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
Berrettini ends Murray’s comeback at Queen’s
The 34-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion, playing in his first singles tournament on grass for three years, could not handle the ferocious pace of Berrettini as he slid to defeat.
Murray eased past Benoit Paire in his opening match on Tuesday but world number nine Berrettini was too big a step up.
Berrettini’s huge first serve and forehand did most of the damage but the Italian also showed plenty of silky touch on the slick lawns to register his first career win over Murray.
Berrettini, 25, finished the match off with a powerful hold of serve, banging down four massive first serves before sealing victory with a clubbing forehand winner.
He faces British number one Dan Evans in the quarter-final after Evans beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Murray, a five-time winner of the traditional warm-up event but now ranked 124 after long battles with hip injuries including resurfacing surgery in 2019, has been handed a wildcard for the Wimbledon championships.
Apart from a slight groin niggle, Murray said he was reasonably happy with his condition, considering this was only his third Tour-level tournament of the year.
“I think obviously I need to improve,” Murray told reporters. “I actually felt my movement was actually quite good for both of the matches. My tennis today was not very good today. That’s the thing that I’ll need to improve the most.
“I felt like today that that sort of showed my lack of matches.”
Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, who won the singles title in 2019 and the doubles alongside Murray, was beaten 6-2 6-3 by Canada‘s Denis Shapovalov.
(Reporting by Martyn HermanEditing by Toby Davis and Pritha Sarkar)
Be Like the King of the North Division and Develop Skills
It’s been a year unlike no other for Canadian hockey teams, with COVID-19 travel restrictions forcing the creation of a new NHL division made up entirely of Canadian teams. The previous generation of NHL hockey was known as the “Dead Puck Era” because referees tolerated slowing down the game with clutching and grabbing.
The leading scorers today score in jaw-dropping fashion and routinely pull off stickhandling dangles that were unimaginable until only recently. The Canadian team that will win the North Division will be the one with the most skill.
Here are the training aids that will help you develop your skills all year long.
Innovators like HockeyShot Canada make “passers” so that players can develop pinpoint accuracy and the soft hands necessary to cradle and control a pass when it lands on your stick. The high-quality rubber bands return the puck with the same force which passed it, so you can give yourself one-timers or work on accuracy.
Whether you’re on a two-on-one, sending a breakout pass from the defensive zone, or holding down the blue line on the power play, every positional player needs to pass accurately.
A player is lucky to get a few shots on net each game, and they can’t let them go to waste. Until recently, players needed to rent ice in the off-season to practice their shots in realistic game-like conditions.
Now, players can use shooting pads at their home that let pucks glide as they do on real ice. Shooting is perhaps the one skill that requires the most repetition because one inch can be the difference between going bar-down and clanking one wide off the post.
Practice your quick release and accuracy and develop an arsenal of shots, including wrist shots, slapshots, one-timers, and more. The more tools in your tool kit, the deadlier a sniper you’ll be.
Having the puck on your stick is a responsibility, and you don’t want to cough it up to the other team and waste a scoring chance or lose possession. The ability to stickhandle helps you bide time until a teammate is open, so you can pass them the puck and continue attacking.
If you’re on a breakaway, you may want to deke the goalie rather than shoot if your hands are silky enough. Develop stickhandling skills, and you’ll keep goalies and opponents guessing – being unpredictable helps make a sniper’s job easier.
Of course, you also need to handle the puck in your own zone without causing a turnover. Stickhandling is a crucial skill in all areas of the ice.
When the coach sends you over the board, you need to be prepared for whatever comes your way. Maybe you’ll get the puck in the slot or somewhere else, but when it’s playoffs, you always need to be ready. The Kings of the North Division have all of the above skills and more, and you can too if you practice all year.
Australia swim trials calendar shift to reap Tokyo rewards
Australia broke with tradition to hold its swimming trials just six weeks before the start of the 2020 Olympics and former world champion Giaan Rooney said the move could reap rich rewards in Tokyo after disappointments at London and Rio.
Australia has typically held its trials up to six months before an Olympics but that gap has been drastically cut this year with swimmers vying for Tokyo spots this week in Adelaide.
Rooney, who won individual world titles at Fukuoka and Montreal and a relay gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said Australia is gearing up for a much improved Games after its swimmers flopped at Rio and London.
“I think we needed to make it work,” she told Reuters. “The shift started about a year ago to bring the trials into line with the rest of the world and qualify five or six weeks before.
“In sport and swimming, six months is a long time,” Rooney added. “From a coaching perspective, it’s much better to know you have chosen the team in form.”
After winning five gold medals at Sydney 2000 and seven in Athens, the Australian team was rocked by accusations of disruptive behaviour by some of its top sprinters at the 2012 Olympics.
Australia won just one gold medal in the London pool and three in Rio five years ago.
Australia knew something had to be done if it was to close the gap on the powerful Americans and moving the trials is part of the strategy.
“I think it’s to make your swimmers more resilient to change,” Rooney said.
“In the USA they get to race every week regardless of illness or breakups and under all circumstances. Nothing rattles them.
“Australia doesn’t have that racing continuity. This is about making sure you are prepared for anything. I think our swimmers are more resilient than they have been in the past decade, COVID is part of this.”
Rooney said there might even be an “upside” for Australia with the Olympics postponed by a year due to the global health crisis, with the emergence of swimmers like teenager Kaylee McKeown, who broke the women’s 100m backstroke world record on Sunday.
“We are now talking about athletes who are not only going to make the Olympics but are medal chances,” Rooney said.
“We wouldn’t have been talking about her this time last year. She might not have been ready for a position on the team. She is now a legitimate gold medal chance in Tokyo once she gets there.”
For all her confidence about Australia’s performance in Tokyo, Rooney was wary of making predictions about a gold rush for her compatriots.
“I think this will be a more successful Olympics for us than Rio in the pool but individual goal medals will still be difficult to come by,” said the 38-year-old.
“The biggest challenge is to make the jump from minor medals to gold.”
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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