Argos scrap radio broadcasts in favour of TV simulcast

The Toronto Argonauts are ditching their radio broadcast in favour of a simulcast from TSN, according to former play-by-play man Mile Hogan.

The cost of broadcasting games was shared between the team and rights holder TSN 1050 and sources say the decision to drop them was a mutual one – while there is actually competition for radio rights in some CFL markets, that isn’t the case in Toronto. Ratings, according to multiple sources, were not particularly strong (and that’s the nice way to say it) and the team will now likely reallocate those resources to other areas in hopes of raising the team’s profile.

But the end result is that the Argos lose another sliver of their already problematic exposure in the Toronto market. Hogan, who held the job for 12 years, and colour commentator Jeff Johnson, a former player, were as knowledgable as they come and Hogan is well-liked among both his media colleague and the Argo fan base (such as it is.).

And the Argos are now the only team in the CFL without a dedicated radio broadcast. Whether this is a Toronto thing or the beginning of a trend remains to be seen.

The Argonauts have issued a statement from senior director, media and communications Jamie Dykstra.

“This was a tough decision to make. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Hogan. He’s a pro’s pro and we thank him for all of his contributions throughout his years calling Argos games. But when we sat down with our partners at TSN 1050 this off-season to evaluate our options moving forward, we decided that simulcasting our games on radio was the right business decision.”

Drew Edwards

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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17 Comments on Argos scrap radio broadcasts in favour of TV simulcast

  1. Perhaps this makes some sense from a business perspective, but this is not a great decision from a fan perspective. Many people *prefer* listening to an alternative voice, even while watching on TV and sometimes while in the stands.

    It’s also short sighted. Just because the market is currently weak, doesn’t mean there’s no hope… particularly if current ownership starts investing some of its considerable resources in building the fanbase (perhaps they are, but to outside observers it’s really not obvious)

  2. This is too bad. Mike Hogan was a true fan of the team. I hope they find him something inside the organization. Nothing against Jeff Johnson, but I really enjoyed it when Mike and Pete Martin did the broadcasts

  3. Lennywasout // April 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm //

    So now what to do to get away from Rod Black????? Suck for Argo fans.

  4. Brandon Atkinson // April 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm //

    Wtf are the argos doing?

    He was the only reason why I even listened to tsn radio.

  5. Not an Argo fan, but if that was the only alternative, is to watch a game on TSN, and have the misfortune, of only listing to Rod Black? Maybe this is good strategy, and real Argo.fans will actually have to get off their asses, and physically buy a ticket. And see LIVE CFL game, even if it’s Argo game.

  6. the argos resorted to this situation once before in recent years; having a neutral tv feed for your home fan base was less than ideal. i feel sorry for argo fans.
    it’s a shame: there’s a decent stadium, a potent coach/gm combo … and peter dyakowski in double blue! so much was going right.
    i often listened to argo games on the radio, it was a solid presentation. perhaps this situation will be a mere blip.

  7. Could we possibly hope that Mike Hogan is going to TV as a replacement for Rod Black?

  8. Curling & boxing are seldom on radio. The Argos must be following. Maybe the Argo “Management” has Concussion Symptoms? Obviously Managements Brains & Money don’t mix for the Argosame. Sad to see REAL RADIO GO. Best wishes Mike.

  9. cvmurrieta // April 5, 2017 at 4:39 pm //

    I can’t even begin to fathom football without radio play-by-play. I echo the sentiment that this sucks for Argos fans.

  10. Solara2000 // April 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm //

    Can’t deny the slide in fan support but if your going to spend your way out of reality, you don’t reduce your messaging. Not an Argo fan and can’t say I have ever heard the telecast, I want to win fans one at a time in as many ways as possible.

    • Jimmy Breslin // April 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm //

      Agree 100% with your comment Solara and I’ll use Ottawa’s example. They have two radio stations on board, one in French serving the Outaouais 104.7 FM, the other for English speaking fans, that being TSN 1200. Good to recall that fairly recent conventional wisdom was that the CFL was dead and buried in the Ottawa market. Going after every possible fan the Redblacks are now the envy of the league.

      Get your act together Argos !!

  11. Tough to understand this decision. How is the Argo brand supposed to grow without a radio broadcast? As others have said, TSN should drop the skater guy and let Hogan call their games. I would certainly watch more if that happened.

  12. I don’t mind the legit business decision, except it means more Rod Black. I really think we should ask the league to insist he move to the Western Division, and give us Gord Miller or Chris Cuthbert instead.

  13. When I’m in business in the US – I listen to the Argo games on Sirius Radio , were they considered with this decision ?

  14. GT Ross // April 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm //

    I’m not an Argo fan at all. But sometimes I would listen to their games on the radio just BECAUSE of Mike Hogan. Another lost opportunity for the Argos…..

  15. The only way this could have been a palatable solution would be if Mike Hogan was replacing Rob Black. Black is terrible, biased , uninformed, has no knowledge of the team or game , never does enough research and is far too scripted!!!!
    How can I listen to the game on my radio at the game or at the cottage where I have no cable or internet.
    This is a very bad fan decision and marketing decision on the part of the Argos.

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