TSN 990 to become French radio station

Bell Media has applied to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, Canada’s broadcast regulator, for permission to convert TSN 990 into a French all-sports radio stattion, RDS 690.
Montreal has been without sports radio in the city’s predominant language since 2011, when CKAC became an all-traffic station.

The Bell application states:

Bell proposes a sports talk format targeting francophone males aged 18 to 54 to be known as RDS Radio. Bell states that the station would respond to the strong demand for sports programming recently created by the loss of CKAC’s all-sports format, and would repatriate the lost francophone male 18-54 tuning and advertising revenue to the French-language radio market. Bell added that the service would be complementary, rather than directly competitive, with existing Montréal radio stations.

Here’s Jason Magder’s Gazette story on the plan to create RDS 690.

RDS’s own story on the switch.

English radio broadcasts, which were carried on TSN 990 last season, would be moved to CJAD 800, which Bell is acquiring as part of its proposed purchase of Astral Media, a deal that requires CRTC approval.

Should its purchase of Astral be approved, Bell would become owner of CJAD and two Montreal FM music stations, Virgin Radio and CHOM. These additions to TSN 990, which Bell owns already, would the media colossus in contravention of a CRTC regulation that limits ownership in any market to three stations in the same language.

By switching to French all-sports, Bell’s English holdings in Montreal are reduced to the aforementioned trio of Astral stations.

Expect the sewage to hit the ventilation system big-time in Montreal as fans react to the loss of TSN 990.

The move comes less than a year after BEll received CRTC permission to change the English all-sports station’s frequency from 990 to 690, citing improved reception at the latter frequency in the western parts of Montreal island.

From the CRTC file:

Bell Media stated that the reception of station’s night-time signal is poor in Montréal, especially in the west end, and that the use of 690 kHz, which would result in better night-time protection as well as fewer constraints for protecting third adjacent signals, would bring a significant improvement to CKGM’s night-time coverage. As well, because 690 kHz has superior propagation qualities, the applicant indicated that the signal received in Montréal would be of better quality, daytime and night-time.

In seeking the frequency change, Bell told the CRTC technical problems had been a contributing factor in the poor financial performance of  the erstwhile Team 990, which almost almost $5 million from 2007 to 2011.

The CRTC will conduct hearings on Bell’s latest applications in September.

It’s expected the Canadiens broadcasts will remain on TSN 990 for the 2012-’13 season.

French radio coverage of Canadiens games – which used to be on CKAC –  is on 98.5 FM, a Montreal station that Bell doesn’t own.

• Former Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier is joining the Chicago Blackhawks as director of player personnel. He replaces Norm MacIver, who’s been promoted to become Hawks general manager Stan Bowman’s assistant.

That job was held by Marc Bergevin until the Canadiens hired him to succeed Gauthier.

• NHLPA main man Donald Fehr sounded reasonable after the Tuesday negotiating session. Chris Campoli is standing behind him in the video.

• An idea whose time has come: The Scotch martini


  1. rileysutherland says:

    This is a HUGE loss to Montreal. Good take here: http://thebarnstormer.com/radio-free-montreal/

  2. habsarenumberone says:

    If they want to shut down TSN 990, then I say anyone against this measure and who is a subscriber to Bell’s internet, TV or telephone service shut them down and switch to another provider. That will be our voice.

  3. Bripro says:

    On to the next thread…

  4. durocher says:

    Would you do it: Bourque for David Booth?

    I will go on record saying that I’d rather have St-Denis as our #6 defenseman than Kaberle, Diaz, or Weber. St-Denis is a no-frills, reliable d-man who just gets the job done. Like DD, he paid his dues in the ECHL. He can also play on the PP.

    I will also go on record saying that I’d like to have Dumont as our #12th forward. He is not big, but he’s feisty and could bring some sandpaper to the 4th line. He can also contribute on the PK. (Because of this, I would have Nokia has our #13th forward.)

    • shiram says:

      No, if only because Bourque saves cap hit.

    • mark-ID says:

      So our number 5-6 pairing dmen would be Soup and St-Denis? Not sure I like that pairing. I’d rather have Kaberle who can produce offensively, then a really small bottom pair, who do nothing for the offence.

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

    • mark-ID says:

      As for Dumont, I like him as a player. However….our 4th line will have plenty of sandpapaer….with or without him in the lineup. Between White, Prust, Moen and Armstrong, 4th line is packed with grit…….I can also see Blunden being ahead of Dumont in the depth chart.

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  5. twilighthours says:

    Psst, new thread. And there’s supposedly no political arguments, line combos, or who-should-we-sign postings allowed… Go figure.

  6. Sportfan says:

    For all those who want to get rid of people like Rene Bourque remember one important thing according to capgeek he has a no trade clause

  7. adamkennelly says:

    if Weber, Diaz and Kaberle are all on this team next year – our D will suck as bad as last year. Trade at least one of them…I think Weber prolly has the most value and Diaz has the most upside but you simply cannot have 3 cream puffs in your line-up. I would think there are teams out there who could use a Weber..get a draft pick in return or put a package together for the bottom end of someone’s top 6.

    • mark-ID says:

      Well Kaberle will probable be in the starting lineup….barring a trade. As for the Swiss misses….I don’t see who’s spot they would take out of our starting 6 d-man. They will act as our 7 and 8th dmen….I can imagine/

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  8. frontenac1 says:

    Hf and strummer. Sticky Fingers was pretty good too.

    • Strummer says:

      As I said Exile was the last good album and that was in ’72.
      Sticky Fingers was in ’71- the first full album with Mick Taylor.

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

      • boing007 says:

        Saw Mick Taylor with John Mayall at the Whisky a go go on Sunset Boulevard in ’66 or ’67. The warmup group was Steppenwolf.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  9. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I would gladly never discuss, mention, joke about, allude to, make analogies to or even hint at politics if everyone would just do the same. I’ll take the pledge if you all will. I mean, after all, isn’t loving the Habs and hating on the Laffs a bond more unifying, secure and satisfying than any mere political divisions?

    Go Habs!

  10. habstrinifan says:

    This is not a rant against management

    I was just curious and went to compare the careers thus far of Palushaj and D’Agostini who were exchanged for each other. Allowing that Palushaj is two years younger based on draft year, it seems that D’Agostini is and will continue to improve as the better player.

    D’Agostini’s career was trending up in St. Louis over the past two seasons (21 goals 46 pts in 2010-2011) but was derailed in 2011-2012 by a concussion causing him to miss much of the season.

    Palushaj draft position does not match his career so far.. you can say he was not a wise pick at that position. D’Agostini on the other hand has outstripped, performance wise, the expectations of a 6th round low order draft.

    Even if you compare their AHL stints, D’Agostini far out-performs Palushaj.

    In fact, without doing a real depth analysis, I think if you look at D’agostini’s numbers in Mtl you would see that he was maligned unjustly.

    What it also proves is that because Mtl Canadiens have gone so long without getting top production from their top 3 to top 6 forwards, they have put players like D’agostini in top 6 roles, and when these players fail the management and fans chase them outta town.

    D’Agostini if he returns to full health and picks up from his 2010-2011 season in St. Louis will be a good depth forward for St. Louis.

    It is only last year that we have seen the emegence of true production from a top line in Mtl and the mergence of three bona-fide top 3 players.. Cole; Pacioretty and Desharnais. Maybe another reason why we in HIO should cease downplaying Desharnais’ value as a hockey player irrespective of size.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I am still not sure why they moved Dags. I just remember Ladd jumping into his head…


      Ladd should have been suspended for that one as he was looking to take his head off. Shortly after Dags was gone from the habs

      That his was way worse than what Torres hit on Hossa and Torres got 20 plus games

    • shiram says:

      I don’t doubt DD’s skill or focus or anything, but I think a greater focus will be put on his line and especially on him by other teams. Last year he was insulated by Eller and Pleks taking the tough assignement. DD has had one year of producing as a top 6 center in the NHL, and his 60 points are not all that far off of recent efforts from Plekanec.
      As much as some may undervalue him, I’ve seen plenty of posts predicting 80 point season for DD, and I must say I have not seen it in him yet.
      I’d be happy if he could go something like 20g/40A for 60 points, that would be great, especially if Pleks line can contribute to a similar output. But untill he string a couple seasons of top line production, I think it’s a bit premature to annoint him the Habs #1a center.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        If the habs don’t get a secondary line scoring the top line will have issues as the teams will strictly focus on shutting them down. The habs were a one line team last year and that won’t get you far

        • shiram says:

          Bourque with DD and Cole, Patches with Pleks and Gio. Balanced, size on both lines, everyone on there has potted 20 goals before except DD, but I think he could reach it if he shot a bit more, DD shot less than Eller did, to give you an idea, and they wound up with the same goal total.
          It’s worth a try!

          • Kooch7800 says:

            There will be some line juggling next year I think and especially if there is no trade. The top line has great chemistry but you have to mix it up a bit just in case of injuries. This way some guys are familiar with playing together.

            Pleks needs to step it up offensively this year and I think he will

            “Like Canadian Hip hop..check us out http://www.groovecontrolmusic.com

          • shiram says:

            He was not all that far off in production to DD, and DD had the best wingers available, period.
            With capable, motivated wingers I’m sure Pleks could match DD’s production while getting the second wave of PP.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Pleks is a solid play maker and should be putting up more than DD. Last year he was 18 points off his best year. In saying that who he was playing with etc but it is significant. He also struggled with good wingers at the start of the year as well. The entire team looked out of sync at the begging of the season

            He will be back next year i believe with bells on and will get over 60 points

          • shiram says:

            Pleks was the leading scorer after the first 30 or so games.

        • habstrinifan says:

          Wonderful post. This is probably going to be the biggest deciding factor on Cole,Pacoretty and DD performing even near to last year’s level. I think in themselves, they can and will do it because of the character of the line. But HABS management has the responsibility of icing either a competitive second line or an impactful and momentum changing ‘push-back’ line to deter opponents from concentrating solely on this line.

          Now that we have a ‘top line’ we need at least one of the above (preferably both) and that ‘shutdown’ defensive pairing to be a solid team which allows skill players to perform.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        I like DD a lot but he is not our #1 center long term. He will get pounded and neutralized playing against top #1 centers. If he can do 20/40 I would consider that a very successful year.

        Alex G will eventually be the #1, but that will take time – 2/3 years maybe, the question will be do we just tread water until then or try and make a move? The problem is our need on left wing and D.

        It’s like a boat with many holes. One only has so many fingers….

        • shiram says:

          The only hitch on LW is Bourque, if he gets back to his 27 goal scoring days, I’d say we have a good group of left winger.
          Patches, Bourque for the top 6, Moen and Prust can battle for who gets to play with Eller.

    • krob1000 says:

      This myth that last year was our first number one line is ridiculous….
      Plekanec-ak-kovalev averaged 30 goals per palyer and outpointed that line.
      Gomez in his first year here actually got 59 points -Cammi and Gionta had 26 and 28 goals….in 65 and 61 games played.
      I think it is great that Dd is doing well but he is doing no worse than Pleks in 07-08, about the same as Gomez in 09-10
      and better than last year .
      This notion that DD is some top line guy when none of other guys are is ridiculous…Pleks is the better player of the two IMO..both offensively and defensively. Gomez had comparable numbers when given the top two wingers and consistent first wave pp time….when those guys were doing it the teams were competitive.
      Last years squad performed horifically.That line had similar or lesser production than “top lines” of the recent past of better teams.
      The Habs do not have this mythical top line anymore than they have ahd in the past…and in todays NHL that is just fine as depth is proving more important anyway.
      I really hope DD,Cole and Patches put up good numbers again this year but do so on a competitive club….but I firmly believe that any one of Pleks, Eller,DD and perhaps even Gomez..yup…I said it could put up 60 points playing first pp and with the top 2 wingers on the team.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Gomez went a calendar year without scoring.

        He’s like Monty Python’s dead parrot.

        • krob1000 says:

          Exactly…and when he had top minutes, top pp time and two wingers who produced even he put up 60 pointish numbers…surely would have surpassed it and Gio and Cammi would have cracked 30 goals…so if Gomez did it…should we be so quick to annoint DD some great top line center when Pleks and Gomez both outperformed him in a similar role and Eller has never been given a chance? That was the point of the post

    • Chris says:

      The jury is still out on Matt D’Agostini and whether he is a better player than Aaron Palushaj.

      Here are D’Agostini’s stats over the past few years, including his time on ice and his power play time on ice:

      2011-12: 55 GP, 9 G, 18 PTS, 14:01 TOI, 1:45 PP TOI
      2010-11: 82 GP, 21 G, 46 PTS, 14:45 TOI, 1:39 PP TOI
      2009-10: 47 GP, 2 G, 4 PTS, 9:47 TOI, 0:02 PP TOI
      2008-09: 53 GP, 12 G, 21 PTS, 13:24 TOI, 2:02 PP TOI

      In Hamilton, D’Agostini had a huge start to his year (14 G and 25 PTS in 20 games) that earned him a call up to the Habs. An interesting side note is that the centre that helped ignite him was none other than David Desharnais…

      He got off to a very hot start with Montreal (6 goals and 8 points in his first 11 games) before struggling through the rest of the season.

      Palushaj hasn’t really got a good look at the NHL level. He’s a small guy who is known as a decent defensive player who works hard and gets under the skin of his opponent. He only played 7:33 a night last season, usually on the fourth line with plugs. Palushaj has good speed, but (like Pacioretty when he first came up) needs to work on his strength so that he doesn’t get knock around so easily.

      At 25 years old, D’Agostini has put up one good season when he spent a fair amount of time on the top line due to injuries to T.J. Oshie, Andy McDonald, Vladimir Sobotka and David Perron. His concussion last season came in February, so it is a bit hard to buy that he was trending upwards (9 goals and 18 points in 52 games) when he got hurt.

      D’Agostini is one of those guys that can produce when put on a scoring line and when given some PP time. I’m willing to bet that there are a number of top scorers in the AHL that could do the same. That is the nature of the game…some guys can’t produce unless given the right role, but those roles are had to come by.

      St. Louis is a much, much better team when D’Agostini is nowhere near their top-6 because he doesn’t bring much to the table other than streak scoring.

      Palushaj may or may not make it in the NHL…it is a bit too early to say yet. But I would definitely dispute any analysis that says that he was “far out-performed” by D’Agostini in the AHL.

  11. frontenac1 says:

    Agreed Kooch7800. I too thought St.Denis was the best out of the three. He kept it simple and basic. Nothing fancy,just got it done.

  12. shiram says:

    Eller, Pleks and DD have a lock on the top 3 center spots, barring a trade.
    Nokia is slotted in the 4th, and if he gets hurt I’m pretty sure they’ll just slide White in there.
    I don’t see the need to get another bottom trio center.

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    An interesting look at how perhaps the signing of Parise and Suter was a financially smart move by Minnesota.


    • Kooch7800 says:

      Makes sense. Home town boys are a big draw. Look at Brett Lawrie with the Jays. Notice the stands are a bit more full than they have been lately and the team still is a 500 team. Creates more interest

      “Like Canadian Hip hop..check us out http://www.groovecontrolmusic.com

    • Strummer says:

      You have to spend money to make money- but with the contracts being front-loaded they will lose their shirts short -term.

      However Leopold’s partner is a billionaire, so they can ride it out.

      Playoff dates are a cash cow- but not so much in a city where the ticket prices are moderate.
      Toronto and Montreal are a totally different story as playoff gate revenue would go through the roof.

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

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