Wednesday 22 May 2013

New City Montreal TV sports show announces local hosts Lozoff and Weir

Weir and Lozoff

The first significant announcement from City Montreal has been made. When the new 30-minute weekly sports magazine show Montreal Connected  premieres on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.  Sportsnet reporter Alyson Lozoff of NDG and television personality Wilder Weir from Beaconsfield will serve as co-hosts. A press release says that the English-language program will take audiences beyond the game highlights for an in-depth look at the city’s professional and amateur teams, along with athlete profiles and feature stories on local, national, and international sports.   

Following the May 30 premiere, Montreal Connected will air Thursdays at 7 p.m.  with encores on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. on City Montreal. Beginning June 1, Sportsnet East will air Montreal Connected on Saturdays at noon ET.

"Montreal is a great sports city, and Montrealers support not only their pro teams but embrace amateur and collegiate sports as well,” said Scott Moore, President, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “With in-depth coverage and exclusive access to the city’s illustrious sports scene, Montreal Connected offers audiences a unique perspective on professional and amateur sports with a Montreal-centric view, plus a look at stories of interest at the national and international levels.”

 "It's a dream come true!" Lozoff told me. "Montreal Connected will offer Montrealers a unique view of its sports teams, athletes and events among other experiences and I am thrilled to be there every step of the way leading them on the adventure!"

Lozoff was born and raised in NDG. She first discovered her passion for sports broadcasting when she worked as an in-game host during Montreal Canadiens games. Officially hooked on the gig after reporting live from the Red Bull Crashed Ice finish line, Lozoff joined Sportsnet in 2012, regularly covering the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Alouettes, and Montreal Impact. A lawyer in Ontario and Quebec, Lozoff received a Civil Law Degree, a Common Law Degree, and a Masters Degree in Law at l’Université de Montréal. She also studied at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, where she obtained a Chinese Law Study Certificate.  She was also a Miss Teen Canada and visited many schools on the island to speak out against bullying.

Weir, raised in Beaconsfield, is the son of retired professional hockey player, Wally Weir. The puck was passed to Weir who continued his father’s legacy playing senior hockey for Lower Canada College and making the varsity team at Queen’s University. He also attended St. George's School of Montreal at the elementary level. 

A budding hockey star, in 2005 Weir made his television debut as a hockey player in the Canadian reality series Making the Cut: Last Man Standing, a program that pitted Canada’s top 60 amateur hockey players against each other. His transition to an on-air television personality occurred in 2008 as host of national television series Oh So Cosmo, where Weir then worked on-air for six consecutive seasons. He returns home to Montreal with countless celebrity interviews, live event hosting, and on-air experience under his belt. 

"I always had my eye on coming back here," Weir told me. "When I need Making the Cut in 2005 I met Scott Moore. He ended up helping me get by job at TSN. We lost touch, but three or four months ago I ran into him and told him that my contract hosting Oh So Cosmo was up. We got to talking; I had some screen tests and I got this job. It is really exciting."

Wally Weir now works for the Port of Montreal and loves to golf. Wilder has temporarily moved back to Beaconsfield and taken up residence in his old room, making Wally and mom Wendy pretty happy. Younger brother Wyatt lives downtown and just graduated from Concordia's John Molson School of Business.

How did he get the name Wilder? "My mom and dad were high school sweethearts," he explains. "Many years ago my mom was in the hospital with a weird strain of pneumonia. So my dad was wandering the halls and he saw this plaque for Dr. Wilder Penfield.  He thought to himself that when Wendy gets better, if I marry her and if we have a boy, we will name him Wilder because he liked how it sounded. Apparently my mom said 'no way,' but it happened."

In addition to Lozoff and Weir, the roster of talent joining Montreal Connected also includes Sportsnet’s award-winning Stephen Brunt, considered one of Canada’s top sports journalists; Sean Gordon, Globe and Mail sports reporter; Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette sportswriter; and Arpon Basu, managing editor at

Montreal Connected will be produced by three-time world water ski champion and member of the Order of Canada and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, George Athans, alongside Kelly Greig, a former producer in Montreal. Bob Babinski is Executive Producer and Local Content Manager, City Montreal, Jordan Schwartz is Vice-President, In-House Production, Rogers Media, Scott Woodgate is Vice-President, News & Information, Sportsnet, and Scott Moore is President of Broadcast, Rogers Media.

Here is a clip of Wally Weir fighting Chris Nilan.

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