One of the really good guys on the local broadcast scene has landed on his feet.
When the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) formally ruled in favor of Bell Media acquiring CJAD, CHOM and Virgin Radio and some French properties, it was very clear that convergence with TSN 690 was coming. Where did that leave the very loyal Wayne Bews, who as general manager of TSN 690 played a critical role in keeping that station afloat? Sure enough, CJAD's Martin Spalding was given a high profile role as vice-president of operations and local sales for Quebec radio for Bell Media while Chris Bury added to his programming duties as the new "go to" guy for TSN.
|Bews (right) and Mitch Melnick|
I will miss dealing with Bews. We were in touch on a very frequent basis over the past decade, for both my Suburban duties and special programs organized for the English Montreal School Board. He was always available to talk, pick my brains and share new information. When John Bartlett was hired as the new Habs play-by-play man, he made sure that I was among the first journalists to come down and meet him.
As convergence goes, I must say I really like what I see happening - especially between CJAD, TSN 690 and CTV Montreal. Once TSN 690 moves into the same quarters as CJAD, I think we really see a lot of new dynamics take shape. Conor McKenna is already settling in it appears as Rick Moffat's new morning backup for sports on CJAD. Moffat will be part of the Als This Week program on TSN. CTV Montreal's Lori Graham is doing weather on CJAD's Aaron Rand Show.
I have no doubt that Bews, in his new post, will find a way to remain connected to the wonderful little radio he helped build - the original TEAM 990 now TSN 690.
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