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:

720 Nick Kypreos
740 Chris Rudge
820 Jon Morosi
840 Louis Jean
845 Ian Mendes

On TSN radio with Mike Richards

6:45am Jack Armstrong
7:15am Olympic Boxer Mary Spencer
7:30am Pierre McGuire
8:00am Darren Dreger & Jamie McLennan
8:30am Dan Shulman
8:45am Kenny Albert

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Rick M.
Rick M.
April 12, 2012 9:37 am

Now that the NHL playoffs have begun, I actually have a legitimate reason to watch the CBC. With that in mind I have opinions for some HNIC members I am familiar with.

Ron McLean – Painfully smug and arrogant. Irritating and obnoxious attempts at poetry, cute puns, and clever lines. Annoying self-importance. The show focuses on him far too much. However, I must admit he is very well-spoken, has excellent timing, and a smooth, often seamless professional delivery. I just wish I could tolerate his attitude.

Don Cherry – Nothing new here but I’ll comment anyway. I appreciate his undying patriotism for Canada, his loving respect for our armed forces and emergency service professionals, and passion for hockey. Unfortunately his loud, abrasive shtick, and absurd views on hockey are so old and tired that they are beyond cartoonish. Promoting goon players, glorifying fighting/violence, and mocking visors, among other things is ridiculous. Coach’s Corner is long past its due date. I would much rather see highlights and in-depth analysis of all games during that time slot.

Glenn Healey – Direct. Straightforward. Strong opinions. How does the CBC allow this? Probably the guy I like to watch to the most. I appreciate those who give me the impression they are calling it as they see it, without restrictions.

Kelly Hrudey – A little too soft-spoken for me but reasonably good analysis.

P.J. Stock – Glad to see he mumbles and stumbles much less than he used to. Still too boyish and goofy for my preference. Provides decent analysis occasionally but difficult to take seriously.

Mike Milbury – I generally like people who are blunt, tough-nosed, and tell it like it is, but he sometimes goes too far and can be rather boorish. Nevertheless he provides a little balance to the overall politically correct culture at the CBC. Not sure what his current status is with HNIC?

Jim Hughson – Solid play-by-play. A very good replacement for Bob Cole.

Craig Simpson – I respect his hockey experience and career. Decent analyst but pretty safe. A little too soft for me.

Bob Cole – Due to his age he sometimes has trouble keeping up with the play and does not always identify the correct players. Despite this he can still call a pretty exciting game. Not sure how many more seasons he has left?

Elliotte Friedman – Nice, friendly, safe, non-controversial, no strong opinions, uninteresting, nondescript, and bland. This makes him perfect for the sterile, politically correct environment at the CBC. No credible reason as to why he is called in as an analyst on The Fan 590. He is a common member of the media. He’s just a guy.

(On a minor note) – When I compare games between HNIC & NBC, the crowd noise on the NBC broadcasts is much louder and gives me a more energetic feeling as a viewer. HNIC seems to mute the crowd noise too much. I find it really makes a difference.

That wraps it up. I can’t imagine the CBC being able to renew their hockey contract which runs out after 2014 or 15. Bell & Rogers should be able to scoop up the NHL rights and put an end to HNIC. It was nice while it lasted.

Hope you all enjoy the playoffs.

Thanks.

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