Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

We definitely are in the dog days of late summer.

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590:

Jeff Blair sits in for the vacationing Bob McCown. His co-host from 5 to 7 is Mike Wilner.

4:00 – Jonah Keri,
4:20 – Michael Hiestand, USA Today
5:20 – Scott Mitchell, Ti Cats President
5:40 – Jim Barker, Argos GM & Head Coach
6:00 – Doug MacLean, Sportsnet
6:20 – Marco Paddy, Jays Director Of Latin American Operations
6:40 – Clark Judge, CBS Sports

On TSN Radio 1050:

Bryan Hayes sits in for James Cybulski. His co-host is Jonas Siegel.

4:15 – Dave Naylor, TSN
4:30 – Tim Murray, Assistant General Manager, Ottawa Senators
5:15 – Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star
5:30 – Herm Edwards, ESPN/TSN 1050
6:00 -Tim Kurkjian, MLB Analyst, ESPN
6:30 – Cathal Kelly, Toronto Star

Tonight on Sportsline:

Mark Hebscher & Bubba O’Neil debate the real definition MVP in sports, the NL race for the Cy Young, what is the best Grand Slam in tennis, Ben Johnson and who you drink out of the Stanley Cup? That’s tonight at 7 on CHCH.

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August 30, 2011 5:08 pm

Well Blair alluded to the fact that Wilner, McLean and Babcock aren’t normally allowed on PTS when Bobcat is in… hmm…

August 30, 2011 5:17 pm

Holy hockey pucks Batman! Flipped by the locally programmed station on both sides of the lunch hour the last 2 days and would have thought it was the middle of February.

The guy who’s apparently missed on the Morning Show by so many on this .board started his show yesterday asking people who they’d put in goal if Canada had a Gold Medal game that night. Of course the first volunteer said Reimer.

More proof that stereotypes are based in fact.

August 30, 2011 5:20 pm

McLean was on recently (maybe 2 months ago) with McCown as was Babcock I think. From 5:15-6pm I’ll switch to TSN as it looks like the amateur CFL hour on the FAN. I also can’t stand that buffoon Belli on radio or TV.

August 30, 2011 5:51 pm

Wilner and Siegel, wow.

Next week can’t get here soon enough.

August 30, 2011 5:53 pm

..and the other station led an update this afternoon with Leaf camp opening in 16 (?) days and an audio clip with a prospect saying how happy he was that “Burkie” traded for him after previously drafting him to the Ducks.

I shudder to think what it will be like if they ever actually accomplish anything, but don’t think that’s going to happen in my lifetime.

On the positive side, enjoying Wilner on PTS now. He obviously knows much more than his specialty, which makes him the exception rather than the rule.


Another Steve
Another Steve
August 30, 2011 6:25 pm

I have long enjoyed listening to Wilner.

August 30, 2011 9:12 pm

No issues with Wilner. Any particular reason for Blair’s comments on Wilner not being on with McCown?

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
August 30, 2011 9:16 pm

Blair has most likely been reading the recent discussion here regarding Wilner’s peculiar status on PTS …

Ami Angelwings
August 30, 2011 11:09 pm

Does nebody know specifically why Wilner isn’t on PTS when Bob is on? o_O

August 31, 2011 1:08 am

He’s been on a couple of round tables with him and has broken stories on the show. I don’t think Bob goes out of the way to avoid him, he’s just preferred different baseball guys over the years from Elliot to Griffin to Law.

August 31, 2011 2:02 am

I don’t really remember any specific thing that happened with Wilner and McCown on air during PTS. McCown could maybe just not respect him, which is something considering the lameos that has a regular guest spot on PTS. But there was an “oh snap” either today or yesterday on Jays Talk. Caller said he agrees with McCown that “Snider a lost cause and will be a journeyman at best” Wilner responds “If you are giving up on ballplayer in his early 20s, you know nothing about baseball” Oh snap and eat it Bobcat. That was so classic Wilner “You can have your opinion, but you know nothing about baseball”

Who knows maybe there was something like that in the past, a fan repeats something McCown thinks and Wilner replies with his normal “talking down to” attitude to the caller and maybe not even knowing it insults McCown with his “my opinio is right, everybody else are dumb and unknowledgable” Or maybe McCown knows that having both their pompous attitudes in the same place might be too much for this universe as it might be pushed into a wormhole.

Speaking of crazy universe happenings. Wilner is sounding more like a “supersnatural radio host” Who will have guests talking about signs from the sky or California falling off, but never really giving a timetable of when. So he can do the same show over and over again.

That’s Wilner in a nutshell when talking about the Jays, even today on PTS, Wilner made sure to remind everybody that Anthopoulos never said there was a timeline. My response to that is “Why the heck not” How do you know if managment is succeeding or not if there’s no timetable. But what he & the Jays are doing is pushing “future happenings” but nobody is willing to put a timestamp on it or take responsibility. Wilner is passing that concept like it’s a honorable thing but it’s a total snakeoil salesman tactic.

August 31, 2011 2:33 am

Is there a reason Grange hasn’t been on PTS this week?

Last week, they were saying he was that week and this week and we’ve had Shoalts and Wilner (who will be back on Wednesday)?

Gerry (Burlington)
Gerry (Burlington)
August 31, 2011 10:34 am

@Alex, maybe he is busy writing stories for that incredible new sports magazine Sportsnet is due to release Sept. 29th!

August 31, 2011 12:36 pm

I’ve always been a big Wilner fan. Sometimes he can be unnecessarily antagonistic, but I enjoy listening to him.

I remember someone once asked Wilner in his blog if McCown disliked him, and Wilner dismissed that.

Why is he not on PTS? My guess is that it’s because Wilner will argue against any colloquialism or exaggeration in regard to Jays analysis. He was always disagree with comments like ‘this player HAS to do X now’ or ‘prospect X is finished’ after a bad few games or ‘everything is terrible’ after a loss.

He’s kind of an anti fan in that way. Very anti reactionary. To be honest, I find that take refreshing. Don’t get too high after a win or too low after a loss.

While I love listening to McCown, his analysis of the Jays is kind of like that of a fan. I imagine he wouldn’t like Wilner taking him to task on a half formed generalization that McCown might make (or might have made).

You could imagine the conversation. McCown: Jays need a closer. Wilner: No they don’t. Closers don’t matter. And so on..

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