TSN 1040’s two-decade run in Vancouver came to an unceremonious end this morning.
Partway through the Halford and Brough Show, at around 9 am, Bell Media halted operations of its all-sports station. An official Bell Media statement was later read on air, followed by the song “Good Riddance” by Green Day. Music has been playing on a loop ever since.
Here’s the full statement announced on the air at TSN 1040 this morning before sports programming abruptly cut to music. pic.twitter.com/ZyZPLpJ3PE
— Emad Agahi (@emadagahi) February 10, 2021
These are just the latest cuts by Bell Media across the country, as hundreds have lost their jobs over the past two weeks. That doesn’t make the news any easier to take for employees at the station, not to mention the many loyal TSN 1040 listeners.
In what seems like a cruel joke, Bell Media President Wade Oosterman said in an internal email sent to staff that 1040 will transition to a “funny format” beginning later this week, as standup comedy programming will be offered going forward.
The news has dominated social media today, with many reaching out to longtime TSN 1040 broadcasters like Jeff Paterson, Matt Sekeres, and Blake Price with well wishes.
you guys are amazing. The love and support means the world. We had something really special going. I’m trying to keep up with the calls, texts & DMs. It’s overwhelming quite frankly. Will do my best to respond. Thanks doesn’t even begin to cover it.
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) February 9, 2021
For those calling/texting today (& there are many 🙏), do me a favour and “sign your text.”
Used to ask listeners to do that for show submissions (so we could give you credit). Today I need it because my contacts are disappearing one by one.
I’ll tweet more once I’ve taken stock
— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) February 9, 2021
TMIW but this sucks! Memo to: the listeners and colleagues. thanks for an amazing run. Your words today are appreciated more than you know, thanks for taking the time to write and call. I love what I do, and I’ll be around to annoy you, and @mattsekeres, before you know it.
— Blake Price (@BlakePriceTSN) February 9, 2021
— TRIGGBIR FROM SURREY (@TRana87) February 10, 2021
Among the well wishers are broadcasters from arch-rival Sportsnet 650, with Satiar Shah and Bik Nizzar spending the first 15 minutes of Canucks Central at Noon to show respect to the people that lost their jobs today.
“When you have your part shaping the conversation about this hockey team in this city for two decades, it warrants a level of respect extended to you,” said Nizzar.
“It’s such a gut punch to see the entire station go today. This is not good for anybody,” said Shah. “It’s not good for any of the people let go. It’s not good for the industry, and it’s not really good for us… it’s not. This is not a day where this is good for anybody. We’re talking about people’s lives.”
If you think there is any joy or pleasure in seeing “competitors” lose their jobs, think again.
These are colleagues, friends, people with families.
— Scott Rintoul (@ScottRintoul) February 9, 2021
I can remember how thrilled I was when I walked through the doors at TSN 1040 as an intern 11 years ago. I was a small part of the station I spent so much time listening to. I would go on to spend nearly a decade there. So many good memories. So many good people. Today sucks.
— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) February 9, 2021
The three major pro teams in the city posted messages today, including the Vancouver Canucks, who are now linked with Sportsnet as their broadcast rights-holder.
Such a difficult day for so many good people who we’ve worked closely with for years. The impact on their families and careers is so hard to comprehend, especially during these unprecedented days. Sending our thoughts and support.
— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) February 9, 2021
For nearly two decades, we shared many special memories for Vancouver Whitecaps FC over the TSN 1040 airwaves, going back to before we joined MLS. We have made tremendous friendships. We are thinking of those impacted and wish them the best on this difficult day.
— Whitecaps FC Communications (@VWFC_PR) February 9, 2021
Tough day in the business. A big thanks to the TSN 1040 crew for being excellent partners these last 17 years, especially the broadcast crew of MOJ, @caravatta2, @karen_surman, @RJHenderson7 and Mike Whittingham
— BC LIONS (@BCLions) February 9, 2021
For fans, the reaction was a mixture of sadness, confusion, and anger.
This is a sad day for the entire sports talk radio market in Vancouver. There’s only so many jobs available with one radio station left and obviously some 1040 people will land there.
— Taj (@taj1944) February 9, 2021
TSN 1040!!!!!!!! WTF??????
Those on air personalities better be getting a 🤯 CHEQUE!! Best in the business.
YVR sports radio just got shittier. So disappointed.
— dallassmith (@dallassmith) February 9, 2021
Cannot believe 1) that 1040 is gone. From TEAM to TSN it was THE sports radio in this market for me (no offense SN guys) and 2) that the way they ended an almost 20 year run was a robot announcement and effing “I hope you had the time of your life”. Screw you, bell. Twice.
— Don Falconer (@TheFalconer) February 9, 2021
TSN 1040 wasn’t just a sports radio station, it was also a place for aspiring sports journalists to learn the ropes and help propel them to jobs elsewhere in the industry. This is a massive blow to Sports Journalism in Western Canada. Thinking of everyone at 1040 this morning.
— Tyler Bennett (@TBennz) February 9, 2021
1040 right now is playing ‘Good Riddance’ by Green Day after a new formatting robo announcement. Fuck you forever Bell. Fuck you
— BoestMode (@BoestMode) February 9, 2021
TEAM/TSN 1040 been what I’ve listened to since I was 5 in the backseat of the car all the way through today when it’s the first thing I listen to. Not music, but sports and the 1040 guys did it better than anyone. Sad day indeed
— HP 🖨 (@A1SportsJunkie) February 9, 2021
Completely shocked at the news, that is terrible. I wish all the OG’s and vets at 1040 all the best moving forward, without you guys there was no Canucks gameday.
— Ricky (@Van_city_Nucks) February 9, 2021
I’ve been listening to #TSN1040 since I was 8 years old when my dad would put it on the radio when he would drive me to school. I’ve been hooked to local sports radio ever since and for a period of time I wanted to pursue a career in radio because of 1040.
— Jordan Moss (@jmoss16) February 9, 2021
I remember the day Mojo radio went off the air. That was predictable because the station had not gained traction because 1040 was kicking its ass. For the number 1 sports radio station to go down in the third biggest market in Canada is plain absurd. #boycottbell
— Arpan Parhar (@arpan_on_BC) February 9, 2021
Gutted for all the great ppl at 1040. Just a sickening display by @Bell. Will never consider a Bell product again, just disgusting.
— Jay (@JHamilton_87) February 9, 2021
My jaw just dropped to the damn floor hearing about TSN 1040. Like what the fuck?! So many amazing people, some friends, work there or got their start there. This is absolutely devastating to the Vancouver sports scene. I’m so, so sorry to everyone impacted. Fuck. #TSN1040
— Katie Maximick 🇨🇦 (@KMaximick) February 9, 2021
So 1040 is just gone now? What? This makes no sense man. This is so stupid.
— YoungJudd (@YoungJudd_1) February 9, 2021
Sad day for sports media in Vancouver. Will miss TSN 1040 and the hosts and crew. I grew up listening to this channel. Hope to hear from you guys soon. @BellMediaPR is shameless. @DonTaylor5 @JasonBroughTSN @BlakePriceTSN @mattsekeres @HalfordTSN @patersonjeff
— Vincent (@vchoubc) February 9, 2021
Bell let’s talk about what the fuck you’re doing right now
— Nadine Clark (@nadinejclark) February 9, 2021
Never wanted a company to fail more, hope this is the beginning of the end for @Bell
— Julian Medd (@JMedd19) February 9, 2021
The voices TSN 1040 were a staple of my daily commute to work for the last few years. It won’t be the same without them. I’ll miss hearing talented personalities like @mattsekeres @BlakePriceTSN @DhaliwalSports @patersonjeff.
— Samir Javer (@samir_javer) February 9, 2021
Quick Reaction: Rockets 111, Raptors 122 – Raptors Republic
|C. Boucher27 MIN, 7 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 2-8 FG, 0-4 3FG, 3-4 FT, 3 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-Monsieur Boucher was technically the largest gentleman on the court for the 27 minutes he played tonight, but you only felt that presence on one side of the floor. On D, he did his thang blocking shots, making the lives of Houston guards’ maneuvering in the paint miserable, and holding his own on switches. On O, he didn’t really seem to exist. It was only the fifth time this season that Boucher didn’t hit a three, which is fine, but it never felt like his height threatened Houston. Though, he did grab three offensive boards and wisely advised Coach Scariolo to review his foul on Oladipo.|
|K. Lowry33 MIN, 20 PTS, 11 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 6-9 FG, 4-5 3FG, 4-4 FT, 1 BLK, 2 TO, 22 +/-This box is truly not large enough for all of the great things I want, nay, NEED, to say about Lowry’s performance tonight. The Raps were really out of sorts in the first quarter shooting 9/26 with little flow. Then came Captain/Coach/Meta-Brain/Pest Kyle Lowry who took complete control of the second quarter. In the first six minutes, he scored or assisted on at least 18 of their 21 points. Even when alone with the bench, Kyle kept them rolling. He never relinquished control of the game after that. He did all the Kyle-stuff too. He had a charge, a couple of deflections, and took some time to battle WWE SuperStar, David Nwaba, in several micro-altercations. Come the fourth quarter, when Houston finally woke from their two-quarter nap, Kyle kept Toronto calm and collected orchestrating their D and getting the ball in the hands of the right people heaving outlets, zipping skip-passes, and making the extra pass. It was a C-L-A-S-S-I-C Lowry game.|
|N. Powell32 MIN, 30 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 10-15 FG, 4-8 3FG, 6-6 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 15 +/-Powell continues to score like a cool cat sauntering down the fence of an alleyway. His game has such a sweet cadence. Even his dunks can be jazzy smooth. He had an incredibly efficient night, getting to the rim in stride, making the right decisions instead of forcing things, and blazing from three. It was also another night where he avoided making any of those silly “What-was-that-Norm!?” plays. He was the scoring lift the Raptors needed with Pascal Siakam on the sidelines.|
|F. VanVleet38 MIN, 25 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 6-23 FG, 5-11 3FG, 8-8 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 4 +/-Freddy had a tough one. Yes, he was a major part of the Raptors’ victory. But for large stretches of the game he seemed frustrated and bothered by all those long Rockets’ arms. More than once he got to the paint and lost the ball or got stuffed or did something desperate. Desperate is so unattractive. If it weren’t for getting to the line 8 times, that would have been a very ugly one for FVV. That said, he brought it on the defensive end. And, for that, I love him forever and for always. Oladipo and Wall are tough tasks; they both ended with a meh 9/21.|
|OG. Anunoby27 MIN, 11 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 5-8 FG, 1-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 12 +/-I was very disappointed with OG tonight. Not for how he played, because he played as OG always plays: strong, tempered, and selective. You can’t fault a guy for that. But this was a chance for him to really fill in for Pascal. FVV and Kyle were going to be busy with the Rockets guards; OG had free rein to go to work. He scored two buckets early and it looked like, “Okay, here we go. OG time.”, but then he picked up two personal fouls early and lost his mojo. But, again, I can’t be mad. He, like Freddy, is so vital to the Raptors defensive scheme that in any bad offensive night he makes it up in spades on defence.|
|D. Bembry23 MIN, 13 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 4-6 FG, 0-1 3FG, 5-5 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -3 +/-Bembry is like that plant you have out back and every time you go and check on it, you’re like “Woah! Did that grow.” His game is flourishing alongside the Raptor core. He moves so well off the ball and is a great complement to how Kyle and Fred like to play the game on both ends of the court.|
|Y. Watanabe17 MIN, 4 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 2-6 FG, 0-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -5 +/-I genuinely am shocked to see that Yuta was on the court for 17 minutes tonight. He had one wicked Euro step for a lay-up, but other than that, I am having trouble recalling Yuta minutes. Sorry, Yuta.|
|T. Davis16 MIN, 3 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 1-5 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 2 +/-TD had an absolutely monstrous block! Nothing too distinguishable for Terrence otherwise. It was another night where I felt like he could have done so much more, but just didn’t.|
|A. Baynes15 MIN, 9 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 4-8 FG, 1-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-Baynes always seems to get the award for ugliest looking play of the game. He blew a layup early, and then had this weird personal vendetta against PJ Tucker where he tried to take him one-on-one at the top of the key and then ballet-shot-putted the ball towards the hoop. Needless to say, it did not end well. Baynes played fine considering, but I was always left disappointed that he wasn’t smashing Rockets more down low.|
|P. McCaw4 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 2 +/-I do love Pat’s willingness to move the ball around. Perhaps, he does it a bit too much, but in one play he passed up a shot, drove, and kicked to a wide open OG who missed the three, Pat got the offensive rebound and immediately whipped it back cross court to Norm who drove in for the dunk. I want Pat to succeed and stay on the floor for longer because I think he has a really unique style of play.|
|S. Johnson2 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 1 +/-Can’t give too strong a letter grade on two minutes of play, but he did have two nice defensive stands at the top of the zone. I have admitted before that I have been on Stanley Johnson Island for a long time now. And there is where I will stay.|
|P. Siakam0 MIN, 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 0 +/-Late scratch due to COVID health and safety protocols.|
|Nick Nurse No Nick tonight. He and five other coaching staff were held out of the game due to COVID health and safety protocols. I mean how can I criticize a guy who had, what, an hour to prepare for his first head coaching gig? Sergio Scariolo, fresh out of quarantine himself, stepped up in Nurse’s stead and, rightfully, earned his first win as an NBA head coach (even though, technically, I think it goes to Nick). The Raptors started off a little shaky, and that’s forgivable considering the circumstances, but by halftime, the game was well-in-hand. Sergio platooned FVV with the bench and did the same with Kyle. It had mixed results, but I always love when a coach puts his faith in his bench and sends them out there wholesale. Why not? Especially, in the middle of February facing a weaker team like Houston. The Raps bent a bit in the fourth, but they did not break, and that’s all that matters. Oh, and he nailed his first coach’s challenge ever! Yay, Sergio.|
THINGS WE SAW
- That game just felt flat. Houston looked like a student in a microeconomics lecture who sleeps through the whole thing until they hear “this will be on the exam” and perks up for the next ten minutes. When Houston did perk up, Toronto had trouble keeping Wall and Oladipo out of the paint. They didn’t finish a lot of their takes, but it was concerning to see the ease in which they were getting to the hole.
- I am worried about the Raptors’ depth. DeAndre’ is winning me over, but that old adage of “who are your seven guys come playoff time” leaves me wondering if he makes the cut. TD certainly doesn’t. Nor Yuta. I don’t know what to think of Baynes these days. I am not saying find me the panic button or anything of that magnitude. All I am saying, is the Raptors lean a lot on FVV, Siakam, Lowry, and, so far, Normy. If one of those guys sputters – or is out like Siakam was tonight- there aren’t a lot of options left. Food for thought.
Homan tops Carey to open Scotties championship round – Sportsnet.ca
CALGARY — The favourites set the tone in championship pool play Friday at the Canadian women’s curling championship.
With a few surprise teams making the eight-team cut, perennial contenders Rachel Homan, Kerri Einarson and Jennifer Jones posted afternoon victories and showed why they’re good bets to reach the playoffs.
“With only three teams advancing, you can’t have very many losses to advance,” Jones said. “So we know that and we know we’re going to have to play every game as though we have to get that W and hopefully we perform well.”
Homan’s Ontario team stole a point in the 10th end for a 7-6 victory over Chelsea Carey’s Team Wild Card One and then came back for an 8-7 win over Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges in an extra end.
That left Homan in top spot at 9-1 with Einarson, the defending champion, who topped Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson 10-6 before eliminating Carey from playoff contention with a 9-3 rout.
Jones’s Manitoba team earned a split on the day to sit in a tie for third place at 7-3 with Alberta’s Laura Walker. Jones posted a 12-8 win over Beth Peterson of Team Wild Card Three before dropping a 7-5 decision to Walker.
“I guess mandatory is a good word for it,” Walker said of the win. “We needed it and I’m proud of the way we went out there and got it.”
With Anderson sitting out the nightcap with an injury, alternate Amber Holland threw fourth stones for Saskatchewan. She dropped a 10-9 decision to Peterson in an extra end that left both teams tied with Quebec at 6-4.
Earlier, Walker edged St-Georges 7-6 in an extra end. Saskatchewan and Quebec had an unexpected share of the Pool B lead after the preliminary round.
Carey (5-5), who’s filling in at skip for Tracy Fleury this week, barely missed a runback double-takeout attempt with her final shot against Homan, who put the pressure on with two protected stones near the button.
“They hung in there with me and we made some good ones in the end,” Homan said of teammates Emma Miskew, Sarah Wilkes and Joanne Courtney.
Jones, who’s aiming for a record seventh Scotties Tournament of Hearts title, stole five points in the 10th for her afternoon victory. Einarson was also tested early in that draw before a late deuce sealed the win.
Two more draws were set for Saturday at the Markin MacPhail Centre. The top three teams in the eight-team pool will reach the playoffs on Sunday.
The second- and third-place teams will meet in an afternoon semifinal for a berth in the evening final against the first-place team.
The Hearts winner will return as Team Canada at the 2022 national playdowns in Thunder Bay, Ont. The champion will also earn a berth in the Olympic Trials in November at Saskatoon.
The men’s national championship — the Tim Hortons Brier — starts March 5 at the same Canada Olympic Park venue. The Hearts is the first of six bonspiels to be held at the arena through late April.
Homan, Einarson improve to 8-1 at Canadian women's curling championship – CBC.ca
The favourites set the tone in championship pool play Friday at the Canadian women’s curling championship.
With a few surprise teams making the eight-team cut, perennial contenders Rachel Homan, Jennifer Jones and Kerri Einarson posted afternoon victories and showed why they’re good bets to reach the playoffs.
- Watch and engage with CBC Sports’ That Curling Show live every day of The Scotties at 7:30 p.m. ET on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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