Sportsnet 590 The Fan (CJCL-AM) has unveiled a new lineup of hosts and shows, following an unspecified number of layoffs at the network over the summer that included longtime Prime Time Sports host Bob McCown, and Hockey Central at Noon contributors Nick Kypreos, Doug Maclean, and John Shannon.
Among the highlights of the new slate of shows is the return of Tim & Sid to radio with a multi-platform version of their TV show and the expansion of Hockey Central to two hours.
Starting off the day’s programming, Hugh Burrill will host a new sports update show from 5:30 – 6 a.m. ET that will cover everything that happened the previous night. Burrill will also continue to provide regular updates during morning drive.
In the 6 – 9 a.m. timeslot, Scott MacArthur moves from hosting Blue Jays Talk to join Ashley Docking and former NHL‘er Mike Zigomanis on a new morning show that promises “enthusiastic debate” and “wide-ranging opinions.”
Good Show with Ben Ennis and JD Bunkis moves from its previous 1 p.m. timeslot to mid-mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.
From noon to 2 p.m., Hockey Central expands to two hours featuring Jeff Marek four days a week and David Amber in the host’s chair on Wednesdays. They’ll be joined by former NHL’er Anthony Stewart.
Jeff Blair, Stephen Brunt and Richard Deitsch move into the 2 to 5 p.m. slot.
From 5 to 7 p.m., Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro extend the reach of their popular Sportsnet TV show Tim & Sid back to radio. The show was first established on CJCL-AM back in 2011, before starting its television simulcast on The Score in 2013 and later relaunching in 2015 on TV only.
The new lineup will launch Monday, Sept. 30, with the exception of Tim & Sid’s evening show and the afternoon show featuring Blair, Brunt and Deitsch. Those offerings will start airing two weeks later on Monday, Oct. 14. The network says the names of the new shows will be revealed next week.
“We are giving listeners a fresh perspective with the most talented and knowledgeable sports personalities in the country,” said Dave Cadeau, the station’s program director, in a release. “Every show offers a different flavour 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 addition to being heard on Sportsnet 590 The FAN in Toronto, the shows will also air on numerous stations within the Sportsnet Radio Network, as well as Sportsnet.ca/590, the Sportsnet App, Radioplayer Canada, Google Home and Amazon Echo.
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