Changes At Post Media Sports, Trades Killing Deadline Shows? Layoffs Hitting Bell Media & Future Of Talk Sports with Allan Davis

In today’s post, Toronto Sports Media Looks at Future Of Sports Talk and Michael Traikos Let Go plus much more:

It is with great sadness to report that Michael Traikos, a long-time sports writer, has been let go by Post Media. Traikos is a renowned sports writer who has made a name for himself in the sports journalism world. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Traikos developed a love for sports, particularly hockey, at an early age. He pursued this passion and obtained a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University.

After graduation, Traikos began his career as a journalist, writing for various publications such as the Toronto Sun and the National Post. Throughout his career, he has covered a broad range of sports, including hockey, basketball, baseball, and football. However, he has become most well-known for his extensive coverage of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Traikos is widely respected for his in-depth knowledge of the game, as well as his ability to provide insightful analysis and commentary. He has appeared as a frequent guest on various sports radio and television programs, including TSN, Sportsnet, and CBC. He has also covered major events such as the Olympics and the World Cup.

In addition to his sports writing, Traikos is also an accomplished author. He has written several books on hockey, including “The Next Ones: How McDavid, Matthews and a Group of Young Guns Took Over the NHL,” which was published in 2019.

Traikos has received numerous accolades for his work as a journalist, including several National Newspaper Awards for sports writing. He is known for his integrity, professionalism, and dedication to his craft.

As a fan of Michael’s work, both in print and on Twitter, I sincerely hope that someone smart hires him quickly.

Trades Killed The Deadline Shows

Is it just me, or has this year’s NHL trade deadline seemed to drag on forever? With so many big-name deals happening already (wait, did another one just happen?), will there actually be a reason to have multiple TV and radio shows dedicated to the deadline? When this is all over, and the trades and non-trades are sorted out, what will the talking heads talk about? Trade lists and trade boards have been non-stop for too long. Serenity now!

Quick Switch To EA Sports

This will be my last criticism of Rogers for going cheap on radio broadcasts and keeping Wagner at home, I promise. I have been told that during a Flames game this week, their radio crew lost their TV feed of the game no fewer than four times during the game. What did Derek and Lou do to compensate? Pick up the latest version of NHL 23 and utilize that? Yes, of course, technical glitches can happen on the road too. I get it.

Cuts At Bell?

There have been all sorts of rumblings this week of possible cuts at Bell Media in the editor suites, first at TSN and then at CTV. Multiple sources have told me that things are about to get ugly over there, as story editors will have to start editing videos as well as performing their current duties. If true, I hope that anyone caught up in this finds meaningful work quickly.

Around The Horn

Not that this is new, but Gregor Chisolm continues to pump out great Blue Jays content. This is exhibit A.




One guy the OverDrive team needs to add more regularly to their lineup? Mark Methot. His appearance on Thursday is a great example of why.

In The PressRow The Future OF Sports Talk With Allan Davis Fan 590’s First Program Director

Allan Davis is an experienced media professional with extensive expertise in program direction and management. He currently serves as the Brand Director (Program Director) at WGR Radio in Buffalo, where he is responsible for overseeing the station’s programming and content to ensure it meets the needs and interests of its listeners.

With over 30 years of experience in the radio industry, Allan has a deep understanding of broadcasting nuances and has worked in various roles, including on-air talent, producer, and program director. Before joining WGR Radio, he worked at several notable radio stations in the United States and Canada, including being the founding PD at what is now Rogers Sportsnet’s The Fan 590.

Throughout his career, Allan has demonstrated a passion for developing engaging and informative programming that resonates with listeners. He is renowned for his sense of audience preferences and his ability to craft content that keeps listeners engaged and informed.

Allan is also an experienced mentor and team leader who has helped to develop and train many talented radio professionals during his career. He is known for his collaborative leadership approach and his ability to inspire and motivate his teams to achieve their goals.

Overall, Allan Davis is a highly respected and accomplished media professional with a proven track record of success in program direction and management. His contributions to the industry have helped to shape the modern radio landscape, and his leadership at WGR Radio is likely to continue driving the station’s success into the future. After speaking with Sekeres and Price last week about their journey from radio to Pod, Jonah continues to seek answers on where the business of consumer talk consumption is headed.

In this episode of The Press Row, Jonah speaks with Allan about:
* Allan’s start in the industry,
* The future of the business,
* Whether journalism is dying,
* Canadian vs. USA podcasting,
* The significance of the morning drive as a critical timeslot.

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Allan with McCown and Shannon is a must-listen for fans of the Fan 590 too!


Born and raised in Toronto, Jonah Sigel is currently based in Seattle, WA. An avid sports fan, Jonah took to writing about the sports media world back in 2004 with two young kids at home, a new job and a return to Toronto. The interest grew and grew to include the former website, the twitter handle @yyzsportsmedia, the PressRow podcast and now the all new

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