Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by Rob Gregg

Other than Bob Elliott, nobody saw the return of John Gibbons coming. It certainly has driven both positive and negative opinion after today’s presser. I like the hire. Known as a no nonsense, player friendly manager, he brings transparency to the role. Of particular interest to me will be his handling of Brett Lawrie, who more than once this past season was reckless on the basepaths. Here’s your drive home lineups:

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

400 – Phones for the full hour
500 – Open segment with McCown & Brunt
520 – Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet
540 – Brian Cooper, Sports Business analyst
600 – Alex Anthopoulos, Blue Jays GM
620 – John Gibbons, new Blue Jays skipper
640 – Pat Hentgen, former Blue Jays pitcher

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:

John Gibbons, New Jays Manager
Jeremy Taggart, Our Lady Peace and James Cybulski, TSN Radio host

Today on Sportsline:

Was the hiring of John Gibbons the correct move by the Blue Jays? If the Argonauts win the Grey Cup will the city of Toronto accept them like the Leafs, Blue Jays & Raptors? Is the Hamilton Ticats decision to play a majority of their 2013 schedule in Guelph the best option for the fans? Join Hebsy & Bubbs, today at 5 on CHCH.

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November 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Great interview with AA by Cybulski/Mackowycz. A lot of information coming out and AA really seemed to enjoy himself, even started talking French with Cybulski and the end. Cybulski/Macko also gave credit to Rogers and specifically singled out Keith Pelley for praise – classy. With CFL commissioner Mark Cohon it was revealed the ratings for the 2 CFL games were just under 2 millions viewers, with a peak of 2.9 million viewers, a 15% increase from last year. Guess Bob has to work harder to suppress TSN/CFL ratings, bwahaha.
Also starting next season, TSN will broadcast 190 games from the English Premier League, the same amount as Sportsnet. More choice of games – can’t wait.

November 20, 2012 9:37 pm
Reply to  Kamlesh

I though they discussed the ratings on mondays show with Arthur.

Another Steve
Another Steve
November 20, 2012 10:02 pm
Reply to  Kamlesh

How many of those 2.9 million are from the GTA? As always, it’s nice that people like the CFL, but there are lots of people, such as myself, who have come to be rather bored by the league, and therefore I am glad that one station can talk about other things while 1050 tries to shove the Grey Cup down everyone’s throat ad nauseam. I started listening to 1050 while driving tonight and then heard that the rest of the week on the station would be CFL-crazy, so I noted not to turn the dial there for 5 days or so.

On Friday night I was at the tennis exhibition match at the ACC (Raonic, Roddick, etc). I don’t know how it appeared on TV, but Cohon was there representing the CFL and his appearance really felt out of place, as if the crowd couldn’t figure out what this “CFL” was.

November 21, 2012 11:12 am
Reply to  Kamlesh

The CFL does a good job with some gullible people by using national TV ratings
to cover up how much of a non-entity they are in Toronto, but as pointed out
here last week, those are national TV ratings, with most of the viewers from
western Canada. CFL games routinely make the lists of Top 30 rated TV shows of
the week in western cities, but do not in Toronto, while other sports events do
make the list in Toronto, for example Blue Jays games and Euro soccer.
I checked the lists for November going back a few years, and even during
weeks with CFL playoff games, including when the Argos were involved, those
games did not make the Top 30 lists in Toronto. Also, you can sometimes see a
noticeable drop in the national numbers for games in which one or both teams are
eastern (Toronto, Hamilton), again because most of the TV viewers are out west
and therefore have no home team interest for those games. I’d like to see the
specific TV numbers in Toronto for regular season CFL games, but they don’t seem
to be released by BBM and the CFL, I can only assume because they must be
embarrassingly low. And really, just about anyone who actually lives in the GTA
could tell you that the CFL fell off the radar many years ago for most people,
and few of the small number of remaining fans are under 40 years old.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
November 21, 2012 3:44 pm
Reply to  Mullah_Kintyre

Where are the Blue Jays in the ratings? They only make the Toronto list and at number 21, didn’t make the list for any other city. This was in June before they fell off the map. Played the Red Sox that week, and were 3 games above .500 and contending for a wildcard spot.

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