Jamar McNeil Joins Roger Ashby and Marilyn Denis on CHUM

CHUM was teasing a big announcement this morning, and with Marilyn's son Adam Wylde sitting on the sidelines waiting for his non-compete to expire, there was much speculation he was joining the team. If you follow me on Twitter, you knew that wasn't the core of this announcement.

Joining Roger and Marilyn on the CHUM morning show is Jamar McNeil. He's an American who was most recently on the air in Chicago as J Niice on B96. As you'll read at that link, he was ready to relocate, and now he's in Toronto and will be a key part of CHUM's listener retention strategy when Roger Ashby decides to hang up his headphones for the last time.

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As for Adam Wylde, he and Steve Dangle are actually filling in for Jeff Blair on The Fan 590. I'm pretty confident he'll end up on a Bell Media station, but that's where you'll find him this week.

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How to Pronounce Toronto

I've lived in Toronto my entire life. I was born in Parkdale. I've never even lived in Mississauga or Thornhill or Ajax or another border town. I've always lived in the megacity.

CHUM is making another announcement (as I type!) and I predicted they were adding a third person to the Roger and Marilyn morning show and that this third person was coming from the USA. It turns out I was bang-on, but more on that later. Here's the reply I was just tweeted.

I've always been told real Torontonians don't pronounce the second "t" in Toronto. We say "Toronno" or "Trawno". But here's the thing... I often pronounce that second "t" because it's damn fun to nail that second "t".

So no criticism from me when Jamar McNeil hit that second "t". I'm more than OK with it. In fact, I'd be delighted if it caught on.

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Ray Emery, Dead at 35

Ray EmeryRay Emery was 35. He was the NHL goaltender who played for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. He led the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup as a backup with the Blackhawks in 2013.

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Oldest Tee Shirt I Still Wear Regularly Turns 20

I'm a big fan of tee shirts. I wear a tee shirt or two just about every day of the year. Even in the dead of winter I'll wear a tee shirt under my jacket.

I'm guessing I have about twenty tees in my current rotation. The oldest one I still wear regularly is now twenty years old. It's a Pearl Jam shirt I bought when I saw them at Molson Park in Barrie back in '98.

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Not surprisingly, I love getting free tee shirts. Send me a tee (medium, please!) and I'll probably wear it. Is there anything better than a free tee?

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Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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Greatest Blue Jays Defensive Plays

I haven't watched much Blue Jays baseball these past two months. I watched quite a bit in April, but by mid-May I found myself doing other things. It was clear the Jays weren't contending for a title this year, and I found myself more inspired by their AA team, so I decided to take a break.

On reddit today, there was a discussion about the greatest Blue Jays defensive plays of all-time. That post has inspired his one.

Here are five of the greatest defensive plays in Blue Jays history.

Roberto Alomar vs. Lenny Dykstra

Josh Donaldson vs. David DeJesus

Buck Martinez vs. Broken Leg

Kevin Pillar vs. Luke Maile

Devon White vs. David Justice

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2018 Buick Enclave Avenir AWD

I recently upgraded from my 1999 Mazda Protege to a 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir for a couple of weeks. Unlike my Protege, the Enclave actually fits my entire family of six. Even with us all buckled up, there's plenty of room.

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That's the biggest difference. The Buick Enclave Avenir is super roomy. I thought of removing the seats, building a podcast studio and bringing my services on the road. Instead, we planned a couple of road trips and puttered around town.

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How roomy was it? I was able to drive three of my kids with room for my bike in the back.

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There were some safety features with this Buick that blew my mind. There's this bird-eye camera view they call "surround vision" that's just magic.

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I also like the dashboard displaying the speed limit of the road I'm on. There were times driving back from Cambridge I was sure the limit was 100 but saw on the dashboard it was actually 80. I'm sure that saved me a ticket or two.

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When the Buick left me for Oshawa, and I drove my Protege again, I felt like I was sitting on the road. You get used to the height of an SUV, and you get used to the powerful 3.6 L DI V6. Not to mention the infotainment system, Bluetooth streaming, touchscreen navigation, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, etc....

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 356: Sports Jams

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 356In this 356th episode, Mike and special guest Mark Hebscher play and discuss their favourite sports jams. This episode is exactly 1:42:55.

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Scenes from Cambridge, Ontario

I've been driving a new Buick Enclave for the past couple of weeks, and since it's heading back to Oshawa tomorrow, we thought we'd take a road trip to Cambridge, Ontario. We picked Cambridge so the little ones could walk amongst the butterflies at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and we adults could check out the locations we've seen on The Handmaid's Tale.

Here are some pics I took today.

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Nike Tennis Camps

My son just spent the week at a Nike Tennis Camp at James Gardens, which is a fantastic camp located on the Humber River, with four tennis courts, clubhouse access and nature trails.

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There are three other Nike Tennis Camps located in Toronto that offer a unique camp atmosphere, and are designed to help young athletes improve their game, hit a tonne of balls, and have fun! Sign up is still open, with weekly sessions available from July 16 to August 31. Use the code TORONTOMIKE when registering and SAVE $50 per child and per week. Here's where you go to register.

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Nike Tennis Camp highlights include:

  • 6 hrs of Multi-Sport programming daily including tennis, soccer, basketball, and more!
  • Daily Instruction from Certified Coaches; 1:6-8 teacher to student ratio
  • Half Day and Full Day programs available for ages 4-14 of all skill levels
  • Every camper receives Nike Sports Camps T-shirt and other Nike Prizes

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My kid had a blast and next week's Kindergarten Camp is now sure to be a letdown for the guy.

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