Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

Photo courtesy of Tom Mihalek, Associated Press

by RobG

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with guest host Damien Cox. Stephen Brunt co-hosts from 5pm:

400 – Steve Buffery, Sun Media
410 – Scott Moore, Sportsnet
420 – Brian Stemmle, Sportsnet
430 – Phones

Scheduled to appear include Sportsnet’s Alan Ashby, Jim Hughson of HNIC, as well as Hall of Fame Defenceman Denis Potvin from Sportsnet.

On TSN Radio 1050 from 4-7pm, Cybulski & Co., with James Cybulski. Bob Mackowycz co-hosts:


On TSN (5pm) & TSN2 (6:30pm), Off the Record with Michael Landsberg:

Paul Maurice, Former NHL coach
Ray Ferraro, NHL on TSN
Steve Simmons and Dave Feschuk, Columnists

Tonight on Sportsline:

If Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson plays tonight, should the NHL reduce Carl Hagelin’s 3 game suspension? Have the Vancouver Canucks given up in their series against the Kings? Has Brett Lawries youthful attitude created a division in the Blue Jays locker room and does Dwane Casey deserve props for the Raptors 22 win season? This plus the Hebsy’s with Mark & Bubba, tonight at 7, on CHCH.

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mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
April 16, 2012 5:12 pm

Cox unloaded on Shanahan today:–cox-nhl-playoffs-veer-wildly-out-of-control

some choice quotes:

– “He’s a nice man, a well-meaning man. But he’s been neutered and now discredited.”
– “He has allowed the league’s best players to become targets on his watch and let the perps walk with slaps on the wrist.”
– “Apparently, he is willing to go along with the farce.”
– “He looks nice in the videos. But they should really come with a laugh track.”

Wow. We’ve come a long way from the effusive praise that was heaped on Shanahan just 6 months ago.

April 16, 2012 5:12 pm

These have been the best playoff hockey games all around in the past 20 years, and here is the fan590 with Cox and Brunt completely poo-pooing the notion of all the intensity and aggressiveness!! Quick switch to tsn radio to find no Arthur today, hope McCown enjoyed his 36 hole season opener on the lynx!

April 16, 2012 5:41 pm

Cybulski played the “what about the children” in decrying the {Phil/Pitt game on Sunday.

So much for keeping any audience he may have gotten today from 590

Ami Angelwings
April 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Cox host! D: But Brunt co-host! 😀

I’m confused whether to listen to the podcast or not Dx

I was hoping Bob would be on so I could hear his reaction to the Jays losing 2 of 3 to the Orioles. Is he panicking, or is he excited because the last game was a win? Bob’s Jays fannishness is on such a hair trigger lately that I’m always curious to see whether the sky is falling or the team reminds him of the 92/93 teams one day to the next.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
April 16, 2012 8:30 pm

In their heartfelt words on the passing of Randy Starkman, Brunt and Cox praised the supposed honorable amateur athletes and continued bashing the spoiled brats who have the temerity to make money playing sports. This is nonsense. How many different things can happen in a baseball, hockey or basketball game? You can win a close one, lose a close one, win a blowout, lose a blowout. Once in a while there may be a great preformance: a shutout, no-hitter, 3 homer, 5 touchdown, whatever, but this is rare. So when you have the same reporters ask the same question day after day, how many original things can you talk about. After a few years of this most people would find the questions tiring and come up with disinterested, rote answers.

If Brunt and Cox show up for an Olympics every 4 years and interact with athletes they have never talked to before obviously the interactions are going to seem fresher than that of a beat reporters on game 68 of 162.

Probably if these angelic amateur athletes were around reporters day in day out for years they would both get tired of each other. Or is their DNA somehow different those who got fed into the feeder systems for the professional sports leagues?

Many great preformers are not good interviews or can treat the media badly, ie Woody Allen, Harold Pinter. And the great Philip Larkin was apparently a POS, but it doesn’t ivalidate any of the poems. Professional athletes shouldn’t be castigated because they have no language outside the lyricism of their own body.

Bart Giamatti was able to watch professional baseball and find enough to entertain and nouish his brain which was trained as a Renaissance scholar, before he became president of Yale and the baseball Commish. If someone this smart can appreciate professional sports maybe Cox and Brunt should be able to also, and stop treating the coverage of games as a burdent to their precious sensibilities. They should read Giamatti’s Take Time for Paradise: Americans and their Games. If they don’t like this book they should take night school courses for remedial everything.

The valets need their Master more than they know.

itchy butt
itchy butt
April 16, 2012 9:18 pm
April 16, 2012 10:12 pm

I like Don. The real incoherent ramblings are found on the Fan590’s Outdoor Journal show. The radio woke me up on Saturday and these guys were talking about bringing back the spring bear hunt. UGH… Because the only way to enjoy the great outdoors is to blow an animals brains out.
I wish McCown would use his influence to get these “real men” off the air.

Rick M.
Rick M.
April 17, 2012 9:02 am

One thing I found very refreshing about Cox & Brunt hosting PTS was the limited amount of meaningless banter and small talk which McCown is notorious for. Wish this was the norm.

I agree with their opinions on the degeneration of the NHL playoffs. The games are plenty exciting and intense enough without the garbage. Not to mention how the flow of the game is interrupted and how much time is wasted.


Mike S
Mike S
April 17, 2012 1:38 pm

I thought Brunt’s words about Randy Starkman on PTS last night were from the heart and appropriate………………my condolences to the Starkman family

Il Duce
Il Duce
April 17, 2012 2:17 pm

The first round of the hockey playoffs is always the best hockey and this year’s session has not disappointed. There is no other more intriguing series than the Penguins vs. Flyers. It has been some of the most intense and entertaining hockey that I‘ve seen in awhile.

Cox and Simmons are so out of touch with what most people want to see, is incredible. I didn’t listen to PTS, predictable. So disappointed when I turned to TSN radio and heard Simmons talking the same nonsense and Cybalski agreeing. Simmons even said that Sunday’s game will affect Crosby’s legacy, really Steve?

April 17, 2012 4:29 pm

I also loved Cybulski asking if Sunday was Crosby’s heel turn.

As if he’s not been a heel since the start of his career. :>

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