Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by Rob G

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown. Stephen Brunt co-hosts from 5pm:

400 – 500 – Elliotte Friedman, in studio, for the hour; Damien Cox, Toronto Star; Michael Grange, Sportsnet
500 – 600 – Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet; Tom Tebbutt, tennis analyst, host of Aces on Sportsnet 590 The FAN
600 – 700 – Colin Campbell, NHL Executive VP & Director of Hockey Operations, Anthony Calvillo, retired Montreal Allouettes QB

On TSN Radio 1050 from 4-7pm, TSN Drive with Dave Naylor. co-hosts:

4:30 – Anthony Calvillo, retired Montreal Alouettes QB
5:00 – Darren Dreger, TSN hockey insider
5:25 – Sylvain Bruneau, Tennis Canada Women’s National Coach, live from the Australian Open
6:00 – Jim Daopoulos, former NFL Supervisor of Officials
6:15 – Bob McKenzie, TSN hockey insider
6:30 – Carling Bassett, former Canadian Women’s tennis star, 1st Canadian female to reach a Grand Slam Semi Final

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


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January 21, 2014 7:46 pm

I’m finding the Fan quite slow these days to post audio for PTS. Hope it improves soon.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 22, 2014 6:10 pm

I follow tennis more closely than any other sport, including the NBA and the Raptors, and to hear Tim and Sid the other day talk about tennis, which admit tingly they know little about, was astonishing though to the degree of their lack of basic knowledge.

When Tim and Sid had no clue as to how far Milos had advanced in a major, trying to compare it to Genie and her recent run, it varied from the semi finals to quarters, but neither knew. The reality is that Milos has never advanced to a quarter finals in a major, the 4th round and making it into the second week is as far as he has gotten. It would be nice if they would do a bit of homework before discussing these things, as at least Damien Cox, who acts as a know-it-all on tennis, knows the basics, including how the Canadians are doing, and have done in the past.

Lee (Oakville)
January 22, 2014 10:00 pm

Tennis is a huge weak spot in Canadian media. Compare the ESPN/NBC coverage of the majors (McEnroe brothers, Jim Courier, Darren Cahiill, etc) versus Canadian coverage is embarrassing. Damien Cox is a casual tennis player pretending to be an expert. An automatic channel change.

Poker Guy
Poker Guy
January 23, 2014 12:04 pm

As I was getting in late last night, both stations were disussing, or trying to wax poetic on Bouchard’s run, and what that would mean for tennis in Canada moving forward.
You’re right Lee, Cdn coverage for tennis blows, plain and simple. I have commented before how 1050 at times does not even include scores while doing their updates—and they’re carrying the fucking thing on their station!
Last night, Naylor had Carling Bassett-Seguso on, and atleast the sport is getting SOME attention.
Lack of interest from the stations to disuss it. Oh, they may devote an hour to it, and have Tom Tebutt discuss in the 8pm hour when the audience is less, but the sport will be quicly kicked to the curb, and already has since Bouchard is out. Meanwhile Federer and Nadal tangle in the semi on Friday morning. Worth a discussion? Not to 1050 or 590.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 24, 2014 6:30 pm

I agree with both Lee and Poker Guy, it is disgraceful how few resources are devoted to tennis, when our future, and present, has never looked brighter.

To illustrate this, it took TSN about fifteen minutes to realize that the ESPN coverage for Genie’s quarter final round against Ivanovic was not being covered, and they finally switched over to the tennis tv feed.

For the start of the semi final match against Lee, they learned their lesson, and advised you to go to TSN2 to watch the start of the match interrupting the hockey game there, and once the Canadians game ended, they switched back.

These are more production issues than anything, so I can cut some slack there, although TSN in general has done a horrible job covering basketball in the past, cutting away at the earliest opportunity to their Sportsdesk show, like after the NBA All-Star game, even before the MVP was announced. They will do anything to get into their hockey coverage A.S.A.P., but with losing the national rights now, this will be changing I am sure, as they need to diversify more.

Getting back to who I can listen to and learn from in the Canadian market, Tom Tebbutt is amazing, I love his blog, and he always answers my direct questions to him on Twitter, although it can take some time to get a response back, due to his busy schedule.

Some of the recent questions and responses back were as follows, and I give him a lot of credit for being the face of Canadian tennis for so long, and do it so well.

@RaptorsDevotee Jan 22
@tomtebbutt I noticed that Peliwo was not included on the Davis Cup squad, even as a hitting partner as he did in the past. Any reason?

Tom Tebbutt ‏@tomtebbutt Jan 23
@RaptorsDevotee think he needs to play tournaments – believe Polansky will be there

@RaptorsDevotee Jan 15
@tomtebbutt I can’t imagine Vasek playing doubles now, but I have not heard anything about a withdrawal.

Tom Tebbutt ‏@tomtebbutt Jan 16
@RaptorsDevotee sorry – been busy – had serious doubts about Vasek – all confirmed sadly

Reply to @tomtebbutt
@RaptorsDevotee Jan 16
@tomtebbutt I know how busy you are, and any responses back are appreciated. I’m really concerned about Davis Cup now and Vasek’s health.

I am illustrating the point how classy an individual Tom is to take the time to respond back, without any degree of sarcasm, or talking down to you, where there are other tennis media people I interchange with, and I do sometimes get back some know it all responses.

To update on Vasek for the Davis Cup, Tom did report back that he is doing better, and will be ready for Japan.

Another Steve
Another Steve
January 24, 2014 8:05 pm

Thanks RD. As a huge tennis fan myself, I often wonder why the places around here don’t use Tebbutt more. He’s widely respected in the international tennis world, and deservedly so.

Mike S
Mike S
January 27, 2014 5:13 pm

I am also a big tennis fan and have always liked Tebbutt’s work in the Globe (not anymore, unfortunately) and on 590………….although his appearances on PTS are pretty useless since McCown tends to focus more on the color of Tebbutt’s socks and the type of wine that he is drinking than on actual tennis

It’s amazing how many high profile sports writers used to work at the Globe but don’t anymore (Brunt, Grange, Tebbutt, Lorne Rubenstein, Blair, etc)

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 30, 2014 12:58 pm

Lee (Oakville) once again Damien Cox is misinformed about tennis (Big Surprise). This is from his latest article related to the Davis Cup tie between Japan and Canada, one that Japan is expected to win with Raonic’s withdrawal and Vasek not able to play singles, and even though he is scheduled to play doubles, may have to pass on that as well.

“Dancevic and Soeda are both 29 and tour veterans, but have never played.”

In fact, according to Tom Tebbutt, they have played three times, as follows in his blog:

That past involves three previous meetings – but none at the ATP level, and all in Challengers:

Dancevic def. Soeda: 2011, Sarasota, Florida, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Soeda def Dancevic: 2008, Waikoloa, Hawaii, 4-6, 7-6(1), 4-2 RET.

Dancevic def. Soeda: 2004 Granby, Que., 7-6(5), 6-2.

I can cut Cox some slack, because in the radio interview that Tom conducted with Frank, Frank himself did not remember playing any of those matches, but that is not the point. The point is how Cox, in researching his story, should have dug a bit deeper to come up with that, where Tebbutt, a real tennis reporter, knew about it.

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