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Postby FrostyWinnipeg » Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:53 pm

Ed Tait of the Free Press writes...

The Winnipeg Jets have confirmed the deal to have all games on TSN Regional TV and 1290 Sports Radio for 10 years.

TSN is launching a specialty channel called TSN Jets, starting on Sept. 20 with the first pre-season game. The channel will initially be available to Bell subscribers, but TSN is working to add the channel to all content providers.

TSN also announced a permanent TSN bureau is being set up in Winnipeg, anchored by Winnipeg's Sara Orlesky.

Dennis Beyak and Brian Munz will be play-by-play announcers on TSN Jets and 1290 Sports Radio. Shane Hnidy will be the colour man. Brian Engblom and Mike Johnson will handle colour on TSN Jets games.

The association with 1290 means that pro hockey has found a new home on the radio dial as all 15 seasons of Manitoba Moose hockey and the last few years of the Jets prior to their relocation to Phoenix in 1996 were broadcast by CJOB. Munz, the voice of the Moose for the past five years, has left CJOB to join 1290. Munz will call 50-plus games on the radio, with Beyak handling all 82 on either radio or television. A Manitoba product, Beyak has done play-by-play for the Toronto Maple Leafs since 1998.

Even with the loss of the radio rights, CJOB has plans to beef up its coverage of the Jets as Kelly Moore -- the predecessor to Munz at the station – is returning to Winnipeg to help in coverage that will include pre-game shows both home and away.

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Thud. Thats the sound of the OB Sports Department.

We'll be interesting to see what happens with the Bombers radio contract.
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Postby basslicker » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:09 pm

CJOB never had a chance, considering the fact that TSN told the Jets that if they want T.V. money, 1290 gets the radio rights.

I don't really care who carries the games, as long as it's good. Beyak and Munz are both quality broadcasters.

I also love all the local Manitoba talent getting many of the positions.
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Postby IC Khari » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:56 pm

Seeing as all of the games are on the tube not sure how pertinent the radio rights really are anyway. Sure, there are times you can't be in front of the tube (if you don't have tickets that is :cry:) but it don't really make any diff about CJOB not being involved in the broadcast. I'm sure they will still cover them well.
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