TSN RADIO 1050 Hits the Airwaves April 13

- CTV Inc., TSN and CHUM Radio partner on launch of new all-sports radio station in
key Greater Toronto area market -
- Featuring Canada's most popular sports broadcasters and experts -
- Mike Richards to host TSN RADIO 1050's flagship morning show, THE MIKE RICHARDS SHOW -
- TSN RADIO 1050 is the exclusive radio broadcaster for the Toronto Argonauts,
EURO 2012 and 2016, and golf's BRITISH OPEN and U.S. OPEN -

TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Setting the benchmark for sports broadcasting in Canada since 1984, TSN, along with CTV Inc. and CHUM Radio, announced today that TSN Radio 1050 will launch on Wednesday, April 13. Debuting just as the NHL and NBA Playoffs heat up, the highly-anticipated all-sports radio station will be available to sports fans in the Greater Toronto area on AM 1050 and nationally online at TSN.ca and on TSN MOBILE.

The next evolution of the TSN brand, TSN RADIO 1050 will feature best-in-class analysis from TSN's sports experts and insiders and coverage of live sporting events such as Toronto Argonauts games during the 2011 CFL season.  Headlining TSN RADIO 1050's weekday programming lineup is the station's marquee morning show, THE MIKE RICHARDS SHOW, with host Mike Richards.

** Media Note ** Download photos of Mike Richards and the TSN RADIO 1050 logo at www.ctvmedia.ca/TSN.

TSN RADIO 1050 will broadcast from CTV's historic Queen Street headquarters and TSN's studios in Toronto.

"TSN's mandate has always been to be Canada's Sports Leader and TSN RADIO 1050 gives the network yet another platform to deliver industry-leading sports coverage to Canadians across the country," said Phil King, President of Sports and Executive Vice-President of Programming, CTV.  "The powerful combination of TSN's all-star broadcast team and CHUM Radio - one of the most successful radio organizations in Canada - enables TSN RADIO 1050 to make an immediate impact on the sports radio landscape."

TSN RADIO 1050 is a joint effort between TSN and CHUM Radio.  TSN RADIO 1050 will work closely with CHUM Radio's portfolio of market-leading all-sports radio stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa.

"With the strength of the TSN brand and an incredible stable of on air talent, TSN RADIO 1050 will definitely set a new benchmark for sports radio in Canada," said Chris Gordon, President, CHUM Radio.  "We are looking forward to making our mark in the GTA right away and having a premier talent like Mike Richards in the all-important morning drive time slot is the perfect way to do it."

TSN and CHUM Radio will announce additional details on the launch of TSN RADIO 1050 in the coming weeks.

Live Events
Headlining TSN RADIO 1050's live events lineup are the Toronto Argonauts, as the station has secured the exclusive radio broadcast rights for the team's pre-season, regular season and playoff games through the Eastern Final during the 2011 CFL season.  TSN RADIO 1050 will also have a pre- and post-game show for every Argos game, plus a weekly show on Toronto's CFL team.  TSN is the exclusive English-language television broadcaster for the CFL in Canada.

Toronto Argonauts President and CEO Bob Nicholson remarked, "We are excited to embark on this journey on TSN RADIO 1050, allowing our fans access to all of our games on radio.  We have a long history with the leadership at TSN so we know the quality of work they produce and the excellent standard with which they cover our team.  Their radio arm will take this relationship to a new level and we couldn't be more excited."

Along with live Argos broadcasts, TSN RADIO 1050 is also the official radio broadcaster for two of golf's major championships - THE BRITISH OPEN and the U.S. OPEN - and EURO 2012 and 2016.

Broadcast Team
TSN RADIO 1050 will feature the best in sports talk radio utilizing TSN all-star roster of sports broadcasters, experts, analysts and insiders, including Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre McGuire, Dave Hodge, Ray Ferraro, Dave Naylor, Glen Suitor, Chris Schultz, Matt Dunigan, Jack Armstrong, James Duthie, Michael Landsberg and Dave Randorf.

In addition, veteran radio broadcaster Mike Richards joins TSN RADIO 1050 as the host of the station's marquee morning drive program, THE MIKE RICHARDS SHOW.  The outspoken and always entertaining Richards was previously the host of the highest-rated sports morning show in Canada, Mike Richards in the Morning.  Richards returns to the biggest radio market in Canada after his highly successful stint in Calgary, where his show was the fastest-growing male-targeted radio program in the province.

ESPN's Dan Shulman will also make exclusive contributions TSN RADIO 1050. It was announced earlier this week that Shulman will work exclusively in Canada for TSN, providing analysis and reports across TSN's platforms and programs.

Program Lineup
Along with Mike Richards hosting TSN RADIO 1050's highly-anticipated morning show, the station's weekday lineup marks the return of the JIM ROME SHOW to the Greater Toronto area with outspoken host Jim Rome, along with the Toronto debut of the DAN PATRICK SHOW with SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL's Dan Patrick.

TSN RADIO 1050 will also have exclusive access to all programming from the ESPN Radio Network.

About CHUM Radio
CHUM Radio is a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multimedia company with ownership of CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and The Globe and Mail, Canada's #1 national newspaper. CHUM Radio is one of Canada's most successful radio networks operating 35 radio stations in 16 markets throughout Canada including CHUM FM, Canada's # 1 FM station.

About TSN
TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and Canada's most-watched specialty network. Delivering more sports coverage in High Definition than any other network in Canada, TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule features an exciting lineup of sports including NHL, IIHF, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLB, Season of Champions Curling, Golf's Majors, F1, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Grand Slam Tennis and Championship Boxing events. TSN properties include TSN2, TSN MOBILE and the industry leading sports website TSN.ca. Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, TSN is a division of CTVglobemedia.

For further information:

Greg McIsaac, (w) 416.384.5180, (c) 416.458.3591, greg.mcisaac@ctv.ca
Chobi Liang, (w) 416.384.7584, (c) 416.859.4738, chobi.liang@ctv.ca
Renee Rouse, (w) 416.384.7599,  renee.rouse@ctv.ca