Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto announced a new weekday lineup that reflects the change in sports seasons. Their new sports talk schedule will have a partial debut on September 30th, with the rest of their shows launching on October 14th.
The new lineup begins with Scott MacArthur moving from Blue Jays Talk to the station’s morning show. Airing from 6 – 9am, MacArthur will partner with Ashley Docking and former professional hockey player Mike Zigomanis. Hugh Burrill will host from 5:30 – 6am and provide updates during their new morning drive program.
Moving from the early afternoon to the 9am – noon time-slot on The Fan will be Good Show with Ben Ennis and JD Bunkis. The duo previously aired from 1 – 4pm as a lead-in to Prime Time Sports. Starting September 30th, Hockey Central will broadcast from noon – 2pm, covering stories from around the NHL with Jeff Marek (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and David Amber (Wednesday). Both hosts will be joined by retired hockey player, Anthony Stewart.
On October 14th, the current hosts of Prime Time Sports, Jeff Blair, Stephen Brunt and Richard Deitsch will relaunch their show with a new title that has not been announced. The trio’s new show will air from 2 – 5pm every weekday. Prime Time Sports previously featured one of the founders of Canadian sports talk radio, Bob McCown.
Also launching October 14th in Sportsnet’s new lineup will be the return of Tim & Sid. Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro, who have hosted together since 2011, will once again be simulcast by Sportsnet 590 from 5 – 7pm.
“We are giving listeners a fresh perspective with the most talented and knowledgeable sports personalities in the country,” said Dave Cadeau, program director for Sportsnet 590 The FAN in a statement. “Every show offers a different flavor but there’s one thing they have in common – they are going to bring insight and opinions that ignite the passion of Toronto sports fans.”
In the past year, Sportsnet has retooled multiple times, with the biggest change being the departure of their iconic afternoon host, Bob McCown in June. Sportsnet’s current round of changes will see the station move on from Greg Brady, another longtime on-air personality.
“Thank you to the listeners, for being there, reaching out and saying “hi” and don’t stop doing so. We share the same passions and electricity so we are already linked. It’s your station as much as anyone’s,” Brady wrote on Twitter.
Brady has worked for Sportsnet in various roles and time-slots for the last decade. The longtime sports radio host hasn’t announced his next career stop yet.
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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach
“He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.
On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.
The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.
“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.
Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.
“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”
NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.
SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.
Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.
NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.
The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.
“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”
Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.
The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.
Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.
Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.
The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.
While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.
“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”
Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”