Vancouver sports radio is heating up with Sportsnet 650 expected to debut soon and challenge TSN 1040 for local bragging rights. To make sure they’re prepared for the increased local competition, TSN is making adjustments to its weekday lineup, with the changes scheduled to go into effect on Monday, August 21st.
The new weekday schedule includes The Bro Jake Show earning an extra half hour in morning drive. The show will now air M-F from 5:30a-9a PT and continue to feature Bro Jake joined by Dave Pratt and the best sports insiders and analysts in the business.
The mid-morning show from 9a-12p PT will belong to Halford and Brough, featuring Mike Halford and Jason Brough. The former Kurtenblog radio guys make the move to hosting a daily sports radio show, and will be counted on to add their unique insight, analysis, and humour to the day’s biggest sports stories.
The early part of the afternoon is occupied by Donnie and The Moj in the 12p-3p PT timeslot. The former afternoon show will continue to supply top notch sports insiders, while keeping listeners up-to-date and entertained during the work day. The show plans to include two full hours of Canucks analysis, opinions, and the latest breaking news on and off the ice as part of The Nux at Noon, a programming strategy implemented for the 12p-2p PT hours.
Taking listeners home each day from 3p-7p PT will be the new drive time duo of Sekeres and Price, featuring Matt Sekeres and Blake Price. The Vancouver sports radio duo previously enjoyed a lengthy successful run in middays. They’re the only show on the station to be given four hours of air time each day.
“With more than 12 consecutive hours of live, original programming available over the air and on the go, our refreshed all-star roster of hosts and shows will continue to provide fans with the premium sports content they’re seeking throughout the day,” said Robert Gray, National Program Director, TSN Radio. “We’re also thrilled to welcome Mike and Jason to TSN 1040’s weekday lineup, and look forward to the duo sharing what they’ve done so well on their weekend show with their new audience.”
TSN 1040’s New Weekday Lineup
· 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. PT: THE BRO JAKE SHOW
· 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT: HALFORD & BROUGH
· 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. PT: DONNIE & ‘THE MOJ’
· 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. PT: SEKERES AND PRICE
Along with listening on AM 1040 and AM 1410 in the Greater Vancouver Area, fans can tune in live at TSN1040.ca and via the TSN GO and iHeartRadio apps. The station’s podcasts are available on demand at TSN1040.ca.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.
Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders
“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”
Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.
“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”
“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.
After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.
“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.
Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.
“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.