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Retro Blue Jays – Whitt and Cheek on Community TV

August 10, 2018

Posted by Home Town Cable Network.

I’ve always had a fascination with community/public-access broadcasting. For starters, it’s obviously different than traditional commercial media. This particular format was also one of my first forays into the world of media – Ottawa’s CKCU, early-to-mid 2000s.

It’s hard to explain, but there’s something about the unpolished, raw presentation that seems authentic to me. This is prevalent with the following interviews of former Blue Jay catcher and coach Ernie Whitt and the late Tom Cheek.

Based on the setting, the footage was recorded at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, likely before the 1985 Pearson Cup.

The clips are part of the Home Town Cable Network which, according to its website and Facebook page, serves Northern New York State; with their office located in Champlain, New York.

One of the interviewers – Dick Letourneau – is no Bob Costas and calling Whitt’s team the “Maple Leafs” at the beginning of his interview was far from a smooth start. But he does ask some interesting questions.

For his part, Whitt answers the questions truthfully; though he seemed a little taken aback by Letourneau’s style of interviewing.

Tom Cheek – as he always was – told a great story, threw in a joke and always brought an incredible amount of professionalism. I wonder how many people knew he was a fill-in for Expo games before he came to Toronto.

Despite their rough look, the interviews are unique. They might not shine, but they’re fun to watch.

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As an aside, Home Town Cable Network’s website has dozens of baseball clips. The majority of which involved the Expos.

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – Days of the Telemedia Sports Network

April 13, 2017

Posted by Catch The Taste.

​It’s scary to think how the majority of mainstream Blue Jays content is from one specific channel, streamlined for various forms of consumption. I could get upset about it, but it isn’t the worst thing in the world.

However, there are times when I yearn for the past when the stadium, the team and the broadcast rights were owned and operated by separate parties.

So it brought a smile to my face when I found this old radio intro on YouTube.

At the time – and up until the end of the 1997 season – the radio rights were owned by Telemedia. CJCL 1430 – known today as Sportsnet 590 –  was the flagship station.

Having listened to more games on the radio than watching them on television, the best part of the clip is the theme song. It’s simple, bubbly and has a strong 80s influence. If you were a young Blue Jay fan of the late 80s and early 90s, the tune should be an instant flashback to a simpler, yet exciting time. In addition, it’s much better than the heavy, “armageddon-ish” anthem Sportsnet has churned out over the last few seasons on the TV and radio broadcasts.

Also enjoyable was hearing the late Tom Cheek reading out the sponsors, followed by Jerry Howarth setting the scene.

ER

A short note about Don Chevrier

March 25, 2016

It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube.

Just recently, I watched a condensed version of the very first game, followed by the 1983 home opener in its entirety. Between these two matches, a common theme emanated from the broadcast booth: Play-by-play from Don Chevrier.

It’s a shame to think there’s a generation of Blue Jay fans who never got to experience a game with “Chevy” behind the mic.

The man was versatile, very knowledgeable and had a great voice. In fact, one could argue the significance of Chevrier on television is equal to the significance of Tom Cheek on the radio.

As I watched these old broadcasts and listened to Don Chevrier, it felt as if I was a kid again; planted in front of the TV, every Wednesday night at 7:30, watching Labatt’s Blue Jays Baseball on CFTO.

ER

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Episode 16: 100 Things

April 11, 2013

Baseball writer Steve Clarke talks about his new book, 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a new supporter, it’s a checklist worth going through.

Episode 16 Direct MP3 Download

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Catching Up

February 23, 2013

Welcome back!

Yes, that was one “hek” of an off-season for the Toronto Blue Jays. This afternoon, they begin their spring training schedule against Detroit. There really is nothing like baseball in February. It helps me forget about the weather here in Toronto.

As things get underway in Florida, here are a few bullet points:

– I know it’s very late, but I like the trade the Jays made to acquire R.A. Dickey. Prospects are hit and miss. They also make great trade bait. All trades are gambles. However, it’s better to give up someone who has potential (d’Arnaud) for someone who’s proven (Dickey) than the opposite.

– During the off-season, I wrote a few baseball pieces for TheGoodPoint.com. I reviewed Kelly Gruber’s autobiographypaid homage to Tom Cheek, posted my favourite baseball videos on YouTube and shared some spring training thoughts.

A new season of DNJT will begin on March 28. Mark it down on your calanders…..please.

– Finally, saw this video on Big League Stew and had to post it. It’s well-worth your time.

The Hek

Episode 12 – Rough Month

September 6, 2012

August was not kind to the Blue Jays, who finish the month with a record of 9-19.

Mark Milner of TheGoodPoint.com and Flashfact.org discusses the Jays’ recent performance, Colby Rasmus and baseball coverage in a hockey-dominated market.

Episode 12 Direct MP3 Download

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