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McCown Confirms Today Is His Last At SportsNet 590

“In their statement, SportsNet 590 said they will use a variety of hosts on Prime Time Sports throughout the summer, with plans to unveil a new show for the start of the fall season.”

Brandon Contes

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It’s official, Friday June 21st, is Bob McCown’s final day hosting Prime Time Sports on SportsNet 590 in Toronto and nationally syndicated throughout Canada.  After a few days of rumors, SportsNet and McCown confirmed the report originally made by Toronto Sports Media’s Twitter account, @yyzsportsmedia.

After signing a “multi-year” extension in December 2017, McCown’s tenure will end a year and a half after agreeing to his most recent contract.  SportsNet chose not to give any reasons as to why the iconic Bob McCown won’t be behind the mic for their afternoon drive show anymore, but the longtime host of Prime Time Sports made it clear he has no plans of retiring.

“Speculation concerning my imminent retirement are 100% inaccurate!” McCown said through his Twitter account on Thursday, adding “I’ll be back.”

“Bob is an icon in this business and a legend of our format,” SportsNet Program Director, Dave Cadeau said in a statement. “He built sports talk radio in Canada, and we are lucky to have had him on the mic and in the hallways over the last three decades.  Bob will be missed but his legacy will remain with us for years to come.”

An iconic member of Canada’s sports media for over 40 years, McCown has been the primary host of Prime Time Sports since 1989, owning the areas top rated sports show for the larger part of three decades.  Considered one of the best interviewers in the industry, the founder of sports radio in Canada has been known throughout his career for tenaciously challenging guests and callers, although his fiery style has toned down in recent years.  Nicknamed the “Bobcat,” McCown would don a pair of sunglasses during his TV simulcast and used coined phrases such as “who gives a flying fadoo?”

“Bob McCown invented sports talk radio in Canada, period,” said co-host Stephen Brunt. “When a big sports story was breaking, when the home team was winning a championship or falling apart, everyone tuned in to Prime Time Sports to find out what Bob was saying.

“He’s an original. There will never be another one quite like him.”

Last year, Prime Time Sports, which broadcasts from 4 – 7pm retooled the show by adding John Shannon, Richard Deitsch and Stephen Brunt.  Brunt previously served as McCown’s longtime co-host, but the two parted ways for a couple of years prior to their 2018 reunion.  In an atypical radio format, Shannon would join McCown on Prime Time Sports during the 4pm hour only, with Deitsch and Brunt being brought into the studio to partner with the Bobcat from 5 – 7pm.  With the show’s moving parts, the one constant for Prime Time Sports continued to be McCown, as he has been for 30 years.  

In their statement, SportsNet 590 said they will use a variety of hosts on Prime Time Sports throughout the summer, with plans to unveil a new show for the start of the fall season.  

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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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Mike Conti: ‘Appaling’ That ‘Some Creep’ Posted Bob Rathbun Video Online

“He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.”

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Bob Rathbun, the television voice of the Atlanta Hawks, suffered a scary medical emergency on Monday night and it was captured on live television. The video then spread across the internet thanks to Twitter.

Mike Conti, the program director at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, is part of the station’s coverage of the Hawks. He admitted that when he saw the video, he had trouble getting in the right headspace to do the game.

“Bob’s a friend to all of us,” he said Tuesday morning as he talked to John & Hugh, the station’s morning show. “He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.” 

Conti noted that he was not watching TV when the incident happened. He saw the video on social media and is not happy about that.

“Some creep decided to post the video online, which I thought was appalling, but I could not avoid the video. It came up on my Twitter.”

The video is indeed disturbing. Awful Announcing posted the video on Twitter Monday night, but deleted it after backlash from members of the Atlanta media.

Bally Sports Southeast issued a statement after the game saying that Bob Rathbun was treated for dehydration. Conti reported that he had spoken to Rathbun, who is expected to fully recover.

“He’s good. He’s okay,” Conti said. “I don’t want to say too much just to respect Bob’s privacy, but I think Bob would be okay with me saying Bob is okay.”

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WEEI Producer Begins Campaign To Get Greg Hill into Radio Hall of Fame

“He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”

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Greg Hill already has a Marconi, but that honor isn’t enough according to one of his producers.

Jackson, who hosts The Greg Hill Show’s after-show podcast, revealed on Monday that he is ready to make the case to the Radio Hall of Fame for the WEEI morning man to be included in next year’s induction ceremony.

He said that Hill treats the Marconi Award he won for Major Market Personality of the Year like it belongs to everyone. Hill credits not just the current cast he works with on WEEI, but partners from his days at active rocker WAAF as well, with helping him take home that award. Jackson wants to see Hill get an honor that is just for him.

“The Radio Hall of Fame would be very much Greg only, and I think he needs that solo recognition. Not for his ego, but for posterity and for his legend because he is legendary,” Jackson said. “He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”

This year, the Radio Hall of Fame included a trio of WFAN legends in its induction class with found Jeff Smulyan, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and Suzyn Waldman all being honored.

Jackson says he is taking it upon himself to make the case for Greg Hill getting in, but he encouraged listeners to find out what they can do and then do it. While he made it clear that Hill deserves the honor, Jackson acknowledged that the recognition would make him feel pretty good too.

“That would be cool because then I would be working for a Radio Hall-of-Famer and in the circle of trust of a Radio Hall-of-Famer perhaps.”

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