John Shannon Talks Don Cherry, Ron Maclean, Dave Hodge, Gary Bettman, Masai Ujiri & More In an exclusive interview, sports broadcasting expert John Shannon talks behind the scenes at Hockey Night and more.

<span class="entry-title-primary">John Shannon Talks Don Cherry, Ron Maclean, Dave Hodge, Gary Bettman, Masai Ujiri & More</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">In an exclusive interview, sports broadcasting expert John Shannon talks behind the scenes at Hockey Night and more.</span>

by TSM

For over 45 years John Shannon has been involved in sports media. John has worked for the NHL, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and was Executive Producer of Hockey Night in Canada. John was a frequent guest on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown as well as a co-host too. John knows the x’s and o’s of broadcast sports as well as the business side of things as well.

John and Jonah talk about the Academy Awards, Dave Hodge, Hockey Night in Canada, Don Cherry, the future of NHL broadcasting in Canada and the United States, Masai Ujiri and rumors he could be leaving the Toronto Raptors for New York and Bob McCown.

If Don Cherry exiting, the Dave Hodge pen story, the rise of Ron MacLean, Masai Ujiri leaving and the future of the NHL broadcast deals interest you, you will LOVE this. John, of course, talks about Bob McCown too.

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    Vince 7 months ago

    Outstanding podcast…on my must listen list!  One suggestion…please do something about the volume of your voice.   It’s hard to hear at times while John’ s was loud and clear.

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    mario 7 months ago

    Thanks for a fantastic interview, John is magic when being interviewed . He possesses some great insight from the past to the present in front of the camera, mic and behind.

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    Bobby Philly 7 months ago

    John Shannon knows squat / zero about hockey as the game is played on the ice. He is oblivious to to game itself. He worked in the NHL as a producer, now we have to listen to his naivety again ?? Bob McCown hated him because Sahhnon is an idiot who always wants to speak over anyone with whom he is speaking. Shannon is like the hockey Dad who sits in the stands shouting out stupid renarks only because he is not anywhere close to being an amateur…FFS …lose John SHANNON

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    Billy Philly,

    What evidence do you have that McCown hates Shannon?

    To counter your contention, Shannon appeared on McCown’s final show. I have difficulty believing that McCown would have someone on his final broadcast if he hated that person. What would the ramifications be for McCown if he insisted that the McCown-hated Shannon not appear on the final broadcast? McCown would be fired twice?

    On the surface, it appears that you are projecting your antipathy towards Shannon onto McCown.

    Personally, I placed very little value on Shannon’s narrative-driven analysis of the game of hockey. However, he has a very deep understanding of broadcasting and and the related business issues.

    Kudos to Jonah for securing the interview.

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    Sorry, it should read Bobby Philly.

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    I have to agree with Bob Canuck.

    Shannon had a large and consistent amount of airtime on PTS (in addition to the Roundtables) and it only increased in the last year when Bob announced that he would join him as the regular co-host in the first hour; a slot that Bob usually hosted solo.

    While he often disagreed with Shannon when it came to the NHL; I concur with those on this site who have written that his longevity on the show was a result of his F.O.B (friend of Bobs’) status.

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    Agree with Vince. It was often difficult to hear your questions Jonah. Otherwise great job, enjoyed it.