Scott Rintoul moves from TSN 1040 to Sportsnet 650

Jul 24 2017, 4:33 pm

Scott Rintoul is jumping ship.

The longtime Vancouver broadcaster was introduced as co-host of Sportsnet 650’s afternoon drive show Monday morning. Rintoul is the first host to officially move from TSN 1040 to Sportsnet’s new all-sports radio station that debuts in September.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Rintoul, who knows program director Craig MacEwen well from his days on television with Sportsnet.

“I’ve been working in this market for a very long time,” Rintoul told Riaz Meghji at the announcement on Breakfast Television. “I had a great time [at TSN 1040] the last 12 years. But the opportunity to launch something new and work with Andrew for me, is extremely exciting.”

Rintoul will co-host with Andrew Walker, a newcomer to the Vancouver market. A Saskatchewan native, Walker is making the move from Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto where he co-hosted the afternoon show.

“Right off the start I’ve got to say, I’m not necessarily a Toronto guy, I just have been there for the last four years,” Walker said, clearly aware of the stigma that comes from being a ‘Toronto guy’ in Vancouver. “I’m really excited for something new, to work with Scottie, and be back out west.”

Walker was pursued by Team 1040 for their morning show when he was with The Fan 960 in Calgary back in 2013 – the show now hosted by Bro Jake and Dave Pratt – but ended up taking The Fan 590 job in Toronto instead.

Rintoul was let go by TSN 1040 back in January after over 11 years with the station. He continued on with 1040 in a part time capacity this year, including as the play-by-play broadcaster of the BC Lions.

TSN 1040 will appoint a new play-by-play man, expected to be Bob ‘the Moj’ Marjanovich.

Now with hosts for the morning and afternoon drive, we await Sportsnet’s announcement for their midday show(s). The worst kept secret in Vancouver is that Satiar Shah, who recently left his job as producer of the Bro Jake Show on 1040, is expected to be one of the hosts.

Another anticipated announcement will have to do with the broadcast team for the Vancouver Canucks. Brendan Batchelor, previously of the Vancouver Giants, is expected to take over the play-by-play duties when John Shorthouse is on the television broadcast. It remains to be seen if Dave Tomlinson keeps his gig as the team’s commentator. Some believe that 590 will go in a new direction, others have said he’s not out of the running.

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