Whitecaps return to Vancouver's radio airwaves

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are again on the air.

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The staff introduced a brand new broadcast settlement Thursday, a two-year take care of Corus Leisure that can see video games broadcast stay, together with common programming throughout its 4 Vancouver stations.

Video games can be broadcast stay on AM730 and streamed on-line, together with hour-long pre- and post-game reveals, with as nicely a coaches’ present on Mornings with Simi on CKNW 980.

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It additionally means the return of Corey Basso and Colin Miller on the Whitecaps’ game-day broadcasts. The duo had been caught up within the sudden shuttering of TSN 1040 in February when the station closed its doorways mid-broadcast, axing your entire operation with none forewarning to employees.

“I’m completely stoked,” stated Basso, the play-by-play guru. “It was an extended two-month wait to seek out out the place the Whitecaps may land within the radio panorama, particularly after a darkish February ninth. I don’t assume we may have discovered a greater companion … they’ve gone all in. I’m simply super-stoked that one; the Whitecaps have a brand new dwelling, and two; simply within the nick of time when the Whitecaps are simply ramping up.”

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It was important that the Whitecaps get a deal executed, as for the second-straight 12 months there won’t be any dwelling video games at B.C. Place Stadium. The staff has relocated to Utah for the foreseeable future on account of COVID-19 border restrictions. Shedding any extra market publicity and fan engagement would have been a critical blow to the staff’s revenues and future ticket gross sales.

With the ability to get again into the published recreation was a blessing for Basso, who had seen just a few of his former colleagues discover work both independently or with different TV or radio opponents. With so few alternatives out there, Basso wasn’t positive he could be on the air once more.

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“It’s solely human nature to have that seed of doubt, particularly with the uncertainty that’s sadly a part of the trade we’re in,” he stated. “Typically you simply get the rug pulled out from beneath you. It definitely is a ardour of mine to name (video games), however the thought behind my thoughts was all the time, ‘Did this letting go occur for a cause? Are they going to come back again to me? What is going to occur?’

“I’m not going to lie, I had a sure nervous, anxious power. I used to be saying to Rob (Fai) — and this sounds type of hokey — however each morning, I used to be ready by the cellphone like a lonely teenager in love. There have been instances the place I might examine the cellphone each morning, and be like, ‘Come on man, announce the deal!’ And I didn’t even know if I might be concerned at this level. I simply needed to see a deal get executed for the sake of soccer protection on this market.

“I’m simply so completely satisfied a deal obtained executed for followers on this metropolis, and that I’m concerned, as a result of I really like what I do with the Whitecaps, and now, with the Corus Radio Group.”

The Whitecaps open the season on Sunday, April 18, in opposition to the Portland Timbers. Sport time is 7 p.m. and can be broadcast stay — with Miller and Basso again within the saddle — on AM 730.

Originally posted 2021-04-08 22:17:40.