Toronto Sports Media Morning Drive Lineups

By TSM

Here’s your drive lineup for your listening enjoyment this am:

On 590 with Greg Brady and Jim Lang:

Budd Nix Buffalo Bills GM

On TSN radio with Mike Richards

7:00am Chris Schultz

7:15am Jonas Siegel

7:30am Pierre McGuire

7:45am Yahoo Hockey Writer Nicholas Cotsonika

8:00am Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons

8:30am Jesse Palmer

8:45am Kenny Albert

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January 10, 2012 12:43 pm

Yesterday’s Sun had a warning for the local media http://blogs.canoe.ca/leafsnow/general/look-out-media-wilson-is-taking-aim/.

It may be my perception but is Ron Wilson getting much less play in the media as of late? A quick scan of the articles seemed to either have only a short comment or totally ignore input from him. It may also be my impression (driven by a lack of enthusiasm for things NHL these days) but it also appears that Leafs are not getting the same wall to wall coverage they have in previous years.

My son and I were talking about who appears to have the best media presence of the local sports teams. We agreed while early the new Raptors coach Dwayne Casey seems best with Farrell not too far behind. Both seem able to deal directly and honestly with the media without the caustic, antagonistic comments. We also agreed that Leafs triumvirate of Burke, Wilson and Phaneuf were the worst by a country mile! I do not remember a Captain for any team with so little media presence and ability.

Interestingly my son is watching far more hockey this year and I am watching less. Perhaps I am overly sensitive, but listening to Bill Daly on Hayes’ show it occurred to me that when you add him and Bettman along with the local crew as the voices of the league, no wonder I am losing interest.

Again, it is only my perception driven by my opinions. I do respect the majority of poster’s opinions so am curious as to your perceptions regarding best media presence and if my head is stuck in a fundamental orifice regarding the Leafs coverage.

MEDIAJOE
MEDIAJOE
January 10, 2012 3:40 pm

Your not the only one losing interest in Bettman’s 30 team NHL.

Too many bad teams and too many bad players.

New Orleans Saints vs San Francisco 49ers blows away anything the NHL has to offer.

Aye Eye
Aye Eye
January 10, 2012 3:55 pm

I have no doubt that there are some people who have turned off the Leafs in particular and the NHL in general. Part of the reason is the product, but I think another factor is the over saturation of Leafs coverage. The best example I can think of occurred the morning after the last day of the baseball season. At 9:00, Blair, who knows next to nothing about any sport other than baseball, talked about some inconsequential Leaf game instead of what may have been the greatest single night of baseball ever. And that’s the sport he knows about, writes about, is passionate about. That had to be dictated from above. TSN is probably even worse than the Fan for it, but that morning really highlighted the problem for me.
So Cam, sorry Buddy but I don’t agree with you. There may be a little anti-Wilson backlash after that bogus Twitter contract stuff (what a jerk!), but generally speaking, anytime Burke or Wilson talk, the media listens. I would argue they probably aren’t talking much. And as for Phaneuf, it’s probably a result of him not saying much interesting. So far as I know, he doesn’t duck from the media.

darrell b
darrell b
January 10, 2012 4:06 pm

You can make the nets bigger, make goalie equipment smaller, make penalized players serve a full 2 minutes or go to 4 on 4. They will all increase scoring and will create buzz for a short time. Though it will never happen, the only way I can see the NHL succeed long term and become a must see sport is by scrapping 4 to 6 teams. This would eliminate the trap and eliminate the goons. The NHL over expanded and there’s no going back. They can make all the rule changes they can think up, but the problem is a watered down product.

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