Star has killed off Zelcovich’s sports media column/blog. The Cox/Dowbiggin spat gets my attention, similar inside type stuff (sorry, I don’t tweet, facebook or any of that stuff, so I miss out on some of that) would be welcome. Behind the scenes, hiring and firing and reasons for same, those are what I would look for. For local team coverage, there are several sources, no need for that (for me). Radio, TV, print and web coverage is what will keep me coming back.

Tabber
Tabber
October 14, 2010 2:53 pm

Oh, and your stuff on the Fan590 was attracted me in the first place, as further example of what I will keep coming back for.

Chris F.
Chris F.
October 14, 2010 3:39 pm

Tabber has basically summed up my feelings. I discovered the blog hmm, a couple or so months ago but only now decided to try commenting a bit. I really enjoy the “inside baseball” type coverage for lack of a better term. It really illuminates what’s happening in the sports media world. I’m really bummed about Zelkovich’s column/blog being killed as I always thought he gave good info, if a bit generic at times.

All I will say is keep up the great work!

Shame about the BBM ratings and such hopefully you’ll find a way to give us the numbers.

Sea Bass
Sea Bass
October 14, 2010 4:13 pm

Love the site and was hooked with all the Fan 590 drama. Now it’s a daily (if not more) read. I appreciate the logical and brutally honest opinions of Toronto’s sports “personalities”.

What I like especially is that it is an outsider’s view of the inside media stuff. You are well-connected, without all the pretentious, righteous indignation of the Toronto sports MSM, who are not transparent and too busy protecting each other or creating petty feuds than actually giving the consumer what they want (with some exceptions obviously).

Keep up the great work!

Sam
Sam
October 14, 2010 4:42 pm

I really like the site. I’d rather you stick to the sports radio coverage and do it consistently rather than trying to branch out and try to cover beyond your means. Instead of a daily roundup, I’d suggest go with a weekly roundup – I think daily is possibly too much work for the “reward”.
The main thing is to post quality content on a consistent basis. That doesn’t mean daily. Weekly / Twice weekly is fine as long as it is consistent.
Thanks!

Bob
Bob
October 14, 2010 7:56 pm

Anything media related is fine. More criticism on accuracy that come out of some of these on air people’s mouths, when they obvously have no idea what they are talking about. To Wilner and many others, The Frick winner does not get inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown! The award is rcognized at the annual induction ceremony.
Also I would like to see media trade suggestions! e.g. can the Jays package Sam Cosentino and Wilner to the Red Sox for Heidi Watney!

PS Us Bell Guy’s now get Sports Net 1. We can now watch Darts and Poker on 5 Channels

Stephen Cook
Stephen Cook
October 14, 2010 8:33 pm

Keep up the good work. Over the past year since I found your site, you have become a daily go to site to get advance notice on TO media happenings.

Some reason, I have always found the media columns in the papers to be of interest (not sure why), but I do, and as Chris Z. stated in his blog last week, The Star is going in a different direction.

I like what you do – the approach, the style and the current variety. Don”t burn out with daily Leaf news etc.

Thanks for your efforts!

gunner4413
gunner4413
October 14, 2010 9:26 pm

I love this site and now that i have pretty much stopped listening toThe Fan i need this site to keep me up to date on what is going on.
I really like the media coverage. Maybe abit more on tv and what is going on there. But whatever you enjoy writing about is good by me!I can weed through what i want to read and comment on.
Keep up the good work

Sean
October 14, 2010 9:40 pm

Im with most. Keep it media related. We can go to other places for game previews and such. No other website brings your view on media, which is why we are where.

Look at the posts that get you the most response, that tells you what we want to read. They are mostly all media related.

I think that speaks to what we want to read.

Dave
Dave
October 15, 2010 8:11 am

Keep up the good work covering the media side of things. I could care less about local team news. If I want that there are plenty of sites to go to. But there’s nowhere else to get the inside scoop on the inner workings of the media in Toronto.

Oh, and thanks for making me realize how annoying Shannon is!

Sam from Scarbrough
October 15, 2010 10:36 am

Please keep up the media side.This site is the GOTO site for media inside stuff.I come here 2-3 times per day.Keep up the fine work!!

Steve-O
October 15, 2010 2:23 pm

Like everybody, I love the media aspect of the site, and will occasionally read non-media stuff. One thing that I have noted on other sites is that if you do want to talk about other sports, i.e. NFL, NHL, the also list the broadcast teams covering the event.

You could also rate/comment/critique shows like Sportsline, OTR, Drafted etc, to branch out. Also, any commentary on sports radio and live coverage (play-by-play, colour, sideline etc) is great.

Your blanket coverage on The Fan 590 changes was outstanding, BTW. More along tha vein would be great.

Also, I don’t know if you have burnt the Shannon bridge, but he would be a first rate Press Box guest.

Mullah_Kintyre
Mullah_Kintyre
October 15, 2010 3:20 pm

If BBM will only provide TV and radio ratings to people who agree not to “re-publish” them, presumably Bill Brioux, Chris Zelkovich, William Houston, and anyone else mentioning ratings in their blogs or newspaper columns had to to get them indirectly from someone else? Unfortunately that sounds believably stupid. Let’s hope there are people who can send them to you.
Don’t they publish a weekly list of top 30 programs in Canada? Would it really be all that much different if they could provide you with a weekly list of top 10 or 15 TV sports events for the GTA, without listing the actual number of viewers, if that’s the information they don’t want “re-published”?

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
October 15, 2010 6:43 pm

Steve-O, are you kidding me? Shannon a Press Box guest. We are doing our best to rid ourselves of him. Let him go back to the production, behind the scenes hockey side of the ledger and leave us all alone.

Cam
Cam
October 15, 2010 9:32 pm

I found the site as a result of looking for information on the changes at the FAN and have gotten hooked. You do a great job on the media but I also have to admit the caliber of poster and discussion here is tremendous. (Ever check out G&M or Sun comments…)

I focus on the media articles but do browse the others on occasion. Write what interests you and we can pick and choose what we like as Daniel and Mike said. Just keep up the caliber of what you have started and really enjoyed the Stellick interview!

I have said it before whether I agree with the posts and comments or not, it always a helluva a lot of fun reading through them…. maybe I need to get out more!

Daniel
Daniel
October 16, 2010 3:15 am

Cam – SO true. The comment sections in the Globe and Star are absolutely horrendous. Basically grade school level interaction.

The commenters here really do treat each other with a level of respect that you don’t see in many places on the internet.

Sam from Scarbrough
October 16, 2010 5:05 am

No,No,No…No Shannon
I like this site,It’s great!
Don’t lower the level by having Shannon on !!

pudge72
pudge72
October 18, 2010 2:00 pm

TSM, I love this site for the media updates and analysis. Your ability to provide the background on changes, and in a timely manner, makes this the “go to” site for sports media information. Keep up the good work and, if possible, please add TV to your newspaper and radio work.

BTW…love the “Airplane” reference in the title.

Over, Unger…Dunn!

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