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TSN Radio 1290 Enters Winnipeg Market

TSN Radio 1290 Enters Winnipeg Market

Winnipeg’s Sports Radio 1290 will undergo a rebranding beginning Wednesday, when it becomes TSN Radio 1290.

Bell Media announced the switch Monday, putting both Winnipeg’s station and Montreal’s “THE TEAM 1290” under the more recognizable TSN brand.

TSN Radio 1290 will remain the official radio broadcaster of the Winnipeg Jets, as will TSN TV.

“We are always looking to strengthen and extend the TSN brand by continuing to bring Canadians industry-leading sports content wherever they are,” TSN president Stewart Johnston said in a release. “TSN Radio and its local focus has quickly made a significant impact on the Toronto landscape and we are looking forward to doing the same in the key Montreal and Winnipeg markets.”

TSN Radio 1290 will continue to air “Hustler & Lawless” weekdays, as well as “The Big Show” with Jets PA announcer Jay Richardson and former long-time Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood.

Besides the local lineup, the station will air TSN-branded packages from the sports talent you see while watching the network’s flagship TV channel.


Winnipeg Jets Award Broadcast Rights to TSN, Sports Radio 1290

Winnipeg Jets Award Broadcast Rights to TSN, Sports Radio 1290

The worst-kept secret in the NHL was confirmed Wednesday, as the Winnipeg Jets announced a partnership deal with Bell Media, awarding broadcast rights to TSN and Sports Radio 1290.


Both stations will handle television and radio duties respectively, ending a long-running deal True North Sports and Entertainment held with CJOB to cover games of the former Manitoba Moose.

The 10-year deal will see Brian Munz and Dennis Beyak sharing play-by-play duties on the AM dial, while current NHL free agent Shane Hnidy handles colour commentary. Former players Brian Engblom and Mike Johnson will do colour for the TSN TV broadcasts.

Sports Radio 1290 will air all 82 regular season Jets games along with Stanley Cup Playoffs and pre-season games.

More than 60 pre-season and regular season games will be available regionally to fans on TSN in HD. The new channel will be called TSN Jets and launches September 20. Viewers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and parts of Northwestern Ontario will receive the new specialty channel on Bell TV, with the hope of more carriers being added in the future.

“True North Sports and Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets are ecstatic to have entered into this agreement with Bell Media,” said True North’s president and CEO Jim Ludlow. “It is a landmark agreement for broadcasting and professional hockey in Winnipeg.”

TSN will also broadcast five Jets games nationally, as part of its deal with the NHL.

TSN reporter and Winnipeg native Sara Orlesky will open the city’s first network bureau and be the lead reporter for all Jets and Winnipeg Blue Bomber games. Orlesky will cover all major sports news coming out of Manitoba as part of her duties.

While not the official broadcaster, CJOB is boosting its own Jets coverage by bringing back Kelly Moore and recently adding Jim Toth to their lineup.

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Munz, Beyak to Cover Jets for Sports Radio 1290

Munz, Beyak to Cover Jets for Sports Radio 1290

The radio voices of the Winnipeg Jets have been chosen when the team begins its regular season in October.

Brian Munz of CJOB will be moving to Sports Radio 1290, and will share play-by-play duties with Dennis Beyak.

ChrisD.ca received a tip about the move last week, but couldn’t confirm it independently to confidently publish the report. Late Wednesday, the Winnipeg Sun’s Kirk Penton broke the story.

Sports Radio 1290 will be the broadcaster of Jets’ games, while TSN will handle television coverage. The deal with both Bell Media-owned stations hasn’t been officially announced by the team yet.

Beyak will be responsible for doing TSN regional TV broadcasts and radio play-by-play, while Munz will solely handle radio duties.

As for a replacement at CJOB, former Shaw TV reporter/producer Jim Toth will cover the Jets for the Corus-owned station.

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Winnipeg Radio Exec Chris Stevens Terminated


Bell Media Radio has severed ties with Chris Stevens, its VP and GM for three Winnipeg radio properties.

Stevens oversaw the operations of FAB 94.3, 99.9 BOB FM and Sports Radio 1290.

The dismissal on Thursday comes as a surprise to industry insiders, especially considering Sports Radio 1290 will likely be awarded the broadcast contract to cover Winnipeg Jets games. True North Sports and Entertainment hasn’t yet officially made the announcement regarding a TV/radio deal.

A Bell Media spokesperson confirmed Stevens’ termination, but couldn’t say who will be named as his replacement.

The fall ratings period begins September 5. During the last book, FAB and Sports Radio 1290 increased in share, while BOB dropped nearly two shares.

‘Hustler and Lawless’ Moving to Sports Radio 1290

‘Hustler and Lawless’ Moving to Sports Radio 1290

Gary Lawless and Andrew 'Hustler' Paterson report from Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas earlier this month. (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

The popular “Hustler and Lawless” sports radio show will have a new home March 16 when it moves from CJOB 68 to Sports Radio 1290.

Andrew ‘Hustler’ Paterson and Winnipeg Free Press sports reporter Gary Lawless will host a weekday afternoon drive show from 4 to 6 p.m., CTV announced on Thursday.

“Hustler and Lawless have established a respected reputation for solid reporting, and their show has developed a dedicated following with Winnipeg sports fans,” said Chris Stevens, vice president and general manager of CHUM Radio Winnipeg.

The program will be in partnership with the Free Press.

‘Illegal Curve’ Celebrating Two Years on the Air

‘Illegal Curve’ Celebrating Two Years on the Air

By David Klassen

The Illegal Curve Hockey Show is celebrating its two-year anniversary today.

What originally began on 92.9 KICK-FM made the leap to the mainstream airwaves with a comfy spot on Sports Radio 1290 last November.

The weekly program features the best in hockey interviews and coverage from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays with host Drew Mindell, and analysts Ezra Ginsburg and Richard Pollock.

To help celebrate, Damian Cristodero from the St. Petersburg Times will be the guest today. Cristodero covers the Tampa Bay Lightning beat and will make his fourth appearance on the show at 10:30 a.m.

The gang also plans on welcoming Randy Hahn, who does play-by-play for the San Jose Sharks. The show will round out with Los Angeles Kings TV commentator Jim Fox.

Capitals’ Eric Fehr First Guest on ‘Amateur Hour’

Capitals’ Eric Fehr First Guest on ‘Amateur Hour’

"Amateur Hour" debuts tonight at 7 p.m. with Leah Hextall on Sports Radio 1290. (ERIC AU PHOTO)

A new talk radio show debuts tonight with Leah Hextall at the helm.

“Amateur Hour” will feature the CTV Winnipeg sports anchor as she interviews the brightest amateur athletes in the province.

The one-hour weekly show on Sports Radio 1290 will also include a pro athlete each week. To kick things off, Eric Fehr from the Washington Capitals will be the first guest.

The 25-year-old Winkler boy was chosen 18th overall by the Capitals in a first-round draft pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

The show airs Mondays from 7-8 p.m.

Producer extraordinaire Adam Toy will handle the behind the scenes aspect, ensuring everything runs smoothly.

Leah Hextall to Host ‘Amateur Hour’ on Sports Radio 1290

Leah Hextall to Host ‘Amateur Hour’ on Sports Radio 1290

Leah Hextall will host "Amateur Hour," debuting January 31 on Sports Radio 1290. (ERIC AU PHOTO)

CTV Winnipeg sports anchor Leah Hextall is getting behind the mic to host a new talk radio show on Sports Radio 1290.

Hextall will be host of “Amateur Hour” on the CTV-owned station beginning Monday, January 31.

And before you jump to conclusions about the title of the show being about Leah’s attempt at radio, it’s actually about Manitoba’s great amateur athletes. The show will highlight the best of high school, CIS, WHL and MJHL athletics, along with other amateur leagues.

“Playing sports in the amateur ranks is where I spent the better part of my youth and it’s over looked in this province,” Hextall said in an e-mail.

The show will air each Monday from 7-8 p.m. and also include a pro athlete guest.

“Bottom line: they’re letting me loose and I plan on having a ton of fun with the show,” Hextall added.

Promos for “Amateur Hour” will begin airing this week.

Follow @AmateurHour1290 on Twitter to stay up to date on its guest lineup.