Gord began working at Maple Leaf Gardens in the press box on game nights in 1975 while still in high school. He joined the Leaf front office on a part time basis in 1977 and on a full time basis in 1980. This culminated in April, 1988 -- being named the Leafs' General Manager at the age of 30, the youngest GM in NHL history. Sixteen months later, he was one of the youngest ex-General Managers when he left the Leafs to join the New York Rangers as their Assistant General Manager.
A Kingston native and a football fanatic. Hoagie brings over 25 years experience to the Bullpen with a background in news, including a stint in Ottawa which included covering the national political scene. The voice of the Argos has provided the radio play-by-play of 11 Vanier Cup games and has also called hockey, boxing and hoops on radio and television. A member of the CIS Football Top-10 Committee, Mike is also heavily involved as a writer/editor of the “Sports Forecaster” magazine.
Before moving to Toronto, I was the Sports Director at WJR Radio in Detroit. I anchored a pre- and post-game show for both the Detroit Red Wings and the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. But all that work still couldn't keep me from calling basketball for the Wolverines as well.
Bob McCown is the host of Prime Time Sports. He was born in Columbus, Ohio. His colourful sports broadcasting career ranges from being the first public address announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays in their inaugural season in 1977 to the current host of Prime Time Sports. Bob was also the original host of Global Television's "Sportsline".
The Late Night Vampire has been with THE FAN since its inception in September 1992. Norm’s education includes an Honours Bachelor of Arts from York University and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from Syracuse University. At Syracuse, Norm studied at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications which boasts fellow alums Bob Costas, Ted Koppel and Dick Clark. Previous to working for THE FAN, Norm was a Producer at CFRB and a Story Producer at CTV News on Canada AM. Norm’s favourite moments on THE FAN include Syracuse winning the NCAA Basketball Title in April of 2003(Carried on THE FAN)as well as predicting Wendel Clark would lead the Leafs on a playoff run in the Spring of 1993. His Hammerhead Alert tee-shirt is now in its tenth year. He coined the term “God’s team in the National Hockey League” for his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and has been the host of Leafs Talk since the beginning of THE FAN as well. Being an SU grad, Norm is an ardent supporter of former Orange alums Carmelo Anthony and Donovan McNabb. He is also known to blurt out the phrase “Jeremy Roenick Rules!” quite often.
Roger Lajoie is the host of the Saturday Morning Show on THE FAN 590 and co-hosts The Late Night Show most evenings with Stormin' Norman Rumack. Roger is also a North American Sports Correspondant for the Reuters News Agency, a gig that has had him cover such events as the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals and the NBA Finals. "The Rog" also writes for the regional sections of the Toronto Sun in Durham, Hamilton, York Region and Peel Region, does play-by-play and colour for the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League, does website content for the Canadian Hockey League and is public address announcer for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League. He's worked in the media business since 1980 and you can check out his website at www.rogerlajoie.com.
Mike Wilner joined THE FAN in April 2001 as our Blue Jays Beat Reporter, and moved into the broadcast booth with Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth for the 2002 season. Mike came to us from 680 News, where he had been a sports anchor and reporter since 1995. Mike is a graduate of the University of Toronto and began his broadcasting career at U of T radio(CIUT FM). He has also been a play-by-play broadcaster for the Welland Pirates and Watertown Indians(New York-Penn League, Class A)and the Hardware City Rock Cats(Eastern League, Class AA).
Barb is one of the few "Day One'ers" left at THE FAN 590, having been a part of the station since it's inception in 1992. She is now the midday sportscaster at THE FAN and 680 News, and co-hosts a daily segment on The Chuck Swirsky show. Barb is a Seneca College graduate who started her radio career at 600 CFCH in North Bay before returning home to Toronto where she's been ever since. She's training a couple soccer stars of the future, Jonfranco and Jeremy.
Eric Smith is entering his second season as the radio analyst for the Toronto Raptors, and his ninth season as the host of the Raptors’ pre, half, and post-game radio broadcasts. He also covers the Raptors on a regular basis as the beat reporter for THE FAN 590. In addition, Smith hosts a weekly NBA radio show - "Hoops" - which is simulcast nationally on Raptors NBA TV. In 2003, he began working for Raptors NBA TV as well, co-hosting their weekly debate-style show, "Double Dribble".
Smith's diversity in the Canadian market also extends to a monthly web column he writes for Raptors.com, and numerous appearances on both local and national TV. He has appeared on NBA TV's "Insiders" and regularly guests on radio shows throughout Canada and the U.S. Smith has also written columns for NBA.com, appeared weekly on Global TV as their NBA Analyst(2001-2006)and hosted an NBA-sponsored radio program, "The NBA this Week"(2002-2003).
Smith graduated with Honors from the School of Journalism at Humber College in Toronto.
Being THE FAN 590 and 680 News Afternoon Drive Sportscaster during Prime Time Sports, Dan is also the play by play radio voice for the World Junior Hockey Championships on the Fan Radio Network across Canada. The World Junior experience having taken Dan to Finland, North Dakota, Vancouver and Sweden in 2006-07. Dan also serves as the TV play by play voice for the Toronto St. Michaels Majors, and has worked with Rogers Sportsnet on CHL/AHL and NLL broadcasts. Since 1999 Dan has been the radio play by play voice of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse league. In 2004 Dan called a NLL game for FOX TV Sports in NY.
During the summer Dan is the TV play by play voice for the Toronto Lynx of the United Soccer League. Also serving as THE FAN 590s summer olympic reporter, Dan has covered the games in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, Athens, Greece, and is looking forward to Canada's medal chase in Beijing in 2008! In the winter months Dan also serves as a part time cop host for Sportsnet's FIS World Cup Skiing coverage with Brian Stemmel. Born in Toronto, Dan grew up in Georgetown, Ontario and played soccer in Peel Halton League with the Georgetown Falcons.
Dan's radio career started in Welland Ontario in 1985, followed by a move to Orangeville in 1987. In 1993 Dan's career came knocking on THE FAN 590 Program Director Alan Davis' desk. It was a three year stint at Niagara College in Welland Ontario that started this journey.
Rick is a sportscaster, talk show host and a reporter with THE FAN 590. He is a also a professor of broadcast journalism and improvisation at Seneca College. He holds a journalism diploma from Seneca, and a bachelor of commerce from St. Mary's University in Halifax. Rick was born in BC, raised in Nova Scotia and now resides in Etobicoke.
Nigel, an experienced host and reporter, has spent more than 20 years in sports broadcasting - specializing in English soccer. His last five years in the UK were with the BBC in Liverpool - where he covered Liverpool and Everton in the EPL - which featured Liverpool's historic triple-winning season in 2001.
Before joining the BBC, Nigel worked in Lancashire, covering Blackburn Rovers' Premiership winning season under the legendary Kenny Dalglish in 1995. Nigel also worked in Sheffield in the 80's - a city dominated by two of the oldest clubs in England - Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.
Nigel is also a huge golf fan - has covered three(British)Open Championships, and got to interview his own sporting hero - Jack Nicklaus - at the Open in 1991.
Toronto native Howard Berger has been with THE FAN 590 since May 1988. He is THE FAN's hockey reporter, and has covered the Toronto Maple Leafs at home and on the road since the 1994-95 season. During his years at THE FAN, Howard has attended the Olympics in Atlanta, Nagano and Salt Lake City. He regularly covers the Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game and the NHL Draft, and also has a bit of family life now and then with wife Susan and children Shane and Lauren.
A graduate of Humber College School of Journalism, Cara has been with THE FAN 590 for six years. You can catch hertraffic reports every weekday. She also does reporting for 680 NEWS and JACK FM. Cara got her start in radio at Q107 then headed off to Ez Rock 97.3 FM where she was the entertainment lifestyles reporter.
Doug Farraway, is in his 33rd year of broadcasting, having worked in these markets: Simcoe, Sarnia, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Hamilton, and Toronto again, where he is currently the Sports Director of THE FAN 590.
Angelo Viola is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected outdoor enthusiasts. Having spent most of his life in pursuit of the ultimate outdoor and fishing adventure it is only natural that his love of nature landed him the “best job in the world” as cohost of The Fish’n Canada Show, The Outdoor Journal Television Show plus Barklay’s Outdoor Journal Radio Hour.
David Grossman is an award-winning journalist with the Toronto Star and has been with Canada’s largest newspaper for the past 25 years. He is host of the only high school sports radio show in the country heard Sunday mornings and we’ve had it on THE FAN 590 for the past 13 years.
Sara Buchan - Reporter / Updates, Andrew Nie - Updates, Peter Irvine and Lindsay O'Connor - Hosts of the 'International Sports Report', Alex Seixeiro - Host / Reporter / Updates, Anthony Totera - Host, Tim Langton - Updates, Paul Jones - Co-host of 'Hoops', Zack Cooper - Updates, Jason Magder - Reporter / Updates, Ben Ennis - Updates