Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650 made significant changes to their lineup Tuesday, cutting four staff members – two hosts and two producers. According to Patrick Johnston of Province Sports, the radio station’s reshuffling led to the departure of on-air personalities Rick Dhaliwal and Jawn Jang.
As a longtime Vancouver media contributor, Dhaliwal joined Sportsnet 650’s morning show in 2018. Dhaliwal was partnered with Perry Solkowski and James Cybulskiis, who will together continue in the 5:30 – 9am timeslot on Sportsnet.
Sportsnet’s mid-morning show featuring Jawn Jang and Satiar Shah has been replaced by afternoon drive host Scott Rintoul who moves to the 9am – noon timeslot. As the two hosts trade places, Shah will take over Rintoul’s afternoon drive show from 4 – 7pm, but Jang is no longer with the station.
Jang posted a note on Twitter, thanking program director Craig MacEwen for the opportunity, along with all of his colleagues and especially the listeners. “We are nothing and no one without you,” Jang wrote. “You made my time at Sportsnet unforgettable. It was my absolute pleasure to interact with you everyday and highlight the love for the game that we all share.”
Following The Scott Rintoul Show from 9am – noon, the radio host will stay on-air for the hour long Canucks Central, joined by Bik Nizzar as co-host. After the noon Canucks show, the lead-in for Sportsnet 650’s afternoon drive program will remain the same as Dan Riccio and Randip Janda continue to host Reach Deep from 1 – 4pm.
In addition to the on-air changes, Sportsnet producers Cam Mitchell and Kellan Tochkin were let go from the station. Mitchell, a longtime contributor to sports radio and television production, worked on Sportsnet 650’s afternoon show. Tochkin, a former Canucks prospect was the station’s morning drive producer.
The new lineup for Sportsnet 650 will officially debut next Monday, October 21.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.
The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.