Sports Media Wrap Up

Had an awesome weekend here in SoFla at the Cruise 360 show.

With the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors out of action the weekend sports coverage seems to have dipped just a little. Here are some random thoughts:

Yes, I did see Raju Mudhar’s latest column:

“Part of me can’t believe that it’s 2011 and people care about an AM radio fight.”

Seems like a strange thing to say when your now a media writer doesn’t it?

“the best way to describe it is that it comes exactly as advertised: It’s another place to hear TSN personalities.”

That’s a bit short sighted in my opinion. Until now, the TSN guru’s were a mixed bag, on here, there and everywhere. Now they are all available under one roof. These guys aren’t over exposed any longer, you’ll only see/hear there on TSN tv or TSN radio.

“As for their tagline, “The evolution of sports radio,” it really is more of the same. So far, there’s very little to distinguish it from the competition. “

First, the station is what 3 days old? Second, when the competition has been around for X number of years and your already saying there’s little to differentiate the new kid on the block from the veteran, that’s a good thing for TSN radio isn’t it? I mean, 590 get good ratings, I’m thinking the guys at TSN would be psyched to know they’ve already achieved parity.

What I as a listener now appreciate is choice. In the past when 590 had something on I didn’t want to listen to, or was on commercial there was no sports alternative. We now have a good alternative. Remind me again how that’s a bad thing as a consumer.

“The most “next gen” thing I’ve seen is that because the signal is so weak, I’ve been mostly listening on the computer or through TSN’s new iPad app, which launched five days before their radio station did, and is pretty great.”


Yes, you’ve all written it here, the TSN radio signal sucks. I’ve asked the question of management and am hopeful of getting a response soon.

Did anyone else happen to catch Larry Brooks column in today’s NYPost?:

” Those of us who have covered hockey forever have a love/hate relationship with the game. No league’s operation takes more of a pounding from the people closest to it than does the NHL. The collective bargaining agreement, supplementary discipline, television contracts, they are all fair game.

But fair is fair. Last weekend, the NHL reminded us what it is made of. Last weekend was an advertisement for the league.

Last weekend, history was made.”

and this weekend too when Brooks wrote a good thing about the NHL, a real first.

Of course, Brooks finishes his article off the only way he can:

“Finally, I might pay some attention to criticism of me on Versus if it weren’t delivered by a guy who undermined his own union in 2005.”

Gold, Jerry, Gold

The headline writers at the Toronto Sun are a perverted bunch wouldn’t you say? Check out these headlines from their website:

“Caps go down — and so does ref”

“Predators snatch series lead against Ducks”

My favourite part of today’s Steve Simmons weekly Sunday column :

“Now we hear PF Chang’s is coming to Canada.”

Here’s hoping that PF Chang’s is coming to Toronto and soon.

Speaking of coming to Toronto the other night I tweeted that I was a new yogurt place in Toronto called Menchies, where one makes their own frozen yogurt. Great idea I thought, and I wasn’t alone as the place was lined up out the door. Here in SoFla there are a ton of places just like it (in addition to several Menchies). A friend told me there a ton in NYC too, 16 Handles is the best name for a self serve yogurt place I’ve ever heard.

To answer the question where I like to eat down here:

When in Miami it’s Joe’s Stone Crab. In Fort Lauderdale it’s the Rustic Inn. Those are my two faves. I had a drink at a place in Del Ray called The Office the other night. The burger looked awesome. Have to try it one night.

I love hearing Hank Goldberg on the radio when I am down here.

Back in Toronto tomorrow.



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April 18, 2011 4:35 am

The Star columnist has a point. It’s one of those things – Toronto sports radio is important, to those it’s important to… most people (including most casual sports fans) could give a flying f**k about who’s doing the afternoon drive slot at whatever sports station. Fair enough, this is a specific Toronto sports media web site, so there will be lots of analysis and comment by people who are really into it – but you are in the vast, vast minority. At least be aware of that. It helps to keep things in perspective. The vast majority of people who watch sports casually don’t even know the names of most of the commentators! “That guy who is on there with Don Cherry” would sum up most people’s description of Ron MacLean… as would “that silly looking guy who wears the sunglasses on the radio” pertain to McCowan (if they even knew that there was a radio show that was rebroadcast on TV).

Anyway… sorry for the rant. I’m interested… but I think the Star writer was on to something to point out the fact that… it is AM radio… and not many people listen to it.

Rob In Aurora
Rob In Aurora
April 18, 2011 8:40 am

…anyway. . . .
I live… well, in Aurora – and I have no problem getting the TSN signal, even on my office radio which usually sucks due to interference. Where do 1050 broadcast from? (I thought it would be the CN tower, or am I stuck in the 1970’s?) Someone mentioned Burlington having a weak signal. I would think Burlington (next to Lake ON would have as strong a signal as northern York Region. I remember the Fan 590 used to be on 1430 when they started out, they moved up the dial to provide better coverage (signal strength) – Perhaps TSN is stuck with that limitation, although there must be a work around by now.

James High Park
James High Park
April 18, 2011 10:37 am

where i live (high park area) signal is very weak lots of static
where i work (yonge/dundas area) signal is even worse
i don’t know if this is because i’m using a basic am/fm clock radio or what but if this keeps up i won’t listen much in the future

no matter where i am in the city fan590 is crystal clear

April 18, 2011 10:51 am

CHUM-AM broadcast’s from S.E. Oakville

It’s CHUM-FM that is on the CN Tower…

As for expected coverage area of CHUM-AM, this map is supposed to give a good idea…

April 18, 2011 10:54 am

Also, as for PF Changs to Canada… it is true… was in Forbes Magazine this past week…

Jonathan Giggs
April 18, 2011 11:44 am

It is wall-to-wall TSN “personalities”. I’m sure I heard Darren Dreger every four hours one day last week. Any more Pierre McGuire is too much for me as well. Bryan Mudryk on a cell phone from the golf course sounding like he was in a wind tunnel commenting on the Charlie Sheen show – if this is the evolution of sports radio, they can keep it!

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
April 18, 2011 6:59 pm

are people seriously struggling to find good Chinese food in Toronto? forgive my ignorance, i have not lived in the city in a while.

April 18, 2011 8:40 pm

No Mike, we’re not struggling to find good Chinese food restaurant in Toronto. In fact, you could say you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one. You could say that, but we won’t.

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