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Elliott Price No Longer on The Fan 590's Starting Lineup

In February 2017, following the Dean Blundell disaster, Greg Brady returned to The Fan 590 morning show with Elliott Price and Hugh Burrill. Elliott Price was brand new to this market, having spent his entire career in Montreal.

Less than two years later, Elliott Price is no longer at The Fan. Here's the official announcement from the man with the longest job title I've ever seen, Dave Cadeau.

I would like to thank Elliott Price for his passion and dedication to Sportsnet 590 The Fan listeners over the past two years. An excellent broadcaster with an incredible sports acumen, Elliott delivered the news, interviews and insights that mattered most to Toronto sports fans every morning. This past Wednesday marked Elliott's final broadcast on Sportsnet's Starting Lineup, but we wish him all the best and thank him for all of his contributions to the station. Sportsnet 590 The FAN remains dedicated to delivering the engaging conversation and first-rate content our listeners have come to expect, and we look forward to exploring new approaches to sports talk in the morning. Greg Brady and Hugh Burrill will continue to anchor Sportsnet's Starting Lineup moving forward with further details about the show to be confirmed at a later date.

- Dave Cadeau, National Format Director, Sports, Rogers Radio and Program Director, Sportsnet 590 The FAN

Having relocated from Montreal for this gig, it's difficult not to feel bad for Elliott Price. Here's hoping there's a silver lining in this one for the guy.

If you'd like to hear my two hour deep dive with Elliott about his career in Montreal and his decision to move to Toronto, here's episode 298 of Toronto Mike'd.

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Darryl Dahmer Retires After 45 Years on Toronto Radio

Way back in March 2006 I wrote about Darryl Dahmer and Russ Holden. They were reporting traffic in helicopters above this city when I was a kid listening to 680 CFTR. I jokingly wondered if they might be the same person.

Russ Holden retired in 2017 after 50 years at the same station, and today Darryl Dahmer called it a career after 45 years on Toronto Radio. Darryl could be heard on 680 from the 1970s until today. That's pretty remarkable.

On Monday morning, for the first time in my life, Toronto radio will be without Darryl Dahmer and Russ Holden.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 423: Heather Bambrick

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 423In this 423rd episode, Mike chats with jazz musician, broadcaster and voiceover actress Heather Bambrick about Newfoundland, music, the fall of JAZZ.FM91, the rise of JAZZCAST, and more. This episode is exactly 2:18:02.

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Brian "Henny" Henderson Dead

Brian Henny HendersonBrian "Henny" Henderson was on the air at 1050 CHUM for 27 years, from 1977 to 2004. In the 80s, I'd literally call a phone number in order to hear his excellent daily sports commentaries. I considered him, Rick Hodge, John Gallagher and Fred Patterson to be the four pillars of daily sports commentaries on the radio in this city.

Several years ago, Henny left a comment on this blog. Here's what he shared with me us.

Since I have no idea what "URL" and all that other computer mumbo-jumbo means, I'll skip straight to the meat.

Yes I have had, and to a lesser degree, continue to have health issues. The reason I was terminated at CHUM however had nothing to do with health.

I was fired because I was too old, making too much money. FULL STOP! In the meantime, I have grown quite comfortable in retirement. Comfortable because of the age old advice, "always marry a younger woman, so that even when you're downsized, at least one of you is working. All of the children have finally left home.

Oldest Gillian is back in school in Vancouver taking her masters. Youngest Erin has crossed the street and is now working for TSN, while Kyle, "The Wonderkid" has graduated with his teaching degree, right in the middle of an era when there are no teaching jobs, Just like his father, he too has a supportive wife with a good job, and so we're all doing fine. Except for the job part.

Anyone know of any teaching possibilities for Kyle? He lives in Burlington, but will eagerly travel.

HENNY

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 418: Ashley Docking

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 418In this 418th episode, Mike chats with Fan 590 host Ashley Docking about her hall of fame collegiate career, her work on television and radio, the Gruber incident and diversity in Canadian sports media. This episode is exactly 1:35:59.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 417: Stacey Thompson

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 417In this 417th episode, Mike chats with radio host Stacey Thompson about being the last voice on 1050 CHUM, working at Flow, The Move and Boom, whether the Breeze is coming and so much more. This episode is exactly 1:55:59.

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Adam Wylde is the New Virgin Radio Morning Show

In a move that's surprising nobody, Virgin Radio 99.9 in Toronto has unveiled their new morning show. It's Adam Wylde and TJ O'Halloran.

You may recall Tucker in the Morning was turfed back in November. That's when Scott Tucker, Maura Grierson, and Andy Wilson received the bad news that their services were no longer required at Bell-owned Virgin. Adam Wylde, you will recall, quit his gig at Rogers-owned KiSS 92.5 back in June.

Virgin Mornings with Adam Wylde and TJ debuts tomorrow. Adam will be working down the hall from his mom who hosts the CHUM morning show with Jamar McNeil.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 410: Matt Cauz

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 410In this 410th episode, Mike chats with broadcaster Matt Cauz about wine, his years on TSN 1050 radio, his relationship with Macko, podcasting, online sports betting and more. This episode is exactly 1:47:14.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 406: Dan Dunleavy

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 406In this 406th episode, Mike chats with Buffalo Sabres play by play announcer Dan Dunleavy about his years on The Fan and calling pxp for every sport you can imagine. This episode is exactly 2:00:19.

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Toronto Radio Ratings

Numeris has shared the Fall 2018 PPM Ratings for radio, but not with me. Sure, they share the overall A12+ with everyone, but that's pretty useless because radio stations target specific demographics and are judged by their success (or failure) in that demo.

Slightly more useful are the numbers below shared by David Bray, President, Bray & Partners Communications. I found them via Broadcast Dialogue. Here are the results for Toronto based on detail Numeris collected August 27 through November 25. The numbers are "% Share of Hours Tuned".

Station A12+PPM

Aug. 27-Nov. 25

A12+PPM

May 28-Aug. 26

W25-54PPM

Aug. 27-Nov. 25

W25-54PPM

May 28-Aug. 26

M25-54PPM

Aug. 27-Nov. 25

M25-54PPM

May 28-Aug. 26

CBC Radio Two 1.8 2.2 1.5 1.4 1.8 2.3
CBC Radio One 11.8 10.0 11.8 8.6 9.1 7.0
AM 640 Toronto 2.2 2.0 1.3 .8 2.7 2.5
Classical 96.3 FM 5.8 6.4 1.5 1.8 3.1 3.1
102.1 The Edge 1.9 2.4 3.1 4.1 2.9 4.7
News Talk 1010 6.1 6.1 2.0 3.0 1.8 2.7
680 News 6.2 7.0 4.0 5.8 6.8 7.4
 93.5 The Move 1.1 1.0 1.7 1.9 1.3 1.1
AM 740/96.7 FM  4.0 3.4 1.5 .4 .7 .8
Boom 97.3 10.2 11.1 11.2 12.6 12.4 11.7
98.1 CHFI-FM 11,0 11.1 15.3 12.7 10.7 9.5
TSN 1050 .5 .5 .4 .2 1.4 1.4
104.5 CHUM-F5.8M 6.8 6.5 14.1 14.4 6.3 6.5
Z103 2.1 1.7 2.5 2.1 4.3 3.4
Q107 5.2 5.5 2.4 2.9 7.0 7.5
Sportsnet 590The FAN 1.7 1.7 .3 .4 3.7 4.1
Jazz FM 91 1.8 2.1 1.0 1.8 .6 .6
Jewel 88.5 2.0 1.4 .5 .5 .5 .9
Virgin Radio 99.9 5.2 6.3 7.2 9.3 6.6 8.4
KISS 92.5 3.1 3.0 4.9 4.8 3.7 2.9
G98.7 1.2 1.2 1.5 1.5 .4 .3
Indie 88.1 1.6 1.2 2.7 1.8 3.7 2.4

Again, radio stations target specific demos and base their ad rates on how they fare with that demo. Still, we can make several reasonable assertions.

  • 98.1 CHFI-FM appears to be the leader amongst women. 15.3 is a massive number.
  • Boom 97.3 appears to be the leader amongst men. Funnily enough, CHFI is #2. Methinks they're having a ratings party at both Boom and CHFI this Friday.
  • CBC Radio One is the most listened to station overall. I know that's true in my home. Not that this means CBC Radio One can increase their ad rates, because there are no ads on CBC Radio One.
  • That gap between 102.1 The Edge and Indie88 is now razor thin. In fact, Indie88 beat 102.1 amongst men 25-54. I don't remember The Edge ever getting under a 2 share overall. Jewel 88.5 did better than that.
  • Sports radio fans won't be surprised to see 590 soundly beating 1050. In M25-54, it's 590 3.7, 1050 1.4.
  • Notable dips: 1010 slipped with both men and women 25-54 and seems to have been caught by 640, Q107 continues its slide, VIrgin 99.9 suffered significant losses (which may help explain changes there), 680 News is down, and as mentioned, The Edge continues to lose listeners.
  • Notable bumps: KISS 92.5 had a nice bump with the fellas, CBC Radio One, Boom, CHFI, and Indie, as mentioned, and Z103 had a nice book as well.

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