Changes at Sportsnet fan 590

The times they keep on changing in the local sports media world. Just when you thought the game of musical chairs may Slow down or stop, a domino falls and more moves result.

Here’s what I’m hearing today.

Remember Howard Berger? Well, he got fired. He was replaced by Dan Dunleavy, who also did morning show updates.

As I told you earlier, Dan will sign a deal soon with MLSE to be the new radio voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs on some 52+ games a season on 640 toronto plus TFC soccer games on radio.

I’m told that David Alter has been picked to replace Dunleavy as Maple Leafs beat reporter. That will apparently happen after Dunleavy’s deal gets papered.

The morning updates role has been filled. Toronto, please welcome Mike Farwell who’s been on air down the road in Kitchener and 570 news. Farwell will be joining Brady and Lang in the mornings, doing updates and providing another voice to the morning drive show.

Mike’s bio from the 570 website :

“Mike worked at radio stations in Brantford, Salmon Arm, BC, Thunder Bay and Toronto before returning home to Waterloo Region and 570 News. A self-professed news junkie, Mike loves bringing you stories about the people and places in your community. You’ll hear his reports on 570 News and he’ll also fill in from time to time as a talk show host.”

1-4? No news yet. I firmly believe that Tim and Sid are the choice. However 1-4 isn’t where advertisers want to be and money is the deciding factor.

Point of clarity. Dunleavy’s contract will be with MLSE. So, it’s safe to assume that he will be “mobile” wherever Leafs radio rights go to next

More later!

TSM

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Rob in Aurora
Rob in Aurora
August 31, 2011 11:34 am

If 640 loses the Leafs rights after this year, I guess Dunleavy feels he can find work somewhere else next year. Unless the FAN has told him to go and get his feet wet and he’ll have the job if they get the Leaf radio rights later…If it’s TSN with the rights, I don’t see Dunleavy staying on. He may be decent enough at play x play, but he is weak as a radio personality. Some of his comments when he’s on air are so out in left field and uninformed that it’s astounding …I remember the “Mario needs to suck it up and just play” comment years ago when he was out getting treatment for a bad back or knee. It was excruciating radio…He is still the same now

Marsh
Marsh
August 31, 2011 11:34 am

Congrats TSM on Brunting another one. The way you starte writing it, I thought Berger was coming back.

Marsh
Marsh
August 31, 2011 11:35 am

Forgot to add; I guess they are keeping it all in the Rogers family.

Chef Mike in Burlington
August 31, 2011 12:03 pm

I broke with habit and give 590 a half hour at 9:30am today, and was pleasently surprised to hear Vendetta on the air, anything that keeps Blair off the air is great for me.

He was talking to Jeremy Roenick, a decent inteview for a hockey puck with 13 concussions, with Roenick yapping on about how the league is proactive when dealing with concussions, an odd discussion for a league that encourages fighting.

But sure enough, 10 mintes later, it’s call-in time, and of course, he goes for the easiest toronto lazy radio question, “will the Leafs make the playoffs??”…and with that, if was off to Dan Patrick….

Daniel
Daniel
August 31, 2011 12:28 pm

Ive never enjoyed Dunleavy as a host, but he seems fine as a pbp guy to me.

_UnionvilleKid
_UnionvilleKid
August 31, 2011 12:31 pm

farwell_ohl: @_UnionvilleKid rumours sure spread fast, don’t they? This is one that I can confirm, however. I start on the 19th. 😉

David
David
August 31, 2011 12:52 pm

Rob in Aurora – Did you read the article??? Dunleavy was hired by MLSE, he moves with the Leafs rights. Whatever station gets the rights, he has the play-by-play guy.

lagerandale
lagerandale
August 31, 2011 1:53 pm

Stellick keeps saying he’ll be a part of Hockey Central, did I miss something?

Chris F.
Chris F.
August 31, 2011 2:01 pm

Maybe that means Millard is out then because yesterday Maclean announced that he signed a new deal with Rogers.

Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
August 31, 2011 2:54 pm

Has Howie Berger picked up a new gig anywhere?

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
August 31, 2011 3:41 pm

Al From Burlington Says…
Has Howie Berger picked up a new gig anywhere?

yes, he’s designing websites for the year 2003.

http://howardlberger.blogspot.com/

Drumanchor
Drumanchor
August 31, 2011 3:42 pm

I always found Dunleavy to be rather contrived and scripted. To me, he clearly wanted to by the play-by-play guy for a big league team – any team. Kind of like the person who goes to a broadcast journalism course because they think it is the quickest route to being on TV.

He seemed to so desperately want that role.

Well, at least it wasn’t Bruce Barker (who will do anything to be in the spotlight, too!)

Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
August 31, 2011 3:48 pm

mike (in boston) says…
Al From Burlington Says…
Has Howie Berger picked up a new gig anywhere?

yes, he’s designing websites for the year 2003.

http://howardlberger.blogspot.com/

WOW…….LOL…

Gerry (Burlington)
Gerry (Burlington)
August 31, 2011 4:41 pm

I am with Al on this one. Mike that was hilarious.

mario
mario
August 31, 2011 4:41 pm

Good for Dunleavey heard him do a bit of play by play last X-mas not bad will only get better… when will the changes ever stop at the FAN… Pelley finger prints are all over this…hopefully for the better…

RJ
RJ
August 31, 2011 6:02 pm

Wade Belak has died.

Chef Mike in Burlington
August 31, 2011 6:11 pm

Belak was 35!! Holy shit!!

Chris F.
Chris F.
August 31, 2011 6:22 pm

The Belak news just came out of nowhere. I thought he was doing pretty good for himself but I guess not….

R.I.P.

Chef Mike in Burlington
August 31, 2011 6:30 pm

So at least 3 tough guys are dead in the last 6 months, causes unknown.

Gee, maybe depression caused by repeated blows to the head???

Let the lawsuits begin…

Tim
Tim
August 31, 2011 6:35 pm

One report says that foul play is not suspected.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
August 31, 2011 6:36 pm

can anyone think of another spate of deaths like this in another sport? the similarities in terms of age and style of play are eerie and disquieting.

Tim
Tim
August 31, 2011 6:40 pm

Georges Lararaque said that a lot of former NHL’s find it financially difficult to adjust in life once they retire from playing.

Brad
Brad
August 31, 2011 6:40 pm

Kudos to Rod Smith from TSN. It has got to be hard for the announcers to report sad news like this. Especially when it comes in halfway through the show as breaking news.

dsscpu
dsscpu
August 31, 2011 6:49 pm

@Chef Mike in Burlington – Blair is hosting PTS this week, and back to his usual time slot next week. So don’t get used to it.

@lagerandale – Yes he does keep saying so, so he probably is going to be on. Now that they are in the new studio, I wonder if he will just be a voice or not. Also TSM alluded to changes coming at Hockeycentral at Noon, and I wonder if it means Kipper may be leaving… which would be a shame…

@RJ – Just sad. Hope it isn’t in the same boat as some of the other recent sports deaths we have seen in the last few months.

@ Mike (in Boston) – I won’t get into the ‘is it a sports debate’ but see Pro Wrestling.

And to all, don’t forget, Dunleavy will remain on CJCL (Fan 590) doing the TFC games.

Rome
Rome
August 31, 2011 7:44 pm

MikeinBtown, the only thing I can compare it to is a while back I noticed an abnormal of linemen passing away in football before what should be anybody time. It didn’t get much noticed as it wasn’t the star players like QB’s or RB (even though some did pass away early) but most of the time is the grunt linemen who people don’t know much unless you follow the team closely. DSS has a strong point also

MikeinBurly, Come on, how dare you go against the “Nobody ever got hurt while fighting”. You know just like smoking, how can it be harmful, they look fine puffing away. We’ll have the tears now but lets get that out of the way and make sure we still profit at the back of these good guys.

I haven’t been into hockey as much as before for a decade. It just hit me a while back while watching a fight and announcers going on about “this has to be done”. I just thought “this is stupid” A hard check I get, but fighting? No other sport does that. Also have a question, why is there forced time between fights in boxing and MMA. But in hockey you can fight, get knocked down, and fight again in a couple of days? The NHL wants to act like it’s a combat sport, lets treat it like it.

RJ
RJ
August 31, 2011 7:59 pm

Too bad everyone in hockey loves fighting…….except the fighters themselves

Gerry (burlington)
Gerry (burlington)
August 31, 2011 8:08 pm

For the NHL, the NHLPA and the Owners/Mgmt to ignore the alarm bells going off regarding their sport would require complete ignorance and complete lack of respect for the players.

Between every team in the League having a player suffering from concussions, to go with 3 teams having just lost a players life. I am not sure what it would take to make head injuries a number one priority.

Chef Mike in Burlington
August 31, 2011 8:25 pm

RJ, not everyone has a hard on for fighting, i stopped watching hockey until the finals because of it. Bettman is a shithead who see it as a path to the MMA audience in the US, an audience that hasn’t been created despite 30 years of trying.

3 goons dead in 6 months…coincidence???

Sure it is…

DR
DR
August 31, 2011 8:52 pm

Sid and Tim should be brought into make the 9-12 slot more entertaining. Jeff Blair is too monotonous. Move him to 1-4

Gerry (burlington)
Gerry (burlington)
August 31, 2011 8:55 pm

Toronto Sun reporting he killed himself. (Hanging)
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/08/31/ex-leafs-enforcer-belak-found-dead

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
August 31, 2011 9:21 pm

Rome But in hockey you can fight, get knocked down, and fight again in a couple of days? The NHL wants to act like it’s a combat sport, lets treat it like it.

this is a really compelling point

Gerry (Burlington) I am not sure what it would take to make head injuries a number one priority.

so is this.

the NHL will need to decide which of their factions to appease in the coming years. The Don Cherry/Colie Campbell/Gary Bettman side and the Mario Lemieux/etc. side just have very different visions of what they want out of the league.

If events like these don’t make you seriously think about whether the NHL is doing something wrong with respect to its rules and culture, then probably nothing will.

my condolences to the surviving Belak family. You didn’t deserve to have this happen.

Gerry (burlington)
Gerry (burlington)
August 31, 2011 9:25 pm

There is a very interesting interview Wade Belak had with Mitch Melnick (Team 990 Montreal) this was done the day of the earthquakes in Virginia.

Listen to it carefully the end of the interview, the discussion is regarding fighting. Interesting listen, in light of today.

http://www.team990.com/sound_bytes/view/session/team_990_audio_clips/1/

Gerry (burlington)
Gerry (burlington)
August 31, 2011 10:21 pm

Toronto Sun has now changed their report, they have removed the hanging in the report, but maintain he took his life.

Interesting how they electronically print one story then change their electronic print!

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