Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

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by Rob Gregg

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown:

400 – Stephen Brunt, Sportsnet
420 – Chris Tessero, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, host of the The Poker Show
500 – Roundtable with Tim Micallef, Elliotte Friedman, and Wayne Parrish

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

4:30 – Bruce Arthur
5:30 – Metta World Peaca
5:45 – Rob Ford
6:00 – Jeff O’Neill
6:30 – Kenny Florian

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

Joe Theismann, NFL Legend
James Hinchcliffe, Indy car racer
Jamie McLennan, TSN NHL Analyst

Tonight on Sportsline:

With long standing records on the line for both, will Roger Federer or Andy Murray claim the mens title at Wimbledon? Should the Raptors use the ‘amnesty clause’ on Jose Calderon and acquire more young talent? Will Chael Sonnen upset Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 148 and is the Calgary Stampede an exhibition of animal abuse? Join Hebsy & Bubbs tonight at 7 on CHCH.

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July 6, 2012 5:47 pm

Here goes McCown again on Fields. I wish someone, anyone would just ask a simple question, ‘have you ever seen Fields play’? Like seriously just shut up with Fields, your just making yourself look like more of an idiot every time you open your mouth on him.

Another Steve
Another Steve
July 6, 2012 6:21 pm

McCown just said that the Pirates haven’t won since the 1970s, clearly forgetting about the three straight division titles won with Bonds in the early 90s.

July 6, 2012 6:35 pm

It would be a very long list if one were to list all the simple things he gets wrong on a nightly basis. Now he is on his get rid of ‘these’ NHL teams AGAIN!! My God, does he ever get sick of beating a horse?

July 6, 2012 8:34 pm


July 6, 2012 8:36 pm

BBM Canada reported that a record average audience of 3.04 million Canadian viewers watched live coverage of the final on TSN and RDS. An average of 2.57 million viewers watched English-language coverage on TSN and another 469,000 tuned into the French-language telecast on RDS. Both sports channels are owned and operated by Bell Media, which also owns TEAM Radio and TSN Radio stations across the country, along with CTV and various other television properties and specialty channels.

In the big five of Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain, the average audience totalled 83 million viewers. That included 15.4 million in Spain or 83.4% of available viewers, 22.5 million in Italy (81.7%), 20 million in Germany (56.2%), 12.9 million in France (48%) and 12.3 million in the UK.

With just over 4 million viewers in its average national audience in the U.S., ESPN set a record for cable with a rating of 2.4, up eight per cent in viewers and four per cent in ratings from Euro 2008 on ABC four years ago. Adding the 1.125 million Hispanic viewers watching the Euro 2012 final on ESPN Deportes, a total of 5.193 million Americans made up the country’s average national audience.

The average audience made Spain’s decisive 4-0 victory the most-watched European Cup match ever on Canadian television. It more than doubled the Canadian audiences for the Euro 2008 final (which totalled 1.3 million on TSN and RDS).

Overall, the cumulative audience of those watching some or all of the Euro 2012 final on TSN and RDS reached 6.6 million unique viewers. Audience levels peaked at 3.6 million viewers on TSN and RDS as Spain became the first team ever to repeat as European champion. The Spaniards have now won three straight major competitions, including the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

July 6, 2012 8:38 pm

If England had of made the Euro Cup 2012 final the ratings would have been even higher right across Canada.

itchy butt
itchy butt
July 6, 2012 9:08 pm

Bob is turning into Larry King. He said Steve Nash went to the “Los Angeles Kings”. WTF?

July 6, 2012 11:08 pm

I’ve said it before, but Bob has been getting by on past reputation for years. He was untouchable in his prime, but his prime was a long time ago. Lucky for him there isn’t much competition.

July 6, 2012 11:36 pm

“Bob is turning into Larry King. He said Steve Nash went to the “Los Angeles Kings”. ”

Apparently, a Toronto TV station did the same thing.

Kharmic payback for all the LA Kings mistakes made by TV stations during the Stanley Cup final in Los Angeles.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
July 6, 2012 11:38 pm

Bob and whichever panelist said Serena was “steamrolling” her opponents was wrong. She’s had a few three set matches and her two setters haven’t been as one-sided as in the past.

BTW I heard someone on The Fan (not sure if it was PTS, I had the station on all day and can’t recall) confuse the words British and English. They asked if “British press” included the Scottish press. Well, duh. Does “Canadian press” include Quebec and Manitoba reporters? It’s just started to dawn on me lately that a lot of Canadians think the words British and English are synonyms. Despite what the basketball guy on PTS implied today no one in the British press refers to Andy Murray as English when he wins and Scottish when he loses. Everybody in the UK, even the most knuckle-dragging media elements, understands that British does not mean English.

Ami Angelwings
July 7, 2012 12:46 am

Bob seems to have stopped watching other sports, but he’s doing a horrible job pretending that he does :\ He’s making a ton of mistakes lately, and it’s pretty clear that he’s just going by his “impression” of things and how often he sees people’s names in headlines, etc etc… If he’s never heard of Landry Fields, then he can’t be any good. If he’s heard Serena’s made the final, she must be steamrolling… :\

He seems to be in his summer “I really wish I was on vacation” grump mode (as I said, I prefer him to take a vacation for the entire summer every year b/c I’ve noted that he’s better in the fall after a long break, and he’s always grumpier and shoutier than usual during the summer) and it’s sad b/c everybody knows I have a huge vampire crush on him. 🙁 And whenever he makes a mistake, or overreacts lately, it just makes me wish I was on the roundtable to try to steer him back gently.

Like, the other day he was saying about Alvarez “has any pitcher ever succeeded pitching to contact!? ever!?” and saying none had. Well… um… Tom Glavine? :\ And less and less people are correcting him on stuff now I find too, prolly b/c he’s so shouty lately.

I think it’d be great to solve 2 birds with one stone right now and put Wilner as his summer co-host and just have Wilner correct him and they can shout and yell at each other. I’m actually curious to see how an argument between them would go 😀 And it might be cathartic for the both of them.

Talking about which… Raptors fans could use a Wilner of basketball right now, b/c omg the freaking out. The radio hosts aren’t helping. Like… on the roundtable, they were talking about how the Raptor PR guy must be hiring people to tweet that Lowry is a better choice than Nash. But even before Nash didn’t sign, there were a LOT of comments on all the usual sports sites (TSN, Sportsnet, etc) that said they would prefer Lowry over Nash. That doesn’t mean Lowry is BETTER than Nash, but he’s younger and a better fit in those fans minds. And the roundtable were acting like those fans must be fake. Also Bob said something like “maybe he’ll become a good player”. Isn’t he already a good player? The question is if he’ll become better… but it’s not like he’s a bad player… or the Raptors signed a bench player.

*sigh* I wish Bob would just take all of July and August off, and come back rested and normal and happy again. Then he and Brunt can go back to talking about squirrels. 🙂

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
July 7, 2012 8:15 am

Ami: I think it’d be great to solve 2 birds with one stone right now and put Wilner as his summer co-host and just have Wilner correct him and they can shout and yell at each other.


July 7, 2012 1:42 pm

Good shout out on Glavine, Ami. Greg Maddux often pitched to contact too. Perhaps the greatest pitcher of my generation.

July 7, 2012 5:20 pm

Bob watching sports is just funny to think about. Can anyone seriously envision him watching the Blue Jays this afternoon playing the White Sox in an afternoon game? If CBC loses the rights to the NHL I think Elliote would be a great replacement for Bob. Question is if that were to happen and say Bob left for TSN how do ya’s think the ratings would differ?

July 7, 2012 5:27 pm

It’s a good call that many have succeeded pitching to contact (including Halladay), but these greats like Maddux, Glavine and Halladay also had an out pitch if they needed a strikeout. Alvarez is missing this at the moment … so I think his lack of strikeouts is a legitimate concern. However, he’s so ridiculously young, I’m sure that’s something he can work on going forward.

July 7, 2012 5:39 pm

Agreed, Daniel. Not saying Alverez doesn’t have a serious problem, but for Bob to make a sweeping statement like “Has any pitcher ever succeeded by pitching to contact?” is ridiculous and embarrassing – it’s basically how you go deep in games. Btw, how could I forget about Halladay?! Another great example.

July 9, 2012 11:20 am

Anyone catch Bob say Rovell is now off the show, since he has jumped from CNBC to ESPN, so presumably he is now going to be on TSN Radio.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
July 9, 2012 2:10 pm

Anyone catch Bob say Rovell is now off the show

I caught that. Tim what’s-his-name mentioned Rovell only to have Bob quickly state that Rovell was “no more” or some similar words. I think Bob will miss Rovell as he always seemed to enjoy their conversations.

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