http://radioinsight.com/blog/netgnomes/32192/canadian-sports-radio-wars-coming/Our NetGnomes have discovered a batch of domains which lineup with existing Rogers properties. The five cable networks that make up Rogers Sportsnet have domains with radio inserted: Sportsnet1Radio.com, SportsnetRadioEast.com, SportsnetRadioOntario.com, SportsnetRadioWest.com, and SportsnetRadioPacific.com
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/bruce-dowbiggin/change-is-the-operative-word-in-sports-radio/article1867040/?cmpid=rss1Not to be outdone, competitor Rogers is re-branding its radio station in Toronto as Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590 and in Calgary as Sportsnet Radio The Fan 960. The idea is to extend the Sportsnet brand throughout Rogers’ holdings and create a more homogeneous feel inside and outside the company.
Ya sure it has, they just decided to announce it the day after it becomes public that TSN is looking at launching their own radio network. Sorry I am not buying it, this is a pre-emptive strike in retaliation to the news from TSN that came out yesterday (but has been rumoured for a while now).I'm sure its been in the works for a while.
In any event, Watters is no longer a hockey analyst at Rogers Sportsnet, the victim, it appears, of Rogers’ re-branding of its all-sports radio station, The FAN 590. Starting this week, the station is now called Sportsnet Radio FAN 590. Apparently, Rogers Sportsnet no longer wants anyone on the network who works for a rival radio station, at least in the Toronto market. The personable Watters hosts The Bill Watters Show weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on Talk Radio AM 640.
Watters, who has been with Rogers Sportsnet since 2003, took the news with a grain of salt.
“I had eight years there and it was great fun,” he told the Toronto Sun on Thursday night. “There’s no need to be bitter about it.
“I enjoyed my time there,” Watters added. “What can you say? I’m not as happy I was yesterday, I’ve had some enjoyment taken out of my life, but I’m certainly not bitter.”
Clearly you don't know how things work at Rogers!Ya sure it has, they just decided to announce it the day after it becomes public that TSN is looking at launching their own radio network. Sorry I am not buying it, this is a pre-emptive strike in retaliation to the news from TSN that came out yesterday (but has been rumoured for a while now).
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2011/01/13/16886116.htmlIn any event, Watters is no longer a hockey analyst at Rogers Sportsnet, the victim, it appears, of Rogers’ re-branding of its all-sports radio station, The FAN 590. Starting this week, the station is now called Sportsnet Radio FAN 590. Apparently, Rogers Sportsnet no longer wants anyone on the network who works for a rival radio station, at least in the Toronto market. The personable Watters hosts The Bill Watters Show weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on Talk Radio AM 640.
http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/cesar-takes-one-on-the-chin/10010Well, Cesar Romero, is no longer a 2 trick pony. The confusion I complained of last night. Watters on Sportsnet tv and on the radio on 640 Toronto running head to head with Sportsnet radio fan 590 Toronto.
How did Rogers deal with the confusion? They apparently told old Cesar that his services on the tv side were no longer needed.
http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/85813/fan-590-toronto-fan-960-calgary-add-sportsnet-branIn the wake of reports that CTV's CHUM RADIO is considering the launch of a radio network branded with the name of cable sports network TSN, ROGERS Sports CJCL-A (THE FAN 590)/TORONTO and CFAC-A (FAN 960)/CALGARY are being rebranded with the name of TSN's rival cable network ROGERS SPORTSNET.
http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/radio-wars-starts-earlier-expected/9993If you needed further proof that TSN radio was coming, well, here you go.
It’s impossible not to see a connection between the name change (or “re-branding”) and the potential of a new competitor in the space. The war is coming. The Pelly/Moore era has officially begun!
http://www.thestar.com/sports/tvradio/article/920784--fan-gets-a-new-nameThe FAN 590 is getting a facelift.
Rogers Media announced Wednesday that the all-sports radio station will be renamed Sportsnet Radio FAN 590. Rogers’ other sports station, Calgary’s FAN 960, will also now carry the Rogers Sportsnet tag.
http://www.marketingmag.ca/news/media-news/rogers-puts-tv-on-the-radio-with-fan-sports-rebranding-21163I think we will make both brands stronger,” said Scott Moore, president of Rogers Broadcasting. “Brands sell brands, and we have two strong ones. Putting them together will strengthen our identity to the listener and the viewer.”
The rebranding is just part of a larger Rogers plan (Rogers also owns Marketing magazine) to leverage radio and TV sports experts across both platforms and online, said Moore.
Actually, like you McCown was on holidays and he comes back today. I am sure he will make some light of the changes that happened while he was gone during the local 3-4pm hour.Damn, too bad I was on holidays and couldn't hear Bobcat talking about this. I'm sure he had some good stuff to say LOL.
http://fybush.com/nerw.htmlThere's a new brand for CANADA's biggest sports radio station: Toronto's CJCL, "THE FAN 590," is now "Sportsnet Radio FAN 590." The brand comes from another group of media outlets owned by parent company Rogers Media, the Rogers Sportsnet services that operate regionally across Canada - and it's a counterpunch against the announcement last week that Canada's other big sports-TV player, CTV's TSN, is contemplating the launch of a "TSN Radio" network.
Rogers also launched the "Sportsnet Radio" brand on another of its sports stations last week, CFAC (960) in Calgary; CTV, if it decides to move ahead with "TSN Radio," has plenty of stations on which the network could air, including existing "Team" sports signals in Ottawa (CFGO 1200) and Montreal (CKGM 990) that survived the last ill-fated attempt to launch a nationwide sports radio network a decade ago. (The Toronto flagship of the old "Team Radio Network," CHUM 1050, is now a simulcast of CTV's CP24 TV news channel.)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/sportsnet-says-goodbye-to-bill-waters/article1872261/Thursday’s midseason firing of Bill Watters as hockey analyst on Rogers Sportsnet seemed to indicate that crossover media commentators were going on David Suzuki’s list of most endangered creatures great and small. Watters – till last week a member of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central panel – does a sports radio program on AM640 in Toronto which directly competes with Rogers’s Prime Time Sports in the afternoon drive slot in Toronto. Conflict.
One eminent source said that Watters's demise was the first domino to fall as loyalties were demanded from Rogers and TSN in the run-up to a possible radio war.