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Bleav in The Pressrow
Join Jonah Sigel as he breaks down the latest in the new surround Sports Media with knowledgeable insight and unique interviews with legends in the sports media world!
Jun 11, 2022
Maverick, Blue Jays, The Sopranos, Adnan Virk In The Pressrow
Why are people so angry on social media/the angry media? Did The Sopranos movie suck? Is it okay to admit that? Does the MLB season start too early? Was the latest MLB deal step one, or does more need to come? Is banning the shift a good idea? What can be done to speed up the game? Are specialty pitchers ruining the game? Can the Blue Jays sign all their young talent, and should they? Maverick vs. Top Gun WSJ podcast on how Hollywood edits to the foreign market (WSJ link is here: https://t.co/r6DEpv3j2V ) What's currently binge-worthy right now? How to avoid the latest on Better Call Saul when your are not current for more visit : Yyzsportsmedia.com
Jun 1, 2022
Toronto Sports Media Radio Ratings 101
Adam Seaborn joins Jonah Sigel for part two of the focus on ratings this time on radio ratings specifically. The rating world was evolving pre-Covid and the decrease of audience due to audience behavior, i.e. staying at home vs. commuting has accelerated that change. What that means for ratings and ad sales is critically important to the industry. Who are the winners, and losers and where is this all headed? Tune in to learn more.
May 21, 2022
An In Depth Look, Sports Media Ratings 101 with Adam Seaborn In The Pressrow
An in-depth historical look at the rating system in Canada, where it is now, and where it is going with Adam Seaborn. Adam has been a media seller for Bell (TSN) and a buyer. While he is no longer in the media sales "game" he is well suited to talk about the players, the system, and what goes on inside. This is the first look, focusing on radio and listening.
Apr 4, 2022
Toronto's Very Own Radio Host Barb Digiulio In The Pressrow
For over 22 years Barb Digiulio was a prominent voice at The Fan 590. First handling news and traffic when the station was 1430 and then handling hosting and co-hosting duties when Rogers purchased the station. Name the personality, over the years Barb has worked with them in sports. Elliotte Friedman, Dan Shulman, Bob McCown, George Stroumboulopoulos, and many, many more. After that Barb moved over to the news side of the business hosting her own The Night Side and over 1046 episodes, including a few with Jonah Sigel in Seattle. One after Jonah's son Jordan successfully battled off the flu after a borrowing 7 day stay in the ICU thanks to the incredible staff at Seattle Children's Hospital and a few more as Seattle was several weeks ahead of Toronto on the Covid journey. This time, Barb joins Jonah to talk about: Her background Growing up at The Fan Working and teaching sports media The transition over to the news The craziness that is the Will Smith/Chris Rock Story
Mar 28, 2022
Toronto Sun Columnist Steve Simmons On All Things Toronto Sports In The Pressrow
For many, no Sunday is complete without a glance at the Toronto Sun, website or physical paper to read the weekly column from Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons. Many in the business have quipped that the only thing seeing your name in the column is NOT seeing your name in the column. In this episode of The Pressrow Steve and Jonah discuss: The developing story of Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker's arrest for impaired driving Whether market effects are to blame for the Maple Leafs inability to win Why Brian Burke got fired Edward Rogers Jr. as an owner Gambling in sports and the role the media plays The upcoming Blue Jays season The current Raptors season and much more.
1 hr 2 min
Mar 18, 2022
Bob McCown, John Shannon Talk Fan 590, & More In The Pressrow
Prime Time Sports, Canada’s longest-running sports talk radio show appeared originally on the old CJCL 1430 and then on The Fan 590, hosted by Bob McCown. While several broadcasters and journalists co-hosted with Bob, it is long-time TV hockey executive John Shannon who sat in the number two seat most often. Today, McCown and Shannon co-host a streaming show that's uber-successful and simulcast on Sirius XM radio. In this episode of The Pressrow, Jonah talks with Bob and John about: * The history of PTS * Why PTS was so unique, and successful * Bob's favorite co-host and guests * The fallout of Roger's NHL deal * Why does Bob continue to produce content * Much much more. For more, be sure to visit Yyzsportsmedia.com and follow on @yyzsportsmedia
1 hr 7 min
Jul 7, 2021
Leah Hextall The New Voice Of ESPN NHL Hockey In The Pressrow
You can call Leah Hextall a lot of things, but lazy is not one of them. Determined to make a career in broadcasting, Leah has constantly rolled up her sleeves, worked hard in pursuit of her dream. While she found success along the way, it was setbacks that set the stage for the climb to the next rung in her amazing journey. From Brandon Manitoba to Boston and Toronto (with stops along the way) she aids her dues in each job that she took. However, it was the cutback from Sportsnet that lead her to consider life in the play-by-play booth. Calling junior games on nights and weekends for free, she followed the advice of Doc Emrick and simply called games wherever she could. Where did that lead? Leah became the first woman to call an NCAA championship game and then the first woman to call an NHL game! Most recently, she was named as one of the new voices of the NHL on ESPN. This is Leah Hextall in The Pressrow
Jul 2, 2021
Can City Size Enhance Odds Of "Making It" In Professional Sports?
Looking for an advantage. We hear the term all the time in sports (and in life). Parents in man facets of raising their kids do all sorts of things (some legal, some not) trying to ensure the success (whatever that may mean) of their children. Personally, I know parents who paid serious money to have their kids play way above their skill level, knowing their child would rarely play in games to be a member of a higher level hockey team with hopes that in just practicing and being around higher talent kids would rub off on their child. I know parents who put their kids in programs like Kumon at a very, very young age to try to get them a leg up on school. Famously, some are currently serving time for cheating their kid's way into US colleges. Freakenomics, several years back studied birth month as an indicator of success in pro sports in "football" aka soccer. Others examined birth month and age as a factor in the NHL. You can bet, would-be parents out there definitely planned their kid's "arrival" accordingly. I'm sure you know parents who have moved from one place or another trying to help get their kids a better chance. Well, one former European athlete turned football executive has looked at location as a factor of success. Rasmus Ankersen has written numerous books and now created a movie about a town in Europe of 50,000 people that has produced 5 NHL players, outranking several North American cities in the same time frame. Ankersen looks at the factors the size of a town may play in the likelihood of success in making it in sports. This is my discussion with Rasums.
Jun 14, 2021
The Importance Of Purpose, Pivoting From Me To We & More With Starbucks Executive
Howard Behar's career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer-oriented businesses, and most recently as a speaker, advisor, mentor, and bestselling author. His wisdom, generosity, and level of integrity have had a profound impact on thousands of people who have been touched by his example, books, and speaking. Howard is known for such memorable lessons as “The Person Who Sweeps the Floor Should Choose the Broom” and “Only the Truth Sounds Like the Truth.” For 21 years Behar led Starbuck’s domestic business as President of North America, and was the founding President of Starbucks International, opening the first store outside of North America in Japan. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for twelve years before retiring. Howard shares many important stories and his advice but really focuses on his roots, learning from his parents the importance of charity, the critical element of purpose in both people and companies, and why it is so important for us to get back to a society focused less on "me" and more on "we".
Jun 7, 2021
22 Year ESPN Veteran Sheds Lights On Life At The World Wide Leader, The Future of The Network & Sports Media
If you are old enough to remember the incredible TV Show Sportsnight, or you have streamed it recently, you probably have a keen interest in what life was really like in the early days at ESPN. Or, as the old adage goes, the best predictor of the future is the past, so here is an inside look at ESPN from a senior worker bee. Scott Turken worked in Bristol for over 20 years on College GameDay, Sportscenter, the NHL on ESPN, and much, much more. From his early days calling college hockey at the University of Michigan to his daughter ghost texting Stewart Scott, Scott shares his experiences at ESPN lending both foundation to his current gigs and his insight into the future of sports media (including gambling).
May 28, 2021
Roger's Sportsnet Executive On The State of The New Sports Media Landscape
An interesting look at the behind-the-scenes at two of the biggest sports media networks, The Score and Roger's Sportsnet. Sam Nasrawi has been an executive in the Canadian sports media landscape for nearly a quarter of a century and has a very unique look at the marketplace and his experiences helping both brands grow. Topics include: How The Score did "it" successfully The changes the team had to undergo pivoting from The Score startup to the monster big company that is Rogers. The Score Mafia taking over Rogers What Rogers is trying to be and do to attract younger audiences Why Rogers would hire someone with no radio experience to lead its Toronto Sports radio station What are NFT's and what role has Rogers and Sam played in their explosion on the marketplace The bet The Score and Rogers are placing on sports betting.
1 hr 5 min
May 19, 2021
NBA Hall Of Fame Fan Nav Bhatia Joins Jonah Sigel In The Pressrow
Toronto Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia has been immortalized in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He is officially the first fan to be honored at the Basketball HOF. In case you were unaware, Bhatia has attended every single Raptors home game since the franchise’s inception in 1995! With the exception of this year when the team was playing in Tampa Bay due to COVID, Bhatia has never missed a home game, and in recent years he started attending road games, especially key playoff games. In this episode, Nav AKA The Superfan shares a little bit about this career, from arriving in Canada only being able to get a job as a janitor to his current state, owner of 5 dealerships in Ontario Canada. Bhatia explains how he took a flyer on the game of basketball guying two tickets to the new Toronto Raptors to now when he has 13, including his famous 4 right next to the visitor's bench. "I love to give it to the opposing players, that's why I sit where I do." The transformation to Hall Of Fame…
May 15, 2021
News Icon & Broadcast Legend, Peter Mansbridge Joins Jonah Sigel in The Pressrow
When you think of the legends of news media, the name Walter Cronkite is likely the first one to come to mind, certainly in the United States. In Canada, it's without question Peter Mansbridge. For over 30 years Mansbridge was the host of the CBC (Canada's national broadcaster) nightly news, The National. a feat that earning him the honor of being the longest-serving active anchor among the big three networks in Canada. No matter the news event over those years, Peter covered them. The fall of the Berlin Wall, the tragedy of September 11, the constitutional crisis, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana's death, and countless international elections are all stories Peter either covered from afar or was right there on location bringing the news to Canadians. In this episode, Peter shares the amazing story of how he got discovered, his views on covering the news, how those views have and haven't evolved, and incredible stories of his interactions along the way with athletes, teams, and of cour…
May 11, 2021
Doug MacLean Joins Jonah Sigel In The Pressrow
Few in and around the NHL have as much experience as Doug MacLean does. Originally from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Doug started his career in the world of education as a teacher. As he explains, good fortune led him to meet two people who proved to be very influential to his life, Jaques Martin and Bryan Murray. His coaching and management career took him from St. Louis to Washington and then to Detroit serving as an assistant coach. Doug's career then moved to management with the Red Wings and then on Florida with the Panthers before wrapping things up with the Columbus Blue Jackets. That kicked off his career in broadcasting with Rogers and Sportsnet to where he is today, happily the co-host of the Real Kyper podcast. Doug talks about his career as a teacher, coach and GM, sharing incredible stories from each segment that will leave you wanting more.
Apr 30, 2021
Sports Media Guru Lee Berke On The New NHL TV Deals, The NFL Draft, Kentucky Derby Ratings & Amazon
Lee H. Berke specializes in collaborating with sports properties in developing multiplatform media networks and enhancing the value of content rights across a growing array of distribution opportunities. He founded LHB Sports, Entertainment & Media, Inc. in 2001, which has worked on media efforts with over fifty teams and properties across MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA, NASCAR, MLS, Premier League, and Formula E. On the heels of the NHL announcing its new USA rights partnerships with Turner and ESPN, we check in with Lee on all things TV ratings these days with a special focus on the NHL deal, the parties involved, what it means for hockey fans and more. Lee provides an update on ratings in the new streaming world, he explains why rights fees continue to go up, while old-school ratings go down and how streaming services impact those ratings. The NFL Draft last year was a rating hit. The NFL Draft in 2020 broke all records for TV watching and with this year's draft here, Lee opines on wha…
Apr 24, 2021
Las Vegas Golden Knights & Day One Sportsnet Host Daren Millard In The Pressrow
Raised in Brandon Manitoba Daren Millard was a day one employee of Rogers Sportsnet, the network that was "never designed to succeed". Millard lasted 20 years with Rogers before parting ways with the network he helped build. Most often between Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean and a frequent guest or guest of Prime Time Sports Millard did it right. He made his way up the food chain starting in a small town and working all the way up to the big leagues. What was originally described as an amicable parting of ways, actually stung when Sportsnet elected not to renew his contract on August 1, 2018. While he grew tired of hearing people tell him that everything happens for a reason, his hard work, stellar reputation paid off as he and his family relocated to Vegas to join the Golden Knights in what has been a magical launch to the franchise. "My wife and I stop every once in a while and pinch ourselves because we can't really believe this is our life". Proving once again that good things ha…
Apr 16, 2021
MLB and NHL Network Jon Paul Morosi In The Pressrow With Jonah Sigel
In sports, there are great stories behind athletes, coaches, and staff. Those stories tend to come to life as a result of amazing storytellers, typically in the media. It is rare that those in the media share their own stories, as those who report on others tend to be relatively private about their own lives and/or they don't believe their own tale is all that remarkable or interesting. Jon Paul Morosi's story is a really good one and in the years I have covered the media beat, I've yet to discover anyone with a bad thing to say about him. Growing up in a small town in Michigan he was a 5'8 high school quarterback, he was raised right and yadda yadda yadda ended up at Harvard, where he earned a degree in environmental studies. Somehow, connecting dots he ends up living in Ann Arbor Michigan and is amongst the top baseball reporters in the country. A prominent presence on MLB Network, and now adding in NHL work for the NHL Network JP's story is quite amazing. If only it stopped there.…
Apr 3, 2021
Matthew Sekeres In The Pressrow On Changes In Media Landscape, Pivot to Pods, Radio Reporting & The CFL
Twelve years ago the notion of replicating a radio-like interview was something aspirational to me. The idea that I could interview someone and have people listen in and ask questions radio-style seemed very cool. Not knowing what the hell I was doing, with literally no interview experience at all, I was fortunate enough to land Mattew Sekeres as a subject, and he agreed to be guest number one. At the time Sekeres was a sports reporter for the Globe and Mail out in Vancouver. Fast forward 12 years and he is now embarking on a massively important and foundational new career, launching a live streaming radio program sans radio, as for me, well I am in Seattle still learning how to interview people. Sekeres has the unique distinction of being part of a radio station that was actually winning the local battle against the competition only to have the mothership pull the plug. TSN Radio Vancouver was beating the completion when Bell decided to change the format, giving up on sports talk in…
1 hr 7 min
Mar 21, 2021
Andrew Walker In The Pressrow On Toronto Sports Media, Vancouver Sports, Calgary Sports & More
Andrew Walker grew up in rural Saskatchewan before making his way to Calgary, where he joined Rogers-owned sports radio show. Several years later he was about to move to Vancouver to cross-streams and join the AM radio scene with Bell in Vancouver when Don Kollins came knocking. The Fan 590 in Toronto needed a new partner for incumbent Greg Brady and their morning drive show. Toronto scooped Walker out from Vancouver and off he went to the Fan 590 where he stayed for 4 years. His stay in the morning slot was not all that long as Dean Blundell was brought in to host an all-new morning show with, Walker by his side. The move did not sit well with Andrew and as a result, despite a press release being issued naming him as Blundell's sidekick, Walker declined, and as a result, joined Brady in the slot once occupied by Tim and Sid. Unlike Brady, Walker remained at The Fan after cuts were made until he was moved to his new home, Sportsnet 650 Vancouver where he helped launch the station, no…
Mar 13, 2021
Natasha Staniszewski In The Pressrow
Natasha Staniszewski grew up in Alberta and worked here way up the media landscape, earning her stripes becoming one of the best sports anchors in the country. Natasha joins Jonah Sigel discussing her roots, her career, how she is dealign with TSN layoff and of course her love for baking.
Mar 1, 2021
Toronto Blue Jays Analyst Joe Siddal On Offseason & 2021 Season
Rogers Sportsnet Toronto Blue Jays Central Analyst Joe Siddal joins Jonah Sigel In The Pressrow to talk about the Toronto Blue Jays busy offseason and the upcoming highly hyped 2021 campaign. As always, Joe brings a dose of realism in a world where much has been seen through blue and white glasses.
Feb 5, 2021
Rob Longley Talks All Things Blue Jays & Super Bowl Preview #inthepressrow
Toronto Sun sports reporter Rob Longley has covered the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NFL, and now the Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball. Rob has a unique perspective on media both from a longevity perspective and from someone now covering the Jays. Topics include: Whether Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins deserve a pass on the first few years of their stint with the Jays, why they may have been unprepared for the market when they joined, Richard Griffin as a beat reporter vs. now as a PR guy with the team, John Gibbons, the Blue Jays offseason, where the Jays may call home this season and finally the big Super Bowl game.
Jan 30, 2021
Legendary Sports Talk Radio Host Zig Fracassi Joins Jonah Sigel #inthepressrow
Whether it's Angelo Fracassi, Frank Andrews, or Zig Fracassi SiriusXM long-time radio host has been on the air for over 30 years. From the Niagara region to Las Vegas and back, Zig has built a reputation as the perennial sports radio talk show host. He covers all sports, however, he currently focuses on NFL and NHL, a rarity in the USA. Zig is a late-night owl developing audiences of all ages with a keep love from those who are up late and on the road a lot. Passionate about what he does, how he does it and the sports fan in general Zig talks about his career, the Boston Bruins, NFL in Las Vegas, Buffalo Sabres, and of course the upcoming Super Bowl with Tom Brady.
Jan 24, 2021
Doug Smith In The Pressrow On The Toronto Raptors, The Toronto Problem & Why Access Matters
Doug Smith has covered the Toronto Raptors from day one. He raised his hand when the Toronto Star was looking for someone to take on the role of a beat reporter when Toronto landed it's NBA expansion franchise. Now, some 25 years later, Smith is the only print reporter still covering the team. To say he's seen it all would be a massive understatement. From the early days in the Skydome to the championship run, Smith brought the fans closer to the players, management, and the game itself. This year, Smith released a book, We The North spanning the 25 years of the Toronto Raptors from his perspective. The audio version of the book is narrated by Matt Devlin. It's one of the best sports books you will ever read or listen to. Doug sits with Jonah and talks about the book, his love for the game of basketball, how he has developed meaningful relationships with every type of person associated with the game over the years, and of course some highlights from the book and his career. Most imp…
1 hr 3 min
Jan 9, 2021
Don Kollins On Why Media Layoffs Are ShortSighted, Radio As A Medium Is Dead & His Dream Lineup
Long-time media executive Don Kollins joins Jonah Sigel to discuss why all the job losses in media- especially sport media are counter-productive, why the pivot to the team and player-controlled stories are going to hurt the medium, and why radio as we know it is dead.
Dec 24, 2020
Vegas Golden Knights Insider & Long Time Canadian Journalist/ Radio Host Gary Lawless #inthepressrow
There is not much that Gary Lawless has not seen or covered in the world of sports. He worked in Winnipeg covering the Jets for the local paper and also hosted his own, top-rated sports talk show forever. He began as a beat writer and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. He covered the Winnipeg Blue Bombers(CFL). In 2006 he created "Hustler and Lawless", a radio show on TSN 1290 AM, where he remained until 2017. Lawless regularly appeared as an analyst on multiple television programs, including TSN That's Hockey, TSN Sportscentre and TSN's broadcasts of Winnipeg Jets home games. He also contributed regular columns and feature stories on TSN's website as their Senior Correspondent. In Vegas, he is the team insider. He creates content for their website, handles color commentary on the radio side, do pre and post-game as well as having a first intermission segment as well. In this episode, Gary discusses his career in sports, the evolution of radio and print and what the pandemic has…
1 hr 12 min
Dec 4, 2020
NHL Superagent & Former NHLPA Exec Ian Pulver On The Corona Effect on Hockey & Current Negotiations
With the Corona shutting down almost everything around us in some way or another, it's worth noting that time itself doesn't stand still, and while games may not be playing things like our age and birthdays continue to occur. For many, the dream of playing junior, college or professional hockey has been a goal their entire lives with this coming June being the penultimate time of their lives. This season was going to be their time to shine to grow into and demonstrate their abilities for coaches, scouts, mangers and more to pick them in order to further that goal. That is all up in the air right now as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our lives. Ian Pulver is a Toronto based hockey agent who has a notable and large stable of clients in various stages of their careers and he has a unique lens into what is happening in the market right now. He speaks to parents, players, coaches and more on a daily basis trying to help them navigate and cope during exceptionally trying times. I…
Nov 30, 2020
The Inside Scoop On A Potential New Toronto Blue Jays Stadium! Paul Godfrey #inthepressrow
Without question Paul Godfrey has seen it all in his private and public life in Toronto. He is largely viewed as being the driving force behind Toronto landing the Toronto Blue Jays and then ensuring that their current stadium, the Rogers Center got built in 1989. Godfrey later went on to lead the Blue Jays after running the Toronto Sun Newspaper. He's moved on to lead the National Post where he is current Executive Chairman. If government approval at any level is going to be required as well as the Toronto Blue Jays/ Rogers in a new stadium there is no one better connected or insightful than Paul Godfrey. He's done almost all the jobs, and knows all the parties involved. Paul also discusses how Google and Facebook have, in his mind destroyed the media business in Canada and why he loves the Athletic, but doesn't believe that's a replica-table model.
Nov 22, 2020
Seattle Kraken & Former Toronto Blue Jays Beat Writer Geoff Baker #inthepressrow
Canadian born, Geoff Baker has covered some big news stories, many of which have turned into controversy in which all of them the veracity of his stories was proved. You may recall Tim Johnson managed the Toronto Blue Jays, only to be fired for lying to the players about a Vietnam career that didn't exist. Carlos Delgado, Baker reported was no longer standing for God Bless America during games in Puerto Rico. The story was picked up by major USA new outlets forcing Delgado to have to address the issue with the MLB media. The same type of attention to detail accompanied Baker when he arrived in Seattle covering the Seattle Mariners. Baker broke the story on dysfunction with the Mariners management team as part of a story involving Eric Wedge and Howard Lincoln. Most recently Geoff was on point again as the location for a proposed NBA team was front page news in Seattle only to get unravelled as Key Arena carried the day for an NHL areana. In this episode Baker talks with Jonah Sige…
Nov 16, 2020
The Current & Future State of Sports Media, Broadcasting & Live Sports TV With John Shannon #inthepressrow
Even prior to the pandemic, the drumbeats from critics were growing louder about the overall decline in tv audience ratings in professional sports. Now, 9 months into the Corona, the losses are astronomical. Live sporting events, mostly without fans, some playing in the opposite seasons they have every played before and the industry is ripe with layoffs, cuts and uncertainty. In the middle of all of this racial inequality came to a head and now that too is being blamed for, in some cases, 60% declines in ratings. There are not too many people who have worked on the business side of broadcast sports as long as John Shannon has and he joins Jonah Sigel In The Pressrow talking about all of these issues. John leans in on what caused the decline, howe we may pull out of it and what the future could look like. He also, reluctantly revisits the dismissal of Don Cherry one year after his exit.
Nov 7, 2020
Former NHL Exec & Current Rogers Sportsnet Analyst Brian Burke In The Pressrow With Jonah Sigel
Long time NHL executive, Brian Burke has seen and done it all in a lengthy NHL career. Together with Stephen Brunt, Burke shares his life long stories in a new book Burke's Law. Brian and Jonah talk about: The four core values in the book: Family Accountability Work Ethic Authenticity Topics also discussed include: Pierre McGuire- eating pizza with the owners Kevin Weeks- faking an injury Rogers and Bell as co-owners- board meetings Owners' interference, where there really just two hands on the wheel What the Florida Panthers wanted in trade with the Maple Leafs for Roberto Luongo, why he passed and how it came up at an unexpected time. The Ron Wilson relationship Why Tony Gallagher Steve Simmons, Larry Brooks and Al Strachan were collectively mentioned in the book The Toronto media: tough or just volume? Are the Maple Leafs Stanley Cup contenders
Oct 30, 2020
ESPN's Queen Host Linda Cohn #inthepressrow with Jonah Sigel
In a male dominated industry, even with women making huge strides there are still women like Michelle Sturino telling their tales, and the fact that Rogers Sportsnet Fan 590 still has no female hosts it is absolutely stunning (in a great way) that Linda Cohn is ESPN’s _longest-tenured __SportsCenter__ anchor_ and in early 2016 was recognized for anchoring her 5,000th SportsCenter, the most of any anchor in ESPN history. Linda has earned all of her stripes, she rose through the ranks, paying cameramen chocolate chip cookies to help her record demo tapes. Having played high school hockey she has been a fan of and ambassador for the game throughout her ESPN career hosting In the Crease, a nightly hockey program on ESPN+ during the NHL season. Linda also currently hosts her own show on Mad Dog 82, on XM Radio. In 2017, Linda was inducted into the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) Hall of Fame. Linda and Jonah talk about Linda's career with a keep eye on hockey and finally the…
Oct 25, 2020
Nick Kypreos On His Book, Winning the Stanley Cup, Life as a Broadcaster & The Failure On Nazem Kadri
Several years back I was waiting for my son to finish a skating lesson in Toronto when I got a tap on my shoulder. "Are you the Toronto Sports Media guy?" a familiar voice asked me. I had never been asked that before so it took me a second to answer yes and recognize that the familiar voice was that of former Toronto Maple Leaf player turned broadcaster Nick Kypreos. What I learned from that day forward which is echoed in his new book, “Undrafted: Hockey, Family, and What it Takes to Be a Pro.” Nick Kypreos is a good guy with strong family roots and a genuine appreciation for hard work and a recognition for where he came from and who he is. The book is full of great stories that will make any hockey fan of a certain age smile and wince at the same time. What really resonates though is the impact of his parents, coaches, teammates, and his wife have all had on Kypreos as he has moved through his journey from tyke hockey player to peddler of pineapple booze and podcaster. Nick tal…
Oct 16, 2020
Toronto Maple Leaf TV Voice Chris Cuthbert #inthepressrow
Legendary Canadian Broadcaster Chris Cuthbert joins Jonah Sigel #inthepressrow to talk about this career, covering the NHL, MLB, Olympics and the CFL. Chris and Jonah discuss his roots, calling a game remotely when the power went out in Montreal, his preparation for Sydney Crosby's Olympic Gold Winning Goal and this transition back to Hockey Night in Canada covering the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Oct 10, 2020
Rick Westhead Joins Jonah Sigel #inthepressrow by Bleav & Sleepenvie
Rick Westhead has had an atypical career as a journalist. Many say they have done it all, when in fact he has. Rick worked in sports, covering games days, press conferences etc early in his career but got the unique opportunity to head over-seas covering major news stories. He then returned to Toronto and is now a senior correspondent for TSN and a contributor to CTV National News and W5. Today, Rick covers some of the most important topics in sports today. Concussion, violence, drugs, pain and more. He has a unique style of journalism bringing more of a news feel to sports which is a welcome change in the me too copycat world of sports media these days. Rick has a book coming out this week which fits perfectly into his genre of coverage dealing with the post career sad story of NHL player Joe Murphy. Murphy, a former fist over all pick in the NHL life has spiraled in the most sad way imaginable. Rick tells his story here: Jonah and Rick talk about Rick's career, his unique style an…
Sep 14, 2020
Michelle Sturino Talks Gender Bias & Sexual Inequality in Toronto Sports Media
On August 10th, after over 15 years in the sports broadcast world in Toronto Michelle Sturino took to Twitter announcing she had enough. "Whatever you think or believe about how far we have come as an industry/society in terms of equality simply isn’t true. Sexism and gender bias are still prominent.” Tired of being treated differently and generally fed up with the lack of progress in the male dominated world Michelle typed her goodbye. It wasn't only gender bias that bothers Michelle. additionally she feels that mostly only woman of a certain look get picked and advance: "I know I have been passed over because I don't fit a certain mold. I'm 5'9 with an athletic build that intimidates most so I don't match a B.S. stereotype of what a woman should look like. We come in all shapes and sizes and are not represented as such." Who is to blame for where we are according to Michelle?: "The sports media industry (much like most industries in N.A.) is run by insecure middle aged men w…
1 hr 9 min
Sep 3, 2020
A Review of the Shapiro/Atkins Body of Work & More With Andrew Stoeten
We hear all the time of good stories where athletes come from nowhere to be stars in their sport at all levels, so why not add one from the other side to the feel good list? We all could use a heart warming tale no? Well, this isn't as much of a tale as it is a discussion about all things Blue Jays, but a discussion with Andrew Stoeten is in fact a good story. Andrew tells how he came to be one of the brightest and most respected writers covering the Blue Jays and baseball in the GTA and Canada. Andrew and Jonah Sigel discuss the Alex Anthopoulos years, the transition from Beeston to Shaprio, the passing of the torch up to the current state of the franchise. Was Vladdy overhyped, what they should Rogers do with the stadium, what is holding back renovations and is the manager doing a good job are among the things Andrew dishes on. If you are baseball fan and, or a fan of the Blue Jays you will enjoy this session.
Jul 27, 2020
Is The NHL Intentionally Censoring The Media During The Corona Season?
Kevin McGran has been covering the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star since Mitch Marner was two years old! There is not much he hasn't seen over his years on the beat. While the NBA has made admittance to its Corona Hub expensive, the NHL has chocked off the NHL media from covering practices or games entirely. Numerous members of the media who are used to covering practices and games are banned from doing so with the NHL controlling those who do leading many experts to believe the NHL is attempting to control the message. Kevins talks about that, the difference between the younger media and the old guard, norma life on the hockey beat and what to expect when the NHL plays again soon!
Jul 21, 2020
Cabbie Richards In The Pressrow With Jonah Sigel
Today you can see and hear him on B/R Betting the Bleacher Report show, but before that he was amongst one of the most popular and most recognizable personalities in sports in Canada. That's not to say he only did work with Canadians, no, he is well known for interviewing global talent, athletes and entertainers from the NBA, MLB, NFL and more. Cabral Richards, or Cabbie as we all know him, along with a team built a brand unlike any other in the world of sports. For the Score network and later TSN, Cabbie created some of the funniest, most engaging content just as we were entering the Instagram nation. He has the unique ability to get close, like physically close to his subjects, shines a light on their non-professional sides that we crave seeing and does so in an amazingly personal, warm manner. It is impossible not to like him. In this episode, Cabbie talks about his career, his aspirations to act, his pivot to sports and how he ended up in the USA with the Bleacher Report. Cabbi…
Jul 15, 2020
Dirk Hayhurst Unplugged- Minor League Extortion, Porn In Broadcast Booth & More
New York Times best selling author and former major league baseball player and broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst openly talks about the "un-glorifying" life of a minor league baseball player, the transition to broadcasting and the extension of the sexual harassment/ misogyny of the locker room into the broadcast booth with Jonah Sigel In The Pressrow brought to you by Bleav. While others in minor league baseball were holding on to dreams and living the stereotypical life of a minor leagues, Dirk Hayhurst was writing down stories that turned into best selling novels. Keith Olbermann said of one book, it "might be one of the best baseball books written in forty years." That specific book, The Bullpen Gospels, debuted on the Paperback Non-fiction New York Times Best Sellers List at #19. Hayhurst talks about how awful and unfair the minor league baseball system is, how he blew it in Toronto (his words) and how one of his media outlets resembled what many would have considered akin to a scene fro…
1 hr 2 min
Jul 9, 2020
Sports Radio Host Tony Bruno Joins Jonah Sigel In the Pressrow By Bleav
In the world of Sports radio there are hundreds of personalities who have earned the icon moniker. Being the first voice on the radio for ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio and hosting for over 50 years definitely lands Tony Bruno in that class. From his early days in Philadelphia to broadcasting today from his "basement" in Philadelphia, Tony has amassed on of the most incredible sports radio careers. There is not a big name he hasn't interviewed nor a major event he has not attended. Tony has gone a somewhat unconventional route by being authentic while remaining focused on the idea that sports is not that serious and should be about fun. While some may say that is Tony's Schtick, he insists it's not and is just who he is. Listen in as Tony talks about his career, the wild ride to LA and back and then his broadcast highlight covering the events of September 11th as they unfold remaining on air for over 8 hours telling the story as it happened.
Jun 23, 2020
Brock McGillis on the Culture of Hockey and Hockey Media
Canadian hockey player Brock McGillis played both OHL and professional hockey . Brock played professionally in both the United States and Europe . While all of that alone is a great Canadian story, you probably know Brock McGillis as he was the first professional hockey player to openly come out as gay. Since leaving the game, Brock has become an influential advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Amidst the Dan Carcillo junior hockey class action lawsuit on the issue of hazing, Brock has been vocal on the issue of the culture of hockey. Dan was on Roger Sportsnet's Fan 590 last Friday talking about the issue. This is Brock McGillis unplugged on the culture of hockey and the culture of hockey media.
Jun 15, 2020
The Voice of The Toronto Blue Jays Jerry Howarth In The Pressrow With Jonah Sigel
For 36 seasons he was the voice of the Blue Jays, along with his broadcast partner Tom Cheek and then several others until he elected to retire to lighten his load and focus more on his health. Jerry Howarth came to Toronto via Salt Lake City and Tacoma WA, a long way from California. Yet, Toronto for Jerry is home and we caught up with him today prior to his regular bridge game. Jerry sounds identical today to the old tapes you may find of him doing college football from the 1970's . More importantly, you can tell from spending just a few minutes with Jerry that he remains true to himself without wavering one bit. Jerry is personable, friendly and a pleasure to speak with. He remembers every detail as if it was yesterday always applying the lens of good family person first and then baseball second. Jerry shares his stories, thoughts and feelings about Toronto, playing in Canada vs. the United States, how he almost derailed a trade and his thoughts on how Alex Anthopolous exit was b…
1 hr 2 min
Jun 9, 2020
Sportsnet's Hockey Night In Canada & Hometown Hockey Host Ron MacLean In the Pressrow with Jonah Sigel
From coast to coast and around the globe there may not be a more recognize-able active face or name in hockey than Ron MacLean. From 1986 to today, minus the two first years of the Rogers NHL deal Ron has been the host of not only the NHL on Hockey Night in Canada but also the host of the controversial Coaches Corner with Don Cherry as well as the Olympics and countless other sporting events. The former hockey referee started his broadcast career flipping 8-track cassettes while in high school in Red Deer Albert subbing in for a frined of his who also turned him onto refereeing. With the plan to get a degree to become a teacher, Ron continued his brodcast career on late night AM radio which quickly got him to doing the weather on TV and other shows. This was enough to keep him from college and provided the necessary moment for John Shannon at Hockey Night In Canada to offer him a position. When Dave Hodge exited Hockey Night Ron was handed the set of keys to both the hosting duties a…
1 hr 6 min
Jun 4, 2020
Former MLB Catcher & Current Toronto Blue Jays Broadcaster Joe Siddall In The Pressrow by Bleav
One day, a college quarterback at Central Michigan University who was born, raised and living in Windsor Ontario (just outside of Detroit) got a call from a scout from the Montreal Expos to try out for their team. The rest is history. You've heard him on the radio and you've seen him on TV. If you are at all like me you probably don't know much about Joe Siddall. This is his story and it is a mix of every emotion you have in your arsenal. After multiple years in the minor leagues Joe made it to the bigs, playing for the Montreal Expos under Felipe Alou. A defensive catcher he enjoyed stops with the Marlins, Tigers and Red Sox before hanging them up and becoming a bullpen guru for the Tigers. Joe and his wife, both from Windsor, living in the same neighborhood they grew up in lived what sounds like a typical life with 4 kids until tragically their youngest son Kevin lost a heroic battle to Cancer. Kevin was 14 at the time In the fog of grieving, Jerry Howarth reached out and the next…
1 hr 5 min
May 29, 2020
The Corona Effect On The Sports Media Freelance Industry Bleav In The Pressrow With Jonah Sigel
When we think about the shutdown of sports we think about players, we think about fans, GM's, coaches, play by play teams and all those directly involved in sports as perceive them. We often don't think of those we don't hear or see and there is a large army of them out there; the freelancers. Leagues, teams, networks and outlets had been doing the best they can in most cases to address the needs of their people as the shutdown heads towards the 4th month. However, there is a large group of individuals who aren't affiliated with any outlet or team but who spend as much time getting us the coverage we want; the Freelancers. John Horn is a freelancer who plays a large role in enabling the sports content we love. Unaffiliated, John, like many freelancers is able to work for many outlets, wearing many hats likely working much much more than a typical full time employee. While sports is shutdown, John represents the forgotten. He is not collecting a pay check. He is not working. John is…
May 23, 2020
Rogers Hometown Hockey Co-Host & Singer Extraordinaire Tara Slone In the Pressrow by Bleav with Jonah Sigel
By TSM Born in Montreal and Raised in Halifax, Tara Slone lived an impressive life journeying to her current post as the Co-Host of Rogers Hometown Hockey, part of the Hockey Night in Canada Family. Tara tells her musical career story, from lead singer with Joy Ride to a Canadian participant on the hit TV Show Rockstar INXS where getting booted off the show led to a career change in TV. Tara graduated from Breakfast TV in Calgary all the back to Toronto where she works alongside Ron MaClean as they navigate the country broadcasting from non-NHL markets sharing the best of Canada as part of a sports broadcast. This is Tara Slone, on a Saturday afternoon Corona style.
May 15, 2020
The Truth About Steve Jobs & The Future of Education with Former Apple Exec John Couch in The Pressrow by Bleav
John Couch was employee 54 at Apple, hired directly by Steve Jobs. He became Vice President Product and led the launch of the Lisa computer. By his own admission, he had made enough money to warrant the 20 hours a day workstyle he had at Apple leaving in 1984 and eventually taking over k-12 school. After a quick tour in biotech, John once again answered Steve's call and returned to Apple as the first ever Vice President of Education in 2002. John has authored a book Rewiring Education: How Technology Can Unlock Every Student’s Potential which everyone, literally should read. John joins Jonah Sigel discusses his relationship with Steve Jobs who he believes was largely mistyped by Hollywood the same topic of his new book which is about to be published. John also shares his wisdom and insight into why the current North American education system is so broken and how to fix it. He talks about his new education platform that he is hoping to distribute and why in the Corona era it is so i…
1 hr 6 min
May 11, 2020
NCAA Basketball, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball & Toronto Blue Jays Broadcaster Dan Shulman #inthepressrow by Bleav with Jonah Sigel
By TSM From NCAA Men’s College Basketball and Major League Baseball telecasts for ESPN to play-by-play for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sportsnet Dan Shulman is usually a busy, busy man. With the sporting world shutdown Danny spent some time with Jonah SIgel talking about life in big leagues, covering MLB and NCAA basketball. You can hear his calls on Saturday Primetime men’s college basketball games alongside analyst Jay Bilas and commentary for select games from a variety of conferences. He also calls regular season MLB games for the network and is the voice of the World Series and additional MLB Postseason series on ESPN Radio. Without question amongst the most successful broadcasters to come out of Toronto in terms of success south of the border, he was named the 2011 NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year. In addition, he is the first two-time winner of the Sports Media Canada Broadcaster of the Year award (2000, 2007). Some of the questions Dan discusses: How did Bob McCown…
1 hr 5 min
May 7, 2020
Leafs Lunch Host & Broadcaster Andi Petrillo In The Pressrow by Bleav with Jonah Sigel
By TSM The current host of the daily radio show, Leafs Lunch on TSN1050 in Toronto Andi Petrillo joins Jonah Sigel in the Pressrow. Andi got her start in regional cable tv and worked her way up, way, way up to eventually becoming the first-ever female desk host of Hockey Night In Canada, one of the most recognizable brands in sports. Andi shares her story, growing up in the GTA, how she had to patiently endure the gender gap to become a host before hosting HNIC and then becoming the first woman ever to have her own daily sports radio show in Canada. Tune in to hear some great stories about her days as a restaurant reviewer, to a nerve-racking flight to Afghanistan, pre-game jitters before an event to dealing with rabid Maple Leaf fans. Andi shares stories from Hockey Night in Canada, Leafs TV and TSN 1050 including the odd situation surrounding the exit of Patrick O'Sullivan. Should the NHL and or Washington Capitals punish Brendan Leipsic? Andi shares her thoughts on that too. P…
1 hr 2 min
May 1, 2020
NFL Play By Play & Sports Broadcaster Howard David Joins Jonah Sigel in the Pressrow by Bleav
For over 20 years Howard David has called NFL football games for various networks both for teams and on national networks. Howard has worked for the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Cosmos in addition to CBS Radio Monday Night Football/Sunday Night Football and at one time a morning host, WQAM/Miami. Howard shares his unique stories from the early days in the Air Force to the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. If you want to know what makes a great play by play booth and what it will be like to call a game with no fans tune in.
Apr 27, 2020
Former Fan 590 Program Director Don Kollins Joins Jonah Sigel in the Pressrow, by Bleav
Don Kollins has spent his entire life in radio from Saskatchewan, to Ottawa and back, then to Kitchener and Toronto and then to San Fransisco. As Program Director for the Fan 590, Toronto's original all sports radio station he led the programming changes that saw some of the biggest names in Canadian broadcasting come and go, leading the station to some of the largest ratings the station ever had. Don brought Greg Brady, Andrew Walker, Andrew Krystal, Dean Blundell, Jeff Blair, Jim Lang and others into the station that had been the home to Mike Hogan, Gord Stellick, Don Landry, Mike Toth, Howard Berger, Norm Rumack (and more) prior to his arrival. In this episode Don shares his story, what life at Rogers and the Fan 590 was like and why Bob McCown remains number one. Who does Don listen to on Toronto sports radio from San Fransisco? Listen here to Don Kollins - unplugged
1 hr 12 min
Apr 24, 2020
WWE Hall Of Fame Wrestling Legend Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) Joins Jonah Sigel & Page Magen in the Pressrow by Bleav
Diamond Dallas Page, better known as DDP is a Hall of Fame wrestling legend. He has been involved in the game either as a manger, wrestler, commentator, advocate or coach since the 1980's. From the early days in legion halls to WrestleMania he has seen it all. Today, besides owning a gym which this week was the subject of an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper DDP is founder and operator of DDPY or DDP Yoga. In addition to helping wrestlers like Jake the Snake Roberts he has also helped veterans and everyday people live healthier lives. Many, like Roberts credit the DDPY program for saving their lives. This inspirational video alone has been viewed over 52 million times! Page Magen a Torontonian has built one of the top entertainment companies in the country. A passion of his has been wrestling since he was young and to this very day he remains involved in the sport. From a wrestling standpoint he has done movies and shows with the Iron Sheik and others. Pages joins me in talking w…
Apr 20, 2020
Concussion Expert Dr. Charles Tator What Can We Do For Concussions & More Bleav In The Pressrow
Dr. Charles Tator is a Canadian neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital and a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto whose research has transformed our understanding of spinal cord injury and concussions. He is amongst the leaders on sports concussions in the world. He founded Think-First Canada, an injury-prevention foundation which is now part of Parachute Canada, where he is also a board member. He is a recipient of the of of the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2012, he received USA Hockey’s Excellence in Safety Award. In this episode Charles joins Jonah Sigel and talks about all things concussions but especially on the things we can do right now while no sports are being played and of course his rocky relationship with Don Cherry.
Apr 13, 2020
The Voice Of The Toronto Raptors, Matt Devlin Joins Jonah Sigel In Bleav In the Pressrow
On April 13, 2019 one year ago from today, the Toronto Raptors embarked on a historic playoff run resulting in a franchise first NBA Championship. For 12 years Matt Devlin has been the voice of the franchise and he stepped into the Pressrow today. A personal look at the life of the Raptors TV voice, insights on how family life is right now for the usually on the road father of 3 and some great stories of his journey as an elite broadcaster.
Apr 7, 2020
James Duthie Corona- Unplugged Bleav In The Pressrow With Jonah Sigel
Originally from Ottawa, James Duthie is THE host of sports television in Canada. James shares his career story with Jonah, from the newsroom in Ottawa and Vancouver where he won an Edward R. Murrow Award for news reporting to Olympic games, the CFL, NFL, PGA, NBA and of course NHL. A constant presence on all things sports in Canada, James mantle is full of broadcast awards including Best Host in a Sports Program or Series in 2018. James shares stores of the early days in Ottawa, covering Grey Cups, why covering the news was not a good fit for him. James shares stores of his career and his life alongside Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre Lebrun, Craig Button and Jeff O'Neil. In these odd Corona isolation times James tells some great stories about his life and life in the wide world sports broadcasting.
Apr 2, 2020
Jonah Sigel Talks The Business of Fantasy Sports & E-Gambling with Benny Ricciardi Bleav In The Pressrow
During this unprecedented sports hiatus, Jonah Sigel learns about the popularity, size and economics of the Fantasy Sports and E-Gambling World in discussions with expert Benny Ricciardi. Benny has over 20 years experience in the fantasy sports world and currently works with The Elite Fantasy Network. Benny explains the algorithms that professional players use, the frequency of the bets and just how popular the business was pre-Corona. If you remember those old friends and family drafts, or play casually online with the Yahoo's and ESPN's of the world this will open your eyes to just how big this business is. If you are engaged in the games, I am sure you will find some nuggets from Benny too and he threw in a free week of his service for us all to check out too! A Fantasy handicapper of sorts if you will. A good break from the current status of the world while we will miss sports.
Mar 24, 2020
Julie Stewart-Binks Joins Jonah Sigel in Bleav In The Pressrow Talking Drinks With Binks, Her Days in London, Regina & LA from Maple Leafs to MLS & MORE
Julie Stewart-Binks is an inspiration to many in the media world, not just sports. From growing up in Toronto and heading to London where she met Wikki-Leaks founder Julian Assange, she worked with Peter Mansbridge and a gig with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Julie took the leap and headed to Winnipeg and then Regina Saskatchewan where she paid her broadcast dues which led her to an exceptional career at Fox Sports, ESPN, Barstool and Fubo Sports Network. Julie has covered NHL games, MLS championships, Olympic games and NCAA Football as well. She is well versed in all things sports and has a unique style with a keen ability to get the best out of her guests. She is described as "a party favor" Drinks With Binks is a great show you should be watching. Her interviews have a unique style that puts her guests at ease that bring out the best content in an interview style. On this episode Jonah and Julie talk about her experience, the important of putting in your time, how missteps are part of…
1 hr 9 min
Mar 18, 2020
Detroit Red Wing & NBC Sports Hockey Play By Play Man Ken Daniels Joins Jonah Sigel In the Bleav In The Pressrow
1 hr 12 min
Mar 13, 2020
Dr. Howard Ovens, Head Dr. of Emergency At Toronto's Mt. Sinai Hospital talks Corona
A special edition of the Pressrow. Howard Ovens has been in clinical emergency practice since 1982, and served as the Chief of our Department of Emergency Medicine for many years. He has been a leader in administrative and policy issues related to emergency medical services, and served on and led many regional, provincial and national committees. Howard has published and spoken nationally and internationally on many issues including emergency department overcrowding, mandatory reporting of gunshot wounds, the lessons of SARS, and the impact of shift work. In addition to his work at Sinai Health, Howard is the Ontario Expert Lead for Emergency Medicine and holds the rank of Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Howard joins Jonah to talk about the Corona Virus, dealing with it, the differences between this and SARS, what we should be doing and the effect on the sports world too
Mar 9, 2020
Adnan Virk Joins Bleav In The Pressrow Talking The Score, MLSE, TSN, ESPN & DAZN Curb & More
Born in Toronto, raised near Kingston Adnan Virk career has taken him to some of the most respected sports outlets in the world. From Bollywood reports, failed weather interviews to TSN, MLSE, The Score and ESPN to present day, he has built an impressive brand for himself. A movie fanatic and movie podcaster who is a huge fan of the Philadelphia Flyers talks about growing up in Canada, trying to break in to the business and arriving at ESPN; the experience of being fired and how he is doing better than okay. A great story, told by an amazing storyteller.
1 hr 1 min
Mar 4, 2020
Alex Reimer of Forbes Sports, Outsports, CBS Radio & WEII Boston Sports Radio Talks Sports Insider, Tom Brady, CBA & More
In this episode of Bleav in the Pressrow, Alex Reimer joins Jonah Sigel. From the age of 12, alex had a thing for sports media. In fact he had a blog and podcast back in 2004! How popular was it? He was a guest on the Today Show and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Alex is an amazing journalist who covers sports in the new business era. While he was (in)famous for a comment on Tom Brady he know cover sports with a different approach. His takes on the NFL CBA, insiders like Adam Shefter and the new Tony Romo contract are refreshing in this era. Alex talks about his past, learning from mistakes, coming out as a sports radio host and more
Feb 26, 2020
Broadcast Legend Dave Hodge Joins Jonah Sigel in Bleav in The Pressrow
For over 55 years Dave Hodge was played an integral role in sports broadcasting. Dave was the long time host of Hockey Night in Canada, TSN's Inside Sports, That's Hockey and The Reporters. From Gordie Howe all the way to the modern day. Print, radio, TV, live audience and now podcast. Dave has done it all. Dave shares stories that span his career. From early days as a sports writer, a sports radio broadcaster to hockey play by play announcer, host of Hockey Night in Canada all the way to the Reporters on TSN. With stints in Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto, Buffalo, Vancouver and Minnesota Dave has covered every major sports literally. If you are a sports fan you will LOVE spending time with Dave. From fantasy baseball to Sunday Mornings on CBS. Dave takes us on a journey. Talking about Danny Galivan, Don Cherry, Steve Simmons and Dan Shulman.
1 hr 31 min
Feb 10, 2020
NHL Broadcast Guru John Shannon Talks, NHL, Don Cherry, Hockey Night In Canada, Masai Ujiri & More
For over 45 years John Shannon has been involved in sports media. John has worked for the NHL, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and was Executive Producer of Hockey Night in Canada. John was a frequent guest on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown as well as a co-host too. John knows the x's and o's of broadcast sports as well as the business side of things as well. John and Jonah talk about the Academy Awards, Dave Hodge, Hockey Night in Canada, Don Cherry, the future of NHL broadcasting in Canada and the United States, Masai Ujiri and rumors he could be leaving the Toronto Raptors for New York and Bob McCown.
1 hr 5 min
Feb 4, 2020
David Shoalts Joins Jonah Sigel In The Bleav Pressrow, Talking Sports Media, The NHL TV Deal, Rogers, Don Cherry & Bob McCown
Long time sports reporter David Shoalts joins Jonah Sigel in the Pressrow. David talks about how he got started in media, covering the Arizona Coyotes trial, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the effect of the Rogers deal on the media landscape, Bill Houston, Bob McCown, his love of OverDrive, Don Cherry and his involvement in the David Frost saga. David Shoalts started his career as journalist in 1979 continuing on until 2019. David has written about sports and hockey broadly, The Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL, Media, the CFL and more. He was the first journalist to spend a significant amount of time covering the legal proceedings involving The Arizona Coyotes, Jim Balsilie. in close to 40 years on the beat David has seen it and reported on it all. If you are into sports media, you will Love this. Enjoy!
Jan 30, 2020
Sports Betting Guru Steve Rapp Joins Jonah Sigel in Bleav In The Pressrow Talking Sports Gambling & Superbowl
Since 1999 Steve Rapp has been a fixture on the radio talking sports gambling. He is one of the few who has lasted through the old days of making picks on Sunday mornings to where sports betting is now legalized in the United States in general and in over 20 US States. Jonah and Steve talk about the early days of sports handicapping from Jimmy The Greek, those Friday afternoon radio guests screaming about their 800#s where they callers could get guaranteed triple double lock picks all the way to today. What impact will legalized betting, an NFL team in Las Vegas have on the games and how will sports fans interact with the game differently. Finally, this Superbowl week, Steve talks about the game between the San Fransisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, a brilliant early season pick he made and some of the great prop bets Steve is watching this week up to kickoff.
Jan 28, 2020
Bob Weeks Talks Golf, Tiger Woods, Bob McCown, Jeff O'Neil and Curling with Jonah Sigel
One of the longest serving, active members of the press covering golf, Bob Weeks joins Jonah in the Pressrow. Bob Weeks reports on both golf and curling for. He was the editorial director of SCOREGolf magazine. He also served as host for SCOREGolf TV. Bob covered Curling for more than 25 years for the Globe and Mail . Jonah and Bob talk about Kobe Bryant and golf and how it is that professional athletes in other sports also play golf. Bob also talks about the growth of the game from Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods and today. They talk about Bob McCown and Jeff O'Neil reputations as golf players and the growth of Top Golf in the world today. Finally they talk about the best tours to see and the best courses to play.
Jan 4, 2020
Jamie McLennan Joins Jonah Sigel in Bleav In The Pressrow
1 hr 5 min
Dec 14, 2019
NHL Player Zach Boychuck Joins Jonah Sigel in the Bleav In The Pressrow; Bill Peters, The Media and Social Media
Dec 8, 2019
Nelson Millman Joins Jonah Sigel Talking Fan 590 Ratings, Bob McCown, Social Media & m
Nov 23, 2019
Prime Time Sports Guest Gord Kirke Talks McCown, Babcock, Cherry & More
Nov 12, 2019
Rogers Sportsnet and Coach’s Corner Don Cherry Part Ways