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Sportsnet 650 Reveals New Morning Show

Jason Barrett

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Sportsnet 650 doesn’t officially launch for two more months, but the summer months are equally as important. After all, this is when the station can talk to candidates, make programming hires and fine tune their presentation to make sure their September 4th debut goes off without a hitch.

When the station premieres in roughly 60 days, it will do so with a strong local morning show. It was confirmed today that James Cybulski, Steve Darling and Mira Laurence will team up in morning drive, forming Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup with Cybulski, Darling and Laurence. The trio will host weekdays 6a-10a PT.

“James, Steve and Mira are a dynamic trio with a tremendous amount of experience and sports knowledge that will be invaluable to Sportsnet 650, the morning show and, most importantly, sports fans in Vancouver,” said Craig MacEwen, Program Director, Sportsnet 650. “These three talents are not only excellent at what they do, but they are also exemplary members of the community, giving back through various charitable efforts. We are thrilled to have them on the Sportsnet 650 team.”

Cybulski is an award-winning broadcaster with over 25 years of on-air experience. He was Bureau Chief of The Score from 2000-2004, and worked on Sportsnet Pacific from 2013-2016. He had recently been working for NEWS 1130. His resume also includes serving as a sportscaster and reporter for SportsCentre on TSN and hosting a radio program for TSN 1050. In fact, Cybulski was the first drive-time host hired by 1050 when the station launched in April 2011.

Darling meanwhile has been a British Columbia resident nearly his entire life. His resume includes stints as a news anchor and sports reporter with NEWS 1130, BCTV and Global BC Morning News. His popularity soared as host of Global News Morning. After 15 years on the show, he left last year after being pushed out of his anchor’s chair. His exit was viewed unfavorably by viewers, leading them to launch a Facebook group titled “Steve Darling Deserved Better Treatment”. The page still has nearly 19,000 followers.

Over a decade worth of experience covering Vancouver sports is what Laurence brings to the table. She spent 10 years as head of the sports department for CTV Vancouver Island before choosing to leave the broadcasting business. Since then she has worked for the Partnership Development Officer for Vikes Athletics and Recreation at the University of Victoria and as the Executive Director of HeadWay, the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre.

Sportsnet 650 will make announcements about the remainder of their lineup at a later time. The station has already gained the radio rights to the Vancouver Canucks and according to The Province, Satiar Shah is expected to be involved with the brand in some capacity.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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