Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

What a baseball night last night. Red Sox Nation is in mourning while Ray Nation (?) celebrates…

Here’s your drive home lineups

On the FAN 590 tonight

Bob McCown’s co-host from 5 to 7 is Stephen Brunt

4:00 Declan Hill, Author of ‘The Fix’ In Studio
4:20 Darren Rovell, CNBC
5:20 Steve Maich, Sportsnet Magazine’s Publisher & Editor And Chief, in studio
5:40 Gord Ash, Brewers Assistant GM
6:00 Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated
6:20 Buck Martinez, Sportsnet & TBS
6:40 Tom Wright, UFC’s Director Of Canadian Operations

On TSN Radio 1050

James Cybulski’s co-host is Bob Mackowycz

415 – POSSIBLE – Mike Babcock (Head Coach, Detroit Red Wings)
430 – James Duthie
445 – Mark Hominick (UFC)
515 – Bob McKenzie
530 – Ron Wilson (Head Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs)
600 – Darren Dreger
615 – Steven Jyles (Quarterback, Toronto Argonauts)

Tonight on Sportsline:

The Red Sox & Braves complete the ultimate collapse, the Blue Jays report card, did Jose Reyes cheat his way to the NL batting crown and another headshot in the NHL!

Join Clint ‘Bubba’ O’Neil & Mark Hebscher, tonight at 7 on CHCH.

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September 29, 2011 8:46 pm

Perhaps now is a good time to ask about Sportsnet Magazine. What do you guys think about it? I was going to get one this morning, but there isn’t really a newsstand in the way of my commute.

September 29, 2011 10:31 pm

I picked one up mid day. have looked through it, read some it. good stuff. I think the real test will be to see if it holds up.
I’m interested to see the breadth and depth of the subjects, how canada-centric it will be. I’m also hoping it’s not too toronto-centric and/or hockey-centric.

September 29, 2011 11:21 pm

I picked one up. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing, but I think it’s good. Definitely room to grow. I think the best description would be it’s like Macleans for sports. Not irreverent like Grantland, or intellectual like Harpers or something. A lot of pictures/charts/graphics. Overall worth giving a try, I’d say.

I read Grange’s article on Tristan Thompson and I thought it was excellent. Mostly just skimmed through the other stuff. There are articles with McCown and Brady/Lang that are basically just fluff/cross promotion.

Also in the Brady/Lang section there is what seems to be a new 590 logo and branding. It refers to the station as ‘Sportsnet 590 The Fan’. Sportsnet is referred is shown as ‘SN’ and has Buffalo Bills style blue and red lines under it.

Brunt’s column is good, and he’s obviously a fantastic writer. However, reading through this, it makes me think that Rogers really dropped the ball not snagging Bruce Arthur for radio/tv/magazine. I probably prefer Brunt on radio/tv, but I think I prefer Arthur as a writer at this point. I would have loved to see what he would have done with a longer format like this.

September 29, 2011 11:25 pm

Oh, here’s a link to what the re-branding looks like:

They’re renaming Setanta ‘Sportsnet World’.

Another Steve
Another Steve
September 29, 2011 11:50 pm

It looks like I made a mistake in ordering a subscription to the magazine, since I am still waiting for the thing to arrive.

September 30, 2011 12:35 am

One thing that has bugged me for awhile is how close Bob McCown sits to the mic. He is always ‘popping’ the mic with his plosives. He needs to sit back or they need to set up a windscreen so the mic does not pick it up as much.

September 30, 2011 1:57 am

Okay had to go check what exactly plosives are and how it wasn’t noticed on SNTV. I was thinking it was something else.

I heard about SNWorld a few weeks back. I wonder now that SN owns the entire channel and named it part of them will they give a discount to people like myself who currently have the channel. Wait, why is everybody laughing!

I haven’t gotten the magazine but I am impressed having people of the likes of Brunt & Grange writing in it. They at least seemed smart enough not to think you just throw TV or radio people at it and they could write with quality. Some might be multi-talented but hiring sure things like Brunt and Grange was smart.

The logo is a bit Billsesk, I like their current logo better. Is this even a logo? I been calling it SN on here for a while.

September 30, 2011 10:03 am

Sports mags generally suck because it’s all boring same old news and if Greg Brady is in it all the more reason to toss it in the bottom of the bird cage.

September 30, 2011 10:20 am

I will never buy it. I likely won’t pick up a copy at the barber shop to read it. Magazines are a tired, old medium, becoming more irrelevent to the realm of sports reporting every day – People want instant access to information, not old news like magazines contain (My opinion only – Like I say to my wife, “I’m not wrong, it’s an opinion”)

Another Steve
Another Steve
September 30, 2011 10:50 am

Apparently this magazine is not full of “information,” but articles. Information can be found on any web-site.

Yes, people want instant access to things and they hate books because, as Kanye West said (I think) “books be all wordy and shit.” Most people hate grammar and punctuation too. However, it can be a very rewarding experience for us to try to engage with a longer, more contemplative medium, such as a book or a long magazine article.

I don’t know what makes something relevant, but magazines are still worthwhile in my world – even though they can be all wordy and shit. 🙂

Less Than 12 Parsecs
Less Than 12 Parsecs
September 30, 2011 1:49 pm

Despite what many of the folks who post here might think, the Internet has not killed off all other forms of media, and Sportsnet mag is not necessarily a “dumb” idea. A lot of niche mags are actually growing in circulation these days, based on great, relevant writing and content – not “information” as Another Steve pointed out. (On a similar note, overall TV viewership is also actually growing, not declining.)

That’s why I guarantee you that Rogers has a solid business case. It’s up to editorial execution and marketing now to find and connect with the audience. I haven’t seen the mag yet, but will pick one up. I sincerely hope it works.

Hockey Editor
Hockey Editor
September 30, 2011 5:53 pm

@Tom: Yeah, McCown’s been doing that so long it’s practically his “sound.” Between him popping his Ps and Hunt forgetting to turn his mic on, Prime Time could be an aural gong show back around 1998.

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