Four former TSN 1040 voices will now be heard on Vancouver’s only all-sports station, including three new hosts: Mike Halford, Jason Brough and Karen Surman. Don Taylor joins as a contributor.
The station also let three hosts go: James Cybulski, Perry Solkowski and Andrew Walker.
“Since its inception, Sportsnet 650 has always strived to provide listeners with a premier place for news, interviews and commentary from the sports world, but with a distinct Vancouver flavor,” said the program director. Sportsnet 650, Craig MacEwen in a press release. “By refreshing our lineup with a combination of familiar voices and longtime fan favorites, we look forward to serving the entertaining content that listeners expect from Sportsnet 650, while celebrating what makes Vancouver a truly unique sports market. . ”
“In making these changes, we have made the difficult decision to part ways with some talented and dedicated broadcasters,” added MacEwen. “We would like to sincerely thank James Cybulski, Perry Solkowski and Andrew Walker for their passion and unwavering commitment to helping make Sportsnet 650 the station it is today. We wish them all the best of luck in their next chapter. ”
Sportsnet has unveiled a whole new weekday lineup, which will debut on Monday.
Presentation of your new SN650 range:
🎙️ 1-3p – Bik & The Boss | @ Bik650
– Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) 25 mars 2021
Halford and Brough take over as a new morning show from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Surman joins Scott Rintoul from 9 am to 1 pm on a show that will also air in Calgary on Sportsnet 960. Bik Nizzar and MacEwen will host a new show called “Bik & The Boss” from 1 pm to 3 pm.
The new afternoon driving show will feature three hosts, as Dan Riccio and Randip Janda leave their noon time slot to join Satiar Shah for “The People’s Show” from 3pm to 7pm. The People’s Show will also host Taylor, now with CHEK, as a “few times a week” contributor according to Sportsnet.
Sportsnet 650 has undergone many lineup changes since its debut in Vancouver in 2017, when it competed with TSN 1040 for listeners. Last month, Sportsnet became the only fully sports radio station in town, when Bell Media closed 1040.
Since then, the rumor mill has been busy behind the scenes, with many popular local sports broadcasters looking for work.