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Shawn Simpson Joins TSN 1200 Morning Show

Effective Tuesday, March 19th, Simpson joins co-host John “JR” Rodenburg along with the show’s producer and on-air contributor Matt Hamer for the new TSN 1200 morning show each day from 6 – 10am.

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Less than one week after TSN announced personnel changes due to cutbacks, the company has filled a void, adding Shawn Simpson to Ottawa’s TSN 1200 morning show.  Effective Tuesday, March 19th, Simpson joins co-host John “JR” Rodenburg along with the show’s producer and on-air contributor Matt Hamer for the new TSN 1200 morning show each day from 6 – 10am.

“I can’t wait to join in on the action with the station’s great morning team,” said Shawn Simpson in a station press release. “I’m certain that JR, Matt, and I will have spirited daily debates on the subjects that matter most to Ottawa sports fans, from the Sens to the Redblacks and beyond.”

Simpson, a former Canadian hockey player and NHL executive, joined the radio station in 2012 as an afternoon host, which at the time was called The Team 1200.  Now, the veteran radio host moves to morning drive for TSN 1200, taking over for Steve Warne who was let go by the company last Wednesday.  

“As a former hockey player and NHL executive, Shawn brings a unique perspective on the sports world, and we’re very excited to have him join our new morning lineup,” said John Rodenburg, Morning Co-Host and Program Director, TSN 1200 Ottawa. “Throughout the day, TSN 1200 will continue to bring Ottawa sports fans smart, informed discussion of the biggest sports stories making waves in the nation’s capital.”

Simpson and his co-host of TSN’s afternoon show The Drive, Ian Mendes filled in on the 6 – 10am morning show last week.  With Simpson being named a permanent member of the morning show, Mendes will remain on The Drive with Lee Versage, which broadcasts daily from 2 – 6pm. 

Rounding out TSN 1200’s lineup is their midday show which will continue to be hosted by Steve Lloyd and Todd White from 10am – 2pm. 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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Pat McAfee: Sean McVay Isn’t Ready For A Broadcasting Career

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

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Sean McVay was among those rumored to be potentially on the move to the broadcast booth this offseason, but ultimately the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams decided to stay put. He was reportedly offered a mega-contract from Amazon to join the Thursday Night Football crew.

It appears McVay has a future in TV, but he’s made it clear he wants to remain a coach for the time being.

Pat McAfee on Monday told co-host A.J. Hawk that thinking about a future that doesn’t involve coaching in the NFL isn’t how McVay is wired.

“That’s how football people are. That’s literally how coaches are,” McAfee said. “It is just, we are either preparing for football season or we’re in football season. And when we’re not in football season, they’re wishing they were in football season so they’re acting like they’re in football season by watching more film, being more dialed in.”

McAfee also said the recent shuffling of broadcast crews, and the paydays associated with those moves, is what really turned up the heat on McVay speculation.

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

Pat also made it very clear that whenever McVay decides to make it to the booth, he’s likely going to be a star.

“I do believe a lot of us think to ourselves, I can’t wait for that guy to get in f–king TV though,” he said. “He’s going to be amazing on the microphone I think, A.J.”

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T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester: Drew Brees Chatter Began With His Tweet About Saints

“They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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There have been rumors about what’s next for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but nothing has been set in stone. He took to Twitter over the weekend to dispute a report that he is out at NBC and make it clear he’s still weighing his options.

Brees feeling like he still has a fire to play in the NFL got the attention of T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester on 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge. Hebert on Monday said Brees expressing interest in coming back throws a wrench in all the planning the Saints have done to hand over the reins to Jameis Winston.

“It almost feels unreal where it’s this deal where it’s like, OK you had finally moved on, you made peace with it, it was all good, it is what it is, you’re ready to roll with your new guy,” he said. “And right when you think you’ve finally moved on, that text comes in and cracks open that door. But you’re happy, right? But can you say no to him?”

Hester noted that it was a Tweet from Brees expressing the desire to return to New Orleans that began the conversations and speculation about his future in broadcasting. However, he thinks it may be too late for Drew Brees to walk back into the Superdome and be greeted with open arms.

“If this was last year, and he had just retired and maybe had the itch to come back, maybe he could have that feeling. But he also has to understand that the team has had to move on,” he said. “They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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