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Sportsnet 650 Reveals New Morning Show

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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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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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